Gennai chuckled at David's excitement.
"The eye is a wonderful mechanism," he agreed. "Its resolution far exceeds the most advanced camera or display."
He was slightly startled by Pearce's exclamation, but paid it no mind. They were all a bit out-of-sorts from this experience, no doubt, so getting it out of their systems was best.
Finally, he turned to answer Celia's question.
"Believe me, this is no dream," he said. "What you are looking at is a physical construct stored in a digital format. You might think of it like the transporter buffers on Star Trek; that's how the Programmer explained it to me, at any rate."
He paused to let that sink in before continuing.
"As to why you are here, I'm afraid the circumstances are anything but awesome." He eyed David as he said this. "This world's existence as a real place was never meant to be discovered. Unfortunately, one of your world's military organizations was able to crack the secret, and what they found is that a fully-grown Digimon is potentially far more powerful than any known Pokémon of your world.
"Desiring them as programmable weapons, they have dispatched an operative calling himself 'sonicstar229' into the Digital World, where he has begun infecting Digimon with a powerful virus that turns them completely loyal to him, not unlike a Black Gear or a Dark Ring. The difference is that the virus is not an external attachment that can be destroyed while sparing the Digimon; at this time, the only known way to expel such foreign code is to deresolve the Digimon, sending its data back here to Primary Village to be reborn.
"The Programmer did her best to combat this threat on her own, and for a short time, it seemed that she was gaining the upper hand. But, a few weeks ago, she mysteriously vanished, and sonicstar229 was able to continue virtually unopposed, if you'll excuse the pun. The Digital World itself must have sensed that the Programmer's life was in danger, and using a complex algorithm even I still don't fully understand, it selected a small group of Pokémon trainers to take her place in this fight and, even now, continues to search for more.
"The Digital World chose you because it believes you have what it takes to save it. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Defeat sonicstar229, and eliminate the influence of his virus. If you are to succeed, I believe you must master the monsters of both worlds, Pokémon and Digimon alike."
He looked around at the assembled group.
"So, I ask you: will you accept the mantle and responsibilities of DigiDestined?"
Ain't got no mojo...
Lia contemplated this for a moment. If this was indeed a military operative they would be opposing, then they could be getting in way over their heads with this whole ordeal.
And yet, their motives seemed quite selfish and wrong to her.
"I dunno who this 'sonicstar' guy thinks he is..." Firmly, she punched her open palm. "...but no one should have the right to just control Digimon in that way. I'm in."
After Lia finished, David started talking:
"It's true that many legendary Pokémon are only at the same level of power as an Ultimate level Digimon, making them quite the powerful asset for military organizations.
Somehow a user name like that doesn't exactly make me shake in my boots. But a World War with Digimon would be pretty catastrophic, I'd like to avoid that so sure"
Pearce stood and quietly listened to Gennai speak.
Physical construct in digital format...
The boy mulled over the words, slowly realizing that it meant the place they were was, well, a physical construct, it was real. He had never wished to have watched Star Trek before this. He was confused, but continued to listen, somewhat intently.
The military? Powerful weapons?
This was beginning to sound serious, and Pearce found himself wondering what the hell he had just got caught up in. All he had wanted was to play a damn video game, there were enough adventures present in the real world, the Pokemon world. Digimon, infected with a virus that could only be expelled through death, becoming living weapons under the command of a military operative, this didn't sound like something a child should be handling. Though the name 'sonicstar229' did sound very similar to the username an 11 year old who made recolours would have on deviantart. This thought caused Pearce to giggle to himself, though he tried his best not to let that thought undermine the severity of the situation Gennai was trying to convey.
He turned the digivice he had been given over in his hand, effectively using it as a fidget toy while he thought about everything this old man was saying. The programmer had gone missing too, kidnapped maybe? Pearce didn't know, but that was also serious. And now the world itself, sentient apparently, had picked out a bunch of people to help defend it. And one of those people was apparently 13 year old Pearce, who was barely even a real pokemon trainer yet.
So, I ask you: will you accept the mantle and responsibilities of DigiDestined?
Hearing the question asked outright made Pearce suck in a breath. He was already blaming his father in his head for this, maybe if he had been born to a normal trainer then this wouldn't have happened. He couldn't wait to find out about the kind of prodigy's or famous trainers the two next to him were, and about all the new expectations he would have to upkeep, the new attention he didn't want. He felt anxiety ripple through his chest as the thought of screaming NO! immediately came to mind.
But instead the boy just nodded, and whispered a faint yes. This wasn't something he should run away from, regardless if saying no was even a real option or not, though he more or less knew it was probably the old man giving the illusion of choice. At least if this ended badly, Pearce's dad would probably feel bad and come home. So he just gave up and agreed, ready to let this whole situation sweep him where it will.
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The old man nodded.
"Very good, then," he said, his solemn tone softened only slightly by his ever gentle smile. "In that case, you're going to need a few things. First, I'll explain how your Digivices work."
He indicated the devices that the three trainers held in their hands.
"These serve several important functions. First and foremost, the Digivice is the link between a Digimon tamer and his or her partner Digimon. When tied to a Digivice, a Digimon will use it as its respawn point if derezzed, rather than returning here. By befriending your Digimon, installing the necessary plugins and achieving synergy in battle, you can also use the Digivice to help them to temporarily Digivolve to the next immediate level of power before they would naturally do so.
"The Digivice also contains the Digimon Analyzer, a program much like your own world's Pokédex. This will tell you the basic information about a Digimon's species, as well as statistical data for individual specimens. Be sure to use this feature often, as it will tell you in precise detail the strengths and weaknesses of both your foes and your allies.
"Finally, you will be relieved to know that the Digivice can be used to transport you back to your own world at any time. You will always exit through the same computer terminal from which you entered, and when you next visit the Digital World, you will be returned to where you were before you left. You can scroll through these options using the buttons on the right side of the device, and the button on the left side is the 'select' key."
His expression suddenly hardened.
"Before I go on, I must stress something very important," he declared firmly. "While in your own world, you cannot reveal the existence of the Digital World to anyone. If word of this world's true nature were to spread, sonicstar229 would be the least of our problems."
After taking a moment to confirm that he was understood, his face relaxed again.
"Now, to the part you've all been waiting for," he smiled. "A Digimon tamer isn't a Digimon tamer until he or she has a Digimon partner."
He indicated the Kuramon, Mokumon and Fufumon at Celia, David and Pearce's feet, respectively.
"From the looks of things, I'd say that these three are to be your first partners. They may not look like much now, but if you train them well, they will grow into fierce fighters before your very eyes."
Reaching back, he opened a satchel on his belt and produced three additional devices with clamshell designs, handing one to each of the DigiDestined.
"To get the most out of your Digimon, you will also require these D-Terminals. They do everything a Digivice doesn't—with them, you can purchase powerups, store items and recruited Digimon, access comprehensive help manuals, and make julienne fries!"
He chuckled at his own joke briefly, then seemed to realize how stupid it was, turning aside and coughing into his hand to recover his dignity.
"Any questions so far?"
Ain't got no mojo...
Lia looked down at the Kuramon she had been assigned. The black, single-eyed Digimon that seemed vaguely Shuppet-esque didn't look it could really defend itself effectively, but she had thought the same thing about the Totodile she had recieved earlier that day, and from how it had happily jumped up and bit her arm, she had been quite wrong.
"Is there anything else the Digivice and D-Terminal does? And where the hell do we start?"
David after observing his new partner decided to ask a question himself: "Do we have to train them and raise them properly to avoid them from evolving into Digimon like Numemon, Sukamon and Nanimon?"
Gennai nodded to Celia.
"The full list of available functions, among other things, can be found in the help manuals," he explained. "These are accessible from the D-Terminal's main menu. As for where to start, you're currently standing in Primary Village, a district of File City. The Native Forest to the southwest of the city is full of In-Training Digimon you can train against; beyond the forest, the danger increases."
He then turned to David.
"Digimon in the care of a tamer will not Digivolve at all without having a plugin installed via the D-Terminal. Accounting for all of the possible Digivolution options based on stat variations simply proved impractical, so the Programmer opted for a system that allows the tamer direct control over their Digimon's evolutionary path.
"Digivolution plugins, like other powerups, are available as in-app purchases. They're relatively inexpensive, with In-Training options being free, Rookie options costing fifty Pokémon Dollars apiece—roughly equivalent to fifty Japanese yen, or fifty cents in US currency—and each level after that costing double what the previous one did.
"Additional Digimon of all levels can also be recruited in the wild for free. When you defeat a Digimon in battle, if you choose not to derez it, you may instead offer to recruit it. Your chance of success is greater the more it respects your Digimon.
"One thing you'll have to watch out for is that your Digimon will need to be fed regularly. Failure to remember this will affect their performance in battle, and will make temporary in-battle Digivolution impossible. Basic food rations are available through the D-Terminal at no cost, but they will only satisfy a Digimon's hunger; they won't affect its disposition towards you. Oh, and, er, the Programmer has informed me that most Pokémon probably won't like them very much, the one exception being the Porygon line, so I don't recommend trying to use them as Pokémon food unless you plan on using the Frustration attack."
He once again looked around at all three DigiDestined, his gaze lingering a little longer on Pearce than on the others.
"Is there anything else you'd like to know?"
[[OOC NOTE: This post has been revised since the initial posting. Gennai originally claimed that the "Unwavering Forest" surrounded File City.]]
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Reason: Name and location of Native Forest corrected
David fiddled around a bit with the D-Terminal "So... With In-Training options being free is it possible to immediately evolve them from Fresh to In-Training?"
As Pearce listened to Gennai give them all information and answers to questions asked, he found himself staring down at the small creature floating at his feet. It was a weird yellow orange colour and had a red horn atop it's head. It appeared to be made out of some form of slime, and it was staring intently up at Pearce as Gennai talked. He hadn't remembered seeing this creature anywhere in the game, and thus wasn't too sure on it's name.
A real life Digimon huh...
The blond boy glanced back up at Gennai, and was a little surprised to meet his gaze, before the old man turned to look at the other two ...digidestined standing next to him. The information the old man provided was pretty basic, Pearce was sure he could remember it. Read the manual, feed the digimon (not the pokemon), they provide basic food, choose your own digivolutions, buy plugins (god even digimon in real life was pay to win) and recruit a buddy or two on the way to save the world. Seemed simple enough, at least the basics were anyway.
Is there anything else you'd like to know?
"Yeah." Pearce spoke for the second time since he came here, though the first time hardly counted. "Can we bring the digimon out with us, like, back to the 'real' world?" He questioned. He was curious as to how that would work out, most people would probably think the little guy a pokemon of some sort, so he wouldn't have to really worry about hiding it. "Uh also, can we bring Pokemon in here?" That seemed far more unlikely to Pearce, the fact everything was more or less data in here would probably impede on the Pokemons... magical properties, or at least on their Pokeballs. Though if the digimon at his feet was truly his, then it wouldn't really matter if he could bring a Pokemon in or not.
Pearce stared at Gennai and waited for an answer, though his eyes quickly narrowed as another thought/question came to his head.
"Oh and, why us?"