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jacob
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 37: Carl

this is a really cool story. Mark is awesome!

[08/12/2015 10:52:48]

Ren
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 61: Mewtwo

Why does Mewtwo refer to Mew as "she" while Chaletwo refers to Mew as "he"? Does Mew have preferred pronouns?

Reply: Mew has no pronoun preference, so it's up to the speaker how they want to refer to Mew. Mewtwo prefers to use "she" to distinguish her from him as part of working out his cloning blues, whereas Chaletwo uses "he" for everyone who doesn't expressly prefer "she". I wrote a post going into a bit more detail on this on the Quest Blog shortly after this chapter was posted, but it also briefly comes up in chapter 51, where Entei also referred to Mew as "she" while Chaletwo used "he".

[07/24/2015 04:33:29]

mamma
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 65: Three Dragons

Þetta var skemmtilegur kafli, þó ég hafi ekki gaman af bardögum. Alla vega máttu rifja upp fyrir mér: Var Dragoreen ein af Legendary pokemonsystrunum? Hún leiddi þau á vitlausan stað í leit að bræðrunum, ekki satt? Þannig að bræðurnir voru ekki í Acaria heldur í Scorpio þar sem er hlýrra. Og hvað var þetta með Robin og Tyranitar? Eitthvað sem May er ósátt við, einhver mistök sem Robin gerði?

Reply: Jú, þú manst rétt hver Dragoreen er.

May átti Tyranitar. Hann drap Taylor (strákinn sem vann meistarakeppnina), og May veit að það var að hluta til henni að kenna, vegna þess að hún tók ekki eftir að Tyranitar var í raun ofvaxið barn. Robin grefur undan sjálfstraustinu hjá May, vegna þess að Robin er jafngóð í bardögum og hún en sýnir pokémonunum sínum athygli og virðingu sem gerðu það ljóst að hún hefði ekki gert sömu mistök varðandi Tyranitar. Í upphafi síðasta kafla vissi Robin ekki að Tyranitar hefði drepið Taylor og spurði um hann, og hún leit upp til May. Þetta var mjög stressandi fyrir May, sem fannst hún ekki eiga það skilið og óttaðist hvað Robin myndi finnast ef hún vissi af morðinu. Á endanum ákvað hún að ljúka þessu af með því að segja Robin frá því. Það er þetta sem þeir voru að tala um varðandi May, Robin og Tyranitar.

[06/26/2015 18:19:39]

Diego
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 1: The Pokémon on the Road

Hi

[06/09/2015 00:41:16]

Chirrio
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: The Ouen League – Chapter 47: The First Preliminary

Mark could have won easily, if he had switched Jolteon out before the ice beam hit him, Glalie would be forced out by Charizard, making Ditto come. As Charizard made Swords Dance twice, he was likely to win against Ditto, if he didn't, it would had been because of the suicide tactic. Then after, Jolteon could finish Galie with a pair of Thunderbolts, or Thunderbolt the water instead, so the ice attacks that implied freezing water would heal Jolteon (assuming he has the Volt Absorb hability).
I'm not trying to say Mark is a bad trainer or something, I just enjoy thinking of strategies that lead to winning. (I'm like May XD)

Reply: That's basically what May tells him in chapter 48, so yes, you do seem to think like her. :P

[06/08/2015 22:20:54]

Chirrio
Story: Scyther's Story
Chapter: Part VII: Second Chance

What a cool story, I think you should write more side-stories, they are very cool. I would love a story with Mew as principal character, about his roles as the creator, escaping from trainers and plans with Chaletwo. I think it would be a ver y interesting material to write about, because, as Scyther, Mew would be very depressive in front of Chanaler's death, knowing that in part was his fault, having memories of the past world, etc.

Reply: There will be some fairly extensive sections about Mew near the end of the main fic. It's considerably more important than Scyther's backstory.

[06/08/2015 20:56:26]

Chirrio
Story: Scyther's Story
Chapter: Part VII: Second Chance

What a cool story, I think you should write more side-stories, they are very cool. I would love a story with Mew as principal character, about his roles as the creator, escaping from trainers and plans with Chaletwo. I think it would be a ver y interesting material to write about, because, as Scyther, Mew would be very depressive in front of Chanaler's death, knowing that in part was his fault, having memories of the past world, etc.

[06/08/2015 20:46:14]

Eifie
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 65: Three Dragons

Someone asked about a TQftL e-book on your tumblr, and I don't feel like resurrecting my old dead tumblr to reply, but maybe you could tell them that there are tools that can automatically convert stories on fanfiction.net into .epub or .mobi files, I forget which (not that you can't convert between them, anyway). I remember using one to get TQftL on my Kindle to reread a few years ago.

[05/18/2015 01:08:40]

ShadowKaiserin
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 65: Three Dragons

"Venoir gave him a poisonous glare"
XD

[05/14/2015 02:55:30]

LKWayvern
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 39: The Workings of the War

I think the Destroyer is Chaletwo. :3
It would make sense. Chaletwo's going to have an anchor until the very last second, and so Mark could look for the Destroyer forever without realizing who it is.
Also, if the Destroyer didn't know who he was, it would be the ultimate defense against those who try to find and capture/kill him before the War of the Legends happens…

[12/23/2014 17:41:26]

Destiny
Story: The Quest for the Legends (IALCOTN)
Chapter: Chapter 6: The Lake of Purity

I really enjoyed reading The Quest for the Legends! I hope that you might consider continuing the series!

Reply: I am continuing the series, but it may be a while before the IALCOTN gets anywhere, since right now I'm focusing on getting the ILCOE posted. If all you read is the IALCOTN and you want to know what happens next, you should probably just turn your brain off and read the ILCOE.

[12/13/2014 06:51:42]

pgfrea
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 53 Extra: April Fools

…wow…
a very cleverly disguised load of crap
very clever

[08/29/2014 01:52:06]

Flutterby000
Story: The Quest for the Legends (IALCOTN)
Chapter: Chapter 6: The Lake of Purity

This is a fantsic story! I can't wait for more!

[07/21/2014 08:19:49]

LKWayvern
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 1: The Pokémon on the Road

I'm beginning to form some theories that won't come into play until much, much later in the story…
…Now would probably be a good time to duck and cover.

[07/19/2014 00:26:42]

mamma
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 64: Hide and Seek

Ég las upprifjunarkaflann núna í annað sinn. Ég verð að segja eins og er, að hann er of flókinn. Annað hvort er plottið fáránlega flókið, eða þú ert ekki að útskýra það nógu vel.

En þessi kafli var ágætur. Ég á reyndar bágt með að skilja af hverju May drap ísbjarnarpokemoninn. Hvað græddi hún á því? Hefði hann nokkuð ráðist á hana eða hennar pokemona? Var hann nokkuð að ógna henni? Ég skil heldur ekki hvers vegna pokemoninn hennar lét segja sér að drepa hann, af hverju hann hlýddi May. May er eins og herforingi sem skipar mönnum sínum að drepa óvininn og þeir hlýða í blindni. Ég skil heldur ekki af hverju Chaletwo greip ekki fyrr inn í og stöðvaði atburðarásina. Þannig að ég er ekki alveg sátt við þennan kafla.

Reply: Hún drap hann ekki. Pokémonbardagar enda venjulega þegar annar pokémoninn er meðvitundarlaus, og að því leyti var þetta nokkuð venjulegur pokémonbardagi. Hins vegar var engin ástæða til að berjast við hann til að byrja með, sem er einmitt punkturinn í þessari senu - hann var sofandi þangað til hún byrjaði að skipa Charizard að ráðast á hann. May fær útrás fyrir stress og reiði í gegnum ofbeldi (sem er líka ástæðan fyrir að lýsingin á bardaganum er óvenjulega ofbeldisfull). Henni hefur liðið frekar ömurlega og þegar hún finnur þennan pokémon þarna í stað drekanna sem þau eru að leita að er það fyrsta sem henni dettur í hug að vilja ráðast á hann.

Plottið er fáránlega flókið, en ef það er eitthvað ákveðið sem þú skilur ekki getur þú spurt.

[05/29/2014 17:41:16]

Happy
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 64: Hide and Seek

I just spent a good portion of my night refreshing myself on the last ten or so chapters instead of doing all my university assignments, so, I feel like the least I can do is comment to have something to show for it.

It's occurring to me now that tqftl - and indeed tcod as a whole - has been an absolutely formative presence throughout my internet life - which is, well, way to make both of us feel old, right! And I've thoroughly enjoyed the pleasant surprise of having a new chapter every now and again; it'll have been a long journey for some people, that's for sure, but for me it's only been the nights spent in unexpected glee.
But I think this is the first time I've read so many bits and pieces together (and even then it doesn't scratch the surface of a full reread), and I have to say it's an incredible difference to experience it all at once. :) The atmosphere and themes just rise like a tidal wave: that overwhelming sense of everyone in a world that's too big for them, that more and more they're challenging forces that could never be controlled, and they keep struggling through it anyway because that's all there's left to do. I'm a huge fan of reinterpretations of these kiddy stories in particular, taking the naiivete of youth and pitting it against the universe - I read tragically little fanfiction these days, so that sort of "grimdark"-sounding stuff must be common - but I feel like there's something different to yours… like, what I've read has this taste of edge, whereas I'd think of yours more as numb? That sounds pretty bad too; what I mean is, it's not about that shock-cynicism, but instead letting a cold world speak for itself. It's a very lovecraftian angle to take it (maybe? I shouldn't be bandying around authors I haven't read) - and maybe I just love it because we may have similar tastes (evidenced in that I chose to start from 53+), but there you are.

This chapter has been by far the highlight of this reading session; it flips from Mark's numb passivity that's characterised most of the fic, into a character that's immediately so different - and that explosion of rage and self-hate has never been more effective. It's clear your writing style keeps improving over the years too, I think; you've employed fantastic use of the unsaid, and May is the perfect vessel for that. The fighting is great! The beartic, in contrast with Dragoreen, where she's rendered helpless. You've fed us her sheer addiction to power & violence with every movement, and it really is scary to feel that - moreso when it denies her any reprieve.
(Ooh, also, I enjoyed the gender moment! With recent years à la tumblr I've been waiting for someone who could show and not tell it, and I'm very happy to see where it's gone with you. I'm also trying to be conservative about Robin's fan-ism, because I swear I will not project romance onto eleven-year-olds, but I love that you sent that crashing as well.)

And all of that may appear to be a ridiculous amount of over-reading for a fanfiction (lit studies decided to crash into the room), but I feel like it's worth it, because it's not about pokemon anymore - it's about you, as an author, and the themes that you bring into your works. I feel like it's no coincidence your major, most accomplished fics have shown this internal consistency; and should you move into your original ideas someday, I have full faith that I will enjoy it just as much! I look forward to the day! And of course, I look forward to the years I can watch this proof of concept move to completion :)

Reply: This review makes me so happy like you wouldn't even believe. Thanks so much for reading and telling me your thoughts - it is incredibly helpful to know what readers are thinking with this level of depth. I'm thrilled you've enjoyed how the story has developed and hope you enjoy the continuation.

[05/15/2014 12:37:36]

LKWayvern
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 64: Hide and Seek

Just love how you casually throw in Fairy Types, like 'Yeah, they've totally existed all this time, we just never bumped into any before.'
Stopping the story now to make a big fuss over a new Type being discovered is a little foolish, so I like how you did it here!
Also… The similarities between Robin's Luxray, and my FC X the Luxray… they just keep increasing…

[05/14/2014 03:45:04]

LKWayvern
Story: Scyther's Story
Chapter: Part VII: Second Chance

Razor kind of reminds me of my FC, X the Luxray…
If X doesn't have something to progress, he starts battling really strong foes, trying to get himself killed on purpose.
Sort of like how Scyther wants to obey the code and commit suicide, but can't bring him to.
I think X chooses battles instead of, say, jumping off a cliff is because deep down, he still can't let go of life.

[05/14/2014 02:59:40]

SilverLatios47
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 64: Hide and Seek

Robin is awesome, and May's perspective is very rewarding; every bit of her development just makes me love her more.

[05/14/2014 01:21:32]

LKWayvern
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 61: Mewtwo

Waaaaaaiiiiiit…
Earlier, Chaletwo said Mew was a he.
In this chapter, Mewtwo calls Mew a she.
Also in this chapter, Chaletwo calls Mew a he.
Did Mew genderswap after the War if the Legends happened, or something…?
Well, in the Councilverse, Mew can switch genders, although she prefers female.
But that's a completely different set of headcanon, with nothing to do with this fanfic.
Really great story.
Personally, I think the Destroyer is Arceus! Even though he wasn't created yet when this story was first made…

Reply: In this fic, all genderless legendaries are asexual beings, but some of them prefer one pronoun or the other. Others, like Mew, don't care, and the pronoun used is up to the speaker. This is briefly mentioned in chapter 51, though I should have established it better since a lot of people forget about that and get confused here where two different pronouns are being prominently used for Mew in the same chapter.

Chaletwo refers to all legendaries with no pronoun preference as "he"; he just made a rule and sticks with it. Mark's narration has largely picked that up from him. Entei tends towards "she" for smaller, less imposing legendaries as a subtle way to be condescending. Mewtwo refers to Mew as "she" to differentiate himself from her. May generally calls genderless legendaries "it" because she doesn't care about the dehumanizing implications of it. There are characterization reasons behind most characters' choices of pronoun for Mew (and other such legendaries, but Mew is the most prominent).

[05/06/2014 02:11:21]

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