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 The First Fight
Yang Ding
 Posted: Jun 25 2018, 01:52 AM
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24 years ♦ Male ♦ 37 posts
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Just a few weeks back, Yang had the most interesting conversation with a young boy named Satomi Fuse, right here in the jungle bordering Republic City. His takeaways from that afternoon still swirled in his mind like a mixture that needed sieving, but a few gems stood out to him right from the outset. First, there's no shame being yourself. That one hit Yang the hardest. Being an Icebender, rather than a Waterbender in the most perfect sense of the word, wasn't his fault.

Second: being okay with yourself doesn't mean you can't want to improve. That transformed the way Yang thought about his bending. Instead of thinking about his Icebending as a flaw, he could think about it as a starting point. Through different experiences, he would grow and move on from here, and return after a long time in a fully realised incarnation of himself. As he grew as a man, he would grow as a bender too.

And so, Yang decided to embark on the Republic City League Challenge.

Here he was, standing at the entrance of the Earth Gym, where thick trees grew ripe with possibility. Yang felt like a little plant, growing to reach the heights of those who have gone before him. He was dressed for the humid forest atmosphere, and ready to hit the ground with all his might.

"Excuse me?" Yang hollered, not sure if anyone even stood amidst the thick foliage around the arena. Even though Yang usually bristled with confidence, something about the Gym compound brought him back down to size. Here lies the possibility for both victory and failure, and Yang's status would be decided after this battle settled on the soil. What would happen today?

OOC: Hello! Yang will be using a Beartic (quite strong), a Dhelmise (medium strength), and a Oshawott (quite meh)!
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Chao Li
 Posted: Jun 25 2018, 02:29 AM
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Chang's attempt to get someone's attention would fail to actually retrieve the Gym Leader's own. The massive man was laid on his back, hands behind his head, staring at the sky between the dense canopy with a far away look on his face. For the Earth Gym Leader, he looked incredibly far from down to earth. This same man had a wife and son though, so he had to be doing something right.

As he continued laying on his back, a Swampert dashed about the area on all fours, his feet digging into the lush earth as he chased a Flygon that swooped gracefully between the trees. They had both noticed Yang... they just opted to do anything but pay attention. Chao Li was a kind trainer that allowed the rentals to stretch their legs whenever they wanted to and whenever they could. He didn't like being cooped up either, so he hated doing it to the Pokemon the league gave him, as well as his own.

Speaking of his own, Ying Yue and his son, Kadohadacho were sitting on the deck of the main building. The baby was nestled safely and the woman was giving her husband an exasperated look. "Fang... hun. Come back to earth... FANG." Her snap grabbed his attention and he jerked into an upright pose, looking over at her ... and the baby entirely undisturbed by the sudden voice, obviously used to it. His three bear cubs sat next to her with his Turtwig, all of them seemingly mocking him with their own kind of 'laugh'. "Hush. All of you."

His tone would've been serious if it weren't for him laughing about it. He turned towards the approaching man with the laugh still written across his face, a relaxed posture as he slouched forward in his place, laying his arms over his knees. "Hello! Here for a challenge or are you just lost?"
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Yang Ding
 Posted: Jun 25 2018, 05:02 AM
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let's get down to business
Standing in the middle of that huge clearing, Yang waited apprehensively for something to happen. Everything remained still and silent, but a sudden rustling of small movements in the deep woods brought him to attention. Peering inwards, the neophyte League challenger saw silhouettes of Pokemon that he'd never dreamed he'd actually be fighting. Great beasts dashed through the trees, and Yang wondered if he'd made a mistake in coming here. Maybe if he just turned around quietly, nobody would even know he was foolish enough to think he stood a chance.

Before Yang could act on his impulses, a strangely familiar voice pulled him back to the real world. Here he came, Yang thought; here he would meet the judge of his worthiness. Turning around to face the Gym Leader, his gut clenched like that of a student about to take an exam, and his eyes settled on none other than the guy who fought the unnaturally strong Gyarados together with him along the Bay. A weird glow of recognition melted away the tension in Yang's body, and his face broke into a beaming smile.

"What? You're the Earth Gym Leader?" Yang sputtered. "You're kiddin'!" He felt so silly for being all fearful and nervous now. This guy was fine! Yang reached out for a generous handshake. His chest opened up with a sense of intimacy that going through life-and-death situations brought to people.

"I'm new to this League thing, but don't go easy on me!"

OOC: Yep, that works for me! Thank you!
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Chao Li
 Posted: Jun 25 2018, 05:39 AM
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Chao's smile brightened as Yang moved closer to him, his eyes moving to the Pokemon that were playing in the trees. "Playtime is over!" He called out to the Swampert and Flygon, both of them obediently coming to his side to greet him before moving up to lay down next to Ying Yue. Both of them earning pats from the woman. "Yep! Surprised me too, don't worry!"

He really was surprised though. When he was originally contacted for the position, he nearly fell out of his chair and took Ying Yue with him, considering she was on his lap... But that contact had literally been a life saver. Sometimes, fighting all you wanted didn't make that much money to support yourself, much less another person. And if you lost a fight, and were too injured to fight? You had better get better quick.

Even as he went through those thoughts, his smile never left his face. The sound of a baby cooing behind him as his son saw that big man he knew as his father stand up into his line of sight all of a sudden. He loved kids, especially babies. He laughed and looked over his shoulder to his son before looking back to Yang. "Of course not! A battle is not a battle without a proper challenge! Now maybe afterwards, we can treat you to some tea?" Besides, Kadohadacho liked meeting new people. Yang would be no different.
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Yang Ding
 Posted: Jun 25 2018, 10:22 AM
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Even though Yang entered the Gym with a thumping heart and shaky feet, Chao's warmth washed everything away. A battle first, and then tea afterwards? What a generous deal! Yang could see what Chao led the Earth Gym. Honest, generous and direct, he seemed a stalwart representative of the element.

"Yeah, that sounds really sweet!" Yang was psyched to get their battles going. He actually had a good feeling about this. No, he didn't think this battle would be easy. Instead, he knew that this would be a battle that would push him to his limits, stretching him into a zone where ice melted to water. That was why Yang came here. In the crucible of battle, he would look inside himself and see that his strength was there all along.

"So, do we just start?" Yang chuckled, not sure if there was some form of gym etiquette he was supposed to obey. He'd found his way to one side of the large circular clearing, and he noticed that this was a terrain that was completely new to him. Beneath his feet, the ground was soft, squelchy and thick with rich crumbs of soil. Neither him nor his Pokemon were well adjusted to this. That eroded sense of insecurity came back in small waves once again.

"Here goes nothing, I guess." Clearing his mind, Yang took out one Dive Ball from his belt. "Let's do this, Wawa!" Yang's Oshawott leaped out onto the soil, its face firm with strict concentration. Its stubby hands were ready to punch like raging riptides!

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Chao Li
 Posted: Jun 25 2018, 03:22 PM
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Chao gave Yang a nod as he looked around the clearing. The Oshawott was already out on the field and ready to go. "Where did he... Il-Seong!" The Larvitar hadn't exactly heard him when he said playtime's over, and he was still on top of a rock, sunbathing calmly... up until he was yelled at.

Fang's shout woke him with a start, the small Pokemon shooting a glare at the man, who was now laughing at him and motioning for him to come over. "Battle time. Come on." He laughed even more at the grumbles coming from the Larvitar. It slid off of it's rock and walked to face the Oshawott with that trademark, grouchy face usually seen on his species.

"I'll let you have the first move." Since he had sent his Pokemon out last, it technically was Yang's turn in his book.
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+ notesSwampert/Zedong - Camerupt/Yanjiang - Larvitar/il-seong
Time to drown myself in notes. First move to Yang
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Yang Ding
 Posted: Jun 27 2018, 02:38 AM
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let's get down to business
Yang was practically bubbling. His first League battle was unfolding right before his eyes, and he was sure that it'd be a rewarding experience no matter how it turned out. "All the best to you, Chao Li!" He exclaimed.

And here was Chao Li's first Pokemon - a Larvitar with an attitude problem. "You can do this, Wawa!" Yang shouted encouragingly, and his Oshawott stared his opponent down with cold and clear concentration. Alright... maybe Il-Seong wasn't the only one who wasn't being very nice. Weirdly, Wawa never allowed himself as much as a laugh because he saw emotions as a distraction from achieving perfection in fighting. Maybe this battle would change that.

And here they went! Yang dug his feet into the soil as he fired up with excitement. "Alright, let's go! Razor Shell!" Wawa brandished the shell on its belly and gilded it with aquatic energy, turning it into a glowing blue sword. Swinging the blade at his opponent, Wawa hoped to achieve optimal damage.

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Chao Li
 Posted: Jun 27 2018, 06:45 PM
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Chao gave Yang's good wishes a nod, spreading his own bare-feet and looked down to Il-Seong, who was still standing with his hands on his hips, shooting daggers at Wawa across the way. "Take it!" He spotted his Larvitar trying to move, but that wasn't how he was going to use this. Il-Seong threw his arms up in time to catch the attack, but he still took damage from it.

Letting out an angered noise, his look went from sour to rotten. "Sandstorm and Bite!" It was a good way to try and back the Oshawott off a little bit. At the end of the Razor Shell, Il-Seong stomped the ground with one of his legs, the earth below him shattering and erupting in a gust of sand that began to swirl violently around the two Pokemon.

While the sandstorm burst from the earth thanks to his stomp, his Larvitar was moving in to try and chomp down on whatever part of Wawa that he could.
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Time to drown myself in notes. 1 out of 2 move combos used (setting a hard limit for myself on these per pokemon) Larvitar took the hit / Injured Used Sandstorm 0/5 (ends on 5/5) Used Bite
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Yang Ding
 Posted: Jul 3 2018, 01:15 AM
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let's get down to business
This battle went up to top speed from the start! Wawa got an easy strike in, but the tide of the battle was not certain yet. After Wawa's razor shrank back to normal size, Il-Seong's sour expression stirred the environment to life, bringing up a spinning cloud of sharply cutting sand. Yang's lips parted in surprise at the little creature's power. The very earth rattled with its annoyance, and Wawa would pay for being its disturber!

"Get out of there!" Yang cried, and Wawa launched itself upwards with a propulsive jet, but moving amidst a sandy blizzard was too much for the creature to bear. Disoriented and scratched from all sides, Wawa was an easy target for Il-Seong's jaws. He fell back onto the soil, his body bruised but still ready for some good fighting.

"You're doing great, buddy! Follow up with Water Pulse!" Forming a glowing energy ball in between his hands, Wawa cleared his mind and focused on getting his opponent out of the arena for good. With a determined whoop, he launched his attack, spinning with a dizzying light!

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Chao Li
 Posted: Jul 27 2018, 03:44 PM
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The sand continued to swirl on the field, pulsing every now and again as the move continued it's effect. Il-Seong remained completely unaffected by the storm, in fact, he seemed to scowl a little less when he was in the noise and rage of the sandstorm itself.

The scowl continued to lessen as well, up until he got another order to tank another attack. Usually he trusted Chao Li pretty well when it came to battles. Very good guy. But he was starting to question what he was up to. He threw his arms up again to brace the oncoming blast of water, eyes squinting closed as he battled his way through a torrent of water, doing his best to ignore the flashing lights.

Chao's eyes remained on his Larvitar through the wave of water and the gusting sand. Somehow, he was still in the fight, but it was clear his ability to fight was getting low. Same could not be said for his fighting spirit however. Once the water cleared, Il-Seong let out a growl and tightened his arms, taking on the appearance of someone clenching their fists."Heh. You never cease to impress me... Stealth Rock!"

Il-Seong's eye seemed to twitch, the attacking being called out was a set up move rather than something to pound this annoying Oshawott's mug into the ground. He listened anyways though, calling up eight, large, pointed rocks from his side of the field. The rocks didn't strike the Oshawott, but they did slam into the ground in a wide circle, sitting there with a faint glow to them. There, the move was finished and Il-Seong seemed more annoyed than ever.
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+ notesSwampert/Zedong - Camerupt/Yanjiang - Larvitar/il-seong
Time to drown myself in notes. 1 out of 2 move combos used
Larvitar took the hit / Heavily injured
Sandstorm 1/5 (ends on 5/5)
Rolled a 36 out of 100. Not confused.
Stealth Rock set!
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Yang Ding
 Posted: Jul 30 2018, 10:40 AM
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Another successful hit - things were looking good! Judging from the slump in Il-Seong's walk, it looked like one more attack would bring him down! Yang's chest soared like a jet of spring water in the sun, dashed out by a rogue flying stone when Il-Seong used an attack that literally shifted the battlefield in his favour. Hefty rocks embedded themselves into the soft soil, vanishing from sight even though they'd reappear soon. Yang could feel gravity shift, but he could still turn that tilt around!

Even though the Yang of a few months ago would've pushed on with offensive move after offensive move, the Yang of today moved much more like fluid, plastic water. He still had much more distance to cover in his Waterbending journey, but he'd travelled enough to know that fights didn't have to move in only one direction. A cunning glint, a glimmer in a heretofore unexplored part of Yang's mind, lit up on Yang's face, and his shoulders pulled back like the curves of a river bank.

"Wawa! Use Encore!" And Yang's Oshawott delivered, clapping and radiating a bizarre force that would compel Il-Seong to repeat Stealth Rock again and again. If he succeeded, Yang would've turned the set-up move into a handicap!

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Chao Li
 Posted: Jul 30 2018, 04:06 PM
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Well this was certainly a problem. The Pokemon that usually had no issues with listening to him when it came to battles was now ignoring him entirely. Of course, Chao didn't hold it against him, if anything, he felt bad for him. He knew that move and he knew how much Il-Seong hated not doing damage.

"Good move." He stated calmly, watching his Larvitar struggle and fail to lift up more rocks, boasted on by the odd move from the Oshawott. For now, they were effectively stuck in a loop and could do nothing more but try to dodge. Il-Seong was in a rough spot though, and he wasn't sure how much dodging he could do in this state.

He didn't let this shake him though, and Chao's face remained as calm as ever, watching his Larvitar struggled, nestled in his own raging sandstorm.
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Time to drown myself in notes. 1 out of 2 move combos used
Larvitar took the hit / Heavily injured
Sandstorm 2/5 (ends on 5/5)
Stuck in Encore!
Stealth Rock used again. No effect.
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Yang Ding
 Posted: Aug 1 2018, 01:03 PM
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let's get down to business
Try as hard as Il-Seong might, nothing happened, and all his grunting and stomping led to zilch! "Thanks, Chao!" Yang exclaimed, his own state a heightened counterpoint to the Gym Leader's calmness. Coursing with excitement, Yang knew it was now or never - Wawa had to move in for the kill. And now, the floodgates opened wide.

"Move in one last time, Wawa!" Yang shouted, his chest blazing like sunlight. "Razor Shell!" While Yang glowed enthusiastically, Wawa kept himself cool and composed, striking only for precision. A gleaming blue sword materialised in Wawa's paws, and he swung it right where he struck Il-Seong the first time!

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Chao Li
 Posted: Aug 1 2018, 11:01 PM
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Mountains stand when man falls
Fang commanded him to move, but in the midst of his own confusion at the Encore, he didn't register in time and was struck down by the Razor shell. Even in his knocked out state though, the sand continued to lash and swirl violently around the field, bursting with anger created by the knocked out Larvitar before the Oshawott.

"Good one, Wawa, and you too of course. But now the fun is really about to begin!" Chao still had that friendly smile on his face, but there was a fire in his eyes. Like a volcano bursting, lava flowing down the mountain side, he looked more alive than ever. "Zedong!" He called out to the Swampert. The large, blue Pokemon had stayed laying next to the infant and it's mother while the Flygon had took off. So when his name was called out, his head shot up from sniffing the baby's belly and he dashed out onto the field.

Following the sound of the Swampert settling into the whirlwind of sand, the excited coos of his child could be heard behind him, drawing a laugh from the large man. "Sounds like we're not the only ones entertained!" His Swampert seemed to beam with pride and gave Wawa an excited look, taking on his stance. "Scald!"

Zedong's eyes narrowed at the command, his mouth dripping with steaming water a split second before it rushed forth, cutting through the sand and aiming straight for the Oshawott, and just like it's name says, it was scalding hot.
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SANDSTORM 3/5 (ENDS ON 5/5)
STEALTH ROCK IN EFFECT
ZEDONG WAS SENT OUT
ZEDONG USED SCALD (30% CHANCE TO BURN)
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Yang Ding
 Posted: Aug 5 2018, 02:01 AM
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Slicing a swirling sand cloud into two, Wawa's energy blade pierced through Il-Seong's rocky skin, nailing him down once and for all! And there went Yang's first opponent; Larvitar was unable to battle!

"Well done, Wawa!" Yang cheered, energy pulsing through him like water roaring from the mouth of a Gyarados. Wawa, on the other hand, remained stoic and serious, only offering a sharp nod in response. The Oshawott believed in mind over matter. Tightening his core, Wawa shut out the cutting sand and the wounds on his leg, focusing himself on the next opponent that took the ground. A huge Swampert stood where Il-Seong had fallen, ready to continue the fight!

Yang's gut slackened as he saw the huge mud beast take the other side. That's kinda overkill, isn't it? Wawa was a smart fighter, but things were getting much harder from here. And harder they got - Zedong's Scald exploded all over Wawa, and the little otter cried out in pain as boiling water lit up the abrasions all over its fur. Wawa's normally grounded stance faltered, and he tottered a bit under the weight of his injuries. One good blow would take him out good!

Yang knew this, Wawa knew this, and they'd use their time left to set things out for their next battler! "Wawa, Encore again!" Shaking off the water on his fur, Wawa sent out another series of claps, pushing bizarre waves of force through the arena again!

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