Chapter 1 : Ancient Prophecies and Small Beginnings
Zane hadn't slept for days. How could he? Getting thrown into a wall by a Dragonair and blasted by a damned Kingdra...
"I'm lucky to only have a few broken ribs.. could be my spine..."
Damn that Clair, she might be a talented trainer, but she looses her cool so often. Yet, why does the council prefer her? I've been through their training far more than she has. And yet, I keep getting turned down on my request to become a trainer, Zane thought.
"You know, I'm beginning to think you like being busted up..." Said a female voice entering the room.
"I don't intend to go into there looking for it. I'm just looking for recognition." Zane responded.
"I know you are," Courtney said "but, you never get it. And it's always ends up the same." she added...
Zane scoffed. She was right, but she didn't have rub salt in the wound. Dating for 4 years now, and she was the only one to really ground him. She was the only one that understood him after all.
"You can't go through it anymore."
She was right, he couldn't....
Blackthorn has always been famous for being where most Dragon tamers begin. Every kid aspires to be a trainer like most of their idols. However, rooted in tradition, the council makes the decision who actually becomes a trainer. Every kid is given the choice of a dragon type if the exam is passed. The exam is given by the head Elder, and insures those who would treat pokemon poorly, never get the chance to. Only those who know that being a trainer is more than just giving orders. It's a symbiotic relationship between Human and pokemon. Both feed off of each other, insuring both feel connected and grow. Of course, this is so that the mythos of Johto occurs.
The Legendary Trainer.
The archaeology supports this myth. While the Ruins of Alph suggests this, it also warns about those who seek to force the end result. The legend of Johto says that a trainer will befriend every species of Pokemon, and ends up meeting multiple legendary pokemon. Finally, the trainer ends up meeting that is which is called...
God. Arceus, the creator of everything.
Because of this, Blackthorn has always wanted to home this trainer. Thus, these traditions were born. To ensure this myth happens, while avoiding that which is warned about.
22 years ago, a mother and her infant, fled from abuse to Blackthorn. Because of her connections to the prized champion, Lance, she was welcomed. Wanting her child to be happy, the council agreed to allow the child to take place in the training normally left for the children born in the village. Because the infant was only a month, no harm was thought of the council. Except for one... Alcin. Alcin had been recently accepted to the council because of his background. He had a favored reputation through the village as well. He argued that the child wouldn't fully grasp the significance of the honor. However, the elder said that nature doesn't dictate one's beliefs, but rather nurture gives what is wanted for this village.
For 14 years, Zane was trained just like those who were born in Blackthorn. He was trained to be a tamer, but that isn't what he wanted. He thought being a trainer, traveling the region to prove his strength was more apt for him. As most children had the choice to do so in Blackthorn, the council still had to approve this. Because, the child leaving the village would carry the name of Blackthorn. Alcin blocked Zane's request. Zane's mother continued to support his choice. Always wanting him to be happy, she supported what he wanted to do. She always did things to ensure his success, and was always willing to fight for him. It was her who actually trained him be a trainer instead of a tamer for those years, being a proficient battler herself. She taught him the importance of always being thankful for his pokemons performance. Always looking after his health, she taught him some of the best training methods she had used for her pokemon. Because of this mentorship, Zane had quickly become one of the best battlers in the village, only being challenged by Clair, who was, in her own right, a prodigy. Zane and Clair often butted heads though, both being stubborn and hardheaded. Often their confrontations leaded to some building in the village being damaged or one of them being hurt. Both recognized each others talent, but they differed in how strength is supposed to be. Zane preferred the silent, stoic but imposing version, while Clair wanted to flaunt her strength around. Zane was content enough in training to want to travel, having the village backing him up, except for the one Alcin... that was until his mother fell ill.
For three years, she battled a rare, but aggressive form of cancer. Zane struggled with this. Wanting to care for someone who taught him all he had come to known is what he felt was right. So he gave his ambition to travel up. Though, he continued to train, as his mother liked seeing him battle. His style was imposing, and yet, he held no malice for his opponent. She felt he was the best battler that she had ever seen, above Lance even. That left Zane and his rival, Clair, in even more contention than before. Especially since the town's gym leader spot had opened up. However, his mother's condition worsened rapidly. Eventually, she passed away a week before his 17th birthday. This sent Zane into a down spiral of emotion. He quickly fell into a depression that consumed him. He abandoned his training nearly entirely, causing to lose his passion for battling. He instead focused on making sure he could survive without his mother. Planting a garden yearly, constantly fishing, and making sure he had what he needed. That left Clair the clear choice for the Leader spot. Because the connection to Lance had been lost, the village quickly lost the thought of him as a battler, but just someone living in the village.
A year later, the village was more open to travelers, seeing as the Pokemon commissions office of Johto had recently put out a new league campaign. That was Zane met Courtney.
She was a challenger on her travels, and while running to the center to gather some supplies, they ran into one another. For some reason, Zane wanted to challenge her to a battle. He hadn't had the urge to compete with someone for a while now. Why her though? He couldn't understand what it was, but he had to ask for a battle. While she agreed, she wasn't to pleased about it. She only wanted to fight them gym leader. But, his quiet confidence pulled her in. She was in her early 20s, and had piercing, but friendly blue eyes, with a striking smile. She had an sparking aura about her, only accented by her looks and air of her own confidence. Zane was unsure what it was, but he felt like she was familiar to him, even though they had never met.
It was only a 1-on-1 battle, seeing as Zane only had one. His trusted partner, a pink Dragonair. A rarity to be sure, but he had so many battles with him, and he had been the only real pillar of support for him for a year. He had Dragonair when he was a just a tiny Dratini. But it wasn't a gift from the council as most Dratinis were. He had caught him without the councils knowledge or approval, but they were taken aback by the appearance of such a rare phenomenon. They approved of his use of this Dratini, even Alcin agreed. Even the way Zane caught Dratini was rare. Dratini had come to aid of Zane when he was 9, being chased by a Skarmory from the south of the village. Through knowledge provided to him by the village and his mothers training, Zane was able to battle with Dratini and fend the Skarmory off. Using a combination of Thunder wave and Dragon rage, Dratini was able to avoid damage, and thus that bond was instantly born.
Though he had not battled in a year, he still had his dominant style. He quickly took control and won the battle, but that wasn't what made Courtney stick around. It was the fact he thanked her and her Ivysuar and the honor he showed. She wanted to learn not only the style that he had, but that honor. It was intoxicating to her.
"I hope that the fact I keep trying that it'll change," Zane responded after a minute of thought. "But it doesn't. That fight wasn't different, it was like she had other intentions..."
"Alcin?" Courtney asked.
"I think so. He has made it difficult from the start. But I have nothing to prove it..." he added "I just hope it will change soon."