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Summary

When Gesta the Electrike and his team of adventurers interrupt their mission for a Monster House rescue attempt, they don't expect their client to take things so lightly. Gesta meets a hero spoken of since his childhood and watches him go, summoned to fight for survival in one and many forms.

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title:
Beyond Today
es.title:
Pasado el Hoy
summary:
When Gesta the Electrike and his team of adventurers interrupt their mission for a Monster House rescue attempt, they don't expect their client to take things so lightly. Gesta meets a hero spoken of since his childhood and watches him go, summoned to fight for survival in one and many forms.
publication:
2018-07-31
en.releases:
es.releases:
(pending)
genres:
fantasy, PMD
revision:
1
cast:
Dalvin, Gesta and others (see Cast)

General Information

Spanish Title: “Pasado el Hoy

Beyond Today explores the adventures of Gesta, an Electrike leader of an adventurer team in a PMD world, when he meets Dalvin, the Prinplup who faced Primal Dialga and returned from the Hidden Land in the plot of Explorers of Sky.

This oneshot was originally written as an entry for PokéCommunity's SWC 2018 (Small Writing Contest), where it got the 1st place. It features Dalvin, one of the leads of the storyline of PMD: Sky in the author's run of the game, and is the first Suocéverse story featuring the PMD 'verse.

Plot Overview

Gesta is an Electrike living in a PMD world, and the leader of a team of adventurers, “Team Kokool”. One day, he finds himself involved in an emergency rescue in the middle of a Monster House. Gesta is worried about the Prinplup they had to bring along from their previous, food-fetching mission due to the emergency, and he worries he made a bad call that endangers their client. However, Dalvin, the Prinplup, shows to be very capable and eagerly starts clearing the Monster House fighting off a number of enemies while Team Kokool sets up the rescue.

Back at their Adventurers Guild, Gesta is interviewed by Tagrau, the Guildmaster Noctowl, and by the Prinplup. Gesta and Dalvin talk and they realize they share a common background - Dalvin was once one of the Pokémon who travelled to the mystical Hidden Land, and one of their team's recruits was Gesta's mentor. Gesta is impressed by the presence of a legendary hero; however, they do not get to continue their meeting as a number of agents arrive from Dragon Gate to take Dalvin away, revealing there is a threat that requires his attention.

Once at Dragon Gate, Dalvin meets Dialga who has a special offering for him - a position as a guard working for a higher being (hinted to be Arceus). Dalvin is reticent to take the offer, worried that he would miss out on the courtship seasons if he's unable to return, prompting Dialga to try a number of different angles to convince Dalvin that the offering is worth taking. In the end, when it seems the way to convince Dalvin would be to join him as an adventuring team, Dialga hesitantly lets the matter go, hinting that he absolutely knows Dalvin will accept in the future.

Dalvin is revealed later to have returned to his land and taken part in the courtship season, earning himself a mate. Dialga observes from a distance, complacent that waiting across time (the old-fashioned way) strengthens the Prinplup's resolve and would in the future earn him a follower and an aide that he would be proud of.

Cast

Continuity

The story takes place in what would be, in theory, many years into the Good Future of the Explorers of Sky PMD game, after the protagonist and their teammate have saved the world from Primal Dialga. No further statement is made of how the adventure fits into the PMD canon, in particular in consideration of how the PMD world as shown in Super relates to the other games.

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References:

  • Ŝafo, a character based on an NPC suggestion from the Ŝafo from WAAPT, is mentioned.
  • Dragon Gate is a location and dungeon in the Sky continent as shown in Super.
  • Plot events and locations of the four handheld PMD games up to 2018 are mentioned.

Meta

  • The story uses HTML formatting elements to represent Dialga's dialogue as portrayed in the games, in particular CSS "small-caps" font variant to represent the ALLCAPS in the original game's dialogue, for ease of reading. This is achieved in print versions and in the original in Pokécommunity, which allows CSS.
    • In mediums that would not allow for basic text formatting, such as other web forums, if the story were to be released in them the formatting would be done via the option for larger text.