Plot & the Last Few Years

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We can't tell you who we are. Or where we live.

That used to be the line we gave years ago. When we were just a bunch of scared kids given an incredible and dangerous power and dragged into a war. We knew we had to fight because no one else was and knew we had to hide.

But can slip up.

And we fucked up royally.

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The Animorphs always planned to hold out until the Andalites could arrive, to fight the Yeerks until they could get some kind of help. That unfortunately never happened.

In 1999, Jake Berenson's grandfather died and his brother Tom, already a Controller, refused to go away with the family as it would place him away from the Yeerk Pool for too long. The Animorphs worked hard to keep Tom from either infesting Jake's father or killing him in order to avoid the family trip...and ended up losing one of their own for it. Jake demorphed on his rooftop in order to save his father, thinking he was safe with his brother inside the house. Unfortunately for him, another Controller was present that day and saw it happen.

By the next day, every Berenson but one was in Yeerk custody. And Jake was the first in line to the Pool.

By that night when the Controllers came for them after finding out the identities of the other Animorphs, the Higgins family and the Reyes' had disappeared without a trace. Sub-Visser Twenty-two Keelas 112, one of Visser's Three's highest lieutenants and one of his most loyal, was ultimately the Yeerk who was gifted with Jake's body and given a task: capture the remainder of the Animorphs.

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We lost everything.

Our homes. Some of us our families.

But we weren't beaten.

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The Animorphs, their families, and their allies fled. By the time the Yeerks reached the once safe valley of the Hork-Bajir, there was no sign that it had ever been occupied. Ax and Tobias' meadow was abandoned, another hawk already having taken it as its territory and a band of skunks in residence in what remained of the scoop.

They vanished. Regrouped. Found another safe place in the wilderness where they weren't to be found. And then struck back.

Marco took leadership of the group at the suggestion of Rachel and Tobias. His shrewd way of looking at things made him apt at it for a year, earned them victories that lifted spirits as well as losses that shook them all. Then a second tragedy struck when a mission went wrong, leaving him wounded and trapped with no way for the others to get to him. He ordered them to get themselves out before being knocked unconscious and was immediately infested by a high ranking Controller with a voluntary host.

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I'm not sure who's loss was worse.

Jake was our fearless leader. Now only a ruthless killer looks out of my cousin's eyes.

Marco may have started out as our resident clown but...things changed him. Like they changed us all. He led us through some shit.

It's not as hard now, knowing he works from the inside with his Yeerk, Sidin.


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They moved again, anything they had built forfeit in the wake of Marco's capture. After that, Cassie refused to fight any longer. She would stay and heal or do whatever the others needed but she wouldn't fight. Not against Marco. Not against Jake.

Somehow during their second flight, the pieces of the Escafil Device went missing. Leaving them with only the few others amongst them who had been given the power to morph in order to aid in the fight.

Rachel, Tobias, and Ax attempted to continue striking out at Yeerk forces for a time with the aid of the Hork-Bajir and others that they had freed. They suffered losses that made them scale back, tone down their attacks in frequency. Their focus for several years shifted back to their people, to making a safe place for those that they had. Then they struck out again.

They sought out allies and found both them and enemies.

Quietly grew their forces and managed to make contact with the Andalite Government very briefly to send one message: Earth resists.

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So long as we live, we'll fight. We'll fight with whatever we've got.

We won't surrender.

Fall down seven times, get up eight. I remember Marco saying that once.

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The Resistance has been largely quiet for the past few years but it hasn't been inactive. It has been ever moving, gathering more resources, more people, more places to strike from. Performing small strikes, ones that rarely hint at the fact that three of the Animorphs still fight to free the Earth.

The Yeerks have spread farther, building at least three other Yeerk Pools that the Resistance knows about to reach a far greater area of influence. Keelas 112, now Sub-Visser Three, is still hunting the remainder of the Animorphs, fully intent on putting an end to the last of the group...or else end up replaced with someone else by Visser Three. Elsewhere in the ranks Sidin 445 and Marco work together with Illim and Mr. Tidwell and other members of the Yeerk Peace Movement in ways to undermine the others.

There has been news overheard recently by morphed Resistance members that Andalites have landed on Earth. The Yeerks aren't exactly sure about where but the Resistance knows one thing...they have to get there first.

Other rumors are circulating about someone finding objects that sound remarkably like the missing pieces of the Escafil Device.

The question is...who will get to them first?

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All of this might seem like a longshot.

Sure as shit does seem like it most days.

We could lose...but that's not the important question. The important question is what did you do when the chips were down? When everything and everyone in the world that you cared about was on the line?

Did you give up?

Or did you fight?
In all the universe, no greater beauty. In a thousand, thousand worlds, no greater art than this.

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Prior to Jake's capture in 1999, any events that occurred in canon still happened. These events include:
  • Discovering the original Yeerk Pool entrance underneath the school as well as Chapman's status as a Controller.
  • Finding Ax in his crashed Dome Ship.
  • Discovering the host of Visser One is Marco's mother.
  • Jake's infestation by Temrash 114 and first sighting of Crayak.
  • First meeting with the Ellimist.
  • Discovering who Visser Three's host is.
  • Discovering the Chee and both finding and getting rid of the Pemalite Crystal.
  • First encounter with a Sario Rip, where only Jake recalls the events of the rift in space-time.
  • Rachel experiences hereth illint with crocodile DNA.
  • Jara Hamee and Ket Halpak are freed and Tobias is returned his morphing as well as the ability to morph into a version of himself by the Ellimist.
  • Foiling the Yeerks attempt to invade Leera with engineered sharks that could be infested and controlled.
  • Finding the web page with the chat room about Yeerks and other information on the invasion's actions and alien species, leading to the discovery of Esplin 9466 Lesser and his cannibalistic method of survival.
  • Discovery of maple and ginger oatmeal allowing the ability to survive without Kandrona rays but driving Yeerks insane due to an addiction to the oatmeal.
  • Foiling the plot to infest secret service agent Hewlett Aldershot as well as experiencing getting dragged into Z-Space during a morph by what of their bodies is there being hit by an Andalite ship. Also aiding Andalites on the major landmass of Leera to set off a bomb intended to destroy the continent, rescuing a group of Leerans from Yeerks during it before being snapped back to Earth.
  • Second Sario Rip encounter, transporting them back to one of the periods where dinosaurs ruled the Earth.
  • First introduction to Aftran 942 in the body of Karen and the establishment of the Yeerk Peace Movement.
  • Encountering, saving, recruiting, and then forcing to become a nothlit of David as well as retaking of the Escafil Device.
  • Tobias discovers that Elfangor was his father as well as the fact that Visser Three is aware of this.
  • Encounter with the Helmacrons.
  • Foiling the Yeerks attempt to recreate the extinct Venber race.
  • Aiding the Ellimist in his game against Crayak by helping determine the fate of the Iskoort. Also encountering and foiling Crayak's dread Howlers that he has used to destroy many.
  • Fixing the issue with the Chee programming in the underwater Pemalite ship.
  • Rescuing Aftran and using her to help to remove Ax's inflamed Tria gland, later giving her morphing ability with the stipulation she remain a nothlit as a humpback whale. Also revealing the expansion of the Yeerk Peace Movement.
  • Foiling Visser Four's use of the Time Matrix to rewrite Earth's history to make the invasion easier.
  • Visser One appears again.
  • Jake's grandfather dies.

After Jake's capture in the year following where Marco led the group and then the subsequent after when he himself was captured have some resemblance to canon but there are several events that did not occur. These are those that did still occur within canon:
  • Tobias still goes through with the plan to acquire Ax and trick the Yeerks that their anti-morphing ray doesn't work despite the risks. He is still captured by Taylor and tortured, experiencing Utzum with Elfangor, but this time with her realizing that he is himself. The anti-morphing ray and it's lab was destroyed in the fighting and Visser Three executed Sub-Visser Fifty-one for both losing the anti-morphing ray as well as the remaining Animorphs.
  • Encounter with Aldrea's saved persona.
  • After rescuing the Chee android Mr. King (who had taken another identity without going into hiding), they encounter a group of Andalites. When they discovered that the group had a virus that was meant for Yeerks but could mutate to kill humans, they foiled his plan. The fates of the Andalite crew remain the same (with the ultimate fate on Gonrod and Estrid unknown).
  • Encounter with Gafinilan and Mertil.
  • Back to Before occurs but with the wish to never having met Elfangor and becoming Animorphs being wished by Rachel via the Drode and Crayak. When they are returned to their own timeline after beginning to fight back, Cassie - the only one who remembers the incident in any fashion - distraught due to experiencing being with Jake again as himself. This begins her turn towards Neutral.
  • Instead of Cassie being knocked unconscious and transported to Australia when they are confronting the Yeerks who are after the fragment of a Bug Fighter in U.S. government custody, Marco is seriously injured and captured by the Yeerks after telling the others to flee. This leads to them attempting a rescue attack upon the Asri Ful Pool that fails and brings Marco's presence there to Sidin 445's attention.
  • It is discovered that Tobias' mother is still alive but that this information is already old news to the Yeerks once they found out that their Andalite bandits are really humans. They realize quickly that Loren is a Controller and just barely manage to escape being captured thanks to the sacrifice of two of the free Hork-Bajir who accompanied them and hid nearby. This is the final event that causes them to fully scale back their attack tactics.
In all the universe, no greater beauty. In a thousand, thousand worlds, no greater art than this.

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