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Comic Galar Teen Mon By the Sword - A Pokemon Sword Nuzlocke

Thread Description
A Pokemon Sword comic about a boy and his pet lizard. Updates once or twice a month!

oliviamakesanart

yee to the haw
Artist
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
1350
Caught
Jan 19, 2020
Messages
232
Location
Postwick, Galar
Nature
Careful
Pronouns
she/her
Pokémon Type
Fire, Dragon
Pokédex Entry
Obsessed with cowboy hats
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Child of Sword, Child of Shield
Why do you tremble so?
Oh boy here we go!
Hello everyone! This is my first Nuzlocke comic, and webcomic in general oh boy. This comic is fresh out the oven started on Jan 19 2020! I've dreamed of making a Nuzlocke comic since I was 14 or so, and I'm so happy to finally be sharing a story of my own!
By the Sword is based on a Nuzlocke play through of Pokemon Sword! It'll mostly stick to the story of the games, but some artistic liberties have been taken with the world building/plot. It's primarily a comic run, although there may be video/animatic updates as well!
This comic will involve some mature themes/topics such as mild swearing, major character death, violence, and abusive/unhealthy family dynamics

1. You are permitted to catch only the first Pokemon you encounter in any given Route. If the Pokemon flees/is knocked out, then no encounter for that area.
1. a) Gift Pokemon are separate encounters and are free to use.
1. b) Each defined area in the Wild Area is considered its own area, and one catch per area is permitted.
*Shinies are exempt from this rule
2. Once a Pokemon faints, they are considered dead and must be permanently boxed.
3. Nickname all caught Pokemon.
4. Only your Starter may be permitted to Dynamax in battle.

4. a) If the starter is removed from the party, then another teammate is randomly selected to be the Dynamax partner.

Fanart ❤ (that I'm going to print out and hang on my fridge when I get my own apartment)
Thank you so much for reading! <3
 
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Trollkitten

Kitten of Lore
Artist
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
208
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
1,040
Location
Gatto Region
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
She/her, Aetherai Lorekeeper
Pokémon Type
Fairy, Clever
Pokédex Entry
Autistic writer who starts more things than she finishes. Hyper asexual Twitch Plays Pokemon lorewriter. Rather be a happy shill than an angry critic.
I like how it's going so far, although I am curious as to why you started the series with a scene from the future. Is the rest of the story going to be shown in flashbacks?
 

oliviamakesanart

yee to the haw
Artist
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
1350
Caught
Jan 19, 2020
Messages
232
Location
Postwick, Galar
Nature
Careful
Pronouns
she/her
Pokémon Type
Fire, Dragon
Pokédex Entry
Obsessed with cowboy hats
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #3
I like how it's going so far, although I am curious as to why you started the series with a scene from the future. Is the rest of the story going to be shown in flashbacks?
Thank you! That's exactly the idea I'm going for! The format of the comic will be the protagonist telling the events of the main story years after they've occurred
 

MouseWithADinosaurTail

A Comedian At Heart
Artist
Writer
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
47
Caught
Jun 15, 2019
Messages
1,466
Location
Snubbville
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
Fairy, Flying
Pokédex Entry
She's like a sea urchin. Tough and prickly on the outside, but delicate and easily wounded if hit the wrong way. Please handle gently.
Its a neat thing to do, start the story when the plucky young protagonist is already the champion! Very fun!
 

Bowser's Family Vacation

Johto League Champion
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
301
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
1,132
Nature
Rash
Pronouns
She/her
Pokémon Type
Dragon, Cool
Pokédex Entry
"Am I Mario's babysitter? Are you going to call me every time that guy blows his nose, or what?"
I'm a big fan of using a vantage point of the future to reflect upon the past in stories (especially since, so far, we've only seen Charizard, which is only obtainable after becoming Champion, which makes me wonder about what happened to the team that got to the Championship Cup).

Speaking of Charizard, Ernest is so expressive! My favorite panels are the ones where he's over Tumble's shenanigans.

Since Tumble's shenanigans are of the cinnamon roll nature, though, I forgive him. :3
 

oliviamakesanart

yee to the haw
Artist
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
1350
Caught
Jan 19, 2020
Messages
232
Location
Postwick, Galar
Nature
Careful
Pronouns
she/her
Pokémon Type
Fire, Dragon
Pokédex Entry
Obsessed with cowboy hats
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #6
Its a neat thing to do, start the story when the plucky young protagonist is already the champion! Very fun!
Accidentally deleted my reply to this whOOPS but thank you so much!! I'm glad to see people are responding positively to the prologue! Thank you again!

I'm a big fan of using a vantage point of the future to reflect upon the past in stories (especially since, so far, we've only seen Charizard, which is only obtainable after becoming Champion, which makes me wonder about what happened to the team that got to the Championship Cup).

Speaking of Charizard, Ernest is so expressive! My favorite panels are the ones where he's over Tumble's shenanigans.

Since Tumble's shenanigans are of the cinnamon roll nature, though, I forgive him. :3
Thank you so much!! I'm honestly a big fan of this type of storytelling too! (Very true! A lot of people caught onto that, this was my way of being able to show future events without spoiling the final Championship Cup team and what happens to them)
Thank you!! Ernest was so much fun to draw, his dynamic with Tumble was a lot of fun to portray and I'm super glad it was enjoyable!! Thank you again~
 

Woo

ᘛ⁐ᕐᐷ
Artist
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
57
Caught
Jun 15, 2019
Messages
59
Location
Pacific Garbage Patch
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
she/her
Pokémon Type
Fairy, Cute
Pokédex Entry
Normally quiet and calm, the taste of salt causes this Pokemon to go off-the-shits feral.
This prologue is fun so far! It's always interesting seeing characters in the future, and I love your interpretation of Klara being a sly bastard. Using Leon's gift Charizard is a really clever way to hide your final team! Do you have plans to include the Isle of Armor dlc in your comic, or is that something you'll be feeling out later on? I'll be keeping an eye on this comic!
 

oliviamakesanart

yee to the haw
Artist
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
1350
Caught
Jan 19, 2020
Messages
232
Location
Postwick, Galar
Nature
Careful
Pronouns
she/her
Pokémon Type
Fire, Dragon
Pokédex Entry
Obsessed with cowboy hats
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #8
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Page 01 is officially out! Read it here!
This prologue is fun so far! It's always interesting seeing characters in the future, and I love your interpretation of Klara being a sly bastard. Using Leon's gift Charizard is a really clever way to hide your final team! Do you have plans to include the Isle of Armor dlc in your comic, or is that something you'll be feeling out later on? I'll be keeping an eye on this comic!
Thank you so much!! Klara was a lot of fun to characterize, I'm glad she was enjoyable to read!!
Ah thank you! It was such a good opportunity to hide the final team while still getting to include Pokemon characters in the page that I had to take advantage of it ;w; As for the Isle of Armor DLC, that's exactly what I intend to do! Since I pre ordered the DLC, I will be playing through it with my final Nuzlocke team but I'll leave it until then to decide if the material in it is something that can add to the comics plot.
Thank you again! ^^
 

ShiroInu

Unreliable Artist
Artist
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
173
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
34
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
she/her, they/them
Pokémon Type
Fire, Psychic
Interesting start! I like the idea of telling the story as a flashback.
 

Bowser's Family Vacation

Johto League Champion
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
301
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
1,132
Nature
Rash
Pronouns
She/her
Pokémon Type
Dragon, Cool
Pokédex Entry
"Am I Mario's babysitter? Are you going to call me every time that guy blows his nose, or what?"
Looking at the past king (if that's what he is)'s outfit, I'm glad that Leon has... maintained traditional fashion? Even if it's not good fashion. :P

As for Raihan, I'm glad he's smiling, but a critical hit right off the bat is rough. Also, wow, Tumble (er... Martin?) is a big Raihan fanboy. I love selfie dragon man too, but this kid takes it to another level. XD

Very small detail, but I love the candid photo of Tumble's mom right after having her child. I feel like, too often, those photos are not candid. Giving birth is tiring, and that hard work should be celebrated, not concealed!
 

oliviamakesanart

yee to the haw
Artist
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
1350
Caught
Jan 19, 2020
Messages
232
Location
Postwick, Galar
Nature
Careful
Pronouns
she/her
Pokémon Type
Fire, Dragon
Pokédex Entry
Obsessed with cowboy hats
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
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Page 02 is now out! Read it here!
I also am now open to cameos! Since I need characters for crowd scenes and SwSh has only so many NPC designs, all you need is a colored character ref you can link me to! Nuzlocke/Pokemon characters are preferred, Gijinka designs are allowed but non-human features won't be drawn to fit into the comic's universe.
You can sign up for cameos over here!
Interesting start! I like the idea of telling the story as a flashback.
Thank you so much!! I'm really glad this decision has been positively received <3

Looking at the past king (if that's what he is)'s outfit, I'm glad that Leon has... maintained traditional fashion? Even if it's not good fashion. :P

As for Raihan, I'm glad he's smiling, but a critical hit right off the bat is rough. Also, wow, Tumble (er... Martin?) is a big Raihan fanboy. I love selfie dragon man too, but this kid takes it to another level. XD

Very small detail, but I love the candid photo of Tumble's mom right after having her child. I feel like, too often, those photos are not candid. Giving birth is tiring, and that hard work should be celebrated, not concealed!
Thank you for another lovely comment! Galar fashion isn't exactly, well, fashionable xD
Ahaha yes, he's a massive Raihan fanboy! Honestly who doesn't love selfie dragon man
Oh yes, a small detail that I honestly didn't think many would notice! I totally agree with what you're saying, hence why I added it in!
Thank you again for such a lovely comment! It was a delight to read <3
 

Bowser's Family Vacation

Johto League Champion
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
301
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
1,132
Nature
Rash
Pronouns
She/her
Pokémon Type
Dragon, Cool
Pokédex Entry
"Am I Mario's babysitter? Are you going to call me every time that guy blows his nose, or what?"
Aw, I love Martin the Nickit! Are they a wild Pokemon? If so, Tumble really does have a way with Pokemon! :0

As soon as we saw Sobble being the odd one out, I knew that she'd be the one. Tumble has proven that his heart is in the less fortunate souls. :) It's cool that you got a female starter, by the way! ^^
 

NyanCheetos

self-proclaimed queen of the sea slugs
Artist
Screenshotter
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
518
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Jul 16, 2019
Messages
152
Location
wizard island, baby
Nature
Jolly
Pronouns
She/her
Pokémon Type
Grass, Water
Pokédex Entry
if the cheddar ain't sharp, i don't want it.
Boy howdy I am a fan of this! I already like your take on the lore of the game, and I also like that charizards in this universe frequently stick their tongues. A very noble and sophisticated trait.
 

Kadew

*bird sounds*
🌱Featurer
Artist
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
38
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Jun 10, 2019
Messages
990
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A Dry Place
Nature
Careful
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Pokémon Type
Grass, Normal
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Doesn't actually like birds all that much.
Oh I like this already. You've got a nice style, you've got a really neat framing device in showing us the future in which the protag is already champion, and you have great taste in pokeballs, using a level ball on galar slowpoke. I'm in for this. And the added flavor of galar's champion's lil bro being "prince" has me intrigued to see what further worldbuilding you have in store for us.
 

TerryTheTeryx

Gen Z Degenerate
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
358
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Jul 3, 2019
Messages
445
Location
Unova
Nature
Sassy
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
Flying, Steel
Pokédex Entry
A bizarre Pokémon who dislikes many social activities. She appears to have a penchant for peanut butter and foreign languages.
It even has the obligatory French character! Magnifique.

This comic looks really cute, and your artstyle is so pretty ;u; I'll be sure to follow it.
 

Trollkitten

Kitten of Lore
Artist
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
208
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
1,040
Location
Gatto Region
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
She/her, Aetherai Lorekeeper
Pokémon Type
Fairy, Clever
Pokédex Entry
Autistic writer who starts more things than she finishes. Hyper asexual Twitch Plays Pokemon lorewriter. Rather be a happy shill than an angry critic.
I'm happy to see you got a female Sobble too. I love those little lizards.

Great comic, great artwork, great characterization. I hope we see more of Nickit as the story progresses.
 

MouseWithADinosaurTail

A Comedian At Heart
Artist
Writer
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
47
Caught
Jun 15, 2019
Messages
1,466
Location
Snubbville
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
Fairy, Flying
Pokédex Entry
She's like a sea urchin. Tough and prickly on the outside, but delicate and easily wounded if hit the wrong way. Please handle gently.
I really love the art style, and the characters are all fun so far! Its cool to see that youve made the player character a fan of Raihan to parallel Hop being a fan of Leon! Im excited to see how their journey unfolds.
 

Uberle

Lur King
Screenshotter
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
209
Caught
Jun 30, 2019
Messages
204
Nature
Lax
Pronouns
he/him
Pokémon Type
Fire
Pokédex Entry
Stays in the distortion dimension where no one bother him
I like this so far
Art is good and also everything is just enjoyable
Character interactions are great
I like how Tumble is already friends with a wild mon before even starting on gyms
I feel so bad about laughing at Sobble's face plant but it caught me so off guard
So we're starting off with Sobble
I sense Milo might be a bit tricky. Not sure how many encounters you get before him.
 

oliviamakesanart

yee to the haw
Artist
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
1350
Caught
Jan 19, 2020
Messages
232
Location
Postwick, Galar
Nature
Careful
Pronouns
she/her
Pokémon Type
Fire, Dragon
Pokédex Entry
Obsessed with cowboy hats
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Page 03 is now out! Read it here!
Aw, I love Martin the Nickit! Are they a wild Pokemon? If so, Tumble really does have a way with Pokemon! :0

As soon as we saw Sobble being the odd one out, I knew that she'd be the one. Tumble has proven that his heart is in the less fortunate souls. :) It's cool that you got a female starter, by the way! ^^
Martin is indeed a wild a Pokemon!
Aha, very true! The female starter wasn't planned at all, actually, so it was a really neat surprise! Thank you for commenting <3
Boy howdy I am a fan of this! I already like your take on the lore of the game, and I also like that charizards in this universe frequently stick their tongues. A very noble and sophisticated trait.
Thank you so much! I'm really glad it's enjoyable so far.
Only the noblest of huge fire dragons constantly blep!
Nickit is French? How did I not see it before?

I hope he and Harper get along.
Indeed he is! Their interaction will be coming shortly :3c
Oh I like this already. You've got a nice style, you've got a really neat framing device in showing us the future in which the protag is already champion, and you have great taste in pokeballs, using a level ball on galar slowpoke. I'm in for this. And the added flavor of galar's champion's lil bro being "prince" has me intrigued to see what further worldbuilding you have in store for us.
Aaa thank you so much! Level balls are personal favourite of mine as well, and fits Galarian Slowpoke perfectly imo! Thank you so much again, adding worldbuilding to the plot/setting of SWSH was one of my favourite parts of writing this comic and I'm so excited to show what I have planned! <3
It even has the obligatory French character! Magnifique.

This comic looks really cute, and your artstyle is so pretty ;u; I'll be sure to follow it.
Aaa thank you so much! That means the world to me <3 I hope you enjoy the comic!
I'm happy to see you got a female Sobble too. I love those little lizards.

Great comic, great artwork, great characterization. I hope we see more of Nickit as the story progresses.
I was really happy to get a female Sobble as well! Harper was a huge contribution to getting me to love the Sobble line <3
Thank you so much! <3
I really love the art style, and the characters are all fun so far! Its cool to see that youve made the player character a fan of Raihan to parallel Hop being a fan of Leon! Im excited to see how their journey unfolds.
Aaa thank you so much!! I'm really glad to hear that <3
I like this so far
Art is good and also everything is just enjoyable
Character interactions are great
I like how Tumble is already friends with a wild mon before even starting on gyms
I feel so bad about laughing at Sobble's face plant but it caught me so off guard
So we're starting off with Sobble
I sense Milo might be a bit tricky. Not sure how many encounters you get before him.
Thank you so much!! Really glad to hear its enjoyable, that is my exact intention with this comic!
Indeed, I wanted to change things up a bit and have the protagonist's first Pokemon friend not actually be their starter and pfft
SWSH actually gives you quite a few encounters before Milo! I won't spoil anything, but our protagonist won't be heading into the first gym with just a Water type ;)
 

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