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Encounter a Pokemon you don't like; Why you shouldn't let your opinions win
Topic Started: Oct 9 2017, 09:19 AM (3,961 Views)
TenabreTrevellian
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We all have favourite Pokemon, those little critters that make us smile out of cuteness or badassery, but the flip side is also true. Chances are you have a Pokemon that you just hate the look of or just look at without ever thinking it'd be one you'd catch unless you had to. As a GM I try to look over this little bit of bias but occasionally I think I'm guilty of never giving Pokemon like Gulpin or Whiscash a chance. This thread is hopefully one to fix something like that in the same trend as the 101 plots thread.

Leave a plot hook for the person posted above you involving the Pokemon they've chosen and then leave a Pokemon you're personally not a fan of and let's see if someone can come up with a suitable plot hook that makes you change your mind. Keep in mind this isn't a thread to voice your opinions or to fight others on their choice of Pokemon they don't like. It's a thread to add more positivity where you wouldn't expect it so let's not hate on one another. For example; Kricketune.

The town has been having trouble with a thief in the last couple of weeks. It started out small, break-ins in the middle of the night with only a little bit stolen, but recently stores are being robbed in the middle of the day. Reports only say that they hear this odd melody before falling asleep and the only description that people can recall involves red clothes and a curled moustache.

And so for my choice;
Burmy
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Truebutler
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Playing some hardball from the get-go I see challenge Accepted

On the groups travels they here that a forest they have to pass through was recently subject to a wildfire. about a day into the forest they stumble across a clutch(right collective IDK) of burmy and a pair of heavily injured parents slowly moving away for a bunch of unconscious predators. they seem to be trying to relocate after the fire but they don't seem like they will survive another attack


and the next one up on the chopping block
Tyrogue
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Elemental Knight
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Interesting concept! I like it.

As the players travel through a large city, they might hear about a new gang that's sprung up. It sounds like a bunch of kids have decided to start mugging travelers, having fighting rings in warehouses, or otherwise causing a ruckus. The key thing, however, is that wherever they show up, they're certain to start a fight - no matter how their victims might act. They also always wear concealing clothing - scarves, hats, hoodies, facemasks - and, hey, come to think of it, none of them ever seem to be very tall or fat.

It turns out this is actually a horde of Tyrogue that's found a home in an abandoned warehouse in the city's Abandoned Warehouse District (every anime city has 'em!). They aren't in it for the money, they're in it because they want to evolve - and they know that they can do that by winning fights. They disguise themselves as human kids to avoid being caught before they evolve, though; they want to decide what form they take, not some human Trainer.

The heroes might capture them all and try to give them proper homes, perhaps at a Gym or dojo in the city. They could try to turn them into a force for good, redirecting that drive to doing good works or fighting other menaces. Maybe they'll start an underground fighting ring, and let the Tyrogue manage themselves in a more contained, but still illicit, way. Or maybe they'll run them out of town, and tell them to find some other city's denizens to hassle.

Alright, next up, another urban 'mon that people love to hate: Trubbish.

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l33tmaan
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I have a soft spot for the humble Trash Bag pokemon, so I'll bite.

There's been a streak of break-ins in town lately - people will wake up after being asleep for a couple days only to find their entire home has been ransacked for valuables. Your players might suspect Drowzee or Gastly, but few people know that the breath of a Trubbish can knock a person out for days at a time. Being small, they sneak into homes while not emitting any odors, and hide themselves in people's trash cans, waiting for the perfect time to strike. They're all owned by a janitor turned criminal who found/made them while cleaning up at whatever the filthiest place in your town is.

Let's see what someone can come up with for Stantler.
Edited by l33tmaan, Oct 9 2017, 11:13 AM.
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It is season for giving, everyone's wallets are on a "Lose weight fast" program. It is only three days from Arceus-Mas but no gifts have been delivered yet. Delibird Inc the local packaging and delivery service has tons of shipments on hold because all of their hauling pokemon fall asleep during their shipments, making them easy targets for bandits. Some say it is an Omen, perhaps a divine message that this season isnt about gifts but about relaxing with family. There are rumors of a Red Nosed Stantler living in the forest who's hypnotic abilities are so powerful, it can cause masses of victims to fall asleep for hours. The CEO of Delibird Inc however believes that this will be a huge drain on their funds if refunds and lawsuits are issued. The CEO is willing to hire any random pre-teen pokemon trainer to get to the bottom of this.

Possibly the worst 'cute' design Cubchoo
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The Abandoned Child:
It is the dead of winter, weather reports say its about to be the greatest storm of the century, reaching as low as -50C. As people prepare for the storm by gathering ample wood and supplies, there can be heard what sounds like sniffling and crying coming from the center of the frozen lake. The snow fall is already thickening and obscuring view to the center but every so often a child sized silhouette can be made out. The temperature is just below 0C but gradually decreasing. Currently the ice on the lake is thin and difficult to maneuver safely especially for any adult. However waiting until the temperature drops may allow for a sturdier crossing, but will the "Child" survive that wait? Upon rescue the child is found to be an abandoned Cubchoo who was the runt of the litter and left to die so their siblings could have a better chance of surviving.

Lets give Dodrio a go next
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The players pass by a ranch whose friendly owner specializes in catching and training Dodrios which are used as mounts for hire to cross a large expanse of grasslands, without which Trainers find themselves attacked by Mightyenas. The rancher however, spotted a Dodrio on the plains with brilliant golden plumage which has proven elusive and is offering a reward for its capture. However, when the players manage to catch up to it and have it cornered, they discover the Dodrio is exceptionally intelligent, even able to speak the human tongue, and each head is an Expert in a particular Education skill. Apparently the Mightyenas belong to the rancher, who are set loose on travelers who don't bother to rent the birds, and the rancher wants to prevent the golden Dodrio from spreading word of his scheme. How did the Dodrio acquire such knowledge and intelligence? Whom do the players choose to believe; the rancher who seemed rather honest and cordial, or the Dodrio, who could be telling the truth, but was said to be quite tricky and could just be making up a story to evade capture?

And now, a Pokemon I cannot stand due to it's ugliness: Binacle
Edited by faolan_hedgehog, Oct 9 2017, 08:01 PM.
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The players are on a ferry moving through shallow water between islands. The boat is moving along at a good pace, but then lurches to a halt with the horrible sound of rending metal. A crew member dashes up from below deck, shouting that there's been a hull breach and the ferry is taking on water. Investigation reveals that a colony of Binacle has moved into the area. Angered by the passing boat, they attacked, tearing into the hull. The players must help the crew to extract the boat from the colony and repair it before it sinks. As an additional objective, they might help the ferry return to safe operations. This could involve scouting a new ferry route or finding a way to relocate the colony to clear the waterway, whether by finding another new location or by solving whatever problem drove the Binacle out of their old home to begin with.

Please, someone help Watchog be more than just creepy Sentret.
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l33tmaan
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Unfortunately, Watchog is towards the bottom of the feeding chain - they're not too strong, fast, or clever, so they tend to be prey for many carnivorous pokemon. However, a large nest of Watchog have taken up root underneath a prominent [RURAL BUILDING] and threaten to collapse the foundation, but the nest is WELL over 10,000 square feet of tunnels and are built so well that not a single Watchog has been snatched up. A particularly clever Watchog has also figured out that having a bundle of glowing prairie dogs all lit up is a phenomenal deterrent for anyone who actually makes it into the nest.
Do you disturb the Watchog who are only trying to stay alive, or do you let them ruin someone's private property?

Let's go back to gen 2 with Ledian.

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awww, poor ledian, loathed by everyone but me. challenge accepted

As the sun descends and the moon rises, the sky seems to light up with several glowing fairy-like forms, glowing by a strange luminescence and leaving a trail of stardust in their wake as they flit and dance across the night sky. local legend has it that if you can capture one of these mysterious creatures, you'll be blessed with good fortune and joy, but following them to their nest, you instead make a shocking discovery...

hmmmm, pokemon I love to hate, well that's gotta be Alomomola
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