"Every explicit duality is an implicit unity." - Alan Watts
Cliff Beckett has a new lease on life. He found his missing brother, Aaron, in Unova, got a new job under renowned (and infamously cantankerous) Professor Rowan, and his assistant puts a spring in his step. Along with a hyperactive Skorupi named Liam, he has to travel the Sinnoh region and cope with a researcher's worst enemy: deadlines. But after an accident threatens his safety, he'll have to deal with his boss' unending disappointment, a shady organization causing chaos, and a visitor from his past that looks to even the score.
FANARTTABLE OF CONTENTS
00 - Prologue: Symbiosis
01 - Cohabitation
02 - Natural Selection
03 - Warning Coloration
04 - Tectonic Rift - vs Roark
Interlude: Feedback Loop
05 - Invasive Species
06 - Fight or Flight
07 - Into the Woods
08 - Covalent Bonds
09 - Pollination Syndrome - vs Gardenia
10 - Parental Investment
11 - Venom Gland
12 - Cardiac Arrest
13 - Lazarus Sign - vs Fantina
14 - Evolutionary Thought
15 - Cryptic Behavior
16 - Adrenaline Rush - vs Maylene
17 - Malaise Symptoms
Interlude: Waves (pt. 1) (pt. 2) (pt. 3)
18 - Striding Water
19 - Treading Marshes
20 - Escape the Undertow - vs Crasher Wake
21 - Occult Precipitation
22 - Piercing Point
23 - Fatigue Limit - vs Byron
24 - Cold Blooded
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- Cliff and Maeve
- Casual Cliff and Aaron
- Risque Cliff and Aaron
- Cliff and Aaron, Will Smith edition
- Psycho Pass!AU Cliff and Aaron
- Dance!AU Cliff
- Cliff Teamshot
- Alola Time Cliff
- Sleeping Beauty Cliff
- A Bug in the System Banner Art
- [+] Spoiler
I was very pleased to hear from Aurea that you accepted my request. My assistant - well, former assistant - Alpha is now on his way to Unova to try his hand at the Pokémon League and so I am in need of, well, assistance.
I have read your papers on the distribution and mutations of Bug-types in Unova and I found your work to be adequate. As you know, the species diversity in many regions has shifted in recent times, Sinnoh being one of those regions. And mirroring Unova, Sinnoh also saw many species adapt and evolve in different ways in order to survive and as researchers, it is our job - nay, duty - to record all these for the public's consumption.
Now, I am well aware that you have prior experience dealing with Bug-types so I will again ask for your cooperation on this. But unlike Aurea, I prefer to maximize the skills of my assistants. I am very much confident that you at least have the capacity to do more than one type for this assignment. Therefore, I will be asking for your help in recording the locations and changes of Poison-types in Sinnoh. I trust that you are capable of that, yes?
Since this is not your first assignment, I do not think I need to brief you with what data you have to collect and record. I will await your arrival here in my lab in Sandgem Town. Please be sure to have all that you need by then as I will not tolerate any more delays once this project starts.
I pray that you will not disappoint me.
1. You can only catch the first Bug-type or Poison-type that you encounter in an area, route or town.
1a. If the first encounter is a dupe, you may catch the first non-dupe encounter instead. This extends to any members of the evolutionary family.
2. You are required to nickname them.
3. If they faint, they are considered "dead" and must be boxed permanently.
4. You are only allowed to catch and use 'shinies' of your type.
5. Legendary Pokemon may not be used.
6. OVERSATURATION - You cannot use your highlighting skills on this just yet.
7. NATURAL COMPETITION - You can only use your powers of prediction for now.
8. ANTIVENOM - Just don't hover over this yet or the run is failed.
9. The run ends when Cynthia is defeated.
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- [3 months ago...]
So... Is he gone? Did your dad leave already?
Yeah... I think he did. I don't see his briefcase anymore.
Yes! About time too. Did you get his laptop?
Uh, yeah, here it is. Clay, what are you planning to do? I'm still in hot water from the last stunt you pulled. He couldn't get the stain out for months...
Okay, how was I supposed to know it was gonna squirt out? And anyway, you won't get into trouble for this. I just want to check a link my friend recommended to me.
What kind of link? And can't we use your laptop or something? I really don't want to risk it.
Nah, my dad took my laptop away. For my own good apparently. Anyway, here. *typing* h-t-t-p://w-w-w.p-o-k-e-f-u-r-r-i-e-s.c-o-m... *click*
W-What?! Clay, what the hell?! I don't want to look at this stuff!
Trust me, Jim! It's gonna be worth it! Okay, here... Lovely Lounging Lopunnies... *click* Oh baby... show me that cotton tail!
I've got a bad feeling about this...
What?! What did you do?!
I don't know! This never happened to me before!
Delete that file! Delete it already!! My dad's going to kill me if he sees I messed with his stuff!
I'm tryingggg! But it's not going away! It keeps coming back!
Ughhhhhh, great! Now I'll never see the outside of my house ever again! Thanks a lot, Clay, you ruin everything!
Jim, wait! Wait up!
Opening file DENNIS.exe...
Man... where is he? Hey! It's been hours since you guys docked. Anyone left in there?
Huh? Yeah, some people still in there. Hold your horses.
Tch. Cliff's not usually this late. Did anything happen in there? Any much longer and this thing here will...
Sorry, sorry! Have you been waiting long?
Let me think- yeah! All the other passengers already left and I was stuck here looking like an idiot waiting for you. You know, just because you're a former champ, that doesn't mean you can waste other people's time.
Har har. I see being part of the Elite Four's added to your charm. Hey, big brother. *hug*
Hey, little brother. *hug* And I'll have you know you're lucky I'm still here. I almost got mobbed by my many, many fans. So, what happened to you anyway?
Oh, that. One of the other passengers got into a fight with the sailors. They were going at each other's throats and the guy was, and I quote, strongly suggesting he was not having any more Taurosshit. I kinda had to get in between the two of them before it got any worse.
Huh. Did you get the guy's name?
It was... something with a P, I think. Paulie, was it?
Huh. Probably should watch out for him then. Anyway, here. Nice guy gets prizes.
Oh hey, thanks! I was worried you wouldn't be able to get one in such short notice.
It wasn't easy but it's a good thing you contacted me when you did.
Sorry. I didn't want to take any chances. Professor Rowan seems like he would kill me if I came there without a Pokédex.
Yeah... I've heard Rowan can be quite strict with his students. And hey, as a bonus, I snagged you that upgrade where it actually translates your Pokémon's speech.
Wait... Doesn't that cost like... a fortune???
Eh, I pulled a few strings, called in a few favors. Don't worry about it. And here. Quickly, hold this.
What? Hey, this is too much!
Hey, I'm not letting my little brother make his glorious return to Sinnoh without a Pokémon. You said you were travelling alone, right?
Well yeah. Pascal's earned a vacation and I'm not looking to be stabbed by Solana by dragging him here. Especially when she's all touchy lately...
Exactly. Plus I'm sure Rowan would prefer it to see his new assistant in his element. Don't worry about it. Big brother's got you covered.
...I mean, I really do appreciate it but I hope it wasn't too much of a hassle. What even is it?
You'll find out soon enough. In fact...
...Now seems good enough.
Yeah! I knew you always wanted to train one and with your new assignment, you can actually use one. Quickly, here's a Poké Ball. Ball it before it gets away.
Oh, right. Gotcha. *pchoo*
Bred this one myself actually. Anyway, send him out! I wanna see how you two meet.
Alright, alright. Come on out, Skorupi. *pchoo*
... ...Are you... my new Trainer?
Hey, little guy. Looks like it. My name is Cliff.
...Okay! Nice to meet you, Cliff! *chomp*
Ow! What the?! Why did you do that?!
Mm, probably should have warned you. Young Skorupi are pretty playful. Here, you might want this.
It's medicine for the venom. And before you panic, don't worry. Skorupi poison isn't too deadly at this age. You'll feel a little woozy but nothing much. You will probably build a resistance as time goes on anyway.
...Thanks, I guess.
No problem. You wanted a Drapion, here you are. Don't forget to name him.
How about Liam? You alright with that?
Liam... I like it! I'm Liam! *bite*
Ow! Okay, you have to stop that.
Heh. I see you two will get along just fine. C'mon, I got a service waiting for us to take us to Jubilife City. You definitely don't want to be late for your meeting with Professor Rowan.
Yeah, definitely. C'mon, Liam. It's time to go.
I wonder what I got myself into this time.
- [+] Spoiler
Oh, Cliff. You sweet summer child. You know nothing.
Welcome to A Bug in the System - the sequel to Back in Black, Bug! To be honest, I was not planning to do this run just yet but after playing more of the gameplay, I just couldn't wait to do this first. And I think it just makes sense. For those of you who haven't read Back in Black, here's a very short (and spoilery) summery for now.
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- Cliff is Aaron's younger brother who goes with Aaron's Dustox, Pascal, to find him after he's been missing. They find out he's been abducted by Genesect and they fight him off to rescue Aaron. Genesect is heavily damaged by the fight and before it completely shuts down, uploads a backup of itself in the computer.
[10/2/2015 3:56:01 AM] not dusty: bug/poison dualocke maybe
[10/2/2015 3:59:52 AM] not dusty: .. .damnit
[10/2/2015 3:59:58 AM] not dusty: bug poison
[10/2/2015 4:00:00 AM] not dusty: hmmmmmmmmmmmm
[10/2/2015 4:00:14 AM] not dusty: its really appealingggggg
The rest is history.
And the other thing... GUESS WHO I CAN FINALLY USE?! I FINALLY GET TO FUCKING USE A SKORUPI! AFTER 10,000 YEARS I'M FREE! IT'S TIME TO CONQUER SINNOH! But yeah, Pascal is getting a well-deserved rest.
In other news:
- I might have had a just a little fun writing the first part of the prologue. Thank you to my two willing victims (you can probably guess who they are :V) for playing a part in it. And yeah, that's a thing that happened. Fear the Dennisect!
- Special thanks to AgentNein for drawing Cliff and Liam for the banner and the Lovely Lounging Lepus Lopunny! And to Jimcloud for the proofread as always.
So, everyone, strap yourselves in. Cause this shit is gonna be bananas.