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Pokemon Tabletop Campaign: Distortion

POKEMON CAMPAIGN

Let’s make a long story short. You really needed a job-for various reasons-and the advertisement just sort of jumped right out of your pokegear.

CAREER OPPORTUNITY

The Global Police are Hiring!

We are looking for {Experienced} {Adult} Trainers to join the…

!![ULTRA RECON SQUAD]!!

To investigate the ULTRA SPACE DISTORTIONS.

{Low} risk! Sufficient pay! Travel the world! And beyond!

APPLY NOW!!!!

New positions are opening every day!

All those exclamation points could only be a good thing, right?

The GLOPOL usually pays well, and has enough clout to be recognized in most countries. They usually don’t advertise in the the gear, though…you can only guess they are pretty eager for trainers for this ‘Ultra Recon Squad’. You have heard about these Ultra Distortions, of course. Who hasn’t? They’re doing some…weird things. And, apparently are actually doors to other worlds…well, who wouldn’t be intrigued by something like that?

LORE
Where am I?
You were born into a world almost entirely similar to Earth, at least in Geography. The only major difference was that at some point in the past, the world became inhabited by creatures called POKEMON. This changed a lot of things…

What are pokemon?
Most people refer to them either as Pocket Monsters, though scientifically they are known as ‘Living Infinite Morphogenetic Field Adapters’. Essentially, they differ from normal animals in that they can alter their genetic structure on an instinctual level-they are capable of healing injuries rapidly, adapting their body to defend against predator attacks, manipulating elemental forces such as fire and water, and even remaking themselves into entirely new forms-skipping the lengthy maturity and growth processes that leave other creatures vulnerable. Pokemon are considered sentient, though their intelligence varies-people are still known to eat Pokemon in various regions, and to be fair, some pokemon eat people as well. And while pokemon can be used for any task, no one can deny that pokemon enjoy fighting each other the most-it is something like a religion among them, to improve themselves in ritual battle-and, humans seems to enjoy bringing that out in them.

…You can catch and train them to fight?
Yes. Humans have been altered in this world by the presence of pokemon-most humans have a subtle empathetic connection that allows them to train pokemon for various tasks. The primary means of this is the pokeball, which relies on the manipulation of INFINITE ENERGY to establish a powerful bond between trainer and pokemon, forged in combat. No one has yet found what makes the best trainers-kindness and love? Discipline and order? Or perhaps merely ruthlessness?

Infinite Energy?
The power source of pokemon-it is the reason they can use their amazing abilities, and it exists in all of them-and even humans, to an extent. It can even turn pokemon into an ‘energy state’, allowing even the largest of them to be safely transported about in a pokeball. Some humans have even begun to use pokemon as an alternate energy source-these Infinite Energy plants are starting to appear in a lot of places, drawing power from entire regions, without causing obvious harm. Isn’t technology amazing?

What else do I need to know about trainers?
Most people can begin training pokemon by the time they reach 10 years old-it’s the age they develop their first useful empathetic abilities-though not all cultures endorse trainers some so young. Most trainers face little to no danger in their youth, since all countries maintain small armies of Pokemon Rangers to forge roads between cities, called routes. These routes are carefully patrolled, and their pokemon populations kept from growing too wild or strong-though the Rangers always pride themselves on never being seen, and allowing the Trainer to find his or her own path without help. In truth, pokemon will rarely harm a young trainer, in any case. Most regions feature Leagues that let trainers earn vital skills through combat, earning merit badges by defeating experienced local trainers in multiple locations.

This all changes as they get older-the bond changes, and Trainers are allowed to leave the routes and truly explore the world. Pokemon become more dangerous once a person has matured, and might even prey on a human who wanders into their territory. It’s vital for those who wish to explore the world to continue developing their abilities. The Leagues tend to become more and more cutthroat, and its generally a surprise that most of those trainers were taking it easy on you the whole time.

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