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Old 01-26-2013, 11:42 PM
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I wasn't 100% sure on how the original GLADIATOR played, so I had to take a several creative liberties, so sorry about that. In particular, I assumed they had a massive multi-player fan base, a-la COD, with clans and the like.

Also, and I'm really sorry about this: this is less than HALF of the SU. Longest. History. EVER. Sorry about that, Char.)

NAME: Hector Psiana
USERNAME: I39Z
AGE/GENDER: 15/Male
PERSONALITY: Hector is generally not very social, though not by any manner of shyness, nor any manner of being a jerk. Hector was never a people person in general-though, several years of being on the receiving end of harsh words and painful fists would probably do that to anyone. He speaks very briefly, if he must, though you probably won’t get too much of a conversation. He generally makes body gestures instead of actual words if possible. After a good deal of detentions and suspensions for retaliating to bullying, Hector’s patience is fairly ironclad-with a few situations being an exception-but ultimately you won't get under his skin outside of those situations, or at least not easily. He generally ignores whatever insult it is as most of anything else, considering it background noise rather than anything important, and he’ll attempt to run away from fights (and without panicking). He is intelligent, though not to any prodigy-like extent. Ultimately, the outward barrier gives off an impression of a lone-wolf with little in the personality department. This is mostly true...

...Emphasis on mostly.

First and foremost, his Pokémon? Off-limits. You look at them wrong and he takes it as personal insult (and is one of the things that does set him off really quickly). Especially if it’s his Espeon, Eif. It is his favorite Pokémon, after all. If you're not so sane, then why not try to pet any of them without his permission? I'm sure you'll walk off that broken wrist pretty well, eh? In all seriousness, the above scenario is one of two where someone got seriously injured over touching his Pokémon without permission. He's also had it taunted by a few idiotic bullies. The resulting fight landed him in suspension. Once, Eif was outright harmed-outside of a battle. It was unintentional, but the result forced Hector into a second school and nearly got thrown in Juvie for what happened in that…Extremely violent instance. This extends to the original (and obviously, the new) GLADIATOR, as he IS using Eif's powers, and henceforth, you're outright insulting the Pokémon he likes the most if you insult his powers in-game.

Second off, if the above wasn't enough of a button to dodge, he is a VERY competitive player. You know, to the point of being an a**hole about it. He doesn't challenge you over Pokémon Choice and powers, if only because he is as considerate on this subject to others on this as he'd want them to be to him. This, however, does not stop him from insulting you on the basis that you could be using the powers you have 'better'. If you're goofing off, he'll be quick to call it out and get frustrated over it should you ignore him. Troll PERIOD, and he’ll take it badly. It's almost shockingly easy how he transitions from a quiet guy to an angry, vocal a**hole over a Video Game. Even when he's not playing, he doesn't like it when he sees, to him, fumbles that could easily be avoided occur. Especially if said fumbles are consistent. He hates playing with newer players if only because of this. He will be incredibly vocal if he finds himself the only person actually scoring points for the team. His one saving grace for his sportsmanship is that he's not a braggart and probably never will be: one of his first major GLADIATOR opponents was an incredible braggart, and he doesn't want to look even slightly like him. Prove him wrong, and he'll apologize immediately and shut up. If you can beat him, he'll be impressed (if silently). And of course, he's a cool contender and you can expect him to give it his all in a match, regardless of relations with you. As a bonus, in this particular instance, he fortunately has decided to try to restrain himself and try to ignore what he would usually chastise as good as he possibly can, considering that he doesn't want to look like a complete a**hole in front of a worldwide-broadcast that people will actually watch over a video game, not to mention that the ‘controls’ and ‘platform’ are vastly different from the original...But don’t push it.

APPEARANCE: His bodily appearance is fairly average. Standing at 5-foot-7, and weighing in at 125 pounds, Hector Psiana is, for where he lives-Driftveil City-a fairly normal boy by the physical standards (maybe a little short). Hector's black hair is prone to, in a recessive trait, bunch up at the tips, making it look spiky-especially noticeable when he wears his favorite hat, a visor with the DaTaFoX clan symbol on it (Two white-outlined parallelograms, long side vertical, mirrored, with a Red Diamond below, on a black background, ultimately looking like the face of an Eevee…Substituting the Diamond with its face). He’s got the stubble of his goatee to sport for facial hair, if only because he shaved it clean for the event. His short-sleeve jacket has a few white Tron lines on it, stretching vertically downwards, but is otherwise black. Underneath it is his favorite shirt, portraying a video game controller behind a breakable glass panel, labeled 'In case of Video Game, break Glass.' (His second-favorite shirt is one where the glass is broken and the controller is absent). He wears blue short jeans and a pair of plain old sneakers that have clearly had some wear on them over the years.

In the BG, well, that obviously changes. He wears a skintight suit, that starts at the tip of his neck and goes down to his toes, that, albeit is able to completely flex and bend when he moves around, is ultimately irremovable from his body. This is only the base layer, however. He also has lightweight, jet-black ‘metal,’ which I shall refer to as ‘Gladiam’ for all due intents and purposes, covering anything that isn't going to impede flexible movement. Yes, that does give him the appearance of wearing toe-shoes. This also gives him a helmet, mostly made of Gladium, but having a visor made of a kind of glass: It’s impossible to see his face or differentiate it from the Gladium, but Hector has a clear view of the situation. The only indicator of there even being Glass is the decoration: A Red Tron Line, forming a diamond shape, is also outlining the glass. Also on the helmet are decorative ‘Ears,’ designed to look like, well, Espeon ears. They have Pink Tron lines to them, henceforth giving a direct view from the front roughly the same look of DaTaFoX’s Symbol (just with two extra triangle ears). If that didn't seem intentionally programmed, the Gladium plate over his heart sports the DaTaFoX logo with glowing Tron Lines on it to prove that it was an intentional design choice by whoever programmed his specific armor design. The tips of his fingers have glowing pink plates of Gladium on them, which is important as these are where most of his attacks are launched from. There are also glowing Tron Lines surrounding individual Gladium studs that protect Hector’s knuckles-these where he charges and releases his Psi-Spark attack.

HISTORY: He was born and raised to Helicia Jonoka and Bruce Psiana in the city of Driftveil. Helicia was an elegant woman and a former, very successful Pokémon coordinator, while Bruce was just your average dork miner that managed to be sweet enough to tow in Helicia's heart. Helicia initially volunteered to quit the Coordinator business so as to raise her son properly, but after it became known that Helicia's paycheck as a local coordinator and battler was much higher than Bruce's mining paycheck, Helicia was forced back into her former job work, leaving Bruce to raise his son Hector. Due to the fact that 'much higher' still was nowhere near enough to make ends meet without extensive time put into it, Hector did not get to see his mother very much at all. His father made up for it by being the best parent he possibly could, for all of his clumsy nature. Hector grew distant to his loving father, however, and this was despite Bruce's best efforts. He also had issues with bullying-mainly because he couldn't tell what his mom looked like, or if he even HAD one. He, initially, did not respond well at all-he responded with fists flying and mouth shouting at the top of his lungs whatever insult he could possibly think of, in fact. It was when he finally got outright suspended for this activity that his parents met, face-to-face, to discuss if Hector’s father really was capable of raising the kid, considering he seemed to have no control of his own son whatsoever.

Briefly, Bruce decided to resume his mining work and hire a Babysitter-this was when Hector was seven. This still wasn't very much improvement (mainly because hiring the babysitter required enough money to render the profit from the mining business almost nonexistent), and the in-school bullying increased because now his father was completely absent-though Hector, over time, was starting to do his best to ignore it, if only because Detention wasn't fun and he was starting to attract fistfights that he wanted no part of. It was during the beginning of his summer break that Helicia, fed up with basically the inability to see her son awake, among other legitimate grievances, filed a claim for divorce, hoping to gain legal custody of her son and abandon the husband she was losing all interest in most aspects: That way, she believed, the three of them could keep afloat, it would allow her to attempt to raise her son properly, and hopefully fix the problem that she believed stemmed from Hector simply not seeing his mother. Bruce defended- at his angriest in a very long while-that Helicia had barely seen her own son and that the stress of a divorce would ultimately make everything worse for Hector. The court ultimately ruled a compromise that left both adults very unhappy: in the best interests of Hector, the divorce would occur, but Bruce would gain custody of Hector, due to the fact that, while Helicia’s job could rake in much more cash, Bruce had the more stable income because his didn't hinge on winning competitions. The arrangement did help the problem of low income and high work hours, at least for Helicia-even though she couldn’t have her son in her household, the arrangement still meant Helicia had less to pay in daily expenses and allowed her to see her own son awake in the first time since ages in visits to Bruce's house. Hector himself, even at the age of seven, had enough reason to believe her mother was about as real as most of the Legendary Pokémon he’d heard the most outlandish rumors of, and from the mother’s perspective, it looked like that if he could finally say he had a living, breathing mother that cared for him, some of his issues could be worked out.

Then Hector’s personality finally became the most blatantly apparent it had ever been. The lack of emotional response he gave his father was, without afterthought, the same response he gave his mother. He was surprised to see that he actually had a mother, but that was about it. He didn't really care after the initial shock. She was just another adult face, something he saw plenty of at school (and usually on bad terms). Helicia was a vastly different parent than Bruce, however, and she tried to at least make Hector (willingly) have SOME sort of (positive) emotional response: she took him to the nearby glitz and glamour of Nimbasa to see a Pokémon Musical , and then the amusement park immediately afterwards, she bought some fairly expensive toys that Hector might have liked, treated him to a brief display of her coordination skills at some of its most intense ever, and even a failed-but-exciting attempt to see Coballion in the nearby Milstraton Cave. There was BARELY a legitimate response to ANY of those outside of ‘thank you’ (Hector admitted the coordination act was impressive, but that was in a bored monotone). She didn't even get any sort of anger or tears about her absence for most of his life at that point, which was something she expected. He wasn't frustrated over it, he wasn't depressed over it; he just didn't care enough. Hector’s first few meetings with his own mother in the first time in his memory were about as lively as a zombie in a White Void Room, if even that. She theorized that it was the bullies that made him this incredibly distant and anti-social way, but ultimately she hadn't the money to change schools or move, and Hector’s own responses to said bullying-even if now that he tried ignoring them-prevented a lawsuit from even hoping of working. If anything, Hector scarred those that picked on him more so than they scarred him.

Helicia and Bruno then considered this was a deeper problem than just issues of parental abandonment or bullying (though both were also troublesome). They visited a local psychiatrist, hoping that Hector’s emotionless could be therapeutically cured, and hopefully would not be any severe mental disorder (IE, they didn't want him to turn out to be a Sociopath or Psychopath). That day was when he pretty much first met a Psychic Type at all. He saw several live Pokémon well before this, but not a Psychic Type. His opinions on Pokémon were neutral at this point: some of the worst bullies he had to put up with happened to have a Pokémon of his/her own at that point, (and used them, however weak, as aid against Hector) but he definitely was curious about what were, in essence, loyal bodyguards that he could call upon to win the fights he himself couldn't, and definitely aspired to be a Trainer, if only for that reason. The Psychiatrist had an Abra (the Psychic Type), coincidentally, and it being a young Pokémon (by Pokémon standards about as old as Hector) and currently not in its 18-hour sleep period, she decided to leave it with Hector , saying to him that his parents and her would be in a different room for fifteen-or-so minutes, talking about treatment options. Abra were nonviolent Pokémon by nature: when conscious, they either try to ignore fights or flee them. Hector’s current plan for dealing with bullies, when he didn't get angry enough to fistfight, was either ignore the taunts or run from the incoming pain, so the two obviously related on some level (something the Psychiatrist knew), why she left Hector with the Abra.

Once the Psychiatrist left to discuss the treatment options, well, the Abra, being curious about the new kid, did what would be logical, and attempted communication. Being that Hector was human and the Abra lacked the ability to communicate in English, the best way to do this was to use telepathy. For the Abra, it was natural to chat with humans and other Pokémon in this manner, even if they were surprised about suddenly hearing a voice in their head that belonged to it. For Hector, ‘mind blowing’ didn't cover it. Try ‘mind obliterating.’ Here was a Pokémon, who acted somewhat like him (the Abra didn't have issues with emotional expression, but otherwise, he was similar), related to his problems, and talked WITH ITS MIND. Long story short, when his parents left the room, he pointed at the Abra and said, in his most pleading voice possible, “Can I keep him?” After a smaller discussion over why, exactly, he wanted the Abra, the adults went in the room for another fifteen minutes, re-evaluating the whole thing, and deciding that, albeit the Abra wasn't going to go home with Hector (he didn't react happily to that), and that the initial therapy course was still going to happen, that the next possible moment, he should get a Pokémon or two, one of which were Psychics, to help Hector relate to something else living. The Psychiatrist also wagered that the feeling of companionship would help him obtain other friends. It was around Christmas at this point.

Hector wasn't the kind of kid to sneak down to see what he got for Christmas-there wasn't usually enough stuff to get overly excited for. However, rarely did he see one of the presents jump up on his bed of its own accord in the middle of the night and paw at him curiously. He mistook it for someone poking him and woke up, getting a first glimpse of his new Eevee. Briefly curious as to why there was an Eevee inspecting his face, he then got out of bed early-partially because the Eevee was too curious in pushing against Hector’s face with its paw to allow Hector to properly sleep-and saw that not only did the Eevee manage to slip out of its own kernel, a Ralts was in another Kernal right next to it. He didn’t wake his parents, instead preferring to let the Ralts out, let it talk and translate for the Eevee, and do so WITH ITS MIND. He named the female Ralts Deovi and the female Eevee Eif. Best Christmas EVER.

The other thing he got that wasn't related to taking care of the two Pokémon-computer privileges, which included the ability to play his dad’s old-ish copy of the original GLADIATOR-paled in comparison (at the time). When School restarted, virtually all bullying stopped-it wasn't like an Eevee and a Ralts were the most intimidating Pokémon ever, but you still didn't mess around with a kid that could send out Pokémon, no matter how weak (Helicia explicitly got both because they had at least one strong attack; Eif had Trump Card, Deovi had Psychic). The inadvertent swarm of people highly interested in his cute Eevee and Ralts were, in turn, shooed off by Hector due to his protective nature (and otherwise beaten silly), but eventually people learned that he didn't like others touching his two Pokémon unless he said so. He definitely was still being picked on by a small band of persistent bullies of the more physical variety (that gradually increased over time as Hector’s obsession with the two increased to point of extreme irritation for any present), but Hector had human friends at this point (if the two Pokémon weren't enough to at least gather people, the Psychiatrist was definitely making sure Hector spoke to people). He didn't really touch the GLADIATOR game, despite its persisting popularity, and it went on until he got to Middle School. Devoi evolved into a Kirlia, even. The only somewhat odd thing (aside from the still near-guaranteed comment on his lack of talking in class and his obsessive behavior in protecting his Pokemon) was an interest in, of all things, Parkour, and that wasn't too odd for a kid who learned the hard way that if they just came for the pain, going where they couldn't worked best to deter them.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:55 AM
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Then Middle School came. Hector ditched several previous bullies but even more former friends to go to Driftveil Middle School, which, unlike the Elementary School, actually had an interest in more than Pokémon. Specifically, GLADIATOR. It was a little of a while ago, but Summit’s hit with GLADIATOR was huge, even several years from the initial release. Dedicated clans were still around, ranging from tiny and unheard of, to so huge they were synonymous with GLADIATOR itself (and then some). Hector was just happy less people hit him and there were more consequences for attacking, which deterred physical bullying (that didn't STOP it, though, but he had Devoi and Eif for that). However, the consistent war between the clans (specifically two clans that were based in Driftveil City, hyperION and DaTaFoX) either tossed major braggarts Hector's way who did not STOP talking about what Hector thought of as 'that worthless fad,' and their achievements in it who basically acted as recruitment officers, somewhat more considerate people that were still 'recruitment officers,' or if two of either of them were in the same room, near enough to see each other, they got into humongous fights that got both of them into trouble (thankfully not Hector) with them almost always yelling profanities at Hector about what he was if he was on the other side. He found no friends outside of the few that he already had. He did not 'give in,' exactly, to the demands of one another, and managed to almost keep that way for the whole of sixth grade. Almost.

Then one of them-specifically a particularly nasty braggart on the hyperION side-during one of the aforementioned fights with a more considerate DaTaFoX rep, kicked Eif in the face while attempting to kick the DaTaFoX rep. Nobody expected the quiet guy that had been taking this several times now to turn red in the face and attempt strangling the dude two years older than him that was also a muscle-covered football player, much less nearly kill said dude, but it required two adults, one a police officer, to get Hector off of the braggart's neck. The resulting injury took a month to resolve, which gave the Braggart The resulting suspension lasted until only a week of school was left. A surprised-and-upset Bruce confined Hector to his room until the suspension was over. He also had to dodge legal action by the hyperION braggart's parents for nearly murdering him, something he fortunately managed to completely dodge thanks to a good lawyer (Hector got away clean with a case of temporary insanity). He wasn't explicitly expelled, but the resulting hyperION sympathy, stemming from the fact that a hyperION-side member was nearly killed, and the fact that it was all but known Hector was on DaTaFoX's side after the incident, made most of the hyperION-sympathetic, and Hector (and most of DaTaFoX) left for another school in Driftveil after that year was done for to avoid issues with the incident. The only good news was that Eif was 'inspired' to evolve into an Espeon during the period of the suspension (a trainer that would kill over someone kicking your face is definitely a very nice one to have), which allowed Hector to communicate with Eif directly WITH ITS MIND.

During that last week of school, Hector played GLADIATOR for the first time, for two reasons: A, he wanted into DaTaFoX (who heartily approved of Hector attacking the hyperION braggart, near-death aside), which required him to play GLADIATOR, and B, he specifically wanted to get back at that braggart by making him lose at the very game he boasted of. Hector did not believe that it was the addicting game it was at the time, though he didn't disapprove of human-to-Pokémon violence himself (Hector had to punch a few Pokémon when he was younger to escape a few bullies; Eif and Devoi didn't see much difference between who hit what from their perspective), and as Bruce didn't either (He once had to fend off an angry Boldore with his pickaxe), Hector was given a few 'pro' tips from the get-go that worked in general ("It's easier to take on the tough guy if you get rid of the weaker ones helping him first;" "Aim for the head, it takes more damage there"). However, Hector did NOT expect how addicting the whole thing was. GLADIATOR as a game received a ton of perfect scores from all over the world's gaming community for its revolutionary game play style, its highly frenzied multiplayer that required as much thought as it did straight-up brute force, its honestly good single-player plot (with explanations as to WHY the GLADIATORS had their powers) and still kept a crown for years as THE best game ever, he knew. Hector just didn't know why. Well, now he did. He wasn't an instant prodigy atthe game, but he spent several hours on it five days of that seven, mastering the powers of his two Pokémon (who were fairly nonchalant about it) and becoming honestly good in the multiplayer arena. He came to like Eif's in-game powers more, as a note. The sixth day, he finally joined the DaTaFoX clan. The seventh was notable because, it being saturday, he happened to be on Route 5 for some quiet (he had an Espeon and a Kirlia, both fairly competent battlers that could handle the wild, it couldn't get that bad), and he happened to spot none other than Coballian, drinking from a stream, minding its(his?) own business. Hector was amazed and got a good minute of silence watching the it(him?) drink. Coballion didn't intend itself (himself?) to be seen, but when it (he?) sensed someone was watching it(him?), it(he?) turned its (his?) head to Hector's location. Hector was GONE, well before Coballion could really find out who was spying on it(him?), and it(he?) paid the event no mind and went back to its(his?) business. Obviously Hector was talking about it for months, though nobody could believe him. Route 5, right next to a city that was nicknamed the city of ambition, when Coballion was a Pokémon that fought humans in the past because of the very ambition and fled from contact by humanity? Yhea. Right. He didn't contact the papers or anything, but still.

The Plasma events were starting when Hector revisited School after the summer holiday (during which he found two more Pokémon: a Poliwhirl as his first captured Pokémon, named Paul, and a Shiny Swablu Hector was gifted by Helicia for his birthday, who in turn received it from a friend who was breeding Swablu as an egg, and happened to hatch it Shiny). GLADIATOR's popularity was still strong among the fans, however, as it was only in the early stages at the start of the School year. The hyperION and DaTaFoX Rivalry, even in a new school, still burned brightly, and to Hector's dismay, the very braggart that he had nearly killed last year had migrated to this school as well (apparently due to some bussing issues and failing the last grade, and not his personal choice), which made it burn even brighter. Hector's stone cold personality was a stark contrast to the braggart's, however, who made his name known as Nicholas, or zhuy_ION as he was known online. The result among the school population was mixed: Some thought Hector was a time bomb to stay FAAAAR away from and that hyperION was a much nicer group, while others thought Nicholas had it coming to him and thought DaTaFoX was much better (Ironically hyperION WAS a nicer clan in general than DaTaFoX, if you counted the amount of non-braggart members against each other). Hector didn't really care for the clan rivalry with each other moreso than just putting the finishing touches on getting back at Nicholas for kicking Eif in the face (as if strangling him wasn't enough), even as the Plasma events progressed and the GLADIATOR base, as well as everyting else Sierra, started to deteriorate.

The two clans (along with several others based in western/northwestern Unova, among them Noitsa-BG, IronSharks, Voidius, and the very big and noticable clan SGOY) had monthly exhibitions to determine who was best in massive tournament-style battles (the numbers got up into the thousands among the biggest of the lot). As a note, these were 4-on-4 matches, not just 1-on-1, and the same squad of four had to advance or lose. Hector skipped the first few on account of needing more practice with the game itself (specifically the ones held during summer break), but tried his first attempt during the one held at the start of school. He got past the first and second rounds with his squad (which had a fairly good player), but lost to a hyperION squad (said squad not having Nicholas) due to the three weaker players (Hector, Aka I39Z, and two others) consistently being picked off and targeted while they avoided the pro that would have kicked their a**es, causing the pro to blame his squad's loss on the other three's inability to defend themselves against usually four coordinated attackers instead of his focus on defeating the members instead of covering his weaker squad mates. The second time, Hector's squad (which included the pro) lost round-one, and Hector and his two less-pro mates were again blamed for the loss (under similar conditions, except this time the opponents were from Voidius). The third time Hector was again paired with the pro (who consistently called Hector a noob), and they got to round three before being defeated by Nicholas, aka zuhy_ION, aka the braggart that kicked Eif's face, who's tandem mockery of his skills after the loss and the 'pro' once again blaming Hector, dove him into researching game mechanics to find SOME way to overcome an issue (mainly, the issue of close-range attackers being stronger than ranged attackers being a key metagame imbalance) that usually made Hector's abilities hard to use properly. With no real solution, he concluded (incorrectly) that the power of a Pokemon determined the power of the GLADIATOR in-game. Far from insulting Eif's abilities, he devoted a large portion of his time to train her up to become stronger (Eif didn't mind, it made her stronger and more fitting to protect the Trainer she liked so much), and while he was at it, also trained his other three Pokemon, and spent the rest of his time doing everything he possibly could with his GLADIATOR in-game, thinking of every strategy. When the fourth time he took a swing at it came, he was noticably better but still not good enough to get past round 4 (this time a SGOY squad did the job. Note-worthily, another DaTaFoX team, with the Pro that harassed Hector before, had won the whole thing).

Then he found a possible breakthrough: There were a lot of bottomless pits in a typical GLADIATOR multiplayer arena that weren't guarded by anything. Knockback was an afterthought in comparison to damage typically, but considering falling to your death was a very quick way of taking care of enemies, he thought it MIGHT be worth it. His fifth attempt at the tourney, however, proved that 'might' was an incorrect statement. His powers-after some in-game tweaking of his own abilities-proved impossibly difficult to deal with, and albeit he didn't even come into contact with hyperION and didn't have the 'Pro,' he still won the whole thing. Noticably, he did call out a teammate for nearly allowing the enemy to rack up the score on round four by waltzing up to the same structure, and did so with some less-than-flattering methods. The sixth tournament was on-hold, however: the Plasma crisis reached Driftveil, and both key DaTaFoX and hyperION members (among others in other groups) couldn't attend. When Hector came back for the seventh tournament, he noticed that there were only five clans; the Plasma crisis took its toll on the morale of the members of Noitsa-BG, but nevertheless, the tournament was still very large. Hector lost on round five, this time because of the same thing that nearly let him loose on round four (members of the team basically lining up for slaughter by members of IronShark), and he wasn't any bit happy about that. The eighth tournament offered to make sure that didn't repeat by removing IronShark from the equation: The Iccirus-based clan was terrified of Plasma having freaking Zekrom on their side. Hector lost in the finals, due to some infighting in the squad itself-the two members to blame were chastised by him before being discharged from DaTaFoX.

The Ninth tournament he had wasn't a regional one: The four-man squadron he took into his only winning round thus far was offered an Unovan GLADIATOR regional tournament . As it was banned everywhere else in the world, that was the equivalent of a worldwide championship and was treated as such by clans (who were the only devout fans at this point). He, along with the squadmates (calling themselves the Elites of DaTaFoX quickly) took the offer (and two others competed to qualify, and won). The northwestern squadrons included SGOY, DaTaFoX, and hyperION (to a limited extent: there was only one squad, in comparion to SGOY's twelve and DaTaFoX's three). They consisted of the majority of the squads (Southwestern/southern Unova was represented entirely by one major clan, ToXicItY, with ten squads; Northeastern/eastern had two, Tidus-Humi and Joukio, the former small with two squads and the latter almost unheard of with three); The big issue of a lack of diversity clan-wise (according to DaTaFoX long-runners) was Team Plasma, and it looked to be the last one (a Summit official even said it wasn't looking good to the company directly to one of Hector's Squad mates). Hector's squad quickly proved themselves, obliterating a ToXicIty clan with surprising speed at round one, and continuing to consistently dominate throughout the whole tournament. It was standard practice to Hector, who saw the 'Pro' freak out to losing to the ONLY hyperION squad as the worst member of the team (in the bathroom where nobody would flash a camera or anything) and the other DaTaFoX team take a massive loss to a Joukio squad (it was a quick meme among the remaining GLADIATOR fandom to refer to coming out of nowhere to kick a** as 'doing things Joukio-Style'). Hector, however, only really remembered the Semifinal, which put him directly against the sole hyperION squad...And Nicholas, aka zhuy_ION, aka the guy that kicked Eif's Face. It was VASTLY more popular than the Joukio bada**es vs. SGOY elites matchup, mainly due to Hector nearly killing Nicholas after Nicholas kicked Eif in the face. The matchup proved to be immensely brutal, with each team doing their best. zhuy_ION (Nicholas) proved that the tried-and-true meele attacker (his link was a Scizor) was NOT to be messed with, while the fates of hyperION players who got in I39Z's (Hector's) way (except the knockback-resistant Nicholas, which put a dent in Hector's typical plans) were to be suddenly shoved off of a cliff before they could retaliate. zhuy got a few kills of I39Z in during the match while the latter could not do the same with the former, and the whole thing was neck-and-neck and hyper tense (contrasting the huge curbstomp Joukio gave SGOY), calumniating in a scene where I39Z (Hector) seemed to be out of attacks he could use against zhuy_ION (Nicholas) (no Psychic Bolt charges, Psi-Spark was worthless, Psi-Burst on cooldown, and seemingly out of Royal Flush cards). zhuy could do in I39Z with one hit, while without any attacks I39Z was a sitting duck against a full-health zhuy...Apparently. zhuy made a small taunt after his last attack, seemingly the last Royal Flush, hitting someone else and not doing him in either: "Out of Cards! That's Five!" Then I39Z threw the REAl fifth Royal Flush. One Hit Kill, enough points to win. Cue two MORE memes: "You can't count to five" (I39Z to zhuy after the latter was killed for the last points), followed by "EMERGENCY AFTERDEATH KEYBOARD HEADBUTT ATTACK" (someone's taunting comment on zhuy's response of absolute frustration, which was headbutting the keyboard he played on).

The DaTaFoX elites proceeded to face Joukio in the final, and they looked to be winning by a few dozen points (not too much but not too little), but the whole thing was interrupted when policemen came on-sight saying that Team Plasma's freaking castle was invading the Pokémon League and demanded everyone returned home for saftey reasons. The match was put off indefinitely, after that whole crisis was narrowly averted (by a trainer named Hilbert from Nuvema that wielded Reshiram against Zekrom and Team Plasma's King, N) and the Joukio team had lost heart after it was over and some members of Team Plasma were STILL lurking (unofficially, though, DaTaFoX won). Sierra was dead at this point. DaTaFoX (the only clan left in Driftveil, as hyperION had disbanded afterwards too) was still there (as was SGOY), with their own private GLADIATOR server to play on, but even Hector got bored of that after a while (he truly was only interested in finally getting full revenge with Nicholas), and instead started training for his eventual career in Pokémon...Something. He did coordination jobs like his mother sometimes, briefly participated in the PWT's first exhibition round (losing to some 'Colress' dude in a seriously nasty battle), and won the Driftveil city Gym badge. All of his Pokemon were fully evolved. His classes leaned towards battle proficiancy and expert coordination techniques. Summit stayed bankrupt. Hector didn't see their revival coming any sooner than him finding Coballion again and catching it.

He got both excited (as excited as a low-emotion person like him could feasibly show) when he heard of the revival of Summit and the return of GLADIATOR. He was initially put off by the fact it would no longer be a computer game, but the features made the old GLADIATOR look outdated in all aspects (the old GLADIATOR's graphics and music were the only outdated things about it). His clan yearned for him (and his unofficial regional-winning squadmates, the DaTaFoX elite) to submit a video. They did so heartily, including an uncut and unedited version of the semifinal match against hyperION, among other massive showcases. The other clans (including the many dead ones) also submitted their videos, excluding hyperION (whose former members were absorbed into DaTaFoX shortly after the announcement came). Hector didn't really know IF he was going to be chosen, and doubted it (he thought it was a random draw), and again, thought that the odds were slim, considering that the regional lock of GLADIATOR to Unova seemed to be lifting.

Then the package came. The Summit group decided that only ONE Of the four would be allowed to go, but ultimately they definately chose DaTaFoX (Hector heard no news of the other teams: whether or not they were also selected was to be a secret). The four squad mates played a game of the original GLADIATOR through both a rush through the story mode and a 5-round free-for-all to determine who was best of the lot, and obviously I39Z, Hector Psiana, won that honor. He was excited (This time obviously), and started to get prepared for the whole event. His father was busy, however, with mining work, so he set his alarm clock early and got permission to walk it. Unfortunately for him, his alarm clock broke and he woke up only because of Eif, still an hour late (it would take hours to get there on time). He rushed to Nimbasa, eagerly awaiting being there and hoping he wasn't too late...
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POKEMON LINK: Eif the Espeon.

ABILITIES: The entirety of I39Z’s abilities cater to his strategy of attacking without warning or notice and NOT getting hit. Henceforth, it will be noted now that his ability to take hits is a reinforcement of that goal: He will go down faster than the average GLADIATOR. Do not think that one simple punch will work: However, the ratio of punches he can take verses the punches the average GLADIATOR warrior can is enough to notice (It’s about 2/3rds, if you would like to know exact numbers). All attacks except Psi-Spark involve Hector using the devices on his palms and fingertips to shoot out energy in a specific form. All attacks, despite 'real-world' typing or wording, have no type effectiveness whatsoever: There is no super effective or ineffective hits he has to worry about (and conversely, he has no weaknesses or resistances). All attack descriptions with relations to power are done so in comparison to how much damage they would do to (most) other GLADIATORS in multiplayer and not exactly in-game NPC enemies. The programmers decided to give Hector a nod and, assuming Eif was still involved, program his armor to give him the same abilities he used in the Semifinals, which are below.

Supersensory: Espeon have sensitive fur, to the point of weather prediction and mind reading. (Seriously, read BW2’s Pokedex entry. It says that its fur is sensitive enough to tell what it’s opponent is thinking. THE FUR). It doesn’t extend to that point in-game, thankfully, as that level of sensitivity would probably kill I39Z. This instead manifests itself in two ways. First off, I39Z has access to a radar inside his HUD (Heads up Display), which extends to 40 meters. It seeks Psychic signals, so it is possible to slip under it if you are Dark-Typed. Anything else is fair game. He can differentiate between allies and enemies, too: Red Diamonds are enemies, while White Diamonds are allies. Also, he can tell when a change in weather is imminent (IE, regular conditions to a searing-hot sun, a powerful rain to a calm snow, ect.), which is alerted to him on an indicator above the radar.

Psychic Bolt: Espeon ARE Psychics. This is a general purpose attack suitable for any range, relying on Eif’s ability to harness Psychic Power. The attack’s damage is pretty good, and the projectile speed is fairly fast. This is ultimately I39Z's primary-and best-way to attack and deal damage. It is limited by a series of charges-15 total. It takes 10 seconds to recharge each charge. He can track charges for this attack on the HUD. There is an AOE (Area of Effect) to the attack, but the AOE is somewhat small and damage for getting caught in the AOE but not actually being hit by the projectile is small. You're only really taking damage if the actual projectile hits you.

Royal Flush: This is derived from Eif’s Trump Card attack. This ability is measured on the HUD in the form of five cards (representing charges)-a Ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace, all in Diamonds (henceforth the name) to be used up in that exact order. The attack IS a ranged attack, it has average speed and there is a single, small, card-shaped projectile launched. It is best suited to close-range combat, because the projectile homes in on its target, which is whichever enemy is closest to I39Z and not his personal choice-however, should there be no targets close enough to home in on, I39Z simply cannot use the attack, even if there is an opponent in sight range (this attack homes in regardless of sight range, and around obstacles and other non-targeted enemies, to boot). Royal Flush, however, has humongous damage potential: Like the move Trump Card, the first use is the weakest, but the last use is the strongest. Royal Flush requires all of its charges to be used in order to recharge, and a full recharge takes a whole minute, usually meaning that I39Z typically needs to prioritize his targets before using his charges, make sure they are as close as possible, and being forced to wait that one minute. Knockback is dependant entirely on damage, and henceforth which charge is being used: The first and second charges do not have knockback at all; The third has minor knockback; the fourth can push people about four yards; the fifth charge can send someone about eight yards or so backwards. All-in-all, make sure you can count to five. A full salvo of being hit by all five cards can down most regular enemies.

Psi-Burst: Another Expression of Eif’s Psychic Powers, Psi-Burst is I39Z's only real crowd-control attack, specifically designed to keep the crowd away from I39Z. It does low damage (You are almost guaranteed to not be defeated by Psi-Burst's damage alone) but has huge knockback; Psi-Burst is more lethal for sending people into hazards or over cliffs than actually hurting. I39Z uses it by creating energy between his two palms-energy that doesn't affect him, as a note. He either shoots it at the ground (creating a smaller pulse that completely covers his sides for a short range), or at a group of foes (creating a still conical burst that covers medium range). It runs on a half-minute long cooldown. Hector should take down his enemies quick enough that it shouldn't come to this being used as an emergency 'get-GLADIATORS-away-from-me' attack, but he loves it when pushing enemies off of cliffs.

Psi-Spark: At all times, a small psychic charge is in his knuckle guards. Whenever he punches someone, this charge is released, requiring a small 3 second cooldown to regain that single charge. It ultimately is moreso a reminder that he is NOT to be facing people at that range than a way to attack; it's only a little stronger than the typical punch.

RIVALRY POKES:
Eif the Espeon. Power Level 54; Trump Card, Swift, Psychic, Morning Sun; Synchronize; Gifted by Helicia. A notably sarcastic partner to Hector that generally does the speaking for Hector (through Telepathy). Loyal to the death and then some; Do not screw with Hector with Eif in sight range, you will wish you weren’t alive afterwards.
Devoi the Gardevoir. Power Level 50; Magical Leaf, Will-O-Wisp, Thunderbolt, Psychic; Trace; Gifted by Helicia. A caring figure that sees Hector as a young child to be raised, this despite the fact that Hector raised Deovi from basically a baby to an adult. If only because of her relationship to Hector and the nature of Gardevoir in general, it is possibly the only Pokémon more loyal to Hector than Eif.
Paul the Poliwrath. Power Level 44; Mind Reader, Dynamic Punch, Waterfall, Ice Punch; Caught on Route 5. A haughty and proud Pokémon, he is nevertheless happy to help out. Relationship is loyal, but not to the extents of Eif.
Ria the Shiny Altaria. Power Level 44; Sing, Perish Song, Dragon Dance, Dragon Claw; Natural Cure; Gifted by Helicia. Ultimately a Coordination Pokémon that Helicia handpicked and Hector raised for the very task; she sees herself as very beautiful and very important to narcissistic points as such. Relationship is loyal, due to the fact that Hector raised her, but not to the extents of Eif.

Other: Yes, Hector is good at Parkour and running really fast. Fleeing bullies does that to you, eventually.


Sincerely, I am sorry about the whole huge SU thing. :P I couldn't really define the character well without a massive one, but I wanted someone really fleshed out.
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Congratulations, you won the prize of biggest SU I have ever read every xD

That aside, however, this really gave me some really deep insight on your character though. I really liked the whole clan idea you presented here--it was very interesting to read about. Don't worry about the creative liberties--I wanted to leave what the original GLADIATOR played like up to your guys' imagination. This RP really won't have too much to do with what was done in the past games, at least, for what I have planned.

But I really don't understand why everyone suddenly started throwing in usernames and "rival pokemon"... Seriously guys, we ain't going to use them ^^'

Anyway, everything looks good! ^^ (though a few errors threw me off--What's Sierra? xD Who's Bruno? Think you meant to say SUMMIT and Bruce) You are very much accepted!

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Congratulations, you won the prize of biggest SU I have ever read every xD

That aside, however, this really gave me some really deep insight on your character though. I really liked the whole clan idea you presented here--it was very interesting to read about. Don't worry about the creative liberties--I wanted to leave what the original GLADIATOR played like up to your guys' imagination. This RP really won't have too much to do with what was done in the past games, at least, for what I have planned.

But I really don't understand why everyone suddenly started throwing in usernames and "rival pokemon"... Seriously guys, we ain't going to use them ^^'

Anyway, everything looks good! ^^ (though a few errors threw me off--What's Sierra? xD Who's Bruno? Think you meant to say SUMMIT and Bruce) You are very much accepted!

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We were never told NOT to have usernames. I just chucked it in mine for ****s and giggles. As as for the other pokemon, I added more pokemon to the team, to give a more interesting history, and more options for the RP. What is more interesting? Crimson worked at the Lilycove Department store, or he worked there where he met the Hoenn champ, who saw potential in him and gave him a Beldum? I made that Off the Battlefield Rivalry reference as a joke, and people took it seriously. If we aren't going to use them, whats the big deal ha ha ?
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Congratulations, you won the prize of biggest SU I have ever read every xD

That aside, however, this really gave me some really deep insight on your character though. I really liked the whole clan idea you presented here--it was very interesting to read about. Don't worry about the creative liberties--I wanted to leave what the original GLADIATOR played like up to your guys' imagination. This RP really won't have too much to do with what was done in the past games, at least, for what I have planned.

But I really don't understand why everyone suddenly started throwing in usernames and "rival pokemon"... Seriously guys, we ain't going to use them ^^'

Anyway, everything looks good! ^^ (though a few errors threw me off--What's Sierra? xD Who's Bruno? Think you meant to say SUMMIT and Bruce) You are very much accepted!

Welcome to the Battleground!
Ah, awesome. Now for a post about how Hector is incredibly late to the party and narrowly missed out. XD Seriously, I'll post soon.
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We were never told NOT to have usernames. I just chucked it in mine for ****s and giggles. As as for the other pokemon, I added more pokemon to the team, to give a more interesting history, and more options for the RP. What is more interesting? Crimson worked at the Lilycove Department store, or he worked there where he met the Hoenn champ, who saw potential in him and gave him a Beldum? I made that Off the Battlefield Rivalry reference as a joke, and people took it seriously. If we aren't going to use them, whats the big deal ha ha ?
LoL, I don't have a problem with it--s'all fine by me. I just thought it was funny that you guys started throwing that in there xD Seriously, though, I'm not one to limit your creativity--do what you like, by all means :)
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I set up both of my accepted SUs on one post.
Joseph Swift and Alex the Krookodile
Gerald Benson and Scorn the Ariados

I wonder if having an immunity to Electric and Psychic based attacks will help Joe in case of PVP.
That may need to be balanced somehow.

Gerald will sort of have to rely on his poison to deal with most problems. Does that work the same in Gladiator as it does in the Pokemon games?
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I just gotta say, Lati, loved reading that post xD *british accent activate* Most amusing, I say ^_P

Anyway, just checking real quick--is anyone else going to post soonish/post more? *pokes Sabi* Otherwise, I will be moving on ^^
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If I don't post by Monday then we can move on. *has a million things to write*
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