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==Discussion of Generation VII==
===Alola thematic motif===
The seventh generation focuses on themes of nature, alternate dimensions, tradition, and relationships. This generation's starter Pokémon and main legendary trio designs and inspirations are heavily based on alchemical symbols and imagery. {{spoilersp|Rowlet}}, {{p|Litten}}, and {{p|Popplio}}'s designs are based on the alchemical symbols for salt (body), sulfur (spirit), and mercury (mind), respectively and the later evolutions also seeming to based on symbol variants or other alchemical symbols. The legendary trio is mainly based on celestial bodies while taking influences from alchemical imagery, specifically the Azoth Mandala: {{p|Solgaleo}} takes inspiration from the {{wp|Suns in alchemy|alchemical lion}} and the Sun, which represents "anima" or "soul"; {{p|Lunala}} is based on the Moon, which represents "spiritus" or "spirit"; and {{p|Necrozma}} is based on the stars and prisms, which represents "corpus" or "body". The [[Aether Foundation]]'s name is also derived from the fifth alchemical element, {{wp|Aether (classical element)|aether}}.
The seventh generation focuses on themes of nature, alternate dimensions, tradition, and relationships. This generation's starters and main legendary trio designs and inspirations are heavily based on alchemical symbols and imagery. [[Rowlet]], [[Litten]], and [[Popplio]]'s designs are based on the alchemic symbols for salt (body), sulfur (spirit), and mercury (mind), respectively and the later evolutions also seeming to based on symbol variants or other alchemical symbols. The legendary trio is mainly based on celstial bodies while taking influences from alchemical imagery, specifically the [https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d0/Vitriol-1-stolzius_von_stolzenburg-1614.PNG Azoth Mandala], which is also where [[Project AZOTH]] from {{g|Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire}} gets its name: Solgaleo takes inspiration from the {{wp|Suns in alchemy|alchemical lion}} and the Sun, which represents "anima" or "soul"; Lunala is based on the Moon, which represents "spiritus" or "spirit"; and Necrozma is based on the stars and prisms, which represents "corpus" or "body".
 
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The Alolan region is one of the most vibrant regions to date. The region of Alola and its citizen's ways of life are centered in nature, as are the areas they inhabit; major examples of this are: the [[Pokémon League (Alola)|Alolan Pokémon League]], which is built into and atop [[Mount Lanakila]], and the Alolan battle facility, the [[Battle Tree]], which is built around a tree. The Aether Foundation is an organization that wishes to heal and protect Pokémon from threats such as [[Team Skull]] or predatory Pokémon like {{p|Mareanie}}. In fact, the Alolan Pokédex is filled with more examples of Pokémon predator-prey relationships than usual. In an [http://time.com/4536438/pokemon-sun-moon-interview interview] with Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori, {{g|Sun and Moon|s}} were named with the idea of the revolutions of the sun and the moon in mind, and how they influence life on the Earth, as a way to "celebrate life" and express Pokémon as living creatures. In the same interview, they mention the revolutions of the celestial bodies as being an interesting metaphor for relationships.
 
Tradition in the Alola region is evident through the [[Island challenge|Island Challenge]], the positions and succession of [[Trial Captain|Trial Captains]] and [[Island Kahuna|Island Kahunas]], and the reverent worship surrounding the [[Guardian deities|guardian deities]] and {{p|Solgaleo}}{{sup/7|SUS}}/{{p|Lunala}}{{sup/7|MUM}}. The main villainous team, Team Skull, is composed of trainers who failed the island challenge, who want to go against the Alolan traditions and cause mayhem throughout the islands. [[Professor Kukui]] states that he greatly values the Alolan traditions but feels that it is time for Alola to "make a name for itself" with its own [[Pokémon League]]. He states that Mount Lanakila was chosen because it is the same place where the island challenge has always finished, and as a way to pay respect to the Solgaleo{{sup/7|SUS}}/Lunala{{sup/7|MUM}} because of its closeness to the Sun{{sup/7|SUS}}/Moon{{sup/7|MUM}}.
 
Generation VII follows in the footsteps of [[Pok%C3%A9mon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'s [[Delta Episode]] by expanding on the concept of alternate universes through the introduction of the [[Ultra Wormhole|Ultra Wormholes]], which lead to other worlds and universes. The existence of the [[Ultra Ruin]] and the events of [[Episode RR]] in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon further confirms the existence of alternate universes. While the Aether Foundation may focus on the conservation of Pokémon, they also research Ultra Wormholes and the Ultra Beasts that come from them. The Ultra Beasts can be considered invasive species, as they are not native to the dimension that the Pokémon games take place in, mirroring the status of Pokémon like {{p|Yungoos}} and [[Meowth_(Pokémon)|Alolan Meowth]].
 
Throughout the games, there is a major focus on relationships, like the aforementioned Pokémon predator-prey relationships. [[Z-moves]] are said to be the physical manifestation of the bond between trainer and Pokémon, which is in a similar vein to [[Mega Evolution]]. The storylines of the Alolan games focus on the family running the Aether Foundation, with various characters centralizing on family or relationship-based issues: [[Lusamine]] is tormented by the loss of her husband, [[Mohn]], and becomes obsessed with protecting and giving her love to people and Pokémon who she deems are "worthy of her love". Her initial change in behavior is what drives to [[Lillie]] to steal [[Nebby]], and [[Gladion]] to take [[Type: Null (Pokémon)|Type: Null]] prior to the events of the games. She later becomes solely obsessed with {{p|Nihilego}}{{sup/7|SM}} or wholeheartedly believes that she must protect Alola and its light from {{p|Necrozma}}{{sup/7|USUM}}. She makes amends after the events of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon by vowing to stop "interfering" in her children's happiness, and during an interaction with an amnesiac Mohn, she sees him smile again and decides that it's better for him to not know who he previously was. Gladion's main motivations for leaving Aether Paradise are: helping to prevent his mother from using Nebby to open Ultra Wormholes across Alola{{sup/7|SM}} or to become strong enough to protect Lusamine and Lilie, due to the disappearance of his father, Mohn{{sup/7|USUM}}. Throughout the story, he tries to become stronger without help from others, but learns to work together, per Hau's advice, during the infiltration of Aether Paradise. He later becomes deeply grateful to the player character for helping his mother and starts growing a friendly rivalry towards Hau and the player character. When the player first meets Lillie, she is shy and reserved, but, as the story progresses, she slowly starts to open up and become more confident in herself and her abilities. She also learns about how everyday life is outside of Aether Paradise. In Sun and Moon, she goes to save her mother in the [[Ultra Deep Sea]] and finally gains the confidence to stand up to her mother regarding her recent behavior, while in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, she learns that despite not being a strong trainer that she can support and help those she cares about. [[Hau]] suffers from pressure to live up to his grandfather's name with him feeling that he is living in his shadow, but hopes to be as strong as his grandfather. [[Guzma]] teams up with the Aether Foundation due to Lusamine being the only adult who has ever recognized him for his strength, while the rest of Team Skull consider themselves as a sort of family, with [[Plumeria]] as a "bigger sister" figure and all the grunts as her "brothers and sisters".
 
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