Des

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Name: Desmond Descartes
Nickname: Des
Gender: Male
Sexuality: Bicurious
Age: 25?
Height: 5'5"
Ethnicity: White ([Irish])
Birthday: March 30, 199X
Trainer ID: -
Home: Lumiose City
Pokéform: Honedge
Starter: Ace (Des)

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Former Rocket Grunt looking for a second chance at life.

Appearance

Tall, medium build, bordering on lanky. He has a sharp, unshaven chin and short black hair. His eyes are a peircing bright green. He wears big dark grey trench coat over a white long sleeve and a pair of simple blue jeans with a trainer belt. Jammed on top of his head is his "Grunt" cap, which he is very fond of. Sakura, Lyuri, and Hikari gifted him a locket bearing their picture. He currently wears this locket proudly around his neck.

After his return he now dresses as a stereotypical cowboy. His attire includes a black leather coat with a white button up shirt underneath, black slacks, black cowboy boots, a black stetson with a brown leather band and occasionally a black bandanna to cover his face.

Biography

Starting Out and Kanjoh 2

Not much is known about Des Pre-Rocket. What is known is that he was introduced to crime at a young age. With his best friend and partner; a Zubat called Ace; they journeyed through Kanto, lying, stealing and conning their way through the region. At the age of 15, Des was "made" and became a member of Team Rocket. Over the years he and Ace would take part in many of Team Rocket's plots, including the takeover at Goldenrod. It was during this "job" that Ace lost his life at the paws of a police Arcanine. This event still haunts Des to this very day. In desperation, Des tried fleeing to Hoenn in order to start a new life as a coordinator. But the authorities caught on and began a several year man hunt across multiple regions. It wasn't until Des encountered a sweet Ranger in Ecruteak that he would get a second chance at life...

Having traveled with the likes of Sakura, Lyuri, Hikari and Rawst for some time, Des has aquired a tight nit group of friends who he has sworn to protect and watch over. However he usually gets called away on missions and must seperate from the group, but you can always count on him to relocate his friends.

Unova 2

Des's appearances throughout Unova have been few and far between. He helped Jacob and Sakura overcome their personal problems and was even present during the April Fool's Day posts where he switched places with his author and went to the 'real' world. While in Unova, Tesse, a victim of his past, tracked him down and met up with the J-Team. She exposed one of the crimes he committed to some of the members, causing them to become wary of Des. Des decided to give Tesse a chance at vengeance and to 'serve justice'. So he challenged her to a battle (in an electrified cage no less!). Des threw the match (and in the process had several thousand volts of electricity course through his body), however Tesse unlocked her Gold Voice and couldn't find it im her heart to kill him. So she let him live his newfound life with his friends and vowed never to speak of his past misdeeds again.

Des was also present at the Big Climatic Event. He lead a team consisting of himself, Ren and Dune in closing a masive dream rift that appeared above Castellia and would later assist in closing the final rift at Entralink.

Orre and Death

During Orre Arc, Des was gone away on missions. After receiving a strange message he and Sparkers scaled up Mt .Coronet to Spear Pillar. There Des and Sparkers faced off against Des's maybe Author, maybe Negacounterpart, Sed and his Blastoise. It appeared Des was victorious, only Sed had a trick up his sleeve. An Electrode that exploded, taking Des's life. Des's spirit appeared in The Under where he shared some heartfelt words with Sakura before being laid to rest.

Return!

Des was "resurrected" on Aprl 1st, 2014 as a cowboy. From here one he would remain aloof, hanging out in the background of the J-Teams adventures and only making appearances when absolutely necessary, such as helping Ren defeat Mammor. While incognito he confided his true identity with only a few members of the J-Team: Psyche, Jason, Joseph, Munn, Dune and Deziree.

Hoenn-2

Des rejoined the group (though not formally as most of it's members still don't realise it's him) late into the second Hoenn arc. It was here where he befriended the likes of Jack and Zeal and looked to train his new team in order to complete the Hoenn League.

Some point after it was revealed Des had actually faked his death to get out of his deal

2018

Des reemerged this time working for Dr. Multiman as an Admin in his Mobius Society. His heel-turn was brought about by a lack of friendships amongst the J-Team and a need for money. He acted as Multiman's Head of Security and Custodial Duties and provided him intel on the J-Team. He was not much more than a glorified janitor with an unearned title but he seemed to serve Multiman willingly and dutifully and even got approval for his own elite security force. It was during this time that he met the mole PEFE!Every and appeared to relish in giving her menial work before she transferred to work elsewhere. In truth he was suspicious of her and wanted to determine her connection to the J-Team. He also met Dr. Robinson and pursued a relationship with her that went nowhere. As an Admin, Des participated in several raids, though on the receiving end them, and even got to use his Snag Rifle on one occasion.

It was during the raid on Multiman's attack on Lumiose that Des's treachery was revealed. He had been siphoning cash from Multiman for 'security upgrades' and sent the J-Team the security codes to his Mobile Base to compromise Multiman's defences. He then peaced out with his futurekid, Lita


2019

Des emerged again in February of 2019. Here he finally joined the J-Team proper and has helped them take down Multiman's bases scattered throughout the Multiverse. He still felt estranged from the group and struggled to socialise with them but having his interdimensional daughter from the future around helped him cope somewhat. He was happy to reunite and catch-up with Lucius and reluctantly took the young trainer Ian under his wing.

Personality

In spite of his status as a former criminal and all around low life, Des is surprisingly friendly. He tries to help in whatever way he can. He is also rather curious and likes to meet new people, though he stays mindful of certain lines that should not be crossed. However Des suffers from "Big Brother Instinct". He will try to help, protect, and serve anyone and everyone he comes across. Obviously guilt weighs heavy on his mind.

Despite his friendly personality he has developed into something of a loner. He'll often disappear for long periods of time and only show up during raids and similar events. It's apparent that he has anti-social tendencies and his circle of friends is small.

Relationships

Des is good friends with Sakura, Lyuri and Hikari. However his relationship with all three of these girls has entered some choppy water at one point or another.

After he assaulted Lake, Sakura refused to talk to him. After some time apart and some help from Hikari, their friendship has been repaired. Des feels obligated to protect Sakura for whatever reason and enjoys her company.

Lyuri is another matter. She' not as forgiving as her sister, so trusting Des took longer for her. However after Des helped them deal with Vrang she has learned to trust him more. Since then they've had no squabbles and she likes to tease him from time to time.

Hikari. Ho boy. Des has a crush on Hikari. No one can discern why but Des will tell you that "it was her eyes that drew me in and her caring nature that made me stay". This revelation caused Hikari alot of grief as she didn't know how to react to the sudden affection. Des tried to win her over by gushing over every little thing that she did, but ultimately it made her feel bad to reject him. Before she could leave the group, Sakura stepped in (mirroring that time when Hikari helped Des and Sakura with their relationship) and managed to difuse the situation. Des has decided to cherish his friendship with Hikari and remain friends...for now.

Rawst and Des haven't really spoken to each other alot, nontheless they are friends and Des even gave him the affectionate nickname "Berry Boy".

When Des first met Alyssa, he counldn't help but draw paralells between both her and himself. In spite of the language barrier, Des tried to befriend Alyssa and was met with limited success. Nevertheless, Des considers her a friend and will likely protect her if need be.

Umbra and Des talked briefly in Olivine and again in Snowpoint. Des noticed a "guilty" look in his eye (the same look he sees when he looks in the mirror) and the two spoke about their immoral pasts and found great comfort in knowing that there are others like them.

Des really tries to be a friend to Herbert. However Herbert can't seem to see past the criminal he once was. Still Des has remained steadfast and loyal to Herbert and is willing to help him every chance he gets. When they met up again in 2019 they greeted each other as old friends and reminisced about the old days.

He confided his true identity to Jason who he views as a sparring partner. The pair are on very friendly terms and like to battle one another.

His relationship with Psyche is an odd one. Though friendly for the most part, Psyche likes to keep Des at arms length at least. In spite of this Des has trusted her with his identity and the relationship between the pair is getting better.

Des reluctantly took Ian under his wing as a mentor of sorts. He doesn't like being though of as a role-model but the young trainer brings a welcome energy to his life.

Sparkers disowned him upon hearing he had faked his death. They are not on speaking terms.

As for the J-Team as a whole he can be critical of them sometimes and even outright antagonistic towards them. However he does see them as a force for good in the multiverse.

Skills and Abilities

Due to receiving Rocket Training, Des has various skills that he employs during missions or in some cases in day to day life. For one he is an expert escape artist able to worm his way out of tough situations, and is a skilled tactician able to coordinate groups of people and Pokémon is assaults/missions.

As an individual fighter Des is a pragmatist who likes to trickery and deception to best his opponents. He is trained in fencing and typically wields a Gladius but he only uses it to disarm. He has also shown good firearms skills and uses a compressed airgun designed by Deziree when catching Pokémon.

Des is rather observant and can discern fine details with only a cursory glance. This eye for detail takes on supernatural qualities, allowing him to see into people's souls and experience the feelings they feel or the hardships they've faced, kind of like a reverse Heart of Gold. This skill was eventually revealed to be an aura sense. He also possesses limited knowledge of the multiverse.

Des isn't the best at battling. However he doesn't see this as a weakness but rather the product of his training. Des doesn't train his 'mons to fight, he trains them to fulfill a specific role on his taskforce (what he likes to call his team). Des actually encourages his 'mons to avoid fights whenever possible as there's usually a more pragmatic solution. Since his return he's gotten much better at battling and his new team is trained specifically around Pokémon battles.

Apparently he can also sew and has sewn various items for some of the J-Teams members.

Des's Current Team

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Pria
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Jovi
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R. Mika*
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BRG


Des's Released Mons

Des's old team contained mostly Grass-Types as well as 'mons that resist Grass-Type weaknesses. His main battle strategy was to utilise status effects and manipulate the weather in order to set up for big swings. He gave this team to Sparkers who has since "released" them, though Des can call upon any of them if the need arises. The primary purpose of this team, however, was to be used on missions with each 'mon fulfilling a specific role on the team.

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Poncho
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Saltatio
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Vladimir
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Sparkers
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Cera
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AF-1
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Kabuki
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Manami
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Santo
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Dio

Battle Record

  • Vs. Sakura: Loss
  • Vs. Hikari: Win
  • Vs. Tesse: Loss (Intentional)
  • Sparring Match with Jason (1): Won
  • Sparring Match with Jason (2): Draw
  • Sparring Match with Jason (3): Lost

Trivia

  • Des absolutely adores cute Grass-Types, an odd trait for a former criminal.
  • Doesn't really like Growlithes or Arcanines, though he dosn't seem to mind Sparkers or Grant.
  • His last name comes from French philosopher Rene Descartes.
  • Des has an aura sense. When he activates it his eyes glow green.
The Contractors
Combat Members (Arcana):Ren (I. The Magician) • SleepyHead (III. The Empress) • Silent (IV. The Emperor) • Mondo (V. The Hierophant) • Jacob (VII. The Chariot) • Lisa (IX. The Hermit) • Dune (XI. Strength)
Lane (XII. The Hanged Man) • Des (XIII. Death) • Verax (XIII. Death) • Deziree (XIV. Temperance) • Pentigan (XVI. The Tower) • Daydre (XVIII. The Moon) • Joseph (XIX. The Sun)
Navigators (Arcana): Lyuri (VII. The Chariot) • Mendel (XIX. The Sun)



Des's Team
On Hand: Pria 547Mini.png*Jovi078Mini.pngR. Mika025cMini.pngBRG 130Mini.png
Released: Poncho 286Mini.pngSaltatio 272Mini.pngVladimir 093Mini.pngSparkers 059Mini.pngCera 421Mini.png
Cap 046Mini.pngKabuki570Mini.pngAF-1628Mini.pngManami619Mini.pngSanto701Mini.pngDio361Mini.png*
Given Away/Daycare: Perennial 182Mini.png
Deceased: Ace 042Mini.png
As last seen in: Entralink