Jumping on the Badwagon
OK: So possible take on the PLAGG situation in the #Sidekick!Adrien AU by @geek-fashionista
This was just my thoughts based on what I have read so far:
As stated the Chat ring was broken/destroyed several generations ago, and Ladybug has been going solo since.
Gabriel has been gathering all things Miraculous for the past X-many years in the effort to bring his wife back- however he needs BOTH the Ladybug earrings and the Chat Ring to get the godlike powers to accomplish said feat. Fortunately he is not one to back down from a challenge.
As per the show he becomes Hawkmoth in order to flush out Ladybug.
Meanwhile he also tracks down the dormant/destroyed ring from the descendants of the last Chat. (Seeing how he managed to get his hands on the book AND the Butterfly miraculous I figure that would be an average Tuesday for him)
He begins trying to find a way to restore/reactivate the ring
As all of this is happening Adrien with his L337 hacking skills begins working on his AI program PLAGG in his quest to become the new Chat Noir and assist Ladybug.
Unbeknownst to either Agreste (due to their stunning lack of communication) on one particular night they are both working to accomplish the same task- Awakening PLAGG, one via magic, the other via technology. Gabriel manages to “fix” the ring itself but believes that his most recent attempt is unsuccessful as it remains dormant and without the power of the kwami that it is meant to control. Meanwhile Adrien is having the worst night ever as his attempt to test his new AI program backfired, and in a case of excessively terrible luck his computer gets fried.
Adrien is beginning to think that maybe this project is beyond him, but is amazed to see that when he goes to salvage whatever information he can off of his old hard drive onto the new computer that his PLAGG program code is still intact.
Not only that, but it’s actually working. He has the perfect AI program to help him move onto the next stage of operation Chat Noir.
No one suspects that the true essence of Plagg, albeit in a very weakened state, has been revived and trapped in Adrien’s program.
Gabriel starts noticing a change in the miraculous but ultimately discovers that if he wants to get the ring back to its true form he has to allow his son to continue his vigilante habits until Plagg is strong enough to be fully revived and rebonded to the powers of the miraculous.