Calm Mind #ANewChapter
#1
Pokémon: Kricketot
Rank: Easiest
MCR: 3K
ACR: 4,243

The Hard Pokémon I am aiming for is Mienfoo. This submission is working off of Prompt #5. (The focus will be explored deeper in Chapter 2)



    Breathe in.
    Breathe out.

    The soft sunlight of the midmorning day fought through the leaves of the Aspear and Ganlon berry trees to nurture the forest floor below. A soft breeze pushed the leaves side to side, allowing streaks to weave in and out, scattering its love to the moss and grass upon the earth, nurturing them enough to let them grow, but not enough to let them thrive. It mattered not whether the lichens and lower level plants of this ecosystem flourish, as long as the providers were well met with sunlight and water. These berry trees is what allowed the Melinawan Forest to grow in the first place.

    Breathe in.
    Breathe out.

    A soft chime rang through the air. The morning brought about many who would wish to walk the forest floor, though the most prominent were the Kricketot. Their soft hum brings a soothing wake to the morning that the sun may not provide to those sheltered in the hollows of trees or underground dens. The proverbial rooster of the forest, these small creatures are not looked upon kindly by passerby, but are respected members of the community by those who have taken residence in this quaint home of a forest. Their cry of light, woodlike tunes provides a sense of normalcy and calm in the air. It is a normal day, for the Kricketot have once more brought us their song.

    Breathe in.
    Breathe out.

    Most recognize a scent of a berry to be ripe with sweetness and bringing a sense of salivation to the mouth. In the Melinawan, that scent could not be more incorrect. Those attracted to this forest seek out the harder fruits, the more nutritious fruits in that regard. The smell of Ganlon on the breeze brings a wrinkle to the nose of those who aren’t prepared, not smelling rotten or putrid, but rather stale and out of good taste. Aspear purses the lips of passerby, throwing a sour scent into the air. In a sense, this is the forest’s most natural defense, a resistance to grazers looking for easy feed of delicious fruits. Yet, those who seek to train, those who seek to grow as individuals often find this as the sign of a good home. For here, the nature will not coddle, rather it will force one to adapt and overcome their intrinsic desires for an easier life. The stale and sour smell of the Melinawan is a challenge, and only the most prepared Pokemon enter knowingly.

    Breathe in.
    Breathe out.

    Moss on a log is only to be expected in a forest habitat. The natural instinct of lichen is to find a surface that will attract moisture and give minimal sunlight such that other more prosperous plants will not outpace the moss’s growth pattern. Trees, fallen or not, act as perfect sources of this living quarters for moss. Water is bound to drip down the hardened outer skin of bark, pulled to the earth as opposed to seeping into the crevices and being absorbed into the giant of a plant. An easy source of nutrition couldn’t be easily overlooked by such low living plant life. However, on the skin, moss provides a certain level of discomfort. It is the fur of a plant in a sense, providing a soft skin for the surface it touches and tickles the life that contacts this fur. It may be uncomfortable with slight movement, providing the sense that Joltik are running up and down one’s legs. Yet, it’s this very level of discomfort that makes a mossy log the perfect spot to force a trainee to focus.

    Breathe in.
    Breathe out.

    It would be improper to say that Mienfoo created the concept of Calm Mind, but it would also be improper to argue that they are not one of the most prominent users of this tool. It is tradition in the culture of Mienfoo to focus their inner selves and concentrate on keeping their thoughts as distant from their actions as much as possible. They must act on instinct and be ready to make a swift movement without hesitation. That is the Mienfoo way. Mienfoo can often be found awake at the earliest hours of the day, meditating and preparing themselves for a long day’s work of training and preparing for the worst the world has to offer.  On this particularly peaceful day in the woods, it is impossible to tell if this calm will hold or if the the forest would demand the Mienfoo to protect what they hold dear. For this, the Mienfoo use Calm Mind.

    Breathe in.
    Breathe out.
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