Chapter 1: A new dungeon
Ohaither, my name is Okami Saphira. Ok... I was not always known as Okami Saphira, I am here to tell you my story on why I am called this now. It has been about 25 years since that day... the day my life changed, forever. My job now is to look after the world, like my mother, Okami Amaterasu. 25 years ago, I was just a regular Pokemon, living my life in an Exploration Team. Exploration teams are a team of Pokemon that help out hurt or stranded Pokemon in various areas around the world. When my team, Team LiquidFlame, was asked to explore a recently discovered dungeon, I had no idea that at the top, my life would be changed forever.
(Another morning, another day of doing jobs...) I unhappily thought. (This kind of schedule will eventually wear me out! I can't keep doing rescue jobs day after day! I seriously need a change of pace... I know that after the morning cheers, we will be told to go look over the Outlaw Bulletin Board and Job Bulletin Board. I am glad that we were given a bed despite it being made from straw... It's better than sleeping on the ground I suppose...) I looked around at my partner Kitsune, which was a Vulpix. She looked like a little brown fox with six tails. We soon headed out of our room to go do the morning cheers with the rest of the guild apprentices. When we got out in front of Guildmaster Wigglytuff's Chamber, I saw that the other apprentices were already standing out there like any other day. (Is it me or are we always the last to arrive before we start morning cheers?) I thought. Instead of doing morning cheers like every other day, the bird Chatot started speaking. He told us something about time being stopped somewhere to the far north-east, but I didn't really pay attention. I was too busy thinking about what jobs me and Kitsune will be taking today. I recalled everyone being shocked, but I didn't think what happened was really important. After Chatot finished and everyone left to do their jobs, Chatot came up to us. "Oh you there. You two come here. You've become quite good at your work. I am impressed with your capture of Drowzee. That was very admirable!~ So! You all will finally be assigned a mission worthy of a proper Exploration Team." Both me and Kitsune were surprised at this, we weren't expecting to get an actual exploration job for a long time...
"R-really?! Hooray!" Kitsune exclaimed.
"Let me see your Wonder Map." Chatot said. I took out the Wonder Map like Chatot asked. "I want you to explore here." Chatot said pointing at a location close to the ocean. "This is a recently discovered dungeon, no one has been there yet. The dungeon is called the Sun Shrine. After Chatot finished explaining the details of the dungeon, Kitsune started shivering. Chatot noticed too.
"Huh? What's wrong? You're shivering." Chatot asked.
"..." Kitsune said.
"A-are you alright?" Chatot Continued.
"Yes. I am OK. It's just the anticipation that is making me nervous. This will be the first time we get to do a real job as an Exploration Team. I am feeling worked up." Kitsune replied, turning to look at me. "Oh, I feel like I am going to burst from excitement! Lets do our best, Saphira!" I then nodded. Soon, we went up one floor to the first guild sub-level, only to see that Chimecho, the guild's cook and a fellow apprentice was there, when he was usually downstairs at the mess hall.
"Huh? What's Chimecho doing there?" Kitsune asked, while we both started heading to where Chimecho was. When we stood in front of Chimecho, Kitsune asked him what's happening.
"Hello! What's going on here?" Kitsune asked
"I just started an assembly here. Today, in fact." Chimecho replied.
"Assembly?" Kitsune asked
"Yes! For assembling your team! Have you ever considered adding members, Kitsune?" Chimecho asked.
"Other members? Well, sure! It'd be cool to add other members! If there were more than just the two of us... It sure would help when we explore dungeons!"
"Well than you need to start recruiting new members!" Chimecho finished.
"Oh! How do we start?" Kitsune asked.
"I will just ring the friendship bell for you, Team LiquidFlame!" Chimecho happily replied. Chimecho than rang some kind of bell from nowhere in particular. "Now, Team LiquidFlame has the power to recruit new members!"
"R-really?" Kitsune asked.
"Yes! From now on, while battling Pokemon in dungeons... You may earn some respect from some of them... and those Pokemon will than ask to join Team LiquidFlame. Once you have recruited a Pokemon, you can bring it along with you on dungeon explorations. To bring a Pokemon along, visit my Assembly, then choose which members should join your team for the exploration. Always see me when you want to assemble a team that includes recruits!~ Chimecho explained.
"Oh, wow! Thanks, Chimecho!" Kitsune replied. Now after all of that, me and Kitsune headed out to the Sun Shrine...
So, after that pretty eventful morning on that day, me and Kitsune then headed out to prepare for the exploration, unsure of what to expect from a dungeon no one else has visited before. Because we were unsure, we took caution and bought important items that we would eventually depend on for our survival...
We arrived at the Sun Shrine, amazed at how there was a shrine near the coastline that we have never heard about.
"Hey Saphira, who do you think the Sun Shrine was made for?" Kitsune asked.
"I am not sure, Kitsune, my guess is that it is to the Great Sun Goddess Amaterasu, it seems like a fitting place for her..." I replied.
"Mmmm, I can see that she is probably the only one that this Shrine is dedicated to... Who does pray to Amaterasu..? Kitsune asked
I facepawed. "There is actually quite a large number of believers in Amaterasu, I am one of the Pokemon that pray to her... I seriously can't believe you didn't know that. I remembered telling you about that just a few days ago..." I replied
"Oh, right, sorry Saphira.. I forgot..." Kitsune replied.
"That's alright, let's just head into the dungeon and attempt to get to the top." I said.
"I agree, Saphira. Let's go!" Kitsune happily replied. When we got to the inside of the dungeon, I looked around wondering why anyone would bother making the shrine high up in the sky. I noticed that while we were exploring the dungeon, there always seemed to be sunlight streaming down from above us, the area where the shrine was located. The dungeon's interior looked pretty normal. The whole dungeon seemed to take on an Autumn-like appearance. Orange Grass, Multi-coloured Leaves and so on... The dungeon's residents however, had pretty much a random assortment of types, there wasn't a specific type that was more common than another. The dungeon's residents weren't that tough to deal with, but some things gave them trouble, like the Grass-type Servine and their Leaf Tornado attack. They managed to get through the dungeon's 20 floors on the first try. Several times, Kitsune nearly fainted from the water-types in the dungeon. We survived because we had prepared for the dungeon properly. Surprisingly enough, we didn't encounter any traps during our trek through the dungeon. When we finally reached the middle of the dungeon at 20F, both of us were really exhausted.
"I am exhausted, Saphira... Do you want to rest here and continue on tomorrow?" Kitsune asked.
"I believe that it's the best thing to do now, Kitsune, lets rest here, we have no idea how many more floors we have to climb to get to the top of this dungeon..." Saphira replied. Both of us then slept in front of the Kangaskhan Statue, prepared to rest for the last half of the dungeon tomorrow.