The Movement is an AnimorphsAlternate ContinuityFan Fiction. It was originally intended to focus on Aftran from The Departure and The Sickness, but it ended up asking the question, "What would the Animorphs world be like if the Yeerk Peace Movement had played a more active role?" The results were shockingly different.It is currently in early stages of production - the overarching plot is still in progress, and the only part of this fiction to actually be written is the prologue and the very beginning of a chapter. (Not chapter one, just a random chapter that fits into a fairly late stage into the overarching plot).It was unfortunetely lost when the author's computer randomly decided to be stupid. However, the author is in the process of re-writting the lost work.Not to be confused with the DC Comics series of the same name.Note: As yeerks are genderless, the author decided not to use 'he' and 'she' to refer to them. Instead, he opted to use an uncommonly known gender pronoun sometimes used by people who are gender queer. In the following pages, 'zhe' takes the place of he and she, and 'zhir' takes the place of him and her.
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The Plot Summary So Far:
Warning: Mild spoilers may be unmakred.Aftran returns to the pool right after the events of The Departure. Zhe begins the Peace Movement there, and starts recruiting members, including Illim, Verrator, and Altilow. Meanwhile, the Animorphs thwart David as in the books. This time, however, Verrator (in a human host) suggests to the Animorphs that they should begin to use the morphing cube on Movement members and humans who can help the fight. Recruitment for the Movement shoots up as yeerks realize that they can take advantage of the morphing cube's abilities. The majority of the Movement become nothlits in various animal morphs, although a significant number chose to remain yeerks, the four original members included. The Animorphs, meahwhile, recruit humans to their cause, which they not-at-all-ironically call the Auxiliary Animorphs. Even when Aftran gets put on a Long Bus Trip that forces Illim to take over leadership, everything is looking up for peace in the relationship between yeerks and humans.But not all is well. The Movement has no explanation for the disappearance of the thousands of yeerks that disappear when they become nothlits. This makes the Council of Thirteen suspicious. When a spy informs them of the Movement members who remain in the Pool, the Council jumps at the opportunity to kill them. In order to make it inconspicuous, the Emperor (who controls who mates with who) orders members of the Movement to procreate so that they can die. Despite the cleverness of the plan, it doesn't take long for the Movement leaders to figure out what's going on. It is eventually revealed that the spy was Verrator. Zhe was killed by the movement. Altilow presents zhir body to Visser Three and says that it is the body of Illim, and that the rest of the Movement has defected back to the Empire.Due to Altilow's role in the supposed destruction of the Peace Movement, zhe was promoted to Sub-Visser 339 and sent to the Anati homeworld. Zhir position of power makes it easy for zhir to begin a Movement there, and it grows even more quickly than the one on Earth. Unfortunately for Earth's Movement, however, Illim was given false information that Altilow was killed on the Anati homeworld. When four andalites ( who were voluntary controllers) pick up the Animorphs from Earth and take them to the Anati homeworld, they were completely unaware of the movements existence. When the movement tried to appeal to them, only Cassie trusted them. In the end, however, the Animorphs found out that the andalites were controllers when they sent the humans into a trap in order to kill them. The controllers were killed, and Earth's Movement became aware of Anati's Movement. From this incident on, however, voluntary andalite controllers were a constant threat to the Movement's safety.Meanwhile, back on Earth, the Animorphs manage to trap Visser Three for three days, killing the yeerk and freeing Alloran. Alloran goes with the Animorphs to capture a yeerk bug fighter, which he takes into space to go back to the andalite homeworld. However, he was delayed severely when the Skirt Na abducted him.Eventually, Anati's Movement becomes so large that it overtakes the remaining Empire presence on the Anati homeworld, and the few Empire members that are left were tortured or killed. This causes a huge imbalance of power in the Yeerk Empire, as more and more yeerks flee to Earth. The Animorphs and Earth's Movement start to feel more and more resistance, and the Movement is in constant danger of being wiped out due to low membership. Most of the auxiliaries were killed or taken as controllers, along with Rachel and Marco.Alloran eventually escaped the Skirt Na and made it to his home planet. But when he told the andalites about the invasion of Earth, they decided to go in and shoot everything that moved, including the movement. Alloran tried to convince them against this, but his efforts failed. In the end, he was forced to try to sabotage the departure of the andalite fleet, resulting in his execution.But things were going much better on the Anati homeworld. Once the Movement was sure that they had the entire planet on their side, they went out into space to kill the Council of Thirteen. However, the andalite fleet intercepted them in space. The Movement put up a fight, but the andalites completely destroyed Anati's movement and left no survivors. The andalite fleet was headed to Earth. Empire radars had detected the fleet approaching ahead of time, but the andalites far outgunned the yeerk forces. Because of this, Visser One (who had replaced Visser Three in leading Earth's invasion) decided to made a truce with the Peace Movement and the Animorphs only to destroy the andalites. The ensuing battle was very bloody and it resulted in Jake's death, but the Empire and the Movement won. At this point, however, the empire betrayed the movement and started infesting andalites rapidly. The Movement retaliated by doing the same, not caring if the andalites wanted to be controllers or not. Once there were no more andalites left to infest, the Movement took the remaining andalite ships and blasted into space to destroy the Council of Thirteen. The Empire followed. Once in space, the empire was disputed over whether to trust the Movement or not. One side, led by Visser One, wanted to continue to follow orders and protect the Council. The other side, led by Visser Five, thought the fight was hopeless and thought the Movement would be more lenient with them and even give them a position of power if they supported it in the destruction of the Council. It didn't matter, though, because the Movement rejected help from Visser Five and his troops. Meanwhile, the Movement developed an enormous bomb that would destroy the entire Council. The Empire reached the Council just seconds after the Movement infiltrated them. They set off the bomb, and it killed everybody on the ship, including the entire Movement, the Council of Thirteen, and most of the Vissers and Sub-Vissers.
Tropes that apply to the parts of the story that have been written:
Adults Are Useless: All the auxiliaries are teenagers, which is never explained. Word of God tells us that he didn't think he could write nuanced relationships between kids and their parents very well.
Crapsack World: And the especially sad thing is that we get almost everyone's POV, meaning the audience is asked to sympathize with the people making the world a more miserable place for the genuinely good characters. Not that there are many of those. So it sort of balances out.
Creator In-Joke: It's pretty much impossible to understand every single Shout-Out, Stealth Pun, and other literary devices without the author telling you about them - he's given you only a few here.
Happiness in Slavery: The first Gedd that Aftran infested had long since given up fighting the yeerks and had accepted its fate - Word of God tells us that it actually enjoyed not having to solve problems itself.
Always Chaotic Evil: The yeerks, even the ones in the Movement, think this about the andalites. And vice versa.
And Now For Something Completely Different: After a while, the scope of the world the author created became so huge that episodes cycled from Earth's peace movement, to the Animorphs, and to Anati's Peace Movement.
Anti-Climax: This applies to the entire arc with the Anati Peace Movement. They're intercepted by the andalite fleet going to Earth on their way to assassinate the Council of Thirteen, and there were no survivors.
Ascended Meme: Cinnamon Bunzuh!, an Animorphs review blog, suggested that "your mother infested a horse" should be a yeerk insult. In this fiction, it actually is an insult to suggest that a yeerk was part of that mission.
Bizarre Alien Biology: The yeerks can send messages through chemicals, and they can chose whether or not the receiving yeerk can understand who the message is coming from or not. Also, there's a mental disease that slowly breaks down their brain; Verrator has it.
Can't Have Sex, Ever: It's not that they can't have sex, but members of the Peace Movement are reluctant to procreate, as it results in their death, and the yeerks that are created as a result will probably not be part of the movement. At one point, it becomes a major plot point that the Council of Thirteen forces members to procreate in an effort to quietly get rid of them.
Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Visser One goes to Illim, revealing that she knows exactly who he is and who his host is… but it's because she wants to team up with him to stop the andalites, not because she wanted to kill him.
Enemy Mine: The Empire helps the Movement, but only to destroy the andalites, not because they actually agreed with the Movement's message.
Ensemble Cast: The closest the series has to a 'main character' is Illim, and even zhe doesn't appear in a good number of books. There's no character that appears in every one.
Everyone Is Bi: Most of the human characters are, anyway. The yeerks are asexual.
Evil Versus Evil: The andalite fleet versus the Yeerk Empire. Subverted somewhat by the fact that the Animorphs and the Movement were working with the Empire the entire time.
Heel Face Door Slam: When the Empire was divided into two sides, general consensus from the movement was to not trust any of them.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: The Yeerk Empire. They team up with the Movement just long enough to disable the andalite fleet, then they return to being evil in order to infest as many andalites as possible. Then, the Empire gets divided into one side who wants to team up with the Peace Movement to overthrow the Council, and another than wants to follow orders and destroy the Movement.
Hero with Bad Publicity: The Movement on the Anati homeworld actually becomes larger than the yeerks fighting to enslave the Anati. In the end, it gets so big that remaining members of the 'resistance' are captured and often tortured. But this doesn't stop the andalite fleet from destroying the entire movement when they intercept in space.
Incest Is Relative: Ax justifies his crush on Tobias by reminding himself that Elfangor wasn't genetically related to the human he morphed when he married Loren. Because of this, Tobias and Ax weren't genetically related. This is what the author uses to justify the ship was well.
Living with the Villain: The yeerks in the Movement and the ones who are loyal to the Empire both live in the same pools.
Loads and Loads of Characters: There are thirty-two Animorphs including the Auxiliaries, ten regularly occurring members of Earth's Movement, eight regularly occurring members of Anati's Movement, and eight Vissers. And then some.
Meaningful Name: Verrator comes from a word that means 'traitor' in German.
Mook-Face Turn: The entire concept of the Peace Movement revolves around this.
Rivals Team Up: The Peace Movement and the Yeerk Empire team up to destroy the andalite fleet that tries to invade Earth. They succeed, but the Empire betrays the movement and starts a race to infest the andantes.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Cassie goes batshit crazy at the end of the series. In the final battle, she just tries to kill everyone in sight, and she succeeds on Jake. She eventually sets off the bomb that killed everyone.
Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: At one point, Naya suggested that they could bait zhir into a trap by angering him and taunting him. Zhe almost killed her on the spot, and yet it still didn't work.
Decoy Antagonist: The author felt the need to kill him in order to get a truly threatening villain (Visser One).]]
Not-So-Harmless Villain: Visser Three is much more dangerous in this series than in the original books, although the author still felt the need to replace him with Visser One in order to get a genuinely dangerous villain.
Not Too Dead to Save the Day: Verrator's dead body was presented to the Council of Thirteen. They were told that this was the body of the Peace Movement's leader, and that the rest of the Movement had been captured. It worked.