Lurking in the Shadows: Lisa's Ultimate Challenge is a Pokemon fanfiction piece written by DarkPersian479 and can be found on the Forums. It is a Trainer Journey Fic that takes place in the author-created Fourtix Region and follows the story of 15-year-old Lisa Northwood on her journey. It is rated PG-13 for violence and language. It has been completed; all 54 chapters have been posted.

Name Lurking in the Shadows: Lisa's Ultimate Challenge
Posted At SPPf
Finished October 28, 2008
Genre(s) Original Trainer, Journey, Adventure, Action,
Rating PG-13
Point of View 3rd Person Omniscient


In July 2005, DarkPersian479 created an RPG on an InvisionFree forum called the "Fourtix Region RPG". It was somewhat successful at first but ended up dying for good in August of 2006. This RPG contained all of the towns and routes that would be present in the fanfic, but featured a Team Aqua/Magma arc that would not be included except for a single conflict.

In April of 2006, the first writing of "Lurking in the Shadows"was posted on SPPF, but with the subtitle, "A Tale of a Girl and Her Ultimate Challenge." This version was decent but rather crudely done; description was basic and most of the reviews were of the 'mindless praise' type. The author was not satisfied with this first effort and was in the process of rewriting it. At the end of September 2006, the old thread was closed at the author's request. 33 chapters had been posted.

On October 10, 2006, the current rewritten version of the fanfic was started. With a much improved, more descriptive writing style and more events added in, it was better received than the previous iteration. Helpful advice (which had been absent the first go around) enabled further improvements to be made. The first 20 chapters cover the same span of time that the 33 did in the original post, thanks to combining chapters where it was deemed appropriate. The fanfic continues and will be updated on a Sunday, sometimes two or three weeks apart.


Main Article: Fourtix Region

The Fourtix Region is an author-created region that is the setting for the fanfiction. It has obvious American influences.


Lisa Kimberly Lynn Northwood


Lisa Northwood.

Main Article: Lisa Northwood

Lisa Northwood is the main protagonist in the story. A fifteen year old child genius, she has a college degree in mathematics. She started her journey with a Meowth, and has since captured other Pokemon for her team and also for her growing collection. Please see main Lisa Northwood page for more information.

List of Gym Leaders

Main Article: Fourtix Region Gym Leaders

There are ten Gym Leaders in the Fourtix Region.

  • Roy, Bluefield City
  • Armond, Greenville City
  • Bernie ,Northwood City
  • Elektra, Vernon City
  • Shari, Lexin City
  • Reed, Arkwood City
  • ???
  • ???
  • ???
  • ???

Supporting Characters

Dr. Amy Sequoia

A young Pokemon researcher who has a lab in Fort Barnes. She is also a Pokemon Ambassador who distributes Pokemon to starting trainers. The bulk of the Trainers' Pokemon that she holds for safekeeping are held at a security-patrolled ranch separate from her large laboratory. The lab is a satellite office of Fourtix University.

Lindsay Northwood

Lisa's nine year old sister, who started traveling with Lisa in Northwood City. She is usually the one to try to bring Lisa back to earth when her older sister lapses into one of her "nerd" spells or when Lisa attempts singing or karaoke. As she is not of the minimum age and has taken no Pokemon competency class or examination, she has no Pokemon.

Alexis Howard

A teenage trainer who lives in Chromo Forest. She handed Lisa her first loss but the two have become fast friends since. She travels with Shannon Fisher and the two have run into Lisa several times. The two of them have also defeated Thrash members in battle.

  • Squirtle
  • Sandshrew

Shannon Fisher

Another teenage trainer who befriended Lisa after defeating her. She travels with Shannon Fisher and the two have run into Lisa several times. The two of them have also defeated Thrash members in battle.

  • Nidoran (f)
  • Mareep

Police Investigator Leslie Morgan


  • Glalie


  • Rhydon


  • Typhlosion

Marvin Excellus



The former Team Aqua Leader now has a legitimate job as the director of the Weather Research Lab, a unit of Fourtix University. He is married to Shelly and seems to often reflect on his actions as Aqua's leader. So far he has not demonstrated any regressions into his Team Aqua persona.

  • Crobat
  • Crawdaunt
  • Walrein


The former Admin of Team aqua is now married to Archie and works alongside him in the Weather Research Lab.

  • Dewgong
  • Weezing
  • Starmie

Thrash Brotherhood

Main Article: Thrash Brotherhood

The region's foremost evil organization that hopes to establish a new world order using illegal and underhanded tactics. Please see main Thrash Brotherhood page for more details.

External Links

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