They evolved during the longest and most soul crushing grinding session, so I had to make something up!
I never thought I'd see the day my bois are all grown up..... But we made it! Waaaah!
It's hard to leave Wartortle Nathan behind! The evolution took away almost everything that made up his look. In all this time, I couldn't come up with any idea that could let him keep any of the fluff as a Blastoise, so he just looks normal now. But it's okay! He's still adorable, and I'm honestly so relieved that the design turned out as something that I'm actually happy with. : D
Pilot is just Pilot - now l a r g e and with the most ridiculous crest. You all saw it coming. There was no other way.
That will be one big ref sheet update, I gotta rearrange everything sfdgkjgflk
Here we are at Tan Boat Creek, the route south of Botan City. Of course the actual creek isn't anywhere in sight (it will come later, I swear), but you get to see the lake at the south of Botan City and the sea at the eastern coast of Rijon! I do not know if all this stuff can really be that close together, but the most important thing is that I got to draw a lot of water.
Uh. So. The Swampert and the Scizor come from the teams of trainers on this route. Imagine you go on a nice walk with your super awesome level 31 team and then there are level 37 Swampert and Blaziken everywhere. Uh oh. This time, the level spike is intentional because this is where you're supposed to go! The first trainer battle went just fine, since unlike the Sceptile in the Gym, they have normal movesets that are not designed to nuke you from orbit. But after that battle, I decided to go into the tall grass and grind to 36 for Nathan and Pilot's evolutions. Really glad I didn't meet the Scizor until after that. (:
The wild Pokémon shown here are most of what is available in that place. If it wasn't for the occasional Ledian and Furret, I would still be there grinding my life away today. u_u
Yeah they're not going to battle wild Pokémon for training anymore unless the wild Pokémon really want to. Most Pokémon love to battle, and many Pokémon like a challenge, but it's just unfair by now.
Benny learned Psybeam! With this nice upgrade, he's still pulling his weight around mid-game. Gen 3 was a simpler time in which most Pokémon don't learn any good moves until very late, so he's doing just fine between them.
idk man, I don't know if Nathan and Pilot's little adventure was good enough for their very important and cool evolutions, but I don't know if anything would be good enough for them. (I love them very much.) And tropes are tropes for a reason.
The Ranger guy and his Pokémon spend long stretches of time in the wild doing Ranger things, and he lets them hunt as a main source of food. Maybe he eats some of the meat too, I'm not sure. Anyway, Pilot isn't very traumatized by this event, it's just what living in the wild was like every day.
Like always, I really didn't think this page would be this long... It ended up needing a lot panels of Pilot flying majestically to make the pacing work. I guess there will just never be a normal page again. This is fine.
Next time: Hm. We're not done here yet.
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rijonAdventures © Haruki Hanai, Coolboyman
MOM, WHY DOES KRIS GET TO HAVE TWO EVOLUTIONS????
I'm just SHOCKED I was not expecting two major evolutions in one page!! I love that both of them were focused on saving the other too. Their friendship is my favorite now. How can you not want them to have matching bff necklaces?? You've been building those two up to support these evolutions and I could not think of anything more suiting for the two of them.
Having them train on each other one on one makes a lot of sense if the wild pokemon are just... babies at this point... that fucking Swampert and Scizor though???? You're a monster unto yourself. I was legit scared for Pilot until Nathan stepped in. He was ready to die fighting these guys, but Nathan coming in and showing Pilot that he isn't alone when it comes to situations like this... god. I cannot stop talking about this moment, it's just so poetic in and of itself. You did it justice. Wow.
Terry tho... this mans be ready to evolve. SHAKEN over seeing Pilot and Nathan evolved. He might as well evolve from his disassociation at this point.
I MADE THEM EAT MY VEGETABLES SO THEY COULD BE STRONG
What can I say, I'm weak for the Happy One/Grumpy One who can only be softened up by the Happy One dynamic! So they got to have the super epic indulgent double evolution thing, and things only really get started from here. ;v;
No more bullying babies! u_u
Yeah the trainer Pokémon on this route really are A Lot! It wasn't really dangerous in game, but it COULD have been, so we got this out of it.
That moment when u realize that it would be really good to be l a r g e
Intentionally ambiguous fluffy baby is intentionally ambiguous. :3c
Thank you so much!!
Oh dang! I caught up! Now I get to be in suspense with everyone else, dreading that death you mentioned coming up... I really thought reading this page that it was going to be Pilot, so soon after he's opened up even more and right after being so sweet to Nathan. Very relieved that it wasn't him! At least not yet.
This has been a blast to read through and all your characters are so good! And it's really fun to read through a nuzlocke of a game I've never played, since I really have no idea what's going to happen next in any way. I'm really excited to see what happens next with the characters, too! Especially what Terry decides to evolve into.
Also I love that you have some queer characters! As an aroace trans man, it's very cool and exciting to see rep that doesn't show up very often in fiction. Seeing demigender characters is even rarer! And Pilot's maybe-crush on Nathan is adorable and part of why I was so scared that he was about to die. Everyone's relationships, romantic or not, are absolutely delightful.
Keep up the spectacular work!
Thank you so much!! It's so nice to hear that the characters and relationships are enjoyable. Sometimes I worry that the characters don't get enough room because the comic is rather fast paced, so thank you for saying that.
It's been fun to really get to know my characters over the years, most of them started out as "idk what you are" and turned into "haha I get you now, you're queer too"! Current Nuzlocke comics tend to have a lot of queer characters btw, especially the Gijinka ones. If you ever need some reading recommendations, I got them~
ALSO!!! AS always your panelling and backgrounds are just the bees knees they look SO good with so many action scenes and dynamic panels this is freaking aWESOME