PART 1 [26/1/12]
While Ash mourns Pikachu, Brock brings the Poke Watch up to a viewable level, and activates the link to Professor Oak.
"Professor, we have a bit of a situation here and need a fast bug-out."
"What happened?" Professor Oak asks.
"Well to put it short, a member of Team Snagem, that's this group of Shadow Pokemon users, stole Ash's Pikachu off him. He's mourning about it, and it looks like the rest of us are about to be canned as well. All of our guard is down," Brock replies.
"Someone will be over right away. Until then, hold out as best as you can."
Misty, hearing this, walks up to Ash, while Brock sends out a Steelix in challenge to Team Snagem.
"Ash," Misty says, "Help will be here. But we need to hold out until it arrives, so unless you want all your other Pokemon to be captured, I suggest you help Brock out."
"Right," Ash says quietly.
"Any help would be welcome you know," Brock calls out.
"Yeah," Ash says, still quietly. Then he lifts his head. "Yes. OK then. Noctowl! Go!"
"That's more like it!" Misty shouts.
As more members of Team Snagem realise what is happening, more Pokemon join the battlefield. Soon as the last of Brock's Pokemon is defeated, Jasmine jumps in.
A sound of an engine can be heard quietly at first, but then louder.
All look up as the engine sounds right above them.
A Kyogre hovers in the sky, its white underbelly glinting in the sunlight.
"Glinting?" a Snagem member wonders.
A ladder then appears from one of the Kyogre's sides, and a man standing in a doorway that opened shouts - "Hurry up! Climb the ladder!"
"Go!" Jasmine shouts. "I'll hold them off!"
"Ash! Come on!" Brock calls, who had already started to climb the ladder.
"OK. OK. I'm coming. Quilava! Come back!" Ash calls.
The Quilava retreats into its ball, and before the Snagem member can hold him back, Jasmine throws another Pokeball and another Magnemite appears.
Ash runs to the ladder, which Brock has already climbed and Misty is halfway through doing, and starts climbing himself. So no other people can grab hold of the ladder, the Robo Kyogre rises higher above the ground. The ladder wobbles in the downdraft as it rises, and Ash struggles to keep hold.
He then holds tight as the ladder stills itself, and then continues climbing, but it is still a bit wobbly.
Near the top, Ash grabs hold of a rung and slips. With no feet on the ladder, he can only use his hands.
"Oh no!" Misty says. "Staryu, go to the rescue!"
Staryu appears from its ball and flies down to where Ash's feet are dangling and holds the ladder so Ash can get his feet onto a rung again.
Ash then climbs the rest of the way up the ladder quickly, which then retracts in to a side panel of the Robo Kyogre. Staryu returns to its ball, and the man calls to the pilot to get underway.
PART 2 [28/1/12]
"Now then. It's time for introductions I think," the man asks when all are settled.
"I'm Misty, and this is Ash and Brock," Misty says, indicating her two friends as she says their names.
"Call me Makan," the man tells them.
"OK," Brock says. Before he could say any more however, a voice erupts from his wrist.
"Is everyone OK? What's happened?"
"Professor Oak," Brock reports. "It's OK Professor. We got away in time."
"That's good to know," Oak sighs. "Now then. Makan, is it? Tell the pilot to slow down otherwise connection will be lost."
"OK," Makan says. "Pilot! Slow down!"
"Good. Now then, you are heading to a distant place called Orre, as you know. Professor Krane will tell you all about the Shadow Pokemon and the latest developments. But enough of that. It will be dangerous and I want to know you are all OK."
"Um, Professor," Misty says timidly. "There's something you should know."
"One of the members of Team Snagem caught Ash's Pikachu, as you know. He's still downhearted from that," Brock says, and looks over at the corner where Ash sits. "He might not be on form."
"Well I'm sure you'll do your best to make him see reason," Oak implies.
From the cockpit of the Robo Kyogre, a slight crackling sounds.
"Sir," the pilot says. "Professor Krane is trying to contact us."
"Try to find a meeting point between the two signals and land there," Makan says.
"It might prove difficult," the pilot reports.
"Oak, is it?" Makan asks.
"Yes," Oak confirms.
"If we can get you on the interstellar wave when we reach Krane's lab we'll contact you then. But we'll have to disconnect from you to get Krane's signal," Makan reports.
"OK. I'll look forward to hearing from you again."
A beep sound from the Poke Watch, saying that the signal has been lost.
The Robo Kyogre speeds over the water at high speed. A glitter from the sun can be seen reflecting from a desert in the far distance.
A crackle of static then erupts from the cockpit speakers.
"Makan. Do you have those which Oak mentioned?" a voice sounds through the speakers.
Makan runs to the cockpit. Misty and Brock follow.
"Yes, I do. And the situation is far worse then we feared," Makan reports.
"OK. Get them here fast so we can prepare-"
A crackle then indicates the connection is lost.
"Sir, we can confirm that Krane didn't do that himself," the pilot says.
"Prepare then," Makan says. "I suggest you strap in. It's going to get roasting."
"What is?" Misty asks.
Misty then falls over at the sudden acceleration change. The Robo Kyogre boosts to double speed.
Brock is barely holding on to a strap on the roof, and Ash skids across the floor and into the other corner furthest from the cockpit.
Makan is holding onto each end of the door frame.
An explosion then resounds through the Robo Kyogre.
PART 3 [29/1/12]
"Sir! There are Electrodes out there. And many of them," the pilot reports.
"Who else is out there?" Makan asks.
"Bird type Pokemon, which are flying around carrying Team Snagem."
"That's not good. Can you get us any faster?"
"I'll try, sir," the pilot says doubtfully.
Makan exits the cockpit as best as he can.
He then calls back "And whatever you do, don't head onto or into the water."
"What happened?" Misty asks.
"Team Snagem are onto us. They know this thing has travelled great distance."
Another explosion hits the Robo Kyogre, and it starts to tilt to the right.
"Sir! They're attacking the wings!" the pilot says.
"Keep us airborne as good as you can!" Makan shouts.
"I'm aiming for a boat that we can jump on to," the pilot says calmly.
"Just so long as we don't crash into it," Makan says quietly.
"OK! You lot! We're going down, so get ready to jump," Makan says in a commanding voice, "And we'll have to be quick since this thing is going at a thunderous speed."
Misty makes her way over to the door and nods her head to say she is ready. Brock lets go of his handle and quickly puts his hands out to stem the impact. Digging one foot next to the wall, he makes his way over to the corner where Ash still sits.
He puts his hand on Ash's shoulder and they look at each other. Slowly, Ash gets up with a determined look on his face. The two then make their way over to the door, with difficulty.
Makan then shouts to the pilot - "Open the door and lower the ladder!"
The door opens and a creaking can be heard as the ladder heads down.
"I'll go first," Makan says.
He turns around and grips the holds on the side of the door. Then he starts climbing down.
"Ash. You second?" Misty asks.
"Fine," Ash then descends down the ladder too.
Brock and Misty follow.
"OK," Makan's voice says. "Release the ladder."
"How?" Misty asks, but then the ladder drops.
With a clang, they all hit a wooden deck.
After a few seconds of recovery, the four pull themselves up and see the Robo Kyogre crash into the water, with Team Snagem flying back to the desert region.
"Goodbye, Robo Kyogre. You were a good project and friend," Makan quietly says.
PART 4 [30/1/12]
People crowd round Ash and co, to find out what happened. Annoyed, they quickly head inside to the main cabin.
Inside, the captain waits.
"What was that?" the captain asks.
"Team Snagem have been operating on the main land of another region. They followed us here and set an ambush," Makan replies.
"Team Snagem eh? Well just so long as they don't have another Shadow Lugia that takes the first boat it sees away," the captain says.
"What's your destination captain?" Makan asks.
"Gateon Port. Why?"
"Contact Professor Krane and tell him we'll need someone to pick us up. On second thoughts, I'll do it myself."
As Makan heads to the comm port, Ash, Brock and Misty stand in the entryway. The ship continues on its way, with Makan's voice occasionally rising.
Upon reaching Gateon Port, the captain uses the intercom to say that it is time to leave as the destination has been reached. The captain then holds the four in the main cabin back until everyone else has left.
When they leave, Professor Krane himself is waiting. A fairly tall man with a lime green shirt under his lab coat, and light grey trousers, he approaches the four at a fairly slow pace.
"What happened then?" he asks.
"We'll tell you on the way back," Makan asks. "As a side point, how are we getting back?"
"Well," is all that Krane says.
A white craft similar to that of the Robo Kyogre drops down to an empty part of the port. The wings fold back and a hatch opens.
"The Robo Lugia!" Makan exclaims.
All five people walk to the Robo Lugia and enter. Once all seated, the craft takes off. Makan explains the situation to Professor Krane while the other three stay quiet.
The Robo Lugia lands again fairly quickly.
As Ash, Brock and Misty follow Krane, the lab they see is fairly big. The circular main building is at least three stories high. Krane leads the three inside and to a room with only one other person inside.
A male with red spiky hair and yellow overcoat, he also has what looks to be a Snag Machine on his arm, but a smaller version.
"If you'd just like to stand in the centre of this circle pad," Krane asks Ash.
Ash follows him to the point rather uncertainly.
"Right then," Krane says, turning to the red haired male, "Activate the training simulation."
The world around Ash resolves into a desert with harsh sunlight.
Ash looks different in the training simulator.
He has a red jacket on instead of blue, and he also wears a Snag Machine on his left arm. A machine attached to the right side of his face remains unmoving.
An Arbok then appears, a great purple snake Pokemon, and the machine on the right side activates.
"Whoa! What's this?" he says.
"That is an Aura Reader," Professor Krane's voice echoes around the area. "It shows you if a Pokemon has been turned to a Shadow version of itself."
"Cool. And I'm guessing this machine on my left arm is a Snag Machine."
"Correct. Now then, send out a Pokemon."
"OK! Quilava! Go!"
Quilava - a stoat that has an upper body colour of dark blue and a lower body colour of peach. Flames make up its tail and horn, making it good with fire moves.
"Now then," Krane's voice sounds again. "Attack the Arbok and then use the Snag Machine to capture it. When you do want to capture it, just focus upon the Arbok and the machine will activate automatically."
"OK. Quilava! Use Flamethrower."
The Quilava throws back its head, brings it down. It then rushes at the Arbok and lets a torrent of fire fly from its mouth.
The Arbok gets hit full on.
"Right. Focus on the Arbok and the machine should activate automatically," Ash thinks.
He closes all thought except focusing on the Arbok.
The Snag Machine then lights up and a ball rolls out into the grip. Ash then throws the ball, which homes in on the Arbok.
Arbok is enclosed within the ball, which then returns to the Snag Machines grip.
"Simulation success," a voice sounds. The battleground then disappears, and resolves back into the lab.
"That was amazing!" Ash exclaims.
PART 5 [31/1/12]
"Yes. The Battle Simulator is an amazing piece of technology," Krane says. "But, for a third time, the Shadow Pokemon reign. And not just in this region, but most likely in all regions."
"Professor Oak wanted to speak with you," Ash says.
"Yes, well. I should really tell you the history of the Shadow Pokemon," Krane admits. "Michael, patch us through to Professor Oak."
A crackle of the speakers indicates a signal coming through, then a voice issues through them. "I was wondering when you'd contact me."
"Oak, how do you do?" Krane asks.
"Oh, I'm fine, but I'm not sure Kanto will be," Oak says. "Ash. Misty. Brock. The rumours are Team Snagem has captured Jasmine and is headed this way. They might also be reaching out to the other regions too."
"We'll be there soon," Ash says.
"But not too soon. Remember. That which is rumour isn't always right," Krane says. "Anyway. The history of the Shadow Pokemon.
"We aren't exactly sure when, but Cipher Co. went corrupt. Wanted to make money. They hired on Team Snagem to help them claim some powerful Pokemon. Those powerful Pokemon being the Shadow Pokemon.
"A plan was brought into action to rule Orre's Colosseums by using unbeatable Pokemon and taking other trainers Pokemon, with Team Snagem fronting the Pokemon side of things. A trainer who had joined Team Snagem though, had been through enough there, and bombed the place. Took the last Snag Machine they had too. Along the way he met a girl who had the power to see the aura's of Shadow Pokemon. This would explain why Snagem grunts had put her in a sack and cuffed her.
"The former member of Team Snagem, whose name was Wes, rescued the girl Rui after beating the Snagem grunts and undertook a mission to uncover the plot and free the Shadow Pokemon. After learning of a building called Realgam Tower, a Colosseum which Cipher were personally fronting, he headed straight there and battled the Elite of Cipher. Nascour and Evice.
"Along the way through the journey he had to rescue the three legendary dogs, as well as purify them, and also countless other Shadow Pokemon. After Nascour and Evice were beaten and all Shadow Pokemon snagged back, Cipher let Team Snagem go."
"And that was just the first incident," the other by the Battle Simulator says.
"Oh yes. Just the first. Anyway, meet Michael everyone, since you'll be seeing a lot of him while you are here. He'll be accompanying you on your journey so you don't get lost. He was the second person to do battle with Cipher when they resurfaced five years after."
"That sounds like an interesting story," Oak's voice sounds through the speaker. "But what happened to this Wes and Rui?"
"No-one knows," Michael says. "Although he has been sighted sometimes near Agate Village."
"Hmm. So what happened when this Cipher resurfaced?" Oak asks.
"Well it all started-" Krane begins. A raised voice outside can be heard. "A bit like this," he says as everyone turns to the window.
"Quick!" Michael says, and runs out.
Ash, Brock, Misty and Krane follow.
Out on the plaza of the lab, a man with rough clothes confronts a fairly short girl with blue hair.
"Destroy the Purify Chamber. I give you this one last chance," the man says. "If not, this Pokeball contains a very aggressive Voltorb which will blow the whole lab up from the inside."
"Snagem grunt!" Michael shouts, and runs up to the girl. "Jovi! Get back!"
"Ash. Help him," Krane whispers.
Ash walks up to Michael's side, and Michael does nothing but stare at the Snagem grunt.
"Well, if that's how it's going to be," the Snagem grunt says. "Voltorb! Go! Magnemite! Go!"
The two Pokemon appear quickly and instantly start charging towards the Lab.
"Flareon, get after them!" Michael commands, and a Flareon appears from its ball and creates a fire ring around the Voltorb.
Voltorb are most commonly referred to being like living Pokeballs, as they are the exact shape and colour. Magnemite are ion-like Pokemon which are the colour of pure steel. A bolt is affixed to each side.
"Quilava, get the Magnemite!" Ash calls, and Quilava charges at the Magnemite. When it gets close enough, the Quilava uses Flamethrower and slows the Magnemite right down, which then drops to the ground and is called back to its ball.
Quilava then helps Flareon out with the Voltorb, which proves difficult to restrain. Eventually, it slows down enough that the Snagem grunt calls it back too.
"I'll be back soon enough," he says. And runs off.
PART 6 [1/2/12]
"What was that all about?" Ash asks, as he calls his Quilava back.
"It seems they are taking a more direct approach in stopping us," Professor Krane comments. "Well. Oak will want to hear about this, and I should tell you the rest of the Shadow Incident story as well."
As the group head back into the lab, Michael talks to Jovi to find out more info about that Snagem grunt.
"What was that about?" Professor Oak calls as the others file into the Battle Simulator room again.
"Well that was how the second part started," Krane says, "A Snagem grunt, or in that case a Cipher Peon, captured me while I was working at the lab on the Purify Chamber. When I was captured, I was asked all about my research. But I refused to tell them. They used the Shadow Pokemon to torture me into talking. I was losing hope."
Michael walks back in with the girl called Jovi.
"Then Michael here came to the rescue. But after running out of the place, well we were ambushed before we could reach the entrance. Thanks to a quick snag from Michael, Cipher Admin Lovrina had her Delcatty taken and all the rest of her Pokemon defeated.
"When we arrived back, the Purify Chamber had been completed."
"That's interesting that you were captured," Oak says, but is that just the beginning?"
"Yes. It is just the beginning," Michael confirms. "Upon heading to Pyrite Town, a woman with a cameraman following her passed. I didn't take much notice however, since I had other stuff to do."
"You see, one of the Ciphers dropped a Data Rom which was very heavily encrypted and we needed the computer experts to decode it," Krane cuts it. "He then met a disgraced member of Cipher Co, while taking a tour of the Poke Spots. Miror B. was around in the days of Wes, and was building up an army of his favourite Pokemon. Ludicolo."
"Dreadful things," Michael says. "Anyway, returning to Pyrite I found that Cipher had wiped clean all the data at ONBS in Pyrite Town, and I stopped them from torturing the staff there. Then heading to Phenac City, I find it closed off and routed to Realgam Tower, which was thankfully not own by Cipher any more. After a short visit, I head back to Phenac to find the mayor not there. Eventually all the townsfolk are unveiled to be Cipher, and after a little digging, I find out where the proper townsfolk are after beating Snattle and finding that the girl in Pyrite Town had information about Cipher's plans.
"After Phenac, came the final mystery. The bosses of Cipher and the code-named XD001."
"The S.S. Libra, a cruise ship holding many Pokemon, was abandoned in the middle of the desert, and Team Snagem are poking around," Krane continues. "They actually stole Michael's Snag Machine so they could perhaps get some credibility back. Eventually Michael tracked out their base, and battled the boss of Snagem, Gonzap. After beating him, Gonzap handed the Snag Machine back to Michael."
"Gonzap then said something worrying at the time. As soon as Cipher were defeated, he would step in. But after eight years after the crisis, we never heard anything.
"Back to the story, Team Snagem helped me as I tried to gain access to Cipher's Lair to see if I can dig up info on where the boss of Cipher waited. I had to go back to Gateon Port though, to ask Makan for a transport as massive currents surrounded the place I had to go.
"That's when he unveiled the completed Robo Kyogre. So off we went to Citadark Isle, although first I went to collect the Master Ball Professor Krane told me about."
"So you head to Citadark Isle and find the boss of Cipher?" Oak asks.
"Yes, and XD001. Which turned out to be a Shadow Lugia."
"He caught it, brought it here, and we solved the problem of how to Purify it," Krane says. "We then released it back into the wild, and Cipher was no longer heard from. It was only about a year ago that any hint that the Shadow Pokemon had returned. Obviously like us, Team Snagem decided they'd do some serious research."
"It's ready," a voice calls.
"Oak we'll talk later," Krane says.
"Fine, and thanks for the info. It was greatly appre-" Oak's voice cuts off.
"Don't worry about that. I'm sure it's just weather conditions," Krane says, but sounds a bit doubtful. "Anyway Ash, is it? The reason you are here. Just like Michael, you will have your own Snag Machine and Aura Reader. If you'd like to follow Lily here, and she will suit you up.
Ash follows Lily through the door, looking uncertain.
"Is this region rough?" Misty asks.
"Harsh, yes," Michael answers. "Orre can be a dangerous place."
"I can handle it," Brock says.
"Are you so sure?" Michael says with a dark hint. "While I was on my adventures, Orre was a dangerous place, even when I wasn't battling Cipher, other trainers weren't very forgiving. Some even battled with Shadow Pokemon themselves."
"He's ready," a voice calls.
"Ah good," Krane says.
Ash then walks in, wearing a red jacket almost the same as his older blue one. On his left arm the Snag Machine rests, and around his waist a belt with a pouch. The Snag Machine is covered with the same material of the jacket, and has a shoulder patch with a gold rim running to the area of his heart.
"How do I look?" Ash asks.
"Great!" Krane exclaims. "Now the mystery begins. After a bit of research, I think that the Relic Stone and the power of Celebi is being used to create this Aura Ball and the Shadow Gas. Go to Agate Village and check it out."
Continue to Chapter 3, click here.