Names: Lauren and Diego
Author: Steffan Alun (sha3(at)aber.ac.uk)
Appearance: Lauren is tall and thin with short brown hair and green eyes.
Diego is very short and quite podgy, with messy red hair and blue-green
eyes. They're both 23 years old.
Backstory: At the age of six, Lauren and Diego made a silent agreement to
be together forever. Twelve years later, they joined Team Rocket.
For years, they spent their time taking common Pokémon from Johto to sell in
Kanto, where they were rarer, and vice versa, taking advantage of the fact
that there wasn't much interaction between the countries. Mainly, these
were Pokémon found in Game Corner, which they sold for cheaper. Eventually,
however, the two countries became more united, and since trainers could
visit both pretty easily, their job became unprofitable.
When interaction with Hoenn became an option in Kanto, Lauren and Diego were
among the first to make their way there, so that they could sell common
Johto Pokémon there. Unfortunately, their plans failed miserably since they
happened to pick Pokémon which were also available in Hoenn.
They made several trips back and forth between the countries, but their most
recent trip to Hoenn left them stranded, since their boss realised that more
money was being spent on their cruises than was being made from their
smuggling. Since their only Pokéball from home was stolen from them,
they're now having to explore Hoenn more thoroughly and capture some Hoenn
Pokémon to send home.
Their boss was recently replaced by a man named Eric, who is believed to be
either a hardened criminal and former drug dealer, or an ex-referee of
Pokémon tournaments. The mystery continues. Either way, he's nasty.
Personality and Relationship: Diego has the ethical code of a typical
Rocket grunt; breaking the law is fun and worthwhile. Lauren, on the other
hand, prefers not to break the law unless it's completely necessary and
actually makes things easier for the pair. This means that while Diego is
the driving force behind their crimes, Lauren's bullying of him has
prevented them from ending up in prison.
Over the course of the last seventeen years, the longest stretch of time
they've spent further apart than hearing distance has been forty-seven
minutes, which was when Lauren left a music exam early at the age of
Pokémon: Diego has a Geodude named Destiny, who had formed a bond with a
man in Kanto before being forced to Hoenn. Diego believes she's named
Density, is very fond of her and hopes she'll grow to like him. Lauren
wants to sell her.
Lauren has a Gulpin which she caught on the spur of the moment, and at the
time of writing, she has done nothing with it.
Generally speaking, their only interest in Pokémon is for smuggling
purposes, so they have no motivation to catch Pokémon that are harder to
find or harder to capture.
Goals: Their main ambition seems to be to build a reputation for themselves
as notorious criminals, and their target is therefore to obtain Pokémon that
could be valuable to some people (which is practically every Pokémon). As a
side project, Lauren wants to evolve Destiny into a Graveler so that she'll
sell for more money.