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Dylan Buchanan
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 27: Past, Present and Future

Did you plan this? I mean, did you plan for the story to transform into a quest to save the world or was it originally meant to be a simple journey fic?

Reply: The original plan was for it to be about Mark catching legendaries just because. Then I realized that was stupid and was going to make it a simple journey fic, except then I realized the title wouldn't make any sense, so I concocted another plot that would involve catching legendaries. I'd decided on it at least by the time I wrote chapter 11 of the original version, since I inserted random foreshadowing for it there.

[03/14/2014 16:37:19]

Dylan Buchanan
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 18: Enemies Forever

What Scyther's did to Charmeleon was totally justified. Had I been mark I wouldn't have been near as harsh with Scyther. And about Scyther's attacking mark, isn't it a little early to think Scyther's would kill him?

[03/13/2014 05:15:21]

Dylan Buchanan
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 10: The Mew Hunter

Very good, very well written, nice twist that you miraculously made surprising where it usually would have been cliche. Why exactly did you get all of your party in the first 10 chapters? Not that I think any differently for it, just did you plan it that way, was it the spur of the moment, or something else?

Reply: I'd planned a team of Pokémon I liked that I was going to make him end up with (hey, I was twelve) and actually got him most of that within the first five chapters, since at the time I was going to give him a legendary in the sixth spot (again, I was twelve). Scyther joining up was completely spur-of-the-moment, though; in the original plan I was just going to have the Mew Hunter threaten him with a random Scyther but in the process of writing the chapter I came to enjoy the Scyther's character so much I wanted to make him recurring.

Mark's not quite done catching Pokémon even though he has a team of six, though.

[03/12/2014 23:20:11]

Dylan Buchanan
Story: The Quest for the Legends (IALCOTN)
Chapter: Chapter 3: The Test

You're story is wonderfully written. This is usually something that would come off as cliche but you actually managed to make this relatable, tension-filled, and, actually, exciting. I can tell you've revised this and am jealous how well you've written just 3 chapters.

[03/12/2014 02:23:17]

Dylan
Story: The Quest for the Legends (IALCOTN)
Chapter: Chapter 1: Ultimatum

Wow! This is awesome already! I can imagine this happening….

[01/31/2014 15:37:12]

UnknownEspeon
Story: The Quest for the Legends (IALCOTN)
Chapter: Chapter 1: Ultimatum

If the creature with the purple tail is Mewtwo [forgive me if i'm wrong] I think its toes are more paw-like… not bulgy….
please forgive typos… my DS hates me…..




ps: good job… i really felt what it was feeling

[01/15/2014 09:55:41]

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

i always wanna cry when mew is sad…. i wonder why….. i honestly feel more connected to a lugia….. huh.

[01/15/2014 09:48:48]

UnknownEspeon
Story: The Quest for the Legends (IALCOTN)
Chapter: Chapter 3: The Test

Your story is great! How did you come up with "the Effect?"

[01/15/2014 09:18:02]

Narnik
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 60: The Swarm

I see. So, if I have this straight, Nightmare wants to throw out Code-as-Binding-Contract/Law, but not necessarily Code-as-Coping-System. Yes, that makes sense. I interpreted the text as saying "she wants to throw out the Code entirely, from Law to Belief".

In my original post, we were wondering "but then how are they going to get over the fact that they kill for a living?" I feel that the Code-as-Coping system actually works quite well in that area, and I wanted to ask what other coping mechanisms Nightmare/you had in mind for the swarm. But then that question's now irrelevant, because she's not implicitly throwing out Code-as-Coping.

Again, I feel that the Code works well. But its overextension was definitely a problem, as TFoaL shows. To that end, I guess there should just be the freedom to cope with the fact of murder in a different way; certainly, the freedom to refuse a state-installed doctrine.

[11/22/2013 06:13:01]

Narnik (and also Micah)
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 60: The Swarm

Are there really any ways to structure the swarm that completely ditch the Code? Nightmare's arguments against it mostly come from her time with humans. But Scyther still kill and eat sentient beings, and parts of the Code help Scyther cope with that fact. "Do not kill without accepting that one day it will be you who is killed," after all.

Micah (friend of mine) adds that there's a difference between what's best for society and morality; a difference between the necessity of killing and the reluctance/outright wrongness of killing. The Code exists as law, but morals exist as instinct.

(Admittedly, I'm a little bit tired, and I can't quite fully phrase it. So let me copy/paraphrase what he said:

"Well, if morality isn't determined by what is best for society, then there must be some overarching moral structure. Something that exists within each, or at least most, individuals…what determines the morality of the Scyther in this case? Not what's best for the swarm, not what's best for the individual…what is it?")

Reply: Well, equivocating morality with the law is basically exactly what the Code is doing in the first place, and that's what Nightmare has a problem with. As it is, the Code is a rigid set of rules hammered into them as not just principles of what's best for individuals or best for the swarm but the one and only definition of integrity and worth. It leads to situations like her being obligated to kill Razor for the utterly unremarkable personal failure of challenging a stronger opponent to a true duel in the heat of the moment, just to prove she's willing to face death - a pointless multi-layered insistence on punishment that benefits no one. The basic ideas the Code is rooted in, like the philosophy of accepting your own death if you're going to kill other creatures, aren't what she has a problem with - it's that she feels everyone is suffering for the insistence on strict adherence to the brutal system derived from these ideas.

Their actual moral instincts are really pretty similar to ours - they feel empathy, and they feel suffering is bad. The Code grew from a simple philosophical coping strategy and into what tried to be a consistent replacement moral system (not just a law) but was often incongruous with those actual moral instincts.

I'm not sure I quite follow what exactly Micah is referring to, without the context of that paragraph, so apologies if I'm misunderstanding your point.

[11/22/2013 01:11:58]

Three
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: The Ouen League – Chapter 49: The Rage of a Scyther

"raored"

Epic fail, huh?
:D

[06/17/2013 03:37:38]

Three
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: The Ouen League – Chapter 49: The Rage of a Scyther

Mark was all dizzy as his opponent was terrified of Scyther.

"Both" Scyther raored and leapt up without warning…
?

I know you're a perfectionist, so I won't keep these things to myself.

Reply: There are two Scyther because he used Double Team earlier. One of them is the real Scyther, the other is an illusory copy that mirrors everything the real Scyther does.

[06/17/2013 03:32:08]

awesome sauce
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 33: Thunderyu

awesome

[05/29/2013 05:37:53]

Hashiro
Story: The Quest for the Legends (IALCOTN)
Chapter: Chapter 1: Ultimatum

I can somewhat relate with Mark. Many people tell me that art isn't going to help with my future, to which I would get frustrated at. I do remember getting scolded like that back in my elementary days, when my notebooks would be half-filled with doodles. Hehe. :) I'm excited to see how the Pokemon communicate with the humans.

[04/30/2013 11:38:01]

mamma
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 63: Recovery

Þetta var ágætiskafli. Ég hlakka til að lesa meira.

[04/24/2013 13:31:42]

oh-paching
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 63: Recovery

What's the "flash of blood spreading over rocky ground" supposed to be? Was May suddenly stabbed?

Reply: She was having a brief flashback to Taylor's death.

[04/24/2013 12:29:39]

Denri
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: The Ouen League – Chapter 50: Friendly Competition

I uh… just noticed. Near the end of the chapter, Mark says "You can stay with me in Sailance if you want, but I can also take you back where I caught you, or wherever you like.” Is the Effect no longer a thing? How can his pokémon choose to stay with him in Sailance if they will eventually become unconscious permanently by doing so? He wouldn't be able to live in Sailance and still have his pokémon at all, right?

Reply: The Effect is a thing in the IALCOTN - not in the ILCOE. As I keep emphasizing, the two versions are not consistent with one another. In the ILCOE, wild Pokémon generally stay away from that part of Ouen, instinctively just not liking the place, but the precise reasons are a mystery and they suffer no adverse effects if they do come there.

Come to think of it, I should really note this on the Ouen Map page - it was made more to go with the IALCOTN initially (like most of this minipage), but it's bound to be pretty confusing when I've mostly been writing the ILCOE for the past several years.

[04/09/2013 04:14:39]

ilumos
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 63: Recovery

Great job, I love it! Things are finally coming to an end; I've been following this for so long. Are you going to post the other chapters?

Reply: When I've finished editing them, yes.

[03/18/2013 07:22:10]

guywithakyogrepokdex
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 62: Diplomacy

I LOVE U

[02/28/2013 13:42:19]

guywithakyogrepokedex
Story: The Quest for the Legends (ILCOE)
Chapter: Chapter 38: Volcaryu

umm, not that i have a problem with it but, WHY THE HELL CAN THE POKEMON TALK???!!!!!1

Reply: Have you forgotten the whole thing about Mark being good at Pokémon speech at school? It's not that the Pokémon are speaking human (except Gyarados and Spirit, but that's because they were given special powers by Entei and Suicune), but that people understand their language. In an early episode of the anime, there was a guy who was researching the language of Pokémon; this fic happens twenty-seven years later and assumes that they did figure out Pokémon speech and are now teaching it at schools.

[02/09/2013 19:14:35]

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