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PMD-U Written Application: Team Eurasia

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EXPLORERS GUILD: Team Eurasia
Date Joined: Sep. 11, 2014
Current Funds: 1 St

Merits: 1
Strikes: 0

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Max Cheng
aka Chuek Yan Cheng (Cantonese)
Species: Lucario
Nature: Modest
-Characteristic: Highly Curious
Gender: Male
Age: 21
Ability: Justified

Strength: 2+2
Agility: 3
Intelligence: 4
Charisma: 1
Total Points Left: 0/10
Type Bonus:
Fighting -> Strength +2

Move 1 Aura Sphere
Move 2 Psychic
Move 3 Flash Cannon
Move 4 Dragon Pulse

Inventory:
-Eurasian Vest
----Description: A Max-exclusive blue vest, decorated with yellow stripe horizontally across the chest, and cursive V on the back, along with his logo for the team. Doesn’t offer much protection, but it stands out in public.

-Volbeam
----Description: An unusual device, made from a chargestone and a piece of Bug type crystal attached to a handle. Pulling the cord will fire off a bright flare that can be seen for miles around. It must recharge after being used, however. Allows the use of Signal Beam once (1x) per event.

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Wesley von Hannover
Species: Rotom
Nature: Jolly
-Characteristic: Somewhat of a clown
Gender: Male
Age: 16
Ability: Levitate

Strength: 2
Agility: 0+1
Intelligence: 3+1
Charisma: 5
Total Points Left: 0/10
Type Bonus:
Ghost -> Intelligence +1
Electric -> Agility +1

Move 1 Thunderbolt
Move 2 Shadow Ball
Move 3 Light Screen
Move 4 Thunder Wave

Inventory:
- Template Broad Brim Hat (Light Brown)
----Description: The template broad brim hat issued by the Explorer's Guild. How can a ghost wear a hat (or any clothing for that matter), however, is totally beyond me.

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----Description:

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Derek Imahara
aka Shigekado Imahara (Iaponese)
Species: Dewott
Nature: Brave
-Characteristic: Somewhat stubborn
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Ability: Shell Armor

Strength: 5
Agility: 1+2
Intelligence: 2
Charisma: 2
Total Points Left: 0/10
Type Bonus:
Water -> Agility +2

Move 1 Razor Shell
Move 2 X-Scissor
Move 3 Night Slash
Move 4 Double Team

Inventory:

- Gritty Grapple
----Description: A grappling hook made from Gigant cactus spines and cord woven from cactus fibers. It's very light and strong, though the sharp points of the spines can cause injury if handled carelessly. Allows the use of Rock Climb.

- Expedition Cap
----Description: A cap made to commemorate the expedition to Geoda. Originally it was just a hat, but Luke thought to add a neckflap made of cactus fabric cloth, making it perfect for desert wear. Wearing it grants protection from Intense Sunlight and Sandstorm effects for up to three hours at a stretch.

- Template Scarf
----Description: A typical green scarf, the replacement for the old one torn and ditched in Cactus Field

========== WRITTEN TEST ==========
(Written in Sep. 11, 2014, when Max joined the Guild alone)

-Max's Point of View-

It’s been two days since I stumbled into Andalusst City after days of spinning aimlessly in that fogged forest. Just looking at the size of the city itself already tells me a lot about this place: a large city full of energy and a major gather place for commercial and culture, maybe even a political center. It’s really unlike any other cities and towns I’ve been to in Parai. Of course, with the fog surrounds the city like that, it’s no wonder that the city is huge… mostly because this metropolis is the only place around where fogs don’t exist.

The Explorer’s Guild Hall doesn’t look anything near catchy, but it certainly stands out compared to the buildings around it. Pokémon of all kind rushing in and out of the building getting ready for their own adventures and jobs… Just looking at them admires me—perhaps I would one day be the same like them if I settle here. Besides, my shape isn’t anywhere near good to be nomadic anymore after being lost in that forest again. Being the new guy in town, perhaps the only way I can help myself is to join the guild.

After a quick registration, I looked around the lobby where I did the registration—Pokémon in this hall are generally rushing with different things in their mind. Not everyone around me, though, because this Servine happens meet my gaze when my line of sight happens to meet hers. Even though it was hard to tell with her hat blocking the eye, I can already tell she shows some interest toward me. She was slightly leaning on the wall and inclined her snout slightly, showing her bright eyes and mild grin briefly under the shadow of her hat.

“Hey… New, are you?” she asked with a welcoming tone, mixed with a hint of caution toward strangers. I lightly nodded in response. “Heh, stupid question, I saw you walked in and signed in. Anyway, I’m not good with all the greetings and such, so how about an exchange of name for starters?”

“Gladly,” I replied with a smile. “Name’s Max, I’m formerly a traveling explorer and I ended up getting lost in the forest out there. Now I’m settling down in this city and decided to join the guild.”

She leaned back to the wall, crossing her small arms across her chest. "Ahh, that's great. Yeah, when you said your name just then, it had that... that ‘zing’. It means you're serious about this, yeah? As for me, my name's Teresa. I'm what you'd call a Guild Assistant, which makes me your Superior."

“Oh, nice to meet ya, Ms. Teresa,” I said while handing out my right hand, offering a handshake.

She extended one of her thin, green vines to do the job without unfolding her arms. She looked at me with blank face and giggled quietly. “Please, just call me Teresa. I don’t really care about the ranks and files, anyway. The only thing I cared about is honesty. So if I tell a bad joke, just feel free to roll your eyes, yes?”

“I sure will,” I replied.

“So what brings you here? I’ve never seen a Lucario with a dark eyes like yours before. You must be from out of town, no?”

“Indeed I am,” I replied. “Like I said earlier, I used to travel across the land on my own and stumbled into that fogged forest and got lost…”

“Ooh, that forest is very tricky and you can lost your sense of direction very quickly, that’s why we never venture into that place alone.”

“That’s how I got to Andalusst in the first place,” I continued with a light chuckle. “You have no idea how grateful I am when I saw the city. After getting through hell like that, I might as well just settle down here.”

Teresa nodded lightly as she listened. "Cool, cool... Well, whatever the case, you've got a name in mind for your group, right? I didn't get a chance to check your papers, but I do want to get more familiar with our rookie members when I have the time. I'm kinda new to this whole assistant thing, honestly."

“You must be a well-liked assistant then, working so hard trying to get to know everyone,” I commented. “And as for the team name, it’s Team Eurasia. The name is as old as my traveling days and that’s how recognize myself as. Even though it’s a ‘team’, I’ve always been the only member of it, because I mostly travel solo until now.”

A smile creeps over her narrow features, though it's ambiguous as to whether she found my team name inspiring or amusing for other reasons. "There's that ‘zing’ again. Feels good to know we've got Pokémon like you joining our Guild. I guess Cassidy wasn't exaggerating when he said the standouts just keep pouring in. Just don't get cocky - confidence is good, but overconfidence in a dungeon is a quick way to get yourself in trouble." She taps the side of her snout, then clicks her tiny fingers as another question enters her mind. "Oh right, this is very important—why did you want to become an Explorer, hm? Just curious..."

“Let’s just say that I find everything in this world amusing and just wanted to see more.” I replied with a smile, as past memories started showing up. “Back in my town, everything is quiet and normal… and you can have a slow, totally different life compared to a city like this. But somehow I want to get out of that place, I’m unsatisfied at the limited sights I can see in my town. Don’t get me wrong, I like my hometown, honestly. It’s just… that I want to expand my vision way beyond that little place. And apparently this guild fits the bill just right. Maybe it’s because other then exploring, I like helping others whenever I can, because…”

"...Because ultimately, the people come first, yeah?” She cut in and finished my sentence. From the increasing speed of their voice I could tell she’s slowly getting into a rush for something else. “There's lots of food in the dungeons, and materials for clothing and medicine! When we go out and find that stuff, it means everyone here gets to have dinner. I mean, you know that, obviously, but just don't forget!"

Teresa sways her leaf-adorned tail from side to side and taps her foot, momentarily distracted by her own thoughts, a wanting grin plastered across her face. When she snaps back to reality, she lifts her snout into the air and clears her throat. "N-not to sound standoffish, but what exactly do you do, anyway? What skills or talents do you have to offer the Guild? Everyone's good at something, I think."

“Simply put, I can be a really skillful fighter,” I replied. “I have years of experience out in the wild to back up with that. I’m already an explorer myself before I come to this town, ya know!”

Teresa clicks her fingers and purses her lips, as if hearing that mythical zing yet again. "I can just feel it, you do what you do and do it with everything you've got. 'Cause in this guild, when a giver gives, then the giver gets... gotten... gets give-- eh, well you get what you give, or something. Whatever, it's written down on that big plaque in the hall. Just do your best and come see me if you need any help."

She then rushed away after giving me a wave, and engaged with another group of recruits nearby, perhaps repeating the same conversation between us. She sounded a lot more cheerful then our first encounter. Looks like life in this city wouldn’t be bored at all with Pokémon like her around. With the welcome chat done, I walked out of the building to take care of my next and equally importantly task--getting a house for myself.

========== WRITTEN TEST 2==========
(Written in Jan. 24, 2016, for Derek's recruitment)

-Max's Point of View-

"What the hell is this stuff?" was the only sentence I could blurt out when Luke handed me the rotten little piece of paper apparently called the Recruitment Slip. Not only it was written on a torn, wrinkled notebook paper, the ink used to wrote on the Slip was in bizarre, ununiform dark colors as well. Those ink looked like it couldn't stay on the paper well and I couldn't even lay my paw on it, fearing it might stain my clean paw. The only thing I could actually recognize it as an official document was the guild seal stamped on it and the relatively clear cursive writings that states what this old paper is for. "It was some new ink Teresa had recently mixed up," Luke explained.

After I had Derek's approval, I had the slip filled out carefully and handed it to Luke asap. I didn't want to see or touch that piece of paper again for the rest of my life.

Weeks later, after returning to Andulesst, Wesley brought some of the letters for us from his work and among them, a postcard addressed to our Team. I asked Wesley if he knows what was in it, he said he didn't actually read the postcard. So I took it upstairs to my room and had it a read.

Greetings,

It's Teresa, from the guild. I hope this gets to you okay. I've been busy here in Andalusst working on our Basalt haul (from the Basalt Halls). We ended up with a couple tons of mixed meatroots and fleshcaps, and going through them all felt like it took years. We've distributed most of them, but I've been trying out some stuff with the leftovers. Like this ink - I made it from some odd-colored meatroot skins. We might be able to sell it to raise money. Do you think it's too hard to read? There's a couple other formulas I- [[The line is scratched out mid-sentence from here.]]

Uh, sorry, I got carried away and realized I was running out of space. Anyway. I'm writing cause saw that you have a new recruit, and I got that "zing!" again just hearing about it. I thought it would be nice to get to know more about your new teammate - or you, if you're reading this (hi there!). There's so many questions I could ask you, but I'll stick to the ones I asked your friends when I met them. One, why'd you decide to join the Explorers? And two, what do you think will be your most useful skills as an Explorer? Don't mean to put you on the spot, I'm just always curious about this kind of thing.

I guess the other thing to ask is what you all aim to do next. I think you definitely know by now how important helping and connecting with other pokemon is to our guild - you made a new teammate, after all! But being an Explorer also means having your eye on the future. Are there any places you've heard about that you'd like to go? Or any other pokemon you've met who you want to get to know better? Totally understand if you don't want to share, of course.

Okay, that's just about all I can fit onto this card. I can't wait to hear from you, and good luck!
-Your Serperior, Teresa 


I chuckled when I finished reading the letter. It was just like how she "interrogated" about me when I first joined the guild. I could just let Derek wrote back to her, but his handwriting is just atrocious. So I took out another piece of paper and started writing on his stead.

Teresa,

Thanks for the letter. Derek is doing fine here and we're glad to have him on board as well. You might wonder why I wrote the letter instead of Derek. Well, the guy's handwriting is extremely bad that even I can't understand at times. Just... you know, trying to save both of us a headache here. :)

Anyway, cutting to the chase here. Derek and I are old friends and partners before I arrived Andulesst. We used to be a pair of explorers but we had to split when his mother fell ill. Thought I'd never see him again, truth be told, unless I go to Iapon to look for him. So when I actually met face to face in the desert after so long, that would be natural for him to join the Explorers with me, isn't it?

He's a great fighter and I can vouch for his skill and braveness. Out there in the field we always need some skilled warriors for protection and he's the guy. Speaking of which, he used to be a mercenary guard when he traveled alone.

When we were young together, one of the goals we had was to actually make a trip here to Andulesst. Now that we're both here, he still doesn't have a personal goal for himself yet, from what I can tell. I think I might have to talk to him a bit before answering your question. Haha!

Oh, and about the new ink, it looks atrocious on paper and it need a lot of improvement. Sorry to be blunt, but not even your impressive handwriting and save that. Sorry!

-Max Cheng, Team Eurasia

I folded the letter into an envelope and tossed it to the mailbox outside the house. When I returned to read the letter again, I noticed a tiny sentence written on the lower left corner of the postcard:

I'm still actually a Servine. Guess that joke doesn't really work for letters.

I sweat dropped. What the hell does being a Servine have to do with writing letters?
The application for Team Eurasia in :iconpmdunity:.

One thing people should take in mind that this Team Eurasia has no relevance to the original Team Eurasia based on PMD-Sky since they exist completely different universe. :)

Cameo is always open, no permission needed. Just inform me when you do. :D


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Additional Info:
Max's official background reference
Wesley's official background reference
Derek's official background reference
Customization Form for Max's Eurasian Vest
Battle theme meme
Fire Emblem: Awakening Quote Meme

Mission Logbook:
Dungeon 1: Basalt Halls
Arc 2 Tasks: Cactus Field

Errands:
Errand 11: Ectoplasmic Escort
Errand 12: Double Distribution

Off-Mission Adventures:
Pranked Housing
Frosty Festivities
The Sloppy and the OCD
Christmas Special 2015
His Girlfriend and Their Kid

Star Coin & Merit Record:
Errand 11~+1 Star Coin
Errand 12~+1 Star Coin
Basalt Halls~+3 Star Coin
Cactus Field Tasks~+1 Merit, +3 Star Coins
Customization for Max~-4 Star Coins
Scarf brought for Derek~-3 Star Coins

Links:
NPC Application: Mystic Leaves (jd22292 's former team)
NPC Application: Girlfriend and Kid (Max's girlfriend and son)


Edit:
Sep. 12, 2014--Edited some minor typos in written test.
Sep. 13, 2014--Fixed the missing part of the Inventory section.
Nov. 2, 2014--Added 1 Star Coin(s) from Errand 11.
Nov. 3, 2014--Added the second member of the team: Wesley Hangover, who joined right after Errand 11.
Oct. 17, 2015--Added the third member of the team: Derek Imahara, who joined during Cactus Field.
Dec. 2, 2015--Changed the team's wardrobe a bit: Wesley's new hat and Max's customized Eurasian Vest.
Jan. 24, 2016--Added the second Written Test for Derek's recruitment.
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:star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

Ok, before getting to the crtitiquing, lemme welcome you to the group first, Max!
So, uh, welcome to the group!
Anyway, socialising aside, I want you to know that I am not some pro writer so you shouldn't take my words too much to heart. But, you know, a critique is a critique.

Generally speaking, you got the basic stuff down, kept the story flow going. Solid interaction with Teresa.
You managed to show his personality quite well, and the use of the first person view helped drive that through.
The background information is quite interesting, and, like I stated above, wove into the dialogue quite well.

I've noticed several grammatical errors in this, though, so it marred the reading experience somewhat.
And there was one inconsistency to your writing style, the one paragraph where Teresa hears the name of your team, that one, switched to 2nd P.O.V for a while there, probably from the process of transition between guideline to written work. Common mistake, just pointing it out for you.

Anyway, if you want to know the grammar mistakes you've made, I can list it out
one-by-one for you if you want.

To sum it all up, it was a nice read, it managed to show me your writing style as well as your character quite well.
But, let's face it, given the "follow the guideline" nature of the app, I couldn't actually gauge the true scope of your writing abilities, from just, you know, what little non-guideline parts there are.

I rated this deviation as such because that is what I was shown. Just take note that the app can be somewhat restrictive, and I look forward to reading your guideline-free works.
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That's one of the reason I don't like formatted, restricted writing. :XD:
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I find myself not able to reach my full potential when I'm restricted, so I guess this is the same for you too. I'm still a novice writer, and I look forward to see more of your works in the group!
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Rp?
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Sure. :D
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i rp with Nick fav.me/d80kmmi

you start
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Actually, how about you start? I'm still not good at setting up rp scenes. :)
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'k

It was a dark night, no one was on the streets. There was a shiny Charmander walking, smoking, Holding a book under his left arm. He was mumbling to himself, not able to be heard by other pokemon/
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*at the same time, a dark-eyed Lucario is walking home right around the corner. When they got to the same intersection, the Charmander walked into the Lucario because he was too busy mumbling. The Charmander fell to the ground.*
Max: *startled* Oh dear! Sorry! D:
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The Charmander stared up at the Lucario, with a bored expression but didn't feel anything.
He stands up.
Nick: Look out next time ok?
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Max: *chuckle* Of course. :) Are you alright?
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Wow! That story! I like how you really wove the 'test paragraphs' into your first person narrative to bring across how Max felt when he registered. It also gives some background information and more about his personality thanks to the strong interaction between Max and Teresa. It was a joy to read.

Good luck to Max in finding a home!
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Thanks! :D
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