Moriko has just finished her second year of the pokemon ranger program (capture-stylus free) at the University of Hoenn and it’s field school time babyyyyyyyyyy
Or it would be, if not for a kaiju mantine that pulls away all her teachers to go fight it. Looks like she’ll get a little R&R anyway?
lol, not a chance
Roster: Tarahn (Raigar M), Vleridin (Mooskeg F), Liona (Nigriff F), Thanasanian (Oberant F)
Moriko’s here in student green. Full rangers in Hoenn get an orange uniform, lieutenants get tan, and captains get red. The French™ do something different in Kalos of course
In the games, rangers are mostly there to fight and sort of have the air of being enforcers of wilderness safety, but in my fanfic universe they’re elevated to being a major pokemon-using profession: people who safeguard human settlement and travel routes against dangerous wild pokemon, and who work in numbers to stop giant/kaiju pokemon.
Giant Pokemon are more of a force of nature than actual pokemon; they wander aimlessly, act on instinct, and are often visibly decaying or decohering, but their power is enormous and it can take a small army of rangers and other powerful trainers to take them down.
Moriko had an encounter with a giant pokemon (as well as other, stranger powers) in the last fanfic and decided to learn to put her talents to use with the Ranger Corps, so she’s in the middle of that now.
The ranger program is at a University but it’s only academic if you take the deep theory courses; most of the courses are very practical and focused on the skills that rangers actually use IRL. The theoretical courses are fascinating but deal with hypothetical and unusual situations, deep edge cases, and applications of infinity energy that most pokemon don’t understand and aren’t capable of, etc.
I thought it would be cute to put her team down at the bottom and then was sad that I didn’t have sprites for the fakemon, but then my brain went BUT I CAN DRAW POKEMON SHUFFLE HEADS so those exist now
Gaiien Region: Moriko in "So Comes Ice After Fire"