Date Joined: August 19, 2019
Current Funds: 0st
Pokemon Species: Treecko
Nature and Characteristic: Docile, Thoroughly cunning
Gender:Male Age: 16
Strength: 2 Agility: 4
Intelligence: 4 Charisma: 0(+2)
Total Points Left: 0
Type bonus: Grass-Charisma
========== WRITTEN TEST ===========
It was midday in the Dreamer's Eye, and Pawl had just registered himself at the Researchers Guild! Having some free time, Pawl decided to explore the open halls, but when he rounded the corner to move to the next, he encountered a group of Pokémon blocking the way. Many of them were chatting amicably, but a few in the back could be heard grumbling and snapping irritably and the cause seemed to be a somewhat tall Flygon attempting to shove her way through (and by the sound of it, accidentally hitting several Pokémon with her wings and tail as she goes).
"Ohhh... Excuse me, pardon me, Leader's Assistant comin' through... C'mon guys, can’t you have your little meeting thing somewhere that isn't blocking a hallway? 'scuse me, sorry, jeez..."
When she finally made it out, Pawl saw that her arms were laden with a surprisingly large pile of thick paper scrolls. A large blueprints tube could be seen on her back, the strap crossing her chest diagonally and connecting with a metal clasp, while her wrists beared one gleaming armband each; silver worn on the right, and black worn on the left.
Pawl had only a couple seconds to take this in, however, as an unfortunate misstep resulted in paper flying everywhere and the Flygon falling flat on her face. There were a few derisive chuckles from the group, but as none of them move forward to help the hapless earth dragon, Pawl stepped up instead.
“Hold on, I’ll help,” Pawl announced as he knelt down and began scooping up paper after paper with surprising agility while keeping them as neatly stacked as possible before handing what he collected over to the Flygon.
"Oooof, so many papers... There we go," the Flygon muttered, balancing everything back into a manageable pile before straightening and breaking out into a cheery smile. "Thanks so much for helping me pick all these up. I swear, that’s like the fifth time I’ve tripped today; I’m such a klutz…"
“Oh, It’s no t--”
"Heeeey, wait a minute,” the Flygon interrupted. “You don't look familiar. Are you visiting the Guild?"
“Oh...w-well yeah. Just registered, actually,” Pawl answered.
Upon hearing that the team had just gotten done registering, she broke out in a warm smile.
"Well no wonder I don’t remember you, you're new!" She inclined her long neck in the best bow she could manage without dropping everything all over again. "Welcome to the Researchers Guild! I'm Kali, I'm one of the Guild Leaders' assistants here. Pleased to meet you! And you are…?"
“Pawl...with a ‘w’. I know, that’s kind of a weird way to spell it…”
She smiled again. "Nice name! You don't hear many like that around here, but then again Andalusst is kind of a mish-mash of a whole bunch of different kinds of names. It's always nice to hear 'em since Pokémon do tend to come in from all over the place, after all. And speaking of which, did you get here from the fog or something?"
“From the--...Oh! Heh, no...yes? That’s kind of hard to answer,” he admitted. “My dad and I live here, but...only for the past fifteen years. He was a world traveler before being attracted to the beacon and settled down here to raise me.”
Whether Pawl liked it or not, it seemed he was stuck with Kali for the time being, as she seems to be quite curious about him.
"Really? I'm not an Andalusst native myself, but I figured I'd stick around. Anyway, now that you're here and you've been registered as a team, what name did you pick?"
Pawl shifted on the spot a little and glanced down to avoid direct eye contact.
“Er...t-Team...Greenhouse,” he answered. “Named for my favorite hang out spot at home...”
She waited for the response with an expectant look, then laughed lightly when it was given.
"Hah, that's so much better than the name I used when I signed up, wow. I was kind of, uh, young and silly back then, I guess you could say, so the name I used was... yeeeeaaaaah, pretty bad."
Pawl noticed she doesn't say the name she used, but thought better than to ask about it. The green Dragon-type quickly tossed out another question before he could, anyway, with a curious tilt of her head.
"So what's your reason for joining the Guild, anyway? There are three guilds here in Andalusst, and even if I like it here with the Researchers, I know it's not the best fit for everyone since we're kinda knowledge-oriented; you could've just as easily registered with the Hunters, or the Explorers. So why here?"
“O-oh...well...uh...I like incorporating my knowledge where it’d be most useful,” Pawl answered, looking slightly more confident. “Plus...I love to learn. So...deciphering a new language, inventing new medicines, and such--it all sounds really awesome! My dad wanted me to be an Explorer and trains me most days to be ready for a fight, but...I don’t know. It just feels like I fit in here better.”
Kali listened quite intently as Pawl told his story, her earlier cheerful expression changing to one of thoughtful consideration. She waited patiently for the response to wrap up before speaking again.
"Wow, that's quite a tale! Not many Pokémon come through here with a story like that. Seems like everyone in the Guilds has a driving force behind what they do, and some reasons are... well, better than others."
Pawl merely gave a nod and glanced away again, gripping his own arm in an attempt to contain his growing anxiety. He didn’t really feel like he told her any sort of tale. He just answered a question as accurately as he could. There wasn’t any need to bring up some unnecessary backstory into it.
She paused, before her voice regained its chipper tone. "So that’s the "why" and the "how"; what about the "what"? What do you think made the Guild decide to accept you into the ranks?" She said this with honest curiosity--not a trace of taunt or teasing in her tone, and listens as Pawl listed off his skills.
“Oh! Well...I think my dissertation on the multiple types of soil that grow here in Andalusst may have helped a bit with that. All the soil here is healthy and fertile, so you can grow anything with it, but...well, the soil in some areas help some plants grow better and others, not-so-much. And you can kinda tell the difference between the different types of soil from the smell and texture. And...w-well, the paper gets into more detail. Also, I’m a fast learner. They put me through this test to determine how quickly and accurately you could concoct a poultice or translate runes. I was...like, maybe third fastest, but the most accurate, despite being the only solo team.”
As he finished speaking, Pawl took in a deep inhale and blushed a little. He had no idea he had said all of that in one breath.
"Oh wow, that's pretty cool! You guys are lucky. Y'know sometimes I wish I had a better skill set like that; then maybe I’d be more help to the Guild. Pretty much the only things I do around here are draw and deliver papers everywhere and, well, get stuck helping Archie."
She said that last part with sudden venom, and Pawl got the feeling that she wasn’t entirely fond of the Pokémon in question.
"I mean,” Kali interjected, paying no mind to Pawl’s response, “yeah, sure, he's one of the Guild Leaders, but he's just so... so... annoying, always bossing people around and taking credit for everything and acting like he's so much smarter than everyone else. And I'm always the one having to put up with him since someone has to help him but everyone else always runs off before they get stuck with him instead!"
Kali let out a great huff of frustration, glancing away for a moment before remembering she has an audience. Giving an embarrassed chuckle as her face slowly reddens, she says, "And oh gosh, there I go running my mouth, ahaha! Sorry, I'm not talking too much or anything, am I? I kind of have a tendency to ramble on sometimes... And I probably really shouldn’t be bad-mouthing Archimedes...”
With a sudden, panicked expression abruptly crossing her face as she remembers the mass of paper in her arms, she suddenly blurt out, "And OH MY GOSH I still need to take care of these!"
She starts running down the hall, then abruptly pulls an about-face - accidentally whacking a passerby with her tail while doing so - to stammer, "Uh, it was nice meeting you! I'll, er, see you later, I hope?" She attempted to raise an arm to wave back, but stopped when the paper pile in her arms wobbles precariously and Pawl quickly rushed forward to steady it before it could fall again, and instead flashes a quick grin before stomping briskly away.
Waving after Kali, Pawl let out a sigh of relief as she disappeared from sight and turned to continue exploring the Guild’s hallways.
Team Loner: Hunter's Guild (PMDUnity)
And here’s Pawl...the guy none of you have had the pleasure of meeting. When I came up with Team Soldiers back in the day, Pawl was going to be the third member of the team...until I realized that I could only start with two members and scrapped him because Leon and Markus had the better relationship and played well off of each other as foils. But yeah, little has changed from how I initially envisioned him--he was going to be the smart guy, reading runes, checking soil fertility, coming up with combat strategies, setting traps, etc.
If there’s anything different between then and now, I imagine it’s more of his backstory. I think I initially gave him both parents. This time, however, I’m only giving him his dad. His mother died when he was a year old--seconds before his father took him to Andalusst. I will not get into the specifics of that yet. I plan on making a “personal story” about it one of these days.
But yeah...his dad is still training him to fight and it’s reached a point where he’s easily the best fighter of the three of them.
...Oh, and the multi-soil-type thing isn’t canon. Not unless ChillySunDance declares otherwise. I just made it up for the application.