Part 14: You're Not Weak, You Just Lack TalentUpdate 15: Youre Not Weak, You Just Lack Talent
Chairman Rose's Theme - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Apparently, this is the only restaurant in the entire town.
Oh, were you invited, too?
Oh, so you two know each other? Great! Come sit down.
Naturally, if one is going to eat here, the obvious choice is the local cuisine! Everything on the menu is delicious. By the way, how is Prof. Magnolia getting on? Im quite indebted to her, you know. She was the one who figured out how to unleash the power of Wishing Stars and use that power to Dynamax Pokémon. We would never have been able to create Dynamax Bands without her.
She was saying that theres still so much we dont know about Dynamaxing. Its been so long since her last breakthrough shes starting to worry theres something fundamental were missing, and so, given just how powerful and unpredictable Dynamax energy is She even made me take a Power Spot Detector with me when I started traveling
I dont like hearing that Prof. Magnolia is so worried; shes one of the worlds greatest scientists and a good friend. If only there were something I could do Sonia, Id like to ask you to look through the vaults in Hammerlocke and see if theres anything interesting or unusual in the records there. I understand youve been doing your own research on the subject, yes?
Then youll have full access to the archives as soon as possible. Oleana?
Understood, Chairman. You will receive your badge by the end of tomorrow, at the latest. However, I believe it is about time we got going, Chairman.
Hm? But Ive hardly had a chance to speak with Gloria! Its regrettable, but I suppose it cant be helped. If something needs to get done, theres no time like the present, after all! In any case, I bid you all farewell!
And they leave.
I mean, hes right that the vaults probably have plenty of information, but If he gets orders them to give me a badge, then Ill have to put up with their staff resenting me for skipping the queue, so
Word to the wise: Hammerlockes university system is a right mess. Dont get involved unless you have to, and if you do, try to go through somebody else. Rose just made my life harder because now I HAVE to use the pass he got me, which means I cant Look, enough of all that. You got the Water Badge, yeah? Defeating Nessas no small feat. Nessas a good friend. Perhaps I should drop in on her, see what she knows before I head out. Until next time, Gym Challenger!
All right, mate! Youve got both the Grass Badge and the Water Badge by now, right? In that case, were both headed for Motostoke and the Fire Gym Leader, Kabu! I hear hes training in the mines between here and Motostoke, which means the gyms closed until he gets back and we can get a look at how he fights beforehand, or even challenge him! Wont get us the Badge, but reconnaissance is reconnaissance, right?
I mean, yeah, but its, what, almost sunset right now. Wherere you planning on bunking down for the night?
Ill be camping just out of town.
Its been a of couple weeks since I was last home, so I figure Im going to call a skytaxi to Postwick and stay with me mum for once. Youll probably be in first.
Ill let you know when I find him, maybe we can catch him in a double battle?
Then I guess Ill see you there, mate.
Galar Mines - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Welcome to the second mine in the game
Bede's Theme - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Id feel sorry for my Pokémon if I made them take part in a battle against low-level opponents. Im not in the mood to deal with weaklings right now. Then again, I suppose its a form of mercy to crush weak opponents early on. If you are under the misguided impression that youre stronger than me, then surely you would be up for a Pokémon battle.
I heard your conversation with Rose in Hulbury. That was, what, yesterday afternoon? Have you really gotten that much better in under 24 hours?
You have no idea how fast I can improve. Get out your goddam Pokémon and fight! After all, its utterly inconceivable that I, the Challenger chosen by the chairman, will lose!
Battle! Bede (8-bit; VRC6+N163) - Pokemon Sword and Shield
This was by far the hardest fight in the game yet. I open with Chairman, and his first Pokémon, a Solosis strikes its weakness and one hit kills it, much to my shock. Thats the first time Ive had a Pokémon faint on me yet, so good on him for that. He also manages to wear down L337, for now my dedicated anti-Psychic trooper, until I switched out for Bruce, who Well, hes Bruce. And yet For context, my fight with the last Gym Leader took one Pokémon of mine into the yellow. This fight knocked one Pokémon out and put two more in the yellow. However much of a prick he may be, Bede is no slouch when it comes to combat.
Galar Mines - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Youre not weak you just lack talent. Your chances of completing the Gym Challenge are pretty slim, I must say.
Hold up, mate, theres some basic logical dissonance going on here. You keep talking about how superior you are and every time you start to brag your arse gets kicked. What is your deal?
I was chosen specifically by the chairman as his protégé. He plucked me from an orphanage and has been training me for nearly a decade as his heir.
Damn. Wait, did he ever announce anything about that? Thats the sort of thing that ought to make Regional news.
He never had to. Its always been clear!
Has he been training you to take over for him in MC?
No, weve been focusing on Pokémon for
For a decade? Its not like he spends all of his time battling, hes a businessman. Has he trained you for that? Did he just take you in to make you his pet Pokémon Trainer or something?
Oh wow, that was way too direct. Is he Is he crying? Oh shit, hes crying. That wasnt that bad an insult, he shouldnt be crying. What do I do? Look, mate, I didnt mean to I dont know what I meant to do with that, but that wasnt supposed to hurt you
Too late. Fuck off.
ANYWAY, here we have a more natural cave to traverse, even though in game they seem to treat it as another proper mine. I mean, last time we start construction equipment everywhere, but this time the terrains
Team Yell Appears! - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Goddammit, let me finish.
Grunt A: Youre one of them takin part in the Gym Challenge, right?
Grunt B: Crikey, but thats really somethin! Id love a battle against a great Trainer like you.
Oh, hullo, Hop. Nice of you to show up on time.
Well, look at you, Gloria! Surrounded by enduring fans, eh? You even be showing up Lee pretty soon!
You sound pretty excited about having your spotlight stolen.
Have you watched the interview yet?
No. Uh oh.
Grunt A: Oi, jog on, mate! Cant you see were in the middle of a conversation here?
Yeah? And cant you see that Im Hop, the Trainer wholl be your next Champion?
Grunt B: Oooh, so weve got a joker here, eh? Youre so funny, I forgot to laugh.
That comeback went stale before I was born, mate.
Grunt B: Scratch that, we have TWO jokers here.
Okay, look. The two of us were endorsed by the Champion himself! You want to fight, lets go.
Whoa, whoa, hold up.
Grunt B: What? You aint gonna put this off forever, are ya?
No, just, what are those instrument of yours?
Grunt A: These are our horns! We yell into them!
Grunt B: Marnie likes them. What, you got a problem with them?
No, actually, I actually kinda like the sound.
Grunt B: Look, we gonna fight or not?
We fight. They arent very good. They do at least do a little damage; they almost took out Hops Wooloo! But they lose.
Grunt A: That little mugs the Champions little brother Guess thats what you get when your older brothers not useless
Grunt B: I know were Team Yell, but well leave quietly once were beaten
Nice one, Gloria! Thats my rival for you! Now then Where could Kabu have gone off to? Lets keep going. Maybe hes farther in!
Actually, Ive been doing some thinking Im going to head back to the Pokémon Center now, get my Pokémon healed up before I go any deeper.
Well, suit yourself. Dont be surprised when I beat the Gym before you even get out of the tunnel!
Im taking this opportunity to head back to the center and switch out Quoth for Dietrich; shes been good to me so far, but Flying is only so good a Type as Type Advantages go and I could really use some Electricity on my team. Ill also take that this as an opportunity to bring the update to a close. Bedes signature Pokémon is a Hatenna, and though it hasnt come up yet, that Pokémon is actually important to his character arc. If anyone with post credit (Megane, Black Robe, Tenebrais, and LiefKatano, from what I can tell) wants to give it a name, Ill work it into the narrative.