Author's Note #1: This story will probably be updated rather sporadically, and pretty much whenever I update the Daiche Region Maps with new towns and so forth. Looking at the Maps is all very well and good, but I felt that you also needed to get to know the characters and get a feel for the Region, besides just looking at the pictures. So here is the story of the two main characters, Chiyako and Maiha, whom I pretty much made Daiche Region for. [size=10pt][size=10pt][size=10pt][size=10pt]Daiche Region: A Pokémon Adventure[/size][/size][/size][/size] Prologue - Part 1 I would like to begin this story by saying 'On a cold, dark night, when ghostly Pokémon were out haunting, and when the souls of those most sensitive to the supernatural, could feel the chill of dark deeds...'. But I can't. Since it wasn't dark, cold or otherwise. But maybe it would have been better if it had. It was in actual fact quite a warm, mid-summer night, which probably would have been much warmer, had they not been in the middle of Ilex Forest. Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot to introduce them to you. Well, dear reader, please meet Doctor Bladdernut, his wife, Doctor Cypress, and their daughter, Chiyako, who (even though she was only a year old), loved to chase and generally torment the poor Bug Pokémon of Ilex Forest. Dr. Bladdernut and his wife were researching ancient Pokémon myths and legends, primarily about the Guardian of the Forest. I'm not sure why even now, many years later, I can still sense the dread I felt. All I know is my life changed irreparably. On that warm, summery night, I lost one half of my soul. And in the process, I gained two more halves. From what I found out, from the forensic report the Officer Jenny in charge of Azalea Town discovered, and from my own research, the Organization came to their tiny research lab, and most likely demanded that Dr. Bladdernut give them all the research on how to summon the Guardian of the Forest. Even though the place was badly burned, there were still signs of struggle, and of a gunfight, which I assume was Dr. Bladdernut fighting to save his wife and daughter. Whatever happened, it was fact that Dr. Cypress managed to escape the lab, with their daughter. What happened to Dr. Bladdernut is not truly known. His body was not found amongst the wreckage of the Lab. But the tracks leading away into the forest were clear enough. She must have run in almost a panic, and stumbled upon the sacred Shrine to the Guardian. What happened next is only conjecture. We will never truly know what happened, for Chiyako was too young to remember, and the Guardian certainly isn't telling. All I know for certain, is that Dr. Cypress' body was found, shot three times in the heart, looking with sightless eyes at the Shrine. I can still remember the exact time. I was doing some research, and I reached for the mug of hot chocolate my assistant had given to me, which was in my favourite cup, given as a birthday present. And my heart shattered. A crack appeared in the mug's surface, and in that killing moment, I knew Dr. Cypress, my own twin sister, was dead. I felt as though I was having a heart attack, it was so painful, like my soul was crying. My assistant ran up, concerned for my well-being, but I brushed her away, and raced outside, into the warm, humid night. After pacing around, for what seemed like an eternity, I felt a prickle in the back of my neck, which felt just like when my Alakazam tries to get my attention. I turned, mostly to ask him to leave me alone, when I saw the cause of the disturbance. It was the Guardian. It was holding a bundle in it's arms, a bundle it Psychic-ed over to me. Inside the bundle was a year-old infant, holding a Pokéball, and infant with green hair. Like mine. The infant opened her eyes, and looked at me and I saw cerulean eyes. Like mine. And I knew. This was the daughter of my twin sister, the daughter of the other half of my soul. And I cried. Ahhh...sorry, I have to go for a bit. I can hear the Vid-link ringing. It must be Chiyako and Maiha calling me from...where would they be now? Oh yeah. If all is going well, they should be in the Kounen no Machi Pokécentre, having left home about three days ago. I shall be back as soon as I can. Oh? You want to know who Maiha is? She is my other daughter...but that is another story... Author's Note #2: Dr. Cypress (the twin), kept her maiden name after she was married. I mean, WHO in their right mind, wants to be called 'Bladdernut' on a regular basis. Bleargh.