Cosmic Quest’s 4th Anniversary and “Concept Art”

Cosmic Quest may have began four years ago today, but it can trace its roots to much earlier. Often in the past I’ve discussed how Cosmic Quest can trace its beginnings back to my childhood, when I would create my own Pokémon and regions for fun. Most of the Pokémon I created back then have been scrapped due to not being up to par with my current standards, but every once in a while, I use a Pokémon in Cosmic Quest that dates back to these days. Recently, I found a drawing I made as a child of several of my very first Pokémon. Coincidentally, every Pokémon on this picture has made it into Cosmic Quest and my modern Tenno Dex. So, on Cosmic Quest’s 4th anniversary, I present to you this exclusive look at “concept art” of various Tenno Pokémon, in all it’s original, childish glory.

Please Note: The following image was created when I was a young child, and does not represent my current abilities, particularly my spelling.

Pokemon Concept Art

I drew this image a long time ago when I was sitting bored in my family’s restaurant. I created most of the Pokémon right there, on the spot, meaning that this was the point when I first came up with several of my current Pokémon. This was also the first time that I created completely original Pokémon. Previously, as I have explained before, I had already created the Pokémon “Megachu,” which also appears here, but this was the first time I created Pokémon that didn’t evolve from existing Pokémon. Alongside each Pokémon, I wrote its name, type, and several moves the Pokémon could learn. Let’s take a closer look at each Pokémon.

WispiritProto-Wispirit

Wispirit began life as Flarecar, the Fireball Pokémon. Originally, it was only a Fire-Type, not a Fire/Ghost-Type. The Pokémon was simply a living fireball, and had not yet invoked the Will-O-the-Wisp aspect. This would also be evident by the fact that it was originally colored a more traditional red, orange, and yellow, instead of blue-white. Wispirit’s Shiny coloration is a reference to this original design. The scribbles around the Pokémon’s body are there because I originally gave the Pokémon arms and legs, but later decided against it. So, like any child drawing with a pen, I scribbled them out. The moves listed for this Pokémon where Flamethrower, Fire Spin, Blast Burn, and Flame Wheel. Of immediate note is the move Blast Burn. At the time, I knew Blast Burn was the most powerful Fire-Type move, but I had no idea that only Fire-Type Starter Pokémon could learn it. Of minor note is that Wispirit does not learn Flamethrower through level-up and does not Fire Spin at all.

Beneath Flarecar is its evolution, Flamcar, or what is currently known as Infearno. This is the only Pokémon on the drawing that has yet to be revealed. So enjoy your sneak peak of this Pokémon. Just keep in mind, this Pokémon will likely change in some major way when it is actually released.

TraineedProto-Traineed

The Pokémon you know as Traineed was created as Seedona. What’s striking about this Pokémon is how little changed about it. A sprout was added to the top of its head, but otherwise, Seedona is just a child’s attempt at drawing Traineed. Its listed moves were Solar Beam, Low Kick, and Vine Whip. It is impossible for Traineed to learn any of these moves, but it does learn Low Sweep, instead of Low Kick.

ArborriorProto-Arborrior

Just as Traineed evolves into Arborrior, Seedona would evolve into Treeona. Also like Seedona, Treeona was changed little when Arborrior was modernized. Ignoring the limitations of a child’s drawings, the only real changes were the removal of the nose, lowering of the eyes from the leaves to the trunk, and the removal of the seeds hanging with the leaves. Yes, those little ovals are supposed to be seeds hanging from Treeona’s branches. In the original concept of Treeona, those hanging seeds were undeveloped Seedona, which would fall from the branches when matured enough to live on their own. Before developed, they could be picked from Treeona and eaten (I know, seems a little messed up, but I was kid who didn’t know any better). These features are represented in the abilities I made for Treeona, listed simply as Hatch and Eat. At the time, I had never played a Pokémon game before, and had no idea how abilities worked. Eat was simple enough, as it allowed Treeona to eat its own seeds and heals itself, while Hatch was much stranger. Hatch would allow a Seedona to fall from Treeona, and actually join the battle as its own Pokémon. Clearly this would not work in an actual game. While Arborrior’s seeds may no longer be present, a remnant of them still remains in its moveset. Arborrior can learn Leech Seed, Bullet Seed, Worry Seed, and Seed Bomb through level up, all as references to the era where it had these seeds physically present. Speaking of moves, Treeona’s listed moves were Focus Punch, Mega Punch, Frenzy Plant, and Solar Beam. Of these moves, the only one Arborrior can learn is Solar Beam, and that’s only via TM. Frenzy Plant once again shows my ignorance towards how certain moves work.

Mega RaichuProto-Mega Raichu

In a link up above, I already explained the history of Megachu, and how it became Mega Raichu. I do suggest you give it a read. This was actually the second drawing of Megachu I created. Unfortunately, I no longer possess the original version. As Megachu was the first Pokémon I created, it went through many changes as time went on. For example Mega Raichu’s twin tails were inspired by a later version of Megachu, while this version does not have them. The listed moves of Megachu where Thunder, Volt Tackle, Thunderbolt, and Iron Tail. As you might notice, this was simply moves that Ash’s Pikachu knew. Even though Megachu was originally designed to be an evolution of Pikachu, this image lists it as evolving from Raichu, meaning this picture was drawn after I learnt of Raichu’s existence.

DelphinProto-Delphin

Delphin was originally known as Dolphinda. This one was rather simple. There wasn’t a dolphin-based Pokémon yet, so I decided to make one. Of course, as a kid, that means simply drawing a crudely designed dolphin, distorting its name, and calling it a Pokémon. Being just a Pokémon version of a dolphin, it was a pure Water-Type, and had no traces of it’s hyper-intelligent traits present as Delphin. It’s listed moves were Water Gun, Hydro Pump, Hydro Blast, and Bite. Hydro Blast was either a move I made up, or my younger self’s attempt at remembering the name of Hydro Cannon. I honestly don’t remember. Given the fact that I gave Flamcar Blast Burn, and Treeona Frenzy Plant, the latter seems likely. Delphin does learn Water Gun, but does not learn Hydro Pump or Bite. And why would a dolphin Pokémon learn bite? Don’t ask me, I have no idea what I was thinking.

IvineProto-Ivine

Last on the list is the prototype of Ivine, Ivyna. The striking thing about this one is that pretty much nothing changed about it at all. Looking at the before and after image above, the two are practically the same, right down to the pose they stand in. I’ve explained before that I first created Ivine in a time before Tangrowth existed, so Tangela was just awkwardly sitting there without an evolution, practically begging to be given one. That’s how Ivyna was created. Ivyna was listed as learning the moves Vine Whip, Razor Leaf, Poison Sting, and Leech Seed. Of these moves, Ivine only learns Vine Whip.

And that’s it! I hope you all enjoyed this look into the history of Cosmic Quest. Happy anniversary, Cosmic Quest!

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Episode 94: The Ghost Wisp-erer

It’s been a bit of a wait, but episode 94 can be read here.

When Ash, Brock, and Brenda are forced to take a detour on a haunted path, Brenda is terrified at the prospect of meeting a ghost. Things only get creepier when a man claiming to be able to talk to ghosts appears to guide them.

Also, the Pokédex, Attackdex, and Character Guide pages have all been updated accordingly.

And apologies for the wait, but I’m back in busy season with school. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a few more episodes out before summer break starts next month, and I get even busier.

Episode 93 Review

This is actually an episode concept that I’ve had for a very long time, and by that, I mean almost since I first started writing Cosmic Quest. At first, I held off on it because it was a good enough concept that I wanted to save it for later, as I didn’t want to do all my original good ideas all at once. Then, once I re-introduced Jigglypuff into my series, I knew that this had to become a Jigglypuff episode, but since I wanted to spread out Jigglypuff’s appearances, I had to wait a little bit after the first one. The the franchise’s 20th anniversary came around, I decided to make my second Jigglypuff  episode the one with Butch and Cassidy, so this episode got put off again. Admittedly, at this point it’s been such a long time since that episode that I could have done it at any time. What happened now was simply that I kept putting this episode off. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to write it, it was more of there was always other episodes that needed to be done first, usually because they’re location and/or time- dependent, and this episode, which can be done at any time or place, was okay to push back. So, I finally found the chance to do here, and it was so great to finally be able to write this episode after planning it for so long.So, how about we break down each character’s dream, one by one.

Ash’s dream was obvious. What else would Ash dream about aside from becoming a Pokémon Master? This concept of Ash being invited to battle someone with the title of Pokémon Master was actually borrowed from my childhood. Back then, I always figured that’s how one would become a Pokémon Master, as if it were an official title, like Champion. I figured a childish interpretation of things wouldn’t be too far off from the way Ash would dream about it. On the topic of The Pokémon Master’s Pokémon, I gave him the three I did for specific reasons. Giratina is my personal favorite Pokémon, Mega Rayquaza is the strongest Pokémon stat-wise, and Arceus is the strongest Pokémon lore-wise. I wanted things to get as crazy as possible in the dream, so bringing in these three Pokémon did just that.

Brock dream was probably the highlight of the episode for me. Originally, I was just planning on Brock having one of those utterly random dreams were anything and everything happens. To start of this random, I had him sing Brock’s Paradise. Then the inspiration hit me to also have him sing Two Perfect Girls, from the Karaokemon segment of the show. Once I decided to this, I figured I might as well go all out and bring in as many songs as I could fit. Aside from Two Perfect Girls, The Song of Jigglypuff is the only other Pikachu’s Jukebox/Karaokemon song that features an in-universe character singing in some capacity, and since I already Jigglypuff in this episode, it seemed right to make this one of the songs. From there, I knew the final song had to be the craziest thing I could think of. Upon realizing this, I almost immediately  decided to have Ash and Brock sing the Poké Rap, and it was glorious.

For Brenda’s dream, I have a confession to make. While writing it, I felt quite guilty putting Brenda through so much agony. Judging by several reviews that were left, the readers felt the same. Since the point of this episode was to show different dreams, it makes sense to have a nightmare, and I decided I wanted to go all-out with it. I may have felt bad writing, but I’ll still stand by my decision to write it.

Meowth’s dream, unfortunately, had to be made short, as Ash and Brock both ran way too long in their dreams. So I just took the obvious route with him.

With Jessie’s dream, I’m honestly not sure what inspired that. I was just trying to think about what sort of things Jessie would dream about, and I decided the best answer was herself. From there, I just took that idea to the max.

James’ dream has some interesting implications. It would seem that when Team Rocket returned to their world after I kicked them off my website, that all their memories of the event were suppressed, only to reappear in this dream. I guess you can’t take memories from the real world into the world of Pokémon. Is that how Pokémon Mystery Dungeon works?

The Dawn of a New Era

Team Rocket Takeover Stamp Slanted

Meowth: The time has now come. The first episode of the new Cosmic Quest is complete and ready to be published.

Jessie: Once this update hits the internet, we control our own destiny, and we will become unstoppable.

James: I could cry, I’m so happy right now. This is truly our crowning achievement.

Meowth: Before we get to that though, we have one other piece of business to attend to. All day we’ve been running a poll to see which of us is the favorite of you, the readers, and the results are in. Can I get a drum roll please?

*drums*

Meowth: Out of eight votes, four went to James, and four went to me, Meowth!

James: *cries* They like me! they really like me!

Meowth: Of course I won, I’m the top cat.

Jessie: … …Wait a second! If you both got four votes, and there was only eight, that means that no one voted for me! What is this!? In what world does no one vote for me!? I am obviously the greatest Team Rocket operative to ever live!

Meowth: Keep telling yourself that.

Jessie: WHAT WAS THAT!?

Meowth: Nothing, nothing at all.

Jessie: That’s what I thought. Whatever, this poll was clearly rigged. Let’s just post that chapter.

James and Meowth: Yeah!

Meowth: Alright, everything’s ready for the upload. Once I press this button, everything changes for the better. Let’s press it slowly and savor the moment.

James: I’m so excited. I can already feel the power washing over me.

Jessie: With this update, we’ll finally get what’s coming to us.

Yuni Oha: That you will, Team Rocket! Dracosmic, use Draco Meteor!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: WHAT!?!?!?!?!? AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

Ash: Pikachu, use Volt Tackle!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: Not the Twerp too!

Pikachu: Pika pika pika pika pika pika pika chu!

Jesie, James, and Meowth: NOOOOOOO!!!!!

Yuni Oha: Shall we finish this together?

Ash: Let’s.

Yuni and Ash: Attack now!

Yuni Oha: Dragon Force!

Ash: Thunderbolt!

Dracosmic: Dracoooooooo!

Pikachu: Pikaaaa chuuuuuuuuuuu!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: Looks like Team Rocket’s blasting off again!

Yuni Oha: Whew, got them out of the way just in the nick of time.

Ash: Yeah, much longer and we wouldn’t have had a chance at stopping them.

Yuni Oha: To all you reading, I am so sorry for what you must have had to endure over the past 24 hours, but it’s all over. Ash managed to break me out from my cage, and now Team Rocket is gone, and hopefully they won’t be returning anytime soon. Now, to get to work on cleaning up my website…

Team Rocket Q&A Session

Team Rocket Takeover Stamp Slanted

Meowth: It’s here! The moment you’ve all been waiting for! We’ve been gathering your questions left in comments all day, and it’s time to answer them!

James: It’s time for the Team Rocket Q&A Session!

Jessie: Prepare to know Team Rocket like you’ve never known them before! Let’s get started, what’s the first question?

Meowth: Alright, this first question comes from the user BTH777, who asked, “What’s your favorite version of the motto?” So guys, what do you say?

James: Hmm…I supposed I’d have to say the original. We’ve made some pretty good mottoes as time has gone on, but we always end up going back to that one.

Jessie: Yeah, I can agree with that.

Meowth: Well, I don’t.

Jessie and James: You don’t!?

Meowth: No, I don’t. In fact, my favorite is the motto we used during our second time in Kanto, when the Twerp was doing the Battle Frontier.

Jessie: Why?

Meowth: Because I had more lines in that motto than any other.

James: Oh boy, are we back on that topic again?

Jessie: Just give it a break already!

Meowth: Not until you realize that I deserve just as many lines as you two get!

Wobbuffet: Wobbuffet!

Jessie, James, and Meowth: No! You don’t get another line!

Jessie: Just get read the next question.

James: Alright, Kymera asks, “Do you ever have competitions with those copycats to see who can come up with the better motto? You know, Cassidy and… Biff I think his name is?”

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Sneak Peak

Team Rocket Takeover Stamp Slanted

Jessie: Please ignore that last post. It was…

Meowth: It was a test! Yeah, a test. That’s all it was. Nothing more. Nothing to look into at all.

James: So while we figure out how to delete posts, how about you take a look at this, instead of that other one.

Jessie: We, as your benevolent Rocket overlords, are presenting to you an exclusive preview of the new Pokémon Cosmic Quest.

Meowth: Enjoy!

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Episode 91: Team Rocket Victorious

Today we join our heroes on an extra special day, a day where everything you thought you knew will change forever.

Ash, Brock, and Brenda are in Cosm City, continuing Brenda’s training for her upcoming contest.

What!? You thought I was talking about them? They’re not your heroes anymore. These are your heroes now.

Jessie, James, and Meowth are spying on them from behind a nearby stand. Meowth declares, “This is it. I can sense it. Today is different. Today is the day that we’re destined to capture Pikachu.”

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