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Lost Carnival Mods ([personal profile] ringleaders) wrote in [community profile] lostcarnival2017-03-26 05:52 pm


When: Day 73 - Day 87
Where: The islands of Alola.
What: The Carnival arrives at its next touring location, a series of tropical islands inhabited by a species of animal called Pokemon and their trainers!
Warnings: Pokemon is pretty PG-rated.


Alola is broken up into four different islands, with a number of unique points of interest. Boats can easily be rented in order to get between the islands, or you can just pay for the fair of a scheduled trip. If you can prove you have the skills for it, you can also call on a "Ride Pokemon" - that is, either a Charizard or a Lapras that will fly or swim you between locations.

► POPULATION: Though the islands appear very small as an abstraction in the actual games, that doesn't hold over into the actual reality of it. When interacting with the different locations, imagine that they are about as big and spread out as they would be in real life. It's about on the same scale as Hawaii is on earth. Ignore any wikis that say the population of each island is like 200 people, because that's just adding up all the scripted NPCs, and there are realistically more than six houses per town.

► AMENITIES: Even if they aren't overtly listed on island maps, it can be assumed that all towns and cities will have basic amenities - that is, places to eat, place to go to the washroom, places to buy souvenirs, and the other things one would expect in a tourist heavy area. You can also buy malasadas pretty much anywhere.

► POKECENTERS: You'll be able to find a Pokecenter in pretty much every town - a Pokecenter is a public building in which Pokemon Trainers can rest and get their Pokemon healed. Think of it like free international Pokemon healthcare. You can also buy Pokeballs here, as well as potions and other healing items for later use.

► AETHER FOUNDATION: A peace keeping organization that shelters Pokemon from harm and abuse. If you kill/maim any Pokemon or otherwise act violently in public, they will come to try to take you down with their Pokemon. They also are the main force working against Team Skull.


► TRAINER SCHOOL: A full fledged for young, aspiring Pokemon Trainers! Students go here to learn about Pokemon care and battling before setting out on their own journeys. It would be sort of weird for an adult to show up here, like it would for an adult to try to attend an elementary school, but you can probably learn some of the basics just from touring the facility.

► HAU'OLI SHOPPING DISTRICT: The biggest shopping district on Melemele, you can do a lot here, from eating out to getting your hair dyed. A lot of shops are, unsurprisingly, completely Pokemon focused - but there are some that aren't, too. There are also some very nice beach fronts nearby.

► BERRY FIELDS: Berries come in a lot of different types and have different effects when used. Mostly, Pokemon love to eat them, regardless of what type they are. This is a big field of them, most of which are free to take if you catch them when ripe.

► TEN CARAT HILL: The secluded interior of a small mountain, filled with some rare types of rock Pokemon. You have to be able to bypass the left overs of some recent rockslides to get in.

► TRIAL SITE: There is only one trial on this islands, which is the Normal type trial. All you have to do is fight a bunch of Pokemon ferrets, and then fight an even bigger Pokemon ferret that thirsts for your blood. It's not so bad.


► TIDE SONG HOTEL: A big ass hotel near the port - if you want to stay on Alola overnight, this is a pretty good place to go. It isn't too expensive, and is also rather nice.

► DIMENSIONAL RESEARCH LAB: Alola, on occasion, has been the site of various dimensional breaks (haha) in which extraplanar creatures called Ultra Beasts have crossed over. There isn't much information about these beasts, but they are something that are being actively studied. Characters who are nerds might find some of this information interesting.

► HANO GRAND RESORT: The inevitably big, fancy resort that tends to take route in touristy places like this. If you actually pay to spend some time there, you can enjoy all the things you'd expect to find in a fancy resort, except with way more Pokemon. There is also a fancy, secluded beach for resort goers only.

► BATTLE ROYALE DOME: A battle area in which 4 trainers fight each other all at once, with teams of there Pokemon. The trainers here are mostly quite expert, and you need a team of three Pokemon to play, so player characters probably won't be able to participate. However, you can still come to watch, if you like seeing a bunch of colourful monsters slapping each other around.

► PANIOLA RANCH: A large ranch that keeps a lot of Pokemon that resemble earth farm animals. You can leave Pokemon here to stay for a while if you need a break from the strains of trainer life. Quite often, however, your Pokemon will end up getting knocked up and leave you with another egg to care for.

► TRIAL SITES: Brooklet Hill is a lake filled area that contains the Water Trial. You have to fight a bunch of schooling Wishiwashi, and then an even bigger schooling Wishiwashi to win. Wela Volcano Park contains the Fire Trial, where you must climb to the top of the dormant volcano, and spot the difference between a series of ceremonial island dances. Then you gotta fight a team of Marrowaks and a giant Salazzle. The Lush Jungle contains the Grass challenge, in which you have to find a series of rare organic ingredients in order to brew something that will lure out a giant Lurantis.


► MALIE GARDEN: A nice big garden to hang out in and chill. Also, there are Pokemon there... and also, Pokemon battles? There's really no end to it.

► MOUNT HOKULANI OBSERVATORY: Up at the top of the local mountain, you can go see a space observatory. Like most things in Alola, it's like a regular observatory, except with more Pokemon, since some Pokemon just straight up come from space. You can take a bus up here, but you can also hike if you want.

► HAINA DESERT: A shitty desert in the middle of the island. Mostly only good for if you want the kinds of Pokemon that live in shitty deserts.

► ABANDONED THRIFTY MEGAMART: A Megamart, but haunted. Extremely haunted, filled with the kind of ghost Pokemon that would actually kill you. You have to take a bunch of pictures of ghosts on your way through here if you want to beat the Ghost Trial.

► PO TOWN: The ramshackle remains of the town that Team Skull have taken over. It's completely walled off from the rest of the world, and is pretty terrible. No point in going in there unless you're fighting crime, in which case you can expect to get challenged to Pokemon battles by a lot of Team Skull knuckleheads.

► LAKE OF THE MOON: A huge, round temple thing in the middle of nowhere. It's used to praise a legendary Pokemon that existed years ago, but there presently doesn't seem to be anything around except cool architecture.

► TRIAL SITES: The Observatory contains the Electric Challenge, during which you have to fend off various kinds of electric grubs, before eventually taking on a giant Vikavolt. The Abandoned Megamart must first be cleared before challenging the Ghost Trial officially, at which point you will have to defeat a powerful Mimikyu.


► SEAFOLK VILLAGE: A village made of nothing but houseboats and other water fairing homes. It's the only major town on Poni Island.

► ANCIENT RUINS: Most of Poni Island has been reduced to ruins, over time. Not many people live here, relative to the other islands, but there are a lot of abandoned buildings from when they apparently used to.

► VAST PONI CANYONS: Most of the island is comprised of canyons, caves, and valleys filled with particularly strong Pokemon, and also a lot of fight-hungry Pokemon trainers. Most of them will want to fight you as soon as they see you, since they are there mostly to train, but they will back down if you tell them you're not a trainer. Though, at that point they will strongly urge you to go home, because it's too danger for anything other than the strongest trainers.

► ALTAR OF THE SUN: A matching altar to the one found on Ula'ula, except this time dedicated to a legendary Pokemon of the sun. If you play some magic flutes here at the right time then apparently a giant lion might show up, but there's no way to be sure.

► TRIAL SITES: The only Trial here is the Grand Trial, which is a fight against the leader's ground type Pokemon. You may also get lucky and have the Fairy Trial's kahuna deign to fight you, with her fairy types, if she randomly wanders into your path. Both of them are very strong, and are not advised to challenge for new trainers.
spaghettimonster: (CoolSkeleton95) (COOL DUDE)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-06 02:11 pm (UTC)(link)
That sounds incredibly fitting! [If Scout is working as a scout, then it'll be the scout trifecta. Scoutception. Something.]

But, they transform...? [He hadn't heard that detail yet and he considers the pokemon around them. Sandygast, at least, visibly transforms in tiny bits when it shifts the shape of its towers. Cubone, though...] Do they all turn into giant birds?

[Cubone shakes its head, rolling its eyes under the skull. This guy, does he know anything besides how to mysteriously make bones appear?]
stillwinningthehardway: (☁Swift and free)

[personal profile] stillwinningthehardway 2017-04-06 03:10 pm (UTC)(link)
I know, right? No one would be a better scout than I.

Yeah, they call it 'evolution', even though that's not... uh, whatever. [Scout doesn't feel like getting into how metamorphosis and evolution are not at all the same thing.] Lots of them change dramatically once they've had enough experience, but it's not usually birds unless they're already birds.

[She smiles at poor, sensible Cubone. It seems to either understand more or pay more attention than her Togepi, but the egg creature is a baby, after all.]
spaghettimonster: (HUH???)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-08 11:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Huh??? [Papyrus boggles at the misapplied term, shaking his head.] If evolution worked like that, big changes in a single person... There'd be a lot more skeletons running around!

[Rather than explain that comment, Papyrus twists around to look at the cubone.] Do you have any idea what you'll turn into?

[The cubone huffs, chattering what might be a coherent explanation to anyone who can understand the pokemon language... Or might be a lengthy ramble about going and asking some other human -- or human-looking -- person. Then it grabs its club and starts making lines in the sand.]
stillwinningthehardway: (🔪I throw my mantle over the moon)

[personal profile] stillwinningthehardway 2017-04-10 01:52 am (UTC)(link)
[Oh non sequitors. Scout has a few of her own saved up for if a conversation ends up too far into references she doesn't understand. She'll hold back on them for now.]

That happens sometimes but generally not the running around.

[Scout watches the cubone, bemused, until her togepi starts chirping and she sets it down so it can approach whatever's left of Papyrus's sandcastle and start patting at the walls.]

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-10 11:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Instead they're just creepy, dead skeletons...

[Papyrus shudders. He encountered Lapis' lawn decoration one day when he wasn't thinking very hard. It'd been... alarming.

Cubone eventually sketches an outline that looks somewhat like itself, but at least twice as tall, with a pointier skull and wiggly lines rising from its bone club. It is definitely not a bird.]
stillwinningthehardway: (☁Swift and free)

[personal profile] stillwinningthehardway 2017-04-11 09:39 pm (UTC)(link)
That's how it tends to go, yeah. Is it really offputting for you?

[In Scout's home universe there are people who look like skeletons, but there was also a member of her family who decided to telekinetically puppet the remains of a mother and child just to be creepy and disrespectful once. Anyway, she knew Sans from her last stint at the Carnival; she can shrug at Papyrus.]

Aww, look at that! Is that your next stage?
spaghettimonster: arrt-jim-lad (I THE GREAT PONTIFICATOR)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-13 02:28 pm (UTC)(link)
[Those people look like goopy skeletons, remarkably friend-shaped. Papyrus waves the first question off.]

The first time, it surprised me. Now, I just wonder... Are many people unnerved by the sight of me?? It's so terrible to imagine!

[He'd known of it in theory, and he'll get used to it eventually. Probably. But thinking that a person is napping is very different than seeing a dead body. Especially when dead bodies don't exist, where you come from.

Of far greater appeal is the other question! Cubone nods at Scout, and swings the bone club around to demonstrate something about those wavy lines. It seems to involve a lot of wooshing sound effects.]

I see, I see... You'll be a lot pointier. Good for you!
stillwinningthehardway: (☁Why do they call me down to rest?)

[personal profile] stillwinningthehardway 2017-04-14 03:06 am (UTC)(link)
I bet some are! It's good not to judge first reactions, or even someone being uncomfortable but trying to work past it, but you seem pretty all right. People pick up on that once they start thinking.

[Scout goes and sits on the sand. Then she frowns, the plumed tip of her tail twitching, as she realizes how much trouble it's going to be to get all the grains off. Horns and a tail and scales are fine, fur is a nuisance.]

And fierce. Very nice! ...baby, are you dancing?

[Togepi understands what Cubone means even if the two trainers are clueless, so it's trying to help out by... hopping and racing back and forth flailing its arms. Its last trainer did have a Fire-type.]