Someone who draws too much ¯\_(ಠωಠ)_/¯
Maybe one day Silver will get over his obsession with strength, and retire somewhere comfortably. That's what he deserves, considering his childhood.
I hope you do! Rare Candy Treatment's a fave of mine, and I feel like it generally handles this sort of poking fun at gameplay/story inconsistencies pretty well.@songwithnosoul sdfgsf that comic is fantastic, I’ll have to check out their DA gallery! Stoic fully-evolved birbs fear not your puny might
Gen II has done really well with the team-building and AI on Gym Leaders and other important NPCs, for sure. It is only fitting that Blue be one of the best examples of that, so I'm glad they got that right!Blue really is interesting as a walking exemplar of the value of putting together a balanced team with a lot of type diversity, and also the value of having more tricks up your sleeve than just supereffective moves. The Rhydon aside (RIP), a lot of his Pokemon can take a while to kill even with supereffective moves, so you gotta actually fight this guy! The mighty Ur-Rival always earns his stripes, I’ll give ‘im that!
Aww, what a cute detail! Love it.
Love the wee Magnet Train jingle, and also the way you can see your sprite bouncing at the window, like an excited ten-year-old on a high-speed train would do
Yeah, that is extremely weird. I guess that Sonic would still win races because they can run on water and thus take the most direct route, but even so... Speaking of gameplay/story segregation, right?I would challenge your train to a race against Sonic, but Padme still has higher speed, which is wild to me
hahaScuse me, coming through, I have permission to be here, I’m more valid than Clair according to your suspiciously vampiric elders
Aww. Good for him. Good for his Pokémon, too!
Still, I’m so proud of you, working hard, taking good care of your Pokemon
Oh no, she's achieved her full arson potential. Good thing the mountain's mostly rock!
It takes a weirdly long time for Typhlosion to learn Flamethrower in Gen II but you best believe I CACKLED when this happened
Bring it! And then we’re gonna talk about phrasing things in a way that won’t attract the poke-furries
Bro, I am so sorry, I’ve been training for Red, I did not mean for this to be a curbstomp
It's good to see the newbies holding their own so well! Even if their enemies are like 15 levels behind...
STAB Slash is an absolute beast, though
I have to admit that, if you actually ever realize this rival battle is a thing, having the Crobat evolve in the very last battle is a great way to end his character arc. It shows that he really, finally gets it.
Ayyyy! There we go! Well done, bro! You gave your Crobat enough love to evolve to his final form! I’m so proud of you!
This one goes out to Erberor and the Power of Moth
Oh, that's a sweet idea too! It's nice to think that the boy is making healthy relationships.Come to think of it, Silver also has two trade evolutions who are both fully evolved for the first time when you fight him at Mt Moon. I guess he must have made a friend in Kanto to trade with? I hope so :D
Oh, it's been a hot minute since we've seen Beldam. Aside from defeating the Feraligatr last time... Has she had her big badass moment yet? The one you hinted at a while back? I don't think so... Is it going to happen in the battle with Red, then?
I don’t wanna take any chances with this big bastard, so Beldam gets to come finish things up. Good job, Kanto Crew! Take a break!
hahahaOkay, so, notes. I am very proud of you for loving your Pokemon and treating them with care, keep doing that, but in future… you should probably attack? Just a li’l tip from the Champion there for you
Fair enough! Much respect for trying to preserve the challenge as much as possible without grinding. Here's hoping it worked out.
Sonic hasn’t been leveled up so much because tbh I feel that I’ve been leaning on them too much, so I’m only planning to bring them out against Red’s Charizard. Nobody has any rock moves on this team and Charizard is immune to Padme’s Earthquake.
Ahhhh, gotta love it. Dark-types are just so handy to have around in these early gens, before most psychic-types had proper counters.
Velma is going to be my top weapon against Red’s Espeon, because she carries the superpower of Being Immune To Fucking Psychic.
Love that Snorlax strategy! You seem very solid on what you're doing going in, which is reassuring.
James is my pro statboy, because I stand by what I said in Gen I; if you have Special Attack like that and Psychic, you don’t need any other attacks. Might be a little risky, but I’m going to put him out against the Snorlax first with Supersonic—Rest can wipe out Poison, and just putting him to sleep before he uses Rest won’t stop him using Snore, but I don’t believe Rest can heal Confusion because it’s a secondary status condition like Attraction. I could perhaps use him against the Venusaur, too.
Aww. She can be cute and gut her enemies with her terrible knife-fingers; she can have it all! Truly inspirational!(As a side note, the Pink Bow is there to boost her already-terrifying Slash, but I do love the image of having this big sleek cat with a pretty pink bow who can shred steel and spit lightning )
Hmm. You aren't? I wonder if I've wildly misinterpreted you, or if Beldam's going to be thrown into the fight and prove herself unexpectedly badass because something went terribly wrong and half the team died, like with Kristy and Mewtwo. Really hope it's not the latter!
Beldam’s also potentially up against the Blastoise, though Giga Drain isn’t as powerful as I’d like. Honestly, I’m not planning to use her much in this fight, but she really has come into her own in Kanto, providing some pretty powerful coverage.
And it's perfect that she's being put in the spotlight and getting to do the heavy lifting for this final battle! Goes full-circle! Just hope she hasn't met her match...Padme, my QUEEN The very best Gen II starter is going to take point to take out the Pikachu, I might use her on the Venusaur, and I actually want her to be the primary against the Snorlax, which is the one I’m most worried about. She can do solid Physical and Special damage, and while Rock Smash isn’t all that powerful, it can cut into that beefy Defense stat that made Jabba such a force to be reckoned with. Padme’s bulky enough to take some hits herself, and while it’s not needed against Snorlax, she’s the fastest ‘mon on the team, with only Amelia even coming close.
And hopefully cleansing your thirst for vengeance before it infects any further runs.Next time, in the thrilling final installment: Destroying a symbol of the past self, thus truly transcending past failures and ascending into the future as a fully realized person!
He becomes a Gym Leader in Sinnoh, obviously! :VUntil then, I want to know: what do you think Silver does with the rest of his life?
I don't know... I kinda like to imagine him staying a Trainer and challenging the Player Character every once in a while---once they actually, you know, start acting like a Champion and taking challenges---but in a friendly way, keeping each other sharp. More as an act of friendship than a serious challenge with ego and self-worth involved. Maybe he could one day replace Will, since in this update he demonstrated the ability to accept getting absolutely clobbered by a team 15 levels above his own without getting upset, which is an important skill for the first E4 member to have.The games never tell us, but I like to imagine that he's able to find joy in things not strength-based. In the Keyleeverse he has quite a detailed future, but if he were to reappear in the games, I'd like to see him traveling with his team, wanting to gain new experiences and meet new people in search of happiness. Maybe just being with his Pokemon makes him happy. I just want to see my boy smile properly dammit DX What do you think?
I think the last time I beat GSC with Typhlosion was 2012ish? But usually for GSC I was in the high 50s early 60s.Sounds like you take Red on at lower levels than I do if you’re not getting your Typhlosion to level 60 first, and all power to you for that
This story I need to hearMy brother had gotten stuck fighting Blue
This story I’m glad I heard. I don’t really remember facing Red when I first played, although I think I’d played Blue before I beat Red in Gold. It wasn’t until I was a few years older that it really sunk in how cool it is that Red returns.I DEFINITELY screamed and then yelled for my brother to come see when I saw this. This is still one of the coolest moments I’ve ever experienced in gaming. The realization that your ultimate challenge is you, from Gen I? The old protagonist, here to test how much stronger you've become? That’s fucking SWEET.
Ah, DA was where I found it first, personally. Glad I was able to reunite you with it, however accidentally!Oh my god it IS Rare Candy Treatment! I never realized it was on Deviantart! I really liked it years ago, but then its smackjeeves page went down and I thought I’d lost it forever
Ah, fair, fair! She really has come into her own!Beldam doesn’t so much have one single big badass moment as having a series of impressive wins throughout Kanto, which I never would have expected when I first picked her up by Goldenrod
Aww, I love that idea of him forming relationships with other NPCs. Karen really does sound like she'd be a good influence on him, considering her personal philosophy is so opposite to his early obsession with strength and blaming his Pokémon. (And I look forward to what you have in store for the boy!)...Okay I actually really like the idea of Game!Silver joining the Elite Four, not least because I think Karen would be a REALLY good influence/big sister figure to him! Plus, he’s training under Lance… it would be nice to see him make more friends and now I love this XD (My Son Keyleeverse Silver is entirely his own entity and I have more plans for his future than just being Oreburgh Leader forever, never fear)
I like how you put Silver in place with of the badges, as your final test before Red. That's fun!
Oh yes, love this play-by-play of your reaction. Peak nostalgia. So good! And it's pretty effective game design, too. I'm getting the impression that finding Red there was much cooler even than a secret legendary.
When I stumbled on this room, I could tell something was different. I thought maybe there was a legendary Pokemon up here.
Sounds like it ended up being a stroke of luck on your part, that you got to experience it organically. I can still tell in your tone, almost 20 years later, what a big deal it was to you.I cannot emphasize how much I DID. NOT. KNOW. What was waiting up here when I first played Gold. My brother had gotten stuck fighting Blue and had never gotten this far in Silver. I didn’t know anybody who’d bothered to explore all of Mt Silver, more focused on filling out their pokedex once they beat the Kanto League. If anybody at my school had gotten up here before me, I hadn’t heard about it.
I love your enthusiasm, even after so many years. It's wonderful to read.
I DEFINITELY screamed and then yelled for my brother to come see when I saw this. This is still one of the coolest moments I’ve ever experienced in gaming. The realization that your ultimate challenge is you, from Gen I? The old protagonist, here to test how much stronger you've become? That’s fucking SWEET.
I like how you're also remembering past runs in this series, even if it's kinda bittersweet. Ouch, poor Pika. But it's appropriate that you'd beat him with your current starter. And now the first one's down without Padme even taking any damage! Fantastic start!You are not Ash, initiator of this quest, and yet, in a sense, you are. I don’t want to have to hurt you, wee man…
But I have to, for the sake of the Crystal team. I hope you understand.
Nice! Two down! And that one went just as smoothly as you planned, too!
That’s the stuff! Well done, Velma!
I guess the guilt will have to wait a few gens :V But hey, it's time for Beldam's Giga Drain again! It went pretty well against the Feraligatr!
Oooft, this is gonna be tougher. At least I don’t have to feel guilty about this one either, though!
Ouch. Blastoise is bulky! And poor Beldam doesn't have the advantage of STAB. Looks like the battle's hit a bit of a snag; so, what will you do next?
…well, that doesn’t do a lot of damage, huh
Good call on the berry! Yikes!
Beldam, hen, that berry was half a joke to myself and half to make sure you weren’t going out with nothing. Also, OUCH, never mind, that Rain Dance was setting up Surf to hit like a BEAST!
Yeah, good call; Giga Drain wasn't doing it this time. But ow! Still hits hard! I hope Amelia is up to it!
Hits Amelia pretty damn hard too, oooooowwwww >_<
Nice! Excellent calculations, and it's great to see Amelia get her first major win like this! It's great that even the new ones are getting their chance to shine here.I had to keep healing for a few rounds, but finally Rain Dance petered out, and without it, Surf’s power dropped. Meaning this turn, even if Amelia misses, Blastoise will either be setting up another Rain Dance or using a Surf which shouldn’t be powerful enough to kill her…
NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL KITTEN CANNON
If you didn’t play the flash game kitten cannon in about 2006 or so, don’t look it up, it was not nearly this fun for the digital cats
Oh boy. You prepared so much for this one that I'm optimistic, but I'm still crossing my fingers for luck...
Now THIS is the guy I was scared to face, Jabba’s dark mirror, with a nasty Rest-Snore combo that’s really taken me to the cleaners in the past
Oof. Well, Red's AI is living up to his reputation, at least...
Aw, keech. Now he’s shored up his Special Defenses as well. It’s gonna get real tough to do any damage to this bastard.
Christ on a bike, but those Body Slams HURT
Glad you have so many healing items!
C’mooon, Padme, we need to hit some Defense drops!
Whew. You called that one perfectly! Very glad that Padme pulled through here. It'd be so tragic if she got killed in the very last battle of the run...I’m amazed he hasn’t hit Rest yet, but he’s pretty much guaranteed to next turn, so instead of healing I can chance…
Padme, my QUEEN, you beautiful, speedy firebadger Farewell, mighty Jabba... return to your nap and be at peace.
At least Sonic made it quick, right? Didn't draw out the suffering.I don’t have to feel guilty about defeating this Charizard, but I still feel sad about it
Farewell, my demidraconic friend… one day, you shall be mine…
Alas, poor Grinch. Speaking of starters getting killed in the very last battle... I like the starter versus starter symmetry here again, even if it's not something you could've planned.
And last, comes a reminder of my failure to save my Blue starter… Grinch, forgive me, see how I have learned. My Crystal starter has survived. She has grown powerful.
Especially since Sunny Day boosts Flamethrower, too... Almost like he was trying to help you...
What BULK! What resilience! It makes me proud to see you fight so well, my friend.
Farewell. Be at peace.
You beat Red with a level disadvantage and no deaths! (Not to him, anyway.) You played this one perfectly, and I salute you!
I lost a BUNCH of times as a kid, mostly against that Snorlax. I grinded my original team to level 100 specifically for that Snorlax as a kid. But today, we are victorious. We can bow out of Gen II on a SUCCESS!
Yeah, for sure. Beating the Champion is all well and good, but this is the real climax of the game.
The cut to credits feels great. Though Kanto, in many senses, is just a really big postgame, this makes you feel like you’ve reached the True End.
I mean, they were definitely a badass to have around, but the same way that Padme is. I think that your performance against all of Red's Pokémon that aren't Charizard (no deaths! still really impressed!) shows that you weren't relying on them too much.
I don’t know if having Sonic unbalanced the game, but they were fun to have and really saved my ass in a lot of respects. Looking at their moveset now, I did kinda make them into an HM specialist :v Thanks for making me your Chosen One, though, Sonic. I think we’ve had a good run, eh?
Haha. She really proved herself for an early-game bug, didn't she? And survived for almost the whole game, which is impressive in itself. She and Peter really proved the viability of early-game bugs in nuzlockes.
Beldam! I’m sorry you spent so long in Peter’s shadow, but you really came into your own in the Kanto leg of the game. I never would’ve expected that little Spinarak I despondently picked up after Goldenrod would wind up being such a solid member of the team, with so much power to offer! Well done, lovely! Please come retire to my house and eat all these fucking fruit flies going after my plants
I'm glad the big kitty got her time to shine!
Amelia, though I’m sad that we missed out on Pickup together, you’ve also been really solid and you really came through against that Blastoise. Zap Cannon was pretty unreliable in training, but you landed it when it counted!
Can't think of higher praise than that!
James didn’t get to strut his stuff on camera much, but he’s been really solid and I’ve enjoyed using him. In my eyes, James, you are the greatest moth. All hail!
Oh yeah, I forgot about that. Haha. It was also great to see her prove herself against Red.
Velma, when I first got you, I was excited because you could Fly. Now, I’m unspeakably glad I caught you, because you are a dark-magic boss. When it comes to crows, they say it’s one for sorrow, two for joy, but you’ve brought me plenty of joy all by yourself!
Padme is a badass and it's been really fun watching her work. That is all.
Padme, Padme, Padme… how prescient to name you for an icon and a queen, because that’s just what you are. You have affirmed that I am correct in holding Cyndaquil to be the best Johto starter. You carried us through the first gym all by yourself, and you kept carrying the team all the way through the game. As we began, so we ended: with Padme destroying all who stand before her in righteous, purifying flames.
Oh yeah, about that...
I'm not sure who this narrator is in relation to you, but I feel like this neatly sums up your feelings about Typhlosion, though you can replace "cold" with literally anything else and it'll still work.It’s so cold on Mt Silver, but you expected that. The cold doesn’t scare you. You have a Typhlosion.
I love this description. So cold and eerie. Very like how you described Mt. Silver in BB, as well.For some reason, you didn’t expect the quiet.
The air stings against your face when you step out of the caves, and you anticipate the roar of wind, but—nothing. Perhaps the air is just too thin, but you are struck by the notion that the very mountain itself is holding its breath. Watching. Waiting.
I also really like this description. Especially the utter uncanniness of the "..." lines. Really well put.What comes next is silence. It was quiet before, but when he turns to you, silence hits you like an explosion. You can’t see his eyes under the brim of his cap, or his breath hang in the air. When he opens his mouth, the nothing almost chokes you.
Ah, I see. So there is definitely something supernatural going on here, then. I mean, this is part of a Halloween anthology!But then he’s gone, and in his place there’s a Pikachu, and now you’re back on familiar ground. You know what to do with a Pikachu.
I love the idea of riding the Pokémon using Earthquake to avoid getting hit by it.“Earthquake!” you shout, jumping onto Padme’s back, clinging to the warm, coarse fur just under the flames
And even more the intimacy of understanding in little gestures like this, which must have come about from a lot of time riding her back and battling and being around and getting to know each other. It's great.You dig your knees into Padme’s back, indicating for her to back away and give you space to release Velma
Great imagery here! Love the preening behaviour--very avian and also packing a lot of personality and attitude in such a short span of time--and the very physical threat posed by the Psychic before Velma appears and disperses it. "kneaded bread dough" is an excellent description.It splashes harmlessly off of your Murkrow’s wings. Velma preens as if she didn’t notice the attack that warped the ground before her like kneaded bread dough.
Also a great description!Psychic’s ripples spread out, but the Shadow Ball only seems to compact, pulling in air and stone alike to the miniature black hole as it flies towards the Espeon, which vanishes.
Yikes! That's a really terrifying way to depict Giga Drain!The huge spider is quick to scurry under and around the first few frigid blasts from the Blastoise’s cannons, climb its shell, and sink her fangs into the softer blue head
Ooh, I like this. I like how you're reinterpreting Giga Drain's ineffectiveness as being a result of trying to drain from a ghost or whatever supernatural being that they are. Poor Beldam! Close call!…No. Something’s wrong.
Normally, Beldam glows as she drains life from her opponents, but now she’s just… shuddering.
I also really like how Padme's staying out the whole battle here, at Chu's side, offering not only heat but safety and moral support. It's very sweet.no matter how dangerous it is to leave Padme out here alone with such a powerful water-type.
Hell yeah! Well-put!She’s not alone for long, though. You wouldn’t have become Champion if you only ever had one trick up your sleeve.
I like how Surf is also depicted as an intensely terrifying physical threat here. And how well Amelia weathers it! She fully gets to have her badass moment and it's beautiful.Padme jumps as the Blastoise sends a wall of water at you, scrambling frantically up the last few feet of mountain, but Amelia holds her ground, hissing and spitting as the water washes over her. When it passes, you see sparks dancing from her fangs. You’ve never fully understood how your Persian can produce ball lightning, but you’re not complaining, not when it hits true, right in the Blastoise’s face…
Yep. Now they're starting to catch on.You’re watching so closely, but you still can’t seem to catch it. There should be light, there should be some sign of a pokeball returning it and releasing the next Pokemon, but you see nothing.
I like this detail, too. How it's becoming slowly more apparent that something is really wrong, and their experience as a Trainer telling them that the Snorlax is too maneuverable to be made of physical matter is a neat way of doing it.You’ve fought a Snorlax before, back by Vermilion, and it wasn’t as slow as you expected but it was still clearly constrained by its own weight. The way this Snorlax throws itself at you, Body Slamming into the space where Amelia was just a breath before, is impossible.
Ah, and like with Giga Drain, you're explaining having to swap James out in your battle as being because the strategy Chu tried to use doesn't work on ghosts! That's really neat! Although I can't say that the Snorlax is entirely unaffected this time... That rippling description is excellent! I guess a ghost's mind is their whole being, in a way...“Supersonic!” you scream. Snorlax are so strong and so hard to hurt, but if you can get it to hurt itself, you might have a chance. James’ cry warbles through the air towards the Snorlax—
Which ripples, like a reflection in a puddle twisted by raindrops.
Ouch! I like how James gets a bit more attention here, valiantly trying to protect Chu in the middle of this chaos.Then you’re sent flying, unable to cling to Padme’s back through the sheer force. When you can grasp what’s happening again, you’re in a snowdrift, and you scramble out to see Padme lying in a crater, howling in agony as the too-fast Snorlax Body Slams her again. James is fluttering protectively between you and the Snorlax, but you know that if that thing turns on you, it’ll pulverize you both.
Ah, interesting. So it looks like your failed Gold run is canon to this story, at least! "chained by your shame and need for atonement" is excellent phrasing!But it’ll kill Padme first, and you can’t let it, you can’t, not Padme, not the one who’s been with you this whole time, who fought so hard for you right from the beginning, who stood by you even while you were chained by your shame and need for atonement—
I love the action here, very fast and exciting, and also how again it shows the bond between Chu and Padme, as Chu knows how to ride out the Earthquake in a pinch. And of course their familiarity with Suicune's movements foreshadows Sonic's appearance later.“PADME, EARTHQUAKE!” you yell, reaching into your bag for the first potion you can find and running towards her. The mountain moves under you, but you’re ready, you know Padme, you know her power, and you leap and jump across the shaking earth like Suicune running across the waves, while the Snorlax is thrown back.
I also like this little digression about Potions and how they work. It's neat, without disrupting the pacing.You rip the cap off of the potion you grabbed—Max Potion, thank fuck—and just dump the contents over her. You’ve been told to only use them in aerosolized form, that the medicine is too strong and will potentially just cause more damage in liquid form, but you have faith in Padme’s strength and you don’t have time to spray every bump and bruise individually,
Also a great moment of action, Padme improvising so she can protect her Trainer and attack at the same time.Padme grabs you, rolling over on top of you as a living shield, and kicks back with both of her stubby but strong legs. You never taught her to perform Rock Smash like this, but it works. You hear the Snorlax howl, and then… nothing.
Although it seems like Suicune isn't called Sonic in this one, which is fair. Giving a god a silly nickname doesn't work as well in a short story as it does in a much more light-hearted screenshot run. I love how Chu has to take a moment to be in awe and gratitude of them--how they carry that godly weight even in the middle of this chaotic battle.Suicune is, as always, utterly breathtaking to behold, and every day you are grateful that they chose you, that they’ve brought you this far. They are somehow graceful even as they rise into the air on a pillar of water so fast that it smacks the Charizard even further into the sky, so far that you almost lose sight of it. It’s so, so dark up here, but surely you should be able to see…
Oh, yesssss! Excellent detail! I love it. And I like how this also basically channels your feelings every time you're forced to defeat a beautiful fire-type Pokémon.The Charizard’s tailflame isn’t lit. Your heart stops when you realize that you’ve killed it, and gods, you didn’t mean to, not such a rare and beautiful Pokemon, you were just trying to keep it from killing you—
Love it! Love how this is the tipping point that puts all of the weirdness together and confirms it's ghosts, with a Charizard that must be dead fighting back--and making that one hit the Charizard got in before Sonic took him down very threatening.The Charizard hits Suicune with a white-hot Flamethrower, knocking them off of their pillar.
Ooh, neat. Is this a ghost-memory from Red, or a ghost-memory from you, from the Kanto runs that aren't strictly canon but still connected to Chu in a strange, secret way?The image of a Marowak comes into your mind, like a dream, or a memory that isn’t yours. A Marowak that, when defeated, didn’t collapse, just… left. Disappeared. Moved on.
I also like how Suicune seems to understand what's going on immediately, with their godly wisdom, so their appearance also shifts the dynamic in that way.It isn’t knocked into the air this time. It disappears as the pillar of glowing water strikes it, fading away into the dark like it was never there. You look to Suicune, heart asking if you saw what you thought you saw, and even though they don’t look back, you feel their answer.
Oh, this is so sad. Now that they understand what's going on, they have such sympathy for the Venusaur's spirit trapped here. I like how you channel your regret over Grinch and the coincidence of the final Pokémon being Venusaur into this sad reflection (including even a failed attempt at Sunny Day). You've basically included the entire battle here blow-for-blow, and you've made all of it interesting and add to the story. Really well done.A Venusaur appears in front of you, petals spreading like it’s trying to take in sunlight, but there is no light up here. Just the endless dark and unbearable cold. You can’t imagine what torture it must be for a Venusaur to just exist here, but here it has stayed, with its teammates. With its friends. With…
Welp. Again, I like how you use Suicune's insight! Though that's also a bit creepy, how they just know.All the fresh water sparkles as Suicune walks serenely over it, nose dipping to something that had been buried under the ice.
Oh, ow. This hurts. Just as sad as Chris's death, but in a different way. Died trying to keep everybody warm...You spot the head of the Charizard first, no longer vibrant orange but drained to a colour almost indistinguishable from the icy rocks it’s lying on. It’s curled up tightly, the tip of its flameless tail nearly touching its nose. You keep walking closer until you can see what it’s curled around, though you could guess.
This is breaking my heart! Thanks!His hat’s tipped down over his face, likely frozen in place. He’s so, so still, which—of course he is. He’s dead. But it’s so cold up here that they’re perfectly preserved. There’s no way to tell if they died yesterday or three years ago, and even now, they just look like they’re sleeping. You know how comfortable it is to sleep in your fire-type’s embrace. He must have been through so much with his Charizard. His Pokemon must have loved him so much, to stay here with him, even now.
Ouch. Just making the tragedy of Red's abandoned mom even more tragic, why don't you?You bury your face in Padme’s fur so your tears won’t freeze on your face. You think of a Nintendo 64 that’s never been played in a bedroom full of dust. You think of his mother sitting at home, worried but so full of faith that her son would return.
Oh, and here I see the sadness turning to anger. Time to call out the whole system out! Just as you've been doing all along in this run, admittedly in a more jokey way.Does he not have access to Mt Silver, or did he simply never come look? Did anybody come look? Or did they all assure themselves that the glorious Champion of Pallet could face anything, even the elements themselves, even as a child? Were they all just waiting, anticipating, doing nothing?
Ouch. Really deconstructing the whole idea of the child heroes, huh? That line, "the price of winning every battle is having to fight every battle," is so good. Love it.He was just like you. He took on the gyms. He took on Rocket. He learned, as you have, that the price of winning every battle is having to fight every battle, no matter what it is. He learned, as you did, that adults can’t be relied on, but when you learn to rely on yourself, they start to rely on you, too, and never seem to notice how backwards things have gotten.
Wow. like how putting the ghost to rest here isn't just about finding his body or telling his loved ones, it's righting the wrongs that killed him. Which in this case isn't bloody revenge at least, but maybe some guilt-tripping. (Poor Blue. He was mentioned earlier, but the talk about adults relying on kids and having to rely on yourself puts the earlier lines about him possibly being afraid to check in a different light. He's not an adult who failed Red; he's another kid who was failed, too.)One child to another, you promise him, “I’ll remember you. And I won’t let anyone forget.”
I really like how it ends on the parentheses, like how Red speaks in. Feels perfectly appropriate.It’s so dark, and so cold, and so, so silent.
I guess having a competent Pokémon team doesn't add ten years, after all.Maybe the real horror is the child prodigies we abandoned along the way
Ooh, yeah! It's time to crack into an entirely new region with minimal dupes! Exciting!And because I’m back on a win streak, there’s no catch restrictions on my Sapphire run! I’m jazzed, because there’s some earlygame Hoenn Pokemon I really like and I’m looking forward to building up a team before Roxanne :D
Aww, I'm glad! Not about the stress, but the other stuff! *Hugs*But that’s for another day! I’ve really enjoyed doing this run and revisiting one of my all-time favourite games. This really has brought me so much joy over a stressful wee time I've been having.
Fair enough! I'll keep an eye out and catch you in the next one, whenever that is!I'm gonna take a week break here before starting to post the Sapphire run, because I've got a lot of Halloween events and Nanowrimo prep to do.
That always was pretty cute. Heck, I'd probably be bouncing at the window even now since we don't really have rail where I live...
Love the wee Magnet Train jingle, and also the way you can see your sprite bouncing at the window, like an excited ten-year-old on a high-speed train would do
Bro, I am so sorry, I’ve been training for Red, I did not mean for this to be a curbstomp
Give! Them! Rules!Until then, what do you think of psychics in fiction?
I hold undergraduate degrees in Spanish and German and a graduate degree in German. I teach that one for a living, in fact. I took a year of university French and wanna get back to it. Outside of that, though, I've got no significant capabilities .Actually, are any of you multilingual?
Yes! It isn't a misunderstanding of a pixel's humanity, it's an exercise of our own!So. I wanna talk for a moment about compassion, and why it’s not silly to feel sad about or even cry about the death of digital creatures, because I’m Feelin Things today.
Mr. Fuji's work turned into a sprawling community-service org and a home for all the homeless 'mons and folx. At the end of the game, you find Silver taking up increasing residence there.What do you think should have been done with Lavender Town in the timeskip? Until next time, thanks for joining me, and haste ye back!
Pokemon Black, obviously.What's your favourite ghost story?
I forget, forgive me, but have you been to America? If so, how does this compare? In my experience, we often are regarded as having excessive portions here. (Unlike the Japanese, we are not regarded as being generally thin)In general, I was constantly astounded by how much food Japanese people can pack away. Whenever I stopped by a noodle bar for cheap eats, the serving sizes were always huge and I’d struggle to finish them, and yet I’d see people sit down nearby, get their bowl, somehow inhale it all in about three minutes, and then be away again.
Barry is doing so well, and you are very right to commend him on it regardless of where he is on any journey of gender.And a boy or two, too! You can also read Barry as a trans girl who isn’t out yet, or a trans boy who’s remained part of the gym, which are both very cool, but also very cool is for cis boys to look up to girls, think they’re cool, and feel no shame in being GNC! Now THIS gym is feminism
Watching my two-year-old nephew grow, this kind of behavior actually feels a lot like "hey, it's a kids' game! Let's teach them how to deal with feelings." A lot of child-rearing is just helping them understand their own feelings and how to react to them. "It makes me upset that I lost, but I'm glad we got to play." models healthy behavior and healthy ideation.
Cannae blame you, mate, I’d be upset too about getting bodied that hard.
Put on the dullest of the YouTube. Play the dullest part of the game. Marry them into a fine evening.What's your preferred technique for getting through grinding, or getting around it?
It's not unlike Legend of Korra, seeing AtLA characters come back as adults with real positions in the real world. Feels full circle and good.What do you think of seeing Blue come back as a gym leader?