Sorry if Congregation is the wrong place to post this, but all of the Pokemon forums are strictly gameplay discussion oriented. I contemplated posting this in Firebot but I'd actually appreciate semi-serious responses and wouldn't mind some discussion. An explanation of the term "deconstruction," for those who are unfamiliar with it. Inspiration comes from this post (although the following isn't necessarily built upon the universe that it describes). Origin of the main characters: Professor Oak made multiple attempts at bioengineering a human clone. The first successful attempt used a 650 nanometer laser, which produced a subject that, while biologically human, lacked human emotion. Professor Oak made a second attempt using a 475 nanometer laser. This produced a more refined, more "human" subject who could easily be mistaken for a perfectly ordinary and rambunctious young boy. The first subject was implanted in a surrogate mother living in the town of Pallet, while the second subject matured entirely in Oak's laboratory. The subjects were named "Red" and "Blue" after the colors of the lasers used in their creation. Postpartum, the surrogate requested to raise subject Red has her own child. Professor Oak chose to raise subject "Blue" as his own grandson. How Pokeballs work: A Pokeball functions by taking a creature and converting 90% of its mass into energy. The remaining 10% remains actual matter, but is compacted so that it can fit into a tiny ball. Pokeballs make Pokemon much lighter, enabling humans to carry them, but the weight of the Pokeball is still proportional to the weight of the Pokemon inside. This is why many young trainers like Youngsters and Lasses have lightweight Pokemon like Rattata and Jigglypuff, while heavy Pokemon like Graveler and Onix are always carried by a large and muscular Hikers. Of course, the weight of those balls adds up, so most people are only capable of carrying three or four Pokeballs at a time, if that many. Gym leaders, being in a static location, don't have to carry their Pokemon, hence they can usually get away with using up to five. Red and Blue, being genetically engineered superhumans, have the strength to carry up to six Pokeballs at a time. How a Pokemon battle works: Typically, trainers will withdraw their Pokemon from a fight before the Pokemon actually faints. Pokemon who have fainted will die if they do not receive medical treatment in a Pokemon center with a reasonable amount of time. Storing the Pokemon in a Pokeball puts them into stasis and allows the trainer to prolong this period indefinitely. Being that fainting is highly stressful for Pokemon, most trainers choose to withdraw their Pokemon before it reaches this point. When wild Pokemon are forced to battle until they faint, they have no means of being revitalized, meaning that they will die. Because Red is a soulless monster, he accepts no surrender and always assaults opposing Pokemon until they have fainted. With regard to Pokemon Centers: Another reason people try to avoid fighting with their Pokemon until they faint is that Pokemon Center visits are not cheap. In fact, many Pokemon trainers go their entire life without ever visiting a Pokemon Center (similar to how plenty of people live most of their lives without ever visiting a hospital). However, Professor Oak has contacted Pokemon Centers across the nation. Using either his influence as a researcher or a vast fortune, he is able to arrange for Red and Blue to receive unlimited Pokemon Center visits. Red abuses this to no end. What is the Pokemon League? The Kanto region is controlled by four elite emperors, otherwise known as the Elite Four. Kanto is governed under what is essentially a feudal system, with local rulers residing in "Gyms," surrounded by loyal followers/apprentices. The Elite Four is aware of the possibility of a trainer raising Pokemon even more powerful than their own. To prevent such an individual from attempting to stage a violent revolution, the Elite Four has extended a generous offer: anyone who is able to beat them is allowed to join their ranks. Many trainers dream of becoming rulers of the world, but few possess the skill needed to make it even past the first few gyms. The Epilogue: After conquering the Elite Four, Red became its leader. However, lacking understanding of things like human emotion, he was horribly unfit for the role. Red became known as a despot, inspiring the hatred of all of Kanto. Under his leadership, the skills of the Elite Four atrophied. Red was blind to the rumblings of rebellion throughout Kanto, but was not blind to the fact that his skills as a trainer were growing dull. To rectify this, he planned a hiatus during which he could train alone on Mount Silver. At the time that the Elite Four's skills were atrophying, the Kanto gym leaders continued to gain strength. Eventually, Red was the only member of the Elite Four who was stronger than any of the Kanto gym leaders, and when Red left for Mount Silver, the Kanto Gym leaders staged a rebellion. Lorelei and Agatha were either killed or fled into hiding. Bruno, being among the more benevolent rulers of the Elite Four, was allowed to stay. The Kanto gym leaders were not able to defeat Lance's powerful dragons, but after seeing Agatha and Lorelei disappear/get killed, Lance admitted that he had no desire to see the current system continue. The Kanto gym leaders allowed Lance to stay as league champion, and stationed one of their own, Koga, on the new Elite Four. (Koga's daughter, Jasmine, replaced him in the Fuchsia City gym.) Red, meanwhile, continued his training atop Mount Silver. He remained in total isolation until three years later, when he received his first human visitor: a young boy named Gold. The above is something that's been bouncing around in my head for awhile, but today is the first time I bothered to type it all out. It's still just a collection of ideas that I may add to, but I had considered writing a fic based on the universe described here. I'm not sure if authoring such a narrative would be time well-spent. I think the idea of a Pokemon deconstruction is interesting (Devil Survivor is one of my favorite video games in large part because that's precisely what it is), but I'm not sure how well this would translate into narrative form. If I did begin composing this as a piece of fiction, there are a lot of questions that I'd have to answer before I began writing. Is a fic something people would be interested in reading? If so, I'd be willing to give it a shot, but if not, I won't bother. If anything I've described sounds glaringly wrong, feel free to tell me bluntly. Also, discussion of topic unaddressed in this post is welcome as well.