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Yes, my fav 'mon match up with TR's, what of it?
Title/Link: The Drawing Board chapter 4

Genre: Pokemon OT, genre analysis

Rank: Teen, mainly for language and some not too horridly detailed 'mon abuse,

Author: Against.The.Current.

Status: One shot/ idea pile, complete

Why I'm recing it/summary: A variant of "challenging the 'mon world system" and the "trainers are wrong" without running into the pit falls of the mainstream of that genre. So we've a 'mon story with no battling, no trainer's journey where the trainer had the wrongness shown in stages, rather the MC it's a out of universe insert who has a fuzzy clue as to where she is, and when she takes her bearings, realizes what world she landed in is...

Her groan of utter irritation can be heard a 'verse away.


Don’t underestimate seeds.
  1. custom/moka-mark
  2. solrock
I think the index post is fully updated now with all the posts on this thread, but I haven't yet combed through and pulled allll the recs from the 7 Day Fic Challenge thread. That'll be a project for another morning. 😤


Yes, my fav 'mon match up with TR's, what of it?
I found more fics... sharing one though since rules and all that...

Made for Team Rocket

by JFSindel
Link: MfTR
> Seems to be settled in Teen for the moment, as there's some alluded gore and evil but nothing much showed thus far.

> Pokemon Manga centric, a spin-off of the Yellow/SPECIAL arch focusing on the spiritual nature of the series.

> adventure intrigue (stories in starting stages so this may change)

> Optional: It Seems Team Rocket-centric considering one of the narrative forces is Gio and he's the present head of TR.

> Length and status ongoing multi-chapter with short chapters each update.

> Why you're recommending the fic? Honestly, anyone who starts poking into the spiritual side of the manga gets my attention since it's a rare topic even broached. The fact that the main antagonist is still connected with the Forest of Viridian (a melding of eldritch abomination/landscape/and something from Miyazaki's head) and the present protag is a child raised by the said Forest and is half-feral for it... It's an interesting starting point to the tale where the underlings of TR are wondering if their Boss is losing it, unable/unwilling to challenge his power either way, and the villain of the hour seems to be sliding between worlds/awareness from the physical world to the metaphysical at a drop of a hat. This spin of Gio contrasted to the sweet, innocent if feral, Yellow has been a treat to read thus far.


Junior Trainer
Dawn of the Ultra Beasts
Category would be....canon trainers?
Multi-chapter, complete
This author writes really well, but their works have very little views, comments, and kudos :( This fic has a nice mix of characters, including Wes. The author also includes elements from the games, anime, and manga into their headcanon. Even a TCG-exclusive region's included.


I've been meaning to do this for a while now and what better time than staving off sleep?

Fic Title: The Sea Phantom
Fic Author: Frozen Archer
Links to the fic: FFnet (As far as I know, this is the only place it's posted.)
Rating and any warning that may apply: She's got it set to T but as of yet there's nothing really to even warrant that. Might be later on.
Category: Original Trainers/Journeys
Genre: Listed as "Adventure". It's not a "journeyfic" in terms of like, gym badges and stuff, but it does feature a number of trainers.
Optional/other TLDR keywords: (Hoenn, pirates, multiple character PoVs, vaguely medieval setting)
Length and status: Chaptered (12), 52k total words, slow-but-ongoing.
Why you're recommending the fic: It's simply a fun read. There's three alternating PoV characters that (usually) change each chapter. You've got Sketch, second-in-command of a pokemon pirate crew in Hoenn. You've got Alex, a female trainer (trainer-turned-crook) from a Sinnoh where such a thing is a no-no, with a flygon (!) who acts as an anchor for her panic attacks. You've got Ki, a fragile, sickly librarian who's knowledgeable on Sinnoh myths. There are kings and knights and pirate battles, all of it is fantastically well-written. Lots of under-utilized pokemon involved (mantine and kingdra and ariados and tropius and-). You've got a sick and dying land, spanning multiple regions, and pokemon becoming aggressive towards human settlements. Eventually, all of the three main characters (and assorted side cast, by association) will merge into one "main questline" so-to-speak, in their efforts to try to find a cure for the disease plaguing the world.

Side note: This was originally a "submit an OC" fic way back in like... 2013. Only two ever made an appearance, and only one has remained, and that one is mine. I mention this simply because it is inevitable that it will become known to readers; she's part of the pirate crew and I'm credited. This is in no way a reason I'm recommending this fic - in fact, the reason I submitted an OC in the first place (and am reccing it now) was because the premise and the prologue captivated my interest. It's only 12 chapters in so far (well, 11 and a prologue), so it's easy to get caught up with. The only real downside is that the author has a lot going on in real life (I believe she works in some medical field, and... y'know, global pandemic for over a year and all), so updates have been quite slow.
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