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 Posted: Jul 12 2017, 10:43 AM
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WhereEdgewood/logger Sea
When: Year after Lucas was taken in by Tom
Goals: Gain aptitudes: Gathering, Herb Lore, Observancy/perception

Lucas sat down on the raft that was beached on the banks of the Logger Sea that connected it to Edgewood. In front of him was his master, and off to the side was the cage that held their latest catch. It was a Pansear, that his master Tom was going to sell in the village up north. However, they were resting because Tom had decided it was time for Lucas to earn something. He held up a root and waved it slightly in front of Lucas’ face “This is an edible root. You can find it under most of the plants that are here. Mostly around banana trees, there are some in parts of this forest. Depending on where you are in this wood. You must dig about half a foot down before you can find it. The root is a thick milky white color. You can see it.” He tossed the root to Lucas and he smiled catching it and looking it over slowly. It was indeed milky white, but it also had tiny white threads that came from the main section of the root. These were smaller roots that were growing to seek even more nutrients. This was among one of dozens of plants that Lucas had been taught were edible by his master since they had met and joined each other’s company.

The youth looked up at his master tilting his head “Um…how does it taste?”

The man frowned at him and shook his head “It tastes like life. You don’t have the time to be picky. In this wild if you aren’t hunting pokemon well enough to keep yourself fed you have to eat what you get. Boil most plants, and you will be fine. Don’t drink the water unless you are eating Dandelions. Of course, you can drink the water, but I don’t waste any time with that. What you do every time you need water is take it out of the sea, or a river and you boil it. You always drink water only after you boil it. Of course, wait until it isn’t piping hot to drink it. Warm water is better for you anyway.” He said as he moved to the pot that was boiling away, but this wasn’t filled with foliage only. It was filled with the meat of a Deerling they had killed a few days ago. It was the best they could do.

While he did this Lucas moved over to the cage and gave the Pansear a berry that they had found along the way. He did this on occasion and it did not end well for him at all. Yet, this didn’t matter to Lucas because he was not one to worry about what might happen. The man called out “Luke! Get over here, it’s time to eat!” he said filling two bowls with the stew that he had made. Of course, neither of them could cook well at all, but despite that it didn’t taste very good it was filling and kept them alive. As they ate their lunch the man spoke again “After Lunch, then we shall set about the next part of your training. I have taught you many kinds of plants and life that are safe to eat. Now, after lunch you are going to go out and find as many kinds of edible plants as you possibly can. I will head down the shore along the current path we are taking. You will meet me there by dinner, and I will count all the plants you found that are edible. Should you get more inedible plants than edible then you fail and I’ll have to be far stricter with your training. Do us both a favor and don’t mess this up.” He said as he called out his current helper. This was a large Machoke and he gestured to the cage indicating that he needed to load it up.

The biggest benefit to having this large fighting type pokemon around was that the old man barely asked for help. Of course, this pokemon wouldn’t be sticking around. In fact, Tom knew his master would get rid of it at the first opportunity that he found. This was the trick of his trade and he always sold off any pokemon that had been around too long. Lucas was starting to think that it was because his master didn’t want to get attached to any pokemon. As soon as it loaded up as much of the supplies and gear as it could fit on the pole raft. Tom looked to the kid he was bringing around nodding “Now, I have given you a task. See it done.” He said as he recalled his muscle and pushed the raft out into the water using a long pole to push it along the shoreline of the sea.

Luke stood up smiling as he walked just into the forest, he kept the shore of the logger sea on his right-hand side as often as possible. Moving along he bent down and pulled up various species of plant life he had found that he thought were edible based on his lessons. As he moved, he also kept an eye out for other signs. In fact, it was spotting the signs of a pokemon that caused him to stop moving. They led to a plant that he was moving towards. He moved closer to the plant and inspected it carefully, he figured if something was safe to eat then he could find evidence of Pokemon eating the plant. However, as he examined it he only saw that the pokemon had drawn near, but he couldn’t see any sign of it being eaten by anything at all. That was all he needed and he left, soon this was how he was tracking the more elusive and bountiful selections of food that were available to him.

Using his sharp young eyes, he spotted many trails of pokemon who led him to perfect plants and saw the signs that these plants had indeed been nibbled at, and revisited. These he took with him, as well as finding the plants that his master had identified for him. Filling a small canvas bag that his master had given him he managed to collect and fill the satchel. This whole process took him several hours, and by the time the sun was setting his bag was full and he was ready to head back to his master. With his bounty, he made his way back to the edge of the wood where it met the sea. Looking he saw the light of a fire a little way up the shore and started to move towards it.

By the time he arrived he knew that his master had started dinner already. As he entered the campsite he put the canvas bag in front of the old man and sat down on a thick branch that was little better than driftwood and watched as the professional went through all the items in the bag creating two piles, the first being edible, and the second being what the old man thought as inedible. By the end however, the edible pile was much bigger than the not. The old man nodded his head slowly as he picked through the larger pile again giving each piece a very close inspection “Very good, it seems you do retain some kind of information, and some of these plants I haven’t taught you. How did you know they were edible?”

Luke smiled warmly and pointed “I found signs that Pokemon had eaten them. If Pokemon can eat them without a problem, then we should be able to as well. Pokemon native to this forest won’t eat poisonous foods, so it just seemed like the right thing to do. Is it?”

The man nodded his head and smirked “Well, you’re quite the clever little rat. Very well, from now on you’ll be doing the scavenging and gathering for our vegetation. I won’t do anything more than teach you edible foods, and you’ll be in charge of getting enough of them.”

True to his word from that day on Luke was the one who was sent out into the forest to collect as many edible bits of plant life that his master thought they would need. The more practice he got the faster he completed this task, and the more he would bring back. This went on until his master started to entrust him with even more.

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 Posted: Jul 21 2017, 04:34 PM
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    There's a lot I want to say about this post, and please don't take any of it badly; it's a good start to try and get Lucas on the journey towards gaining these aptitudes. However, this post is very short, and would be short for one aptitude, let alone three.

    Therefore, here's my thoughts: I can evaluate all three aptitudes based on this post, but since there's not a lot of time spend on them, their rating might be poor. Alternatively, you can write another post focusing on just one aptitude, which will help your chances of getting a better rate in it. I will rate the aptitude I thought was focused on the most in this post, which is Gathering.

    For Gathering, Lucas will receive
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    He also gains 4 exp for getting a new aptitude. He levels up - all his pokemon gain 2 levels and his eggs gain 3 counts.

    If you would like me to grade the other two aptitudes based on this post, please PM me; if you decide against it because their rates may suffer, feel free to make further posts on those two aptitudes. For reference, here is a successful aptitude grading post, where Korosensei had his retired character Marie's swimming aptitude rated.

    Feel free to PM me if you have any questions!

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Where: Edgewood / logger Sea
When: A few months after the first Dev thread
Goals: Gaining Apptitude, Swimming

A few months passed since those first lessons. Now Luke and his master were sailing towards Dedrius. They had quite the haul of Pokemon to take back with them this time. At least six fire-type pokemon that were going to Dedrius so they could be sold properly. Luke was still very nervous and skittish around the Logger sea. He still had horrible nightmares about the night he was thrown into the river, and he was scared of the water. Today he was on the raft that they built and he was making sure that the ropes that secured the Pokemon Raft were tied tightly to the main raft. He looked at the Pokemon on the cargo raft as his master called it. There was a Growlithe, a Vulpix, a Flareon, a pair of Cyndaquil, and a Tepig. These pokemon were given special muzzles so they could not use their fire attacks to break free of the cages, or get into any trouble by burning the raft.

As he sat there his Master’s Seaking, and Magikarp pulling the rafts along in the boat he heard his master walk up behind him next to him was his Bulbasaur “You still afraid of the water squirt?” He asked in a gruff and almost angry tone of voice.

Luke looked back and was about to speak when his master kicked him into the water. He hit the water and tried his absolute best to stay above water. Kicking his legs, and using his arms as best he could to keep his head above water. He was managing it, but as he tried to get closer to the raft he found that it had not stopped moving, but only slowed down. Standing on the back near where Luke had been kicked into the water was Tom and he shook his head slowly his arms crossed “Hurry up! One arm over the other, swim for it! Left arm, right arm, left arm, right arm! Kick, Kick, Kick! Shape your hands like scoops and us them to scoop the water behind you! Hurry up!”

Luke tried to do just as he was told managing to keep his head above water as he did so, but he had swallowed too much water when he had started at first so he kept coughing and spluttering as he swam. Before too long he was just too weak and couldn’t do it. He stopped paddling, stopped swimming and started to sink. This made the Pokemon Poacher sigh heavily and he shook his head “Grab that idiot kid.” He ordered his Bulbasaur who shot its vines out to wrap around Luke and drag him back to the raft pulling him onto the deck. Once there, he began to cough and spit up water in abundance shaking and trembling.

Tom looked down at the boy shaking his head in disappointment “Stupid kid, you aren’t supposed to swallow the water, you are supposed to swim through it. Stop wasting both of our time. You aren’t drowning anymore, you aren’t that helpless boy on that night you were tossed into the river. Water is nothing to fear, you should understand that by now. Try again or I shall be forced to let you down this time.”

This statement terrified Luke more than the idea of going back into the water. The thought that his master would actually let him drown was enough to give him strength. Nodding his head slowly he looked back at the water and took off his jerkin, and his shirt. Deciding to take off all but his breeches he sank into the water holding onto the back of the raft and kicking with all his might. This was unacceptable to his master and he stomped on the boys’ fingers snarling “Sink or swim time boy!” he bellowed out. Luke gasped letting go of the raft in pain, the time it took to recover himself allowed the boat to slip further and further away from him. Swallowing the pain in his hand he started to swim and paddle just like the old man had told him. He wasn’t sure if it was working, or if it was going to all be for naught. At least, that was how it seemed at first. However, slowly he began to make headway towards the raft actually picking up the pace of his swimming and managing to close some of the distance between him and the raft.

This wasn’t enough however, as he soon became tired and called out as best he could “Tired!” was all he managed to get out. To his surprise the raft slowed down and eventually came to a stop so he could catch up to it. Yet, even though he did reach the boat he did not have the strength to pull himself up. Thankfully his master decided to show some mercy on the little kid and have his Bulbasaur lift the kid onto the raft. In so doing Luke was given a reprieve for the day. He was so tired, his legs and arms hurt as he wasn’t used to using them the way he had been doing. With that he passed out into a bout of fitful sleep.


The next day Luke woke up with a start looking around. Tom was sitting cross legged sleeping or at least giving the appearance of sleep. Luke sat up groaning as his legs and arms were sore as could be. Hoping that he wouldn’t wake up his master he looked to the cargo raft a bit sad at how miserable some of those pokemon looked, but he wasn’t able to help them at all considering he was as much a prisoner as they were. If he wanted to make a difference then he would have to wait and do so when he could survive on his own. He was just starting to think of what he would do when he was older when he was hurled into the water again.

He screamed in surprise until he hit the water which was freezing cold. This time he hit the surface despite his protesting muscles and swam as fast as he could towards the raft. He created a lot of splashing that wasn’t necessary for what he was doing, but he kept his head above water swimming the best he could. His muscles were sore however, and keeping his head above water was much harder today than it was yesterday. Not to mention the water this early in the morning was freezing cold and he could feel himself shaking with the potential for hypothermia.

Swimming wasn’t as hard as it had been, and he kept the technique that his master had taught him the other day. While he did make some progress, he could not catch up to the raft as Tom was awake and he was using the giant push pole he had to propel the boat forward. Slowly he could feel his body locking up, he could feel his muscles giving up the fight, and his body was freezing cold. He had to get out of the water soon, or else. That’s when he saw the cargo raft that was starting to drift past him. With all his strength, he swam for that raft pulling himself up next to the cage that held the Flareon. The Fire pokemon gave him a low wary growl, but Luke only smiled weakly at him “I’m sorry, I know you don’t much care for me, but I have to be here, you are so warm.” He said huddling close to the cage moving a bit closer to the next cage that had the Cyndaquil inside both of them also giving off a lot of heat. Luke thought this was an attempt to heat up the raft and the cages so they would burn away, but what the pokemon didn’t know was that the cages were coated in a unique solvent that would not melt, and kept the cages from heating up easily. Being so near the fire pokemon however was good for Luke as they were starting to warm him up and also ease the aching sensation in his muscles.

Eventually Tom looked back to see that Luke was next to the fire pokemon on the cargo raft shivering but warmer than he would’ve been otherwise being that so many of those pokemon gave off such heat, if nothing else the kid had a quick wit about him and that was useful. Seeing this he nodded his head once “Good, maybe I shall keep you around a bit longer.” He said nonchalantly, but loud enough to be heard.

Luke Glared daggers at his master’s back, but said nothing instead he decided to try and keep himself warm by rubbing his arms quickly to generate heat. Of course, this was easier to do with his proximity to the fire-types, but it was an effort. He only hoped that they would arrive at their location soon enough so he could get to a fire, and when they stopped there would be a fire for sure so then he could warm up.

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Writing Quality and Length: [ 3 / 4 ]

    While the length was pretty good, and definitely a lot more fluid than your travels posts, you have a lot of grammatical errors and repetitive phrases, which could've been done without. Even at one point, you basically said the same thing back to back, just slightly different. I encourage re-reading and editing your posts for fluency.

Efficiency and Plausibility: [ 4 / 6 ]

    While this is an entirely plausible scene, and many people in the past have learned from this, I'm a bit confused on how this actually helped Luke learn how to swim. He stripped all of his clothing at one point; did he try to keep them with him? Did he get new clothes after? While these questions aren't necessarily informative towards the writing, they are points that don't seem to make it plausible. I would've enjoyed more development on the way Luke felt during the practice. Was he finding it easier to go with the water? What if they had stopped and he worked on it in stagnant water? or against the water?

    All things that could be taken into consideration for the future!


WOW Factor: [ 0 / 3 ]

    Sorry. I didn't find anything WOW-worthy in this dev post.


Overall, I'm awarding Luke a 4 in swimming. Because of the aptitude gain, he gains an additional 4 exp, bringing him to lvl 3, 3.1/5. His Pokemon all gain +2 exp, and no new moves are learned. Please remember to add +3 egg counts to your next travels post!


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