Pokemon: The Origin of Species

Enter the world of Pokémon from a rational perspective. Instead of starting his journey in ignorance, Red has spent his years studying the creatures so central to his world... and he doesn't quite agree with all the information in his books. No time for rookie mistakes here: he's on a quest to discover the true nature of Pokémon, and maybe even find out where they really come from.

Hello all, and welcome to Pokemon: TOoS. This fiction is mostly based on thegameverse rather than the anime, the greatest distinction being that the vastmajority of pokemon have roughly animal-level intelligence. It’s inspired byrationalist fiction, primarily Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality,and much of the science mentioned, especially the psychology, is based on realresearch and experimental results. That said, I could no more rationallyexplain how a pokeball would “actually” work than I could build one!

My aim is to, at the very least, present a version of the pokemon world thatis logically consistent with itself, which includes not just a realisticexamination of pokemon/human interactions and an attempt to address some ofthe contradictory parts of the pokemon universe, but also an exploration ofhow society thrives in a world where deadly monsters are commonplace, andchildren are trained from a young age to survive independently by their pre-teens.

Currently I’m not terribly happy with the quality of this first chapter, butit picks up by the second and third immensely, and I plan to come back andrevamp it when I get the chance. Meanwhile, all feedback is appreciated,either here or at my posts in the subreddit /r/rational.

Finally, all intellectual property in this story belong to The Pokémon CompanyInternational, Game Freak, and ultimately Nintendo. Thanks for reading, andenjoy!

Story by Daystar Eld

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