I'm glad you liked how Butterfree evolved. This was a very important event from my point of view too, and it's great to hear that the scene conveyed exactly what I wanted it to convey. For Michael, it's a step in the direction of paying attention to his pokemon more. I didn't want to get too detailed in his interaction with Butterfree yet, but I have lots of stuff in store for Sunyshore... because we all know that Bertha means business, and without Henry as a constant companion, Michael will have to make do with his pokemon.
Exactly! That's exactly how this whole thing feels, even to me when I'm writing it. xPI like how everything in the gym has been reshuffled and set aside to accommodate the GASP press conference. It's like when they have drills in school and the normal course of events is completely suspended.
In my original imagining of Roots, trainers were completely ignorant of type combinations, and Michael was literally the first person to try to beat the League relying solely on his manipulation of them. (You might have noticed that in Chapter 6, when Michael took on the two Water-type trainers, who seemed completely surprised when he nearly OHKOed their pokemon with Razor Leaf.) Now, looking back, I see that this notion is really unlikely, seeing as people have been training pokemon for a long time, and Michael isn't the only smart kid in the world. So as a part of the little editing project I mentioned in a previous post, Revision #1 will entail a reworking of the type-advantage issue. I've allowed for the fact that trainers know that their Fire types are weak against Water types, that Water is susceptible to Electric, and other common-sense relationships, simply by virtue of observation and knowing basic science. If a trainer did extra studying, they might even know the non-intuitive ones, like Dark being super-effective against Psychic, etc. But the thing that I've been working on emphasizing is that in the 1960s League, those things just don't matter to trainers as much as they do "now". Most trainers would much rather prefer beating the League with their favorites, or with a certain team because they were the pokemon that they grew up with, etc. I started leaning towards this change a while ago (which is why you noticed that a lot of characters have been acknowledging type combinations lately), but now I want to finalize it by editing the earlier chapters so that they cohere with this.Bertha figuring it out is cool, but now I'm wondering whether the actual concept of type combinations actually exists yet, and if not, how come Bertha as well as all the other Gym Leaders are using it so fluidly:
I asked Marie to tell me how you guys battled, and you know what she said to me? She said that she was impressed at how the majority of your pokémon were good with electric attacks, and that it was rather lucky that you found yourselves in a battle with a Water-type trainer.That last one sounds almost like type combinations are an internal secret that League officials are in on, but are charged with keeping away from the challengers -- that League challengers should stay inside a certain game, but otherwise the larger game (that of type combos) does exist. It once again seems strange to me that so many people should be aware that types interact, but have never tried to enquire into how and why, and almost seem like they want to keep the information suppressed somehow.They said right from the get-go that you were unusually restrained and focused, and perhaps too often lucky with type combinations.
Under this theory, Gym leaders would certainly be aware of type combinations, but they wouldn't manipulate them nearly as much as Michael does, because 1) Each Gym has to have a single type, and 2) because the Gym leaders don't place emphasis on type combinations in the training process either.
Bertha's second quote recalls Lona's Gym, which of course emphasizes the physical aspect of the training process to the max, and encourages trainers to put special attacks on the lowest priority at least for a little while. The staff would rather see a trainer win after a hard-fought struggle, not by switching out pokemon or re-tailoring their tactics whenever they're faced with a type they're vulnerable to. In that part, Bertha mentioned how Lona's staff pointed out that Michael and Henry seemed to do the latter a little too much.
I certainly don't want to imply that there's a big conspiracy among the Gym leaders and League heads to keep trainers from learning too much... I think I have enough conspiracies on my plate as is. xP But the reason most people in the League don't inquire into type combinations beyond what they already know is that it's more of a biological question, not a training question.
I know I spelled this out in detail here, but I promise I'll streamline it all into the story. Soon enough the old chapters will start reflecting my new vision. (Props to anyone who noticed that I edited the first chapter! *wink wink*) When I get enough of these revisions done, I'll probably make a post that explains all of them, both to acknowledge my past reviewers and for new readers who might wonder how the story changed.
Not only that, but the man in the glasses is also a worker of Team Galactic, and his agenda is to oppose Marvin Whitman's. As to why all of this is going on, and what it is exactly, you'll find out soon.Marvin Whitman being part of the company is a whole new development. He looks like a whistleblower, but I have a feeling he has an agenda of his own. I believe that guy when he says Whitman is spreading false information. He doesn't want Galactic to move on with its plans, but he's getting his work done in some very covert, underhanded ways and I wonder why.
By the way, I'm waiting for someone to notice the huge crumb trail I laid out that leads up to this. If no one has, though, that's okay... the crumbs will continue to fall over the course of the next few chapters and in the end all the pieces will finally come together and then everyone will go: "AHA!"
Thank you for the review!
UPDATE: MRS. LOVETT LIVE WITH BREAKING NEWS
"Chapter 40 is practically done save for one more scene to write, a few bits of dialogue to finish, and some description to tidy up. It won't be a long chapter, but it'll be important. I've also finished editing Chapter 2, so I'll have that post updated soon as well.
Oh, and this is the 300th reply.More will be on the way, right after this commercial break..."