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Author has written 5 stories for Pokémon, and Dexter.
Enigma Chronicles: Echoes
Chapter 33 Progress : 5%
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Giovanni Chronicles Artwork:
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1. My artwork
2. Artwork from fellow writers/artists
- "Two of a Kind" (Giovanni, Delia, and Metsuma)
- "The Same but Different" (Giovanni and Kyden)
- The Maestro and the Apprentice (Metsuma and The Maestro)
- Happy Valentines Day! (GiovannixDelia)
CREATIVE CREDITS/SPECIAL THANKS
Several ideas/concepts used in the Enigma Chronicles: Sedition and the Enigma Chronicles: Echoes originated from the Pokémon Rebirth project. The site contains a number of creative, well-thought stories written to flesh out and enrich the Anime world of Pokémon. I encourage my readers to check all of them out.
Link: http: //pokemonrebirth.niftihalostudios .com/index2.html
My name is Austen and I love to write. It's my passion. It's my power. It's who I am. And... it's how I kill time, mostly.
My biggest project would be "The Giovanni Chronicles Saga". The first two installments can be found in my story list below, along with a collection of bonus stories.
I really don't wish to pester anyone by bringing my personal life into the spotlight. But I feel there's always story behind every writer as well. Allow me to just break it into sections so you can read only what you may want to know.
BIO: I'm Male. I go to college. I live a content life. I love my family. I have some very close friends but prefer not to surround myself with a group. I hate being the center of attention.
I'm currently attending college part-time, and... that's about it. Creative Writing seems to be something I'd like to major in, as writing is my primary joy and passion. My top priority now is to do well in school and earn my degree.
I'm a Leukemia survivor which was something I used to never like to talk about. But I am proud to say I've been in remission for almost four years now and that the whole experience has matured me. It's given me the incentive to live life to the fullest and to fulfill my passion for writing.
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"Chaos isn't a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, they cling to the realm or the gods or love. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is." - Littlefinger, Game of Thrones
"Learn about art, Captain. When you understand a species' art, you understand that species." - Grand Admiral Thrawn, Star Wars: Heir to the Empire
"I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible." - Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye
"I'm at the corner of first, and first. Wait a minute. How can the same street intersect with itself? I must be at the nexus of the universe!" - Cosmo Kramer, Seinfeld
"Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I'm an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair!" - The Joker, The Dark Knight
“Many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not — because the thing they were good at at school wasn’t valued, or was actually stigmatized. All kids have tremendous talents — and we squander them pretty ruthlessly.” - Sir Ken Robinson
"Love can be inconvenient, perhaps inappropriate. It can be dangerous – make us do things we wouldn't dream of doing. But wrong? That just depends where we end up, doesn't it?” - Isaak Sirko, Dexter
"Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.” - Yoda, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
"I'm not superstitious... but I am a little stitious." - Michael Scott, The Office
"There are all kinds of writers and all kinds of methods, and any method that helps you to say what you want to say is the right method for you." - William K Zinsser
"Stop grumbling and remember, always put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today'... now wait a minute, that didn't come out right..." - Nobiyuki, Tenchi Muyo
"I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you will know the debt is paid." - Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones
"I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are." - Mewtwo, Pokémon: The First Movie
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex." - Albert Einstein
"You'd expect that in an age of science, people would stop believing in the supernatural; but that's clearly not happening." - Dexter Morgan, Dexter
"What does a man do, Walter? A man provides for his family. And he does it even when he's not appreciated, or respected, or even loved. He simply bears up and he does it. Because he's a man." - Gus Fring, Breaking Bad
"Fear plays an interesting role in our lives. How dare we let it motivate us? How dare we let it into our decision making, into our livelihoods, into our relationships? It’s funny isn’t it we take a day a year to dress up in costume and celebrate fear." - Robert California, The Office
"The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one." - Mr. Antolini quoting Wilhelm Steckel, The Catcher in the Rye
"When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who have wronged me! We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground! Turn us away, and we will burn you first." - Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones
"Pokémon are nothing but a business. And what is needed to succeed? Sacrifice. That is why we must not fail. Business must succeed at any cost." - Giovanni, Pokémon: The Origin
"Me? I'm dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly... stupid." - Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean.
"Who's the more foolish? The fool or the fool who follows him?" - Ben Kenobi, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
“Anarchy is a state of society where the only government is reason.” - Michael Schwab
"You were probably steered benignly away from things at school when you were a kid — things you liked — on the grounds that you would never get a job doing that: ‘Don’t do music, you’re not going to be a musician. Don’t do art, you won’t be an artist.’ Benign advice — now, profoundly mistaken." - Sir Ken Robinson
"If someone stands in the way of true justice, you simply walk up behind them and stab them in the heart." - Ra's Al Ghul, Batman Begins
"All worlds begin in darkness, and all so end. The heart is no different. Darkness sprouts within it, grows, consumes it. Such is its nature. In the end, every heart returns to the darkness whence it came. You see, darkness is the heart's true essence." - Ansem the Seeker of Darkness, Kingdom Hearts
“Do you want to find out what ‘or else’ means?” - Giovanni, Pokémon
"You think my life is some precious thing to me? That I would trade my honor for a few more years of … of what? You grew up with actors; you learned their craft and you learned it well. But I grew up with soldiers. I learned how to die a long time ago." - Eddard Stark, Game of Thrones
"The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work." - Micheal Jackson
"I’m not going to try to teach you anymore. If all I do is try, that means I don’t truly believe I can succeed. So from now on, I will teach you. I may fail, you may fail. But there is no try." - Kanan Jarrus, Star Wars: Rebels
“Good is a point of view, Anakin.” - Palpatine, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
"We are born primal. Conceived with the impulse to fight for what we desire. It's written in our genes. It's engraved in our souls. But we've traded the wilderness for pavement, trees for skyscrapers. We've lost touch with our instincts, with what we are. We have fallen from nature's grace." - Jordan Chase, Dexter
"Protection and power are overrated. I think you are very wise to choose happiness and love. There are reasons each of us are born. We have to find those reasons." - Iroh, Avatar: The Last Airbender
“Psychopaths are not a mistake of nature. They’re a gift. They’re alpha wolves who help the human race survive long enough to become civilized.” - Evelyn Vogel, Dexter
“Ask for work. If they don't give you work, ask for bread. If they do not give you work or bread, then take bread.” - Emma Goldman
"Oh, yes, Meg. Yes-yes-yes, everything was going swimmingly for you until [Peter being diagnosed as mentally retarded]. Yes, yes, this is the thing that will ruin your reputation, not your years of grotesque appearance or awkward social graces, or that Felix Unger-ish way you clear your sinuses. No, no, it's this. Do you hear yourself talk? I might kill you tonight." - Stewie Griffin, Family Guy
"This world of ours is a crude one. In a word, it is incomplete. It has been, and always will be, a struggle to survive in this world. We humans and Pokémon are likewise incomplete. Because we are all so lacking, we fight, we maim... It is ugly. I hate the incompleteness. That we are all incomplete, I hate it with my entire body and being. The world should be complete. The world must change." - Cyrus, Pokémon Platinum
"We knew the world would not be the same. Few people laughed, few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another." - Robert Oppenheimer
"So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it's gratifying to have something you have done linger in people's memories." - John Williams
“Your pretty empire took so long to build, now, with a snap of history's fingers, down it goes.” - Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
"If your kids like you, then you've failed as parents." - Frank Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond
"Explain to me why it is more noble to kill ten thousand men in battle than a dozen at dinner." - Tywin Lannister, Game of Thrones
"I tell a great story and I'm a liar. Harry Potter does it and he's your favorite writer." - Stan Smith, American Dad
"Power is a curious thing, my lord. Power resides where men believe it resides. It's a trick. A shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow." - Lord Varys, Game of Thrones
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SHORT CHANGE HERO SYNOPSIS :
Two years have passed since the disbandment of the Rocket Empire. Peace has never felt so divine, but the world is still changing. The Pokémon League and Military Government continue to successfully reform the nation as promised, while the infamous Rocket Gang dominates the black market as an ever-growing junta of Pokémon thieves.
Upholding his duties as the Viridian Gym Leader, Giovanni Rocketto has grown and matured in his sprouting career; but in secret, he reigns full control over the Team Righteous movement: a campaign carried out by he and his biker gang to sustain Pallet Town and Viridian City on Team Rocket's behalf. And despite his efforts to keep the peace for the ones he loves, his daily gym duties and nightly chores for Team Rocket have kept him at arm's length from Delia, thus throwing him deeper into the depths of his Aggressive Conscience—it has been growing over the years and he can no longer stand carrying the burden.
For Team Rocket, however, trouble begins to brew yet again, this time in the form of the Saffron Mafia. These crime families are now holding the Rockets accountable for a substantial debt owed by the late Metsuma Rocket. Madame Boss, chief of the Rocket syndicate, dispatches Team Righteous and Rocket Commando Archer to the Sinnoh Region to harvest rare Pokémon, profit off of them, and compensate the Mafia before an unfinanceable crime war can break out between the two rival factions.
Joining Archer's task force is Giovanni and twelve-year-old Tucker Oak. While Gio desperately seeks to contact his lost father and acquire his counsel in dealing with his inner demons, Tucker begins his first Pokémon Journey, wanting to experience nothing more than the pleasures of his youth instead of having to worry about his father's expectations for his future.
But in addition to the struggle of overcoming their respective conflicts, Giovanni and his companions must come to confront the most formidable of all their adversaries, which exists right beneath their noses in great and powerful numbers. More importantly, they are not a force to be reckoned with...
LEAD CHARACTERS :
GIOVANNI: The son of the two co-founders of Team Rocket, Giovanni is the title character and main focus of the story. Though relatively young, he is one of finest Pokémon trainers in Kanto, the leader of the Team Righteous movement, and, later, an effective member of Archer's unit dispatched to Sinnoh. Temporarily relinquishing his duties as the Viridian Gym Leader, Giovanni, accompanied by Tucker, sets out to Sinnoh to locate his father and seek his help in controlling his inner demons, which have only caused him to experience extensive conflict over the years since first embarking on his quest to be the very best.
- “If there's any light in me... I don't feel it, not anymore.”
TUCKER: Tucker is boastful, cocky, and naive towards the greater things in life, but has a strong heart and a vibrant attitude. That being said, one of his strongest qualities is that he is a very brave young man when faced with danger. However, one of the things that Tucker worries about is 'growing up'. While his father, Professor Oak, wishes to groom him into his successor, Tucker only wants to spend his days traveling the world as an adventurous Pokémon Trainer. And to ensure he gets his wish, he does something drastic... to which Giovanni, his idol, does not quite approve...
- “But this is what I've always dreamed of, Gio! I'm not afraid! And we both know I can do this if I give it my all!”
ARCHER: Archer is Giovanni's best friend and one of Team Rocket's most distinguished junior officials. He is appointed by Madame Boss herself to serve as the commander of the overseas operation in the Sinnoh Region. And while he takes his work seriously, he keeps tabs on Gio and Tucker's personal lives, helping in any way he can.
- “I've worked too hard to get to where I am. Perhaps you'll know what I'm talking about someday.”
PETREL: Petrel's motives on Team Righteous, particularly throughout the Sinnoh campaign, are more mild-mannered. But as a con-artist of the sorts, Petrel is obsessed with disguises, riddles, puzzles, and words games; he typically utilizes these charade-like traits in service of Team Righteous as a means of covertly extracting information for Giovanni's use. Petrel outright hates Ariana, however, and makes it his primary mission to torment her at every opportunity, calling it "a hobby".
- “You've never been so insulted? Hmph! Well, now I'm insulted!”
PROTON: Despite being the youngest member of Giovanni's gang, Proton is essentially the opposite of restless. He is a calm and collected individual that shows little emotion, although he is sometimes seen smirking or grinning. Unlike the other members, he conducts his tasks in a veil of secrecy, suggesting an enigmatic sort of persona. He holds a fondness for literature and the humanities and presents himself as the most intelligent inside Gio's circle of confidants.
- “Recognize where you stand, for this is your calling, is it not? I, for one, would apply myself a bit more.”
ARIANA: Daughter of a wealthy and corrupt lawyer, Ariana has an extensive criminal record but has never seen the inside of a jail cell. Her shoplifting addiction earned her the attention of Giovanni's criminal circle and a place in his biker gang. Although she is normally smiling, she can be undoubtedly egocentric, mean-spirited, tactless, cold, and uncaring. Ariana harbors an intense crush on Giovanni and repeatedly tries to move-in on him when Delia isn't present. She also shares a comedic rivalry with Petrel, as the two are always at each other's throats, and considers him a daily nuisance.
- “I'll have you know that I do so have the potential to be a bride! And not to a Wobbuffet, mind you!”
BRUTIS: Lord Brutis is the second in command of the Apostles' Creed: a secret underground society of Aura Users. While listless and well-meaning in nature, he essentially serves as the main antagonist of Short Change Hero, scheming to stage a coup and acquire control of the cult for his own mysterious ends. Without propensity and remorse to cloud thought, any action taken should be to further one's own goals, and Brutis has a ferocious dedication to his own goals. Of note, he appears to be a rather eased individual and will often talk to those around him in a light-hearted manner, regardless of whether or not he has darker intents in mind.
- “We are all pawns. Pawns to what we desire most. Such a burden.”
LUNA: Luna, whom Gio meets while attending an anger-management seminar, is an odd but eccentric traveling artist with a checkered past. She and Giovanni form a complicated relationship as Gio believes she can help him stabilize and resist his Aggressive Conscience before it can drive down a dark path. She has a curious fascination with Fire-Type Pokemon and, well, the element of fire in general. A creative inspiration, perhaps?
- “You're going to tell me all your deepest, darkest secrets.”
AURORA: Aurora is a vivacious female Lucario who trains under a retired Aura Master to develop her powers and rightfully inherit her title as the Guardian of Paradise Kingdom; this is a tradition typically expected from Riolu... but because of her delay in training, she must double her efforts before a replacement can be chosen in favor of her. She once served as a loyal adviser and protector to a Seer maverick, but circumstances caused her to relocate to the Sinnoh Region and seek out the Apostles' Creed in order to complete her training.
- “I can't protect the Aura itself... but I know I have a role to play in all of this, and I'm not backing down now.”
TWAIN: A powerful and wealthy industrialist, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker. He is the owner of Kingsly Industries, a business organization responsible for the construction of most of the Sinnoh Region's key buildings and libraries. But by authority of the Military Government, the Pokémon League has instituted a ban on the operations of pollution-inducing factories in order to prevent another Briskomy debacle. Because of this, Kingsly, whom formerly controlled many of Sinnoh's factories, is anticipating financial ruin upon having to shut down his plants. Fearing the loss of his success, the clever businessman has thrown his lot in with Kanto's very own Team Rocket in hopes of garnering financial aid... but through peculiar means, of course.
- "Tap into your primal self and seize life by the horns! You know you deserve it!"
MORBIS: Lord Morbis is the High Prophet of the Apostles' Creed and controls anything and everything that transpires beneath the surface of the Sinnoh Region. Like the rest of his peons, however, he grovels under the entity known as Giratina, believing the creature to be a fearsome God and a provider of good fortune. When he crosses paths with Giovanni and his team, tensions suddenly soar... and his plans to glorify his society of Aura Users take a dramatic shift...
- "The Aura... it is with us... and to a most promising degree..."
NYLIE: Nylie is Luna's fourteen-year-old sister. She is a sarcastic, witty, aggressive, tomboyish, and sometimes-bullying bad girl, who has no respect for the rules and most people. She cares little for Pokémon... until she meets twelve-year-old Tucker, who attempts to give her a friendlier outlook on life in general. She initially sees Tucker as an immature child and is put off by his upbeat, energetic personality.
- "Well, you'll have to excuse me for being a realist."
VINNIE: Vinnie, short for Vincent, is a young man that believes in change. He comes to see Gio for his light, not darkness... and that if he is strong enough, he can let in that light to cure him of his darkness so that he can embrace the better things in life.
- "You can't live with that hate in your heart, man. You gotta find peace in life."
CRISSELA: Wrathful and widely feared, Admiral Crissela is on a mission of contempt. Seeking to avenge Kyden's death, Crissela has spent the last two years secretly building Torino back from the ashes into Neo Torino: a formidable team of vigilante terrorists whose mission is to destroy Team Rocket, as well as anyone associated with their criminal network... including Giovanni and his gang.
- "Can you feel the fear eating away at your soul?"
CYRUS: Born and raised in Sunnyshore City, Cyrus is a troubled but brilliant child who spends most of his time in isolation, preferring the company of machines and electronics over people and Pokémon. Ever since his mother's death, he seems to be on shaky terms with his father, finding that his expectations of him are cruel and unfair.
- “The human spirit is weak and incomplete... and the world, in turn, is falling apart because of it. I can only dream of the day I'll find an escape from it all...”
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1. Short Change Hero - The third installment in the Lost Chronicles of Giovanni. The entire story has already been mapped out. I will begin posting chapters sometime after I've finished the two installments of the Enigma Chronicles. See above for plot details.
2. The Enigma Chronicles: Oath - A collection of tales that follows the early life and adventures of young academic Samuel Oak in a world predating Generation 1's technology. This story is interspersed within the timeline of my 'Giovanni Chronicles' series but CAN BE READ AS A STAND-ALONE.
3. The Enigma Chronicles: Resurgence (New OC)
4. The Enigma Chronicles: Destiny (Mewtwo)
5. The Enigma Chronicles: Affluence (Rita Ketchum)
6. The Enigma Chronicles: Rouge (New OC)
7. The Enigma Chronicles: Retribution (Cayman)
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STORY ORDER (Giovanni Chronicles Saga)
Since the "Giovanni Chronicles" will be my primary project, I decided to make a chronological order for anyone who may be interested in reading from the beginning. Titles in bold indicate the main entries in the timeline, while italicized titles are completely optional to read. More stories will be listed once published on the site.
1. Enigma Chronicle: Sedition (can be read as a standalone)
2. Enigma Chronicles: Echoes
3. The Lost Chronicles of Giovanni
4. Blessed Defiance
5. Short Change Hero (coming soon)