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Mar. 1st, 2009 @ 02:40 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: accomplished
Whew! We're finally in Oreburgh! The trip went pretty well, actually - we camped last night about a mile from Oreburgh Gate, and then went the rest of the way this morning. There were a lot more other trainers on this route than we saw before, which makes sense... there's a lot of back-and-forth traffic between the mines and the construction projects in Jubilife, which means people taking their Pokémon along for protection.

The Gate itself was interesting - basically a cavern that naturally goes through most of the mountain, which the Oreburgh miners dug the rest of the way through to make a shortcut to Canalave (instead of having to go all the way around through Eterna). There's a whole cave system underground, but I didn't have time to explore it. Maybe when I'm on my way back.

As soon as I let everyone out of their Pokéballs in town, Shinx and Stonewall got into an argument about something. I'm not sure what it was about - wishing yet again that we could understand these guys :( - but I eventually had to break them up before they started fighting. Weird. Starly and Pip-Pip have been chirping back and forth too, but I get the feeling their argument is a little more playful (or maybe just more sassy).

Planning to take a walk around town, maybe check out the museum - I can take my time before trying for the gym. Catch you all later!
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Feb. 28th, 2009 @ 07:16 am (no subject)
We've done a few days of training since my last post and I think I can safely say that the passage to Oreburgh City won't be too big a problem. It'll probably take a couple days, though, so I've packed for the trip appropriately - water, food, potions, a tent and sleeping bag... the usual stuff.

Wish us luck!
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Feb. 25th, 2009 @ 11:25 am (no subject)
Current Location: Jubilife City
Got a Pokétch! Apparently the "contest" Lionel mentioned consisted of:
  1. Find three clowns at various places around town.
  2. Answer a trivia question from each. (Most of this was basic "trainer tips" - the kind of stuff I found out in my cramming session before setting off - so it was pretty easy.)
  3. Go to the Pokétch HQ and pick up a watch.
I'm pretty impressed that the company can get away with just giving away the watch like this - shows how much they make off of licensed apps, I guess.

Lionel's run off now... something about how "a rival has to wait in the shadows". It's all schtick of course, but it's the kind of schtick that makes the guy so hillarious.

Team's getting ready to head to the next town - it'll probably take a couple days to train up for that, though. If that battle yesterday told us anything, it's that we're definitely still sort of behind the curve as far as standing up against the local wildlife is concerned.

I'll keep you all posted. See you later!
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Feb. 24th, 2009 @ 07:57 pm (no subject)
Current Location: Jubilife City
Current Mood: tiredtired
So, right after I made that last post, Lionel came running up to me like a Rapidash on X Speed and insisted we have a battle. I wasn't too sure at the time since a lot of my new team members still weren't up to Piplup's level, but he insisted and none of my Pokémon seemed to mind. It turned out pretty close... his Starly managed to take out mine before she could take on Gamma (Lionel's Turtwig - he nicknamed him after we split up), and a really hard hit from him KO'ed Pip-pip. It ended up being Gamma against my Bidoof, and things were looking bad until she wound up and took this big bite at Gamma out of nowhere. That ended the battle, and Lionel was impressed and vowed in an over-dramatic voice to "beat me next time", and then we both ran back to the Pokémon Center together because really, our teams were pretty beat-up after all of that.

The fallout of all of this is that I'm naming Bidoof "Stonewall" as of right now. Also Lionel says the Pokétch company is doing some huge giveaway, so we'll be checking that out tomorrow.

Busy day... we're all gonna get some rest now. Bye!
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Feb. 24th, 2009 @ 12:10 pm (no subject)
Current Location: Jubilife City
I've been taking my time in Jubilife - training up my team for the next stretch (which I'm pretty sure includes a cave - that'll be a first) and hobnobbing with the kids at the Trainers' School. About that... these kids are so excited about the whole experience that I've already learned some stuff about training that my quick internet searches before getting started never turned up. I mean, it's easy to go to Smogon and find out about type advantages and status effects. But how to keep your Piplup well-fed on the road? The right way to groom a Bidoof's fur? I'm only learning that stuff now.

I'd say it's weird that the competitive sites don't talk about Pokémon care so much, but on second thought it sort of make sense. They probably just figure that by the time you're trying to take on a League tournament, you've already picked up that stuff.

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Feb. 22nd, 2009 @ 03:33 pm (no subject)
Current Location: Jubilife City
As someone who grew up in an old-timey town like Eterna City, I've got to say... Jubilife is different. I mean, I've spent most of the day wandering around here, and all of the buildings are modern - apartment complexes, skyscrapers, the works. No gym either, which is as good an indicator as any of how recently this city was built. Fifty, sixty years ago it would have been unthinkable to have such a big city without its own gym corps manning the gates. But now...

Well, now the city is a bastion of human technology. There's the Global Trade Station in all its garish glory, the Pokétch company and their products, and Jubilife TV (who might be single-handedly responsible for my fluff news addiction). Even the Trainer's School - one of the oldest surviving buildings in town - is equipped with the latest tech.

It's a bit overwhelming, how the last few decades have changed us as a culture.

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Feb. 21st, 2009 @ 04:53 pm (no subject)
Current Location: Jubilife City
Finally got the rest of my team strong enough to be confident that we'd be safe on a hike to Jubilife. Things went pretty well; we arrived this evening without anyone fainting (although Starly wasn't looking too good by the end). The training gave me a chance to get to know the new recruits a bit better, and I've got a little to say about each.

Bidoof - this kid is so serious about everything, it's brought me close to laughter more than once. She's like a tiny ball of drama, running into battle with a serious face on and just charging into danger. She's a tough little cuss, though, so it works out. Usually.

Shinx - very much a character. Prima donna, but we love her for it anyway. Very annoyed that her sparks aren't big enough to do damage yet.

Starly - seems to have taken a liking to Pip-pip, although he would probably beg to differ with that assessment as the "liking" has mostly involved pranks up to now. Tail-nipping, hiding his food... but she'll always give it back, or "talk" at Pip-pip until he's not angry anymore. It's times like this I wish I could understand what they were saying. :/

Dinner's ready, so I'll be cutting this short. More tomorrow.
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Feb. 18th, 2009 @ 03:10 pm (no subject)
Current Location: Sandgem Town
Wow, things have been busy! I've spent the last couple days rounding out my team - I've got a Shinx, a Bidoof and a Starly now, although I haven't known any of them long enough to give them a nickname. I'm slowly getting them up to speed with Woggle and Pip-pip, but as I mentioned earlier, it's tough when most of the wildlife is stronger than most of one's team. But we're managing.

Some time in the next couple days I'm going to try striking out for Jubilife. Once my Pokémon can stand up to the wildlife around Sandgem, that is.
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Feb. 16th, 2009 @ 07:48 pm (no subject)
Current Location: Sandgem Town
Caught my first Pokémon! It's a Kricketot, which I immediately named "Woggle" because I couldn't resist the Wizard of Oz reference... the thing's a dead-ringer for the Woggle-Bug. Seriously. It's also really calm compared to Pip-pip - seems to enjoy playing its music more than playing hide-and-seek.

Training a new Pokémon is an uphill battle... I thought I was getting a workout with my over-careful healing of my starter, but for a Pokémon straight out of the wild I have to heal after every battle, and even then Woggle sometimes faints before the enemy does. I guess part of that is just the weird way that Kricketots fight... it's really hard to describe. They just sit there, taking hits and letting their antennae build up vibrations, and then suddenly it sends out this huge blast of sound that just knocks the other Pokémon off its feet. Never seen anything like it.

I'm re-reading Strange Tales of the Mountain. I know, it's overplayed stuff and not even based on any real mythology, but it's good fun anyway. Pip-pip seemed interested in it although obviously I didn't read any of it to him when he asked. He's only a kid, after all!
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Feb. 15th, 2009 @ 03:11 pm (no subject)
Current Location: Sandgem Town
Well, it's begun. Got my trainer card and Pokédex from Professor Rowan, plus a little how-to on catching Pokémon from his assistant (apparently it's standard for new trainers). I picked Piplup as my starter. Jolly little guy, always running and jumping around. Lionel's Turtwig seems a bit more subdued, but I didn't have too long to get to know him before we parted to start the training part of being a trainer.

Which, honestly? It's fun, but it's also a little stressful. I've got this creature that I'm responsible for, and here I am sending it into danger. Fighting against the wildlife, against other trainers. Even with the easy stuff, I'm always worried that he'll get wiped out by a battle... I've already run back and forth from the tall grass to the Sandgem Pokémon Center more times than I'd care to count.

On the other hand, he doesn't seem to be resentful about it. Maybe Pokemon do this naturally, to build their strength? I'll have to ask Grace about that later.
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