I just started playing Pokemon Emerald a few days ago for the first time. My brother had the game when I was younger, but he played his version and I played mine. I have been playing the series for a while and it has got boring over time.
When I finally got my hands on a copy of Emerald, I figured that I needed a new level of challenge so I decided to partake in a Nuzlocke run of the game.For those of you that are wondering what I am talking about, the rules simply state that I must catch the first pokemon in each area and none else, and if a pokemon faints, I must release it (Box it forever in my case). I decided to take the rules a little further and nickname all the pokemon in my party, revive one one member once and name all of my pokemon, and catch the first pokemon on each route that is not a duplicate. The rules are simple.
As I began though, I never would have imagined what would happen.
Early in the game, I lost a short lived member named Killer. It was a Poochyena that I only had for a couple of levels, but they were my first loss. Soon after, I won my first two gym badges and used the revive to bring back Fluffles the Zigzagoon. I had reached a new high in game as I felt unbeatable. I began grinding to take on the next gym, the electric one. As I was doing this grinding last night, I was caught in many trainer battles with another ally, KFC the Combuskin, fell in the midst of the battle. Within an hour after his death, Deadmeat the Beautifly was eliminated by another trainers Wailmer as soon as it was switched out in battle to protect one of its friends.
After this event, I went to bed last night a little uneasy. Not just had I lost three members of my virtual team, but I also lost my starter pokemon and the only members on my team grass and fire attacks. I already filled the gaps with replacement members that have leveled up rather quickly, but it was still going to be a struggle for the rest of the game just catching up to what I had strength-wise.
I shut off my Game boy and lay down on the bed in my room and went to sleep. As I said, it was a restless sleep, but I was still sleeping none the less. That’s when things went weird.
I awoke at three in the morning and found the game boy turned on and my character standing in front of the gym. I know that I saved the game in the pokemon center, so I figured that one of the guys in the dorm of the college that I am at came in and started playing with it while I was asleep. I don’t usually mind as long as they don’t save the game and sometimes they don’t shut it off. Rolling out of bed, I walked over to the game and shut it off. As I turned to go back to the bed, I woke up completely and jumped back. Sitting on the bed was a Poochyena, a Combuskin, and a Beautifly. I stared at them to make sure my eyes were not playing tricks on me. Sure enough, they were there. As I stood there, they got off the bed and came toward me.
“Why?” said the Combuskin, “Why didn’t you attempt to use the Super Potion on me?”
No sooner than the Combuskin finished talking, the Poochyena started up with, “Why didn’t you switch me out when you saw that I was slower than the opponent? Why didn’t you revive me when you had the chance?”
With this, the Beautifly started talking, “Why did you pick me to switch to in the battle? April would have been a better call. You knew that the Wailer was in the final stages of Rollout. A Flying type would have been better for the situation!”
I stepped backwards a little, “This cannot be happening. None of you exist. You are all pixels and electronic calculations. If anything, this is just a dream, an illusion caused from my hours of playing the game in the Nuzlocke mode.”
“Is that what you believe?” the Combuskin said with a frown on its face. “We live in an entirely separate world that does exist. It may be a man made world in this world, but it exists to us. When you started the game you are doing right now, you created a different off shoot of that world. You selected that world for death and pain for yourself to push you onward.”
“I don’t believe you.” As soon as those words came out of my mouth, KFC brought his sharp claws across my left eye. I grabbed the wound and pulled my hand away. Blood covered it and I felt the fresh blood start rolling down my face.
“Believe it,” Killer said, “Trust us when we tell you that those will scar.”
“You let us die,” Deadmeat said, “You selected us for death. That is why you named us what you did.”
“NO!” I said as I reached for a towel, ” I named you jokingly. I didn’t want you to die!”
“Then why did you let us, ” all three said in unison.
I stopped and fell to my knees. As tears and blood rolled down my face I said, “It just happened. Killer, I thought you could take our opponent on that route. You had more than enough health and there was no way I could have known that they were going to get a critical hit on you. I had big plans for you as my key dark member, now my plans are shot because of my lack of discretion. I’m sorry.”
I turned to KFC, “I thought that you had more than enough health to finish the fight. I switched you into the fight because you seemed to be the best suited for the job. You were my heavy hitter and lead fighter. My lack of foresight caused me to lose you. Please forgive me.”
Finally I turned to Deadmeat, “When I caught you a a Silcoon, I didn’t think I was going to have much use for you, but as time developed, I used you more than some of the others on the team. You became my pride and joy on the team. I chose you for that battle because you have a grass attack, which is great to take down water pokemon. I just failed too factor in the current Rollout that was going on. My failure to factor in details was what killed you. I am a failure to all of you.”
As I was one my knees, I could see the injuries that the group had. I just collapsed on the ground in sorrow for the way I failed the group. I knew that I could have saved them. “Please forgive me!” I cried.
I was in my bed again. I had just woke up from the all to real nightmare and I was thoroughly shaken. Getting out of bed, I walked over to my Gameboy and turned it on. The first thing I did was went to my PC and went to the “Heaven” Box to visit my fallen comrades. As I looked at it I saw all three holding mail. Reluctantly I began to open it. Killer’s said, ‘We Forgive You.’ I began to cry as I opened up Deadmeat’s which read ‘Don’t forget us.’ I was into full on bawling as I opened up KFC’s letter. It said, “Sorry about the scar.”
Looking into the mirrior mounted on my wall, I saw three deep scratch marks running down my left eye. Absolutely scared out of my head, I shut of the game boy and threw the copy of Emerald in the trash. As I looked into the mirror to treat the scar, I saw Deadmeat behind me in the mirror and heard him say, “Don’t let our sacrifice be in vain. You made your mistakes, get up and move on.” I turned around and saw nothing there, just an empty room.
Walking over to the trash can, I pulled the game out of the trash can. “They’re right, ” I said with a new found drive, ”I cannot let my team down.” Plugging the game back into the system. I flipped the switch to ‘on’. “Get ready team, I’m back.”