Pokemon Fire Red RTR: Team Invasive Species

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Re: Pokemon Fire Red RTR: Team Invasive Species

Post by The Rocketeer » Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:50 am

Spamira wrote:You don’t have to treat me like an elementary school kid.
...Is Spamira not an elementary school kid? I mean, not that school is apparently a big thing in the Pokémon setting. For whatever reason, I imagined Emerald Spammy as older, but with the greater attention to the world and characters, I kinda assumed that Spamira was sticking a bit closer to the canon FRLG parameters.

This storyline/area is kinda odd. First, the fisherman and his wife together strongly imply that they're catching fish Pokémon to eat, which has been a bigger and bigger no-no as time has worn on. I guess you can rationalize that they're eating non-Pokémon fish, but the existence of non-Pokémon animals has itself been tacitly phased out in the years since. It wouldn't stick out to me except as an anachronism if it was part of the old Kanto script, but this is a new area with new writing.

Next, we have a Pokémon using one of their moves on a person trainer threatening to use one of their Pokémon's moves on a person. It's sort of ambiguous whether Lorelei follows through or not, but the latter is the safe assumption. A Pokémon using moves on a human is vanishingly rare, to the point I can only recall one other instance of it happening in the games: a reference to a Drowzee or Hypno actually eating someone's dream, presumably with Dream Eater. I thought the whole idea that you faint when you run out of Pokémon in a wild battle wasn't just to evade the question of what happens when Pokémon move logic intersects with human biology and wellness, but to avoid the idea of Pokémon-on-human violence, which is taboo to a degree that the remaining game-logic necessarily suffers. E.g., why does beating a Rocket in a Pokémon battle mean they have to leave and abandon their plans? Couldn't they just, you know, keep running the casino or whatever? What's more, this wasn't the behavior of a wild Pokémon following its instinct, but a reputable trainer assaulting someone.

Which brings me to my last point: that Rocket you confront in the caves with Lorelei is 100% right. They aren't doing anything illegal by catching Pokémon in the cave, and no real grounds to question their handling of the Pokémon in question. Maybe breaking and entering trespassing exploring the warehouse will prove something's amiss, but this is a far cry from taking over Nakatomi Plaza Silph Co. or cutting the tails of Slowpokes to sell as food. Heck, I'm not even convinced the Slowpoke thing was really that bad, since the Slowpokes don't seem to notice and I think the tails grow back.

Something just strikes me as backwards when you have someone threatening Poké-violence to disrupt legitimate catching/training and business and it's the Rockets on the receiving end of Ice Beams to the face. It makes me envision a timeline where Team Rocket tried to go straight after Giovanni disappeared, but incidents like this and their poor image and personal skills force them to return to crime. Or maybe I'm making something out of nothing; maybe Spamira has every right to pass judgment sight unseen. It's a safe bet that only a cruel or neglectful trainers would just, you know, buy their whole team through the mail.
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Re: Pokemon Fire Red RTR: Team Invasive Species

Post by Supahewok » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:41 am

Can't organizations as a whole be listed as criminal entities? Like, if a member of Al-Qaeda is running around town center, even if he hasn't done anything criminal I don't think police need probable cause to arrest them.
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Re: Pokemon Fire Red RTR: Team Invasive Species

Post by The Rocketeer » Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:49 am

I've been awaiting official clarification on that, but Kanto's office of Attorney General has sat vacant since, uh... always, actually. POKéLAW IS JUNGLE LAW, EVER RED IN TOOTH AND CLAW.
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Re: Pokemon Fire Red RTR: Team Invasive Species

Post by SpammyV » Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:35 am

this is 100% what i think about between updates
What the Pokemon do between adventures wrote:Image: Oh Ambrose, every moment that I can spend with you is a joy!

Image: Please, Gertrude, you honor me with your presnce. I can scarce believe some days that you have joined me, that I shall one day wake up from a dream.

Image: If this is a dream, then if the real Ambrose has half of the charm and love you do, I should just as soon spend time with you.

Image: Oh Gertrude...

Image: SCOUNDREL! How DARE you lay a flipper on my sister!

Image: Katarina?! Is that you, Katarina?!

Image: Is is, dear sister.

Image: How did you find me? After we were separated by the storm, I thought I would never see you or our family again!

Image: Mother and Father have missed you every day since, sister. They will be overjoyed to hear that you are safe- AND free from this rogue!

Image: You are Gertrude's sister? I understand the source of your concern for her but I can assure-

Image: Assure me of nothing, fiend! I'll not forgive you for leading my sister away from the noble duty of our family!

Image: Please, sister, please! Ambrose is not who you think he is!

Image: I tell you, you wound me by saying that I bear any ill intend towards your sister.

Image: Silence yourself, scoundrel! I am here to reunite my sister with her family and save her from any who would take advantage of her, like you!

Image: Sister! That is quite enough! I tell you that Ambrose is a good Pokemon! He has done nothing but to help me and show me love! I will not stand to see you slander him so!

Image: Step aside, sister! I will deal with this annoyance!

Image: I will not! Any action you take against Ambrose, you must go through me to do so!

Image: Please, Gertrude, stop.

Image: Ambrose! If we are separated, if I must return to my family, we may never see each other again!

Image: I am all too aware of that, please believe me. I could not bear to be apart from you.

Image: Now that I have found someone like you I don't know that I could face life without you.

Image: But just as much that I could not bear to live without you, I could not forgive myself if I knew that you raised a flipper in anger against your own family on my account. Or if I brought harm to any family that you hold dear.

Imaget: But... what will you do?

Image: …

Image: I know what I must do.

Image: To be continued.

Image: NOOOOOOOOO!

Image NOOOOOOOOO!

Image: You can't stop there and not tell us what happens!

Image: I think I might actually be getting physically hurt by the suspense. Can a Pokemon Center treat suspense?

Image: I'll take that excitement as a compliment!
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Re: Pokemon Fire Red RTR: Team Invasive Species

Post by Trix2000 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:45 pm

Man, you're weird, why would ANYONE think about that stuff?

...I want to know what happens too...
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Post by SpammyV » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:31 am

Any resemblance to something found in a game I haven't played it purely coincidental yet reassuring that someone has a similar sense of humor.
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Post by SpammyV » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:40 am

UPDATE 41! "Oh, uh... nothing really happened today Mom. Just trainer stuff."

A shorter update today, but that's because this marks the end of the beginning of the end. Of the end of the end of the beginning? However, even though we're... uh... getting close to the end of Spamira's journey, there are some dangling threads I'd like to weave closed first.
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Re: Pokemon Fire Red RTR: Team Invasive Species

Post by SpammyV » Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:33 am

Explaining What This Is wrote:We pick up with bringing an end to the story of Spamuel "Just call me Spammy my dad doesn't even call me Spamuel" Valencia, the protagonist of my Emerald Random Team Run. The plot of Emerald involved the protagonist attempting to stop Team Aqua and Team Magma, who awaken Kyogre and Groudon, the great beasts of the sea and land. In order to calm them the protagonist has to awaken Rayquaza, the great beast of the sky, to bring order to the trio. There's no real plot or resolution beyond that. One other feature of Emerald was that the Champion from Ruby and Sapphire, Steven, was replaced by Wallace. Steven was still in the game, and served as the post-game supertrainer challenge, similar to fighting Red in Gold/Silver/Crystal. Unfortunately I lost interest in grinding another 15 levels to feel ready to fight Steven, but here's how the battle would have been presented. Enjoy.
The deep mountains of Hoenn, off of the well-known trails of Meteor Falls, were more often than not a quiet place. A space of nature where the mountain peaks stood watch like guardians. Today though, was not like most days. The peace had been broken by the sound of a landslide, as part of the caves had collapsed on themselves, sending debris dumbling down the slope. As rocks settled and slipped there were some clattering sounds still, accompanied by one figure walking away from the source.

He was clearly a young man, although that was somewhat difficult to see beneath the dust that clung to him. He had not bothered yet to try to wipe it off, and the haunted look in his eyes bore the reason why.

"Ryo! Tina! Break that wall down! Tatiana! Bill! Bring this whole chamber down!"

He reached a stand of trees finally, and all but collapsed into sitting on a fallen log, holding his head with one hand while he watched the tremor that lingered in the other hand. Now that the danger was passed, he could feel all the wounds left by the cutting words. But then he felt a touch on his shoulder, and looked up to see that his team had surrounded him. Ryu, Tina, Bill, Giorgio, Armstrong, Tatiana; they had all made it out safely and they were all still there for him.

He could have blamed the tears in his eyes on the dust, but that wouldn't have fooled anyone. So he just said the words most on his heart: "Thank you."


===

An electric lantern had been set on the side of the cave chamber, one far off from the normal cave trail. A circular pit had been excavated out of the floor, with the debris pushed against the far wall. The person he was expecting to see was seated on the far side of the pit, rising to meet him with a self-assured smile and wave. "Hello, Steven."

"Welcome, Spamuel! I thought you wouldn't make it here."

"Nuh-uh, it doesn't work that way. Rayquaza, the Regis, you don't get to leave a mess that I have to clean up and then complain at how long I take to do it."

"I suppose that's fair. Regardless you don't seem very surprised to see me."

"No... because it only made sense. You were always there, but never involved. Talking to people but never doing anything yourself. And completely above suspicion."

"Yes, but that was what made things so easy. If no one believes you're capable of doing something, they'll never suspect you of it."

"Well, showing up at the Mossdeep Space Center to stop Team Magma probably helped put you outside of suspicion... but you were only there to put Team Magma back on your plan, weren't you?"

Steven nodded, so Spammy continued: "But there's one thing that I still don't actually get. You go to all the trouble to get Archie and Maxie to revive Kyogre and Groudon... but you told them to take the right orbs? They'd have never been able to control the titans."

Steven's grin grew even more cocky. "You're assuming that I wanted them to succeed."

Spammy blinked several times, confusion clouding his features. "So... you wanted them to awaken the titans... But not to control them? Just so that Groudon and Kyogre would fight? ...Why?"

Steven began to pace from side to side, taking on the air of a lecturer who'd just been invited to speak on their favorite subject. "I am a student of geology, you know. A rock hound to the less informed. But to study the earth we live on and the millenia that have gone into shaping the landscape has given me a great deal of perspective.

"And one thing that I have learned is that great changes require great releases of energy. Think of the island volcano reshaping itself. Think about the tsunamis that alter shorelines. There are great treasures locked away beneath the earth, but unless you're willing to wait centuries for them to chance near the surface, you must change the earth to reach them. I just sought to accelerate that change."

"Why though?"

"Power, Spammy. There's a great power so close the surface that I can almost taste it, and I want it first."

Whatever expectation he had for the answer slowly fell into disappointment. "That's it?" He asked, putting all the derision he could into the word.

"That's all that matters!" Steven barked in response. "That's all I've ever wanted: To be the undisputed champion. Don't act like you're so different!"

"Why not? I am."

"Hah! You have the same kind of drive that I do. You have to, anyone without that drive would never make it to becoming the Champion." Steven stopped to sigh dramatically, shaking his head. "And here I left you that Beldum as an invitation, that you would understand and join me. I do apologize for misleading you as well, I hadn't judged you correctly yet."

"And you still haven't if you think I'd go along with this! I stopped Groudon and Kyogre so people wouldn't get killed by the rampages idiots like you make them do!"

"You're one to talk! Since when have you ever shown any consideration for anything other than winning? The only thing that matters is leaving your mark on the world through victory!"

Spammy's response began with the look of someone who'd just watched a wall collapse without warning. "It's a good thing you kept the crazy reined in while you were dealing with people."

Steven huffed in response, "And I suppose you mean to stop me now? All on your own? Oh, I'm sorry, with a Dragonite? Certainly not favorable odds, but feel free to sacrifice yourself with whatever grand noble gesture you see fit."

That comment caught Spammy off guard, but he just started to chuckle, until Steven finally snapped and asked, "What's so funny to you?"

"Oh... I was going to make a joke about you living under a rock but I realized it might literally be true here." He shook his head and finished laughing, then reached into his coat. "Because I corrected one of my biggest mistakes before coming here."

The pop of Pokeballs opening rapidly echoed through the cave, and in a flash Spammy was flanked by his team, surrounded by dragons and bruisers.

"And you think you'll change anything? You still think that you're any different a person from me?" Steven demanded, deploying his own team in response.

Spammy stood still, keeping his gaze fixed on Steven's without wavering an inch. "I'll figure that out later. After I deal with you."
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Re: Pokemon Fire Red RTR: Team Invasive Species

Post by The Rocketeer » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:46 am

We need a Blues Brothers montage of getting the band back together.
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Re: Pokemon Fire Red RTR: Team Invasive Species

Post by Trix2000 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:20 pm

I find it interesting how largely unexplored the concept of power is within the Pokemon series, considering how much of a power trip the journey could be construed as if you think about it. You're just some lone kid with a pocket full of balls and monsters, and yet you can basically steamroll everyone in your way. Gym leaders, Elite Four, Leaders of powerful criminal enterprises, and the openly-stated most powerful trainers in the world... there's NO fight that cannot be reasonably won when you encounter them.

I do wonder if there's room in a Pokemon game/story for a scripted loss at any point. Like, an actual battle that you just won't be equipped to win (but can struggle valiantly) but perhaps without the usual consequences. Might only be able to do this early on, before the player has a chance to grind or trade over super-powerful mons. It's rather weird that in all the games, that's never happened - the closest I could think of are the rival fight in the very first game, which you CAN lose and continue, but even that one is not too hard to win anyways.

I dunno, it's just weird to me.
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Post by SpammyV » Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:07 am

I would like to apologize for letting this slide so far. I do live in Houston, and although I was not flooded out by Harvey, I've had friends and family who were, all across the regions hit with flooding. With all the worry and stress, I was not really in a creative place. But I do intend to finish this and get to the ending. Because damnit I played this all out in my head I oughta inflict it on someone else.
Diary: July 5

Guyana, South America
A new Pokémon was discovered deep in the jungle.
Diary: July 10

We christened the newly discovered Pokémon, Mew.
Diary: Feb. 6

Mew gave birth.
We named the newborn Mewtwo.
Diary: Sept. 1

Mewtwo is far too powerful.
We have failed to curb its vicious
tendencies...
"Wait, wait, wait... you mean that was you?"

Spamira sat across the table from Mr. Fuji and Blaine, still in the sense of mild confusion she'd felt since she recieved the letter from Mr. Fuji asking her to come back to Lavender Town and to bring Cassidee with her. It had been a long time since she'd last been in Mr. Fuji's house, since the day she'd cleaned out Team Rocket from the Pokemon Tower. When she arrived again in Lavender town she cast a few nervous glances towards the tower, remembering the anger of Cassidee's mother and the promise she'd made to try to appease the spirit.

When she had arrived, she hadn't expected to meet Blaine too. But he and Mr. Fuji were very old friends, they'd explained, and had come together to ask something very serious of her. To see a Gym Leader and such a beloved figure in the community so somber was off putting enough, even before the two began to explain what had happened all those years ago on Cinnibar Island. Cassidee had gone off to play though, freeing Spamira from that worry at least.

"It was years ago, but I was the one who led them to Mew. We found her on a tiny forested island in the tropics. We managed to bring it back to Pokemon Manor, our lab at the time. Mew is something extraordinary, but that was not enough for some of the scientists on the project. They wanted to see if they could create something even more powerful through Mew... And that became Mewtwo." Mr. Fuji hung his head, perhaps so that he couldn't see Spamira's look of shock.

Blaine reached over to rest his hand on Fuji's shoulder. "You weren't the leader on that project, and none of use knew how far things would go."

"I still was the reason they found Mewtwo," Mr. Fuji replied.

Blaine turned to Spamira, continuing the story: "Mewtwo is extremely intelligent, telepathic, and incredibly powerful. But it was distrustful of us from the beginning, and intelligent enough that nothing we did to try to control it would last. Then, one night... Mewtwo broke free. It tore through the laboratory, causing the fire in its wake. Mew escaped in the confusion, which was probably for the best. Mewtwo escaped and flew away north."

Spamira shifted awkwardly in her chair. She was spared from having to immediately answer when Cassidee putted a ball across the room to her, requiring Spamira to gently kick it towards the other side of the room. "So... I don't really want to sound rude or anything but... why are you telling me all this?"

"I've been trying to find Mewtwo again," came Mr. Fuji's answer. "I know that I... we have robbed it of the chance that other Pokemon have. All it knew was the laboratory and the tests. The longer that I've run this house for children and Pokemon, the more that I've wished I had stood up then to save Mewtwo. But I think Mewtwo would just flee from me if I tried to reach it now."

Spamira felt like she knew where the conversation would go, watching nervously as Cassidee came waddling over again, leading Mr. Fuji to lean over and gently scratch beneath her chin. "So I've wanted to find a trainer that could show Mewtwo something besides that life."

"And you want me to do that?"

Fuji turned back to Spamira and clasped his hands together on the table, his face turning serious. "Why did you take in Cassidee? Why did you climb all the way to the top of Pokemon Tower to try to save me and drive Team Rocket out?"

Blaine just leaned back and observed the two while he waited for Spamira to answer. "Well, I... I just wanted to take care of Cass since she didn't have anyone any more. And Pokemon aren't disposable or just tools for making money, and I get mad seeing someone treat them that way. I mean I'm not sure what kind of answer you're looking for-"

"Don't worry, that was just the answer I was looking for," Fuji said with a smile and a gentle laugh, before he turned to his old friend. "Well? What do you think?"

"Well, you won't find a more capable trainer in Kanto," Blaine answered, while Spamira looked off to the side and tried to react well to being complimented.

Fuji nodded. "That's what I thought. Well, Spamira. You would be well within your rights to say no, and I couldn't judge you harshly for it. But I still need to ask: Will you help me do this?"

She was still left shifting awkwardly from side to side, making a few false starts on an answer. Spamira looked from Mr. Fuji to Blaine and all the way over to Cassidee, who was playing in the corner with one of the other young Pokemon cared for by Mr. Fuji. Finally she came to the answer that she knew she'd have from the start. Spamira nodded, and said, "Sure."
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Re: Pokemon Fire Red RTR: Team Invasive Species

Post by Trix2000 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:35 am

SpammyV wrote:I would like to apologize for letting this slide so far. I do live in Houston, and although I was not flooded out by Harvey, I've had friends and family who were, all across the regions hit with flooding. With all the worry and stress, I was not really in a creative place. But I do intend to finish this and get to the ending. Because damnit I played this all out in my head I oughta inflict it on someone else.
Maybe it's just me, but I think having a hurricane pass anywhere in the vicinity is a pretty good excuse. Take your time.

Seriously hope things are alright for you all there.
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Post by The Rocketeer » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:04 pm

I'm about to try Irma on for size, which is nearly the size of the state of Texas. I'm concerned it will interfere with all the "not much of anything" I've been dedicated to posting for the past couple of weeks. Heartbreaking, because I know everyone's counting on me to keep that up.
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Post by SpammyV » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:44 am

Mr. Fuji's information led her to a cave just outside of Cerulean city. To find Mewtwo so close to a city was surprising. But once inside the cave, the reason for that became much clearer. The cave was a difficult maze of passages winding up and down on top of each other like snakes in the dark. Luckily, or unfortunately, Spamira wasn't a stranger any more to stumbling around caves and dealing with the occaisonal tripping hazard and skinned knee. At least until she just had Noriko start to clear the path where ever possible. Hundreds of pounds of steel armor and muscle were useful for that.

Before she ever saw Mewtwo, she knew when she reached the level it was on. The stillness in the air felt forced, as though by some will someone wanted to maintain a silence. Setting foot in the cave felt like an intrusion that had been immediately noticed, which only made the silence all the more unsettling. Nervous questions began echoing in her head. Could she do this? She remembered the burned, half-collapsed building in Cinnibar that Mewtwo had destroyed in the process of escaping, and would she be able to fight something like that?

Yet with all that concern, she nearly missed Mewtwo when she finally saw it. It was sitting curled and hovering just off the ground, head leaning against its knees, tail wrapped around its body. Being so still with its grey coloring made it look much like another rock or stalagmite. But even with it being so still, she still had the feeling that she'd been under constant watch since she had stepped into the cave.

Mewtwo's aboslute stillness confused Spamira the most. She had no idea how to respond to a Pokemon that showed no reaction to her presence. "Uh... Are you asleep?" she asked, not realizing until it was over how quietly she'd spoken. "Do I need to get the flute out? I've still got it since I had to wake up Brian and get him to- AH!"

She was cut off as a force suddenly knocked her feet out from hunder her, making her fall forward, barely catching herself with her hands. But she couldn't even get onto her feet again before something began jerking her bag away from her. She could see out of the corner of her eye that Mewtwo was uncurling itself and stretching out without touching the ground still, but all Spamira could focus on now was trying to keep her bag from getting ripped away. Or, failing that...

"Stop that! I'm not here to... Ugh!" She reached blindly into the bag and grabbed at the first Pokeball that she touched. She didn't even look at it, instead trusting the leaf decoration engraved on the top half and throwing the ball out between her and Mewtwo. "Kazumi! Help!"

Kazumi barely touched the ground before she vanished in a flash of speed, appearing again only in a flash of her fans in front of Mewtwo's face, distracting it from the follow up hit and breaking its concentration just enough for Spamira to be able to grab her bag again, already reaching for another ball. She froze as she saw Kazumi be blasted with the kind of psychic wave she could normally shrug off, but from Mewtwo blew her off her feet.

"Noriko!" Spamira yelled, readying to throw another Pokeball, but instead dropping it as a much stronger wave of force threw her back, slamming her between two stalagmite columns against the wall. Before she could work free, a stalactite snapped off of the ceiling and slammed against the columns, making a bar that Spamira couldn't push away, leaving her trapped, and only able to watch in horror as Mewtwo opened each remaining Pokeball one at a time.

Noriko only had a moment to stand before her weight was turned against her, forcing her down onto her stomach while the weight of Mewtwo's malice made the cave floor crack around her.

Ambrose's Surf was deflected and bounced back into a bubble that wrapped around him, leaving him floating off the cave floor and unable to work himself free.

Ringo tried to match Mewtwo in a psychic battle, but that only seemed to make Mewtwo angrier, and the only result of their mental struggle was for Ringo to clatter to the ground, unconscious.

Belinda was knocked onto her back and left unable to right herself again. Every time she tried to roll to the side she'd be caught against some invisible object, rolling her onto her back again.

But her horror only really set in when she saw the last Pokeball and realized how terrible a mistake she'd made. An expression of amusement finally crossed Mewtwo's face as the ball cracked open and deposited Cassidee on the cave floor. Cass didn't look afraid, even while Spamira doubled her efforts to get free. "Don't! Don't you hurt her! Don't you even touch her!"

--

Image: ...Why are you doing this?

Image: Why am I doing this? Why would you try to to protect a human?

Image: She's our friend!

Imageo: Friend? Is that how you try to justify being used by a human just using you for-

Image: You know that's not true!

Image: ...What did you say?

Image: You're psychic right? You could tell what we're thinking right? Just like Mister Ringo knows when I try to take two lemonades.

Image: ...

Image: S-so you should know that she just wants to help Pokemon! You're just scared!

Image: ...

Image: Like I was scared when I met Spamira. I was scared of humans... I thought that they all had to be bad... When she let me out the first time I tried to hit her. But she was just wanted to hug me. A-and it's because of her that I got to make so many friends.

Image: And I was scared because there were so many bad humans, but there's more good ones than bad ones. ...I'm sorry you didn't meet any before... But you don't have to be angry. I remember I was lonely before I met Spamira and made friends with the others. We could be friends!

--

Every moment that Mewtwo wasn't attacking Cassidee yet was another moment that Spamira could try to wiggle her way free. But she couldn't get the pillar off from barring her in to the crevice she'd been pressed into. Luckily, she didn't have to.

Maybe it was Mewtwo's distraction, or maybe Ambrose just put too much pressure on the bubble he was trapped in, but it suddenly burst, dropping a torrent of water of water that rushed out over the cave floor. Ambrose wasted no time in rolling onto his flippers again to blast another jet of water at Mewtwo. For Mewtwo to divert it seemed effortless, but that gave Noriko the chance to get to her feet, putting her strength into freeing Spamira.

"Cassidee!" Spamira screamed and hit the ground running, looking straight ahead. She dove onto her knees to throw her arms around Cassidee to pull her away. Mewtwo whirled around to face them, eyes blazing with malice and with one hand pulled back and glowing with energy. There was no time to run, only time to do one thing:

Shield Cassidee from Mewtwo and wait.

For a while she thought that the only thing she could hear was the sound of her pulse as she waited for something to hurt. But nothing came. It wasn't until Cassidee began squirming that Spamira dared to look over her shoulder, although she didn't let Cassidee go yet.

Mewtwo was still poised to strike, but the malice in its gaze replaced with puzzlement. It stared at them as though the most bizarre thing it had ever seen was a human putting themselves in harm's way to protect their Pokemon. Slowly its hand lowered, although Spamira was still too frozen to move. It was Cassidee who finally wiggled free to step towards Mewtwo, holding up one of her hands.

Spamira nearly screamed and pulled Cassidee back when Mewtwo reached down, but the fragile sense of peace restrained her. Mewtwo took Cassidee's hand, showing the barest of smiles. Then it stepped back, lifted off the ground, and in two quick flashes vanished from the cave.

Spamria still didn't move, not until enough time had passed that Ambrose felt safe shuffling over and nudging against his trainer, who promptly fell on her back to stare at the ceiling in exhaustion. "That's it," she said, reaching up to pat Cassidee's head. "We're going to go on a vacation and there's gonna be no gyms or criminals or dangerous super Pokemon.

"And if Mom asks, we went to the library today."
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Re: Pokemon Fire Red RTR: Team Invasive Species

Post by SpammyV » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:47 am

This took longer than I expected to write, and I'm sorry for that.

I'd like to thank everyone who read this thread and everyone who posted in this thread. While I do know that people will read and not comment and not to rely on comments to keep me going in any creative endeavor, seeing pople's comments still fills me with gratification and makes it easier to keep posting.

When I started this, I didn't plan on it turning into as complete of an LP as it did. I just had fun finding a voice for Spamira and reacting more to the world of Pokemon. Especially partway through when I realized the potential theme that I've hope I've made clear with everything about Gary and the finale here.

It feels stranger to not try to give a summary of my thoughts on the game than it does to do so, so here we go:

The Gen 1 remakes suffer from being remakes. They were limited back in the day by the screen resolution, and Game Freak's ruling that "Game text is game text" hurt them here, as chances to add more depth to writing. I'm sure that the decision to hew closely and reuse old text was the process of many meetings and a lot of decision making, but personally I don't agree with it and would have rathered rewrites to make use of the greater space available.

Mechanically, I've got to say I'm honestly glad that I'm at the end of an era here. I do think the Physical/Special split helped the game out tremendously and that starting in Gen IV Game Freak put more effort into making sure that almost every Pokemon had a diverse and interesting moveset. I know that I've been banging my head against limited movesets these past months, settling for "Okay everyone's got decent STAB attacks let's pray."

I mean Nuzleaf and Shiftry learn NO damaging Grass moves on their own. Why would you do this to me. To Kazumi.

I don't know how you feel about reading them, but I know that even with the pressure of producing updates, I still love these random team runs. One of my personal problems with playing Pokemon games is I easily fall into a rut of always picking my favorites, and doing these runs breaks me out of that completely.

I had to look up where Spheals were in Hoenn. I never used a Shiftry before. Not sure I ever caught a Chimecho, don't think I ever evolved a Hoothoot, never had a Donphan. I did use an Aggron in my original run of Ruby, but that was when Ruby was still new.

Using new Pokemon is fun, and so is only using six. I've noticed that I tend to get ten to twelve favorites that I fall back on, so I connect more strongly with a small group of Pokemon. And that's what I do here using the same team from start to finish. I get attached to the stories that raising Pokemon creates, and keeping the same Pokemon just means that much stronger a story to me.

Incidentally you may wonder how the images came back. I discovered a service called imgbb which provides free image hosting. It doesn't destroy my filenames. It allows me to bulk upload fairly reliably (more reliably than Photobucket or Imgur). I can post images without a problem. And the best part is:

I CAN GRAB ALL THE EMBED LINKS FOR AN ENTIRE ALBUM AT ONCE.

I'm not going to lie here, this thing is just too perfect and I'm still waiting for Beelzebub to show up and reveal that I signed my soul over when I agreed to the terms and conditions because this was just too perfect. Having to post the updates off-site is still not my preference, but imgbb is far and away the best service I've found.

Man I hope they're not evil.

Again, I hope that you all have enjoyed this LP.

Now if you'll excuse me, I wanted to finish my run of Gen III before I jump forward a hundred years to Gen VII so I can play Sun, and now I've taken long enough that if I slam through things I may barely finish it before Ultra Sun comes out. And I've been waiting a year to be able to name my Solgaleo Galeon so I can scream "FINAL FUUUUUUUUUUUUSION!" every time I send it out.
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Re: Pokemon Fire Red RTR: Team Invasive Species

Post by Trix2000 » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:50 pm

SpammyV wrote:This took longer than I expected to write, and I'm sorry for that.
You are clearly the worst person.
I'd like to thank everyone who read this thread and everyone who posted in this thread. While I do know that people will read and not comment and not to rely on comments to keep me going in any creative endeavor, seeing pople's comments still fills me with gratification and makes it easier to keep posting.
It was definitely interesting to follow (even if sometimes I was a bit slow to get to updates... damn my free time >.>).
The Gen 1 remakes suffer from being remakes. They were limited back in the day by the screen resolution, and Game Freak's ruling that "Game text is game text" hurt them here, as chances to add more depth to writing. I'm sure that the decision to hew closely and reuse old text was the process of many meetings and a lot of decision making, but personally I don't agree with it and would have rathered rewrites to make use of the greater space available.

Mechanically, I've got to say I'm honestly glad that I'm at the end of an era here. I do think the Physical/Special split helped the game out tremendously and that starting in Gen IV Game Freak put more effort into making sure that almost every Pokemon had a diverse and interesting moveset. I know that I've been banging my head against limited movesets these past months, settling for "Okay everyone's got decent STAB attacks let's pray."

I mean Nuzleaf and Shiftry learn NO damaging Grass moves on their own. Why would you do this to me. To Kazumi.
Yeah, they were particularly faithful to the originals, which on the one hand was kinda nice but on the other hand doesn't age all that well. I think it helps that the original writing actually wasn't all that bad, and it only looks meh by comparison to the future writing.

I actually really like Gen 3 mechanically, to an extent, because it was really what started to mold and change the mechanics-base in ways that Gen 2 didn't really manage. Abilities were and still are a significant consideration for new Pokemon, and natures provide a little bit of background to make individual Pokemon more unique (though I could have done without the obscure stat metagaming on them). The way stats in general were handled changed here too, and I think it was something of an improvement over the original games... though still with too much hidden IMO.

Though I may be influenced by Gen3 having some of my favorite games and Pokemon in them. The physical/special split in particular was one of the best changes they've made, I think.
I don't know how you feel about reading them, but I know that even with the pressure of producing updates, I still love these random team runs. One of my personal problems with playing Pokemon games is I easily fall into a rut of always picking my favorites, and doing these runs breaks me out of that completely.

I had to look up where Spheals were in Hoenn. I never used a Shiftry before. Not sure I ever caught a Chimecho, don't think I ever evolved a Hoothoot, never had a Donphan. I did use an Aggron in my original run of Ruby, but that was when Ruby was still new.

Using new Pokemon is fun, and so is only using six. I've noticed that I tend to get ten to twelve favorites that I fall back on, so I connect more strongly with a small group of Pokemon. And that's what I do here using the same team from start to finish. I get attached to the stories that raising Pokemon creates, and keeping the same Pokemon just means that much stronger a story to me.
I've considered that sort of thing, but I actually really like using a lot of familiar faces (with a couple interesting new ones when they show up). It sometimes means I carry over some personality/headcanon stuff between games as well which I enjoy.

For some reason I've never really had a lot of interest in exploring more Pokemon outside that, even in a forced setting. I guess I just like my comfort. :P
Now if you'll excuse me, I wanted to finish my run of Gen III before I jump forward a hundred years to Gen VII so I can play Sun, and now I've taken long enough that if I slam through things I may barely finish it before Ultra Sun comes out. And I've been waiting a year to be able to name my Solgaleo Galeon so I can scream "FINAL FUUUUUUUUUUUUSION!" every time I send it out.
Apparently I named mine Sven. I have no idea why.
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