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The Seventeen Mew by arkeis-pokemon The Seventeen Mew by arkeis-pokemon
This image is accompanied by the following story. It's sort of like a fanmade myth. You can read it if you want.

Either way, the image is best experienced in full view.


Mew is supposed to be the ancestor of all non-legendary Pokemon, from Abomasnow to Zubat, from Joltik to Wailord. And yet Pokemon come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. How did a single Pokemon give rise to over 600 different species?

There were in fact more than one Mew. Millions of years ago when the planet was still young, there were seventeen Mews, each of them similar, but different at the same time. Each Mew has its own story to tell.

The first Mew decided to travel to a large mountain that it saw when it was flying around the region. This particular mountain seemed different than any other mountain it had seen before. Suddenly there was a loud rumbling noise and the Mew did not know why. The noise was followed by a huge explosion filled with fire and smoke. The surprised Mew had no time to escape and was engulfed by lava. But the intense temperatures didn't harm it. In fact, the Mew realized it enjoyed the heat. This Mew became the ancestor of Fire-types.

The second Mew saw the beauty of the sunrise and wished to visit the sun. Everyday it soared towards that ball of light, hoping to someday reach it. But no matter how high or how fast it flew, it could never seem to get any closer. It even used its Transform ability to give itself a pair of wings, but that still did no good. Yet the Mew would not give up. It enjoyed being amongst the clouds and thought that it would reach its goal if it kept flying. This Mew became the ancestor of Flying-types.

Another Mew was the complete opposite. It was actually afraid of heights and preferred to stay close to the ground where it felt safe and secure. It eventually lost the ability to fly, but that didn't matter. Its legs and arms became more powerful due to the amount of time it spent digging and it realized the world underneath the earth's surface was fascinating and full of wonder. This Mew became the ancestor of Ground-types.

The next Mew decided to travel north to see what was there. After traveling for miles and miles, it realized the trees where getting smaller and fewer. Eventually, the landscape was filled with nothing but white stuff. What is this stuff? It felt very cold and took some getting used to, but it was very fun to play with. And when night came, a beautiful aurora filled the sky. The Mew decided this would be a wonderful place to spend the rest of its days. This Mew became the ancestor of Ice-types.

The fifth Mew looked down from the sky and saw the endless beauty of nature. From tiny flower to massive tree, each plant was a work of art. The Mew learned about the importance of sunlight, soil, and water. It used its knowledge to build its own garden that eventually bloomed and was one of the most beautiful sights on earth. This Mew became the ancestor of Grass-types.

One Mew got caught in a fierce storm and sought shelter underneath a tall tree. This was a bad decision since the tree was demolished by a tremendous bolt of lightning with the Mew still under it. Fortunately, the Mew came out uninjured, yet it felt different than before as if it had been re-energized. This Mew became the ancestor of Electric-types.

Our next Mew decided to travel across the ocean to see what was on the other side. But it had a bad sense of direction and quickly became lost. So it changed its mind. Instead of exploring what was across the sea, it would explore what was underneath it. So it surrounded itself with an air bubble and plunged into the depths. The underwater world was a huge and marvelous place. The Mew spent a very long time there and eventually it used Transform to give itself a set of gills and fins so it could swim without its air bubble. This Mew became the ancestor of Water-types.

There was a pair of Mew who were friends and decided to have an adventure in the mountains. They discovered a cave and were curious what was inside. The cave stretched on for what seemed like an eternity, but it didn't seem to hold anything interesting. They were just about to turn and leave when suddenly, the roof of the cave started collapsing! Not only were they trapped inside the cave, but they were also separated from each other. The boulders between them were big and nearly impossible to move. One of the Mew started pounding away at the boulders again and again. The other Mew started chiseling away at the boulders with its feet and tail. This continued for days, but they were eventually able to break through and escape.
The first Mew felt its skin had become tough and hard from all the work it went through. It became the ancestor of Rock-types.
The other felt its limbs had become sharp like blades. It became the ancestor of Steel-types.

The next two Mew both lived in a forest, though they weren't close friends.
One of the two was always trying out new things to eat. One day it saw a bunch of bright red mushrooms growing near the base of a tree. It took a few bites and realized they were the most delicious things it ever ate. But these mushrooms also made it very ill since they had toxins in their spores. Yet the Mew wasn't willing to give up. It ate the mushrooms in moderation, a little each day until it gained an immunity. It became the ancestor of Poison-types.

The other forest-dwelling Mew preferred flowers instead of mushrooms. More specifically it loved the sweet nectar from certain flowers, but getting at the nectar proved difficult for something that was not adapted to this style of feeding. Over time, it learned to Transform its body to give it better access to nectar and it also learned the pollination process so it can grow even more flowers. This Mew became the ancestor of Bug-types.

There was another Mew who was quite shy and preferred to be alone. In order to avoid the others, it slept in the day and only woke up when the sun set. Nighttime gave the Mew the peace and solitude it wanted, but it was also hard to see. The Mew learned to adjust its sense of sight, hearing, and smell to the world of darkness and eventually became the ancestor of Dark-types.

The thirteenth Mew wasn't as strong as the others when it came to Psychic abilities. Its mental strength was lacking and that made it feel ashamed to be around the others. So it traveled somewhere secret where it can focus on its physical strength instead. For months on end, it trained and built up the muscles in its body until it was proud of its new power. This Mew became the ancestor of Fighting-types.

Another Mew was very friendly and popular with the other Mews. It was constantly happy and loved to play games and have fun. But its body was frail and it eventually became sick. Despite all the help its friends tried to give, the Mew never recovered and eventually perished. Its friends wept and cried, but not all was lost. The Mew was not ready to leave the world of the living just yet and returned in a spirit form so it would always be with its friends. This Mew became the ancestor of Ghost-types.

The next Mew wasn't quite as friendly as the last. In fact, it was quite mean and aggressive. Since it was disliked by the others, it flew off to a distant land. It eventually made its home in a little den in the side of a mountain. It defended its territory fiercely and attacked anything that came to close. Meanwhile it spent the rest of its time training to become stronger. This Mew became the ancestor of Dragon-types.

The sixteenth Mew didn't really stand out in any way. It didn't travel to an exotic land or have any unusual habits. It was simply not special and despite that, it was perfectly fine with it. Not surprisingly, it became the ancestor of Normal-types.

The final Mew is the only one that still exists to this day. After all these eons it still retained its original Psychic-type and now it travels around the world watching the vast diversity of Pokemon that came from friends it once knew.


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KateStroh90 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The picture has a Kingdom Hearts vibe to it. The story, phenomenal.
3jaustin Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Cool! I believe Mew is actually the true creator of everything and Arceus just took over one day and now, while the humans are all happy doing whatever, there's secretly a pokemon war going on that we don't see between a weakened Mew with only a minor handful of allies (5, to be exact), an Arceus corrupted by the shadows who has also corrupted nearly every other pokemon on the planet (the exception being the Mew and 4 of her friends. The fifth is... A SPY!), and a team Cypher who had just made their breakthrough on XDs but had their research immediately stolen by Arceus intent to improve it and use it on himself to have the power to hopefully defeat the shiny Mew, the GOD Mew... which he did get. (also the events of Pokemon XD are referenced in this idea, but they never happened and never will due to arceus destroying the Orre lab, killing everyone in it, and stealing the research before changing it's purpose to the opposite of the intended... A shadow pokemon creation machine of his very own)
Shadow-Brin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
What about the fairy types? I love those types.
Frostwolf223 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A great picture and a neat backstory. I like it lots.
missystar093 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I was linked to this from Dorkly's 151 Pokemon fan art collection, and this is probably my top favorite out of all of them. It's absolutely gorgeous! And I loved reading the back stories for each individual Mew! This is so cool!!!! :D
Shiori-Ren Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Fairy Type? sorry to say it.
Eeveetail Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
Oh my gosh. I think (NO I KNOW!)  that this is my favorite drawing/painting (whatever) on Deviantart!
RedClover17 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
0o0 wooooow! (fave)
ShineTHedgehog Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG is glorious! >u<
Great job Clap 
SpireEx Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now they are eighteen! >w<
Rosewater227 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
High hefting jb jggutfkhbkhvjtctuvihhkbjhvhgf SO MANY MEWS XD :D :)
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
what about fairy type?
another mew was enchanted by the rising and setting sun and wished so hard to share that feeling that it became the first fairy type...
that's all I got, sorry...
Sanluris Featured By Owner Edited Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
That's really amazing. I love the colors, and especially the stained glass design. And that's a great story you wrote. :)

In Pokémon Snap, Mew appeared at a location called Rainbow Cloud, and that was my favorite part of the game.
Neo-NuclearCrazed Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I doesn't know my Mir is a goddess/God/Whateverpeoplecallagenderlessdeityis
StarfleTheGreat Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is adorable! I liked the story that came with it too!
Smerkur Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
soooo cute
Xyliax Featured By Owner May 20, 2015   Traditional Artist
wow... I love the creativity with the different mews! I like the steel one best > w<
CuteEmi Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG sooo cute Mew big eye smilie 
mrtacomam Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
...This is the best Pokemon theory I've heard in a long time. I'm not surprised you won.
AstroMayu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
I wish this was really in the Pokemon lore, it makes perfect sense. Well done.
Doppelmore Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminds me of the Kalos Pokemon League.
FlareSiram Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Now all ya gotta do is add the eighteenth one for Fairy 
OtakusArt Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Mew is my favorite pokemon ever! I love this, great job!
CreatorSeven Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
What Happened to all of these Mew?
ramasioti Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Amazing story! Mew is one of my favourite Pokemons.

By the way, did you know about the new Fairy Types?
Impica Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The eighteenth Mew enjoyed mysterious legends and fairy tales and learned the wonders of magic and astral figures like the sun and the moon. This Mew became the ancestor of Fairy-Types

How does that sound?
ramasioti Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Sounds amazing! You should totally include it.
Impica Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
How do I include it o-O
ramasioti Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
No idea. I have no clue in how to edit pictures
Impica Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh, I thought you were telling me to add in the fairy mew lol.
ramasioti Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
In the picture? Is that possible?
Impica Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I dunno. Lol.
Phyrofrost Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing stories!
TeamAquaReshiram Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Arceus gets absolutely no love whatsoever!
Iadalious Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning! Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died. Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on a Monday night at 12:00 a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if you copy and paste this to ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow.You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain u will see a little dead girl in you

SuperSilverNRG Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no one wants to read this, please don't comment stuff like this
Lightningmatt Featured By Owner Edited Nov 8, 2014
Fudge this.
ArkeisFan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow really good story! And art
Neko-Lover32 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It's beautiful!
Tangleshadowdraws221 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, amazing creativity! I love it!
megablaze989 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
 if they were real i would want themHeart - Free 
Enderpikachu Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow nice.          like you pokemon?
Rose--Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
And the seventeenth Mew, that before the final, liked to collect crystals and pebbles and chunks of metal, and be amongst flowers and leaves and snowflakes. It enjoyed watching the stars and had a bad habit of playing pranks on its friends. Still, it was shy, but deeply connected to the world around it. It couldn't imagine ever not having the beautiful planet they inhabited. It bonded its soul with the earth itself and every tree and flower in it. It thus became the ancestor of the Fairy-types.
w01neb Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
Cutie Thumbs Up 
Erenea2011 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
I luke so mucho,is like..a Mandala
josegoncalo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KantoChampionRed Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014

Musky-husky-art Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Artist
I love Mew so much
Good job
Vampire-Kitties Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I wanna pet em all c:
masterkill213 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
I catch mew 2 version emearld and Y
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