Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. ExtraPokemon: the Risen - Ep. Extra4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter The End
What? Oh, for F's sake, now? I was in the middle of a all right, okay, I'm doing it. Did you forget I'm not getting payed for this? Twenty-six episodes they said, and then they start renumbering chapters mid-season and using strange titles, suddenly I'm working pro bono. But it's still twenty-six, they said, everyone does the extra stuff for free and besides you're getting your voice out there, like I should be the one paying them! Well you know what, if I'm paying the director for air time then I'll say what I want! And when I've had my say, and to prove I'm a billion times more professional than him, I'll get to the script without wasting more studio time!
First though, and because this is as far as I know the last time I'll get to speak my mind in one of these intro-section-things, I'd like to mention that it's been a pretty good half-a-year doing this gig, ignoring for now those previously aired grievances. The original narrator might have su
Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 22Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 224 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The end of the story is always there, waiting patiently for us to reach it. When it comes we find the answers to our questions, we experience climactic battles like nothing seen before, we hope and pray for our favorites to survive beyond the grand finale. There's always a grand finale, isn't there? But why? Why must there always be a last, most powerful foe? Why at the end will there be a challenge the likes of which our protagonists can only hope to have prepared adequately for? Why is there always a boss fight, either of the situational variety or a more literal version? If stories were like one's life they would have their most intense moments in the middle, with a gradual rise to those climactic moments and a gentle fall heading toward a final, hopefully peaceful, surely inevitable end. Perhaps we are tied too closely to the story structures of our forefathers, those who lived in times much different from our own. Only recently in human history have we
Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 19Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 194 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The Pokemon League began as the Pokemon Legion until a restructuring and renaming in the early part of the last century. In 1839 a group of men and women also known simply as the Legion took center stage in the world, wielding a power none had seen before: the Pokeball. They were scientists, explorers and dreamers with a hope for the future. They foresaw a world in which Man and Pokemon coexisted completely, a world in which they were in many ways indistinct. Some of their ideas were absurd: Pokemon wearing clothes, Pokemon citizens, select Humans raised as livestock for Pokemon consumption. But their main goal should not seem so strange to us today.
They marched across the lands and in their wake they left behind Pokemon and technology that had never been seen before. They took Pokemon from a region in which that species was prevalent and deposited them in another in which there were none, they studied the highest technologies of the world and gave it freel
Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 15Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 154 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
No no comment.
The advent of the Pokemon Storage System is a surprisingly recent event, considering how long Pokeballs have been around. Its creator, Bill, a self-proclaimed Pokemaniac, stated at the time that he was merely trying to find a way to store his ever-increasing collection of rare Eevee Pokemon, and that he had not planned on changing the world so dramatically. Truly a genius at work; time will tell if he is a genius of the evil variety. It's certainly more likely him than Professor Oak!
Some younger Trainers may not understand the significance of a machine that stores Pokemon as data inside a remote super-computer, which can then be accessed from just about any properly-configured computer. Before this revolutionary advance, Pokeballs were generally left at a Pokecenter for storage, with only a spoken promise by the Trainer to send for them someday. Pokecenters were often more like storehouses for Pokemon than places of healing, but with t
Pokemon: the Risen - Ep 12Pokemon: the Risen - Ep 124 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Lavender at last! Known as the Noble Town it is a sombre place, due to its Pokemon Tower and the peaceful quiet that surrounds any burial ground. Some years ago the Tower was converted into a radio station and it seemed like the town might finally be modernized, but the ghosts still living in the Tower revolted and caused such a mess every night that no broadcasting team could stand to use the place. And so the building was reverted back to a Pokemon Tower and the calm flow of the town was restored. But that's how it goes; progress forward is always a grand sight to behold but one should be wary of the still-clinging past.
The town has no entrance to speak of, just a slightly better-cut partitioning of grass. As Rome and Misty walk into town they both pause, as if the very air is different here, more regal. A Pokemon Center sits to their right and the Tower looms at the left, with the mid-day sun illuminating the whole Tower from directly above. Rome turns t
Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 13Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 134 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The Pokemon Language is an oddity of this world. Any child can tell you that Pokemon speak using parts of their own names as the sounds; most will then easily deduce that Pokemon were originally named by the sounds they made at the humans who first met them. In fact this appears to show that Pokemon were not named by humans at all but by whatever caused them to make those sounds, presumably Alpha Pokemon Arceus. Another useful oddity is that all Pokemon can understand each other perfectly, even when speaking their own unique `languages.`
Several myths and legends seek to explain Pokemon Language. The most well-known is the Tower of Babel, supposedly built by ancient humans to reach their God. As the story goes, before the tower's construction Man and Pokemon could speak together easily and no language barriers existed between sentient beings. These ancient humans chose not to work with Pokemon in building the tower, thinking instead to be the first to reach
Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 25Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 254 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Most wouldn't recognize this landscape as belonging to our world. It is a vista known only to cosmonauts and the like, a place of deep darkness and vanishing distances. Water as far as the eye can bear to look, the hint of dimpled ground far below and an alien world of light and air far above. Through these depths Kyogre travels but as if not moving at all with nothing to compare to, a hump of air clinging to his back with a number of human occupants inside. They stand at the periphery of the bubble, staring out at the void around them with plain emotions ranging from Misty's delight to Rome's mask of boredom. Lace looks out in silence and wonder, while Max uses a Pokedevice to snap pictures of their surroundings. Kyogre lists slightly, as if cresting an underwater current; a small pool of water forms inside the air bubble, vibrating as he speaks through it.
"We shall arrive forthwith. Gaze forward." Mistly, Lace and Max do so, walking to stare out over Kyog
Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 24Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 244 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Hero's Fist." The yellow boy's glowing red fist impacts against the stuccoed wall, wafer-thin flakes dusting off as he pulls his hand out of the fist-shaped mold. His body is that of a human-sized Pikachu, complete with short jagged tail and black-tipped ears; still he has the build of a fit human, with a long red robe folded in half and tied around his waist. He turns and walks away, the wall and soon the whole house crumbling away as similarly glowing cracks spiderweb out from the origin point to spread across the entire structure. With a smirk he stops to watch his partner work, who is still wearing his full-body-concealing blue robe and currently holding up arms hidden by sleeves as a red-roofed Pokecenter sinks into the murky pool of darkness surrounding it. Screams echo from inside, sounds of fear that cut off suddenly as the building is completely swallowed. "So, where do they go?"
"Go?" The voice from under the hood is monotone, detached. "They are
Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 16Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 164 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Leogre is both larger and less cohesive than its neighboring regions. Self-sufficient cities and towns dot the expansive wilderness, mostly a mix of modern technology and traditional styles with a few backwater rural villages here and there. The region has less than the standard number of gyms, and as such does not have a central Pokemon League or Elite Four; a visitor to the region probably wouldn't notice this lack due to the region's love of tournaments and contests. Every city can boast a large stadium or three, and even the smallest of villages have some sort of annual contest. In a way, these tournaments have taken the place of gyms in the region, bringing a number of Trainers from afar every year and often having their own local Champions and favorites to win. These tournaments are also carefully scheduled to take place at varying times of the year, and many Trainers traveling in the region basically spend their time taking part in one after another.
Pokemon: the Risen - Ep 11Pokemon: the Risen - Ep 114 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Using items and elixirs to improve a Pokemon's performance has become a standard practice among Trainers. Generally these can be grouped into three categories. Equipment can be anything from a claw-hook tied to a rope, to a magic stone which empowers a certain Type's attacks; these are generally considered a lucky find due to their rarity. Consumables are administered by a Trainer in or out of battle and are used up; they are often manufactured and quite plentiful. Finally Berries, in addition to being nutritious for consumption, are also quite useful in Pokemon battles; like Consumables they are used up, with the upside of being faster to administer but the downside of being limited to one per battle. Equipment provides a static effect while Consumables and Berries work instantly or for about the time it takes to finish a battle.
The reason for Pokemon being able to carry only one item into battle, either a piece of Equipment or a Berry, is still somewhat m
Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 20Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 204 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The boy walks through dense forest, eyes on the sun-dappled ground. His orange jacket would seem to classify him as a Ranger type Trainer, while the four Pokeballs at his hip instead of rope implies he is a more general Traveling Trainer. No badges adorn his jacket, but most Trainers keep their badges in a case. What else can be said about him? His hair is a mess, poking out from a low cap, his gait is slow but steady, his shoulders are hunched and his hands are stuffed in his pockets. He is thinking. He is alone.
He is not alone. The girl runs back down the path toward him, putting a hand through his arm and tugging him forward. He smiles thinly and moves a bit faster. She lets go of him and settles into a similar pace, walking beside him with her arms folded in frustration and a frown on her face. She is a Hex Maniac type, her purple shawl swishing about her as her matching hat bobs like a ponytail. As they walk the boy slows imperceptibly, until once ag
Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 17Pokemon: the Risen - Ep. 174 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Healthcare wasn't always free for Trainers. Back before wandering as a Trainer became popular sometime in the 60's and later generally accepted as a young adult rite of passage, those traversing the world had to take care of themselves. Just imagine, if you will, the thoughts of every parent of a Trainer back then. Will my child be alright out there in the world? What if they become injured, what if they need help and support, what if they can't contact me? And so it became law, in the late 80's, that any Trainer wherever they may find themselves should receive free medical care. One supposes that without the existence of traveling Trainers such a law would never have come about. Various later events could be seen as directly linked to the passage of this law. First, Trainer cards were suddenly more important than ever, and only later became used for tracking such things as wins and losses. Second, the average Trainer age shot up, with many older and unemplo