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Paul Burks
Paul burks
Age 35
Hometown Village Bridge, Unova
Pokémon Bisharp
Kimber (Torkoal)
Scar (Skarmory)
Oddish
Occupation Blacksmith
Faction Déoza
Location Hoenn
Status Alive
Relatives Ellen Burks (daughter)
Created by Konuju

Paul Burks is a 35-year-old blacksmith for Déoza. He works in Village Bridge and is the father of Ellen Burks

HistoryEdit

Early LifeEdit

Born in Accumula Town, Paul was a teenager when Ghetsis tried to take over the region through Team Plasma. He refused to let the villainous team "liberate" his Pawniard, and ever since Paul has held a bitter resentment toward Team Plasma. When Plasma later became Unova's governing body, Paul decided to move to Village Bridge, as the Sages' presence was less prominent in the small village. This was where he first learned of the war going on overseas, which only served to increase his hatred of Team Plasma for keeping the war a secret.

Paul worked as a blacksmith for Déoza, a weapons manufacturing company. His Pawniard, which later evolved into Bisharp, would often help him with his blacksmith work, along with his Torkoal, Kimber. Eventually, Paul married the love of his life, Anna. Shortly after their marriage, they adopted a young Lillipup, who they named Terry.

FatherhoodEdit

When Paul's daughter Ellen was born, he vowed that she should never have to experience the pain and confusion that he had felt when Team Plasma had tried to "liberate" his Pokémon. However, in his concern Paul became overprotective of his daughter, rarely allowing her to stray outside of Village Bridge. As a result, Ellen became highly curious of the world outside her hometown. Paul's deep love for his Pokémon was reflected in Ellen. Her first Pokémon, a Solosis she named Solo, became her best friend. For her seventh birthday, Paul gave her a Mienfoo, which she named Artemis.

By the time she was nine, Ellen's innocent curiosity of the outside world was as powerful as ever. To satisfy her curiosity, Paul arranged for her to visit his brother's family in Accumula Town. His work with Déoza prevented him from going with her, but he sent Terry, who was now a Herdier, to watch over her. When her visit was through, Ellen asked if she could walk home to see more of the world outside Village Bridge. Paul reluctantly agreed, trusting that Terry would keep her safe.

Christmas ReunionEdit

Paul and Anna heard nothing from Ellen after she left Accumula Town. Through his work, Paul learned that one of Déoza's major clients, John Ford, had sent one of his agents to set off a series of bombs in Castelia City to warn Team Rocket and Team Liberty about the far-reaching consequences of their war. Even though Paul agreed with Ford's views on the war, this news, along with news of a major criminal in Nimbasa City, had Paul and Anna extremely worried for their daughter.

They day before Christmas Eve, Ellen finally arrived home, along with several friends she had met along her journey. Ellen's friends decided to spend Christmas at the Burks' house. However, after they left on Christmas morning, Paul learned that Ellen's friends were really Rocket and Liberty agents fighting in the war overseas. Her adventure had been more dangerous that Paul had initially feared: she had been held captive by Ford's agent Maddison Hayes on top of Coeur Tower, and her friends were actively chasing the criminal who had appeared in Nimbasa. Even worse, Ellen had become convinced that Ford's methods were wrong and that she could find a way to stop the war peacefully. Paul tried to explain to Ellen how Ford's methods were the only thing that could stop the war before it eventually spread to Unova, placing them all in danger. He then asked Ellen to stop hanging out with the friends she had met, for her own safety. Paul knew that Ford would not hesitate to eliminate anyone who stood against him, and he did not want his daughter caught up in that conflict.

That night, Ellen ran away from home, taking Terry with her. She had left a note for her parents, explaining her decision to continue traveling with her new friends. They were going to try and stop the criminal from Nimbasa and would then attempt to stop the Ancient Darkrai from taking over the world. Paul and Anna could only watch the news as the fight against the criminal erupted into a full-scale battle between Palkia and Kyurem which ravaged southeastern Unova, including Accumula Town, where Paul's brother lived.

In the coming weeks, Paul heard news of the Ancient Darkrai's defeat and that Team Rocket and Team Liberty had announced a temporary ceasefire. But he heard nothing of his daughter and could only hope that Ellen was still alive and would one day return home.

The Search for EllenEdit

Paul got an Oddish for Ellen's tenth birthday in hopes of sating her curiosity of the regions outside Unova. But when Ellen's birthday came around, nearly four months after she had run away on Christmas, Ellen had still yet to come home. Paul decided that he would have to seek her out himself.

He traveled to Hoenn through Déoza, where he would be helping one of Ford's agents, James Pierce. Once he arrived, he sent his Skarmory, Scar to search Hoenn and the surrounding regions for any sign of Ellen.

Shortly afterward, Scar returned, having spotted Ellen in Fortree City. Dropping his blacksmith work, Paul had Scar take him to Fortree, where he would hopefully find his daughter.

AppearanceEdit

Paul burks

Paul Burks

Paul is a burly man with brown hair, black eyes and a stubble beard. His hands are rough and often dirty from his work as a blacksmith. He wears a dark green shirt and cargo pants, and usually has a serious expression on his face.

PersonalityEdit

The first impression many people have of Paul is that he is a very stern, unyielding man. And that is true for the most part. However, underneath his serious demeanor lays a husband and father who truly cares for his family. He has always despised the Rocket/Liberty war for the potential threat it posed to his family should the war ever spread to Unova. Now, he hates the war even more because it has caused his daughter to run away from home in her stubborn belief that she can help bring about a lasting peace.

PokemonEdit

625
Same as a normal Bisharp
Nickname:
none
Gender:
Male
Specialty:
He always keeps his blades sharp so he can attack quickly and powerfully
Species:
Bisharp
Ability:
Inner Focus
Personality:
Bisharp has been Paul's Pokémon since childhood. When Team Plasma first tried to take power they tried to "liberate" him (he was a Pawniard at the time). He refused to be separated from Paul and over the years they have developed a very close bond. Bisharp has a very brave nature and will readily fight to protect Paul and his family.
Moves:
Fury Cutter
Metal Claw
Night Slash
Experience:
7
Trivia/Misc./Other:
Bisharp was Paul's first Pokémon
Swords Dance
Iron Defense
Stone Edge
(TM move)
Obtained at:
Accumula Town


324
Same as a normal Torkoal
Nickname:
Kimber
Gender:
Female
Specialty:
She specializes in Defense
Species:
Torkoal
Ability:
White Smoke
Personality:
Kimber is extremely relaxed. She often helps Paul in his blacksmith work and is not very accustomed to battling. She tends to be lazy when it comes to battling.
Moves:
Withdraw
SmokeScreen
Protect
Experience:
0
Trivia/Misc./Other:
Kimber is mainly used to help Paul in his blacksmith work.
Lava Plume
Clear Smog
(egg move)
Bulldoze
(TM move)
Obtained at:
Village Bridge


227
A little taller than most Skarmory and has a small scar across his left eye
Nickname:
Scar
Gender:
Male
Specialty:
In addition to great Defense, Scar specializes in endurance; he could fly around or even battle for several hours before getting tired.
Species:
Skarmory
Ability:
Keen Eye
Personality:
Scar is Paul's main method of transportation. He is very hardy and trustworthy; Paul woud often let him fly around Village Bridge on his own while he was working in his shop all day. Once Scar sets his mind on a goal, he won't stop until that goal is reached.
Moves:
Agility
Steel Wing
Air Slash
Experience:
0
Trivia/Misc./Other:
Night Slash
Sky Drop
(TM move)
Stealth Rock
(egg move)
Obtained at:
Village Bridge


043
Same as a normal Oddish
Nickname:
none
Gender:
Female
Specialty:
She can be very fast, especially when her ability Chlorophyll kicks in. Perhaps she is almost too fast, which may be the cause of her clumsiness. Her speed can also be a problem when she uses Ingrain, as the move roots her to the ground.
Species:
Oddish
Ability:
Chlorophyll
Personality:
Deep down, Oddish is truly eager to help, but she tends to be clumsy and can often find herself doing more harm than good. She is self-conscious of this trait, and has thus developed a bashful nature.
Moves:
Absorb
Sweet Scent
PoisonPowder
Experience:
0
Trivia/Misc./Other:
Oddish was intended to be given to Ellen as a present for her tenth birthday.
Sleep Powder
Lucky Chant
Ingrain
(egg move)
Obtained at:
Village Bridge


QuotesEdit

"The bond between human and Pokémon is a powerful one, but if I've learned one thing in all my years of living, it's that family ties are even more powerful and deep-rooted." -- the Berry Lady comforting Paul during his search for his daughter.

TriviaEdit

  • Paul and his wife Anna's names are derived from "Pollyanna"

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