Character: Daniel B Ando (He has no idea what the "B" means)
Author: Jorge "MechaGojira" Labrador
Birthplace: Celadon City, Kanto?
Dan is a 6'0'', youthful looking, 20 year old male from Celadon City, with
fairly tanned skin, brown eyes and brown hair with shaggy, flowing
sideburns(which is usually messy, although slicked back or forward when Dan
feels the need to look 'right'). He is always dressed in plain clothing; an
old t-shirt, blue jeans, worn red sneakers and the like.
Dan has never been much a people person, but he tries his best to assume
that people wont be jerks, and is slowly learning (despite his past, which I
will explain in a moment) to make friends and be social. In other words, he
is mostly shy, but coming out of his shell. Other than that, he likes to
read and write, and loves science fiction shows and movies. He also likes
drawing and photography. Most importantly, Dan is always willing to help out
someone in need. Sometimes, however, this can be used against him...
Dan has lived the majority of his life in the Celadon City Orphanage, with
no memories of his parents or family whatsoever. He grew up amongst the
other orphans in a similar situation, where he was often bullied and teased
by some of the other children when he attended school. When he turned 18,
Dan took a job at the Celadon Xpoze (see below), a small, 'underground'
alternative to the Celadon Tribune, and has since become a photographer and
regular writer for their web site. He's willing to cover anything from UFO
or monster sightings, to secret conspiracies and even Pokemon events. This
suits him well, as Dan is naturally inquisitive... his childhood has left
him much to desire from life, and perhaps this curiosity will someday sate
his desire for knowledge about his own past.
Currently, Dan lives in a small apartment in Celadon, paying his bills with
his news money, while trying to integrate himself into this strange world
outside the orphanage.
Dan had one Pokemon throughout his childhood years, a Houndour pup he
befriended, which he later named Zoffy. Zoffy, an orphan like Dan, had once
wandered onto the orphanage baseball field as a teenage Dan watched the
others play (he was never good at sports), and the two became instant
friends. Over the years, the bond between them has grown, and Zoffy has
stuck with Dan ever since, following him everywhere.
On another occasion, Dan caught an Elekid, his only other Pokemon, in what
was his first Pokemon battle. While he was on a stakeout for pictures of the
legendary Mankey Kong, Apollo, as Dan named him later on, appeared and kept
getting in the way of Dan's line of sight. Dan called on Zoffy to scare him
off, but the Elekid continued playfully interfering. It finally came down to
Dan capturing Apollo. Ever since, Apollo has made great friends with both
Dan and Zoffy.
Mankey Kong never appeared, and was later proven to be a hoax. Bummer.
Flash (Useful when Dan needs a powerful flash)
Zoffy is never in a PokeBall, while Apollo usually is... he finds it cozy.
Dan's Pokemon are as inexperienced in battling as he is, but with Xpoze's
recent coverage of the Silver Conference, his interest in Pokemon battling
has been piqued. Although most others cannot, Dan can understand what his
own Pokemon say.
Other than his above-average artistic skills, Dan has no other real talents.
And his two years of experience in 'investigative' reporting have led him to
be skeptic of anyone with so-called "powers".
Weapons and Accessories:
Dan is an excellent shot.... he always keeps his digicam in his pocket. Of
course, if it comes down to it, he can always use the flash to blind an
assailant. He doesn't believe in things like concealed knives or guns, but
is in relatively good shape and is more than ready to defend himself with
Dan usually travels on a bicycle, but he knows how to drive. In fact, Dan is
saving up for a motorcycle.
Allies: None, really. He's just now getting used to the concept of friends.
Some of the Xpoze's staff has taken a liking to this newcomer, and he in
turn, has taken a liking to the cute secretary ;)
Enemies: None at this point. At another time, the other boys in the
orphanage may have considered his enemies, but those days are long over.
Dan has a frequent impulse to either find happened to his parents, or find
why the reason why was left alone at such an early age. This is his primary
goal, and many times he makes it seem as if this is his only purpose in
life. Other than that, he also wishes to become a famous, respected
journalist, and also meet, befriend and battle trainers from all over,
helping his Pokemon grow strong.
The Celadon Xpoze:
A weekly newspaper (although it looks like more of a pamphlet on most weeks)
that Dan Ando works for, it is based in the basement of an old apartment
building in Celadon City. The staff is very small, and most of the content
is provided by freelancers. The quality of Dan's work, however, has earned
him a permanent spot as photographer and web journalist. The staff consists
of 32 year old Tem, Founder, Editor and voice of reason for the Xpoze, Gena,
his "secretary" (in other words, she makes copies and distributes them), who
Dan tends to get nervous around, Hayata, layout manager and a fellow writer,
and Chip, web master for the Xpoze's site and overall "computer guy".
The paper itself tends to cover what could be considered "shock" news, but
will also delve into matters that the traditional media will not; so-called
conspiracies, mysteries, organized crime... organized poke-crime, and more.
Inform EVERYONE of EVERYTHING. Leave no stone unturned on the quest for
truth... while rattling a few cages here and there, perhaps. Finally, to
surpass the Celadon Tribune in readership.
The Xpoze is published weekly for distribution on Monday afternoons.