An Alternatve Universe in which a mysterious man washes in Pallet Town and becomes a father substitute/mentor to Ash. Written by Elia41. A sequel, Pokémon: Mystery of the seas, is at work."It all started by a rainy evening ..." A classical beginning fit for a fairy tale. This Fan Fiction isn't a fairy tale. It is a tale about a boy growing and traveling across Kanto all the while making friends and enemies. The author first intended it to be a twist on the rather classical 'Ash orphaned and adopted by a Legendary' thing, even mentioning two works that served as inspiration to her, and later turned it into a full rewrite of the first Pokémon season.The fic can be read here.
This fic contains the following Tropes:
Action Mom: Delia, who was a Rocket scientist and descends from Sir Aaron.
Affably Evil: Team Rocket is only evil because they are criminals. That apart, they are pretty nice guys, especially around Ash.
A God I Am: an interesting variant with Mewtwo. Legendary Pokémon are all considered natural gods, with only their level differing, but along with that, all of them 'stand' for something such as truth and ideals, sea, land and sky, victory, protection, arts and so forth. Mewtwo was a god (Legendary) since his birth. It is only after being sterny scolded by the Council and ordered to atone that he received an attribution. Now Mewtwo is the god of artificial Pokémon.
Apparently Human Merfolk: the naiads, a race of Ancients that look human except for their blue hairs and gills on their neck. They also have a second protective lid.
Artifact of Doom: the Tide Pendant, which ends up in Misty's ownership. It holds the power of a god and was said to have sunk an archipelago the size of the Orange Islands in a single wave. Also, as Misty notes, wanting to abuse its power with every use is a constant threat.
Asskicking Equals Authority: ranking in Ash's crew is determined by your strength and loyalty to him. So, while Fearow was incredibly strong, the fact he hated Ash placed him at the bottom. Charizard and Clefable, however, are both powerful enough to stand against Legendaries and will die for their Trainer, hence the reason they co-lead the group while Ash is away.
Author Appeal: the author really likes music. Nearly every chapter starts with a song and all battles have a theme. Her preferences are mainly Toto, Phil Collins and various James Bond themes for the songs. The battle themes usually come from Kingdom Hearts or Final Fantasy, but there's also some Pokémon here and there ...
Awesome McCoolname: most of Ash's Pokémon's True Names. Just look at it: Fleeting Flash, Jet Stream, Blazefire ... Nightsong and Silent Hope are quite nice too and Silver has two Pokémon like that: Odin the Articuno and Blitz, the Zebstrika. Blitz means 'lightining' in german ... Finally, Lya was named after one of Silver's ancestors, Lya Flamedancer.
Badass Adorable: Axew, once he got his first attack. Butterfree's pink son, Hard Candy, also counts.
Badass Crew: the group and their teams. Silver is an old and powerful Aura Guardian with Elemental Aura, Ash is also an Aura Guardian and kicks ass more than the other way around, Misty is a Badass Normal who recently received an Artifact of Doom / Weapon of Mass Destruction, Brock is one of the Eight Challenges and even Tracey can hold his own. By "Legends of Johto", Gary has joined as the resident Psychic.
Badass Family: or, more exactly, Badass Bloodline. On the father side, the whole family leads one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Kanto. On the mother side, the entire bloodline can be traced back to Sir Aaron, the legendary Aura Guardian of Rota whose mother was an Ancient. Both lines were known for their powerful affinity with Aura.
Bilingual Bonus: Odin and Blitz's names. In French, Articuno's name is ArticOdin and Blitz means Lightning in German.
City in a Bottle: Averted with the Eight Underwater Cities. They are domed underwater cities of Ancients, but all of them remain aware of the outside world and help the victims of shipwrecks, though they give them a memory-altering serum once they leave to keep their existance hidden. Also, some survivors have the option to stay and become part of the population, such as New Naibel's Nurse Joy's mother.
Cloning Blues: averted with Ashling. He was separated early enough from Mewtwo's mental link that he wasn't brainwashed like the other poké-clones and looks differently enough from Ash that he can simply be considered his younger brother. Played straight with the other clones, though. Especially Pikachutwo/ Raichutwo.
Chekhov's Gun: the Thunder Stone Surge gave to Ash after their Gym Battle. Ash uses it to evolve Pikachutwo into Raichu, solving his Cloning Blues issues.
Coming of Age Story: the plot behind the entire series. This is basically Ash growing up under the tutelage of a mysterious man, facing various trials and the reality of life to become stronger as a Trainer and later, an Aura Guardian.
Curb-Stomp Battle: a good deal of Silver's fight, and later Ash's once he starts getting stronger. The fight against Giovanni is a subversion: Ash won 6-0, but Giovanni proved to be more than a match.
Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: While not exactly a good reason, Ash's supposed father Bruno did have a reason why he went on a journey and never came back: he found out that Ash wasn't his son and is actually his brother Giovanni's son.
Death of the Old Gods: the Ean gods weren't exactly old, but they all died sealing the rifts threatening reality, leaving the Eans/Ancients godless and without any divine support. It is later revealed that, aside from the elemental gods who were Killed Off for Real during the ean war, the other five are slowly coming back to life. Nathea was the first to return and Troban is also living in the Reverse World alongside Giratina, though he is an amnesiac teenager.
Eating the Eye Candy: when Melody meets up with a bare-chested Ash on his way to the showers, she just can't help commenting him on his athletic body ... and touch both the six-pack on his stomach and those muscular arms of his.
Enemy Civil War: for a given value of "enemy", Giovanni's Rocket faction is only "evil" because they're criminals. However, the aptly-named Rocket Rebels are evil and seceded because they thought Giovanni wasn't evil enough. It led to a merciless feud between the two that went as far as bombing the Viridian Gym. Fortunately, Ash's Aura Powers awakened ...
Epic Fail: Literally. Ash may have failed to catch Mewtwo with the Master Ball, but it was still pretty gutsy of him to use Clefable as a decoy to launch himself the ball point-blank. Failed? Sure. Kudos for trying? You bet!
Foreshadowing: during his training with Lorelei, Ash stumbles across a book called Mysteries of the sea. When asked what his favorite part, Ash answers with the theory regarding Shamouti Islands being the "Cradle of Life". Fast forward to the sequel, which happens in the Orange Islands. What is it called? Pokémon: Mysteries of the sea.
Gargle Blaster: Delia made one for her restaurant that looks exactly like water, which is what Ash mistook it for. The first thing he suggested after he woke up was that she serves it in a smaller glass and call it Hydro Pump. It is made of one shot of gin, vodka, white rum, cointreau, triple sec and lemonade. Ash complained he felt like a Gyarados was firing Hyper Beam in his head.
Half-Human Hybrid: thanks to the Ancients breeding with the inhabitants of the Pokémon world. Several of them, a Nurse Joy included, can be seen in New Naibel. As a subversion, the Ancients counted several races among which were the humans, so unions between humans from Eä (the Ancient world) and humans from the Pokémon world don't count.
Heel-Face Turn: after the incident with James's parents, the two groups become fast friends. Giovanni even orders the trio to keep an eye on his son.
High Concept: A boy meets a mysterious man by a stormy night. Five years later, the two travel together. Awesomeness ensues.
Jerkass Gods: as far as Silver is concerned, the Legendary Council is that to him as he more or less sees himself as their slave. The truth is that some Legendaries, like Darkrai and Lugia, do feel sorry for him and wants to alleviate his burden. Dialga and Palkia, however, hate him.
Lampshade Hanging: during Axew's first training session, Pikachu explains the kid what STAB is. Axew is quick to note how it sounds exactly like 'to stab', and Onix to wonder if the humans had Fun with Acronyms on this one.
Little Bit Beastly: some Ancient species like the felians and tree-walkers have animalistic traits. The Nurse Joy of New Naibel is a tree-walker hybrid, which can be told from her tail and eyes.
Mineral MacGuffin: the Tide Pendant is a big translucent turquoise holding the power of a dead god.
Music Soothes the Savage Beast: or, more exactly, Lugia's Song makes every Pokémon stop whatever they're doing at the moment to listen to you. They may heed your words or not, but apart from the cases of deep-seated blood frenzy, a Pokémon hearing you sing Lugia's Song will stop and listen to you.Ash's version is closer to the trope due to him being an Empath specializing in taming wild Pokémon.
Olympus Mons: Silver has an Articuno called Odin and Blaine has an Entei born after Cinnabar's volcano errupted. Mewtwo and the Legendary Birds caught by the Rocket Rebels also come to mind.
Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: during the Council gathering, one Legendary mentions this is what happened to mankind thanks to science and progress, something they blame the Ancients for. Another notes that the Legendaries' influence can still be felt and active and some scientists actually recognize the Legendaries play a role as gods keeping the world intact.
The Precursors: the Ancients, a civilization of very advanced humanoid aliens who migrated to this world three thousand years before the story and set the bases of the modern world. By the time of the story, everyone think they're gone. They introduced Aura to the world and Silver is one of them, just like Sir Aaron's mother.
Reality Ensues: in the fifth chapter of Mysteries of the sea, Silver reveals a darker side of the Pokémon World to the heroes: the fact that poachers and hunters kill some Pokémon for their jewels and hides. The author makes a parallel with real-life practice of hunting animals for their fur and ivory.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Pikachu delivers an epic one to Charizard after his rampage sends Ash in a coma. Silver also gives one to Mewtwo after he sends Ash to the roof. Then there are the two Scyther and Silver give to Ash to make him snap out of his pacifism.
Serious Business: Pokémon have a set of unwritten rules such as never revealing your True Name to someone who isn't your Trainer, never hurting your Trainer, listening to someone singing Lugia's Song or never breaking a promise made on Reshiram, and are dead-serious into respecting them. Breaking them is severely punished, with death in the case of Reshiram's promise or the most extreme cases of hurting your Trainer.
Stepford Smiler: Gary is revealed to be a Type A. On the outside, he is an arrogant jerkass brat who thinks he's the best and everyone owes him 'cause he's the son of Professor Oak. On the inside, he is madly jealous of Ash's bonds with Silver, his friends and his Pokémon and can't understand how a little nobody like the kid became stronger than he is. When Ash calls him out on it, he breaks into the Despair Speech above and snaps. Hard.
Surprisingly Good English: the author apologized countless times for her spelling and strange gramar/syntax by explaining she wasn't a native English speaker, being French instead. One reviewer commented that she wrote it better than he did!
Take That: sometimes pulled out by the author, especially with the mega-evolution stunt.
Technician Vs Performer: Clefable and Hitmontop. Clefable is a huge Action Girl who loves learning new punching attachs and showing them off while Hitmontop has weak but very precise attacks and, appropriately enough, the Technician ability to power those moves.
Training from Hell: Ash's four weeks of training with the Elite Four. With Bruno: heavy physical training that ended with him and his team facing a giant Steelix. With Lorelei: hours and hours of reading books with practice the afternoon, something Ash isn't used to. With Agatha: dropped in a haunted and very hostile powerplant to climb his way up the food chain and optionally defeat a giant Haunter. With Lance: a little of everything and especially amplifying Ash's empathic skills. Note that Lance also put the kid against his Gyarados, and he had troubles even with the beast holding off ...
Underwater City: New Naibel, as well as the other seven Underwater Cities built by the Ancients in the Orange Islands. Except for the main buildings, which are made in more solid material, it is also a Domed Hometown.
Weapon of Mass Destruction: the main use of the Tide Pendant. The Ancients destroyed one of their countries in a single attack with it. Kinda normal for a gem hosting the powers of a god ...
What the Hell, Hero?: Pikachu's speech to Charizard also had shades of this, and it was highly deserved as the dragon had broken a major rule among caught Pokémon: never hurt his Trainer.
Whoopi Epiphany Speech: Ash delivers an absolutly beautiful one during the fight between cloned Pokémon and their originals that doubles with Talking the Monster to Death. And it works!!! The best part? The boy isn't speaking, just playing Lugia's song with a flute. It's his heart that's doing the talking. Chosen One, indeed ... To quote:
"Stop fighting! Violence only brings pain! Do you really want to die, wounded and exhausted? Tell me, what are you fighting for? Because Mewtwo ordered it? Mewtwo is blind from the pain and delusion he was a victim of. Even if he created you, his fight isn't yours. You weren't the fooled ones. You weren't the ones who got hurt. Not all humanity is bad. There is good and evil in everyone. In you, in me, in them. And yet, are we fighting one another? Are you fighting because you want to be your own self? The conditions of one's birth do not determine who he really is. His being depends of his choices and actions. My father is a criminal and I myself am illegitimate. And yet, am I a criminal? Am I a bastard? No. And neither are you. You were cloned from other Pokémon, but that doesn't mean you are those Pokémon. Why? Because Mewtwo copied the DNA only. He didn't duplicate the Pokémon's heart and mind. These things are yours alone. In that regard, you are different. In that regard, you are yourself. And no one else. Are you fighting for a place in the world? The world is large. There are plenty of areas where humans do not live and plenty where they do. There is place for everybody to live, grow and develop into what he was meant to be. Don't fight to take someone else's place. Violence only brings pain and no one wants to live in pain. Take instead what is rightfully yours. Everyone has a place where he belongs. I have found mine. My friends have found theirs at my side. What stops you from seizing your chance and find the place your heart is longing for? What stops you from being happy? Not me. And not anyone here but your own blindness. Open your eyes to the world around. Open your heart to the others. You do not have to fight. You never had to."