Part 1 [3/7/12]
At Lilycove City, a large and sprawling place, the leaders of Team Magma and Team Aqua are in conference at the old hideout off the east side of the mainland.
"I thought Groudon and Kyogre were meant to be our protectors," Maxie says. "No one in Hoenn has seen them in ages."
"Maybe they've just gone into hibernation again," Archie suggests. "Although not even Rayquaza has been spotted."
A commotion then happens outside. The sound of a Pokeball recall laser sounds, but more electrified. The hideout is little more than a cave surrounded in water, but still each team had saw fit to post a guard each at the door.
Before, these two teams had been at each others' throats, trying to resurrect one of the Weather trio each. Magma wanted Groudon to get more land. Aqua wanted Kyogre to make more sea. After a huge battle between the two, in which Rayquaza had to get involved, the two settled their differences and started to help.
"You want to know what happened to those three?" a voice asks from the entrance.
"Who are you?" Maxie asks.
A Pokeball is released and a Skarmory is released. "Fraiser is the name, and Pokemon that we choose now serve us. You can either hand over your Pokemon or join our cause. If you reject both offers, this Pokemon here will attack."
"Pokemon only attack if put in situations or when defending their natural territory in the wild," Courtney says, blue hair flowing as she twists to face Fraiser. She had dispensed with her hood. "They don't attack other trainers."
"Want to test that?" Fraiser says menacingly.
When Courtney instead gets up, a small light which is part of a metal patch wore over the right eye of Fraiser lights up, and the Skarmory attacks.
Both Maxie and Archie stare shocked. Archie goes as far as speech.
"What- What is that power?"
"It is called the power of the Shadow Pokemon. This region has been selected to pay host to a new type of competition. There will be no more Pokemon Gyms. No more Pokemon Leagues. All there will be is Shadow Pokemon roaming freely in the wild, ready to challenge trainers who stumble across them."
"I'd still like to test their power against another Pokemon. Perhaps one of a type Skarmory is weaker to."
One of the Magma team release a Camerupt. As it releases a jet of fire, the Skarmory also releases a jet of fire which looks darker and more purple than the orange of Camerupt's. The two meet, but Camerupt's fire jet is easily overwhelmed, and is struck full on by Skarmory's attack.
It faints. The Magma who owns the Camerupt returns it and instantly sends out a Zubat. The fight lasts shorter, with the Zubat receiving a full on attack with Skarmory's beak.
"It's- It's not possible!" the Magma grunt moans.
Archie and Maxie look at each.
"Fine," Maxie says. "We'll join. Just tell us what we have to do."
Part 2 [13/7/12]
"Where are we?" Rui asks.
The others start looking around, groaning at stiff joints. They can only look around, however, as they are bound to walls at their ankles and wrists with shackles.
"Well, from the occasional horn, I'd say we were on some kind of boat," a voice says which startles the others.
"Professor!" Michael calls. "What are you doing here?"
At the other side of the room, Professor Krane is also shackled to a wall.
"This is where they brought me after trashing the lab. They've been making me do battles to test their Shadow Pokemon."
"And what have you learned of their plans?" Wes asks.
"Not a lot, other than the fact they seem to be independent thinkers."
"Yes, we know," Ash says. "They are to be released into the wilds of Hoenn as some type of challenge to the trainers."
"And how did you find that out?"
"We've been on quite a journey," Makan explains, "and it appears that Team Snagem want to reveal their plans to us. After one of them was defeated, they would reveal a bit about the Shadow Pokemon. The information they told us would be useful for your memos Professor."
"If we survive this."
"A Minun," Ash wonders.
A shockwave then spreads through the grey interior of the cell, and the door squeaks open. The Minun then sends a Thunderbolt into each of the locks holding the people in place. It then wonders over to Michael and looks at him with happiness.
"Michael, I think that is your sister's Minun. It obviously recognises you," Professor Krane says, stretching as he is let down.
"Mimi, return," Michael says, calling the Pokemon to a ball.
As Krane walks toward the others he says, "Use the Snag Machine. Don't worry, the Pokemon won't be affected. There are no parts of that particular Snag Machine that can turn a Pokemon into Shadow form.”
“I hope Jovi isn’t worried, and I hope she won’t mind a little interference from the Snag,” Michael says as he loads it up.
The ball flies true and grabs the Minun. “Mimi!” it screams, as it is captured. The ball then returns to the Snag Machine and Michael puts it in his pocket.
“Now then,” Makan says. “Let’s get out of here.”
The others agree and they sneak away from the cell, up some stairs and onto the ship proper. Walking around with no purpose except to find an escape route, the group eventually find a way outside. Following the walls of the boat’s above deck area, the group reach the front of it.
On the deck is the Robo Metang, surrounded by Team Snagem grunts, and one leader in a black coat.
“Darkstee,” Wes grunts.
The Pokeball in Michael’s pocket then shakes. The Minun releases itself and skips over toward the Snagem contingent.
“What the-” one of the grunts call. “Oh, it’s the Minun. What’s it doing out?”
“Who knows,” Darkstee calls. “Just get it back below dec-”
A huge Thunderwave then strikes the boats rear, tipping it to the left. As the Snagem grunts fall and trip, Makan makes a run for the Robo-Metang. After a few seconds it powers up and turns to where the rest of the group are. The rear hatch stays open.
“Hurry!” Makan calls over the loudspeaker.
Looking back to the front of the deck, Wes sees that the Snagem grunts are recovering, and tells everyone to hurry. As Professor Krane is jumping onto the Robo Metang, the Minun sends a Thunderbolt into the deck and skips back to the ramp, jumping in just as it closes.
The Robo Metang then blasts away.
Part 3 [18/7/12]
At Route 102, a boy walks at a slow pace with his Zigzagoon at his side. The light and dark brown coloured racoon Pokemon matches pace with its trainer.
“Don’t worry Ziggy,” the trainer says. “Soon you’ll be able to beat any trainer that challenges you.”
“Zigza-Goon,” the Pokemon replies.
The trainer has a yellow T-shirt and blue shorts, with a blue cap worn so the flat part is behind him. Another trainer walks up to the boy. This one has black shorts and a blue shirt.
“Your Zigzagoon looks cool,” the second says.
“I know. What Pokemon do you have?” the first asks.
“Wurmple. I have two. Want a battle so I can make them stronger? Yours will too.”
“Sure. What’s your name?”
“Calvin. Nice to meet you.”
“Wurmple! Go!” Rick shouts, letting a Pokeball fly. A red backed worm appears.
“Ziggy, do me proud,” Calvin says. The Zigzagoon steps forward.
Before any move can be used however, a Lotad comes from the bushes. Cautiously at first.
“Wow! What’s that Pokemon?” Rick asks.
“No idea. But I’ve got a Pokedex from Professor Birch. Let’s see what it says.”
Calvin pulls out his Pokedex, a red block-like machine and scans the Pokemon.
“Lotad,” the machine speaks, “the water weed Pokemon. Lotad inhabit peaceful wetlands, like lakes and ponds. On rare occasions, this Pokemon travels on land in search for clean water. Biometrics indicate that this particular Lotad is stronger than its species should be.”
As soon as this is said, both trainers gasp in awe.
“Why don’t we work together to bring it down?” Calvin asks.
“Sure. And if it is stronger, then our Pokemon will become more powerful!”
The two Pokemon of the trainers then turn to face the Lotad. The Lotad then attacks with a powerful charge. The Wurmple gets hit, and as the Lotad recovers from attacking it, the Zigzagoon attacks with a Tackle.
The Wurmple returns to its ball, but the Lotad is hardly affected by the Tackle. As another Wurmple is released, a blast of dark energy erupts from the Lotad, causing both the second Wurmple and the Zigzagoon to faint. Both return to their balls.
But the Lotad isn’t finished.
Jumping into the sky, it then attacks Calvin, who collapses on the ground. Charging up a dark bolt of lightning, it then shocks Rick into unconsciousness.
The Lotad then retreats back into the bushes.
Part 4 [28/7/12]
At the main port of Lilycove City, Fraiser waits with Archie and Maxie for the Shadow Stalker cruiser. Darkstee had said that some problems had arisen.
In the distance, the massive boat could be seen, along with what looked like smoke coming from two different places. As it crawled closer, Fraiser could see that it was traveling at a lower speed than it could do.
As the boat pulls into the port, Fraiser could see that a lot of damage had been done to it. As it slows down and stops, Fraiser sees Darkstee and the others waiting for the door to open. As soon as it does, Darkstee storms down the ramp and stops in front of Fraiser. The others follow at a more sedate pace.
"What happened to th-" Fraiser starts, but is automatically interrupted by Darkstee.
"Did you contact the groups I told you to?"
"Yes. The leaders are right here behind me."
"Good. Are they willing to join?"
"Yes. With little persuasion."
"As to what happened to this ship, one of the Pokemon captured from the lab helped our prisoners claim their transport back and escape."
"What direction was they heading?" Archie asks. "We might know where they're going."
"Roughly the same direction we were going but with a slight southern trajectory," Darkstee replies.
"They could have been going to Professor Birch's lab," Maxie suggests.
"True. But they could just be wasting their time trying to shake a pursuit."
"Where is this place? What town?"
"Litttleroot," Archie says.
Darkstee then disappears.
"So they have a foothold in this region?" Professor Krane asks. "What about the others?"
"We're not sure," Makan says. "They never mentioned anything about other regions."
"Interesting. Well, we need to call the base. Let them know we are alright."
"That's what Michael and Wes are doing," Ash says.
"Yes. I'd love to know how you came to meet him."
"In Agate Village," Rui supplies. "We were going to visit my grandparents when we met Michael and Ash."
"Ah. That would be when I sent them to Agate to investigate the Relic Stone. And then when you joined them, obviously wanting to get a piece of the action."
"Well we had no choice really. Team Snagem chased us through Agate and back to Gateon Port. Well, partly back to Gateon. Makan and the Robo Metang got the chasing Fearow off our tail."
"And now I've got to stay with you until we get home."
"Yes," Makan says.
"Quick! Come quick!" Wes calls from one of the lifts.
Krane, Ash and Rui head down the lifts with Wes to see a news feed from Hoenn about to play out.
Part 5 [2/8/12]
"And here we are in Littleroot Town, the home of Professor Birch and his team of scientists. We are now going inside to see the everyday life of these scientists, and talk to Professor Birch."
Sounds of scuffling, followed by a scream. The news reporter quietly moves toward the doors, then moves back quickly as a scientist gets blown through them.
"What happened?" the reporter asks.
"Someone with an Abra just teleported inside the lab. I didn't think that was possible!" the scientist replies, his voice rising at the end.
"And then?" the cameraman asks.
"It attacked me with some weird move that glowed purple."
"Sounds interesting," the reporter says. "Let's get reporting."
They head inside, and see disaster. All the machines have been ripped apart. The scientists lie sprawled on the floor. Unconscious or dead. Professor Birch is recognised only by his absence.
No Pokeballs or Pokemon are in sight. A scientist then stirs.
The reporter quickly helps him to his feet. "Can you tell us what happened?" she asks.
"It was horrible," the scientist replies. "Some trainer appeared with an Abra. Teleported inside the building. Didn't think it was possible. Greg then challenged him when he revealed his intentions and got blown out the door. He then grabbed the Professor and that Abra of his used some funny move. Glowed purple and black it did. It trashed the lab and felled us all. Then he disappeared with the Professor."
"Hm. Sounds interesting," the reporter says. She then turns to the camera. "We'll listen out for other rumours and newscasts from around the Hoenn region and piece together the information for more information on this mystery trainer."
The newscast then ends.
"Wow. How many more Professors are they going to abduct from their labs?" Wes asks.
"What do you mean?" Ash asks.
"It was-" Michael clears his throat. "It was confirmed by Brock and Misty, who had got connection back to the Kanto region, that Professor Oak had indeed been abducted. Same goes for Professor Elm."
"Oh," Ash quietly says.
Part 6 [10/8/12]
The Robo Metang lands outside the Pokemon Lab of Littleroot Town, to find that the place was exactly like it was on the news. Wes, Michael and Ash get out and walk to the entrance of the lab. The bodies were still there on the floor.
And one other person is wondering around. Wearing a red coat and a red hat with a black Pokeball symbol, she continuously calls out "Professor!"
At the sound of footsteps, she starts and twists to face the noise. "Oh. Ash. It's you."
"You know this person?" Wes asks.
"She used to travel with me," Ash says. "Wes, Michael. Meet May."
"So... Who and where are you two from? And how come you lot are here?"
"There from a far off desert region called Orre," Ash speaks before the other two could start talking. "We've been tracking a plot in their region from a criminal syndicate known as Team Snagem. They specialise in Shadow Pokemon, and Hoenn has been chosen as a testing ground for their new Shadow's. They have also been capturing Pokemon Professor's from all regions for some unknown reason."
"Oh. Well if you'll let me, can I join? At least until you find Professor Birch."
Ash looks to the other two.
"Well we could always do a ground exploration, just to see how strong these Shadow's are," Wes says slowly.
"Sorted then. I'll go tell Makan." Michael then runs outside.
"Let's go, then," Ash commands. Then Ash, Wes and May walk outside.
"Is that an upgraded Pokemon Watch?" May asks excitedly.
"Huh?" Ash exclaims. He then looks down at his wrist. "Oh yeah!" He then fiddles with the controls a bit.
"Misty here," a voice comes from the speaker. The audio is slightly crackling, but serviceable. "Ash, what happened?"
"We're at Hoenn after being captured and taken to a boat. We were rescued by Jovi's Minun, and we also have Krane with us. Professor Birch has also been captured, and May has joined our team," Ash speaks quickly.
"Heh. Nice. Oh, and Ash, we've loaded the Skitty into the Purify Chamber, and make sure to get Pikachu back."
"Oh! I forgot. Well, see you later then."
Ash closes the link as he runs to the Robo Metang. The ramp is still lowered, and Ash runs to the Storage PC. Activating it and calling up the Pokemon Lab HQ Storage, Ash selects the Pikachu and withdraws it.
As soon as it appears, the ball activates and Pikachu is released.
"Pikachu," it says.
"Pikachu!" Ash calls, opening his arms.
The Pikachu then looks at Ash with the expression of a frown, its head tilted to one side as it looks upon him.
"Pikaaa! it then cries out in distress.
"What?" Ash wonders aloud.