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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: (SKELETONS AND FLOWERS)


[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-03-29 02:24 am (UTC)(link)
[Papyrus heard plenty of rumors about this Team Skull group, and more than a couple of trainers have gasped at the sight of him. But somehow he's avoided encountering any yet, and their beatbox movement style really draws the eye. Even if you don't have eyes.

So when Shima runs from them and behind the large trash container Papyrus is pulling around, it's obvious who he must mean.]

How can they be dumb... if they love skeletons so much??

[Yeah, don't mind the janitor skeleton just hanging out watching you guys, Team Skull grunts.]
perverses: (i'm not going to smile today)

[personal profile] perverses 2017-03-30 12:03 am (UTC)(link)
[ That... okay, that earns Papyrus a long, blank stare. ]

If they like skeletons? [ Team Skull, skeletons, Papyrus has a bare skull for a head. Right, right, Shima gets it. Still, he's going to hiss out — still trying to be quiet — a very adamant, ] How does that matter at all? People can like things and still be dumb! Just don't say anything, okay?

[ Which may be easier asked than actually accomplished, because guess who those bad dudes are rolling on up to? Yeah, one of them stops and gives Papyrus a startled look, then draws the rest of the gang's attention to him by pointing. ]

Hey! What's up with this guy? He's all bones and more bones! Dude, is that a costume?!

[ Because of course, they would want to check out a literal skeleton person... ]
spaghettimonster: (Papyrus modestly admits to his strengths) (AFTER ALL I AM VERY GREAT)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-03-30 01:44 pm (UTC)(link)
[Alas, Papyrus is practically immune to long, blank stares, and doesn't get the hint.]

Liking skeletons is itself a not-dumb thing! [He protests, not very convinced. But the gang's talking, and he doesn't actually want to give Shima's hiding place away.]

No, this is no costume! I am naturally this handsome. Nyeh heh heh heh heh!

[Besides, it's a better use of everyone's time for the gang to pay attention to him, instead. Papyrus steps forward a couple steps, making himself more accessible for these skull fans to admire... where they won't need to go far enough that they'd see Shima.]
perverses: (uh)

[personal profile] perverses 2017-04-02 07:12 pm (UTC)(link)
[ And it works! For now. They don't come any closer when Papyrus steps forward instead, their interest focused on the skeleton over continuing their search for Shima. ]

No way, man, no way, you can't REALLY be a skeleton! That would be too crazy, too crazy for anyone! [ One says with way more gesturing around and waving his arms than is actually needed for any form of communication ever. ] You're just a super skinny dude in a costume, it's gotta be!
Edited 2017-04-02 19:13 (UTC)
spaghettimonster: (I---THE GREAT PAPYRUS---WILL HELP YOU!)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-04 08:37 pm (UTC)(link)
[This is the first time anyone's questioned whether he's a skeleton, and it's... kind of discomfiting? Partly because he's wearing one of his short shirts, so there's a spot where it's just spine and view of the world behind him. Partly, mostly, because... being a skeleton is just what he is. It's fun to go to other worlds and play dress-up, but the idea that anyone could see his face and not see him...

He rallies, anyway, and does some exaggerated gesturing himself, including a 'muscular' pose.]

Do you want to feel my biceps? I promise you, I'm all bone! And magic.
perverses: (i'm not going to smile today)

[personal profile] perverses 2017-04-07 02:15 am (UTC)(link)
[ It's a hard concept for regular humans to wrap their heads around. Pokemon were one thing — they looked pretty wild, no doubt about it — but actual people, talking back to them, who happen to also be skeletons? Papyrus' explanation has the whole group of them jumping back in shock, which is such an overexaggerated way to react, but this is Team Skull, so... ]

Is this a prank? [ One wants to know. Another goes, ] I bet you're just too chicken to try!

[ And there's a minor argument over whether one or the other is chicken and too scared of skeletons to be a proper member of Team Skull. Inevitably, one is goaded into stepping forward again, closer this time, and definitely closer to being able to spot the still hiding Shima, too... ]

All right, man, I'll feel your biceps! I ain't scared of no bones!

[ Meanwhile, Shima is just... he still can't believe these guys. He's half tempted to jump out and scare the one the others just dared to step back up to Papyrus, he really, really is. ]
spaghettimonster: (THIS WAS A TRIUMPH)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-08 11:37 pm (UTC)(link)
[Papyrus brightens as he watches their scuffle and teasing, and positively beams when one approaches. Look at this, nobody's chasing anybody, nobody's accusing anybody of theft, and they're not even trying to hurt anybody. Clearly, Team Skull just has a bad boy reputation, a mix of lies and some true things that got exaggerated with the retelling.]

Good!! You shouldn't be, bones aren't frightening! They're soft and friendly.

[It might seem like Papyrus is just rambling in hopes of keeping their attention, distracting from the pink-haired person hiding back there... But no. He's just claiming that bones are soft, with all apparent sincerity.]

See what I mean? All bone!

[He holds his arm out, the better to poke and test his claims. And, having not forgotten Shima back there, he sticks his thumb up to signal that all is going well.]
Edited 2017-04-08 23:37 (UTC)
perverses: (the aftermath is secondary)

[personal profile] perverses 2017-04-10 12:34 am (UTC)(link)
Soft?! [ That makes no sense, Papyrus, even to Team Skull, but the guy who got goaded on to touch that bony bicep of his reaches out to poke it. ] Dude, that ain't soft, it's a bone...

[ But it's a bone. Definitely a bone. This guy is actually, literally— Team Skull Goon #3 leaps back, because the realization that they're talking to a skeleton is legitimately terrifying. ]

G-guys! He really is made out of bones! That's actual bone! He's a talking skeleton dude! That's—!!!

[ Leaping aside like that has him stumbling away. He doesn't care if it makes him a big chicken, he is totally going to get away and around the trash bin Papyrus has with him, because now he kind of wants to hide behind it! Shima can't really look out from behind his side of it to see what's up, either, though with how close he's hearing footsteps now...

Oh boy. Maybe he should start figuring out an escape route.