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Another week, another story! Two this time, in fact.

New Releases
Starcraft vs Warcraft, by @Ihsan997
  • In the far reaches of the Koprulu Sector, a confluence of worlds through the Nexus occurs for the first time. Years before major events, light years away from major locations, a relatively small contingent each from the Protoss and the Eredar engage on a close encounter of the third kind. What could be a peaceful exchange of ideas is held back by the actors involved, and an accord can never be reached; for the Protoss are Tal’darim, and the Eredar serve the Burning Legion.
Dawn vs Paul, by @JediMaster362

New Chapters
Six new chapters of Chaos Rising: Code of Heroes (Season 3), by @CynthiaLover
P2.03 - A Reality to Outrun, of After Dusk Falls, by @Autofire
Chapter 71: The Will of a Psychic, of Pokémon: A Marvelous Journey, by @Juliko

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Word of the Week

snollygoster (n.): a shrewd person not guided by principles; especially a politician. [Wiktionary]

Another glorious 19th-century American coinage, snollygoster is also of uncertain etymology. Possibly from the Pennsylvania German schnelle geeschter, in turn from the German schnell (‘quick’), and geist (‘spirit’) - but realistically, I think we shall never truly know.
 
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New Releases
Five new chapters of Chaos Rising: Code of Heroes (Season 3), by @CynthiaLover
February of Progression (Fifth Part) of Nario Carino: Official In-Training, by @System Error
Chapter Eight - The Dungeon Test of Do Psychic-Type Pokémon Dream of Electric Sheep, by @SparklingEspeon
Episode 6b: The Trio's Triple Trouble! (part 2), of Pokémon Storm Grey, by @LightningTopaz
Two new chapters of Starcraft vs Warcraft, by @Ihsan997
P2.04 - Flametaker of After Dusk Falls, by @Autofire
Another chapter of Shadows Over Hoenn, by @Lone_Garurumon
Session 19: The Rescue of Gaia of Yearly Session Log for The Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 9: Pewter Prison, of Tales of Reborn: The Six Rifts of the Heavens, by @SilverRockets
Chapter 105 - Titanic Rescue of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

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Word of the Week

burgeon (v.): begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish. [Oxford English Dictionary]
(n.): a bud, sprout, shoot. [Wiktionary].

Burgeon, in the quintessential lexicon of Springtime – a word that connotes being on the very cusp of something gloriously alive. Two possible etymologies present themselves. Burgeon may derive from the Anglo-Norman, ultimately from the Latin burra (‘wool’ or ‘fluff’). Alternately, it may go all the way back to Proto-Indo-European, related to the Old English byre (‘child’, or ‘descendant’), among other words.
 
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"Aim to the horn!", they said.

New Releases

Pokémon: The Brilliant Diamond Stage, by @LightningTopaz

  • Fourteen years after an unforgettable journey across the Shinou region, Dawn reunited with Ash and Brock for a different kind of journey--joining the Kagayou Theater for a grand tour across the Shinou region, showcasing the epic plots and lavish plays of the Tawame theater to Shinouian audiences. What wonders and terrors await Dawn as she adjusts to this larger than life style of ancient theater? Will she get her wish of performing before her mom, Prof. Rowan, and Cynthia, and add her own stamp on these ancient plays beloved by many in the Pokeworld?

Journeys, Ashes, and Dangers, by @AnimeJewel246
  • Ash Ketchum was well on his way back to Pallet Town after Kalos, ready to take a break from the events that had transpired in the Kalos region. However, a certain incident lead to him being caught up in a turf war between pokemon, which, in turn, set off yet another chain of events. Ash was used to getting into situations like this, though he knew it was all a part of his goal to become the very best. However, when he makes a flimsy promise on a whim to try and find his best friend's family, he finds himself in for more than he bargained for. His strength, loyalty, and bonds are all put to the test; his pokemon accompanying him for the ride. Will Ash be able to fulfill his promise? Or is it as unachievable as his own dream to be a Pokemon Master?
White Swan, Black Swan, by @Sinderella
  • Odette Cinq-Mars had it all--a promising career in the arts, and a solid Pokemon team to boot. However, a traumatic encounter with a colleague snuffed out her flame, leaving her lost and unsure of what she is to make of herself. But, a chance meeting with an old friend leads her on new path, and uncovers a sinister Team with an even more sinister agenda...all seemingly centered around her.

New Chapters

Two new chapters of Yearly Session Log for The Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Eight new chapters of Chaos Rising: Code of Heroes (Season 3)[/url], by @CynthiaLover
Chapter 106 - Brewing Darkness of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip
February of Progression (sixth part) ofNori Carino: Official In-Training, by @System Error
Chapter 5: Angelite Questions of Orre: The Desert, by @Ryoma Maser
A chapter of Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 4 of Starcraft vs Warcraft, by @Ihsan997
Another chapter of Paul's New Adventures, by @Huikyeong
Interlude the First - Strange Things on the Horizon of Do Psychic-Type Pokémon Dream of Electric Sheep?, by @SparklingEspeon
Another chapter of Shadows Over Hoenn, by @Lone_Garurumon
P2.06 - Eggs and Bonds of After Dusk Falls, by @Autofire

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Word of the Week

prerogative (n.): a right or privilege exclusive to a particular individual or class.
(Also royal prerogative) the right of the sovereign, which in British law is theoretically subject to no restriction. [Oxford English Dictionary]

A rather strange word, and liable to trip up the tongue, we have Latin to blame prerogative. Once a specific Roman legal term, the term has since been used to denote exclusive, almost untouchable, rights or privileges.
 
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"Swirling bolts, gather and strike with power! Thundara!"​



Good afternoon, writers of Bulbagarden! Here's what's happening around the Workshop!

New Chapters
Four new chapters of Chaos Rising: COde of Heroes (Season 3), by @CynthiaLover
Three new chapters of Pokémon: The Brilliant Diamond Stage, by @LightningTopaz
Episode 7b: Dreams By the Yard Ful! (part 2), of Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Another chapter of Shadows Over Hoenn, by @Lone_Garurumon
P2.07 - The Missing Pieces, of After Dusk Falls by @Autofire

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Word of the Week

haimish (adj.): homey, folksy. [Wiktionary]

Another example derived from the Yiddish lexicon, haimish, from heymish (היימיש) seems to be cognate with the High German heimisch (heim + isch, literally homelike). It doesn’t fill a gap in English vocabulary, nor are its applications especially varied, but it does have a kind euphony all of its own.
 
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Wobbuffet took the whole "Godzilla vs. Kong" hype a bit too literally...

New Releases

Of Sand and Shadows, by @HelloYellow17
  • A novelization of Pokémon Colosseum.
Metronome, by @Torchic W.
  • Two new people are moving into the apartment: Winona, Wallace’s girlfriend, and Norman, some 40 something with a wife and kid. Meanwhile, Karen gets a text message from a boss babe.
New Chapters

P2.08 - Helping Hand of After Dusk Falls, by @Autofire
Five new chapters of Chaos Rising: Code of Heroes (Season 3), by @CynthiaLover
EVERYONE: - Pokemon Storm GrayEpisode 8: Snivy Takes the Stage[/url] of Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Two new episodes of Pokémon: The Brilliant Diamond Stage, by @LightningTopaz
Two new chapters of Yearly Session Log for The Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 6 of Starcraft vs Warcraft, by @Ihsan997

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Word of the Week

abecedarian (n.): 1. someone who is learning the alphabet.
2. an elementary student, a novice; one in the early steps of learning.
3. someone engaged in teaching the alphabet; an elementary teacher.
4. a work which uses words or lines in alphabetical order.
(adj.): 1. pertaining to someone learning the alphabet or basic studies.
2. arranged in alphabetical manner. [Wiktionary]

Apparently a highly pliant word, abecedarian is explained by its Latin origins – from abecedarius, ‘all about the ABCs’, to give an alternate gloss. Easy as ABC: abecedarian.
 
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Don't crowd around Smeargle for art. And definitely don't say you'll pay in exposure!

New Releases
Black Heart, Bright Soul, the latest iteration of the Storm Island cycle, by @Misfit Angel

New Chapters
Four new chapters of Chaos Rising: Code of Heroes (Season 3), by @CynthiaLover
Chapter 2: Interference of Of Sand and Shadows, by @HelloYellow17
Chapter Ten - Deerling's Day of Do Psychic-Type Pokémon Dream of Electric Sheep?, by @SparklingEspeon
Episode 9a: Mon for One, Mon for All! (part 1) of Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Month 3: March of Flux (first part) of Nori Carino: Official In-Training, by @System Error
Two new chapters of Yearly Session Log for The Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Episode 8: A Legendary Stay (part1) of Pokémon: The Brilliant Stage, by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 107 - Dark Addiction, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

Review Game
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Word of the Week

egg (n.): 1. an oval or round object laid by a female reptile, bird, fish, or invertebrate, usually containing a developing embryo.
2. the female reproductive cell in animals and plants; an ovum. [Oxford English Dictionary]
3. a person, fellow.
4. a young person.

Egg has radiated into a variety of odd colloquialisms, including derogatory usages in reference to people. Egg is Germanic although not Old English – the Old English egg was æġ (pronounced ‘eye’), which became ey (Plural eyren) in Middle English. Egg, however, comes from the Old Norse egg – two nouns for the same thing, ultimately from the same source.
 
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Whatever you're complaining about, it's not my fault

New Releases
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Frontier Justice, by @Yodakage Kira
  • In a world where humans have all disappeared for hundreds of years, Pokémon explore what humanity left behind on the frontiers while trying to figure out what happened. A lone human appears, unable to remember how he got there. Armed with a revolver and his wit, he has to figure out how to get back home while making sure the world he's in doesn't fall apart.
The Champion's Aftermath, by @AnimeJewel246
  • When Ash won the title of champion from Lance, he didn't expect to be put to work right after. Especially in the most unexpected manner possible, done by Looker, a member of the international police. High jinks ensue in the aftermath of Ash's new status as champion as he's sent on a mission to bring down a new criminal organization. This should be a fun journey...
Thunderbolt, by @AnimeJewel246

New Chapters
March of Flux (second part), of Nori Carino: Official In-Training, by @System Error
Chapter 3 - A Bad, Bad Run-In, of White Swan, Black Swan, by @Sinderella
An update to Fire Emblem: Three Houses: Fifth Path, by @BackSet
Two new chapters of Chaos Rising: Code of Heroes (Season 3), by @CynthiaLover
Chapter 14: The Dancing Fighter, of The Journey to Mend Broken Things, by @Poke Dragon
Session 38: Stage of the Wild (part 2), of Yearly Session Log for The Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 2: Remember, A Rose Has Thorns, of Black Heart, Bright Soul, by @Misfit Angel

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Word of the Week

claptrap (n.): 1. empty verbiage or nonsense.
2. a device for producing a clapping sound in theatres.
3. a device or trick to gain applause; a humbug. [Wiktionary]

Dictionaries seem to be opaque on the origin of claptrap, but it has origins in 18th-century theatre slang. Claptrap, along with bombast and and hot air, is more specifically nonsense speech that has the superficial veneer of meaning.
 
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Stop playing with that chair and get back to work, N!

New Releases
Chaos Rising: Age of Heroes (Season 4), by @CynthiaLover
Stray, by @OrionTheAbsol
  • A decade-long war raged across the continent of Hevaulkin, a land of civilized Pokémon attempting to live like their predecessors: the long deceased humankind.
The Girl Power That's Inside, by @Misfit Angel
  • The Girl Power That's Inside is a story that focuses on a closet crossdresser named Nick and his journey towards self-discovery.
New Chapters
March of Flux (third part), of Nori Carini: Official In-Training, by @System Error
Chapter 3: Change of Plans, of Of Sand and Shadows, by @HelloYellow17
Chapter 21: Aether Layover!, of The Joseph & Alice Podcast, by @JFrombaugh
Episode 9b: Mon for One, Mon for All! (part 2), of Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Episode 9: A Legendary Stay (part 2), of Pokémon: The Brilliant Diamond Stage, by @LightningTopaz
Two new chapters of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Frontier Justice, by @Yodakage Kira
Session 29: Dinner and a Haunting (part 1), of Yearly Session Log for The Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 108 - The Reaper, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip
Chapter 3: The Third Wheel, of Black Heart, Bright Soul, by @Misfit Angel

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Word of the Week

immanent (adj.): 1. Naturally part of something; existing within and throughout something; intrinsic.
2. Restricted entirely to the mind or a given domain; internal; subjective.
3. Existing within and throughout the mind and the world; dwelling within and throughout all things; all time, etc.

The technical usage of immanent in philosophy becomes obvious when one looks at the difficulty of succinctly defining it. Immanent derives from the Latin immanere, to remain or stay. In the philosophy of religion, immanence is the theory that the divine exists within the world, as opposed to transcendence, in which the divine is outside the world.
 
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The hat's gone back! Here's what's happening around the Workshop!​

Announcements

The Ratings thread is now its own thread--this means the Welcome thread is a little easier to navigate. Of course, if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, let us know!

New Releases
Ruby and Sapphire 2, by @Fairy Type Arceus

New Chapters
Episode 9c: Mon for One, Mon for All! (part 3), of Pokémon Storm Gray, by @LightningTopaz
Four new chapters of Chaos Rising: Age of Heroes (Season 4), by @CynthiaLover
Episode 11: The Buneary's Legend (part 2), of Pokémon: The Brilliant Diamond Stage, by @LightningTopaz
GAIDEN: Démarche of Lux, of Nori Carino: Official In-Training, by @System Error
Chapter 7: A Lesson in Medicine, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Frontier Justice, by @Yodakage Kira
Two new chapters of Yearly Session Log for The Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Chapter 4: Questions, of Of Sand and Shadows, by @HelloYellow17

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Word of the Week

imminent (adj.): 1. about to happen.
2. overhanging. [Oxford English Dictionary]

Imminent, from the Latin imminere, to overhang, and an almost perfect homophone for immanent (‘Naturally part of something; existing within and throughout something; intrinsic’). The ‘i’ is crucial, in this case, which explains why it can be entirely possible to describe something as ‘imminently immanent’.
 
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New Releases
Understanding an Inferno, by @Jersey Jimmy
  • Sent off to Nimbasa for six months as an exchange student, Rei Ayanami finds herself living under the same roof as one of the Unova League's biggest rising stars, Asuka Langley Soryu. She isn't exactly sure if she's prepared for everything that entails, though.
New Chapters
Chapter 72: Going Where The Fairy Flies, of Pokémon: A Marvelos Journey, by @Juliko
Chapter 2: Trapped in the Wardrobe, of The Girl Power That's Inside, by @Misfit Angel
Chapter 2: Team Votum, of Ruby and Sapphire 2, by @Fairy Type Arceus
March of Flux (Fourth part), of Nori Carino: Official In-Training, by @System Error
Chapter 1: Wing Attack, of Metronome, by @Just a Torchic
Two new chapters of Pokémon: The Brilliant Diamond Stage, by @LightningTopaz
Two new chapters of Yearly Session Log for The Jeweled Champions (and Friends), by @LightningTopaz
Two new chapters of Chaos Rising: Age of Heroes (Season 4), by @CynthiaLover
Chapter 9: One Hell of a Shootout, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Frontier Justice, by @Yodakage Kira
Chapter 109 - The Light of Hope, of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Hands of Creation, by @namohysip

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Word of the Week

frood (adj.): Shrewd; sagacious; wary; cautious.
(n.): a really amazingly together guy. [Wiktionary]

Frood, now a rare dialect word, has ancient roots. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it has been preserved in the North of England – from the Old English frōd, ‘wise, prudent, experienced, ol’, in turn from Proto-Indo-European.
 
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