History

The Beginning

Nobody knows the true origin of Kanto. Popular belief holds the region is as old as time, a piece of the world that has existed from the start. Much of the creation of the region falls into religion, falling upon the shoulders of the five gods of Kanto. More is elaborated upon in Religion. Another popular legend is that Kanto was once a part of a greater empire. An empire that spanned the globe, with metal birds that roamed the sky. Pokemon arrived into this empire and quickly led to its destruction, leaving only small bands of humans alive.

The Age of Beasts

When man first existed in Kanto, they were not the mighty civilization that they have become in the modern age. They were scattered in small tribes, weak, and barely capable of evading the powerful foes that roamed the region. There were no Pokeballs, no weapons forged of metal. Sharpened sticks were a feeble defense when battling creatures whose hides are quite literally made of stone. Still, man somehow endured, cutting parts of the region into their homes. Very few tribes were able to remain in one spot, often migrating to avoid the traveling tribes of predatory Pokemon.

A popular legend is that the best of these ancient humans became the Machop line. Although this may seem fantastic, recent advances in DNA testing have shown striking similarities between humans and that species of Pokemon.

The Age of Iron

As man continued to grow and adapt, soon they discovered metal and, along with it, the art of forging it. Powerful iron weapons proved powerful tools, allowing mankind to begin to carve locations out for themselves. Alone, they were no match for even a moderately mature Pokemon, but together, clad with iron weapons, they stood a chance of driving off Pokemon. Towns still fell more often than they should in this period, as a single Nidoking could prove the ruin of a town.

During this period, the first tribes began to migrate to the Vale. Those that did found the area to be fertile as well as free of many of the more dangerous wild Pokemon. Villages began to spring up, as well as the beginnings of what would later become Pewter City.

The Age of Apricorns

Approximately 1,000 years ago, the first Pokeball was created. Alvor Gantetsu, the creator of the first Pokeball, forged it out of an Apricorn. Man was at first questionable of the ability to enslave these creatures, and questioned it. Over time though, man began to see the benefit of being able to enslave these creatures. Alvor began to teach his art to others, spreading the useage of Pokeballs. Over untold decades man became stronger and stronger with these creatures. There was no love lost between these early Trainers and their Pokemon. They were tools, and that was it. But they were useful tools, and the roots of early cities began to come forth. In addition to the roots of Pewter, the beginnings of the Lavender Empire and Seafoam Empire were also planted along the coast.

The Age of Empire

As the world became more and more adept at dealing with Pokemon, the meager cities slowly began to grow into empires. Pewter controlled the entire Vale, ruling it safely with little fear of attack. The Seafoam Empire slowly began to spread up and down the southern coast, controlling most of it. Finally, the Lavender Empire began to rise in the east, slowly growing like some sort of bacteria as they rapidly spread across the world. Many smaller tribes were absorbed or destroyed as the empire expanded.

The Pewter Empire was well known for its strength in arms and powerful defense. The first Takeshi was the lord of this small but mighty Empire, controlling all the Vale with an iron fist. They were safe from assault; protected by Viridian Forest on the south and Mount Moon on the east. Even the wild Pokemon of the eastern walls seemed to wish to defend the city, keeping all hostile enemies out. It was a blessed land, with crops yielding more than ever before.

The Seafoam Empire wasn't as mighty as the other two empires, but covered more land than either. While the others built mighty cities walled in stone, the Seafoam Empire built scattered settlements up and down the coast. They also were the most diverse, absorbing the smaller empires of Fuschia and Vermillion. The empire had control over the sea, sailing forth. They were the first to make contact with the small force on Cinnabar Island, although they were unable to take it. Legends even hold that the Seafoam Empire held floating cities, great wooden constructions that were able to sustain themselves at sea.

Finally, the Lavender Empire. Their name arose from the powerful charms they cast upon their constructions, giving them the purplish hue they became famous for. While other empires relied upon Apricorns to control Pokemon, the Lavender Empire had powerful control over spirits. Even the most basic of this Empire could control spirits. They were mightier than any other nation, controlling the world piece by piece as all foes were cast aside. There were some within the Lavender Empire that, instead of controlling spirits, had strange powers of the mind. These powers seemed to conflict with those of the Ghosts, dampening both. All with these powers were gathered up and thrown into a compound that would later become Saffron City.

The Lavender Empire had great dreams of conquest, dreams that would soon become reality. Like a frightening storm of spirits and blades they swept down upon the Seafoam Empire, crushing all opposition and taking their cities. They fought through the world, taking all but the Vale as they established themselves as the key power in the region of Kanto. Seafoam proved unable to provide more than laughable opposition against the powerful force fighting them.

The Lavender Empire then made a move towards Cinnabar Island. The Island, however, stood firm, burning boats as they neared the island and purging spirits with the hot flames of Charizards. The Island has always been renowned for its military prowess, and they were the only nation powerful enough to fight back the Lavender Empire.

Unable to take Cinnabar, the Lavender Empire turned its attention towards the Vale. Viridian City was established to the south of Viridian Forest and Cerulean City to the east of Mount Moon in preparation for the attack. Mighty armies flowed from the region as they covered the region, prepared to fight against the mightiest bastion in Kanto.

The forces cut their way through Viridian and Mount Moon, spirits clearing paths through the tunnels and trees. Camps were established near the walls of Pewter city, and siege was laid. For many years the Lavender Empire tried unsuccessfully to take the city, until finally the city fell, leaving the Lavender Empire the supreme rules of Kanto.

The Fall

Peace was no to last though. Some within the Lavender Empire were unhappy with the nation and wanted to secure power for themselves. This group was almost cult-like in their aims, seeking to secure power for themselves. Comparing themselves to a cult is not too far off; history tells us that this group had ties to dark powers, although that is likely a legend. One of the leaders, known simply as Kikuko, organized a coup, successfully assassinating the current Emperor and establishing herself as Queen over Kanto.

Unfortunately, this sudden coup led to a division of power within the Lavender Empire, and this divided power gave their enemies an opening. Pewter was the first to rebel, successfully throwing off the shackles of the Lavender Empire. Other cities soon followed, as the once great empire fell apart into separate towns and cities. The rule of the Lavender Empire had come to an end. While their capital, Lavender City, still stood, it would soon be nearly razed in a bloody civil war that followed the loss of much of the empire.

Alone, these once great towns soon fell into disrepair. Villages were taken down under the force of hordes of wild Pokemon. Cities were forced to fight almost constantly as they carved their place into the world. The once great empire had been shattered, and it would be decades before it put itself together.

The Age of Peace

As the world struggled to survive, there was no central power. Every town was simply trying to protect itself, and interaction was limited. Some towns, with very little food, starved. Others had barely enough to protect themselves. There was no leader, no protection, nothing to defend the cities from the ravages of vicious wilds. Eventually a leader would rise, but for many years the towns barely survived, scraping by a living.

A small group traveled the region, aiding where they could. Named the Indigo League as an allusion to the past Lavender Empire, they tried to return some semblance of peace to the region. As they traveled the world, they became more and more respected. Eventually some cried for them to be put into power, a cry that they accepted. Over the years the Indigo League had grown larger, and they accepted this position. They set up a small city west of Route 22, called the Indigo Plateau. From this city they didn't as much lord over Kanto as they did lead it, traveling to help right wrongs and correct problems. They were well loved and helped to make the region flourish. While each city remained it's own entity, they banded together in a sort of coalition. While the region was far from perfect, it kept a semblance of order in the region.

The Age of Lance

This all changed when Lance took power. The Indigo League changed from a beneficial power to an oppressive overlord, taking over the world. The Silph Company popped up, strangling the economy. The cities, once close allies, once again became bitter rivals. The region, once held up so high, descended once again into darkness, beginning another age of conflict.

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