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

⇨ ALOLA

Who: EVERYONE.
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.

IT'S A POKEMON WORLD

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.

MELEMELE ISLAND
[MELEMELE DETAIL MAP] [GUARDIAN DEITY TAPU KOKO] [WIKI LINK]

► 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.

AKALA ISLAND
[AKALA DETAIL MAP] [GUARDIAN DEITY TAPU LELE] [WIKI LINK]

► 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.

ULA'ULA ISLAND
[ULA'ULA DETAIL MAP] [GUARDIAN DEITY TAPU BULU] [WIKI LINK]

► 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.

PONI ISLAND
[PONI DETAIL MAP] [GUARDIAN DEITY TAPU FINI] [WIKI LINK]

► 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.
whattaprick: (quen if you love somebody)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-06 07:03 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Yeah, Lambert knows what a weapon drawn sounds like, so he's immediately slipping off Mudbray's back and getting ready for a fight. Which means he's standing in front of Shima and Pig when the Scyther bursts through, and he remembers... he doesn't have any weapons, just a handful of those weird little balls and not a lot else.

It looks pissed off. Really pissed off. Quen goes up on instinct, the blade making an impact hard enough to dissipate it completely and force it to bounce off for a moment, stunned. But not down for the count, which means-- ]


Dammit!

[ Lambert's going to turn and dash in the same direction as Shima, cursing. He can't cast another spell so quickly, so they're going to have to distract it. ]

Pig, distract it! [ The Mudbray, in contrast to the humans, doesn't seem as fazed by the Scyther at all. On Lambert's order, however, it turns and kicks mud up at the flying bug ... which just dodges right out of the way, chittering angrily. Someone didn't learn about Pokemon types in trainer school, unfortunately. ]
Edited ( ) 2017-04-06 19:04 (UTC)
perverses: (1159634-2)

[personal profile] perverses 2017-04-08 07:40 pm (UTC)(link)
[ And all that mud easily dodged, it's time for it to retaliate and you better believe it does. Now presented with three targets over one, the Scyther takes a different tactic. It buzzes back a few paces, then... turns... and leaves? At least, that's what it seems to do for a very puzzling twenty seconds or so. The sound of its buzzing recedes as it goes and maybe, just maybe they have a second or two to feel like they can breathe easy.

At least, Shima, cowering behind Mudbray and Lambert, seems to think so.
]

Ha... guess it didn't like your ugly mug, ha... ha ha. H— [ Wait. He stops talking mid-sentence, freezing from coming out from behind the little donkey Pokemon. ] Uh, do you still hear buzzing?

[ The sound had receded, sure, but never really left and now it's getting louder all over again. What the Scyther was actually doing was picking up speed. The buzzing gets louder, louder, louder, and then it crashes out of the forest again, further down the treeline than they are. It isn't coming straight at them, instead turning in an arc to do a fly by at an unbelievable speed. It speeds past, does another turn, and this time it does come straight at them.

Then stops on a freaking dime.

Whatever weird Pokemon skill it used (in this case, it's Razor Wind, but how are they to know?), it falls pretty much in line with Shima's previous complaints about the radio. You know, the one where tiny bee things were summoning up gale force wind. This is that, only worse, and while it stops and remains unaffected, the wall of wind it's somehow built up and carried along with it does not stop.
]
whattaprick: (crap did i break a nail)

makes up pokemon geography or whatever

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-10 10:12 am (UTC)(link)
[ Lambert isn't so relaxed as Shima is. Chalk it up to experience -- no monster ever beats a strategic retreat. Why run away to live another day, when you can throw yourself all-in and cause as much destruction you can along the way? The buzzing sound only seems to confirm it, and his eyes narrow, turning to Shima sharply. ]

I think we should--

[ Before he can finish that sentence, the blast of air comes slamming through, too quickly for him to roll or dodge out of the wind's path? Lambert's knocked clear off his feet, sent tumbling back a few steps before he catches himself and skids to a halt by digging his fingers into the grass. Stolid little Pig isn't as affected, hunkering down to the ground and bracing against the wind.

Abruptly, Lambert's conscious of his surroundings: the yawning chasm of a ravine not that far behind him, the roaring sound of water far below, carving its way through the volcanic rock that formed the island to begin with. He glances around, searching for what's become of Shima -- was he carried away by that wind too? -- but in the meantime, the bug's charging forward again, and this time Lambert's ready for it. ]


Don't fuck with me! [ He snarls -- as soon as it comes within range, its bladelike arms glinting with the promise of pain, the witcher's throwing up a hand and sending a gout of flame at it. If it's anything like the creepy crawlies he's dealt with back home, he knows it won't like that. ]
perverses: (i'm not feeling alright today)

[personal profile] perverses 2017-04-12 12:24 am (UTC)(link)
[ Major problem that Pig and Lambert don't have, they're heavier. Shima isn't. He has some muscle on him, sure, but it's all lean. Kid's built for speed, not strength. Being light is best for what he gets up to but in this case? He's not only been knocked over by the wind, but he's nearly gone right over the cliff's edge.

He did latch onto a rock at the last second, though, so he's not hanging in there.
]

Ahhh! Crap! Stop messing around with that thing!

[ And help him?! Maybe?! But back to the Scyther, it makes a move to charge at the witcher, only to meet the gout of flame head on. It dodged Pig's attack easily, but this one hits, leaving it to screech and flail, suddenly on fire. ]
Edited 2017-04-12 00:25 (UTC)
whattaprick: (crap did i break a nail)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-13 04:01 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Get it together, Shima. While the Scyther panics and flails around, being on fire and all, Lambert reaches down to grab for Shima's collar, hauling him up like he might a wet kitten, then setting him down on his feet. ]

Better?

[ He glances over at the flailing Scyther, which is looking mighty crispy and has managed to beat out the worst of the flames and is just sagging on the ground, dizzy -- but still somehow, finding sufficient fighting spirit to push itself up, chittering angrily. After a moment's consideration, Lambert pulls a Pokeball from his pocket, looks from it to the Scyther, then casually lobs it at the staggering bug. ]
perverses: (uh)

[personal profile] perverses 2017-04-16 01:32 am (UTC)(link)
[ Sorry, Lambert, he's absolutely going to cling to you after getting pulled back up from hanging onto the very edge of the ledge. ]

Ha... ha... yeah, than—

[ But before Shima can even say that much, the burning Scyther does a spin, whipping around and knocking the Pokeball right back at the witcher. If anything, that only makes it even angrier, so now that it's super mad and also still on fire, it's going to go all out. The blade-armed bug outright charges at the trio, spreading its burning arms wide to take them right off the path with it! ]
whattaprick: (quelle horreur)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-16 09:26 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Between fumbling with Shima's weight refusing to detach itself and dodging the Pokeball ricocheting back at him, even Lambert's quick footwork isn't going to be enough to keep him from stumbling heavily. And while he's off-balance, with the Scyther charging at them like that -- ]

Pig!

[ Lambert yells, but though the little donkey rears up to deliver a smashing blow at the bug as it crashes into them, it's not enough to slow down its momentum. Off the cliff edge they all go together, Lambert shouting in surprise and anger, until they all crash into the water below with a deafening splash. ]
perverses: (i don't need it but)

[personal profile] perverses 2017-04-19 02:18 am (UTC)(link)
[ Lambert's shouting in surprise and anger and Shima is just screaming. Yeah, that is sure a lot of screaming right up until they hit the water. Then it's just gurgling? Yeah, gurgling. He comes back up out of the rushing water sputtering and coughing, then goes back under for a second or two, since they're literally in a river right now, and then back up again. ]

Lambert?! Hey! Lambert! Donkey thing! [ And back under the water, back up. He spits out more water and tries again as he attempts to tread water. It's not easy. ] Anyone?!

[ Please tell him only the bug thing died in this water landing (spoilers: the Scyther did not die, it is now in the river with them). ]
whattaprick: (nyeh nyeh)

poor pig

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-23 07:55 pm (UTC)(link)
[ The impact knocks the breath out of Lambert -- whatever wasn't exhausted by just the screaming, anyway -- but thankfully he doesn't make the mistake of gulping in any water. Luckily, he isn't weighed down by any armor, so it's not hard to push himself to the surface in a few powerful strokes, breaking the water's surface with a gasp. ]

Fuck! [ He snarls, predictably. When he glances around wildly, there's no sign of Pig, though he can see the Scyther's bright green armor bobbing up and down upstream, fighting to stay above water as its wings get waterlogged. The current drags them all forward, and Lambert sucks in a deep breath before he dives underwater again.

Beneath the river, Pig -- who is about as water-worthy as one expects a ground-based Pokémon to be -- has nearly fainted. Water is super effective! Lambert swims to the Mudbray, reaching out to snag it around its barrel waist. Luckily, it's not that big. Struggling with the effort, he kicks them to the surface. ]


Swim to shore! [ He calls -- except he can barely hear his voice, since there's a roaring in his ears that's getting louder by the second. ]
perverses: (uh)

[personal profile] perverses 2017-04-26 12:38 am (UTC)(link)
[ Thankfully, 'swim to shore' is common sense enough that Lambert doesn't really need to be heard. Once Shima sees him bobbing up into view out of the water, along with Pig and.. and... the bug! The bug! He sees the bug and it's getting swept his way, oh no, why, why?!

Shima flails in a panic for a moment, casting about for which shore is closest, then puts all his energy into swimming away from that awful creature! He won't even waste air screaming or crying about it, he's that single-minded about getting the hell to dry land.
]
whattaprick: (Default)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-30 07:52 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Alas, all their best efforts -- and Shima's bug-driven desperation -- isn't going to be enough to save the pair of them from physics. While Lambert strikes out for the shore, the mostly-unconscious Pig weighs him down like a bag of bricks, and he's choking on river water trying to keep them both afloat.

For a moment, he manages to swim close enough to a rock jutting out of the water that he can almost, almost reach out and grab it--

And then the Scyther slams into him, and he slams into Shima, and the whole tangled mess of them gets carried over the edge of the waterfall, hitting the pool below with a splash loud enough to startle the peaceful Pokemon using it as a watering hole. ]
perverses: (keep your apology)

[personal profile] perverses 2017-05-03 06:22 pm (UTC)(link)
[ At this point, Shima doesn't even have the energy nor enough breath to scream the second time he feels himself falling, this time straight over a waterfall. He can't believe this is happening and it's all the fault of bugs, awful, stupid, terrible bugs. See? See why he was afraid of that thing?!

Hitting the pool under the waterfall has him going back under again, struggling wildly to get back to the surface once he's over being stunned by the impact. He crashes back up into the air, gasping, and tries for the shore a second time once he figures out where it is.

He will get there this time, thankfully, since the pool isn't a rushing river, but once there all he's going to do is lay in the mud (doing his best impression of Pig, right?).
]

Aaah... ha... I'm dead... I'm definitely dead...

whattaprick: (manpain)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-05-08 03:09 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Unfortunately, Shima's big troubles aren't at all over. Like a ghoul rising from the grave, the Scyther -- singed, battered, and now thoroughly waterlogged -- bursts from the surface of the pool. It's listing heavily to the side, shedding water as it reels crazily around, its aggressive, bug-like brain still fixated on its goal and searching for the targets it left behind ... and hones in on Shima.

It clacks its claws together menacingly, making that same sword-drawing noise again, and prepares to charge forward at the teenage Exorcist once more...!

Bonk.

The Scyther's charge is interrupted when a Pokeball smacks it hard from behind, and it disappears in a flash of light, the ball plopping into the water and bobbing to the surface. Standing half-submerged in the shallows, Pig tucked under one arm, Lambert's too tired to even lower his arm from where he has it extended to throw, panting. This time, the Pokeball stays shut, and the witcher scoops it off the water's surface as he wades his way to shore and sits down beside Shima. Pig, the poor thing, is completely knocked out, and Lambert pulls another Pokeball out to drop her back in before collapsing back beside Shima to stare at the sky. ]


... You might be on to something with the bugs.