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Episode 1 - The Journey Begins!Edit
At age ten, kids across DragonVale get their very first Dragon. Many do so to become Dragon trainers. Others do it to compete in Colosseum events, and some even to it to study dragons and become a Dragon Breeder. In order to become a successful Trainer, one must grow and raise many Dragon, and defeat 8 gem leaders in order to compete against the Elite Four. If successful there, they must battle Bane Cane, the current champion. If someone can defeat all 13 top trainers, they become the new DragonMon Champion!
On his tenth birthday, Pickle woke up late in his house in the town of Domum. He did not get his first choice, or even his second choice dragon. He hurriedly rode his bike to Professor Nate's lab and picked up his DragonBall. He let the Dragon out, shocked to see a little Plant Dragon baby in it. He tried to pull off a grateful smile to Nate, who in turn gave Pickle a DragonDex, which wa
s a computerized handheld device containing information of all dragons in existence. He showed the DragonDex to his new dragon and it read, "People will love to come see your plant dragons play in their beautiful green habitat. They are the friendliest of all the dragon breeds and make great pets!" He went outside to see his brothers, Halo and Hunt. The three of them were triplets. Halo and Hunt showed Pickle their starter dragons. They got Fire and Earth Dragons! Pickle, jealous as can be, ran to his house before his two brothers, taking what he could. Again, he was shocked to see that only DragonTreats remained. Hunt took all of the DragonCoins and Halo took all of the Gems! Pickle, a positive young child, decided to use some of his treats he found, he got 10,000, on his Plant Dragon, and his Plant Dragon eventually evolved all the way to level 7!
When Pickle came back outside, Hunt and Halo were nowhere to be found. Pickle reasoned that maybe they had gone off to catch some Dragons out in DragonVale, and decided to become a Trainer. He decided to head to Herba, to challenge the Gym Leader there: Ryll Shados, who specialized in the plant element. He brought only his backpack, which included many supplies, including his foldable bike, which he rode around on. He heard Ryll Shados was a very clever Gem Leader, so Pickle decided to train in the forest with his Plant Dragon. He taught his dragon simple moves, like tackle and bite. He decided to name his dragon Herba, after the city they were training for.
In the Aeternam Forest, Pickle saw some familiar dragons, and realized he had the opportunity to catch them! He also realized he could only have 6 Dragons with him at a time. He was able to capture one Poison and one Flower Dragon, and immediately leveled them up to level 4. His DragonDex read: "The poison dragon loves people. Not for breakfast, it just thinks they're great company. Unfortunately, people don't often react well to their deadly neurotoxin. Best to watch it play with its own kind from a safe distance," and: "The bright flower dragon is a favorite among dragon hobbyists. Though they sometimes get carried away, they aren't really dangerous. Just remember that they only bite because they think it's playing. It's important to train them not to bite before they get too big." He began to train very hard with his three new Dragons....until he heard some snickering behind the bushes.
"Hehe," said the mysterious voice.
"Hahaha," said the other.
"Who are you," said Pickle, immediately alert.
"Let me introduce ourselves," said one of the two people coming out of the bushes. "I am Omega, and this is my twin brother, Alpha."
"Hello," replied Pickle. Omega and Alpha showed Pickle their 4 Dragons. Pickle took out his DragonDex, and learned that the dragons were a Poison, Flower, Lichen, and Cactus. Not sure what the last two were, he read their descriptions. They read: "Lichen dragons can be found on the highest mountain peaks and furthest polar reaches throughout the world. Our wizards say that the unique substance growing on them is some sort of strange plant that feeds the dragons using sunlight. Or something. I didn't really understand it myself. Oh and be sure not to confuse lichen dragons with any other kind of supernatural beings, they've been known to take offense to that;" "Despite its rather prickly appearance the cactus dragon is one of the gentlest of all the dragons. It loves to pounce and play with people. Kind of like a great big cat. With sharp spikes instead of fur. Maybe it's best if your guests keep a safe distance from it."
"So where you headed?" asked Alpha.
"To Herba, to challenge the Gem Leader!" replied Pickle enthusiastically.
"Your going to need to train those three scrawny Dragons, if you hope of defeating Ryll's five level 6 dragons," spoke Omega, tauntingly.
"Oh my," replied Pickle in awe.
"Indeed," replied Alpha, "She has Poison for attack, Moss for defense, Willow for flying far and reaching hard to reach areas, Swamp for underwater tasks, Lichen for climbing walls and general sneakiness."
"Well, I guess I am going to need to train much harder now, thanks for the info guys!" said Pickle, walking away.
"Wait!" shouted Omega.
"Maybe you can train against us?" suggested Alpha.
"But, only if we can hang with you until Metallum," Omega finished.
Pickle thought about this offer. He reasoned that these two knew a lot about DragonVale and could benefit him in the long run. "Alright, you can accompany me," Pickle decided.
"Yay," rejoiced Alpha.
"Good," commented Omega "You are going to need all the help you can get." he teased.
Pickle, agitated, knew he would need to get used to that teasing, because he had a feeling it would come to him quite often until Metallum....
Episode 2 - The Aeternam Forest!Edit
On their journey to battle the city of Herba, our heroes encountered many young trainers looking for a battle...
"Use tackle!" Pickle told his newly acquired level 3 Tree Dragon.
"It seems Pickle enjoys dragon battles," remarked Omega.
"He sure does have some high potential," added Alpha.
"Use bite!" screamed Thinker to his young Cactus Dragon.
"You too!" shouted Trip to her even younger Seaweed Dragon.
Pickle was in the middle of his first tag-battle, however he refused to have a partner in it! He opted to strengthen his two new Dragons as soon as possible. These two were his Tree Dragon and Moss Dragon. Pickle had busily been battling trainers throughout the Aeternam Forest, and had now had all Plant Dragon types registered in his DragonDex but he still saw silhouettes of 5, so he correctly assumed they were the famed "limited" dragons, which could only be bred during certain times.
"Woo-hoo!" exclaimed Pickle after his victory. His Tree Dragon even leveled up to level 4! Most trainers simply feed their dragon 10,220 treats for level 10, but it can also slowly be accomplished through hard work and determination in the battling field.
Pickle left from his busy day of training to relax. He had a perfect 8 wins and 0 losses and was quite tired for the day. He even defeated a Trained with 10193 straight wins!
"Stop it guys," said Pickle irritated.
"Um, stop what?" said Alpha and Omega simultaneously confuzzled.
Pickle looked down and what he saw amazed him. It looked just like your average Flower Dragon, but greener. it was shaped differently, and Pickle realized it was a Clover Dragon! Pickle knew he just had to catch this dragon, but wasn't sure how this opportunity even arose.
"Uh, is that a Clover Dragon?" He asked, although he knew the answer.
"Yup," replied Omega.
"But I thought that it was limited," said Pickle.
"Yup," replied Omega, again.
"So," continues Pickle, "Why is it right here???"
"Because Pickle, it is limited it it's ability to be bred, but it can be found in the wild, by those lucky enough, at all times because obviously it has been bred and hatched," explained Alpha finally.
"Alright then, I'm gonna catch it!" roared Pickle.
Pickle decided to use his Poison Dragon. It had been growing much stronger recently and was level 6. It knew tackle and bite, and learned venom, a great move that inflicted damage every turn no matter what until healed.
Pickle told it to use venom as the first move. Then after a series of tackles and a couple bite moves, the Clover Dragon seemed weak enough to be captured. Pickle threw a basic DragonBall he got from Omega at the Clover...
Pickle was quite happy when the ball finished blinking and the catch was secure. The Clover was level 6 and Pickle raised to 8, making It his strongest dragon yet. Then, when thanking Omega for the DragonBall, Pickle finally asked the twins a question.
“So guys,” asked Pickle quizzically, “What is bringing you to Metallum, anyways?”
“Well, as you can see,” responded Alpha, “We specialize in plant dragons and their hybrids only.”
“Back at our own 6 islands at home, we have been breeding all the plant type dragons for our mission,” finished Omega.
“And what mission would that be, exactly?” asked Pickle, not sure once again.
“We are trying to breed the currently undiscovered plant-metal---” started Omega
“And metal-plant!” cut off Alpha, eager with the hope of being successful.
“And yes, metal-plant hybrid dragons,” finished Omega. Pickle was intrigued. He looked around himself and saw so many different Dragons. He even heard a huge flame colored dragon soaring above him, giving out a mighty roar. Then it really hit him.
“I am a DragonVale trainer,” he thought. “My future is what I make it to be, and its possibilities are endless.”
With that thought, our young heroes made it out if the Aeternam Forest, and walked the short Stone Path to Herba, where Pickle had the opportunity to gain his first shrine, and Gem win....
Episode 3 - Herba At Last!Edit
“We made it to Herba!” exclaimed Pickle. “Let’s go challenge the Gem Leader!
“That kid is just too full of energy,” remarked Alpha to Omega.
“You can say that again,” replied Omega, with a smirk.
“That kid is ju---” started Alpha.
“It’s an expression,” said Omega, clearly not amused.
“C’mon guys!” shouted Pickle towards the twins’ direction. The three walked over to the gem leaders’ battle location, only to find she was not currently in! “Oh come on!” mumbled Pickle disappointed.
“Well at least this gives us some time to rest and get some food,” remarked Omega, quite joyfully to Pickle's denial of a battle. They headed to Ye Olde Buffet and ate a nice cooked meal, and relaxed watching television and chatting. A young woman appeared on the screen. She had just won her third contest of the year, and only needed two more to compete in the DragonVale Colosseum. There were ten opportunities a year to win a contest ribbon and six had already occurred. The woman on the screen won with her Swamp Dragon and had other plant hybrids next to her. “That must be Ryll Shados!” exclaimed Pickle. The reporter stated she would be returning to Herba that night. Pickle was really excited, but his Dragons were beat. He didn’t know what to do to revive them.
“Pickle, do you want to head down to the DragonCenter and DragonMart before your battle tonight?” asked Alpha.
“The who and what now?" asked Pickle in wonder.
“The buildings where you heal your dragons and stock up on supplies. The center is the orange building in most cities, and the mart is blue,” simplified Omega.
“Ah, yes, let’s head there right away,” said Pickle hurrying away. By the time the twins entered the DragonCenter, Pickle had already healed his six Dragons and had even begun experimenting with the HC.
“That’s the HC, short for Hibernation Cave,” remarked Alpha.
“You can place your DragonBall in it and it will send them to your park; you can retrieve Dragons from your park too,” explained Omega, getting used to having to do so.
“Wait, I have a park?” asked Pickle.
“Everyone does!” exclaimed Alpha.
“Of the people who received Dragons the day you did, what was the order?” inquired Omega.
“The three were me and my triplet brothers, Halo and Hunt. Halo picked Fire first, Hunt picked Earth second, and I received Plant last,” answered Pickle.
“Hmm, so your father manages Halo’s park, your mother manages Hunt’s park, and the professor most likely manages your park,” reasoned Omega.
“Cool. So I can have as many dragons as I want? But can only carry 6 at a time?”
“Correct,” replied the twins together.
Pickle explored the Upstairs Dragon trading area, but it was closed at the moment. Downstairs was being built, but he wasn’t sure what for. Pickle then decided to head to the DragonMart. He had a little amount of coins so he bought ten DragonBalls, and got one free; according to the sign, that was the deal all over DragonVale. He also decided to get one GrassBall, which would help him catch Plant Dragons. Although he had few coins he still looked around and saw many cool things like Revives and Potions and Repels. It was night when he finally left the DragonMart, and Pickle was ready for his battle.
Pickle decided to use his strongest dragons for battle. He selected his Plant, Tree, Moss, and Poison Dragons, as well as his new Clover Dragon. He wanted his Clover to be his secret weapon, so he decided to keep it for last. His Flower Dragon stayed with Alpha and Omega on the sidelines.
“The battle between the challenger, Pickle of Domum, and the Gem Leader, Ryll Shados of Herba, will now begin!” shouted the referee.
“Go Swamp Dragon!” shouted Ryll.
“Go Herba!” shouted Pickle immediately afterward, thinking he must be the only person in DragonVale who named his dragons…
“Use Razor Leaf,” commanded Pickle.
“Use Bubble Beam,” countered Ryll, and she was dazzled by the water-type move. Both dragons suffered little energy from the attacks.
“Use Absorb,” and to everyone’s surprise Ryll’s Swamp Dragon fainted. Pickle kept his Plant dragon out as Ryll put her Willow Dragon into play.
“Use Growth,” said Pickle to Herba.
“Use Aerial Ace,” said Ryll to her Willow.
“Dodge it,” said Pickle quickly, but apparently not quickly enough.
“Yes!” Ryll cried triumphantly as Herba fainted. Pickle sent his Moss Dragon into play.
“Use Defense Curl,” ordered Pickle, and Musco’s defense rose due to his Special Move. “Now use Tackle,” he commanded, and Musco attacked the Willow dragon.
“Eh, use Fly,” and the Willow rose up high into the air, only to fly straight down and strike the Moss. Slowly Musco rose, but collapsed right after. The air type attack on the earth type dragon was super effective!
“Hmm, go Lignum!” shouted Pickle as his mighty Tree Dragon emerged. “Use Tackle, but in the air!”
“Use Solar Beam,” said Ryll, and the Willow absorbed the tackle attack and began to store energy.
“This time use tackle followed by a quick bite,” screamed Pickle, but just as the attack was going to hit, the Willow Dragon released its energy. Ryll was awestruck by the beauty of the move, and happy that the opponent fainted. Running out of options, Pickle sent in his rare Clover Dragon, Trifolium.
“Use Absorb,” and again this magical move caused the opponent to lose. Ryll sent out her Lichen Dragon. Pickle substituted his strong Clover, and sent in Venumum.
“Use Venom,” shouted Pickle.
“Use Swiss Cheese,” countered Ryll, and the smell of that special move nearly caused the referee to faint.
“Err….um, use…Venum,” said Pickle, slightly woozy, but still seeing that the move was able to affect both the Trainer and Dragon. The attack was quite effective; the fire-type attack on the cold-plant hybrid dragon, plus the powerful bite, caused the Lichen to faint. Pickle let his Poison stay in play against Ryll’s poison dragon. This was one of Ryll’s two most powerful dragons, and would not be affected by the Venom special move, as it could use the same.
“Use Razor Leaf,” said Pickle out of his daze.
"Use Razor Leaf also," said Ryll, not willing to back down...until she switched her Moss Dragon in.
"Use Defense Curl," said Ryll, making sure she was prepared for the coming attack.
"Flamethrower," commanded Pickle, "after using another Razor Leaf."
Confuzzled at Pickle's approach, Ryll told her Moss to use Tackle. The Moss not only used Tackle but Bite as well in the same spot! Poor Venumum was blinded by pain and fainted. Pickle ran over to help it; the Dragon was ok, but it needed to recuperate on the sidelines before a DragonCenter visit. Pickle sent his last chance for the Forest Badge into play.
"Use Luck," said Pickle, hoping the special move would cause more effective attacks. "Now use Body Slam!" The move knocked the wind out of the Moss and it fainted right after the blow. The only thing Ryll could think before the attack was wondering why she hadn't thought of the move. As Ryll put her Poison back in play, it became winner-take-all.
Pickle told his Clover to use Luck and then Body Slam... but the Poison dodged and used Venum. Slowly Trifolium rose and attacked with Bite; now it was the Poison's turn to slowly stand. Then the Clover's Body Slam made contact and flew the opponent back; there was too much dust to see the result. Out of the obscured view emerged a weakened dragon with a look of more intensity anyone there had seen before. The Poison, as weak as it was, was determined as can be. It began to use flamethrower while going in for a tackle, and finished with a bite. The Clover was not fazed but rather psyched and ready to have an epic battle. After using Luck he attacked with a quick tackle. The foe countered with Razor Leaf, so Trifolium did Razor Leaf too.
Then the opponent used Venom. It brought Pickle's dragon down hard, but it not only got up, it leveled up-- to level 9! This was definitely his most powerful dragon. Trifolium attacked with a new sense of power, but its strength was cut off by a flamethrower to the face. During the moment of awe of the level up, Ryll had used the time to get ready for her next move. One that decided the battle's outcome.
"Come on Trifolium, get up. Please, please get up," pleaded Pickle to his dragon. But it didn't get up. Pickle's Dragonball activated, drawing Trifolium into its safe inclosure.
"The challenger is unable to battle. The win goes to Ryll Shados, the Gem Leader," announced the Referee officially.
"Thank you, Trifolium, you did amazing," Pickle whispered to his DragonBall, nearly tearing.
He went to get Venumum and noticed Alpha with 8 green balls which were GrassBalls, only found in Herba. He received 4 as the twins split the other half, and it did cheer him up a bit.
As Pickle began to leave the Gym disappointed, he was stopped by a grinning Gem Leader holding a Badge along with the other victory prizes.
"Wha-?" managed Pickle very confuzzled.
"Congratulations, here is your award, the Forest Badge of Herba!" she said.
"B-But I lost," mumbled Pickle.
"I haven't had a battle like that in a while, thank you for making my final battle so fun and challenging."
"Thank you--- wait. Final Battle!?!?"
"Err, yea... I'm letting my sister, Bob, take over the Gym as I focus more on Colosseum training and events. I really enjoy it, maybe even more than battling."
"Oh, well thank you, the Badge is even more special to me now, and good luck!" and then exclaimed, "We just got...the Forest Badge!!!" with his dragons rawring along in happiness.
"Could I, um, uh.....accompany you on your journey? I have plenty of experience and---"
While she made her case unnecessarily , Pickle looked over at Alpha and Omega for assurance, and then cut Ryll off: "We would be honored to have you come along."
"Yay, now, where are you heading?"
"The earth-type city of Terra,"
"Great! My next competition is at Ignis, the city right after!"
"Then let's get a move on," said Pickle smiling. And with that, our heroes headed on to Terra, for a chance for Pickle to earn his second badge of his young trainer career.
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