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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Lucario View Post
    I too would be pretty interested in this. If you ever post this then I would give it a read too. Question though. How would they decide who uses Mega Evolutions and who doesn't? For example, how would they know the difference between someone who uses a Lucario versus someone who uses Mega Lucario?
    Well the thing is, they simply want to ban Mega Evolving. As in, they want things to be fair and equal like they were before Mega Evolutions.

    So it doesn't really matter if the Lucario can Mega Evolve or not, the keystone and the Mega Stone should be banned because those are essential for a Pokémon to Mega Evolve. Without those, Lucario cannot Mega Evolve therefore it cannot gain the additional power-up that others find so unfair.

    Basically, all trainers would have to remove the stones from their Pokémon at the time of the League or another competition, for example.


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    @Janovy: What would this "strange event" preventing evolution be? PMD much?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunset Star View Post
    @Janovy: What would this "strange event" preventing evolution be? PMD much?
    I have't come that far, haha, it's merely an idea.

    Hmm, perhaps something linked to an Everstone? Also, only natural evolution would be prevented.

    Evolution by stone or some other external source as well as Mega Evolution would still be possible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Janovy View Post
    I have't come that far, haha, it's merely an idea.

    Hmm, perhaps something linked to an Everstone? Also, only natural evolution would be prevented.

    Evolution by stone or some other external source as well as Mega Evolution would still be possible.
    So you mean there was an Everstone explosion that caused radiation or something?
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    So I was thinking of an idea to write a story about, and I came up with this (please tell me wheter it's something I can build on):

    Two years after the events of Heartgold/Soul Silver, Gold has been invited to join the quailifiers of the International Pokemon Battle Cup (It kind of feels to me like every region is a country). Also invited to these qualifiers are Silver and an 'unknown' girl named Kris(from Crystal). During those qualifiers the Johto region falls victim to a series of floodings and earthquakes. It seems that team Aqua and team Magma are about to begin an all out war against each other. Both teams are manipulated into war by Giovanni who is secretly restarting a new team Rocket. One of Giovanni's first acts is to capture prof. Elm, and he threatens to kill him if the people of Johto don't give him Gold. Gold decides to give himself up, but before he can do so he is stopped by Leaf(Red's female counterpart) and brought to Pallet town. Prof. Oak has a plan to stop Giovanni. He assembles some of the best trainers in Johto and Kanto and unites them to fight Giovanni's newly formed team Rocket(I see his role as somesort of Prof Xavier of the X-men). The team is led by Blue and Leaf(who have a history of course) and consists of Leaf, Blue, Gold, Silver and Morty(Ecruteak city gym leader). They discover Giovanni is holding up in Olivine city, which he turned into a fortress(using the powers of his Pokémon). Whilst climbing the castle ,which has the lighthouse as it's centrepoint, Gold gets separeted from the group. He finds Giovanni on the upperfloor and challenges him. During the battle Gold is able to free prof. Elm, and sending him of with a flying type pokémon. However Gold loses the battle and falls down the tower seemingly dying, that is the moment the others reach the upperfloor only discovering that they have been betrayed by one of their own. I'll stop now so you don't discover the ending to this story arc already.

    But is this something I can work with? something usefull?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoericfc View Post
    So I was thinking of an idea to write a story about, and I came up with this (please tell me wheter it's something I can build on):

    Two years after the events of Heartgold/Soul Silver, Gold has been invited to join the quailifiers of the International Pokemon Battle Cup (It kind of feels to me like every region is a country). Also invited to these qualifiers are Silver and an 'unknown' girl named Kris(from Crystal). During those qualifiers the Johto region falls victim to a series of floodings and earthquakes. It seems that team Aqua and team Magma are about to begin an all out war against each other. Both teams are manipulated into war by Giovanni who is secretly restarting a new team Rocket. One of Giovanni's first acts is to capture prof. Elm, and he threatens to kill him if the people of Johto don't give him Gold. Gold decides to give himself up, but before he can do so he is stopped by Leaf(Red's female counterpart) and brought to Pallet town. Prof. Oak has a plan to stop Giovanni. He assembles some of the best trainers in Johto and Kanto and unites them to fight Giovanni's newly formed team Rocket(I see his role as somesort of Prof Xavier of the X-men). The team is led by Blue and Leaf(who have a history of course) and consists of Leaf, Blue, Gold, Silver and Morty(Ecruteak city gym leader). They discover Giovanni is holding up in Olivine city, which he turned into a fortress(using the powers of his Pokémon). Whilst climbing the castle ,which has the lighthouse as it's centrepoint, Gold gets separeted from the group. He finds Giovanni on the upperfloor and challenges him. During the battle Gold is able to free prof. Elm, and sending him of with a flying type pokémon. However Gold loses the battle and falls down the tower seemingly dying, that is the moment the others reach the upperfloor only discovering that they have been betrayed by one of their own. I'll stop now so you don't discover the ending to this story arc already.

    But is this something I can work with? something usefull?

    This seems like it could be a good. One problem with it, though, is that it might end up too much like just another journey fic for most of it, a problem you want to avoid.

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    I think Yoericfc's idea depends entirely on how he develops his characters.

    Try developing Giovanni and use the canon to your advantage (e.g. why is he continuing with his plans after he failed--how did his failure change him, for better or for worse? What has his failures taught him?) while at the same time we need to know who Gold is. I mean Pokemon Battle Cup seems ehhhhh.

    Also, we need to give Gold a reason to want to participate beyond "Being the Best!!" in my opinion. What does winning mean for Gold? Is there a rival opponent he wants to take down? Prize money? Sacred item (like a Rainbow Wing or a Master Ball?) or maybe he's doing it because he has information that terrorist are infiltration the tournament, and to keep public panic on the down low they want Gold to go in and find the terrorists and take them down or something. Makes sense especially if he's champion.

    At the same time we need a develop cast of team / Gold. What are Gold's strengths and weaknesses? Note that writing a character similar to Ash (i.e. headstrong idiot trainer) is a turn off for some people because it's overdone. What makes Gold, Gold? And how does he differ from Leaf and Blue?

    I think the Characters will drive this plot. Ultimately, develop a voice and what you "want to say" (or a theme, I suppose) and build upon it.

    This is very evil organization driven plot, and therefore, I'd say that the Antagonists Drive The Plot here too. Really expand on Giovanni for us. Make him as humanly or inhumanly evil as possible and may he be a memorable one.

    Also, Gold' flaws are going to need to be fleshed out and built up, SPECIFICALLY for the climax plot point (Gold vs. Giovanni) because his flaws (or maybe his team's flaws--they need to be fleshed out, too) need to be the reason for the battle's downfall.

    We need to give Giovanni a reason, and we need to make him come off as a tyrant. We need to have him cross a Moral Horizon (or maybe you want him to terrorize but stumble on the Moral Horizon, depending on where you want to go with this).

    Hope this helps?
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    Wow thank you!! All of that is insanely helpfull! This will be my first fanfic so I'm really curious to see how this will go

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    Hi guys, I have an idea though I'm not sure how it will pan out.

    The story is a bit like PMD except that its based in a very large city. In a sense, this story hints that the Legendary pokemon are more like myths and legends yet several pokemon still follow them a bit like a religion of sorts. Because of this, it has sparked aggression between those that believes in certain Legendary pokemon with each other and those without (hint hint: In the story Legendary pokemon are real). Lately, aggression have been escalating ever since a natural disaster first occurred in over 150 years which sparked suspicion and speculation.

    As for characters within the story, there is no 'true' good or 'true' evil, more like shades of gray as we follow various characters as they follow their own agendas or even convert some others and in a way will influence each other's decisions as the story goes on.

    Still, I'm not sure how I would want to go about in this story. Should I make it 1st person based or 3rd person based? My other concern is that the story may end up being too big to manage and I would like to avoid it.
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    I have this idea you see.
    And I want it to be the best like no one's ever was.

    All kidding aside, I've been attempting to form something that was a bit more....offbeat you can say. It takes place about seventy years after Ash (year 70AA haha...not really). Over time, people have become much more frightened of Pokémon (pó as they're now referred to as), and have even evacuated Hoenn and Sinnoh completely, building bubbles over their cities to protect themselves. Much of the story is set in the Kalos region. To travel now, everyone uses a teleportation system which our protagonist's father's company produces and "gym battles" are now huge events in a stadium, where there are "masters of elements", "stadium leaders" you face in front of a huge crowd, a bit gladiatorial, since trainers are much fewer, and train at highly specialized training grounds. Pokémon are bred tamed in the city limits, and everyone keeps one for protection (bought from trainers). Everything is rationed and distributed so that the city can be self sustaining.
    So there's a bit of background to the environment. As for the story line itself: it begins with Cara writing a letter to someone, but there's no background of their relationship or who they are. Simply, it says, "it's been quite awile since I've last written you. I'm sorry for that, my dear friend." Okay, so you know they're close. We'll get to that in a moment. A friend visits and the world become unveiled, with her friend (Vikki, a dark-type "stadium leader", who Cara knows because her husband designs technology at, now, Cara's company) remarking on Cara's (foolish) bravery of staying in her parent's old house in the "countryside". She continues making comments of how dangerous it was to travel there (in a tank like vehicle, have you). She convinces Cara to come to the city for "Ash day", a huge festival every year which his grandson (obviously) funds. His grandson is now one of the "mayors" or whatnot of the city. Young and foolish and too rich for his own good, namely. When Cara visits Lumiose for Ash day, she is coerced into registering to compete in the annual tournaments to "live a little" and "have a bit of fun while in the city". Since her family name is widely recognized, she registers as "X" (idk, I love playing as trainer X in the games; it sounds BA). She shocks everyone by demolishing every trainer (since no one knows of her, they think she's rigged it), so Ash's grandson, who HAS met her (discussing business) steps up to face her to help her save face. Epic battle, fun, fun. It's not going to center around this at all. I just want to give Cara a bit of ethos as to why she'd be chosen to perform in an epic task, and to show how shoddy training has become; more of a game of chess with complete detachment from their Pokemon.
    I figured that there was a war that broke out again between people and Pokemon because of the cruelties of evil teams, such as Team Rocket, etc., which would explain how the protagonist's parents died. This, as well as the general dangers there are of living in a Pokemon world would build up to people over time trying to move to bigger cities, and leaving their towns and cities that were located a bit farther out. Pokemon didn't necessarily become more dangerous than they had been in the past (she knows this by still living outside the city), but paranoia had taken over, both against Pokemon and criminals (I have an infomercial that plays every hour written out, telling citizens that they are safest in the dome, and that a team of specialized alakazam keeps tabs on the thoughts an motives of everyone in the city). As technology advanced, they learned how to create a "forcefield" of sorts to cover each major city. Technology no longer functions correctly after a certain distance, in order to control for evildoers and prevent another war. This way, everything can be heavily watched by "big brother" in the city. And the fear of wild Po is HUGE.
    The main portion of the story will focus on their need to shut down a huge nuclear facility that was built in response to the war, so that people were no longer dependent on Pokemon to power their facilities. I have that she begins having reoccurring dreams where she is visited by legendaries who seem a bit panicked. One day, she wakes up to hundreds of xatu filling her yard. She meets with the city government and Ash's grandson, as well as a team of the champions to plan to embark on what xatu predicts to be roughly a month's journey. Within the first few hours, the team is scared off, having never left the dome, and it's just her and his grandson. No romantic stuff. The journey is filled with learning and Pokemon encounters; most notably, Celebi bringing Cara back to a day where she gets to see her sister again. The route is mapped out through Kalos, Johto, Hoenn, and finally, Sinnoh. I have a few events planned along the way, so I'm most certainly open to suggestions (it's going to be fun writing about each city being completely abandoned and desolate). Just not too much with legendaries. I feel they're a bit overused, and I've put plenty of cameos in already. I like anticlimatic endings; so I'm thinking, nothing changes in trust towards Pokemon, and she doesn't find her sister haha. Though, they are able to shut down the plant (with the sacrifice of Xatu, who plays a bigger role than I'll give way to here....need to leave something to mystery!).

    The characters themselves? (I'll try to wrap this up quickly). Cara Steele: when she was young, she was witness to her parents dieing trying to battle Pokemon invading their property during the war times. Her twin sister, Mia, runs off into the woods never to be seen again. This is what's kept her living at the estate, waiting for her sister's return, although the once incredible house is nearly reduced to shambles. She now owns her father's company, one that used to be Silph co, Poketech, and Devon Goods (merged over time into a monopoly), so she can be considered one of the richest people in the world. Yet, she cares less about having the money and is detached from humanity. Her transformation will be giving up on finding her sister.
    Ash's grandson....because I'm terrible at naming (ideas?): A little cocky, but has some insecurities abot never actually living up to his grandfather's legacy. This is why he is so motivated to actually do something. There's no dispute that he's the best champion in the city, either, which is why he is a suitable companion.
    Vikki: namely a foil character to show how even one of the braver trainers, willing to leave the city is incredibly scared of wild Po.
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    So, I don't know if I'll get any response to this, but I might as well.
    I want to write a SSB fanfic. I want to have an OC named Henry who originated in Fire Emblem: Awakening but discovers how to go to the worlds of the different smashers. He has recently been spending time in the world of Pokemon training his Monferno, his Togetic, and his Absol. With the accrued powers from these two games, he can do quite a lot. Henry decides to take a break and visit the Mii Plaza, when suddenly the Miis became acting odd, almost mechanical. All in a group, they marched into the Find Mii minigame. Henry decided that he should tag along, just to check it out, and the group easily made it to the Dark Emperor. Once there, the Dark Emperor did not try to attack the remaining Miis. He opened a portal, and the Miis began marching in. Henry follows them, and he ends up in a game of Multi-Man Smash. The Miis gain their AI coding for Smash and recognize Henry as an enemy. Fortunately for him, it was a game of 100 Man Smash, so as he beat the final Mii using a combination of his Dark Mage and Pokemon Trainer origins, he heard someone yell "Success!" and he was suddenly sent into the world of Smash.
    I plan for this to turn into something involving Master Core controlling a Mii Army, which begins to defeat each fighter. Once an entire franchise is defeated, Master Core can infiltrate their homeland as Master Fortress. By destroying their world, he gains an intensity level. If he gains an intensity level while at level 9, Master Core will reincarnate Tabuu from his true core (the piece of him that must be launched at the end) and the rest of the Master Swarm will begin to recreate Subspace in all the lands that had been destroyed, and from these lands the Subspace Army would emerge to destroy the remaining lands.
    Henry is the only one not allied with Master Core that knows how to travel between the different worlds of the smashers.

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    ^ That sounds like a good idea, but be careful not to derail it into something that doesn't go anywhere. (Togetic~ <3)


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    Quote Originally Posted by SaitohYatate View Post
    I've been seeking ways to sharpen my writing skills in these past couple of years. I came up with the conclusion of practicing narrative by structuring stories of series I like, among them Pokemon. I posted an idea in the wrong forum about a year ago and it wasn't exactly the best that could've come out of my mind (the typical fic about an unnecessary sequel featuring already made characters, plus a horrible way to ruin one of them). It was a big mistake, for I wasn't considering that work already had an author that can do whatever he/she wants with his/her characters. So, after entering other sites and reading some examples (from both fics and books), I opted to create my own original story, concepts and characters; while not deviating from the essence that we -the fans- love about Pokemon.

    As ludicrous as it may sound, here goes my new idea (Note: this story is still experimental, and it's a detective story, so I might need a share of clever concepts and twists, if it's not much of a hassle) :

    It's a story set in Kanto, about a 100 years after the events of the Red and Blue games' plot. The region's main cities have all advanced greatly in terms of technology and population. Whereas Pokemon training was the only way to build a relationship between humans and their team, there was a trainer who taught his Pokemon how to speak human language (based on how Meowth learned how to speak in the anime) thus, leading both to found the greatest advancement in this era, called the SHARP Institute (Special Human Assistance and Relationships for Pokemon Institute); a special complex (located in Saffron) where Pokemon can be taught to speak so as to assist humans in any occupation that isn't traditional pkmn training (still respected as the original method of human-to-pokemon friendship). The jobs range from constructions, medicine, police force, espionage and even bounty hunting (just as much as technology and population increased in Kanto, so has crime). The SHARP Pokemon are partnered with humans based on both subjects' personalities and affinity, and also have access to any of the tools needed for their chosen occupation. The espionage portion (which will be the main character's occupation) includes all that is intelligence and private investigations. The Pokemon types exclusive to the ease of espionage are Psychic, Dark, Ghost, Bug, and Poison; any possible combination between the five would be more than recommended.

    The protagonist of this story is Sansu Ikan, a washed-up ex-trainer who entered the SHARP institute to enlist in private investigations. Sansu is a depressed man who wants to rekindle his downed spirit following his humiliating defeat in the indigo league at the hands of his douche-bag rival a decade prior. With little to no confidence in anything but his agile mind and observation skills, Sansu seeks another resolve in his life by becoming a Pokemon detective. After his obligatory training, Sansu is assigned to his partner, a rowdy and smart-*** Sneasel who dubbed itself "Elvis" (the Sneasel likes how it sounds); initially they don't get along very well (the reason Sansu and Elvis were matched was because Elvis had the confidence that Sansu needed), but most part of this story is how their partnership evolves into a close friendship. Although their first case was supposed to be easy, it lead the duo to butt heads with other operatives notorious for taking only S-Rank (the riskiest missions available) missions, mainly a 10-year-old genius boy detective, a trio of ragtag (but cool as hell) bounty hunters, and a hot-blooded and hot-tempered Pokemon Ranger; all of them investigating the same case, which is to find the reason behind recent riots caused by berserk wild pokemon.

    As he further investigates, Sansu will discover that his rival's victory over him 10 years before wasn't because of lack of skill; as a matter of fact, Sansu would be (partially) responsible for the mastermind's uprising.

    As I said before, this is only experimental, but I think it's okay to combine suspense, mystery, lots of action, and a moral of true friendship (this will have no romance whatsoever, despite being a detective story).

    I thought about this after playing Hideo Kojima's Snatcher (where you control a detective and have a comic-relief robot partner).

    I might ask you guys for suggestions of both grammar and storyline-wise (I just wanna have fun with writing).

    Thank you in advance.
    Well, it's been two whole years after posting this idea, and I would like to add a little bit more just as a reminder of how much I've revised the basic plot of my story so far. Yes, the detective (I'll have his name changed) and Elvis' main roles are still the same. After graduating from SHARP, the Pokemon have the option of either taking job options provided by the institute, or finding a profession on their own (this is when they can become bounty hunters). The most negative consequence of the institute is that not every wild Pokemon agrees with the idea of having their brethren speak and act like humans, thus creating making prejudice the greatest conflict and source of crime in this story's era. Just as there are Pokemon who refuse to follow SHARP's goal, so do humans; as a result, humans use non-SHARP Pokemon's anger in order to capture them and use old-fashioned training to bring the institute (and thus, the current social system) down. This is only the front of the main conflict, so these aren't spoilers; there is someone behind the apparent villains and their leader, following up to a much deeper situation; a mystery that only the detective and Elvis may (or may not) be able to solve.

    In order to tie the story closer to the games' canon and cut any kind of relation to the anime, many key characters happen to be descendants of the figures of all six generations we all know and love. Some of the characters from Gen I to VI are even still alive (in a way)! This is all I have in terms of updates. As mentioned before, I only updated the idea in order to remind myself to keep the story up and going, so I can make an enjoyable pokemon fic.
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    I've had an idea thats been floating around my head for a bit, and I wrote up the main characters tonight. Its meant to be a mix between comedy and drama.

    Set 18 years after the prodigy Red beat Team Rocket, a 35 year old divorced accountant is fired from his job, leaving him and his scrounging unemployed nephew without steady income. He accidentally bumps into an old school friend, as well as a former Pokedex holder and a young scientist (separately). This, as well as his fan-like obsession with Team Rocket, leads him to create a villainous team of his own: Team Sinister. He recruits his nephew, school friend, the trainer and scientist to from the upper ranks of the new team. The story starts off with small scale operations, but the emergence of a rival team kicks things up a notch as the characters face the moral issues of being the 'bad guys'.
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    I've had an idea for a few days now: a fanfic about the origins of Latios and Latias. I know, I know, Pokémon Heroes exists, but gosh that movie is old now.
    Anyhow, I came up with the idea due to the upcoming release of ORAS. I'll try writing a prologue thing. I'm thinking about maybe writing it from the perspective of a wild Pokémon that notices the two Eon Pokémon. I haven't really gotten to what exactly the origin story will be, though. I'll also do a lot of scenery describing... stuff...
    So, building questions:
    > Would the "wild Pokémon's perspective" thing be a good idea?
    > How do I avoid letting this story die prematurely?
    > How do I avoid blatantly ignoring canon in a non-AU fic in which I let my imagination run wild?
    > How do I avoid making this too emo-ish?

    (Please don't make me feel stupid for making this post...)


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    Is it a short story or a novel-type story you want to publish? I think a story like that could be like, maybe, 5000 to 10000 words, really. I'll just answer your questions:

    1.| Depends. I'm not really sure how you want to explain their origins. Knowing the conflict would be helpful. What's the story? What origins do you plan on creating, essentially?
    2.| Answer my previous questions, develop a conflict and antagonist, and have an ending in mind. The story could be wrapped up quickly but efficiently.
    3.| I don't remember if Pokemon Heroes actually describes their origins. You could make it so that your origins is the origins for the origins (read that over to make sure it didn't confuse you XP). It can still flow. But I don't know where you're going so it's hard to give you specific advice.
    4.| Why would this be emo-ish? I didn't really get that impression until you said so. However, in general, to avoid "being too emo-ish", make sure you drama / conflict isn't "melodramatic." Sometimes you'll hear the expression "White Rich People Problems" tossed around when people talk about TV Shows or Movies. It's like that. Avoid problems that aren't really problems. Give your protagonist a reason to angst. Angsting isn't bad or being "emo" isn't really bad if there's real issues and real problems. If you want to write drama or tragedies, you need to experience it first, really, to understand the differences. Or you could be inspired by reading drama / tragic works. (You can look at my story, The Bonds Within, in my signature, or you can go ahead and read Digital Skitty's Pedestal on FFN. The ladder story is pretty angst-y, but really good. It never seems "emo"-ish or what-not.

    Also, I'd avoid emo stereotypes. Like, if you make Latias wear black eyeliner and shop at hot topic, then you might as well title the story My Immortal and call it a day.

    Hope that helps!
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    [Summary: You can only put off the inevitable for so long. Ash found out the hard way. [One Shot]]

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    ^ What I mean by "emo-ish" is that sometimes fanfics can get a bit excessively moody. XD That's what I meant. Sue-ish. The problem is, I have a lot of good ideas, but I just can't put them together. DX


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunset Star View Post
    > Would the "wild Pokémon's perspective" thing be a good idea?
    > How do I avoid letting this story die prematurely?
    > How do I avoid blatantly ignoring canon in a non-AU fic in which I let my imagination run wild?
    1. It's been done before and it can be done again. Just consider how a wild pokemon will perceive the world differently than a human or trained pokemon would, and build off that.
    2. If you're looking for a more long-running, chaptered fic, just make sure you work on it consistently and update with some measure of frequency.
    3. Remember that pokemon has many established canons (games, anime, manga, etc.) and don't worry about hitting a continuity snarl. Just write what you think works best.
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    I won't pretend that I'm necessarily a great ideas guy, but...

    I've had an idea for a few days now: a fanfic about the origins of Latios and Latias. I know, I know, Pokémon Heroes exists, but gosh that movie is old now.
    Anyhow, I came up with the idea due to the upcoming release of ORAS. I'll try writing a prologue thing. I'm thinking about maybe writing it from the perspective of a wild Pokémon that notices the two Eon Pokémon. I haven't really gotten to what exactly the origin story will be, though. I'll also do a lot of scenery describing... stuff...
    So, building questions:
    > Would the "wild Pokémon's perspective" thing be a good idea?
    It's a tricky perspective, since you need to be able to convincingly sell a Point of View that is at least to some extent inhuman, but when it pays off, it pays off spectacularly. So, something to consider.

    > How do I avoid letting this story die prematurely?
    Set clear goals about what you want to accomplish, then just keep your nose to the grindstone. If you're particularly paranoid about this, consider having fallback plans so that way you can cut your story's scope while still getting what you wanted out just in case.

    > How do I avoid blatantly ignoring canon in a non-AU fic in which I let my imagination run wild?
    Pay your dues to what's explicitly confirmed about Latios and Latias in the medium of your choice, and roll with it.


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    > How do I avoid making this too emo-ish?
    ^ What I mean by "emo-ish" is that sometimes fanfics can get a bit excessively moody. XD That's what I meant. Sue-ish. The problem is, I have a lot of good ideas, but I just can't put them together. DX
    Those... Are two different things. But if you're worried about Sue-ishness, focus on trying to put your characters under genuine hardship without giving them an effortless "escape" from their problems.

    Just my two cents.
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    ^ Are you referring to Deus ex Machina in that last part? Because I'm worried that I'll end up accidentally doing that.

    (Also, I didn't open the spoiler box, since Game Freak hates Europe I don't have ORAS yet.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kailin View Post
    I have this idea you see.
    And I want it to be the best like no one's ever was.

    All kidding aside, I've been attempting to form something that was a bit more....offbeat you can say. It takes place about seventy years after Ash (year 70AA haha...not really). Over time, people have become much more frightened of Pokémon (pó as they're now referred to as), and have even evacuated Hoenn and Sinnoh completely, building bubbles over their cities to protect themselves..
    One concern I have about this is that pokemon turning evil has been done so many times without many really good results. I mean the idea of them turning violently on villainous teams is less random than most causes but still it seems a bit of a weak reason to turn on all humanity all of a sudden. Besides event they often show affection for their own parties in the anime. Also if it isn't intended to last that long then maybe you shouldn't try and work in more than one region.

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    ^ Are you referring to Deus ex Machina in that last part? Because I'm worried that I'll end up accidentally doing that.
    It's more of a general thing in writing. You want to be able to sell the idea that your characters have a reasonable chance of failure, and show a way that they secure victory without everything neatly falling into their laps.

    Also, responding to another user:

    I have this idea you see.
    And I want it to be the best like no one's ever was.

    All kidding aside, I've been attempting to form something that was a bit more....offbeat you can say. It takes place about seventy years after Ash (year 70AA haha...not really). Over time, people have become much more frightened of Pokémon (pó as they're now referred to as), and have even evacuated Hoenn and Sinnoh completely, building bubbles over their cities to protect themselves. Much of the story is set in the Kalos region. To travel now, everyone uses a teleportation system which our protagonist's father's company produces and "gym battles" are now huge events in a stadium, where there are "masters of elements", "stadium leaders" you face in front of a huge crowd, a bit gladiatorial, since trainers are much fewer, and train at highly specialized training grounds. Pokémon are bred tamed in the city limits, and everyone keeps one for protection (bought from trainers). Everything is rationed and distributed so that the city can be self sustaining.
    So there's a bit of background to the environment. As for the story line itself: it begins with Cara writing a letter to someone, but there's no background of their relationship or who they are. Simply, it says, "it's been quite awile since I've last written you. I'm sorry for that, my dear friend." Okay, so you know they're close. We'll get to that in a moment. A friend visits and the world become unveiled, with her friend (Vikki, a dark-type "stadium leader", who Cara knows because her husband designs technology at, now, Cara's company) remarking on Cara's (foolish) bravery of staying in her parent's old house in the "countryside". She continues making comments of how dangerous it was to travel there (in a tank like vehicle, have you). She convinces Cara to come to the city for "Ash day", a huge festival every year which his grandson (obviously) funds. His grandson is now one of the "mayors" or whatnot of the city. Young and foolish and too rich for his own good, namely. When Cara visits Lumiose for Ash day, she is coerced into registering to compete in the annual tournaments to "live a little" and "have a bit of fun while in the city". Since her family name is widely recognized, she registers as "X" (idk, I love playing as trainer X in the games; it sounds BA). She shocks everyone by demolishing every trainer (since no one knows of her, they think she's rigged it), so Ash's grandson, who HAS met her (discussing business) steps up to face her to help her save face. Epic battle, fun, fun. It's not going to center around this at all. I just want to give Cara a bit of ethos as to why she'd be chosen to perform in an epic task, and to show how shoddy training has become; more of a game of chess with complete detachment from their Pokemon.
    Well, offhand the premise won't be totally like no one's ever was, since the idea of Pokemon-human relations deteriorating enough for something amounting to complete separation pops up every now and then in the fanfic scene. I am not really certain why you would choose a "stadium plot" for this kind of setting, since I'm not really sure if it lends itself well to the whole notion of humanity finding itself pigeonholed into small pockets that need to be heavily defended.

    I figured that there was a war that broke out again between people and Pokemon because of the cruelties of evil teams, such as Team Rocket, etc., which would explain how the protagonist's parents died. This, as well as the general dangers there are of living in a Pokemon world would build up to people over time trying to move to bigger cities, and leaving their towns and cities that were located a bit farther out. Pokemon didn't necessarily become more dangerous than they had been in the past (she knows this by still living outside the city), but paranoia had taken over, both against Pokemon and criminals (I have an infomercial that plays every hour written out, telling citizens that they are safest in the dome, and that a team of specialized alakazam keeps tabs on the thoughts an motives of everyone in the city). As technology advanced, they learned how to create a "forcefield" of sorts to cover each major city. Technology no longer functions correctly after a certain distance, in order to control for evildoers and prevent another war. This way, everything can be heavily watched by "big brother" in the city. And the fear of wild Po is HUGE.
    I think that if you do go this route, establishing what was responsible for the massive breakdown in ties should merit some consideration. If canonically, Pokemon and people still interacted with each other after multiple villainous team plots, wars, and the occasional regional extinction, it beggars the question of just what manner of event would be able to finally push Pokemon and people that they are not only better off without each other, but that the other side needs to be removed.

    Also, if there is fear of wild Pokemon, how does that influence people's assumptions and expectations about captive Pokemon?

    The main portion of the story will focus on their need to shut down a huge nuclear facility that was built in response to the war, so that people were no longer dependent on Pokemon to power their facilities. I have that she begins having reoccurring dreams where she is visited by legendaries who seem a bit panicked. One day, she wakes up to hundreds of xatu filling her yard. She meets with the city government and Ash's grandson, as well as a team of the champions to plan to embark on what xatu predicts to be roughly a month's journey. Within the first few hours, the team is scared off, having never left the dome, and it's just her and his grandson. No romantic stuff. The journey is filled with learning and Pokemon encounters; most notably, Celebi bringing Cara back to a day where she gets to see her sister again. The route is mapped out through Kalos, Johto, Hoenn, and finally, Sinnoh. I have a few events planned along the way, so I'm most certainly open to suggestions (it's going to be fun writing about each city being completely abandoned and desolate). Just not too much with legendaries. I feel they're a bit overused, and I've put plenty of cameos in already. I like anticlimatic endings; so I'm thinking, nothing changes in trust towards Pokemon, and she doesn't find her sister haha. Though, they are able to shut down the plant (with the sacrifice of Xatu, who plays a bigger role than I'll give way to here....need to leave something to mystery!).
    ... Why wouldn't power just be able to be supplied by a bunch of captive Electric-types? And having a true "nothing changed" ending is something that I would discourage you from doing. People want to see some manner of progress in a story, even if the net effect is to make a tiny spark of hope at the end or to make a character less ignorant about the world and how to deal with it.

    The characters themselves? (I'll try to wrap this up quickly). Cara Steele: when she was young, she was witness to her parents dieing trying to battle Pokemon invading their property during the war times. Her twin sister, Mia, runs off into the woods never to be seen again. This is what's kept her living at the estate, waiting for her sister's return, although the once incredible house is nearly reduced to shambles. She now owns her father's company, one that used to be Silph co, Poketech, and Devon Goods (merged over time into a monopoly), so she can be considered one of the richest people in the world. Yet, she cares less about having the money and is detached from humanity. Her transformation will be giving up on finding her sister.
    This sounds uncomfortably close to being a Sue. Cara simply has way too much at her fingertips with which she can short-circuit conflict resolutions. If you do choose this background, I would suggest cutting her off from her proverbial toys once the plot gets rolling and forcing her to be resourceful and make do with little.

    Ash's grandson....because I'm terrible at naming (ideas?): A little cocky, but has some insecurities abot never actually living up to his grandfather's legacy. This is why he is so motivated to actually do something. There's no dispute that he's the best champion in the city, either, which is why he is a suitable companion.
    Vikki: namely a foil character to show how even one of the braver trainers, willing to leave the city is incredibly scared of wild Po.
    This would actually be a more compelling character for a protagonist, though the fact that he's already top dog as a fighter leaves little room for him to grow and develop in skill.

    In general, it's an idea that I think will make or break depending on where you go with it. There's a few things that I can see off the bat that strike me as potential pitfalls, but I am of the opinion that if you tweak a few things around, you can basically tell the story you want while selling it much more convincingly to your readers.

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