Joey Story 2

Joseph is a member of the prestigious and powerful Sarque family. Or rather, he was. His family was always one to hate Trainers. They manufactured Pokeballs, Potions, the works. As such, Joseph's parents looked down on Trainers, saw them as trash, people incapable of creating things by their own two hands. Trainers were seen as second class citizens, inferior to those with steady jobs and large paychecks. An odd prerogative, but one that stayed.

The only problem was Joseph was so enthralled with Pokemon battles. He would watch them for hours, trying to understand every minutia of the battles. Over time he began to understand them, and how they worked. He was good at everything he attempted, and planned to become a Trainer from a young age. For years he trained in secret, using a Rattata that he had caught in the cellar. The two were the best of friends. When the Rattata evolved, it was one of the happiest days of Joseph's life. When his 17th birthday began to near, Joseph began to formulate plans to escape and become a trainer.

As the fates would have it though, Joseph had placed his trust in the wrong people. A maid that had been a part of his endeavor ratted him out to his parents, resulting in them finding out about his secret. The retaliation was swift and severe. The Raticate, dubbed "Buddy" by a much younger Joseph, was euthanized unceremoniously. Joseph was placed under house arrest, and wasn't planning on leaving any time soon.

One night though, Joseph's parents were out at a party. The same maid who had previously ratted him out helped him to escape, even helped him to steal Pokemon from the private collection of his parents. Maybe she felt regret. Maybe she just didn't know what to do. Whatever the cause of her change of heart, Joseph managed to escape and never looked back.

Fortunately, all that study had paid off. Joseph has legitimate skill as a trainer, and has been making his way as such ever since. He is still arrogant, haughty, and above the world and views his Pokemon, other than Jeeves, as more of tools to be mastered than friends to be cared for. Even though he is disowned, he rarely shares the fact. It was quite, and Joseph loves bragging about his (well, his past family's) wealth.

Broke and disowned, Joseph has slowly made his way towards Hoenn, hearing of this wondrous cave. With the number of Pokemon in it, maybe he can get a little fame as a trainer. That would be all he needs to start his career out. Joseph has a hunch that this cave could prove to be a big deal, and if he and his Pokemon can become major players in that going ons, that's just one step closer to owning a Gym and becoming the Champion.

Joseph was changed by the death of Buddy. Before he'd been an enthusiastic and kind child, hopeful to embrace the wonders of the world. Now he's jaded, sarcastic. He tries his hardest to keep his Pokemon at arms length, a difficult feat. People are tools, women a plaything. He could go public with his story of his parents now, but who would listen? No, he had to be the best. The very best. Like no one ever was. Then people would listen. Then, when he told his story, the Sarque family business would go crashing down around their conceited heads. Either that, or he could get a lot of money for his silence…

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