A year after Gloria's death, Hop is still grieving and Bede is still dealing with the fallout of his actions. Bede has tried to become a better person since Gloria's death.
Pokemon Light AU provides examples of:
- Alternate Universe Fic: Some Norse mythology is mixed into Sword and Shield. Hop is accompanied by a wolf-like creature dubbed "Light".
- Bullied into Depression: Bede insulted Gloria in a way that hurt her already poor self-esteem. Over the next several months she became even more of a Violent Glaswegian, alienating all of her loved ones except for her mum and Hop. Gloria was eventually Driven to Suicide because she worried she was abusive like her father.
- Dark Fic: The story starts with Gloria being Driven to Suicide a year prior.
- Disappeared Dad:
- Leon and Hop's father died in the past.
- Gloria's father was abusive, so Gloria's mother left him.
- Downer Beginning: The start of the first story revolves around Hop grieving over Gloria's suicide.
- Domestic Abuse: Gloria's Disappeared Dad was abusive, which is why he isn't in Gloria's life anymore.
- Driven to Suicide: Gloria killed herself prior to the story. A fight with Bede set her off into a several-month spiral of anger and depression.
- The Prophecy: The "Stone Message", a stone in a museum exhibit, tells of the plot of Sword and Shield.
- Would Hit a Girl: In the past, Bede and Gloria got into a fist fight.