Includes graphic violence, language, disturbing images, and some sensuality.
Not recommended for readers under the age of 13.
DISCLAIMER: I do not own Pokémon. Any resemblance or reference to any
real persons is purely coincidental and unintentional unless explicitly
stated otherwise by the author. Opinions and statements concerning religion,
politics, culture, or race expressed in this story do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of the author.
This is a work of fan-fiction.
Table of Contents
(Release dates are subject to change)
A Brief History
Chapter 1 - Confliction
Chapter 2 - Escape
Chapter 3 - Chance
Chapter 4 - Flight (Sept 12)
Chapter 5 - Xavier (Sept 15)
Chapter 6 - Konpaku (Sept 19)
Chapter 7 - Wanted (Sept 26)
Chapter 8 - Departure (Oct 3)
Chapter 9 - Haven (Oct 6)
Chapter 10 - Open (Oct 10)
Chapter 11 - Underground (Oct 13)
Chapter 12 - Crossing (Oct 17)
Chapter 13 - Convergence (Oct 20)
Chapter 14 - Crusaders (Oct 24)
Chapter 15 - Headquarters (Oct 27)
Chapter 16 - Oblivion (Oct 31)
Chapter 17 - Lost (Nov 3)
Chapter 18 - Memories ( Nov 7)
Chapter 19 - Revelations (Nov 10)
Chapter 20 - Revival (Nov 14)
Chapter 1 - Beginning (Nov 17)
Chapter 2 - Veilstone (Nov 21)
Chapter 3 - Marshes (Nov 24)
Chapter 4 - Retreat (Nov 28)
Chapter 5 - Muster Call (Dec 1)
Chapter 6 - Shadow (Dec 5)
Chapter 7 - Ascent (Dec 8)
Chapter 8 - Valhalla (Dec 12)
Chapter 9 - Ragnarok (Dec 15)
Chapter 10 - After (Dec 19)
Epilogue (Dec 21)
Appendix (Dec 25)
This story is drastically different from most stories you have heard; yet it is fundamentally the same. Like every good story, it has a protagonist (in this case, several), an antagonist (in this case, several as well), and a myriad of supporting characters. It has a plot with ups and downs that culminates in a climax and is followed by a resolution of some sorts. In these ways, this story is just like every other story you have heard.
What makes this story different is its dependence of a vast amount of backstory. As a work of fan fiction, Pokémon Crusade draws on the hundreds of Pokémon, the dozens of human characters, and the immense narratives of the Pokémon world. Upon the time of writing, this story is preceded by sixteen years of video games, television shows, comic books, and movies that represent the fictional universe in which Pokémon exist. As such, this story draws on a history that did not happen in real life and which will be unknown by readers who have not experienced any or some of the aforementioned works. To remedy this, there is following this foreword a brief synopsis of the important historical events that took place in the fictional setting of this story to accommodate readers new to the Pokémon franchise. Please keep in mind that this history is a compilation of several sources across the video games, television show, comics, and movies and is not specific to any individual medium. Furthermore, many characters, including all the Pokémon, appearing in the story are trademarked characters owned by The Pokémon Company© and Nintendo©.
It is my intention to be as faithful as possible to the source material, but I have taken creative license on many aspects in order to present the best representation of the Pokémon world for the story I wish to tell. Because of this, certain details may not conform to the canon established in official works.
On Pokémon Training
To the part of the audience who is not as familiar with the Pokémon franchise and the idea of Pokémon Training, I will provide a brief synopsis of what a Pokémon Trainer does.
The goal of a Pokémon Trainer is to travel around the Pokémon Islands, collecting and training various species of Pokémon. Each Trainer is registered in a regional Conference. These Conferences are branches of the Island-wide Pokémon League and each contain eight Gyms. A Pokémon Gym is a facility run by a Gym Leader; an elite Trainer often specializing in a specific Type of Pokémon. Trainers challenge the Gym Leader in battles. By winning, a Trainer is awarded a badge. By traveling the region and collecting all eight badges, a Trainer earns the right to participate in the regional Conference Championship. This annual tournament brings together the best Trainers in the region, with only one walking away with the title “Champion,” the highest accolade in Pokémon Training.
A Word on “Pokémon Speech”
It is my understanding that many of the Pokémon species have intelligence near, equal, or exceeding human intelligence and thus can communicate and reason the same as human characters. Also, an integral part of the Pokémon Training lifestyle is the partnership and friendship between Trainer and Pokémon. As such, I have developed a way of expressing communication between a human character and a Pokémon called “Pokémon Speech.”
Pokémon Speech is based on the assumption that Pokémon communicate with a language that is specific to their species while sharing a common base across similar species (i.e. mammalian Pokémon sharing a set of similar sounds, while reptilian species share a different set of similar sounds). To present an analogy, consider Spanish and Italian. While the two languages are different, there are strong similarities between the two (“thank you” in Spanish is gracias and in Italian is grazie). Furthermore, there is an even deeper level of Pokémon Speech that is common in all species, the same way Latin is at the base of many western languages. Through formal education and bonding with Pokémon, a Trainer can understand Pokémon Speech. Likewise, a Pokémon that possesses intelligence similar to a human can understand the language spoken by the Trainer. However, unlike human languages, a Pokémon cannot learn to speak a human language (except under very rare circumstances) and vice versa.
To remedy this, the following story translates the words of Pokémon into English and brackets the words with “<>” (example: <This is what a Pokémon talking would look like.>). In this way, the reader can understand the Pokémon and it may be assumed the human characters understand as well.
This story is the culmination of years of work and development and represents an ideal perspective of the world I fell in love with as a kid. I hope that for those of you who share or have shared this love find it again in this story, and that those of you who have never experienced the world of Pokémon might see a little bit of the magic that made it so special to me.