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The Champion: General GZ

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MrAGeezie was the worst cadet of his boot camp class. Even after graduating, he was nicknamed “Karp” and forced to babysit his unit’s Magikarp, which some cruel soldiers kicked around when they were bored. He felt animosity toward Magikarp as a reflection of his own weakness and abuse, but liked the fact someone respected and needed him. A year later, their unit was sent on a critical mission. After an ambush, MrAGeezie’s unit was wiped out except for him and Magikarp. While wandering through the sand, he eventually passed out from the desert sun. MrAGeezie spoke what he thought were his last words to the pokeball, telling Magikarp not to worry; someone would find him and take care of him. Suddenly, Magikarp freed himself and splashed MrAGeezie until he came to. As he woke, all MrAGeezie could remember were the words of another cadet, Surge: “Pokémon are the best soldiers you could ask for, and even better comrades.” MrAGeezie pressed on, and was rescued by another unit. He worked his way up the ranks in the military and as a trainer, remembering Surge’s words. Now known as General GZ and champion of the PAX South Pokemon League, he eagerly awaits any and all challengers that want to test their team and enter the Hall of Fame!

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Elite Four Member: Dell, the Hot Freestyler!

dell-artA Houston native who settled down in Johto, O’Dell “Dizzy Dell” Harmon has traveled the world searching for Pokémon that share his passion for battles and family. One fateful day after moving to Johto, he received a baby Cyndaquil, and the flames on his back sparked a fascination with fire types and hip-hop music. Dell became an urban recording artist and battler, specializing in fire types that “spit that hot fire” just like he does when recording a new song or having a freestyle battle. Dell often gives away free tickets to anyone who can beat him in a battle, and after 10 different Gym Leaders failed to win free tickets to his sold out show in Houston, he was approached by the PPL to battle as one of its Elite Four at South. It’s going to take a strong bond with your Pokémon and much more than water to stand the heat and earn a Spitfire Emblem!

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Elite Four Member: Sorrel, the Weather Expert!

sorrel-artAfter working for many years at Hoenn’s Weather Institute, Sorrel wanted to gain more first hand experience with the most extreme types of weather the world had to offer. Over the years she trained a multitude of different Pokemon suited to traveling in all types of weather to help her research. Battling with other trainers on the road, she discovered she she had also become a powerful battler and was offered an invitation to participate in the PPL as a member of the PAX South Elite 4. Sorrel’s brought her favorite grass types, ready to bask in the sun or soak up the rain. Weather her storm to earn the Greenhouse Emblem!

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Elite Four Member: Mr. Saturday, the Venerable Vodouist!

saturday-artHailing from the northeast, Mr. Saturday is a regular face at PPL East. During his trips to Boston, he became fascinated by hauntings at the sites of the Salem Witch Trials. Seeing the untapped potential of these spirits, he captured several to create an elite team of ghost pokemon. As their strength grew, he found he needed to head farther and farther south to find more challenging opponents, leading him to the Voodoo capital of the US, New Orleans. There he studied the intricacies of the practice and used it to further hone his skills with ghost type pokemon. As he gained notoriety, he also gained the attention of the PAX Pokemon League South, which invited him to battle as one of its Elite Four! Brave trainers, proceed with caution and you may just earn Legba’s approval… and the Crossroad’s Emblem!

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Elite Four Member: Darren, The Sea Captain!

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Darren has always loved sailing the seas of his native land of Hoenn with his trusty Wingull. One day, while starting out on a new voyage, his ship was boarded by Team Aqua grunts. As Darren struggled to save his ship, his Wingull evolved into Pelipper and defeated the Aqua attackers. Ever since, Darren and Pelipper have devoted themselves to keeping the seas safe from Team Aqua and any others who would do sailors or pokemon harm on the seas. Darren received an invitation to the PPL as one of its PAX South Elite Four, and gladly accepted. He relishes the chance to test his and his Pokemon’s strength against the challengers of the PPL! Brave the briny deep against Darren to earn the Captain’s Emblem!

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Leader: Hiker Bill, the Hiker’s Gym Leader!

bill-artHiker Bill was born in the quiet mountain retreat of Blackthorn City. As a small child, Bill developed a strong desire to explore the world around him, frequently going into nearby caves and the surrounding tall grass. It was in one of those nearby caves that he met his first pokemon and partner, Geodude. As Hiker Bill and his Geodude grew older and stronger together, they started to venture further and further from home. Together, they toughened up by travelling to the highest peaks and deepest caverns throughout Johto. When they finally felt strong enough, they started travelling all across Kanto, Hoenn and anywhere they could find a hiking challenge. Bill and his pokemon have become well known for cheerfully greeting other trainers and travelers with a warm smile and a pokemon battle. Share a story and a battle with Bill to earn the Beard Badge!

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Leader: Pending, the Arena Master!

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Hailing from Veilstone City, Pending dreamed of becoming the greatest martial artist and fighting type master in Sinnoh. At the beginning of his journey, Pending was in search of the perfect alias to match his future title. During his early bouts, still undecided, he put [pending] under the name slot. Slowly, he became a recognized and feared contender at tournaments not just in Sinnoh but the world over, though it took a while before he could secure a title with a first place victory. Only after he finally gained the title of Arena Master by surpassing hundreds of others in the 3v3 arena championships did he realize what he had done. The commentators had been calling him “Pending”, round after round, in front of thousands of fans, and it was too late to change! Enter the ring with the master and emerge victorious to earn the [Pending] Badge!

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Leader: Felix Cuprum, the Metallurgist!

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Felix’s father was a metallurgist, traveling around the world with Felix in tow, studying pokemon and the metals in their environments. While they traveled, Felix trained to one day battle the Elite Four back home in the Johto region. Over time, he spent less and less time battling, and more studying to become a metallurgist like his father. After finally becoming a metallurgist himself, Felix found he had a lot more free time on his hands, and got back into battling. At first it was rough, re-acquianting himself with the strengths and friendships of his pokemon, but soon he was both a well respected trainer and scientist. The PAX Pokemon League contacted him, inviting him to be a Gym Leader and test the determination of others in battle at PPL South! Anxious to put his battling skills to the true test, he has eagerly prepared to face all challengers! Test your mettle against his metal to earn the Alloy Badge!

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Leader: Mist Ariah, the Crystalline Keeper!

mist-artA protector of pokemon left out in the cold, Mist Ariah began her pokemon career as a breeder and caretaker of lost or abandoned pokemon near her hometown of Snowbelle City. Mist always saw the great potential of every pokemon she took in, and eventually became a Gym Leader to show that same potential to other trainers. She hopes to demonstrate to all challengers that even the coldest pokemon can melt your heart if you give it the chance! Can you resist her team’s deep chill and emerge triumphant? Show her the power and potential of your own pokemon to earn the Crystalline Badge!

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Leader: Leo, the ERROR 418 I’m a teapot

leo-artAs a child, Leo washed up on the shore of Cinnibar Island and was taken in by the crazy old man who found him. During his time on the island, he became fascinated by stories of unusual phenomenon along the eastern coast, and scoured the internet and research texts for similar oddities. On his fifteenth birthday, Leo set out on his own in search of the unexplained. He traveled around the world collecting electric type pokemon with strange or unusual traits. While in the Hoenn region, Leo met another old man named Wattson, who invited Leo to train with him in his gym. Leo discovered that the only thing he loved more then discovery was battling. After opening his own Gym, he was contacted by the PAX Pokemon League and offered the opportunity to discover the power of its challengers as a leader at PAX South! Give Leo a shocking battle to earn the Glitch Badge!

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