Sorry for taking so long on this; a busy couple of days kept me from thinking about the details as much as I wanted to. Once we have another profile or two up, I'll get a character thread, and then we can start to do some work with our towns and gym challenges while we wait for the rest. Name:
Cedric is a quiet and thoughtful man, preferring to think through almost anything he says rather than blurting something out and risking sounding like a fool. Outwardly, he seems strong and perhaps a bit distant, but has lingering confidence issues over mistakes he's made in the past, especially when it comes to training pokemon. It's difficult to earn his full-hearted trust, but because so few have it, he'll fight to the death for whoever does. Hometown and Region:
Driftveil City, Unova RegionBackground:
Driftveil was not the best place for a mind like Cedric's. While the city was a great place to find work, prospering from both the region's central dock operation and Clay's mining company, the young man wanted more than to just be a laborer for the rest of his life. He saw how pokemon worked alongside the miners and the dock workers, but wanted to learn more about the psychology of pokemon: why they were so willing to help humans, and what made them all different, yet so similar and easy to befriend. By the time he reached 16, an answer was brought to him, but not the kind he expected. Men came to his town and preached that pokemon were really not happy with humans, but enslaved and miserable. He was told they needed to be rescued, and he made up his mind to join the fight.
Cedric received his first pokemon at the same time as he left Driftveil for the first time of his life, and he was immediately set to doing the dirty work of this new group. He didn't understand how his seemingly harmful actions could benefit the pokemon population as a whole, but he believed he was learning the truth about their nature, and did whatever he was told as he sought more truth. Unfortunately, by the time he came to his senses and realized he was the one enslaving and hurting pokemon, justice had come for them, and he was a changed man; not even Clay, who he had known all his life, and who has father had worked for for decades, recognized him with his new uniform and attitude. Abandoning his pokemon to be returned to their trainers, Cedric fled his home as an outlaw, believing he would never be able to raise a pokemon again.
Time made the difference, though. He traveled around for a year or two in flight of his past before he came to Kanto, where he found a poor Oddish being poached by two awfully familiar men in black uniforms. He took the two men down before they could manage to get their own pokemon out and left the Oddish to go free again, but, strangely, the little weed creature decide to follow after him instead, much to his chagrin. It was while trying to get this pokemon to stop following him that he was discovered by a man named Oak, who questioned why anyone would not want the friendship of such a kind creature. Of course, Oak could see the answer in Cedric's eyes; he saw a damaged man, plagued with self-doubt and loathing for his past, but there was still a spark beneath of someone who wanted to become more, to learn more about pokemon and create a better world with that knowledge. Despite much resistance, he managed to convince Cedric to become a research student.
With the help of Oak, Elm, and various other Pokemon Professors (along with his friendly new Oddish, Priscilla), Cedric gradually started to trust himself with pokemon again, eventually accepting an offer from Professor Elm to perform a research project for him. The locals surrounding a wildlife reserve in the distant region of Tetso had agreed to let Elm set up a new lab on the site to study effects of cross-breeding, especially among Grass pokemon. Having taken a great interest in the Grass type himself, Cedric agreed and departed to perform research on his own, not nearly a Pokemon Professor in his own right, but on that road nonetheless.
A visit from the friendly Elite Four Steel trainer eventually presented an opportunity for Cedric to get even more funding for his and Elm's project. With the hearty approval of the locals, he converted part of his lab into a Gym, deciding to dedicate his challenge to making trainers realize the importance of trust between them and their pokemon.Starting Team: Gloom (Priscilla)
Attacks: Mega Drain, Acid, Stun Spore, Sleep PowderTurtwig
Attacks: Cut, Razor Leaf, Withdraw