The Three Relics is a Play By PostPokémon roleplay on Gaia Online that was started in 2005 inside the Gaian Pokemon Academy by the user Mitsuko' and since then has reached over 1400 pages, totaling to nearly 21,000 posts. It follows the adventures of a group of young Pokemon trainers as they work towards their personal goals as trainers and coordinators. While it started as a much more comedic roleplay, the story-line hit puberty and everything sort of changed from there. In line with this shift in maturity, the focus of the story changed from the day to day life of the average Pokemon trainer, to the development of the characters through backstory and personal connections.The Three Relics is currently headed by Airelesanya, Mikallen, and Andragoran.
The Three Relics can be described with, but is not limited, to the following tropes:
Battle Theme Music: To date, there has been two 'official' soundtracks released. These are made by players selecting music they feel exemplifies their characters, as to help other players understand and enjoy their work.
Beach Episode: Slateport Beach Party was basically an entire plot of this.
Cataclysm Backstory: The Lilycove Incident: Where ancient Pokemon Groudon and Kyogre were summoned in Lilycove City by Team Magma and Team Aqua, an act that leveled a good portion of the city and left many dead.
Cerebus Syndrome: While some characters (Mike, Kilik, Nina) started down the path of troubled and gritty earlier than others, the Slateport Beach Party incident (in which Giovanni crashed the party and revealed dark secrets of the main cast on national television) can be seen as the major event that changed the overall tone of TTR.
Character Blog: Many of the players have created character Twitter accounts as a fun diversion when faced with downtime. They can be found here.
Civilized Animal: Several of the character's Pokemon display very human-like personalities. Anna, Nina's Misdreavus, Karri, Mitsu's Gardevoir, Portabello, Mike's Breloom, and Mitsu's Lucario.
Experience Points: Each post grants you a base amount of experience. Posts with specific Pokemon grant that specific Pokemon experience. Each tenth page, experience is tallied and added to the Pokemon, base experience divvied up as per the moderators discretion.
Fanservice: The aforementioned Beach Party, and that shower and bath scenes are written (at times) rather teasingly.
Sasha is basically the human embodiment of this trope.
Gameplay and Story Segregation: Certain technical aspects of the game don't appear in TTR, such as stats, attack damage, accuracy and other intricacies. Actual fights between players and NPCs are done on the honor system.
Getting Crap Pastthe Radar: Being a PG-13 board with varying-aged members, some of the older, more perverted members have to be a bit more subtle when discussing adult topics. Some fail.
Hitchhiker Heroes: Most of the characters started out alone, and met others along the way, forming small clicks that occasionally travel together.