Part 1 [27/11/12]
"Who's there?" Wes calls. "Anyone from Snagem, be warned. There are Pokemon here that want a fight."
"So do all of these here. Guarding the Professors of this region. And there's no need to fear. We're not Snagem. We just work for them."
From out of the darkness appear Archie and Maxie from Teams Aqua and Magma.
"Who're they?" Wes and Michael ask, but Brendan and Ash don't need to answer, as another voice does for them.
"The syndicates from this region. Team Aqua Archie, and Team Magma Maxie." This person then reveals themselves from the darkness, and Wes and Michael's mouths drop.
"Why so stunned? Told you we'd meet again."
"Darkstee. What do you want with all the Pokemon Professors!" Ash shouts.
"Ah, glad you asked," Darkstee says with a whimsical air. "Well you see, we could never access the research Cipher had produced after dear Michael had them locked up for good. We had to start from scratch. We recruited, he hired, we bribed, and soon we had enough of the research to start replicating what Cipher had done. Then we started to experiment.
"That's when we sent a task force here to this region to capture the weather trio so we could test on some legendaries what Cipher had done."
"The impossible to purify Pokemon," Michael says slowly. "But we did. So that plan was scuffered."
"Yes. But then we realised, we could use this for our own ends. We went to the relic stone with a Pokemon that was close to opening its heart. Celebi came and we captured it, then turned it Shadow. From this, we were able to make our own research into what would happen if we were to clone and replicate the Purifying power that Celebi has. That's how we made the Aura Balls."
"Except they weren't quite finished."
"Exactly. While we could produce the reverse effect, it wasn't as strong, and left the Pokemon with the Aura you can see. So we decided to carry on as planned by using Hoenn as our new tournament ground of Shadows, as well as to capure the Pokemon Professors. During a trip to Johto though, we got lucky. Entei was captured, and we found the cave of Unown.
"Unfortunately, we were stopped in part by Ash - was it?, and his two friends, and then by you two arriving in that big metal bird."
"Yes. And your grunts captured my Pikachu from me!" Ash shouts. "Where is he!"
"Enough talk. As you say, there are Pokemon here that want a fight.
Part 2 [29/11/12]
"Aggron! Rhyperior! Go!"
"Noctowl! Quilava! Get them!"
"Metagross! Vibrava! Defend us!"
"Sudowoodo and Forretress! Fight!"
Brendan, Ash, Michael and Wes send out two Pokemon each. The odds were still out of favour, but it was more even.
Bulbasaur, Tentacool, Totodile, Xatu, Torchic, Nosepass, Turtwig, Luxio, Oshawott, and Sandile all charge forward to the new challengers, and instantly, commands are being shouted out by the trainers, each helping the other. A lot of type differences mean either Pokemon side could get overloaded.
But as guessed, the Pokémon are all Shadows, meaning all will have to be defeated or snagged. The first to be defeated is Totodile. It's Shadow Aura leaves it when it faints. Bulbasaur and Turtwig team up to overwhelm Wes' Forretress, but get stopped by a Flamethrower from Ash's Quilava. Both of them faint.
The Xatu confuses Wes' Sudowoodo, and before the Sudowoodo can attack, it gets bowled over by the Sandile. A snag from Ash then catches the Sandile. Wes returns the Sudowoodo.
Both of Brendan's Pokémon then attack the Xatu from either side, but th Xatu teleports, leaving the Pokémon to crash against each other. A snag from Wes then catches the Xatu, who then releases it straight into the battle.
Oshawott fires black bubbles in the direction Ash's Quilava, with the Luxio firing bolts of wild lightning into them to charge them to explosive bombs. Ash's Noctowl defends Quilava by blowing the bubbles back to the owners.
Michael then goes for his first snag, but the Nosepass gets in the way and is captured instead of the Tentacool which was hassling his Vibrava.
Oshawott and Torchic had started attacking Michael's Metagross, and Michael, distracted by the wrong catch and stopping his Vibrava being defeated, doesn't see his Metagross go down with a double attack from the pair.
No-one notices the Luxio shaking, its eyes closed. Its eyes then open, and it releases a big blast of Shadow Aura and faints.
Part 3 [1/12/12]
Roughly half of the Pokemon on the field faint from the power of the blast. The Shadow Aura from the Luxio had formed into a cocoon around it.
No-one notices this either.
Both of Michael's Pokemon had now fainted, meaning he was out of the fight. But he could still send the Nosepass he had snagged out into battle. Ash's Quilava and Wes' Forrestress had both fainted from the blast as well.
Only the Torchic of the Shadow Pokemon was fighting. Brendan commands his own Pokemon to beat it.
Once fainted, they all cheer. Darkstee also joins in the cheering.
"What?" Wes asks. "You're beaten. So why cheer?"
"Haven't you seen?" Darkstee says, and points to the cocoon that is the Luxio. Instantly, he releases a Shadow Jolteon. Joining it from other trainers are a Shadow Vapoureon, a Shadow Flareon, and two Shadow Eevee's.
"Let's see how you like this then."
Ash goes to throw another Pokeball to send into battle, but Michael holds him back.
"Hold on," he then says. "Why do you want to protect that thing?"
"To see what happens of course."
Michael then sends the Shadow Nosepass into battle and the fight begins again. These Shadow's are even tougher than the last ones. Utilising faster speed and lightning quick attacks, only Brendan has any Pokemon left that can counter them. Wes has his last Pokemon out. Hitmontop is just as fast and more powerful than all the Shadows.
Only the Jolteon is left, the others having been beaten through brute force, the only method that works, during counter-attacks. The Jolteon is the only one that seems to have only special range attacks.
That leaves two Pokemon to confuse it while Wes sent the Nosepass to attack the cocoon. A sound like air esaping a balloon sounds however, and a blast of light escapes the cocoon, giving with it a hurricane of wind.
Part 4 [3/12/12]
The wind dies down and the light disapates. Recovering, Ash, Brendan, Wes, Michael, and Darkstee all look upon the new apparation. The Pokemon Professors have no choice. Everyone except Darkstee stare upon it in horror.
The Luxio has evolved into a Luxray, but a deformed version of a Luxray. It is darker than usual, with red gleaming eyes, and where the blue flesh usually is, nothing but a ghostly aura. It has the tail of a Shinx, and instead of the usual electric spiked tail-end, it is fully electrified in Shadow Aura.
"Ha! The Ultimate Shadow! Forget Lugia, this is a proper Shadow Pokemon." Darkstee is impressed. Wes and Michael however, are horrified.
"Just so long as we can snag it," Michael drily comments.
A Pokeball is loaded into Wes' snag machine. "Let's find out."
He throws the newly created snag ball at the Shadow Luxray, which doesn't even hit. Instead, it is absorbed inside the Shadow Aura.
"What!" Ash says, stunned.
"Well now, this is something," another voice says. Professor Juniper joins Ash, Wes and Michael. Following her are Birch, Oak, Rowan and Elm.
"How did you lot get out?" Darkstee asks.
"Me," Brendan says. "Why you'd do something like capturing the Pokemon Professors to help in your research of these Shadow Pokemon is absurd. But now we've got what we came for, we'll be off."
"But... What about the ridding of Shadow Pokemon?"
Oak then steps forward. "Ash, it is very great to see you again. And looking at this Pokemon, it will never obey anyone. It was created through natural processes, so it will only obey its own kind. Or maybe even none at all."
Elm then chips in. "This Pokemon will never be able to breed. From this, we can agree that it isn't actually a proper Pokemon and seems entirely made from the darkness of nature."
"This Pokemon evolved before it was naturally ready to do so," Rowan says. "From that, I gather it is potentially dangerous and could be unstable."
"Well, thank you for those enlightening words," Darkstee says. "Now, let's put them to the test."
Part 5 [5/12/12]
"Do you have any Pokemon on you?" Professor Juniper asks.
"Apart from the Shadows, no," Michael says. "And we don't really want to be setting Shadow on Shadow in case it strengthens that one even more.
"My, oh my," a voice from the entrance says. "It finally seems as though the great Shadow Defenders have been defeated."
"What do you want, dancing creep!" Darkstee snaps.
"Well, me and a few friends were wondering as per usual. However, that boat is cramped, I don't know how you get comfortable."
"Yours, of course. I was hunting for more Ludicolo you lot have snatched off me, when I felt the boat move. At the end of its journey, and after an explosion from somewhere near the front, I ventured out. To my relief, no-one was around. I then saw a Lotad wondering around in a submarine. How was I to know that would be the one you hired. I was stuck inside that cargo hold, where I finally convinced the Lotad I had been going after I meant it no harm. In fact, it seems quite special.
"Care for a test?"
"Against you? I don't care, so long as I can see the power of this Ultimate Shadow Pokemon."
"Groovy. Let the musi-"
"Oh, fine," Miror B. says huffily. "Lotad! Show them!"
The Lotad seemed ordinary, but as soon as the battle began, its speed was the same as the Luxray, even though the Luxray was powered by the Shadow powers. The Lotad had powers beyond a normal Lotad, as though it was evolved into a Ludicolo already.
Then a Houndoom, Mightyena and Feraligatr join the party.
"Control them!" Rui calls.
Quickly, the Luxray is subdued. Wes starts to load a Pokeball into the snag machine, but gets beaten by someone else.
"We hear you needed help," a rough voice calls.
Part 6 [7/12/12]
"Who now!" Darkstee rages.
"Brock! Misty!" Professor Oak calls.
"How did you get here?" Ash questions.
"The Robo Lugia," Misty says. "Now we have Pokémon other than ours to use for Purification, we thought we may as well check on how you were."
"And how did you find us?" Michael asks.
"May told us, and some idiot of an assistant called Chobin came round and asked if we needed help," Brock replies. "Even though he wears those weird glasses, he an adept pilot."
"So where is he?"
"Outside ogling the Robo Metang."
"And where did you get that snag machine?" Wes asks.
Brock looks down at his left arm, where sure enough, a streamlined snag machine rests. "Well, since the Purification Chamber had been fixed, the staff had nothing to do. Thinking that more snag machines would be better for everyone, thy set to making a new one, even better than the others. Less features, but a very quick recharge time."
"Okay!" Darkstee shouts. "I admit defeat!"
"Good," Wes calls.
"Now give me back my Pikachu that you stole!" Ash shouts.
"Pikachu? Ah, yes. I remember now. Can't give it to you. Don't have it."
"What do you mean?" Ash heats up.
"Well, one of my members caught it, and showed it to me when we went to the Kanto region to grab the Professor there. Unfortunately, two people saw it and asked if it was for sale."
"And what did you say?"
"What do you have to trade."
"And they gave you?"
"An even better Pokémon than that Pikachu."
"Wait. Wait. What Pokémon?" Brock asks.
Ash, Brock and Misty exchange glances with each other, then look to Professor Oak, who shrugs.
"And what did they look like?" Ash asks.
"Don't know. But that Meowth could talk. And then it attacked me and ran off."
"Definitely them," Brock says.
"And did you see how Shadow it looked?" Misty says. "Just like the Luxray."
"So, what are we waiting for? Let's go!" Ash says.
"Wait. Wait. Wait. What now?" Brendan says. "We couldn't leave before but now we can?"
"Brendan, you don't understand," Ash says. "That Pikachu- My Pikachu, is just like that Shadow Luxray we just caught. An ultimate. Except it's not in possession of trained professionals of Shadow Pokémon-"
"Not like most of them are anyway," Wes interrupts.
"But in the hands of people who know of its original power, have been hunting it ever since they first saw its power, and have no understanding of what power it has now gained."
"And that is?" Brendan asks.
"Jessie and James of Team Rocket."