Pokemon: Chaotic World

It's a whole new world. A world were Pokemon and their trainers are something to be feared. This is the story of a new trainer who must survive his new life as a Pokemon trainer and leave the life that he has known behind. Watch as he struggles through a Pokemon world unlike any that you know. AU Pokemon World.



4. Chapter 4: Training Week

We had the day after Selection Day to ourselves. We were told to explore the trainer district and become acclimated with it. Ginnette and Phillip both chose to remain in the Pokemon Center barracks. They only left the barracks once to eat their free meal before returning to their beds. I waited for the computer room to be empty before using one computer to place a call to my parents. My mother answered the call. She broke down crying as soon as she saw my face on the screen. After a few minutes I was able to calm her down.

"Jacob," she said. "I'm so proud of you for what you did for your brother."

"I did what I had to do," I said. "How's Bobby handling it?"

"Not well. You father took him to the park to try to get his mind off of it. He's upset that you had to volunteer in his place. He's worried that you wont survive your Ordeal and he wont see you again," she said.

"I'll survive," I said. "I have to."

"Is there anything that we can do for you?" she asked. "Do you need us to send you some money or clothes or anything else you need?"

I was tempted to say yes for a moment. Then I thought about Hugo and everything we talked about last night. "No," I finally said. "I have to do this on my own. From now on, you and dad just have to worry about Bobby. I'll be fine. I'll get through my Ordeal. Then, once I'm officially a trainer I'll be able to take missions to support myself." I paused for a moment. "Would it be alright for me to visit you guys once in a while?"

"Of course!" she said immediately. "Even if you do become an official trainer, you're still our son. Your father feels the same way."

I was filled with relief. Stories have always been told about families who disowned their children after being chosen on Selection Day. Even if they don't disown them, most families would prefer that their trainer children stay away from them. Thank the Legendaries that I still had my family.

"Thanks mom," I told her. "You took a load off my mind. I should go now. I'm supposed to wander the district and get a feel for everything here."

"Alright," she said. "Good luck Jacob. No matter what happens, always remember that we love you."

"I love you too. Tell dad and Bobby that I love them. Bye mom."

"Goodbye," she said. "Take care of yourself." She ended the call at her end. I stared at the screen for a moment before getting up. It was time to explore my new home.

I wandered around the buildings in the district for a while to see if I missed anything yesterday. So far I haven't spotted anything new. The Gym and magnet train station stood at either end of the group of buildings. Near the station stood the Center. In between those buildings were a handful of residential buildings. No shops, no food stores or clothing stores.

"I guess what we can't get from the Center we'll have to go to one of the other districts to purchase," I thought. "Good thing the magnet train is free for trainer use. I'll get tired of the Center meals quickly."

I decided to get a better look at the training grounds. They were obviously man-made sectioned environments simulating the wilds. Some of the grounds were large and could be used by several trainers. Others were small and meant for single trainer use. The were areas which simulated grasslands, marshlands, lakes, forests, rocky fields, hills, mountains and even a couple of desert fields. I stayed away from the fields that had trainers working with their Pokemon. After a while of wandering I came across Hugo in one of the larger training grounds that had a man-made lake going through it. He was staring out at the water.

"Hey," I said.

He turned to look at me. "Hey. Have you taken a look at all of the different fields they have here? The only thing missing is a saltwater beach to simulate the ocean."

"That makes sense." I said. "Asidia is not near any beaches. It would be a waste of resources to maintain such a field."

"I guess so. How are you doing today?" he asked. "Any regrets about what happened yesterday?"

"No, no regrets," I answered. "I know that I did the right thing." I paused. "I spoke to my mother this morning."

"And?" he asked, focusing on me.

"My mom was understandably upset but proud of me for looking after my brother. She said I was welcome to visit them after I become an official trainer."

"You're lucky," he said. "I overheard some trainers talking in the Center this morning. Apparently Phillip and Ginnette received messages early this morning. Their parents informed them that they were being disowned. They would get no support from their families."

"No wonder they're both still hiding in the barracks. Yesterday their whole world changed and today they find out that their families have turned their backs on them." I thought about their situation for a moment. "That must be why they give us the first day to ourselves. To deal with any fallout that comes with being chosen."

"I didn't think about that," he said. "You're probably right. Still, I feel sorry for those two, especially Ginnette."

"Why Ginnette?" I asked.

He looked at me like I was stupid. "Come on. It's obvious she was born to the upper class. Yesterday she had everything and today she has nothing. That's a huge blow to her pride and self-esteem. I can't see her recovering from this."

"She may surprise you."

"I doubt it. We'll just have to wait and see, wont we?"

"I guess we will," I said. After a moment asked him, "have you heard from your mother yet?"

"Not yet," he said. "She's probably still in shock that I actually volunteered for this. I'll wait until after my Ordeal and explain my reasons to her. I'm sure that once I explain that I did this to benefit the family she'll get over it."

"If you're sure," I said doubtfully.

"I am," he responded. He looked around. "Come one. There're still a lot of fields I haven't explored. I want to get through most of them today before I head back for our meal."

"Lead the way," I said as I followed him.

The next morning the four of us were woken up and taken to the computer room. The room was empty except for an old trainer waiting patiently.

"Take a seat," he said.

We all sat down at a different computer station and looked at him. The old trainer passed out small notebooks and pens to each of us.

"My name is Maxwell Dean. I am a B-rank Pokemon trainer born and raised here in Asidia," he said. "Yesterday you all had the day to yourselves to get used to the idea of being Pokemon trainers. Today is the day that you officially begin your training week. Over the next five days we will help prepare you for your new futures as Pokemon trainers. On the sixth day is when you will have to take your Ordeals. You will have to pass these Ordeals in order to become official Pokemon trainers. Take any notes you feel are important and don't be afraid to ask questions."

He paused. "First, I'll begin with the topic that I'm sure you all have stuck in your minds, your Ordeals. After the Cataclysm, when the League and city states decided to institute the Selection Day policy, the chosen trainers were given starter Pokemon as the new trainers were given on Pre-Cataclysm trainer days. Unfortunately, the League did not take into account the viciousness that even small and weak Pokemon now exhibited as a result of the Cataclysm. Even the supposedly tamed starter Pokemon could turn on their inexperienced trainers if they felt that the trainer was weak. The Ordeals came about as a result of this."

He paused to stare at each of us. "After much deliberation, the League instituted a new policy in regards to prospective Pokemon trainers. Instead of being given a starter Pokemon, the prospective trainers would have to go out into the wilds, without an escort, and attempt to catch a wild Pokemon. They would then have to tame this Pokemon themselves. That Pokemon would then be their official starter."

Phillip spoke up at this point. "Why would they do that?" he asked. "Wouldn't it be better to just give prospective trainers a starter and help them tame it? The odds of surviving in the wilds and catching a wild Pokemon without help are extremely slim."

"And that is why the League felt that the Ordeal was the best course of action to take." he replied. "They felt that the Ordeal would prove to them and the new trainers that they could handle the dangers of taking missions. As a Pokemon trainer, you may have to take missions that require you to leave the city state and go beyond the walls. While you may team up with other trainers in order to complete missions, this would require you to split the pay with any other trainers you team up with. Unless the mission is very high risk, most high rank trainers choose to solo their missions and claim all the money for themselves."

"As for why they couldn't help the new trainers tame their starters," he continued. "The League understood that the Pokemon would not respect and listen to their trainers if they needed help from more experienced trainers. This would increase the likelihood of the Pokemon turning on their trainers and attacking them. They felt that the trainers themselves had to struggle through the taming process in order to become real Pokemon trainers."

"And that is how the Ordeal came to be," he said. "While the civilians all felt that the League should go back to the old methods of Pokemon training, the League new that these methods were needed in order to prepare new trainers for their new risky lives." He paused. "Make no mistake. The Ordeal is no walk in the park. Every year we send out a group of prospective trainers out into the wilds. There have been very few years that all the prospective trainers made it back to the city state alive. Some years none of them made it back at all."

We all paled after hearing this. Phillip looked like he was about to pass out. Ginnette looked like she was about to break down again. Ginnette finally spoke up.

"What happens if we return to the city state without a captured Pokemon?" she asks.

"Those of you who fail your Ordeal but make it back to the city state alive will be sent out the next day to try again. You will continue to go out every day until you return with a Pokemon or don't return at all," he said grimly. The room descended into chilling silence as he let that sit in.

"You must all work hard the next five days to prepare for your Ordeals," he continued. "I would really hate to be the one to tell your families that their children were most likely eaten by Pokemon in the wilds."

Maxwell continued to lecture us for a few hours. He spoke about trainer basics and what we needed to know about common items that trainers used. He explained how use Pokemon medicine such as potions and antidotes. Finally, he went over the most important item used by Pokemon trainers, the pokeball.

"This is a pokeball," he said after he pulled one out of his pocket. "This device is used by all trainers to capture and store their Pokemon. While inside the pokeballs, Pokemon are put into a state of suspended animation where they can rest and even slowly heal from any injuries they acquire. Keep in mind that the pokeball's healing process is extremely slow. The devices next to the computers in front of you greatly speed up that healing process so your Pokemon can recover from even life threatening injuries within minutes."

"You should all note that while the pokeball provides rest and heals you Pokemon, it cannot provide sustenance. Once a day you should let the Pokemon out of the pokeball and provide them food. Any Pokemon that you may have in the computer storage system should be taken out at least once a week for the same purpose." He dropped the pokeball in front of him and released the Pokemon inside. As the Pokemon began to materialize, we jumped up and moved to the other side of the room.

"Graveler," the Pokemon grunted. The Pokemon looked like a large boulder with a face carved out in front. It had two legs and four arms sticking out of it's body.

"Sit down," Maxwell said. "He won't attack you. Unless I order him to," he added as we slowly sat back down in front of him.

This was the first time I have seen a Pokemon up close. My heart was beating at a rapid pace as I stared at the Graveler. I could see Hugo staring at the Pokemon with an odd look on his face. Phillip and Ginnette both looked ready to pass out any second now.

"This is my Graveler, Granite," Maxwell said. "He was the Pokemon that I caught on my Ordeal. Of course, back then he was just a small Geodude. Geodude is a dual Ground and Rock type Pokemon commonly found in the caves and on the mountains just north of the city state." He reached into one of his pockets and pulled out a fist-sized rock. He handed the rock the the Pokemon who proceeded to eat it.

"As I mentioned before, you should release your Pokemon at least once a day to give them food. This is very important as even tame Pokemon you have had for a while may turn on you if they get hungry enough." The Graveler finished his meal and turned to look at his trainer. When he saw that no more food was coming he sat down and just stared at us.

"The Pokemart sells dry Pokemon food for different varieties of Pokemon. If you can't afford to get some food or if you have Pokemon that refuse to eat the dry Pokemon food, you will have to take your Pokemon outside the walls were they can hunt or forage for their food. Luckily for us, trainers may come and go from the city state at will. At our own risk of course," he said.

"Other that releasing your Pokemon to feed," he said, "you obviously have to release your Pokemon while you are training them. If you don't work on training your Pokemon at least once a week, it wont grow stronger. If it doesn't grow stronger, it wont be able to use strong attacks and will not eventually evolve. You should also consider releasing your Pokemon once in a while so it can relax outside of its pokeball. This may help your Pokemon become more loyal to you. Keep all this in mind."

"The last two items I would like to cover are trainer ranks and missions," he said. "While none of you are technically civilians anymore, neither are you considered official Pokemon trainers until you pass your Ordeal. As such, you possess no trainer ranks. Once you return from your Ordeals with a captured Pokemon you will officially become E-rank trainers. There are six trainer ranks. The low ranks are the E-rank and D-rank trainers. The middle ranks are the C-rank and B-rank trainers. Finally we have the higher ranks, the A-rank and S-rank trainers. The A-rank trainers are more commonly known as elite trainers. The S-rank trainers are the Pokemon Masters. All Gym Leaders and high ranking League officials are either elite or master trainers. While some trainers get stuck in the lower ranks, most make it to the middle ranks and go no further."

"How many Pokemon a trainer is allowed to own depends on their rank," he said. "E-rank trainers may own a maximum of two Pokemon. One of these Pokemon you may keep with you at all times, however, the second Pokemon must remain in the computer storage system. This is to ensure that trainers never have more Pokemon than they can handle on them at a time. As you go up in rank, the number of Pokemon you may own goes up by two. With each additional rank, trainers may keep one more Pokemon on their person then they could at the previous rank. So a D-rank trainer may have a maximum of four Pokemon but may only have two Pokemon with them at any given time. The pokeballs themselves keep track of this system. If you are a D-rank trainer and you capture a third Pokemon, that pokeball will remain sealed shut. You will not be able to release the Pokemon within until you store one of your other Pokemon in the storage system."

"Trainers are allowed to take any missions that are their rank or one rank lower. A trainer may only go out on a mission one rank higher if they are teamed up with a trainer of the appropriate rank. Missions are classed as either D, C, B, A or S rank based on the mission difficulty," he continued.

I interrupted at this point. "If there are no E-rank missions," I said, "how are we supposed to sign up for missions once we pass our Ordeals and reach E-rank?"

"You don't," he responded. "E-rank trainers are not allowed on missions, even if they are accompanied by a higher ranking trainer. Before you may begin taking missions, you must each earn a promotion into the D-rank." He let that sit in for a moment. "Fortunately for you, it's is relatively easy to be promoted into D-rank. In order to reach D-rank, you must each prove to the Gym Leader that the Pokemon you caught will obey your commands and attack on command. In other words, you must first tame your Pokemon and prove it will protect you out in the wilds. Once you have proven that, the Gym Leader will promote you to D-rank and you may start taking D-rank missions."

"E-rank is the proving grounds for all rookie trainers. It's where you show us whether you can become real Pokemon trainers or become wash-outs who must try to survive on whatever scraps we throw your way. Trainers may only retire from taking missions after being active for 20 years. After that, you may apply for a position here in the trainer district or in the mission office in central district. Unfortunately for you, once chosen on Selection Day, you may never apply for a civilian position. With all of that in mind, I hope you all understand the importance of being able to successfully tame your first Pokemon. If, for any reason, you can't tame your first Pokemon, you may request to retake your Ordeal. Your first Pokemon will then either be put down or put to work if it can be of use to the city state." He looked around at us. "I hope you will succeed in taming your first Pokemon. It would be a damn shame if you made it back from your first Ordeal only to not return from the second."

He looked at the clock on the wall. "Let's end this lecture right here. I'll be available to you all up until your Ordeals if you have any questions. Most other trainers in the district will also offer advice if asked. Over the next few days, you should make good use of the Pokedex app on these computers. Familiarize yourselves with all of the Pokemon that are commonly found around Asidia. Also look up which of these Pokemon are easier to catch then others and where they are most likely to be found. As a general rule, evolved Pokemon cannot be caught without weakening first so you should avoid these Pokemon on your Ordeals. Your target Pokemon should be small and young unevolved Pokemon that can't put up much fight when they are sucked into the pokeball."

He wished us luck and left the room. This time Phillip and Ginnette did not go straight to the barracks upon being dismissed. They opened the Pokedex app on their computers and began looking up information on Pokemon. Hugo and I looked at each other for a moment before following their example.

Only five days to prepare to enter the wilds for our Ordeals. It was time for us to get to work.

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