Revision History

The Quest for the Legends has improved a lot since the first version, to say the least - and to show that, I have collected all I have of each revision on this page. It also serves as an overview over the revisions that have been made of this. Original spelling, grammar and punctuation are kept completely intact.

Version 1.0: The Original

This the original version, how I first wrote this fic, started June 19th 2002. I referred to Charmander as a he, which surprised me when I read it again - I apparently switched to "it" in the first revision after having used "he" in the original. Stupid me, trying to be all grammatically correct. The links to chapters 1-6 below will all give you the same actual Word document I was writing it in saved with Word's automatic "Save as Web Page" function - that is how it was archived, actually, as later I simply erased this version and wrote the Good Battle Style and UMR into the document instead - so that means the bottom has some notes, revealing such horrors as my original plan to have Mark capture and use Freezer (now known as Freezaroy) on his team. Only the first eight chapters count as being this version, considering I always thought of the border between the "Good Battle Style" and the "Old Battle Style" as being between chapters eight and nine. When I speak of 'the original', I'm generally referring to 1.x - or well, not including the beta-UMR, but the Good Battle Style counts as being 'the original' since I changed so little anyway.

Chapters of this version:

  1. Chapter 1: How the adventure began
  2. Chapter 2: The great book
  3. Chapter 3: Mark gets his second pokémon
  4. Chapter 4: Training and battling
  5. Chapter 5: Legendary pokémon
  6. Chapter 6: Rick (incomplete)
  7. Chapter 7: May
  8. Chapter 8: Fishing at the Lake

Version 1.1: The Good Battle Style

This was, according to some old versions of the fic from archive.org, written mostly in the spring of 2003. The reason I decided to rewrite it for the first time was that after discovering the magic of actually describing what was going on during battles (gasp) which I was first forced to do in chapter nine when explaining made-up attacks, I realized that the first eight chapters had some of the worst battles in the history of Pokémon fanfiction. At first I didn't really think of doing anything about it except putting a "---START OF THE GOOD BATTLE STYLE---" between chapters eight and nine on the chapter listing, but soon after that I realized I could just rewrite the first eight chapters to be written with the good battle style as well, and thus my life will never be the same again. Archive.org unfortunately only has an archived version from March 25th where the ---START OF THE GOOD BATTLE STYLE--- was not yet in and then a version from May 5th where it is in and the chapter listing says the first two have been revised, so it's difficult to pinpoint exactly when I started it - the archive.org version just shows it was after chapter fourteen. It, like the original, contained an occasional link to a badly-drawn illustration in its Web version.

Chapters of this version:

  1. Chapter 1: How the adventure began
  2. Chapter 2: The great book
  3. Chapter 3: Mark gets his second pokémon
  4. Chapter 4: Training and battling
  5. Chapter 5: Legendary pokémon
  6. Chapter 6: Rick
  7. Chapter 7: May
  8. Chapter 8: Fishing at the Lake
  9. Chapter 9: The secret of the gym
  10. Chapter 10: Through the Rainbow Forest
  11. Chapter 11: The Mew hunter
  12. Chapter 12: Depression
  13. Chapter 13: Battle for the Shining badge!
  14. Chapter 14: The Black desert and Scorplack!
  15. Chapter 15: Stealing is bad
  16. Chapter 16: Mutark
  17. Chapter 17: The battle with Mitch
  18. Chapter 18: The pokémon festival
  19. Chapter 19: Underwater journey
  20. Chapter 20: The hate is back again
  21. Chapter 21: Alan
  22. Chapter 22: Alan's story
  23. Chapter 23: The pokémon frenzy tournament
  24. Chapter 24: The evolution day
  25. Chapter 25: The attack approval
  26. Chapter 26: The trainer's market and the starter pokémon giveaway
  27. Chapter 27: Molzapart and Chaletwo
  28. Chapter 28: Dead or alive
  29. Chapter 29: The Green Town gym
  30. Chapter 30: Shadows of the past
  31. Chapter 31: The biology of pokémon
  32. Chapter 32: Scyther's revenge

Version 1.5: The Beta-UMR

After 32 chapters of the original (or well, the Good Battle Style), on September 29th 2003, I started revising everything in order to post it at the Pokémasters forums, dubbing this the "Ultra-Mega-Revised version". My first attempt at revising chapter one was posted at the old Cave of Dragonflies forums for opinions; it never went anywhere else, seeing as I was still unhappy with it and decided to do a more thorough rewrite. The most major change in this, I think, is that this is after I decided to translate all Pokémon speech directly.

Chapters of this version:

  1. Chapter 1: How the adventure began

Version 2.0: The UMR

Chapter one of this was written just a few days after the previous, believe it or not - the only difference is that I was a bit braver when editing it this time. This was also where I finally started to double-space my chapters - somebody on TPM suggested that. Notice that I still didn't know the rules of capitalization in titles, still had hardly changed the chapter arrangement or chapter titles at all, and in fact none of the storyline either as far as I can remember - it was strictly an improvement in writing style, with the interesting addition of making Mark and May refer to Pokémon as "he" or "she" throughout instead of having them abruptly begin to do so in chapter 23 as in the original and having Pokémon speech directly translated from the beginning. It is in fact so little changed, especially later on, that in a couple of places in chapter 20 I didn't even go over it carefully enough to change a couple of "it"s to "he" when referring to Charmeleon. For the longest time, this was the farthest I had ever gotten with the fic - only in chapter 31 of the ILCOE did I pass the point at which chapter 36 of the UMR ended - and before that point many readers thought of it as 'the one and only' Quest for the Legends. As of version 3.x, it is officially to be considered obsolete and uncanonical; if you find any information in here that is not in the ILCOE or different, ignore it.

Chapters of this version:

  1. Chapter 1: How the adventure began
  2. Chapter 2: The book
  3. Chapter 3: Mark gets his second pokémon
  4. Chapter 4: Training and battling
  5. Chapter 5: Legendary pokémon
  6. Chapter 6: Rick
  7. Chapter 7: May
  8. Chapter 8: Fishing at the Lake
  9. Chapter 9: The secret of the gym
  10. Chapter 10: Through Rainbow Forest
  11. Chapter 11: The Mew hunter
  12. Chapter 12: The rivals
  13. Chapter 13: Battle for the Shining badge!
  14. Chapter 14: The Black desert and Scorplack!
  15. Chapter 15: Stealing is bad
  16. Chapter 16: Mutark
  17. Chapter 17: The battle with Mitch
  18. Chapter 18: The pokémon festival
  19. Chapter 19: Underwater journey
  20. Chapter 20: Enemies forever
  21. Chapter 21: Alan
  22. Chapter 22: Alan's story
  23. Chapter 23: The pokémon frenzy tournament
  24. Chapter 24: The evolution day
  25. Chapter 25: The Attack approval
  26. Chapter 26: The trainer's market and the starter pokémon giveaway
  27. Chapter 27: Molzapart and Chaletwo
  28. Chapter 28: Dead or alive
  29. Chapter 29: The Green Town gym
  30. Chapter 30: Shadows of the past
  31. Chapter 31: The biology of pokémon
  32. Chapter 32: Scyther's revenge
  33. Chapter 33: Fury
  34. Chapter 34: Stormblade and Shadowdart
  35. Chapter 35: The animal world
  36. Chapter 36: The Dragons of Ouen

Version 3.0: The HMMRCIG

The HMMRCIG, or How Much More Revised Can It Get? version, was started after chapter 36 of the UMR. The motivation for doing it was a review from Obsidian Blade made on April 3rd 2004, where she, among other things, commented on how the first chapters were much worse than the later ones (not that I hadn't realized that already). That was also when I first wrote the prologue, and, following it, chapter one, with heavy edits, tweaks, backgrounds that never used to be there, and an earlier ending, basically rewriting the whole thing from scratch. Unfortunately, I could only dig up the prologue and chapters one and two from the Archive.org version of my Serebii.net forums thread, but oh well - the YAR is almost identical to the HMMRCIG in most cases, anyway.

Chapters of this version:

  1. Prologue
  2. Chapter 1: The Pokémon on the Road
  3. Chapter 2: The Ouen Legends
  4. Chapter 3: Vuiiii!
  5. Chapter 4: Cleanwater City
  6. Chapter 5: The Lake of Purity

Version 3.1: The YAR

The YAR, or Yet Another Revision, was rather minor; it was made after chapter five of the HMMRCIG (the first YAR chapter being put up on June 30th 2004), the reason being that I requested a review at the Pokémasters forums and wanted to fix up the fic a little bit before that.

Chapters of this version:

  1. Prologue
  2. Chapter 1: The Pokémon on the Road
  3. Chapter 2: The Ouen Legends
  4. Chapter 3: Vuiiii!
  5. Chapter 4: Cleanwater City
  6. Chapter 5: The Lake of Purity
  7. Chapter 6: The Mammal, the Monster and the Mental Change

Version 3.2: The ILCOEth revision

ILCOE stands for "I've Lost Count Of 'Em", and I don't really remember the exact reason I decided to make this one. I started it after chapter six of the YAR, at least, on August 17th 2004. It sports slightly more changes than from the HMMRCIG to the YAR, but still follows the storyline of the HMMRCIG very closely, with the only real changes being in writing style. It was the first revision that I did not attempt to rewrite entirely again - the ILCOTEM was just a tweak of the prologue, but otherwise I kept calling it the ILCOE and will keep doing so. It is also one of the two still-ongoing versions.

Chapters of this version:

  1. Prologue
  2. (For the rest, see the chapter index)

Version 3.3: The ILCOTEM

A short-lived revision of just the prologue that was posted at the PokémonElite2000 forums on January 2nd 2005. The name stands for "I've Lost Count Of Them Even More". Never bothered going any further with it - I did tweak the ILCOE slightly a couple of times, but I didn't really count that as a proper revision and never really recorded it. However, this is the version of the prologue that was put on this minipage under the ILCOE heading - I cheated a little, hehe.

Chapters of this version:

  1. Prologue

Version 4.0: The IALCOTN

I've Absolutely Lost Count Of Them Now. I made this one because both Nidokingu and a few reviewers believed that the start of the fic was way too slow and boring. I'm not sure, but I think I started this in order to post it on Pokémon Fan Universe on July 9th, 2005. I basically realized that most of the school stuff could be cut out completely, and other stuff could be told in a much shorter manner; then when I was writing it, I realized that just the school stuff, which I had transformed into a conversation between Mrs. Grodski and Mark, kind of qualified for a separate chapter. This basically means that now the original chapter one's story has been completely moved to chapter two. It, like the ILCOE, is now a staple which I may revise some of every now and then, but will most likely keep being presented under this name.

Chapters of this version:

  1. Prologue
  2. Chapter 1: Ultimatum
  3. Chapter 2: The Lost Pokémon
  4. (For the rest, see the chapter index)

Version 4.1: The APO

Yes, it's Another Pointless One, made for my posting of the IALCOTN on Bulbagarden on October 5th 2006! It's mainly some added italic lines in the prologue and teensy tweaks of the first chapter, which were in fact never put into this minipage because I'm too lazy.

Chapters of this version:

  1. Prologue
  2. Chapter 1: Ultimatum

Version 4.5: WTHAIRTSTA

Heh, it was my friend AK who came up with that name to stand for "Why The Hell Am I Rewriting This Stupid Thing Again?" This was induced by a rather negative review by LaVerneT of the APO prologue on December 30th 2006, basically one of just the type that induces my infamous rewriting-urges. So basically I entirely rewrote the prologue from scratch (albeit with inspiration from the APO) and put it up as the IALCOTN prologue, and like it a lot better now. A tweaked version of chapter one and chapter two (now on this minipage as the IALCOTN chapters) followed.

Chapters of this version:

  1. Prologue
  2. Chapter 1: Ultimatum
  3. Chapter 2: The Lost Pokémon

Also check out the trivia for some revision-related fun facts!