Set at the same time as Pokemon Opal And Garnet, Between Sun and Moon is a Pokemon fanfiction, based off of the Pokémon Sun and Moon video games and containing references to the Canadian prog rock band Rush- sorry, "The Holy Ones." It takes place after the events of the games.
Shocking news has broke that a portal to a new world known as "Earth" has opened up, and music and plays from that world have entered the Pokemon world. Among the new things that have entered the Pokemon world- specifically Alola- is the music of a "prog" rock band that has existed for 40 years. To the citizens of this "Earth" planet, the band is called Rush, and their members are Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart. To the citizens of Alola, the band is called "The Holy Ones," and their members are the Tapu Tehoe, Tapu Piti, and Tapu Etoru. Their style of music- "prog" rock- becomes a Sleeper Hit in Alola, and the band themselves become the biggest thing in the region since the Ultra Beasts, loved by all but stark traditionalists. It is even loved by the region's Pokemon professor, Kukui...
And then he dies.
The citizens of Alola are obviously saddened by this tragedy, but little did they know that he sent out a mysterious package before his death, containing three starter Pokemon and a slew of items.
Within a few days' time, that package finds its way to a 15-year-old soon-to-be Trainer named Gabriel Connors. Kicked out of his house by his parents due to his homosexuality, he is struggling to come to terms with who he is as a person. His only comfort is in listening to the music of the Holy Ones- whom he never treats as gods, and always knows as Lee, Lifeson, and Peart. But when he gets the posthumous package from Kukui, his whole life changes as he and his partner Pokemon- an Actual Pacifist Popplio- go on an epic journey through Alola, completing trials, discovering threats, and in the end, learning to come to terms with who they are as people and Pokemon.
The link is here: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12779932/1/Between-Sun-and-Moon
And the tropes shall inherit the earth...
- 100% Adoration Rating: Rush are universally beloved by Alolans, to the point where they are treated like gods. Gabriel doesn't, because he's heard "Limelight" so many times to realize that Neil Peart would find it uncomfortable.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: The Tagline, as seen above.
- Actual Pacifist: True to his namesake, Geddy- Gabriel's Popplio starter- is not one to believe in violence. In only the second episode, he defeats the Pokemon of two Team Alchemy members by enveloping them in bubbles, then singing "Rivendell," which causes the Pokemon to go to sleep. That same chapter, he is told by Gabriel to attack- and refuses to, instead trying to talk down the Pokemon.
- All-Loving Hero: Geddy, natch. The same thing goes for Gabriel himself, although he will attack when needed.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Geddy. He was selected by other Trainers due to his appeal, but then they saw his evolutions and rejected him. This story, combined with the fact that Gabriel looks at a Brionne/Primarina and thinks not "drag queen," but "prog/glam rock star from the 70's," is what leads to Gabe choosing him as his starter.
- Not to mention Rutsey, the Deadpan Snarker Mimikyu who Gabe meets in "Ghost Rider." Unfortunately, Rutsey's neglect has led to him becoming cynical and bitter, believing firmly that a friendship between Pokemon and Trainer will never work.
- Anti-Hero: Rutsey, a cynical, pessimistic, bitter Mimikyu who hates the world and everyone in it. Initially.
- Armor-Piercing Question: "How would it feel if you had a Trainer of your own? And friends? That would feel pretty good, wouldn't it, Mimikyu?"
- Geddy in general is just really good at giving these.
- Badass Adorable: Geddy is an adorable Popplio, but you do not want to mess with him. Otherwise he'll start singing songs by his namesake and put you to sleep.
- Badass Pacifist: Geddy hates violence. But he can- and will- still be able to take you down.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT mess with Gabriel Connors in any way, shape, or form. Otherwise you'll be brought down by a very angry Rowlet.