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 the gameverse rather than the anime, the greatest distinction being that the vast majority of pokemon have roughly animal-level intelligence. It’s inspired by rationalist fiction, primarily Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, and much of the science mentioned, especially the psychology, is based on real research and experimental results. That said, I could no more rationally explain 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 that is logically consistent with itself, which includes not just a realistic examination of pokemon/human interactions and an attempt to address some of the contradictory parts of the pokemon universe, but also an exploration of how society thrives in a world where deadly monsters are commonplace, and children 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, but it picks up by the second and third immensely, and I plan to come back and revamp 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 Company International, Game Freak, and ultimately Nintendo. Thanks for reading, and enjoy!

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