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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.
fragileandsoft: (for the best)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2017-04-03 10:33 am (UTC)(link)
"All right, all right!" Greg laughs as they delve into the thick grass. Chikorita's gone on alert, the tiny little creature running in a tight circle around them as they approach. Nearby, leaves rustle and shift--too rough to be wind, and too many to just be one Pokemon. They're being watched.

"Uhh. Good thing we got you watching our backs, huh little man?"

Chikorita squeaks, still pacing around them. He'd be crouching low to the ground if his legs weren't so short already. Greg peers up, into overhead branches.

"Oh! I think I see some berries up there. Shtooball, think you can reach it from my shoulders? Or... jumping, I guess?"
starseedling: (about our presidential candidates)

[personal profile] starseedling 2017-04-04 02:33 am (UTC)(link)
"Um... I think so. Lemme see!" Steven pokes out his tongue out in concentration, shuffling in the grass as the readies himself to jump. After preparing himself for a few moments, he goes for the leap-

-and successfully catches himself in the air, floating next to the berry laden branches of the tree. He grins down at his dad, obviously pleased with the chance to show off in a relevant situation.

"Got it!" he beams, and plucks a few berries - just in time for the branches next to where he's floating to start rustling in agitation. "Oh um..." he pulls back his hand. "I'm sorry... are these... one of yours...?"
fragileandsoft: (secretly a cat)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2017-04-15 03:54 am (UTC)(link)
Pink eyes watch Steven's pilfering from the shadows of the branches, disturbed by his peculiar and unwanted arrival.

"You okay up there, kiddo--woah!"

Chikorita jumps in front of Greg as leaves start tumbling from the branches, too fast and straight to be natural.
starseedling: (the real reason they killed harambe)

[personal profile] starseedling 2017-04-15 04:08 am (UTC)(link)
Chikorita has a much faster reaction time than Steven does, apparently. Maybe it's because he's too busy with exuding calming vibes, carefully spreading the canopy of leaves and looking up to see what's watching him from within. This is probably a stupid thing to do in the first place, but welp, this is Steven and he'll be Steven whether it's stupid or not.

He meets eyes with the Pokemon for just long enough to start understanding what it looks like, when the precariously thin branches the thing is sitting on begin to give back - probably disturbed by Steven moving the leaves.

"Hey there, buddy... are you...? Oh - whoah!"

The fomatis tumbles out of the branches, landing right on top of Steven, whose reaction to the surprise is to drop right out of the air. He manages to grasp the little creature in his arms protectively before they hit the ground, at least.
fragileandsoft: (unprepared for book club)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2017-04-15 06:31 am (UTC)(link)

Greg's quick to jump in under his son and catch the pair. Steven may be tough enough to take the fall, but he doesn't have to as long as Greg's around.

"Are you okay? What is that thing?"

Chikorita trills furiously, leaf raised high in a show of aggression as he hops about at Greg's feet. Get away from his people, he's the one who'll do the fighting here! Just try and make a move, he'll take you on, just watch him!
starseedling: (vampires hate him!)

[personal profile] starseedling 2017-04-15 07:15 pm (UTC)(link)
"Fohhh!" the little Pokemon squeals, automatically intimidated by Chikorita's aggression. They probably would have tried to run off as soon as they were caught, if it weren't for the prospect of going toe to toe with that guy.

Steven's arms are still loosely wrapped around them, and given the options, Fomantis clings to Steven's shirt looking panicked and fearful. Save me, humans.

"Aww..." Steven says, flushing with how adorable it is. "I don't know! But I think it's just scared... Look how cute it is! It's okay, little guy." Steven carefully lifts a hand to stroke the bulb on Fomantis's head, and they shiver warily.
fragileandsoft: (ok so long as we don't tell pearl)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2017-04-15 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Greg instantly feels for the anxious little Fomantis. Are all Pokemon so small and charming? "Ah... sorry about that, bud, we didn't mean to spook you."

He glances down to Chikorita, who's deflated from the lack of returned aggression. The pokemon shares a weary look with Greg and sits down with a squeak of a sigh. He got himself all riled up for a tussle, but the mood isn't right.

"See? It's all right. Our little guy here just got excited to meet you."
starseedling: (don't let your memes be dreams)

[personal profile] starseedling 2017-04-17 03:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Fomantis calms down a little after that, looking between Greg and Chikorita uncertainly. Steven smiles - him and his dad apparently have some kind of cradle tower going on here, with Greg holding Steven and Steven holding Fomantis.

"I didn't mean to knock you out of the tree!" Steven explains gently. He rummages into his pocket, and pulled out a bag of Pokebeans. "Here! Have one of these."

He gives the Pokemon a bean, and she immediately latches onto it, nibbling away with her invisible mouth. Steven looks up to Greg, also.

"Oh right, I got some of the berries, too." He hands them over.