Latias' Journey by Ri2 is a 67 chapter, 1,000,000+ words Pokémon fan fiction.Obviously, 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 bizzare to extremes, interspersed with plenty of lightheartedness, and plenty of fight sequences. And sometimes it's really, reallydark, squicky, messy, 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pair the Spares: Ri2 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 Gagwithin 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.
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, Ri2 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.
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 Glalie nearly kill them..
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.