|Theme(s)||No Roots – Alice Merton|
|Items||A large hiking sack carrying a tent and stakes, waterproof ground cloth, sleeping bag, paracord and carabiners, cup, bowl, plate, knife, fork, spoon, mesh bag, first aid kit, sewing kit (repair kit), frying pan, small pot, metal spikes, flint, small hand shovel, collection of old grocery bags, TMs, berries he has scavenged and occasionally plants, two bottles of water, canned goods, jerky he dries himself, any bottle of spice or herbs he can find, and a few days’ worth of military rations.|
|Weapons||Himself, bo staff, large serrated knife for emergencies|
|Region of origin||Sinnoh|
|Occupation||Traveling Trainer, Aura Specialist, Attack Stat Mentor, Businessman, Lucario Breeder|
|Party||Much to Riley’s heartbreak all of his team, minus his prize Lucario, suffered terrible fates across the length of the Epidemic. He is now left with only Varin as his companion.|
Varin - Male
Text colour- 4F94CD
Species- 448/Lucario/Aura Pokemon
- Close Combat (LVL)
- Blaze Kick (EGG)
- Aura Sphere (LVL)
- Work Up (LVL)
**Varin is the stud Lucario from which all of Riley’s Riolu eggs have been sired. The females that were bred with him all likely have perished by now.
|Quote|| "I sense your strong aura."|
“He was wrong. The fall of the world wasn’t with a whimper, it was with a scream.”
|Appearance||Riley is a tall, traditionally well-manicured man with impeccable style. Even in the Epidemic he has managed to find a low maintenance way to preserve most of his appearance save for a few stains and dirt smudges on his suit. His trademark hat is the least damaged on his body and his favorite item in the world enjoying the air of mystery it brings him as it covers his deep blue eyes from questioning gazes. His dark hair is a bit longer than he normally prefers it but has since shrugged off trimming due to not feeling the need, the strands still soft and willing under his daily brushing. He has lost a bit of weight thanks to constantly running and traveling across regions to find his brother but still retains a rather well cut frame underneath all those layers.|
|Religion||His greatest belief is of balance and so does not worship any one legend higher than the others. Would technically consider himself an Arceist but if honest with himself finds a preference towards the unity of the affectionately called Weather Trio and the balance they create together. Even so far as wearing adornments of their markings.|
|Personality||Normally peaceful and easygoing Riley sees himself as nobody special. Easily able to maintain inner stability and peace of mind he goes through life with a sense of inner peace and the environment of the Epidemic does nothing to really harm that. He simply accepts it as a universal change and adapted with it rather than trying to fight it. He tries to avoid conflict if possible and spends his time avoiding the undead and their herds rather than trying to take them on. He is attracted to nature and the environment and spent almost all of his adult life exploring and experiencing the wonders it had to offer.|
Riley is very trusting, receptive, empathic, accepting, and forgiving even in the face of those who have wronged him. He is incredibly patient and has a quiet strength that lets him see or relate to other points of view because he is not attached to any particular one. As a result this can make him a good mediator, negotiator, and counsellor if the need arises.
At his best Riley is humble, honest, optimistic, and uncomplicated. He long ago let go of the belief that he was unimportant and unwanted despite being either abandoned or forgotten (he has no memory before being found so is not sure why such a fate fell to him) as a child leaving Byron to adopt him. He instead focuses on inner awareness; of his vitality, his energy, his emotions, and those of others. Assertive, and open to change he can connect with others and himself in a way that seems almost eerie at times. Fully empowered and independent. When he is in union with himself he is truly at peace.
At his worst Riley can be overprotective and over-caring. Sometimes leaving him blind in cases like his brother’s, too focused on the need to help rather than the way his actions appeared. Age and experience have helped greatly diminish this problem, however, but he spent so long away from home he never really did pick up on the strain he caused on the bond between himself and his younger brother or the tension between his father and brother at the root of it. Should he find Roark he would do everything in his power to repair any damage to their relationship once he understands. His entire drive at current is finding the last of his family and nothing, not even herds of undead, will stop him from doing so.
|Affiliations||-Roark ----Little brother. Determined to find him after discovering their father had passed, cares a great deal for him. Keeps the note he found close to his heart inside his coat pocket. Nicknamed him “Rory” as a term of affection.|
-Byron -----Adopted father. Deceased. Kind man who took him in after finding him, loved him as much as any biological parent would. Didn’t see the harsh ‘grow up to be a man’ way he was raising Roark due to being away from home a lot of the time. Believes Byron was a good father.
-Steven -----Friend encountered during his travels through Hoenn. Often kept in touch and would visit him whenever traveling in that region, enjoyed challenging him whenever possible.
-Silver -----A mysterious young man he met while traveling in Johto whose first impression struck Riley so greatly he has been unable to forget him. He had wanted to visit Johto again to see Silver and give him one of Varin’s offspring before the undead made that visit impossible. Often found thinking about the lost potential friendship and wishing he had kept his promise to come back.
|User Notes||-Traveled so often and for so long many of his survival gear items are things he has owned for years and knows how to use well|
-Loves to cook and can usually make scavenged food taste good
-One of his Pokemon, a Golisopod he acquired during a trip to Alola, is very much alive but this knowledge is unknown to him as he was lost during a cave-in he believes killed the Pokemon. He may yet find him again if the fates are kind.