|Text Color ||E3170D |
|Theme(s) ||Wrong Side of Heaven – Five Finger Death Punch|
Castle of Glass – Linkin Park
Major to Minor: "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables - Chase Holfelder
Lullaby For A Princess - Ponyphonic (Jovi's funeral theme)
|Item ||Snag Machine, black duffel carrying three days of dry rations, three bottles of water, various medications, first aid kit, electronic repair tools, various scrap electronic components, spare pokeballs, a few potions and revives, cargo belt holding ammunition|
|Weapons ||Hatchet, carving knife, dagger, .45 pistol|
|Biological Sex ||Male|
|Gender Identity ||He/Him/His|
|Birthdate ||February 9th|
|Weight ||135 lbs|
|Region of origin ||Orre|
|Occupation ||Rookie - International Police, Former Assistant Scientist, Hero of Orre|
|Party ||Other than his Espeon, which was a gift from his father when he was a child, all of them are former Shadow Pokemon that he freed from Cipher|
|Pkm 1 |
Lucian “Lucky” / M
Text colour- 49E9BD
-Calm Mind (TM)
-Shadow Ball (TM)
-Dazzling Gleam (TM)
**Michael’s companion since he was a child, always out of his pokeball (In fact Michael may not even remember where that pokeball is it has been so long). He has been Michael’s constant companion his entire life and would do anything for his trainer.
|Pkm 2 |
Teddy / M
Text colour- DB9370
-Hammer Arm (Learned)
-Hone Claws (TM)
**His very first caught pokemon and the first Shadow he ever purified. He was with Michael every time Cipher was faced and helped rescue every one of the Shadows his trainer ever caught. Teddy adores Michael, making his Return attack his most devastating move.
|Pkm 3 |
Shelly / F
Text colour- ECC8EC
Ability- Serene Grace
-Sky Attack (Learned)
-Dazzling Gleam (TM)
-Air Slash (Learned)
**Shelly was hatched from a random Togepi egg he was given while he hunted down Shadow Pokemon.
|Pkm 4 |
Brielle / F
Text colour- 5EDA9E
Ability- Inner Focus
-Hyper Beam (Learned)
-Dragon Rush (Learned)
**Rescued from Miror B and one of the last Shadows freed from Ciphers control, Brielle is extremely loyal to Michael and would give her life to protect him as her thanks for him giving her back her freedom and her soul.
|Pkm 5 |
Zephyr / M
Text colour- F87531
Ability- Flash Fire
-Brave Bird (Learned)
**Snagged as a Rapidash, but wasn’t used much during the battles with Cipher. Michael had become overwhelmed by the number of Pokemon he had to save and Zephyr was not given much purpose outside the labs until his trainer became a police officer. He became Michael’s primary mount after that point and his speed helped run down many a criminal. He evolved after Michael received a Sun Wing token and gave it Zephyr to hold on to.
|Pkm 6 |
Taranis / M
Text colour- EDCB62
-Power Gem (Learned)
-Rain Dance (TM)
**Taranis was rescued as a Mareep very early on in Michael’s mission to take down Cipher. He was given the name Sparks and was with Michael for every battle he ever had with the Shadow organization. Eventually, after Michael grew up, Taranis mentioned his embarrassment at still having such a childish nickname and Michael gave him one better suited to his power.
|Quote || |
- ”Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
- “The family you come from isn't as important as the family you're going to have.”
- "I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that."
Michael’s life started out very normal, for the most part. He can’t remember where he was actually born but all of his earliest memories start with his family already in the Pokemon HQ Labs in Orre. His mother and father were always around, at least in the beginning, but his mother soon became engrossed in her work as a scientist leaving Michael alone a lot with his dad. Michael adored his father and spent most of his time following him around and learning all about Pokemon training, with big dreams that he would one day leave Orre and travel one of the many other regions to fulfill his destiny as a real Pokemon Trainer. But alas, those dreams were short lived.
All too soon his mother bore a second child, his little sister Jovi, and broke his father’s time with him in half. At first Michael despised his little sister, often being cruel to the small child just to make her cry, but after he was caught attempting to push her down the stairs that his father finally had enough and brought the rebellious youth to heel. His father taught young Michael how to take care of his sister, and when little Jovi hugged her big brother for the first time Michael knew he was hooked. The three of them spent nearly all of their time together until Michael had to start school, his mother no longer satisfied with privately tutoring him due to his advanced intelligence. And so off he was sent, with many of the lab inhabitants grateful to see the boisterous youth gone for a few months.
It was while he was away at his first year of school that the news of Cipher and their nefarious plans involving strange creatures known as Shadow Pokemon swept through the region. Michael, like many of the other students at his school, were entranced by the story. Life in Orre was usually rather boring and predictable, but this was unlike anything they had ever seen. The first time Michael saw Wes, a boy barely older than him, standing up against a Shadow Pokemon, he knew what he wanted to do with his life. He was going to be a hero, just like Wes.
He studied ridiculously hard after hearing about the defeat of Cipher, flying through his courses with more ease than should have been possible for someone his age. When properly motivated his teachers found that Michael far exceeded most of the other students and they decided to put him in advanced placement, in which he also tested even higher than they predicted. Finally they had to settle on having his intelligence properly tried and scored, and they found his IQ blew past that of most of his teachers and into prodigy territory. By the time his was 15 he was heading home, finished college and ready to start his life. Or so he thought.
Life back at the lab became frighteningly routine, even more so after his father passed away, with Michael forced to apprentice with several scientists and aid them in their experiments. But what neither he, nor Professor Krane (who actually ran the facility) realized, was that he was not being taught but in fact used as a test subject. They pushed him into several emotional and physical stressor situations, gauging his responses and his success rates and in the end figured out exactly how to push Michael to do exactly what they wanted, when they wanted. So when Krane was kidnapped, and Michael encountered his first Shadow Pokemon, they were able to manipulate him into going after them himself.
At first Michael didn’t realize the deception, going along with the easily influenced Professor Krane’s requests for help, because he still held on to his dream of being a hero. Wes was nowhere to be found when Cipher rose again and the region needed someone to stand up to them. So Michael did. He went everywhere he was told, did everything he was told, and after weeks of pushing through the region found himself face to face with head of Cipher and the infamous XD001. Shadow Lugia didn’t frighten him, in fact he pitied the magnificent creature. Forced to enslave himself to a worthless man like Greevil and unable to be free…it was more than Michael could stand.
It was an awful battle with several of his pokemon, and even himself, getting injured trying to weaken Lugia to the point of snagging him away from Greevil but he finally did it. With Greevil dethroned Cipher fell into chaos, the two lead Admin revealing themselves to be Greevil’s twin sons and each taking a different stance on the fate of their organization. Eldes, the red headed twin, took Michael’s side and convinced his father to surrender letting him see a spark of hope in the older man’s future. He made a mental note to check in on the red head even as his blue haired twin spouted hateful and indignant things about Michael himself. There was probably no saving that one.
The years that passed after Cipher fell were like a whirlwind. He kept up with Eldes well, even when he was in prison, and the two became close friends. He fought hard to get the older man out of prison when he learned of how he was being treated and wouldn’t rest until Eldes was released. Eventually his friend joined the International Police, working on this side of the law for a change, and despite some initial misgivings from his colleagues Eldes thrived there. Michael visited his friend often and he was the only person the youth could trust when tragedy struck a little too close to home.
Michael learned quickly, after Cipher, about how he had been manipulated and abused by the scientists working under Krane and refused to let it go on any longer. Despite still holding a respect for Krane he held little left for his mother who had known and allowed it to continue, so he left home. During his absence the men who had used him turned their attentions to his sister, who had also begun to show the same level of intelligence, but she did not go as easily as Michael did. The young girl turned to drugs to cope with her living situation, much to Micahel’s dismay, and would often run away from home to stay with him. Every time she fled to his apartment in Gateon he would get her into rehab, and for a few months she would do really well. But she always backslid sooner or later. Finally, one day, he had enough of her breaking his heart and when she tried to run away to his place again he shut her out.
She overdosed that night.
It was nearly three days after Jovi died that anyone found her body, or at least reported it to the police, and Michael felt the guilt crush him instantly. He ran to Eldes and buried himself in his sorrows under the watchful gaze of his best friend, refusing to accept anyone else’s comfort or condolences. Eldes was the only person he trusted to see him so vulnerable and to share in the secret of his guilt. The older man tried several times to convince Michael that it wasn’t his fault, but ultimately he stopped trying. It helped that Michael started to get very good at faking happiness. If he could fool Eldes, he could fool anyone.
But, despite wishing it wouldn’t, life moved on. He cut all ties with his mother and asked Eldes to help him get into the training program for the IPF, hoping that maybe he could atone for the sin of letting his sister die by helping imprison the men who got her that way. He worked hard and with his sharp mind and single-minded dedication he graduated and was hired as a Rookie, working under Eldes for a brief probation period before being assigned to a department. Life was starting to look up when the world suddenly came crashing down.
The Epidemic swept over all of the regions and forced Michael back home to try and grab the snag machine before someone could do something more nefarious with it during the riots. Sadly he arrived just in time to find his mother being torn into by his sister’s old Plusle and Minun, regretting that he was able to save her even though she never thought to save him. It pained him to put down his sister’s beloved pokemon but the idea of giving them a merciful death rather than living as mindless beasts gave him some small comfort. They were better off dead than as monsters. He was able to recover the snag machine with ease but the aura reader was damaged, but Krane and several of the other scientists were missing so he decided to swipe various components around the lab to try and fix it on his own later.
He reported back to the fallout location in Kanto and found what remained of the IPF working under what soon became known as just Headquarters, or just HQ for short, but it was what he didn’t find scared him most. Eldes wasn’t there. A few of the others said he had been spotted fleeing the destruction of their headquarters but never returned, so Michael knew he had to find his friend. He promised to send back regular reports while he travelled but he was not going to be able to stay with them, he needed to find Eldes. Over the years the pair had saved each other more times than he could count, and he knew that without his best friend there was no one left in the world who truly needed him just as much as he needed them. That ginger was the only family he had left.
So he travels across the regions, aiding those he can and giving mercy to those he can’t, tracking down his best friend in hopes of bringing him back home where he belongs. Along with any others he comes across along the way.
After miraculously discovering Eldes hiding in a lighthouse in his old home of Gateon Port Michael thought that things would start looking brighter, but as usual the youth was incredibly naive to assume such in this new world the Epidemic had lay forth. Within hours of their reunion the two redheads were locked in a battle of wills, each trying to convince the other that their self-sacrificing idea was better than the others and which they were to follow. It all came to a head when some rather revealing things were said about each man leaving Michael bitter and broken, suddenly very aware of the depression he had buried deep in his heart since Jovi's death.
Without reconciling the two former friends parted, a hollow space forming in Michael's soul where the comfort of another human had once occupied. As he turned to take one last look at the dwelling of his once best friend a frightening sight caught his eye, that of Lugia soaring across the heavens, and the vision brought back yet another haunting memory. Lugia was a Shadow again, his feathers as dark as the stormy sky in which he crossed, and he was headed straight for Citadark. Before their fallout Eldes had warned Michael of Ardos's resurgence and the then teenager knew he had to do anything he could to stop Ardos from getting his claws on the "perfected" Shadow Serum once again. He had to free Lugia, and he would do it with or without Eldes's help.
It has been about four years since that day and Michael has grown into a man, but still no closer to finding a way to re-purify Lugia now that the resonance chambers are gone. So he heads to the home of the only other person known to purify Shadows to see if there is any clue he might uncover to solve this troubling mystery.***
|Accent ||Very slight American South, he has trained his enunciation to have the accent nearly gone. It will, however, go full American South if he is drunk or extremely tired. Or even sometimes when he is so upset he can’t be bothered to keep it in check.|
|Appearance ||Michael is tall, lanky, with wild red hair only kept at bay by his goggles ( a necessary accessory for anyone living in the deserts of Orre) and a permanent grin. His preference for loose, comfortable clothing did not hinder him in the epidemic at all as most of his outfit is easy to maneuver in as well as offering extra cargo space and protection. The snag machine, with some adjustments for arm length, still fits well and functions normally.|
|Religion ||Pantheisim-the belief that the Universe (or nature as the totality of everything) is identical with divinity, or that everything composes an all-encompassing, immanent god. Pantheists thus do not believe in a distinct personal or anthropomorphic god.|
|Personality ||+Genuinely Caring+|
The interest Michael has in others is genuine, almost to a fault – when he believe in someone, he can become too involved in the other person's problems, place too much trust in them. Luckily, this trust tends to be a self-fulfilling prophesy, as his natural altruism and authenticity inspires those he cares about to become better themselves. But if he isn’t careful, he can easily overextend his optimism, sometimes pushing others further than they're ready or willing to go.
A passionate altruist, sometimes even to a fault, he has an unyielding desire to do good. He’s never afraid to take the slings and arrows while standing up for the people and ideas he believes in. Warm and selfless, Michael genuinely believes that if he can just bring people together, they can do a world of good.
A true team player. He recognizes that listening to other peoples' opinions, even when they contradict his own, is key to finding a solution that benefits everyone. He admits he doesn't have all the answers, and is often receptive to dissent, so long as it remains constructive. He will even allow any rage vented at him to not affect his responsibility to see that team member through to the end.
The very idea of letting down a person or cause he believes in is unthinkable. If it is physical possible, Michael can always be counted on to see it through. Especially if it was promised.
Despite his rather naïve outlook, Michael has a natural charisma that draws people to him. Very outspoken, he has the ability to lead and inspire others to do things that they otherwise would not have thought possible.
More than seeking authority himself, Michael often ends up in leadership roles at the request of others, cheered on by the many admirers of his strong personality and positive vision.
He takes family, dating, and relationships very seriously, selecting partners with an eye towards the long haul, rather than the more casual approach that might be expected from some. There's really no greater joy for Michael than being able to help along the goals of someone he cares about.
When it comes to friendships, Michael is anything but passive. He will put active effort into maintaining these connections, viewing them as substantial and important, not something to let slip away through laziness or inattention. He takes genuine pleasure in getting to know other people, and has no trouble talking with people of all types and modes of thought. Even in disagreement, other perspectives are fascinating to Michael – though like most people, he connects best with individuals who share his principles and ideals.
While he enjoys lending a helping hand, others may simply not have the energy or drive to keep up with it – creating strain if they are unfamiliar with or unwilling to see Michael’s genuine interest. Ultimately, Michael’s give and take can become stifling to those who are more interested in the moment than the future, or who are simply uninterested in the sort of self-improvement and goal-setting that Michael holds so dear.
When personal conflict happens, his first instinct is to dig in his heels further. While willing to admit he doesn’t know everything, he will often push to be shown proof of a path more suitable towards what he believes to be the end goal. This can at times be helpful when it comes to work or helping to save someone without sacrificing his ideals.
He can be easily caught off guard if he finds that, through circumstance or nature, or simple misunderstanding, people fight against him and defy the principles he’s adopted. However well-intentioned they may be. He is more likely to feel pity for this opposition than anger, and has earned him a reputation of naïveté.
Frequently buries himself in his hopeful promises, feeling others' problems as his own and striving hard to meet his word. Has more than once spread himself too thin, and been left unable to help anyone.
While receptive to criticism, seeing it as a tool for leading a better team, it's easy for Michael to take it a little too much to heart. His sensitivity to others means that he sometimes feels problems that aren't his own and tries to fix things he can't fix, worrying if he is doing enough.
His self-esteem is defined by whether or not he is able to live up to his ideals, and sometimes ask for criticism more out of insecurity than out of confidence. He us always wondering what he could do better. If he fails to meet a goal or to help someone he said he would help, his self-confidence will plummet.
-Struggle to Make Tough Decisions-
If caught between a rock and a hard place, Michael can be stricken with paralysis, imagining all the consequences of his actions, especially if those consequences are humanitarian.
His tendency to avoid any kind of conflict, sometimes even sacrificing his own principles to keep the peace, can lead to long-term problems if these efforts never fully resolve the underlying issues that they mask. Michael invests his emotions wholly in his relationships, and is sometimes so eager to please that it actually undermines the relationship – leading to resentment and even the failure of the relationship. When this happens, he experiences strong senses of guilt and betrayal, as he sees all of his efforts slip away. This is especially true in the case of his sister, Jovi. When this happens he will often fall into a quiet, repressive depression.
Jovi’s death left Michael in a near permanent state of depression. He has gotten very good at hiding it, even from his best friend, however it continues to plague his every decision. The circumstances regarding her death leave him questioning even the most basic of emotional connections, fearful that he will let down another loved one. He places all of the blame of squarely on his shoulders.
- Eldes – FORMER-Best friend in the whole world, his mentor in the IPF, and currently just the man who shattered his soul and tossed him to the winds.
- Wes – Childhood hero.
- Justy – Strange, yet helpful, guy from Phenac. Helped force Cipher out of town.
- Ardos – Evil man who needs to be locked up. Not only for Cipher’s wrongdoings but because he hurt Eldes. Don’t like him. Nope.
- Professor Krane – Former boss, family friend. Still missing.
|User Notes ||-His sister Jovi and his mother Lily are both dead. Jovi passed before the Epidemic and was his drive to join the International Police Force with Eldes.|
-Has a serious problem with drug users, and drug dealers, and bears a deep vendetta towards them
-His Infernium is his primary mode of transportation