Part 1 [25/2/12]
Ash, Michael, Wes, Rui and Makan walk back to the Robo Metang. When inside, Makan tells the others to wait as he heads to a lift pod. A while later, the Robo Metang takes off and Makan arrives in the view of the lift pod again.
“Automatic pilot,” he says. “Now then. This handy feature here was installed so you wouldn’t have to go to a Pokemon Centre all the time, especially when travelling.”
He presses a button and a panel flips open. A Healing Machine and PC Storage System are present.
“How did you manage to get those in here?” Wes asks.
“Interstellar wave transceiver and the bulk space at the front,” Makan says. “You don’t expect me waste space do you?”
“Of course not,” Wes says as he moves forward to put his Pokeballs on the Healing Machine.
Once the balls are resting in the indents of the Healing Machine, Wes presses a button on the side and the machine gives off a faint aura. A five beep chorus then sounds to say the Pokemon are healed. Michael does the same with his Pokemon, followed by Ash.
Wes then accesses the PC.
“Same functions as a normal PC,” he comments.
“Of course,” Makan gruffly says. “So we can transfer the Shadow Pokemon back as soon as possible without having to work our way back to base.”
“So if we get lost...” Wes ventures.
“Automatic mapping in the PC, as well as voice messaging,” Makan informs. “All the needs we need. Except food, but there’s plenty of that in the storage upstairs.”
“Which is where we should go now,” Michael says.
And so they all head up in the lift pods, and seat themselves. Makan at the controls, with Michael at co-pilot station. Ash, Wes and Rui all seat in the passenger seating.
Up ahead, the first two of the five cities waits.
“So, either Sarsen or Jacinth,” Makan reports. “Which one?”
“I say Jacinth,” Michael says. “We may as well explore the smallest first.”
The Robo Metang then turns to the right. Smoke can be seen from a building in the distance.
As it gets closer, the forestry can be seen.
At the entrance, three members of Team Snagem wait.
Part 2 [27/2/12]
“Stop,” Wes says. “There is no point trying to fight.”
“Is this cowards talk all of a sudden?” Makan heats up.
“Trust me,” Wes says. “Just make sure the ramp is lowered when I get to it.”
The Robo Metang stops and Wes walks to a lift pod. Makan presses a button to lower the ramp, then presses another. A screen lowers down from the roof and the others look at it.
Wes is seen talking with the members of Team Snagem. Then they all walk off to one side.
Wes returns a minute later in the lift pod.
“They were just checking for unsavoury characters,” Wes comments.
“What did you say we were?” Michael asks, slightly surprised by this.
“I said we were a convoy of spare parts, and that we might challenge the tournaments here.”
“And they fell for it?” Makan exclaims.
“Well, wouldn’t you when faced with something large and threatening?”
“Yes. Well, let’s move on. Before they change their mind,” Makan says.
Into the city they move. Even with it being daylight, the place is shrouded in darkness. What little light there is comes from the windows of buildings. A big circular building in the middle of the city looks like it could be a colosseum, and so that is where they head.
The buildings in the city are all flat and square, but the colosseum is disjointed and uneven. The double doors of it are dark red. All except Makan exit the Robo Metang and walk through these double doors.
The contrast between outside and inside is immediately apparent. Whereas outside is dark, inside is bright. Red carpet lines the floors, and only one desk is seen in front of another set of double doors. These ones are grey, and so is the desk. One man is sat at that desk.
“Registration?” is all he asks.
“Yes,” Wes says. “What competitions run here anyway?”
“Shadow battles,” is all the man says.
“Enter me and Michael here.”
“Fine. One Pokemon each and you’ll work as a team. Sign.”
He thrusts a piece of paper at them. Michael adds his name and his Flareon. Wes puts his name and Espeon. The man then takes the paper back.
“Competitors through the doors and right. Spectators up the stairs and right,” the man says.
Everyone does as he says. Michael and Wes split off once they walk through the doors. Ash and Rui walk up the stairs, then turn right.
The colosseum floor is desert. There is little light, just like outside.
Two Snagem Syndicates walk through the door on the other side. Each holds a Pokeball in their hand.
“Win against us and we will reveal information regarding this county, and where to proceed next,” one of them says.
“Lose, and your Pokemon are snagged and are never returned,” the other says.
“Now prepare for the battle at hand,” the first comments.
The second releases a Voltorb. The first then releases a Cyndaquil.
The Aura Reader of Michael activates. Rui gasps.
“Oh, and no snagging our Pokemon either,” the second implies.
Flareon and Espeon are released from Michael and Wes respectively.
While the Flareon attacks the Voltorb, Espeon uses Confusion on the Cyndaquil. Both attacks hardly slow the Shadow Pokemon down. Wes then calls for Espeon to swap targets, and the Voltorb is slowly held back. The Cyndaquil attacks Espeon however, and the dual link is broken. The Voltorb then shocks both Flareon and Espeon, but a well timed Flamethrower from Flareon kncks the Voltorb back, and it is called back.
The Cyndaquil is then called back moments later when a Psychic strikes it full on.
“Fine,” the first admits. “You two are powerful.”
“We’ll let you in on this information then,” the second says.
“The next place to go is Zircon City. There a foe both of you have faced before waits.”
“This county is our new home. The home of the Shadow Pokemon. Here we farm Pokemon and turn them into Shadow form by a process which you have stopped.”
“The Celebi was the one. We turned that Shadow, we could reverse the process it used to Purify a Pokemon so it turned Shadow instead.”
“That is all.”
Michael and Wes exit. Waiting outside the door are Ash and Rui.
“Nice battling,” Ash comments. “But what did they say?”
“We’ll tell you in a bit,” Michael says. “But what was that about a foe both of us have faced before?”
All four of them walk out, and the Snagem grunt congratulates them then gives each a badge, telling them that when they reach the next city, that will be needed for access. The four then walk back out to the Robo Metang.
Inside the lobby, Wes exclaims “Unless he meant… Miror B. is now working for Team Snagem!”
Part 3 [29/2/12]
"What's up?" Makan asks as the group returns to the Robo Metang.
"Miror B. is working with Team Snagem," Michael says quietly. "He's waiting in Zircon City."
"You was actually told where he is? Why not skip Zircon City until later?"
"We have to do the cities in a route they tell us," Wes speaks. "Each tournement we do will earn us more information about this place. They also tell us where to proceed next."
"You mean this whole thing is a challenge?" Makan exclaims.
"Yes. And if we lose, they snag our Pokemon that is in the field. We can only use one per challenge."
"Well, tell me more on the way."
And so the Robo Metang zooms off towards Zircon City, speeding through the forestry, which is dark. As they travel, Michael and Wes fill Makan in with all the information the two received.
The Colosseum of Zircon City is not missed by an instant.
Placed directly at the entrance to the city, there is no way around. The city, in fact, is built directly inside the colosseum. The outside walls covered the same colour as the trees, and the inside walls covered the same colour as the darkening sky that can be seen, the entrance to the colosseum is guarded by only one member of Team Snagem.
Wes and Michael meet him and return a minute later.
"He told us to go straight forward and a battle arena can be seen," Michael says.
"There Miror B. will be waiting," Wes recites as the Robo Metang sets off again.
The battle arena is just an open rectangular plain. Miror B. can clearly be seen, wearing a jacket of blood red in the Team Snagem spirit.
Michael and Wes exit, while the others just wait inside. Makan presses a button and instantly everyone inside can hear what is being said out.
"So both of you finally arrive," Miror B. says. "I've been waiting for this moment when I can face you together."
"Is it the same as normal?" Wes asks. "Or are these special rules still in place here too?"
"Some still are in place, and I will reveal more information if you can beat me. Now let the music play!"
Music starts blaring from some speakers set in the walls, sounding like a darker version of his previous theme. Slow resounding beats, which then start to pick up a bit. It is then Miror B. sends out two Ludicolo, which also start dancing.
Wes sends out his Noctowl while Michael sends out Hariyama. The battle starts proper with rain clouds instantly forming and the two Pokemon of Wes and Michael getting the upper hand. However, the Noctowl is weakened quickly, even though it is still a Shadow, and falls down.
"Ah. Now, I'm not fussed about that rule," Miror B. states. "So I'll let it slip."
Wes sends out the recall laser. It almost reaches the Noctowl, but the Pokemon is swooped up by an Aura Ball.
"What?" Wes exclaims.
"Then you're worthless," a voice shouts. "We gave you a Snag Machine for a reason. If you don't want to snag their Pokemon, maybe I should do it yours."
And so another Aura Ball swoops down and snags a Ludicolo. The cross between a duck and pineapple, coloured green with light brown fur and what looks like a crown on its head, Ludicolo like to dance no matter what. A Shadow Ludicolo however, has no emotion and will not do this.
"Now that's not fair. I believe in a fair chance," Miror B. states.
The music then stops.
"Why we ever hired you is impossible to understand," the Team Snagem member says. "You and your dancing manics. But now let me prove to you that dancing doesn't solve everything. Ludicolo! Go!"
The Ludicolo is released and instantly charges Miror B. and the other Ludicolo down.
Part 4 [2/3/12]
"Stop!" Wes shouts. "I don't care! Don't hurt him!"
Still the Shadow Ludicolo charges Miror B. down.
Then a Quilava rushes the Shadow Ludicolo down. It strikes it full on with a Flame Charge. Then a Great Ball come arcing down and hits the Shadow Ludicolo, capturing it, then swings back around. All eyes follow it, and see Ash with his Snag Machine grip held out, ready to accept the ball.
Halfway back to the grip, however, the Shadow Ludicolo escapes from the ball and instantly charges down Ash instead.
"Quilava! Defend your master!" Michael shouts.
The Quilava hangs back on its haunches, then rockets in a zig-zag to the Shadow Ludicolo. Just as the Ludicolo is about to strike, the Quilava boots it up into the air, then strikes it with a Flamethrower.
Ash, recovering from his near injury, loads the Snag Machine up again and tries again.
This time, it returns fully to the Snag Machine's grip.
Michael and Wes cheer. Michael's Hariyama stamps its feet in celebration, catching on to its masters mood.
"Excuse me just one moment," Miror B. calls out. "Just how does this help me?"
"Because they Snag Pokemon from us and Purify them," the Snagem member says. "Allow me an introduction. I am DarkStee. Snagem Admin DarkStee. My real name lies in the shadows. Just like me. You'll be seeing a lot more of me. I am the overlord of the reformed Team Snagem."
"Well, DarkStee," Michael starts.
"Trust me," DarkStee says. And then he runs off.
The three heroes and a wanderer are left standing in an arena with only a Robo Pokemon for company.
"Trust us when we say we will return your Ludicolo to you," Michael says. "Now then, the information you hold about this place."
"Yes. That's good," Miror B. states. "Now, I don't regret giving you this information after what happened. Head south to the next city. I'm sure you've got a map for this place. Now then, they have a machine somewhere. A large machine in a port city which takes the Pokemon shipped there and just turns them Shadow through mass production. The Aura Balls are created through the same process. Now then. Promise to return my Ludicolo, and wipe Team Snagem out."
"Oh, don't worry. We plan to," Wes says.
The three, Wes, Ash and Michael, return to the Robo Metang. Once inside, Makan is alreay waiting.
"Well done on that Snag Ash," he comments. "But, um. Michael. What is your Hariyama still doing out?"
"Oops. I forgot."
As Michael heads back out to get Hariyama back, Makan loads up the computer to send the Ludicolo back to the lab. A message appears before this could happen however, saying that the Purify Chamber had been repaired, and Celebi was already inside.
Makan then sends the Ludicolo through, saying whose it is, and to keep him in sight.
Michael then returns. "Miror B. said he'll be waiting at Gateon Port ready for his Pokemon."
"We'll send a message back to the lab when we get back then," Makan says. "Ash, that Pikachu might be best off returning to the lab too."
"Yes. Sure," Ash says. The Pokeball containing Pikachu is sent to the lab as well.
Then the Robo Metang heads south to the next location.
Part 5 [4/3/12]
The Robo Metang is stopped by a thick wall of rock. Either left or right, it stretches as far as the eye can see.
"And Miror B. said to go south of Zircon," Ash comments.
"Yes. But think about it," Michael says. "Three cities almost in direct contact with each other. They need a barrier of some kind."
"Good logic," Makan says, and turns the Robo Metang west, following the wall. "But if that is the reason, what could be waiting for us?"
"Hopefully not another trainer," Wes says.
A faint glow is seen through the viewscreen. As they get nearer to it, what looks to be flames can be seen. The flames spread a good distance across the forest. As a gap in the flames is created, two Rapidash can be seen.
They are the ones making the flames.
"Shame we have no water Pokemon," Ash comments.
"As a matter of fact," Rui calls, exiting from the lift pod. "I just brought a Feraligatr from the PC for Wes."
"Ace," Wes calls. "Slow us down Makan and let's stop the fire."
The Robo Metang lands, and the ramp lowers. Wes and Rui head down to the ground, and Makan activates the speakers.
"They're Shadow," Rui calls.
"Well that just made it harder," Wes says. "Still. We need to try. Feraligatr! Go!"
A blue crocodile Pokemon that stands on two feet, it has feral claws on both hands and feet. It sends a powerful jet of water at the fire, which the Rapidash recoil from.
"Michael! Get out there!" Makan calls.
"On it." Michael runs to the lift pod.
A few moments later, two Great balls fly through the air, each one snagging a Rapidash. One ball returns to Wes' Snag Machine, while the other to Michael's.
The Feraligatr then puts the rest of the fire out.
A man in an orange armoursuit walks to them from out of the trees.
"Just what do you think you are doing?" he calls out.
"Why were you burning the forest down?" Wes asks.
"A new base. DarkStee's orders," the man calls.
"And you are burning forestry down for it?"
"Well I was. Where's the Rapidash? Unless you..."
"You aren't getting them back."
"Fine. Maybe I'll snag your Feraligatr!"
The Snag Machine of the man activates, but before the ball can clear the grip, the Feraligatr is returned to its ball. Michael, Wes and Rui then start running for the Robo Metang. A Houndoom is released from the armoured trainer, which starts chasing the group down.
"Full speed ahead!" Michael calls as they reach the ramp of the Robo Metang.
Makan, hearing this, lifts the Robo Metang up in the air, and as Rui gets inside, the ramp closes. The Robo Metang then uses Bullet Punch, and the Houndoom faints.
It then speeds into the distance, making a turn around the end of the wall and follows it again to Rutile City.
Part 6 [6/3/12]
"Well, that was fun," Michael states.
A beeping then sounds from the main control panel. Wes looks inquisitively at it.
"What's that mean?" he asks.
"A message is coming through," Makan says. "We can take it from here. I'll land and then we can go down."
Michael walks to a lift pod as the Robo Metang slows down. Ash and Wes have already made it to the lift pods by the time the Robo Metang lands. Michael has already gone down.
When the rest get down, the message has just been activated.
"The Celebi is halfway to Purifying," Lily's voice says. "We were wondering when you would get back to us with the Professor. Do you have him yet?"
"Activate the microphone!" Makan calls. When that is done by Michael, he speaks again. "No Lily, we don't have the Professor yet. We're being led on a mystery here. We have to travel to the cities in a certain order, completing matches and gaining info about the new Shadow Pokemon."
"Alert us when you are free then," Lily says, and the link dies from her end.
"Well that was short and sweet. Now back to the control deck."
Quickly, they reach Rutile City. The place is filled with harsh light. The buildings are all curved and made of glass. A towering colosseum lies near the end of the road the Robo Metang follows.
The colosseum is also full of harsh light.
"How do they see?" Ash asks.
"We do not need to see," a voice reverberates throughout the colosseum. "We are as psychic as our Pokemon. We are the Snagem Mages."
"Come out and challenge us, if you dare," a second voice adds.
Michael and Wes exit as the Robo Metang lands.
"Notice these last two colosseums we've been to have been able to fit the Robo Metang," Makan says. "Why do you think that is?"
"Maybe once the first challenge has been passed, they know the only people getting in will be those who have won the previous matches," Rui logically supplies.
"Well that's one reason," Makan says.
They then turn attention to the battle.
Two Gardevoir are out in the field. Human like Pokemon coloured white and green, they float along the ground.
Michael has Vibrava on the field, a stick insect like pokemon with green colourings, while Wes has Sudowoodo on the field, a tree Pokemon.
All the Pokemon are quick, the Vibrava through its agility, the Gardevoir through their psychic powers, and the Sudowoodo from instinct. The Gardevoir aren't Shadow though, Rui was able to tell Ash and Makan that much.
The battle is quickly won when Michael's Vibrava uses a Quick Attack on one of the Gardevoir, and the other attacks the Vibrava. While doing this, it forgets about the Sudowoodo, which slams into the Gardevoir at the last moment.
All Pokemon are then returned to their respective balls.
"You win," one of the mages says. "I am Mini, and this is Plus."
"The Shadow Pokemon are proper shadows. That is their type. That is why they are hard to stop at times. When this happens, they are in Hyper Mode."
"In Hyper Mode, the Pokemon becomes absolutely wild. The only way to pull it out of this state is to call it with a special beam from the new Snag Machine models."
"Now then, head to Sarsen City and uncover the true plot of the Shadow's."
"And remember, you have had it easy these last two battles. The next trainers you face use Shadow Pokemon to great effect."
"Now go and face your next challenge."
And so Michael and Wes pull back to the Robo Metang, which then takes off to make the small hop to Sarsen City.
Part 7 [11/3/12]
"So what exactly is this Hyper Mode state," Ash asks. "Those two didn't really inspire much confidence when they explained it."
"Essentially Hyper Mode was what it originally was called, back when I was hunting the Shadow's," Wes says. "Since the Shadow's weren't as populous, when one went beserk we called it Hyper Mode. That was simply because they could better use their power while in that state."
"Then, when they were being mass produced, a change happened that meant they would overload," Michael adds. "It was then that Hyper Mode became Reverse Mode. Since all the research and development of the Shadow's Team Snagem has been doing since, however, Hyper Mode sounds the better name for it."
"Sarsen City coming up," Makan reports.
Sarsen City looks more like a city than the others did. A whole bunch of buildings are set out in a grid system, with roads connecting them. Well, marked areas in the sand. Across all the roads the Robo Metang travels, but no sign of a colosseum is seen.
Ash, however, spots something the others don't.
"Stop!" he shouts.
The Robo Metang stops outside a building with the lettering of 'Sarsen Gym' in red pasted on a blue sign above the door.
"I don't get it," Wes says. The others are all looking at it with confused expressions as well.
"A gym is what the main regions use to test trainers," Ash explains. "Once eight of a region have been beaten, the trainer can then proceed to the Pokemon League, the ultimate test of trainers. They must have travelled to at least one of the main regions to have worked that out."
"Well, let's get battling then," Michael says.
All of the group except Makan exit the Robo Metang and enter the gym. Inside it is dark.
Lights then suddenly pop into existance, red glow bathing the gym floor.
"So. You've got this far," a voice echoes from the darkness.
"Yes," Wes says. "Why not show yourself?"
A Houndoom and Mightyena walk out of the gloom.
"Send what Pokemon you will into battle," the voice says. "But be prepared to lose."
Wes sends out his Feraligatr, while Michael sends his Metagross into battle.
The Feraligatr strikes fast, but the Houndoom dodges every attack made upon it. It then goes to make an attack itself, but instead unleashes a powerful aura. Its face shows pain.
Meanwhile, the Mightyena and Metagross are locked in a showdown. The Metagross fires beams of light at the Mightyena, but it dodges all of them. It then strikes at the Metagross with a powerful charge. The Metagross is forced back, and the Mightyena shakes itself.
The Houndoom is still suffering, and so the Feraligatr makes a powerful strike, running up to it. Just as the punch is about to land however, a powerful blast blows it back. It hits the ground hard, and a ball grabs it from the floor.
Before the Houndoom could change targets to the now struggling Metagross, Wes sends out Umbreon. The Umbreon charges upon the Houndoom and bites it. The Houndoon starts wailing.
The Mightyena gets pushed back, and the Metagross uses Bullet Punch to weaken it further.
Both Snag Machines activate at the same time. Two Pokeballs fly through the air at the same time. Both Snag their targets at the same time and both return to their respective Snag Machine at the same time.
"Why!" the voice yells. A man then walks out of the darkness, dressed in the same clothes as a Snagem Syndicate.
"Because the Shadow Scheme is wrong!" Wes calls. "Now reveal the information you hold."
"Fine. More Shadow moves were created, and can be taught to a Shadow Pokemon by making it eat a Shadow Berry. That Pokemon can then use it whenever it wants. The Shadow Pokemon are completely independant, but take orders from a trainer willing to progress it down a more darker route. That is why, when enough have been made, all Shadow Pokemon will be released into the wilds of Hoenn, so that the trainers there have more of a challenge.
"You have beat me good. You can take this Pokemon back." He tosses Wes the Pokeball containing Feraligatr. "Now then. Make your preparations. I will have to lead you to Carnelian City. There, the final challenge awaits."
Part 8 [13/3/12]
"So, everyone OK?" Makan asks as everyone enters the Robo Metang.
"Yes," Wes answers for all of them.
"That's good to know. But, why is this Snagem Syndicate here?"
"He has to lead the way to Carnelian City. Treat it like an escort."
"So what do we have in terms of resources?"
"Three more Shadow Pokemon to Purify," Michael reports. "And we're in need of a status report from base."
"Let's talk then." Makan then walks to the machine and activates it.
"Yes?" Lily's voice exclaims.
"Shadow status report," Makan asks.
"Well. The Celebi is Purified and we have released it. Miror B.'s Ludicolo has also been Purified and we are sending it to him as we speak. Meanwhile, the Pikachu is well on its way, as well as the two Rapidash."
"Great!" Makan shouts.
"We are resting here, and I think you should do the same."
"We'll consider that."
The Robo Metang is then set to lock onto the Snagem Syndicate's bike as he travels. All the passengers on the Robo Metang are asleep.
Six hours later, they wake to find they are already at Carnelian City. A banging on the door reveals the Snagem Syndicate, impatient.
"Oi! Let me in! I've been waiting an hour, and we've been here for two!"
Makan gets up and activates the door release.
"Finally!" The Snagem Syndicate shouts.
"We was having a sleep," Wes says disgruntled.
"And we've got planning to do," Michael says.
"First, I should just say I am Zall," the Snagem Syndicate says. "And you will have to face three challengers, and then Darkstee."
Part 9 [15/3/12]
"Let's call all the Pokemon they have Shadow," Wes says. "If we need to take on all four of the trainers with our Pokemon without any health restores, that means we need six Pokemon each to stand a chance. And we cannot risk our main Pokemon. Sorry. Umbreon. Espeon." Wes places the two Pokeballs containing the respective Pokemon in the holders, which are then transported to the system. "Now that just leaves me with Sudowoodo. If I take Magcargo with me, as well as Hitmontop and Forretress, that means I have a wide range of Pokemon. I'll also take Skarmory and Tropius with me, so I have speed and power." The respective Pokemon, one by one, appear in the Pokeball holders. Wes picks them up and moves away.
Michael then takes to the Storage PC. "Flareon and Zangoose from my team can go," he murmurs. "Wait... Wasn't all of our Pokemon stolen?"
"Correct," Makan informs.
"Well they missed two," Michael says. "Both fire types. Growlithe and Magmar. That's all I can have."
"That will have to do," Wes says.
"Right then, time to send the latest Shadow Pokemon over and get another report from Lily," Makan says as Michael takes the two Pokemon. "A lot can happen in... well, I think it's been six hours anyway."
Makan then activates the computer system and accesses calls. Lily's voice then sounds.
"I was about to contact you myself," she says.
"News?" Makan asks.
"The best. The Pikachu and Rapidash have been Purified."
"Good. We have three more for you."
"Send them through and we'll get to work. As Misty and Brock's Pokemon now understand the Purification Process from the Purify Chamber, they work more efficient."
"Great news. Well, we think the professor might be near, so we'll soon get him."
"Good hunting," Lily says and breaks the connection.
The group then heads out into Carnelian City, which is the most plain of the cities so far visited. Except for one building. A tower of four levels, it looks like a direct copy of the Pokemon League building from Hoenn.
"Have you been-" Ash begins.
"The main Snagem admins have," Snagem Zall says. "Hoenn is our main source of income for Pokemon. This machine will not be able to enter the Orre League Stadium. However, a cam can send images back to you."
"That's fair enough," Makan says. Then he turns to Wes and Michael. "You two, make sure you win this tournement, and Snag as many of the Shadow's as you can."
"We will," Michael says.
The two then leave with Snagem Zall. Inside the building, a stadium is set out. An ice stadium. A woman then walks from behind one of the glaciers set in the floor.
Without warning, she sends out an Electabuzz and an Espeon.
The Kimono girls' Espeon from back in Johto, Ash realises.
Part 10 [17/3/12]
"Wes. Michael. Snag that Espeon!" Ash calls.
"It's no good," Makan says. "We have no outward mic to them."
"I'm sure they'll do the best they can to snag it," Rui says. "What's so important about that Espeon anyway?"
"Back in Johto, there is a dance group who use Pokemon in their performances. One member of Team Snagem snagged one of those Pokemon, which was that Espeon."
"Well we gave them instructions to snag all the Pokemon they could..." Rui says.
"Let's hope they do then," Makan says.
On the arena, Wes has the Tropius out, and Michael has the Growlithe out.
"Fine. Let the challenge commence," the woman says. "And by the way, I am Elice."
The Espeon and Electabuzz attack as one, and only on one target at a time. At the moment they go for the Tropius, leaving an opening for the Growlithe to attack. It attacks the Espeon first, using a Flamethrower. The Espeon, in the middle of using Confusion, fails to register this and gets the flames full on. Wes releases a Snag Ball and Elice tries to recall the Espeon. The recall laser hits the Snag Ball and pulls it into the Espeon's Pokeball.
"What?" Elice exclaims.
Michael takes the opportunity to snag the Espeon, and succeeds. But in doing so, the Growlithe gets attacked by the electricity from the Electabuzz's Thunder attack. Staggering, the Growlithe is unable to attack for a few seconds. The Tropius moves in to protect it. As the Electabuzz gears up for another attack, the Tropius slams it, and Wes captures the Electabuzz.
"Why!" Elice exclaims. "Why!"
"Because you should not have come back at all. Well, the Shadow Pokemon shouldn't have anyway," Wes says.
"Not that it matters. There is an extra special Pokemon waiting here." Elice pulls out another Pokeball. "Very powerful."
The Pokeball is thrown and Raikou is released.
Growlithe recovers enough to send flames at it. The Tropius slams into it, again and again. The Raikou then releases a Shadow Blast, knocking back both Tropius and, to some extent, Growlithe. The Growlithe then runs up to the Raikou, covering its body in ferocious flames. Head down, it strikes the Raikou, expending all the flames into it, and its own remianing energy.
As Elice snags the Growlithe, Wes snags the Raikou.
"There is no more to do here," Elice says. "Move on. The next round will be tough."
The two, Wes and Michael walk through a door behind Elice and up the stairs to the next level.
Part 11 [19/3/12]
A water stadium is seen as Wes and Michael walk in through the doors. A man in a steel blue armour suit, with red stripes running down it walks forward, and steps onto a bridge connecting the two landmasses together from the pool of water.
Ash, Rui and Makan can see this from the Robo Metang.
"I am Glacier," the man says. "Your second challenger."
He then sends out a Delcatty and Sealeo.
Michael sends out Magmar, while Wes sends out Magcargo.
The Delcatty instantly charges along the bridge while Sealeo dives into the water. Magmar and Magcargo are limited to using the bridge, as, being fire types, the water would mean the battle woulod end a lot quicker than either of the protaganists would like.
Magmar meets the Delcatty and blows it off its feet with a well timed Tackle. Michael strikes a Snag Ball from his belt and throws it at the Delcatty. The Delcatty is caught easy enough, and there is no struggle as it returns.
"What?" Glacier exclaims. "That was meant to be a good Pokemon!"
The Sealeo jumps out of the water and knocks the Magmar into it.
"Never mind," Glacier then says, as he snags the Magmar from the water.
As Sealeo lands, it is blasted by a Flamethrower from Magcargo. It recoils at the heat and tries to run away. Vibrava is out on the field, however, and quickly swipes the Sealeo off the bridge and into the air. Rocks then pelt the Sealeo, and a Great Ball snags the Sealeo from the air.
It escapes, but the Magcargo gives it no chance to recover, blasting it with another Flamethrower. Vibrava then slams into it, and a Pokeball flies out to snag the Sealeo. Again, another failed attempt.
Michael swaps settings with his Aura Reader, and signals to Wes that the Sealeo is in Hyper Mode.
As Michael prepares the Snag Machine for another attempt, Wes points the Snag Machine at the Sealeo. While the trainers are distracted though, the Sealeo spurts water at Magcargo in a great beam.
Glacier then snags the Magcargo, at the saame time Wes actives the Hyper call laser, and Michael unleashes another Great Ball.
This time, the Sealeo is caught.
"You might think you have won, but you haven't," Glacier calls, and releases Suicune into the arena.
"Go! Hitmontop!" Wes says as he releases the stated Pokemon.
The speed of the two Pokemon manages to confuse the Suicune, and Vibrava uses Confusion to increase that influence. The Hitmontop uses Spin Kick to injure the Suicune, and Vibrava tackles it. As both Vibrava and Hitmontop get in close for another attack, however, they are pulled away from the Suicune from the force of a Shadow Blast.
Neither is seriously hurt, but they are momentarily blacked out. As the Suicune goes in for the final attack, Wes risks it and loads the Snag Machine with an Ultra ball. It is thrown, and homes in on the Suicune. The Vibrava dodges out of the way of the ball and the Suicune is snagged. It returns to the Snag Machines grip, and Glacier is fuming.
"How?" he exclaims. "How? Fine, go through." He moves off the bridge, and Wes and Michael return their Pokemon and walk along it, through the doors, and up to the next level.
The room is set out like a cave, and standing on a podium with his back to them, is a man with orange spiky hair wearing an orange, red and yellow overcoat.
"Fraiser," Wes growls.
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"Yes," Fraiser says. "Me."
"I thought you was guarding the entrance to this county?" Michael asks. "I'm I'm guessing the two we just faced were also part of the guard."
"Yes," Fraiser answers. "We was called in by DarkStee when Zall contacted him to say new challengers were coming to the league. I didn't realise you could clear it so quickly."
"We can," Wes says. "We're experts at that sort of thing."
"Anyway, I'm sure you'll beat me, so..."
Fraiser sends out a Houndoom and Arcanine. Michael responds with Hariyama and Wes with Skarmory, a steel bird Pokemon. The Skarmory instantly flies into the air, while the Houndoom and Arcanine both fire off flames. The Hariyama just shrugs the flames off, and the Skarmory evades them. The Hariyama then punches the Houndoom once it charges up to it.
The Houndoom goes flying and the Skarmory makes its move on it, striking it from the sky. The Hariyama then punches the Arcanine, and the Skarmory strikes that Pokemon too.
The two Snag Machines activate and one Shadow is snagged each.
"I don't suppose my Entei would last long either," Fraiser says. "But still..."
The Entei is then released, and instantly charges the Hariyama down. Heavier than the Hariyama, the Entei smashes it down. A snag ball then captures it, and the Entei breathes fire onto the Skarmory.
The Skarmory is then snagged, but so is the Entei. By luck.
"How in the cities of Unova did you do that?" Fraiser exclaims.
"Pure concentration of the mind," Wes says. "The single most important thing anyone can hope for. Nothing can match it. Almost like a Master Ball when you think about it."
"Fine. Head upstairs. DarkStee is waiting," Fraiser says.
The two head upstairs to find the Robo Metang waiting.
"DarkStee is in the next room," the guard by the door says. "Rest your Pokemon here, and talk tatics, but no swapping any Pokemon."
"Fine," Wes says, and the two talk to the Robo Metang.
"Wes! Michael!" Makan calls. "We was told to come here. Have you finished?"
"No. All we can do is drop the Shadow Pokemon collected off and heal our Pokemon," Wes says.
"You heal your Pokemon and we'll send the Shadow's back to base."
The two heal the Pokemon and head back out. Makan starts loading the Shadow's into the export link as they reach the exit.
"Ready?" the guard asks. "Head to that door." He points it out, and the two protagonists head in that direction.
The room inside is dark, lit up only by the glow of a Cyndaquil.
"You made it," DarkStee's voice sounds, scornful. "I suppose I should battle you, but where's the fun in that?"
"What?" Wes comments.
"Cyndaquil! Shadow Blast!" DarkStee yells.
A massive force of energy blasts the two protagonists into the wall. The door closes with the force of the impact, and a screams sounds through the wall.
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