The portal appeared the same to all. The whirling vortex that would drag them away from their home, towards blackness. It would be easy to mistake for a storm, if it weren't for the fact that handily enough it also acted as an interdimensional portal to the Ether - although the locale it would drop them in was not one that left grand impressions - it seemed to be a of some kind, but not one from Earth - it was huge, with a canopy that stretched far into the air and in the shade from the covering trees, each with leaves twice the size of a normal human, one could perhaps catch a glimpse of the brilliant glowing flora that was native here. The thick forest seemed to stretch on forever - no end was in sight in any direction.
In a small clearing stood a Gardevoir, surrounded by many other, smaller pokémon. The young pokémon all looked uncomfortable in this place, huddled close together around the unfazed fairy - possibly because above the canopies, glimpses of other forms of life could be caught - a shadow of some kind of draconic creature passed over the area as it flew above at lightning speed and the faintest trembles in the ground could be felt from a distant creature as the land gave way under it's size.
This was where the new arrivals would be landing in the Ether, any moment soon.
Welcome to the Patchwork Universe.