*hugs you all while confetti falls from the ceiling because this is my very first thread and also my 60th post* <3
What are your opinions on new or averagely skilled Trainers in fanfics having Pokemon that aren't native to the region the story is set in? For example, I just began working on a new fic and an Emolga would be the perfect starter for my protag's friend, although the fic is set in Hoenn where Emolgas are unavailable in-game.
I'm thinking of having the character receive the Emolga as a gift from a friend who received it through a trade, which seems like an okay solution to me, however I'm still somewhat afraid of readers thinking of the Emolga as unrealistic somehow because it isn't native to Hoenn and isn't a typical starter Pokemon. I'm just worried about not being taken seriously because of it.
I know there's many characters you battle in the games that have "out-of-region" Pokemon on their teams, but I've just never seen it done in fanfics unless it's a really bad fanfic where the protag has 1,000 shiny Pokemon and legendary Pokemon for no good reason and all that stuff. Granted, I haven't read many fanfics because it's difficult to find good ones and I'm lazy, but... that's not the point. xD
Anyways, I would be super happy if you all could tell me what you think, please! <3