For me, I would love to be a new recruit for team skull with them “misleading” you. They give you your choice starter from some pokemon they stole from the laboratory, send you into the to region to capture strong pokemon “for them”, but have your differences with them throughout the game as you discover their true methods and motivations till a epic showdown at po town. I could see a similar story with the Aether foundation. Without the traditional gym motivation, there’s a lot of freedom for them to hopefully build an interesting story that differs from their normal formula. I’ll actually be disappointed if it is. Interested in y’alls thoughts and ideas!