This is the third story in my Nuzlocke series, following on my FireRed and Soulsilver Nuzlockes. Reading them is fairly necessary for understanding some character and story points. Once again, the main character is Saylee, off to Hoenn during the events of Emerald, because her life just sucks like that. This fic is a little different from the other two, however. Throughout the previous two fics, I got ideas, inspiration and fanarts from my friend, the fabulous Key-chan. When I started an Emerald Nuzlocke, she started one too, and we played through together. So this fic is the story of two Nuzlockes, hers and mine. The first half of the fic is written entirely by me, but during the second half there are several scenes and chapters written entirely by Key-chan. This is because when Key and Saylee split up, I feel like Key-chan is better writing about what's happening to Key and what she's feeling than I am.
The other thing about this being a joint Nuzlocke is that Key-chan played the German language version of Emerald, so many of the character names were different in her version. While most character and place names are in English, some, for various reasons, have been given the German names instead. Sometimes it's because we like the German names better than the English ones, sometimes it's because the German name seems more appropriate for thematic reasons, and in one case it's due to an injoke between ourselves that has mutated into a plot point. Any time character names are German instead of English, I'll put a note in the A/N just to make sure you know who it is. (I think it's fair enough to assume that, this fic being in English, most of the readers will have played the English-language version :P)
Okay, so if anyone still doesn't know, the Nuzlocke challenge is aimed at hardcore Pokémon gamers who want a bit more challenge out of their game. There are three basic rules, with various alterations possible.
Catch only the first Pokémon you meet on each route or territory. If you kill the first Pokémon, too bad. Move on and catch nothing in that area ever again. (I'm making two alterations to this rule: one minor and one major. The minor one is the first new Pokémon on each team; I'm not interested in having, say, three Pidgey on a team. The major one is that if I see a shiny, all catching rules go out the window, but then if the shiny is captured in this irregular manner it is to be put in a special PC box and nothing else. If I do catch one, I probably won't bring it up in the fic; I'll just have the joy of owning it XD)
Nickname all Pokémon. (I do this alliteratively.) This rule famously serves no real gameplay purpose, other than making rule 3 hurt more…
If a Pokémon faints in battle, it is dead. Box or release it, but never use it again. (I box them. And it is painful.)
I don't use the no-items rule. Also, when asked by a friend what happens if you run out of usable Pokémon entirely (IE your team is wiped out and you've no usable boxed Pokémon), I decided that it just means going back to the last save point, rather than starting the whole game over.
So that's the challenge. It's certainly turned out to be more emotional than a usual runthrough of the game, making you much more attached to your Pokémon- which, again, just makes it hurt more when they die. *cries* That's probably what brings the Pokémon to life so much in your head. This is still Saylee's story, but it's also Key's. And neither of them are very good at peaceful lives…