Thousand Roads

A Pokémon fansite dedicated to the creative side of the Pokémon fandom, especially fanfiction.

rayquaza-mega

Negrek Admin

Website: Thousand Roads

Haha, yeah, I'm also approaching this from the standpoint of someone who reads/writes OT's. If you're interested in that genre, you might like OC Ash 'fics more than Ash betrayal 'fics; they're also super hot right now, and they have some of the same elements (generally darker tone, more powerful Ash character) but with more focus on the journey than on the character interactions. I think The Sun Soul was one of the original big-time ones, and Traveler is among the most popular ongoing right now. (And if you haven't read Pokémon MASTER, like Butterfree mentioned above, it's a fandom classic! Worth at least glancing at to see if you enjoy it.) Of course I also fully endorse the stuff on my recs list. XD

Conquest 'fic, huh? I think I've only ever read, like, one of those. I never see them! Are there any you think are particularly worth checking out?

lickitung

Viola Buddy

This formula actually doesn't seem familiar to me at all, even though Pokémon fanfiction was what got me into fanfiction and fandoms in the first place - I was much more enamored with original trainer fics (and still am! Ash and co. are fun and all to watch on the TV show but for some reason often feel either really boring or really out-of-character when written about). I've since mostly moved onto other fandoms (with Pokémon fanfic cravings satisfied usually by Pokémon Conquest fanfics), but I might check out at least one of these "Ash betrayal" fics sometime, at least to see what these are like if they're so common (though if I'm being honest, also for nostalgia for when I used to read a fair amount of Pokémon darkfic, and to indulge in guilty pleasures such as the reasons you list for this genre's popularity). Though, with your new rec page, I may alternatively check the fics on there, too.

rayquaza-mega

Negrek Admin

Website: Thousand Roads

Ugh, sorry. I got nothing, then, and at the moment I don't have a way of testing the site for that browser. I'll do my best to figure out a workaround for the next layout, though, so hopefully you shouldn't have to put up with it for much longer.

rayquaza-mega

Negrek Admin

Website: Thousand Roads

A security token is a hidden key that gets to the server whenever you try to post a comment. It's intended to prevent third-party code on external web sites from being able to e.g. make comments itself. When you get a security token error it's generally because the token expires after a certain amount of time. So if you leave a tab open for a while before writing a comment, you might run into problems. I increased the amount of time it takes for a token to expire, but in general if you're worried about a security token problem you can just refresh the page before starting to write your comment and you should be fine.

rayquaza-mega

Negrek Admin

Website: Thousand Roads

You're welcome! Glad you find it useful. In the future, though, please don't post a bunch of comments that say essentially the same thing and/or spam like what pokémon John Cena looks like, etc.

rayquaza-mega

Negrek Admin

Website: Thousand Roads

Ugh, thanks for letting me know. Turns out there was a problem with the e-mail encoding that I wasn't seeing since I turned off e-mails on my local instance to protect my sanity during testing. The e-mail only gets sent if the comment was successfully saved to the db, so that's why you didn't actually lose any content, fortunately.

I don't think I even made it through the first chapter when I read it, but at the time I was just SO OFFENDED that anybody could think this story was actually good, ugh. As a somewhat more mature fan I just think it's kind of hilarious. A good candidate for dramatic reading at the next get-together, methinks.

raticate

Butterfree

Website: The Cave of Dragonflies

Heh, I never read Pokémon MASTER in full either - I read the first chapter and started the second sometime in 2003 or whatever, when it still seemed to be universally considered The Definitive Best Pokémon Fanfic, No Other Fanfic Can Compete, and had a hard enough time getting through it that I ended up deciding well obviously it's amazing but I just have a hard time reading it because there's too much description for my personal taste but really I'm sure it's just as amazing as everyone says.

While doing research for that comment, though, I looked vaguely through every chapter and apparently Ash's father is THE ELEMENT OF SHADOW ITSELF, which is making me want to actually read it.

lampent

ZeroZepher

Thanks for making this dude... this really helped with my "Randomizer" basically qr creating pokemon while using this to create random move sets. :D Ho-Oh

inkay

IgglybuffTheProdigy

Sorry, but what's a security token and why does it prevent me from commenting so much?

rayquaza-mega

Negrek Admin

Website: Thousand Roads

Bah, didn't get a comment notification for this. Don't tell me I managed to break that feature somehow...

Anyway, dang, yes, I had somehow completely forgotten about that! Or idk, I didn't actually make it that far into Pokémon MASTER, maybe I never saw it. :P Thanks for that, tweaked the text a little. And doing a quick search (turns out "Ashura" is still really popular, I just don't read the right kind of fics to see it) even turns up at least one recent story where it's "Ashura Red Satoshi Ketchum." Ash just keeps getting more names.

rayquaza-mega

Negrek Admin

Website: Thousand Roads

Ahhh, yeah, that's a tricky one. Unfortunately I don't have a DSi and the site looks okay on my 3DS, so it's a bit hard to tell what's going on. I tried throwing some fallback colors in there, though; does it look any better now?

dedenne

Butterfree

Website: The Cave of Dragonflies

Great find - The Fallen Master does seem a likely originator, since it mentions its inspirations but those don't have the crucial betrayal element.

Ashura Satoshi Ketchum is definitely an oldie that I remember from way back in the day, though, and it turns out yup, it's in Ace Sanchez' Pokémon MASTER (search "Ashura"). I'm betting that's where it originated, then, given that tends to be cited as one of the earliest trendsetter for darker and edgier Pokéfics.

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