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Dalvin

Dalvin is a Piplup, later Empoleon, later Empoleon-EX living in the PMD Dimension of the Suocéverse. As a Character Concept, he represents the canon partner of Explorers of Sky in the author's run of the game, and is a former adventurer of the lower world of the 'verse's PMD.

History

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This section deals with events not yet published in Suocéverse canon (as of the last update of this article).

 

Dalvin was a young Piplip who had arrived to the outskirts of Treasure Town to live alone, after during one of his adventures he happened to find a mysterious stone with coloured engravings. Eventually he founded Team Solarz alongside Minto with the purpose of one day unveiling the mysteries of the stone he carried.

The team faced various opponents and earned a number of treasures in their search of the fragment's origin. Among other things, Dalvin obtained the Prin-Crest (his game counterpart has the Prin-Card, Empol-Horn and Piplup Foam). At some point they also faced the Manectric tribe that held the Amp Plains grounds, managing to disband it with the help of Dusknoir the Detective; however over the years this resulted in the eviction and shunning of various Electrike tribes living in the area, prompting them to migrate to other locations ( Beyond Today ).

Life would eventually lead Dalvin to the broad-strokes events of Explorers of Sky, where he and Minto would discover Dialga had become corrupted and was about to freeze the entire world in stopped time. Team Solarz teamed up with a rebel from the future, Grovyle (PMD) to gain access to the Hidden Land, the place where Dalvin's stone originated from and where the access to Dialga's realm was granted. Dalvin, Minto and Grovyle entered the Hidden Land in a last-ditch attempt to gain access to Temporal Tower and place the Time Gears there to unfreeze time, but they had to fight various opposition including Dialga himself. While they were successful in their mission, only Dalvin returned alive.

Some months down the line, Dialga requested to a higher power that it would help return the future world that had been erased, and Minto with it, as a display of gratitude to Dalvin. The request was granted and Dalvin and Minto met again, to continue their adventures across the continent.


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Many years after the events of Sky, Dalvin is now a Prinplup who lives with a colony of his peers in the coasts of Blizzard Island and every once in a while comes to the Grass Continent. One particular year he takes a trip to the continent with the goal of finding valuable stones and apples that have a perfect round and smooth form, as they are highly valued by females for courtship. He heads off to Lietre Guild to hire a team and is assigned Gesta's Team Kokool for the collection, however their mission is interrupted when the team leader receives an emergency call to rescue a team from a deep dungeon. Dalvin happily tags along for the ride and helps clean up the Monster Houses there, paving the road for the rescue by Team Kokool ( Beyond Today ).

Afterwards Dalvin has a joyful conversation with Gesta, but he has to depart when a team from Dragon Gate arrives with instructions to bring Dalvin to the shrine.

Dalvin is brought in and interviewed by Dialga who offers him a high position as a guard for Arceus (and presumably in the access to the Museum Dimension that lies past the seas in Entmoia Alcazar); however Dalvin refuses as his intention is to return to his land for the courtship season, and Dialga tries various angles for convincing Dalvin to take the role, up to and including offering him Palkia's Lustrous Orb.

In the far future ending of Beyond Today it is hinted that down the line, once Dalvin has become an Empoleon, he would have taken Dialga's offer and worked by his side. By Suocéverse lore, taking up the service offered by Dialga would have branded Dalvin as a Pokémon-EX.

Equipment

  • Access to Team Solarz's inventory stashes presumably via Kecleon's Outpost and the Kanga Statues.
  • (Formerly) the Relic Fragment.
  • (Formerly) A stash where he saves fruits and small loot from missions. Destroyed during the events in Beyond Today.
  • A stash where he saves fruits and mission loot. Received apparently as a gift, offscreen during Beyond Today.
  • The Prin-Crest, which grants Piplup specimens SDEF, PDEF bonuses.
  • Potentially some of the treasure chest-obtained Piplup specific items of Sky.

Appearances

  • Beyond Today (MC, debuts)
  • [META] Explorers of Sky (game run).

Character Concept

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Dalvin was born as a character concept during the author's gameplay of Explorers of Sky (2014-ongoing), where Minto was the resulting Starter and Dalvin the partner. Some early elements of the canon design of the companion character from the games reflect into the design of Dalvin-the-character, such as a sense of self-doubt and aimlessness in life during his early years.

Original 'verse concept

Dalvin would have lived during the Previous Era. He'd have started his early life living among his peers without anything of note, until one day their group captured a Pokémon from the underground civilizations. Plot would lead to the formation of a team that would take the prisoner away with them and the group would head away in a long-term mission to another land, to find a new home for their kind and bring news back home.

After several adventures and various events, Dalvin would become stranded in a mission and eventually find a passage back to the Previous Era together with a group of Pokémon; they would bring with them an artifact that would be capable of restoring the stability that their home civilization lost. In this way, Dalvin would be finally able to complete his original mission.

Dalvin would have settled down, living with his harem and keeping watch over a nascent human settlement for about ten years. He would send many younglings to their first meeting with humans. At some point during that time he would likely have taken part in an effort to track down and capture the rogue Kyogre.

PMD 'verse concept

Dalvin would be a Piplup from the southern islands of the Grass Continent. He would migrate to the coasts north of Lake Afar and live alone until a chance encounter with Minto would trigger the events that follow the general plot of Explorers of Sky. Eventually the two of them would join forces with Grovyle in order to ambush and defeat Primal Dialga before its powers severed the connection of the PMD dimension with the rest of the multiverse.

In this continuity how did Dalvin get hold of the Relic Fragment and why does he have it is an as of yet unsolved question.

As a Piplup, and due to his familiarity with Minto, his fighting style would be focused on pushing opponents away up to a “fire range” zone with Flying-type and Water-type attacks, and on drawing attackers to pursue him to uneven terrain where he would be able to easily switch around cover and firing position. This would also reflect in his personality, as as a young Piplup he would tend to keep others from paying attention to him and would depend on Minto much to keep track of their mission.

Over the years Dalvin would mature and become more independent and decisive, changes led largely by a number of abstract losses during his life - not to mention the loss of Minto and Grovyle during the raid to Temporal Tower. He would chase adventure after adventure and would finally develop a sense of concrete belonging, looking at things with a larger-than-life attitude. This would be the side of him that would become more known to others for years, in particular after he'd evolve into Empoleon and take on a self-appointed role as a guardian of the sense of greatness in adventures.

In general, over time Dalvin would grow from a character with much self-doubt, a tendency to pick on challenges to prove himself and a sense of incompleteness if he is not part of a group, lacking in general an aim in his life, to a boastful and dutiful Pokémon who would not take anyone's lack of respect, but would otherwise be laid back in his manners and interactions, enjoying the relaxation and the reflexiveness of one who has learned to see life from a big picture perspective where individual life does not matter in the long run, but is still to be enjoyed and offered to the completion of one's personal goals.

As a reward for services rendered to deities various, most recurrently Dialga, Dalvin would be rewarded with the offering of a service position as a Pokémon-EX, which he would eventually take up some time after becoming an Empoleon. As an Empoleon-EX and one of the “earthly” guardians of the PMD dimension, Dalvin would become a renowned figure, referred by many living near the Entomia Alcazar as simply “the hero”, known to have fought off many threats and never lost and known to have been “the one who came back” from Dialga's Frozen Time. As Dialga's personal “chosen one”, Dalvin would be tasked with protecting one of the accesses to the Museum Dimension where Arceus resides, as well as taking turns helping in the guard of Temporal Tower. Dialga would often use his branding of Dalvin as a means to one-up Palkia during their usual bickering.

Most details about the later personality and attributes of the character come from worldbuilding and character test talks with Fledglings's author, Spiteful Murkrow.

species:
Piplup
name:
Dalvin
gender:
male
latest:
Empoleon
affiliations:
dialga, treasure_town, Museum Dimension