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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: (cheerful)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-09 04:07 pm (UTC)(link)
No need to scurry.
There is no hurry.

[Clearly Strange is finding his own enjoyment in his own way here. Many members of the carnival would not particularly enjoy searching through jungles and forests and grass and, yes, stores for exotic ingredients to be an entertaining afternoon, but here is Zecora nonetheless.]

Speaking of, I could use
More ingredients for my brews.
kingsroads: (well why don't we do this?)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-09 08:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Well what do you need and where can I find it? I'd be glad to help out if you wish.

[ Haunter floats up behind Strange and gives him a bit of a frowny look. You're not gonna really go leave him, are ya buddy? ]
zebrarhyme_everytime: (you can see i'm smug in my mug)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-10 02:40 pm (UTC)(link)
What I need is what I find
For if you have a mind
All ingredients have purpose
So no need to make a fuss.

[Though Zecora appraises Haunter thoughtfully as the Pokemon drifts up.]

Of interest are most
Things to do with a ghost.
kingsroads: (small cheeky little smile)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-10 05:18 pm (UTC)(link)
This is where they live, [ Strange explains, as he looks over at the Haunter with a slightly affectionate smile. Yeah, they became FAST friends. ]

Grant and some of the other ghosts live her, I think because they don't like the sun all that much. Other trainers have kept on barging into the warehouse for some reason, so of course the ghosts are going to try and scare them off.

[ The ghosts and, by extension, Strange. Look, if someone randomly came walking into your house, you'd try to send them away as well. ]
zebrarhyme_everytime: (confidence)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-11 06:18 pm (UTC)(link)
[Naw, Zecora welcomes visitors to her abode. She even has ridiculous and creepy masks out that proclaim that very fact.]

And that is why I came
So if it's all the same
Will you two give me aid
So my brews can be made?
kingsroads: (small little smiles)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-11 11:45 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Strange looks over at Haunter, who shrugs in a sort of 'eh, why not' kind of manner. ]

We'd be glad to help. Now, what should we look for first?
zebrarhyme_everytime: (confidence)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-13 02:49 pm (UTC)(link)
I would have the most to do
With some ghostly residue.

[In whatever form that may come, it has Zecora's interest piqued, and the reason she'd come to this obviously-haunted building to begin with.]
kingsroads: (well drat now)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-13 05:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't being a ghost mean you wouldn't leave anything behind in the first place?

[ He hates to admit it, but Strange has zero experience with this sort of thing. Still, he's got too much pride to admit that so he's going to continue this conversation like he slightly knows what he's talking about. ]
zebrarhyme_everytime: (you can see i'm smug in my mug)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-14 03:56 pm (UTC)(link)
[Zecora bestows a fond smile on him, much the way a teacher might smile at a pupil asking a question he must ask in order to learn.]

How would it change
The world, Strange?
It may not be much
But it can touch,
Be seen and see
Or be felt by me.
kingsroads: (YAY RASH DECISIONS!!!)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-14 06:24 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Strange looks over at Haunter...who then nudges the magician slightly like 'dude, you know I can get solid at certain points, why are you surprised this is a thing.' ]

You do have a point, [ he admits, looking over the Pokemon. ] The ghosts here are certainly more solid and corporeal than any ghost I've heard about. They can even attack other Pokemon-- [ wait a moment. Strange's face just lights up as he gets an idea. ]

Perhaps if Grant uses one of his attacks against a crate or something like that, it might create enough residue for you to use!
Edited 2017-04-14 18:24 (UTC)
zebrarhyme_everytime: (cheerful)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-17 05:29 pm (UTC)(link)
I do not see why
We cannot try!

['Attack' residue may be materially different from other forms, but 'different' doesn't imply 'inferior'. So Zecora grabs a crate from nearby and hefts it up onto another one for a target.]

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-17 08:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Alright Grant, [ Strange says to the Haunter. ] Use that ball attack of yours!

[ This is the reason why he isn't a Pokemon trainer. Still, Haunter gets the idea and launches a Shadow Ball attack right at the crate. The crate shatters at the impact and Strange's grin just grows larger. Shadow Ball is very much a 'blobby shadowy ball thing' sort of attack and it does leave behind residue (though whether it's the sort of thing Zecora needs or not, he doesn't know.) ]

Will that work?
zebrarhyme_everytime: (laughter)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-18 01:41 pm (UTC)(link)
[Zecora twists the crate to check the spot of impact, then positively beams.]

We've gotten the most
Out of you, friend ghost.

[Zecora reaches for the crate with one hand, then abruptly pauses. Oh, right -- hands are not obsidian hooves that can easily scrape up quasi-ectoplasmic remnants.]
kingsroads: (GIVE IT UP FOR MAGIC)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-18 07:21 pm (UTC)(link)
[ There's not much he can do either. The small claws on Strange's fingers are good for some things, but not really good for scraping. There's a frown, before Strange picks up one of the less ectoplasmic shards of the broken crate. ]

Do you have a bottle? I think I can scrape some of the residue off with this, [ said as he lightly waves the shard. ]
zebrarhyme_everytime: (a friendly chat)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-19 02:14 pm (UTC)(link)
It has been quite a while
Since I went somewhere without a vial.

[Her head twitches because, current shape aside, Zecora subconsciously begins to reach into her cloak with her teeth -- but the vastly different range of motion reminds her immediately, and she instead digs out a vial with her hand like a proper human.]
kingsroads: (dude are you sure?)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-20 02:15 am (UTC)(link)
[ While she does so, Strange walks over towards the goopy slightly ectoplasmic busted crate and starts to attempt to scrape as much of the ghost gunk to the end of the shard as much as possible. ]

Is this much enough?

[ It's not a lot. After all, a hunk of wood isn't good for scraping. But there's definitely enough of the shadow ball remnants to fill up at least half of her vial. ]
zebrarhyme_everytime: (laughter)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-20 03:39 pm (UTC)(link)
[Zecora smiles in delight as she holds out the vial, so he can wipe the board against the lip.]

That should carry the day.
A little goes a long way.
kingsroads: (well why don't we do this?)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-20 05:45 pm (UTC)(link)
[ And that's what he does, scraping the rest of the ghost gunk into the vial. ]

If you don't mind, I would like to see what you do with this when we get back to the carnival. I'm afraid I know almost nothing about potions in the first place!

[ and after all, he'll only be in this carnival for a year or so. Best to get as much knowledge about as many different subjects as he can while he still has the chance. ]
zebrarhyme_everytime: (cheerful)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-22 03:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I will keep you in mind
For the first use that I find.

[Zecora swiftly caps off the vial with a satisfied nod.]

And I also can't
Thank you enough, Grant.

kingsroads: (YAY RASH DECISIONS!!!)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-23 03:09 am (UTC)(link)

[ The Haunter happily pipes in, giving Zecora a wide grin of his own. It went in a direction the Pokemon wasn't expecting but hey, this lady seemed cool enough in his book. And, as Haunter grins, Strange can't help but laugh, giving both Zecora and Haunter a small little smile. ]

Is there anything else you need? Ghosts aren't too partial to sunlight so I imagine we'll be staying in here for a while.
zebrarhyme_everytime: (laughter)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-24 08:01 pm (UTC)(link)
What don't I need
For my endless greed
For potion ingredients!
I offer no defense. [Chuckling, Zecora holds up both her hands to admit that yes, she really can be obsessed sometimes.]
kingsroads: (dude are you sure?)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-25 01:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Well give me a list of some things that one can find on this island. If I come across any, I'll collect them for you.

[ After all, he isn't one to deny people their obsessions...especially considering that Strange can be just as obsessed about certain things himself. Nah, he'll help Zecora feed her potion habit. ]
zebrarhyme_everytime: (cheerful)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-27 03:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Some of the stores feature
Medicine to repel a creature.
Getting those ingredients
Makes a lot of sense.

[Especially given their circumstances, she can think of a huge number of uses for ingredients that can ward off unwanted attentions like that.]
kingsroads: (i might have goofed that up)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-28 03:04 am (UTC)(link)
I could have used one of those earlier, [ he can't help but complain, with a little frown. Fun fact! Exeggutor are terrible! ]

I should have enough money to buy some of that medicine. We can examine the components and recreate it from there.
zebrarhyme_everytime: (cheerful)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-28 06:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh my! If you might
Do so that would be a delight!

[Zecora didn't have any local money -- she'd spent it on a couple of purchases of her own before she ever heard of the more esoteric medicines. Which had been wise, since if people are bringing back these creatures to the carnival she needs to know how to heal them. But this is an unexpected boon!]

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