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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.
zebrarhyme_everytime: (d'oh!)

Zecora | OTA

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-03-28 04:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Day 73: Melemele

[The berry fields are a unique and exquisite place, one Zecora had been in a hurry to visit. And for perhaps half an hour, she had the delights of the place to herself -- exploring the trees, picking berries and testing them, collecting several for use in potions...]

[Now, however, her peace is shattered. A ball bounces off her flank, making her jerk her head up in surprise. A nearby kid stomps his feet and bemoans that the Pokemon had broken free of the ball -- but a dozen of his friends are close on his heels, all of them holding the same red-and-white gadgets.]

[Zecora pelts out of the berry fields at a gallop, with a host of eager aspiring trainers right behind her.]

Day 75: Carnival Grounds

[So yeah, Zecora is assuming a human shape for their duration here.]

[Those seeking out the zebra doctor will find a woman in her place, whose warm rhyming cadence ought to be instant identification as she greets visitors to her tent with a smile from amidst the bubbling cauldrons. But Zecora doesn't confine herself to her tent; she can often be found wandering about the carnival just watching everyone work.]

[Later in the evening, she takes a seat near one of the food booths with a funnel cake heaped high with fruit, an eager look on her face.]

Day 77: Lake of the Moon

[Well. Time to see what all this hype is about.]

[Zecora, properly a zebra now, slowly creeps through the tall grass towards the great temple that might have once held some great legend of a beast, her eyes on a barely-there creature drifting faintly on the wind. In her teeth she clutches a Pokeball. Slowly, carefully...]
sunflowerfields: (phantump)

Day 75

[personal profile] sunflowerfields 2017-04-05 02:13 am (UTC)(link)
[On the other side of the funnel cake, a face appears, its red eyes glowing eagerly.]
zebrarhyme_everytime: (oh my)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-06 03:12 pm (UTC)(link)

[Zecora pauses in her almost religious meditation over the funnel cake to glance up at said face.]

Little one, why do you accost
Me right here? Are you lost?
sunflowerfields: (While you're gone)

[personal profile] sunflowerfields 2017-04-11 02:44 am (UTC)(link)
[The small creature tilts its head. "Phaaaan?"]

Sunny! There you are!

[Hinawa rounds a corner and approaches the duo. The little creature immediately floats to her side and takes her hand.]

Oh, hello, Miss Zecora! I see Sunny has introduced himself.
zebrarhyme_everytime: (cheerful)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-11 06:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, I see you have a friend!
This is becoming quite the trend.

[And for once, this isn't a trend Zecora minds. She knows she'll surely be called on to tend to these creatures and mend their wounds and complaints, but this represents little challenge or extra work as she reckons these things.]
sunflowerfields: (To me)

[personal profile] sunflowerfields 2017-04-18 03:13 am (UTC)(link)
I did! He just started following me and I couldn't bear to shoo him away.

[Sunny seems to squeeze her hand tighter at that.]

There's a lot of new faces around. I didn't think a carnival could look more lively, but I guess I was wrong!
zebrarhyme_everytime: (reading is fundamental)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-18 01:48 pm (UTC)(link)
I start to see the charm.
Perhaps it would do no harm...

[Zecora trails off as she contemplates the idea. Normally she doesn't chase these larks, especially not after so many worlds, but even ponykind knows the value of an animal friend...]
spaghettimonster: arrt-jim-lad (HMMM.)

Carnival Grounds

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-06 03:03 pm (UTC)(link)
[Papyrus pauses by the medical tent, puzzling over the person at the entrance. That sure doesn't look like any of the people he's seen in that tent before, but they look confident and comfortable working there.

And then he overhears rhyming.]

Hey! You look different! Did you transform a whole lot at once?
zebrarhyme_everytime: (confidence)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-06 03:30 pm (UTC)(link)
All is still well.
This is a spell.

[She encompasses her new form with a sweep of her hand and a smile.]

As I normally appear
Humans draw near
And think I should be caught
Before I can explain I should not.
spaghettimonster: (. . .)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-06 03:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh my god, have they been throwing those balls at you?

[One jerk threw one at Papyrus, the first day guests were allowed in. It donked against his skull and surprised everyone involved.]
zebrarhyme_everytime: (arrrrrrgh!)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-07 05:44 pm (UTC)(link)
On the very first day
They chased me away.

[She got hit in the flank. A couple of times.
spaghettimonster: arrt-jim-lad (I THE GREAT PONTIFICATOR)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-08 11:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Glad you have a way to hide the temptation.

[If it isn't the balls, it's the occasional one making this alarmed noise and insisting on sending pokemon out. The first time he asked his cubone buddy to tag in, the trainer was very surprised.]
zebrarhyme_everytime: (reading is fundamental)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-09 04:09 pm (UTC)(link)
The glamour must make you appear
As something they want or fear.
If that's something you wish to escape
I could loan you a different shape.

[Zecora's shapeshifting magic is not limited to herself, after all!]

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-09 11:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh! Hmmm... That's a tempting offer. But it hasn't been so bad! They only bother me while I'm here.
zebrarhyme_everytime: (Default)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-10 03:16 pm (UTC)(link)
[Zecora nods.]

If you tire of the grief
I will give you relief.
But to other ends
Have you gained new friends?
spaghettimonster: (FRIENDSHIP IS DELICIOUS)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-13 01:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Not yet. But I'm going to!!! I'm going to the other side later today.

[After lunch and such. Just in case the food over there is weird and gross.]
zebrarhyme_everytime: (cheerful)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-13 03:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Do you have one in mind
That you hope to find?

[It's not a ghost-type, right? That seems like such a stereotype.]
spaghettimonster: (I---THE GREAT PAPYRUS---WILL HELP YOU!)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-13 04:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Someone with shared interests!!

[He didn't even understand the question.]
zebrarhyme_everytime: (a friendly chat)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-14 03:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh really? Do go on!
What do you share with Pokemon?

[Luckily, Zecora is patient...]
spaghettimonster: arrt-jim-lad (I THE GREAT PONTIFICATOR)

zombie tag off soft hiatus

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-23 08:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Isn't it obvious? Practicing cool moves to show off in fights!

[He demonstrates a cool pose, as though those are integral to the fighting spirit.]
zebrarhyme_everytime: (cheerful)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-24 08:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, really? Perhaps I might
See a move you'd use in a fight?

[Not on her, obviously, but she is curious what Papyrus has in mind.]
spaghettimonster: (CoolSkeleton95) (COOL DUDE)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-26 01:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Put on the spot!

[He fidgets, opening and closing his mouth for a second, searching for words. Once upon a time, he would have proudly announced how great he was, and gone on about it. But nowadays he's trying to downplay that stuff, to emphasize his role as the reliable janitor sort...

So he opts to show, rather than tell. A wave of bones rises from the ground, passing her in a wave that mysteriously doesn't damage the dirt and grass, fading before they hit the tent.]

Luckily, I'm always prepared.
zebrarhyme_everytime: (oh my)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-27 03:44 pm (UTC)(link)
[Zecora watches the bone wave pass by with some mild interest. How does that even work? Is it magic, to create bones out of nothing?]

That's quite a trick.
It's going to stick
In my head for a while.
You do have style!
spaghettimonster: (Papyrus modestly admits to his strengths) (AFTER ALL I AM VERY GREAT)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-29 07:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Nyeh heh heh, don't I! It sticks comfortably in peoples' heads, and makes you smile to remember it.

[Well, he tried for modesty. It worked for a few seconds.]
zebrarhyme_everytime: (cheerful)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-05-01 05:16 pm (UTC)(link)
You shouldn't keep that power alone.
You should seek a Pokemon of your own!

[Zecora's opinion is that it would be quite good for Papyrus, and the Pokemon as well.]