Episode 5: Legends.
By Razor Knight
Last update: November 24, 2007
The trip to Goldenrod was as uneventful as it was quiet. When the car finally stopped in front of a Pokecenter, Ash could see the city was mostly unchanged. And as large as ever.
"Pika pi, pika."
"Yeah, this brings back memories," Ash admitted.
As the group walked into the center, they could see a blue-haired boy waiting for them. It wasn't hard for Ash to recognize him, since he looked just as he remembered him... Only his face showed a lot more maturity.
What he was surprised about, was the Pokemon standing next to him. "A... Gardevoir?"
Max nodded. "Been a while, Ash. I see you have new friends too. Arina Stanton, right?"
"Everyone knows me," Arina muttered, then smiled at Max. "Nice to meet you."
Max nodded, then looked at Gardevoir. "You don't remember him? Well, I was travelling with him back when we first met, Psika."
"Wait," Ash said, as a memory of one of his many adventures resurfaced. "You mean this Gardevoir is that Ralts you helped?"
Max smiled. "Good memory. She came looking for me, and her timing was perfect, as I was thinking about starting my own journey. She's been my partner Pokemon since then."
'Nice too meet you,' Psika 'said' with her mental voice.
"Max, do you have any more information for us?" May asked.
"I don't know what Birch was workin on, but I know one of the first professors to disappear, Ivy, was working on an ancient tome found in an archeologic excavation a few months ago."
"And the Rockets took that tome with them," Drew guessed.
Max nodded. "Fortunately, Ivy had left enough notes, but they were encrypted. That's no problem for me, however, so now I know what the Rockets are looking for."
"You mean you... Hacked Ivy's computer?"
Max turned to Arina. "Yes. I know I could get in troubles for that, but in this case, I think the end justifies the means."
Ash frowned. "What about that tome?"
Max looked around and then sighed. "Let's go elsewhere, we shouldn't discuss this in public."
Several minutes later, the group was inside an abandoned warehouse. "Nice place you've got here," Drew noted. It was better than sleeping out in the open, at least.
"Saves me the money I'd waste for a hotel room," Max said, "and I wasn't planning on staying in Goldenrod for much longer."
'Miss May, is everyone okay back home?'
"Yes, don't worry, only a couple police officers were killed. The town's a mess, though."
Ash blinked. He hadn't heard the Gardevoir's speak, which meant she could also send her thoughts to a single human. "Back to Ivy..."
"Let's see..." Max produced a small device, like a cellphone, and pushed a few buttons. He then smiled and said. "That tome had mostly drawings in it, but there was a written passage, in an ancient language Ivy desciphered before the Rockets got her."
"Think they were targeting her for that?"
Max shook his head. "Ivy didn't publish her discoveries, she had planned to do so one week after her capture. Rockets were looking for one more scientist to help them in whatever they were planning, and instead found a mean to achieve their goals."
"So, what was that passage about?"
"It's hard to make sense of it," Max said, "but here." He handed Ash and May a couple printed pages, both with the same text. What Ash read in them was, indeed, not making much sense to him.
A Shard of the Moon and the Sun to open the Way. A Sword to defeat the Guardian. A Spark of Life to cast away Fear. A Ray of Hope to banish Darkness. And the Greatest Treasure of All. Once these keys are gathered, the path will be shown. Follow it, and you will have the greatest force in the Universe at your command.
As Ash read the paper, he tried to guess some of the lines. Obviously, the shards were a Moon and a Sun stones, but what about the rest of the items? "I only know what the first two are," Ash admitted at last.
"Same," Arina said. "It's too obvious, a Moonstone and a Sunstone. "
"A sword may just be that, but what sword, and where to find it?" Drew pondered.
"As for the others, a Ray of Hope, a Spark of Life and the Greatest Treasure," Max said, "I have no idea what they are. I've been browsing the net, trying to find any clues on them, but no luck thus far."
May gasped as she realized what the Rockets had been searcing at Littleroot. "Damn it, now I remember. Birch had a Moonstone in the lab months ago, said he was studying it."
"And a Sun stone was reported missing from a museum in Johto days ago," Max said, "so they have two of the pieces of that puzzle."
"Is this translation accurate?" Drew asked.
"I don't know, I'm a computer wiz, not an ancient language wiz," Max admitted.
"Let's try to find the other items before the Rockets do. We can foil their plans, and maybe capture a grunt and have them tell us where their base is."
'I sense several humans and Pokemon approaching this building, ' Psika said.
"Rockets?" May asked, reaching for the only Pokeball in her belt.
'No, I sense no... Malice in these beings,' Psika said.'Not towards us, anyway.'
Ash stood ready, despite Psika's words, along with Pikachu. Max looked at his device and smirked. "Whoever they are, they're not wearing Rocket suits." At the others' inquisitive looks, he smiled. "This area is full of security cammeras, and they're so easy to hack into..."
"My brother, the geek," May joked.
"You're just jealous of my skills," Max countered with a grin.
Drew walked to the door and looked out, seeing a pack of men and women walking to the warehouse, about a dozen in total. "Well, we never thought we would get visitors."
Ash looked out through a partially broken window, and recognized two of the men. "Archie and Maxie? This can't be."
Arina's eyebrows rose at that. "Who are they?"
"There was a couple dangerous groups around when I was a kid, Team Aqua and Team Magma. They did a lot of dangerous things, and put people in danger, as one group wanted to expand the land for Pokemon, while the other wanted to cover the planet with water."
"I remember them," Max said, "but I thought they had dropped out."
"We're about to know if they did," Ash said, looking at Pikachu.
'Their intentions aren't hostile,' Psika insisted, 'but I'm not sure they won't react if you attack them.'
"Wasn't planning to, but I must be ready to defend myself."
Max snorted. "Trust me, Ash, Psika knows what she's talking about. "
"Welcome to our humble hideout," Drew said half-jokingly as the unknown group reached the door.
"We are here looking for Ash Catchum," Archie said.
"And what are you up to this time?"
Maxie gave Ash a half-smile as he and his group walked in. "Our days of breaking the law and playing God are over, Ash."
"Good to hear. So, what is this for? I don't think it's a social visit."
"To use a movie cliche, 'we came in peace,'" Archie said. "Our two teams didn't vanish, but we've been working in secret ever since the fiasco with the orbs. We've been keeping an eye on Team Rocket, and we know they're slowly working towards taking over the world."
"What, you want a piece of that cake?" Drew asked.
"That was uncalled for," Maxie snapped. "But I'm not here to fight. See, our goal in the past was making a better world for Pokemon, even though we had different strategies. And even today, we will not sit and watch while a group of greedy humans enslaves and kills Pokemon for their own personal gain."
"Specially since we know of the Tome of Power, as the Rockets have codenamed it."
"I bet it's the same we just figured out," Ash guessed. "Something about shards, a sword and keys?"
"Correct," Archie said. "We beat Team Rocket to the third relic, one of our sponsors had it as an antique, and we had a hard time convincing him of its importance."
"What is it?"
Maxie produced a small device, which he set on a crate. The device lit up, forming a tri-dimensional image of a saber. "The Guardian Sword, found in an excavation in Sinnoh."
"Are you trying to get that power for yourselves?"
Archie looked at Max and snorted. "In the past, we would. But nowadays, we're trying to keep the world in one piece. I don't think anyone could handle that 'force' the Tome speaks of, so we thought we had to get there first and destroy it."
As Max looked at her, Psika reached out with her senses. 'They're not lying, Max. Their hearts are true to their words. '
"I see," Max said. "I believe you... Wait, what are you called now, Aqua or Magma?"
"Neither," Maxie said. "We're the Team Terra."
"I'm not joining you, though," Ash said.
"Nor are we asking you to."
"What's the point in coming here, then?"
"Simple," Archie said with a shrug. "Two groups search better than one, and we are on the same side of this battle. An alliance would be the wisest path to take."
"So I would like to think," Ash said, looking at Psika. "And I'll take the risk."
"Good," Archie smiled. "Some of our men think the last three relics mentioned in that tome aren't tangible things."
"It's just a wild guess," Maxie admitted, "but maybe your group can get somewhere with it."
As the group walked out the door, Archie stood behind, tossing a small device at Ash. "If you need help with the Rockets, call us. We are as widespread as they are, and I would be stupid if I thought they don't know we're still here."
Ash nodded at the man and watched him leave. "Okay, that went far better than I thought."
"So, what is your next target, Ash?"
"I'm going to Pallet first," Ash said, "I need to make sure nothing else happened while I was away."
"We can take you there in a minute," Max said.
"What you mean 'we'?" May asked.
"Last time you saw Psika, she was still a Kirilian. On a crazy idea of mine, we trained her teleportation abilities a lot while we travelled."
"I still don't get it," May admitted.
"Yeah, you're still quite slow, sister," Max joked, and May stuck her tongue out at him. "Right now, Psika can teleport directly to any Pokecenter she's visited before."
"Amazing," Ash admitted.
"I heard some cases like that in the past," Drew said. "It must be quite an useful skill."
"Sure it is. So, everyone's ready?"
"I'll have to call someone to pick up car up," Drew said. "I don't think your psygirl can handle a car, right?"
"Good guess," Max said.
'I thought we could get some time for ourselves after we helped them.'
Max smiled at Psika, knowing the others hadn't 'heard' her. 'We'll be helping them for a while.'
'Just stop eyeing that Arina woman. It would be a pity if I accidentally fired a psi blast her way.'
Max chuckled at that. 'Sorry. But try to keep it down, my sister and the others would surely freak out if they knew.'
"Done," Drew said as he put his phone back in his backpack. "What's he doing?" he asked noticing Max was apparently having a staring contest with his Gardevoir.
"No idea," May admitted.
"Me and Psika have been travelling for a while," Max explained. "Somewhere along the way, I discovered she could read my thoughts when I focused them in her."
"Not the first time I saw something like that," Ash admitted. "In any case, I think we're all ready to teleport." At the others' nods, he smiled. "As they said in that old show, Skitty, beam me up."
'Am not a Skitty,' Psika muttered before closing her eyes. A few second laters, the group was gone.
"Are they really strong enough to take on Giovanni?"
"Giovanni isn't the real problem here. Ash will have to swim through a sea of grunts before getting there."
The three figures blinked as they saw Ash and company appearing near the Pokecenter. "Your guess was right, they were heading this way."
"Are we going to let them know we're here yet?"
"Not yet, but it will not be long until we have to."
A/N: Yep, the same shady figures from episode two are back. Who are they? I don't think the guess is hard to make.
As for Psika's ability... It was canon in the games, wasn't it? Okay, so I tweaked it a bit. The anime itself tweaks the game facts left and right and nobody really cares, so why can't we:P