The Great Forest (2nd Try)
This is my second attempt at this URPG story...
Pokemon Aiming For: Wurmple
Characters In Story: 4,000
The Great Forest
Zach was mythologist. Twenty-six years old, he had been studying ancient pokemon folklore for nearly a decade, ever since he got apprenticeship from Jubilife High School For Pokemon Trainers. He was extremely bright, but in reality, Zach didn't look it.
He had brought such a gangster look upon himself to fit in with, "this new age," and instead of being regular as was all of his ancestors before him, he wore different, and apparently trendy clothing. He wore a hoody, whenever it went past Five PM, and a designer coat. He had shaved of in the middle of his eyebrows, and pierced them on one side. His nose was a little bit longer than usual, and his lips were small.
The elders at where Zach studied had sent him on a visit to the Johto Region. This was his first field trip, and he intended it to be a success. He had been told deep within a place called Ilex Forest was a sacred shrine, and in it, a sacred pokemon. The pokemon was called ... Celebi.
We catch up with Zach as he stumbled into the large country city of Azulea, being chased out of a local cavern by Zubats, one of which was the size of a Golbat. On the way to Azulea, simultaneous to the Zubat chase, Zach had noticed a huge well to the side of him. Laying in front of it was five chubby Slowpokes covered in muds. They smelt revolting, and gave Zach a horrible feeling.
His first sight of Azulea town was a deep country area, with a few buildings stuck in odd spots, as well as a ridiculously long path leading from the entrance of the Town to the exit of the town, right into the heart of Ilex Forest, Zach's destination.
"No," said a voice from outside a small Pokemart. An old man with mud-coloured grey hair had seen him looking at Ilex Forest. "Don't go there. Let the spirits be, please. Take this instead," he instructed. The old man reached into a deep pocket in his long black robe and found a oddly coloured tennis ball. He thrust it into Zach's hands.
"What is it?" Zach asked unpolitely. The old man frowned at him.
"It's a Dusk Ball. It's my own variation of a pokeball. It helps you catch pokemon at night or in caves. You can go back to the Slowpoke well and catch yourself one, since it's eight in the evening. Or, go back to that cave you came from. There are plenty of Zubats in there, and I've heard rumours of a special pokemon appearing on Friday's, and it's Friday tomorrow. The cave will also favour that ball. But whatever you do, don't go into the -"
The old man couldn't finish the sentence, because Zach had rushed off to Ilex Forest.
"JUST REMEMBER THAT IF YOU DIE, KURT WARNED YOU NOT TO GO IN THERE," The man shouted back. "That didn't make any sense..." Kurt muttered to himself. That must have been Kurt, the pokeball man. He seemed too cracked up to be famous...
Meanwhile, Zack's heart was pounding as he entered the famous forest. He saw thousands of small beady eyes looking at him, but he mentally shrugged them off. He only concentrated on one pokemon - the great Celebi. There was one long winding path into the forest, dark and gloomy. The Zubats had gone, but Zach would much rather be with them instead. He had pretended to be snooty and too smart for his own good at Jubilife, but really, he had a wandering mind, and was quite inquisitive about life.
Deeper and deeper into the forest did Zach plunge, and finally he was thwarted in his mission. A huge Parasect, with an extremely big mushroom stepped in front of him. Zach didn't have a pokemon, so he was going to be either paralyzed or poisoned. Today, the old man Kurt was right. He would die.
The Parasect withdrew some sort of Spore, and aimed it at Zach. For a moment he stood still, just accepting the fact he would be stuck in the menacing forest after being paralyzed. Maybe, if this was a Sleep Powder attack, he'd fall asleep against his will and be eaten by the huge insect that stood before him. He could not let this be...
But suddenly, at the last second, the Parasect was flung out of the way by a Psychic move. Zach looked around to see who had saved him. Then he saw it. It was a glimpse of Celebi, the spirit of the forest. It was a small majestic creature, with a tiny head rounded off like an onion. This was the greatest day of Zach's life. He heard a clipping noise from the bush. The Parasect was angered by Celebi's move. It launched itself into the air, surprising Zach, and pounced on Celebi. Zach guessed this was Pound, a common move used by many pokemon.
Celebi's facial expression changed. It seemed as if it wasn't expecting a battle. But, if circumstances caused it to have to fight for the guests of Ilex Forest, it'd have to reluctantly accept the outcome. Celebi hurriedly disappeared from Parasect's clench, and appeared in the air behind it. Teleport, used by many Psychic pokemon, Zach realized. Parasect landed with a thud.
This was all too much for Zach. He glanced up at Celebi, who was sparkling in the moonlight. He felt like taking a photo on his mobile phone, but thought again. It may have made Celebi flee, and Parasect might round on Zach again. I'd better not, he thought.
Parasect struggled to get up, but eventually did. It shrieked, and Zach heard scuttling from around the forest. Before Zach could catch up with what was happening, Celebi released a bolt of blue energy at Parasect and flung it right out of the forest completely. Psybeam was one of Celebi's special moves, Zach knew.
Suddenly, the whole forest seemed to circle Zach and Celebi. About one hundred insects, mostly Paras, Parasect, and Skorupi, glared at them. Not even Celebi could tackle this many, Zach confessed to himself.
He was proved wrong instantly. Celebi turned a mixture of different colours including orange, blue, and pink, before exploding. The whole army of Bug-Types were abolished, one by one, they exploded and deteriorated. It was an amazing but discomforting sight to know so many pokemon were harmed. The move was like nothing Zach had ever seen before. He supposed it was a Selfdestruct, but then thought again as he noticed a worn-out Celebi still hovering above him.
What could the move be? Zach wondered and wondered, but couldn't think of an explanation. Finally, he conceded the truth. There were many secrets about legendary pokemon that hadn't been discovered yet. Maybe this was one of them.
He thought of something. Even though he was told never to catch a legendary, Celebi was getting away and Zach had to take drastic measures. He pulled the Dusk Ball out of his pocket and launched it at the legendary pokemon, but Celebi was long gone. Instead, the ball landed right on a passing Wurmple. This was random, thought the deeply annoyed Zach.
Zach desperately waited for the Wurmple to pop out of the Dusk Ball, but after two rolls, it didn't. Would he have to catch the small insect?