Fan Fic / Latias' Journey
is a 67 chapter, 1,000,000+ words Pokémon
, the star is Latias
. When the Ghost King destroys her home city of Alto Mare and kills all of her friends after she spurns his advances, she is forced to embark on a long journey that takes her across the Pokémon
world. There, she meets up with Ash and the other Chosen. Together, the Chosen are forced to embark on many adventures across the land.
It's absurdly long
, surreal and bizarre to extremes, interspersed with plenty of lightheartedness, and plenty of fight sequences. And sometimes it's really, really dark
, and all kinds of disturbing.
Oh sorry, we should've mentioned this is rated M. Pack your security blanket and Brain Bleach
The much shorter prequel is here
. It has a sequel of similar length called Brave New World
This fanfic provides examples of:
- A Million Is a Statistic: Judging by the city it is based on, Altomare has over 800,000 people living in it. The Ghost King destroys the whole city. Not even Latias, the sole survivor, holds this against him for more than a few months.
- Accidental Innuendo: After Crawdaunt blocks Gyarados' Bite attack with Harden, Phanphy shouts that he's the "hardest one of all." The older Pokemon just stare at him awkwardly.
- After the End: Several times. When the Mother arrived on Earth, civilization had already been wiped out by a nuclear war. The current Pokemon world takes place after the cataclysmic battle between the Mother and the Beast. The end of the story takes place after the Beast has been destroyed, but took a good chunk of the universe with it.
- The Alcatraz: The Hoenn Region Maximum Security Penitentiary, which most of Team Rocket crashes into.
- Aliens Are Bastards: Besides Deoxys, a random group of travelling aliens are used as a Running Gag mid-story. They like to abduct people and give them anal probes. They also had an unhealthy interest in Bayleef and Latias.
- Animal Talk: Word of God says "For convenience's sake all Pokéspeak will be written in English. Just pretend the humans can't hear them, though."
- Anyone Can Die: Many major characters fail to survive the final arc.
- Appeal to Force: Tate and Liza wield an array of powerful psychic-based attacks. When Ash threatens to report them to the League, they tell him not to bother because the League fears them too much to do anything about them.
- Ascended Glitch: Missingno, the glitch-er, Darklord Pokemon
- Author Vocabulary Calendar: "Piscene" in later chapters.
- The Bet: Wobbuffet's Goth phase turns out to be just a bet with Meowth.
- Battle of the Bands:
- The Pokerockers have one against Miror B in Chapter 44, in which they win pretty easily.
- They later have one with him again during the final battle arc that's a bit trickier, as Miror B has brainwashed a bunch of innocent people. Lombre has to fight his way to the stage and destroy the mind control device, and the Pokerockers wake everybody up by singing a song. They then hunt Miror B down and beat the crap out of him.
- Better Than a Bare Bulb: Constantly.
"It's like the laws of reality are being repealed or something, allowing impossible things to happen," the intelligent talking yellow rodent who had the ability to generate thunderbolts speculated.
- Black Comedy Rape:
- Implied to have happened to Shedinja in Chapter 26. He tries to run away from the wild Misdreavus, but she manages to catch him, cover him in Forceful Kisses, and then drag him off to her "living quarters." All of it was against his will.
- At the end of Chapter 53, Sadic wants to "race" Pikachu back to the hotel...and by "race" she means stalk him until she catches him and either eats or mates with him. She also tells him he doesn't have a choice.
- Bloody Hilarious: Black Comedy is often applied to particularly Gorn-filled scenes.
- Body Horror: Happens a lot during the final arc with the legions of undead monsters. Many of them are multiple characters fused together. And then there's the torture scenes...
- Bound and Gagged: During the Pokemon Tournament ball, Max and Jirachi are told to stay behind at the hotel so that they don't cause trouble. In order to make sure that they stay put, they're both tied to chairs and Max's mouth is taped shut so that he can't make a wish. Absol stays behind to make sure they won't get loose.
- Brainwashed: Tate and Liza do this to Latias. It is actually a test to see how strong the bonds between Ash and his Pokémon are.
- Bring My Brown Pants:
- Happens to the Murkrow at Wing Fortress when Latias incinerates them and a good portion of the forest.
- Happens to the remaining Pichu brother when he meets Deoxys.
- Also happens to Maxie when the three Regis effortlessly kill all his trainers and their Mons.
- Phanpy has this occur to to him several times.
- The Cameo: At one point, Ash battles Zorro and Mr. T. Zorro joins the recurring cast.
- Cerebus Rollercoaster: The fanfic started out serious, then became humorous around Chapter 11. It then goes back and forth between being serious and humorous depending on the situation. Special note goes to Chapters 43 - 50, which go back and forth between Ash's wacky hijinks at the championships and the serious strikes by the villains.
- Chekhov's News: During the Pokemon League arc, the evening news keeps reporting about dreadful things happening in other parts of the world. The vast majority of them are Deoxys and his crew building an army for the Final Battle.
- The Chosen Many: There's twenty-eight Chosen Ones.
- Contemplate Our Navels: The entire first epilogue. The second epilogue, written a good deal after the fact when the author had a good deal more experience, tries to blame it all on Mewgle being pretentious.
- Contractual Immortality: Jessie and James have a contract with the show's producers which guarantees their survival. In order to get around it, Deoxys has their souls transferred to his name.
- Contrived Coincidence:
- Played for Laughs when a random Murkrow swoops down and steals Latias' Dragon Flute. Even Crawdaunt comments on what a cheap plot convenience that was.
- Just before the Chosen enter Deoxys' lair, Papa, Mama, and Oniisan pop out of nowhere to tell them that there are a few more additional Chosen that the Unown kept a secret. And they all happen to be right with them!
- The Corruption: The plague released by the dark meteor, the Beast, and later, Deoxys turn living things into (usually undead) mutant monsters, and dead bodies into zombies.
- Costume Porn: Latias in her Songstress outfit.
She was wearing a blue bodice with white lace around the collar that ran down her chest to a set of light blue silk skirts. Black straps were crisscrossed across her thin upper arms, and blue velvet cloths were wrapped around her lower arms.
- There's also the description of her wedding dress in her dreams.
- Creation Story: Regice and Regirock tell the story of how the Pokemon World was created by the Mother and how it was almost destroyed several times by the Beast.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: There are countless in this series. Some are subtle and some are just diabolical Gorn. Most notably are:
- About 99% of Earth's population are turned into undead monsters.
- Most members of Team Rocket get grizzly ends.
- Just before the final battle, Deoxys gathers up all the world leaders in all categories, crams into a giant crystal crusher, and kills them all.
- May and her Pokemon.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: No shortage of these.
- Deoxys easily kills the Pichu brothers, dragging out beating one of them to death For the Evulz
- Regirock and Regice effortlessly wipe out Team Magma and Aqua
- Berry Stoo and Mariah do this to anybody who gets in a Pokemon battle with them. They can only be defeated via Loophole Abuse.
- All of Team Rocket except for Jessie and James are curb-stomped by either Deoxys, Mewgle, or their minions.
- The Pokerockers win pretty easily against Miror B and his goons.
- The Shining Ranger, the Alpha Ranger, and Phoenetrice are all curbstomped (offscreen) by Mewtwo, the Ever Grande police, and the survivors of Alpha's last battle.
- Cyberpunk: The region of Silica.
Rukario: A desolate wasteland devoid of Pokemon or plant life, a hollow kingdom of neon and twisted metal populated by people who hungered more for short-lived pleasures and comforts than the simple pleasures of living.
- Dark Fic: When it's not being funny. Or sometimes both at the same time.
- Darker and Edgier: Way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way ,way more than the source material. As well as Bloodier and Gorier.
- Dashing Hispanic: Zorro and his entire team.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Pokemon, being essentially animals, tend to be pretty direct about certain things, and it often weirds out their human trainers and those Pokemon that have spent more time among humans.
- The Dog Shot First: The final chapter Retcons the beginning of the story as Kyogre forcing the Ghost King to destroy Alto Mare via mind control.
- Doomed Hometown: Alto Mare as early as the prequel.
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: Deoxys announces his horrific plans to the entire world by taking over all television and radio signals.
- Door Stopper: 1,186,409 words of text. For comparison, the Lord of the Rings trilogy is around 525,000.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Lucy, the Frontier Brain of the Battle Pike. She later turns out to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Full force. Our heroes have to fight an army of demons and their Eldritch Abomination masters. They get brutalized, tortured, or flat out killed at every turn in an attempt to save the world, or what's left of it. And keep in mind the "happy ending" Unown are offering the good guys if they win is basically a Reset Button. The hope of this may at times be the only reason you can keep bearing to read.
- Eccentric Millionaire: Horatio Nimsy-Porpington De-Mented XXIII in Chapter 26. He hears voices and makes his contestants have Pokemon battles in silly costumes.
- Eldritch Location: Deoxys' lair is entirely made of dark purple crystals that branch out in Alien Geometries. These crystals can absorb spilled body fluids.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: The entire cast at the end of the last battle.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Anyone and anything that goes over to The Dark Side, whether by choice or by forcenote suffers generally a lot of Body Horror.
- Expy: A lot of people, if they don't outright Cameo.
- Face Fault: Used as a verb.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Several are shown in the series, including the Master Ball and Dark Latios' Black Karma attack.
- Fire and Brimstone Hell: Missingno's realm looks a lot like this.
- From Bad to Worse: Goes from Latias trying to hide from the Ghost King's forces to having to fight armies of the undead, which are controlled by utterly heinous abominations.
- Fun with Acronyms: Poke Rangers Astro Squad Sigma. Lampshaded by Bayleef.
Bayleef: "What is it with people and stupid acronyms these days!"
- Gainax Ending: Twice.
- The first one results in a relatively small fraction of the cast still alive, the good goddess heavily wounded, all of them setting up a last stand, while the Big Bad has just destroyed the entire universe around them. And some three chapters of navel gazing.
- The second one was added two years after the book's completion. The whole "universe ending" thing was Mewgle screwing with everyone and trying to brainwash both dueling gods under his control. He's stopped by Squirtle (who is thoroughly pissed off that he hasn't been in the story yet) coming out of nowhere.
- Gambit Pileup: On a cosmic level by the end. The sheer amount of contingencies and unspoken plans both sides have in play is staggering.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot:
- In Chapter 43, a mutant watchman orders Annie and Oakley to make out, or else he'll force them to fight a bunch of Mirror Bosses. They comply, and he starts recording it on the video camera embedded in his head.
- In Chapter 53, the Shining Ranger summons all his minions who went through the HERO system - this includes the two Soldier Scouts, who were busy having sex at the time. They accidentally induce quite a few nosebleeds.
- Going Cosmic: The finale.
- Gorn: The torture scenes and final battle chapters are quite gory. Taken Up to Eleven in the final arc.
- Gratuitous Rape: Not only is there a lot of rapes in this story, but a lot of them can be removed/replaced AND they make the villains look pretty stupid for doing so. Fearow is a good example. If his modus operandi is to eat other Pokemon and take their power, why is he stopping to rape Latias?
- Groin Attack: Not just kicks to the jumblies either; the story contains quite a bit of genital mutilation. For example, Oniichan who is Eusine transformed into a Raikou uses his spiked tail to rip out the undead Raikou's genitals in a fight.
- Hand Wave:
- When readers pointed out that "Phanpy" and "Adan" were spelled wrong, the author responded that he liked his own spellings better.
- When someone pointed out that Ciphers can only have one Shadow Pokemon on their team per trainer, the author said he was just going to ignore it in Jessie's case.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Many examples:
- Various inhabitants on Mewgle's fake version of Birth Island, including "Raiki," Ash and Pikachu's fake father.
- Misty becomes a Deep One-like mermaid and May becomes a sphinx during the final story arcs, via Eleventh Hour Superpower.
- Hate Sink: Almost all of the minor villains are this.
- Healing Factor: Most of Deoxys's armies of shambling horrors regenerate endlessly. Dark Latios gets totally vaporized and comes back.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Zorro and El Gato.
- Hold Your Hippogriffs: Many times.
- Infodump: The most common way background information is explained. A random character, usually one that's just been introduced, will go on a long-winded story about a particular plot point, usually with Latias as the Little Jimmy.
- Pidgeot's explanation of the Wing Fortress
- Mewtwo's exposition about the nature of Pokeballs
- Mew and Celebi's explanation of Lady Ho-Oh's Start of Darkness
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha: The story throws in a bunch of Humongous Mecha due to Rule of Cool.
- Team Cipher/Rocket's Tyranitron, a giant robot Tyranitar equipped with a magic shield generator, mass snag devices, and the Induced Evolution Wave. It was nigh invulnerable and had to be destroyed from the inside.
- The Pokerangers' A.S.S. Megaloid.
- Drew - er, Tuxedo Masquerain's Senshibot
- Jirachi himself turns into one when Max wishes that they had something to fight the Tyranitron with.
- Jigglypuff has two Humongous Mechas, the Exploudrematic (an upgraded version of a mech she stole from Jessie and James), and Garuda (a Yanma-shaped Transforming Mecha). These two can combine together to form the Gigabot.
- Interspecies Romance: What kicks off the plot. It's exactly as awkward a topic for all parties involved as it sounds.
- And Delia Ketchum's fiancée at one point is Mr. Mime. She may or may not be even paired up with him at the end.
- Karmic Death: Lance and Drake are killed by the Glalie that live in the ice tunnel that they sent Ash and Latias through earlier.
- Legion of Doom:
- After Giovanni's death, Team Rocket is merged with Team Cipher to become one evil syndicate.
- Deoxys slowly builds one over the course of the story.
- Lemony Narrator: Progressively more so over the course of the book.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Trust us on this one.
- Loophole Abuse: One half of Ash's strategy against Berry, confusing both him and his team.
- Loose Lips: The elder Wynaut reveals everything about what the Lord Wobbaku statue does, and what would happen if it were ever moved. And how to move it. Right in front of Jessie and James.
- Lost World
- Mirage Island, which is protected by a barrier that shields it from invaders as well as keeps it invisible.
- Birth Island, which will only appear to those who have certain ancient artifacts, or know of its existence ahead of time.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: A lot of the villains of the story, but most the noticeable is Deoxys.
- Ludicrous Gibs: Wing Fortress massacre for one. The entirety of the final act for another.
- Mind Rape: A few times. A most heinous example is by Latias, in probably the Squickiest part of the fanfic.
- Mind Screw: There is quite a bit of allegory and symbolism in the story and some of the elements in the story are quite bizarre. Indeed, many reviewers have commented on this.
- Mood Whiplash: From a greater-story standpoint, entire lighthearted and easygoing story arcs can go very quickly to hell. Sometimes they go literally to Hell.
- On a smaller scale, comedic and disturbing moments can and will occur in the same paragraph.
- Not in Front of the Kid: Ash's party takes great care not to curse in front of Phanphy.
- Overly Long Gag: One could consider the whole book one such, but the author is rather fond of these on the whole.
- Pair the Spares: Ri 2 gleefully sticks characters together throughout the book. During the epilogue, an Overly Long Gag recaps all the pairings he's made. It lasts over two pages and has a Running Gag within itself.
- Parody Sue: Three, explicitly by name. The first is...uh, Mary Sue, who captures Latias and a bunch of other Olympus Mons with a ton of Master Balls. She turns out to be a normal girl who's just under the influence of the demons in the Master Balls. Another one is Berry Stoo, an Eldritch Abomination that creates more via The Corruption.
- Pokémon Speak: Averted for everyone except Chimecho. See Animal Talk.
- Power Crystal: The purple crystal shards found throughout the story. They are all part of the meteor that caused the Mystical Plague and later became the Beast. They are also a part of Deoxys' core.
- The Power of Rock:
- Psychic Powers:
- Psychic humans are mentioned in this story but they pay some serious costs for their power.
- And of course Psychic Pokémon.
- Rated M for Manly: There's no shortage of action and violence in here. Oddly enough, the main character is female!
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Deoxys delivers a very long one to Mewtwo.
- Reference Overdosed: This story has Shout Outs to everything from PokeRangers to Tentacthulhu.
- Reincarnation Romance: Most notably Latias and Rayquaza, but this is also hinted at for other couples.
- Reset Button: The Unown offer this to the good guys if they can stop the upcoming cataclysm, though they had no intention of actually following through with it, as they expected the universe to end no matter who won. Fortunately, thanks to Mewgle's botched attempt at a universal takeover, the universe is intact at the end. The local deities at this point basically shrug and implement the Reset Button anyway.
- Retcon: The fic originally ended on a huge cliffhanger with the majority of the cast dead and the entire universe annihilated, and the remaining people set up for a last stand on a flying island. Two years later, Ri 2 added a sequel that undid the entire last chunk of the story. A good quarter of the way into the sequel, he added a second epilogue that revealed the entire ending sequence was just Mewgle screwing with everyone, including the two gods duking it out, in a Starscream gambit. He gets his ass handed to him by Squirtle, who comes out of absolutely nowhere and earns everyone's happy ending.
- Serial Escalation: Gets pretty epic fairly early on, proceeds to top itself repeatedly. The sequel starts off somewhere around the level of epic of the first book's penultimate arc, and just keeps running from there.
- Show, Don't Tell: The natural consequences of the Infodumps. There's a lot of background information that characters tells us about, but we never see.
- Both Lady Ho-Oh's Start of Darkness and Mewtwo's first encounter with Deoxys - thanks to the Infodumps, they're reduced to Offstage Villainy.
- An extremely infuriating example deals with an important plot point: how the Ghost King's minions manage to track down Ash. They searched Alto Mare's rubble and manage to find one of Latias' notebooks that has Ash's name written in it. This was all explained in an author's note!
- How the Ghost King's minions manage to find Registeel, awaken him, and convince him to awaken the weather trio is never told. All we get is a "Good thing we found Registeel!" at the end of Chapter 42.
- Shalor's conquest of Wynaut Island was only vaguely hinted at in Chapter 47, then explained in a conversation in Chapter 55.
- Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: Breaks both ends of the scale. Sometimes simultaneously.
- Sneeze Cut:
- Crawdaunt demands to know what kind of idiot would install a giant, obvious self-destruct button on the back of a giant robot. Cue Robotnik sneezing.
- Later, May berates Mariah for screwing around with the natural laws. Cue Molly sneezing.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Weavile and Lucario are referred to as Manyula and Rukario respectively. These two were cameo appearances before Gen 4's English names/romanizations were finalized.
- Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: Crawdaunt's 'Assumption,' which he uses to coordinate his extremely dirty fighting in order to defeat an Eldritch Abomination.
- Sweat Drop: Used as a verb.
- Take That:
- Ash's encounters with Mariah Susanson and friends is one big ol' "Take That" against Mary Sues in general.
- As is Latias' encounter with the first Mary Sue early on, who captures most of the legendaries in the world.
- And in a flashback in Chapter 6, when Latias is told to "go to Hell" by a member of a cult that thinks Pokemon are satanic, a stab at the people in the real world that think Pokemon is satanic.
- Team Rocket Wins: Being a Pokemon fanfic, this trope is literal sometimes.
- With their new Shadow Pokeon, Jessie and James capture Ash's Grovyle and almost take down Ash himself in Chapter 15.
- At the end of Chapter 36, Jessie and James successfully steal the Lord Wobakku statue from Mirage Isle, which takes down its cloaking shield.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Repeatedly, and almost always from the bad guys. Deoxys uses this to psych out his opponents through sheer Gorn.
- Thirty Sue Pileup: In-universe example: Berry Stoo and his friends.
- Took a Level in Badass: Anyone in the cast who doesn't die soon after introduction is likely to take several.
- Training from Hell: Lance and Drake force Ash and Latias to journey through an ice cavern with no winter clothing to toughen them up for the Hoenn League Championships. A bunch of hungry Glalie nearly kill them..
- Translator Microbes:
- After Ash is is selected as an honorary Chosen, he is fully capable of understanding Pokéspeak thanks to the Unown.
- Latias's translation extends to anyone who considers her a friend, thereby subconsciously giving her freer psychic access to their perception. She still has to write things out for everyone else prior to her Eleventh Hour Superpower, and had to convince Misty that she wasn't a rival for Ash's affections anymore before she could be let in on it.
- Troperiffic: By the time the sequel rolls around, Ri 2 is a confirmed troper.
- And up until the sequel, just look at the percentage of this page coated in blue.
- Virgin Sacrifice: Team Aqua brings in a naked woman to sacrifice to Kyogre. For Groudon, Team Magma brings in a fat, nerdy, unattractive man who is far more embarrassed about his status than worried about being chucked into a lava pit.
- White Void Room: The Unown bring all the Chosen into one of these. It makes some of the wonder how they can all stand around when there's no ground under them.
- Why Won't You Die?: Often said against the undead horrors toward the end of the story.
- Would Hurt a Child: Fearow's minions kill all the children in the Wing Fortress in order to demoralize his enemies.
- World of Badass: Almost all the main characters are given some kind of epic scene or learn an epic ability.
- Wretched Hive: Lilycove City is portrayed as an utterly lawless hellhole as a result of Team Magma and Team Aqua fighting each other.
- X Meets Y: