~Theme: Black and White~
Hosted and Co-hosted by:
Sethera and Lord CowCow
Keep in mind that all forum rules and RP section rules apply. Especially when it comes to godmodding and powerplaying. These are two things that really bother me, particularly in Pokémon RPs, so keep this in mind. Try to make decent-quality posts and characters, and please try not to let this RP die. I've put a lot of thought into it, so I would appreciate that.
This RP is PG-16 which means it will have mature themes such as predation, morality, and loss. I have a detailed plot in mind, but how it goes is subject to the actions of the players. The genre is action/adventure, but there will be more to it than just that. Battles will be anime-esque, but I am including levels and such in this RP. And, most importantly of all, this will be a Pokémon-centric RP. By that, I mean you will be roleplaying from a Pokémon's perspective. To be honest, I've had the idea of making a Pokémon-centric RP for years but figured it wouldn't have much of a reception here. But I thought I'd try it out anyway.
While this is open acceptance, there will be a cut-off point, and Lord CowCow and I reserve the right to decline an application with quality issues. I'm not sure what the cut-off is yet, but with that in mind, I'd rather you keep it to one character for now. Also, I would prefer having no overlap in terms of species, but there can be up to two of the same species in this RP (this doesn't apply to NPCs so don't worry about that). However, that does not apply to certain particularly uncommon species such as Porygon. In cases like that, it makes more sense for there to be only one.
"Pokémon: The Promised Land" takes place in contemporary Unova, a few years before the events of Pokémon Black and White. Unova has long been known by many to be one of the most hostile regions to live in. It has been wracked by civil war not only once, but twice, and each time the land has been destroyed without thought for the inhabitants. While the Swords of Justice stepped in during the last war, they have disappeared sometime since, leaving Pokémon to fend for themselves.
The story starts out in the White Forest, a place of plenty, filled with Pokémon of all shapes and sizes. While most Pokémon live in families, single-species herds, or alone, the White Forest is the single largest exception in the whole of Unova. Consisting of natives, foreigners, and temporary travelers, this place is known as an idyllic haven where predators work beside prey and where none are judged by their species or type. Here, Pokémon live together in harmony.
Inhabitants of the White Forest reside in various hollowed trees, burrows, and ponds. There is even a large shrine in the center where Pokémon pray to their legendary deity of choice. A chieftain resides over the entire forest. The forest shaman advises him. There are also two “forces” within the forest. The border patrol, which protects the White Forest from those who would disturb their haven, and the forest watch, which keeps peace within. There is even a small market where food and supplies are bartered, as well as a storage tree. Many Pokémon have taken to specialties such as woodcarving or weaving, and pass these skills on to family or apprentices. Recently, a professional fighter, who learned to fight from experience under a trainer, has started up a dojo.
The White Forest seems a magical place. A sanctuary sheltered from the rest of the world...
It is summer, and tensions are high. Just the year before, swarms of foreign Pokémon ran wild but were quickly culled in an effort to curb the burgeoning population. There are those who think such actions necessary to keep the native population from being overrun, and others who think an alternative method would be better. Debates rage, but nobody can seem to come to a consensus. In the meantime, the remaining foreign Pokémon are being hunted as invasive species. However, they're not the only ones being targeted. Foreign and native Pokémon alike are disappearing from their trainers. It is a perilous time to be a Pokémon.
Too bad that's what your characters are. Pokémon, that is. Thankfully, they live in one of the few safe havens in Unova: the White Forest, a unique civilization kept secure for generations by the vigilance of the inhabitants. Lately however, security has been lax, and the chieftain has received some unsettling news. The White Forest may not be as undiscovered as they thought it was...
Will be updated as time passes.
Leader and Advisor
Azul: A level 40 Azumarill who leads the White Forest. Has a son named Deyna who he dotes on.
Uru: A level 30 Xatu who is also the oldest inhabitant of the forest aside from Laputa. However, she is not a native, and sometimes tells stories of her childhood in Guyana. The forest shaman.
Laputa: A level 45 Golurk who has guarded the forest since before even Uru's arrival. Anybody who desires to enter the forest must do so with its permission. The border patrol commander.
Borea: A level 40 Noctowl who works as the wing commander of the sky patrol. She speaks in a soft tone, but is notorious for her intimidating glare. Can be a bit distant with those she doesn't know.
Jinx: A level 20 Swoobat who is rather clumsy but sweet. Leads squad seven of the sky patrol. There are rumors that she and Borea are a thing, but nobody dares to mention it around the latter.
Shaolin: A level 50 Mienshao who runs the dojo and is respected far and wide. Has a soft spot for children, who he enjoys teaching. Has a small crush on Sophia, but is oblivious to her feelings.
Sophia: A level 25 Haunter who runs the school. It's rumored that she used to be a Mienfoo. Has a crush on Shaolin. She's a sweetheart, but has a mischievous streak that makes class interesting.
Donna: A level 16 Delcatty who is the lead singer of "Complicated Fluff." Is rather prissy and full of herself, but has a lot of fans.
Forest Chieftain: Appointed by the inhabitants to lead the White Forest.
Forest Shaman: Tends the shrine and advises the chieftain.
Border Patrol: Guards the perimeters of the forest from outsiders. It has split itself into two divisions: the border patrol and the sky patrol. The leader of the land-based section is called the commander. Each division has ten squads composed of eight to twelve Pokémon. Some squads are more popular than others based on the squad leader.
Sky Patrol: A section of the border patrol comprised solely of flyers. Under the guidance of its leader, the wing commander, it has earned itself quite a bit of prestige.
Forest Watch: Keeps the peace within the forest. The leader is called the sergeant.
Dojo Master: Runs the dojo. Is widely known as the best fighter within the forest.
Schoolmaster: Runs the school.
Eligible Pokémon include:
- Baby Pokémon (e.g. Togepi)
- Unevolved Pokémon (e.g. Squirtle)
- Pokémon that don't evolve (e.g. Farfetch'd). However, depending on the power of the Pokémon, Lord CowCow or I may decide not to accept it (e.g. Druddigon)
Non-eligible Pokémon include:
- Legendaries (e.g. Mew)
- First-evolutions (e.g. Ivysaur or Raticate)
- Second-evolutions (e.g. Charizard)
- The baby clause: If a baby Pokémon can evolve twice, then you may take the first-evolution (e.g. Pikachu). However, if it only evolves once, then you cannot play as the evolved Pokémon (e.g. Lucario).
- You are not limited to Pokémon of a particular region. This includes Kalos Pokémon.
- If you desire to play a normally non-eligible Pokémon (e.g. Quilava) you can ask Lord CowCow or I about it and we can try to work something out. Legendaries are absolute negatives, however.
We’re using Gen VI (ORAS) rules here, so keep that in mind when you look at abilities and moves.
Go into BBCode mode and copypaste this application into it.
[spoiler=Blahblah] [Optional: Pokémon sprite] [Optional: Character quote] [hr] [u]Personality Information[/u] [b]Name:[/b] Pokémon names range from their species name (e.g. Pikachu) to the simple (e.g. Leaf), to the complex (e.g. Constantine). Choose whichever one you think fits. [b]Species:[/b] Tell us what Pokémon you chose. [b]Gender:[/b] Please include preferred pronouns [b]Age:[/b] Six months or older. Pokémon reach adolescence after one year, and adulthood by five. Most have a lifespan comparable to humans, but few live that long in the wild. Most die off before they even reach thirty years. [spoiler=Appearance] An image (you can use official art if you so desire) plus any additional notes OR at least one paragraph of descriptive text. [/spoiler] [spoiler=Personality] Two paragraphs minimum. May include nature or characteristic if desired. [/spoiler] [spoiler=Biography] Two paragraphs minimum. Keep in mind that you can reserve almost any role aside from the ones that are already filled. But try to be realistic. A baby Pokémon isn’t going to be a member of the border patrol, for instance. [/spoiler] [u]Combat Information:[/u] [b]Level:[/b] Maximum level is 20. [b]Ability:[/b] Can only choose one. Hidden abilities are allowed. [b]Held Item:[/b] If any. Mega stones are not allowed. [b]Moves:[/b] Maximum of six moves. You can have up to two non-level up moves, but no more. Moves are limited by level, and TMs are generally reserved for formerly trained Pokémon, but wild Pokémon may have come across one or two at some point. Move tutor moves can be learned via the dojo, a mentor, or self-training. If you use any of these special moves, please indicate how the Pokémon learned them either in the biography or the other information category. [spoiler=Fighting Style] Optional. While fighting will be a pivotal part of this RP, that is not all there is to it, so noncombatants are allowed. [/spoiler] [u]Other Information:[/u] Include any additional (but optional) information such as music themes or trivia here. [b]Skype:[/b] There will be a skype chat for this, so please leave your skype name here if you want to be included. [/spoiler]
[Optional: Pokémon sprite]
[Optional: Character quote]
Name: Pokémon names range from their species name (e.g. Pikachu) to the simple (e.g. Leaf), to the complex (e.g. Constantine). Choose whichever one you think fits.
Species: Tell us what Pokémon you chose.
Gender: Please include preferred pronouns
Age: Six months or older. Pokémon reach adolescence after one year, and adulthood by five. Most have a lifespan comparable to humans, but few live that long in the wild. Most die off before they even reach thirty years.
An image (you can use official art if you so desire) plus any additional notes OR at least one paragraph of descriptive text.
Two paragraphs minimum. May include nature or characteristic if desired.
Two paragraphs minimum. Keep in mind that you can reserve almost any role aside from the ones that are already filled. But try to be realistic. A baby Pokémon isn’t going to be a member of the border patrol, for instance.
Level: Maximum level is 20.
Ability: Can only choose one. Hidden abilities are allowed.
Held Item: If any. Mega stones are not allowed.
Moves: Maximum of six moves. You can have up to two non-level up moves, but no more. Moves are limited by level, and TMs are generally reserved for formerly trained Pokémon, but wild Pokémon may have come across one or two at some point. Move tutor moves can be learned via the dojo, a mentor, or self-training. If you use any of these special moves, please indicate how the Pokémon learned them either in the biography or the other information category.
Optional. While fighting will be a pivotal part of this RP, that is not all there is to it, so noncombatants are allowed.
Include any additional (but optional) information such as music themes or trivia here.
Skype: There will be a skype chat for this, so please leave your skype name here if you want to be included.
Sethera - Deyna (Buizel)
Hydreigon - Apo (Deino), Jewel (Archen)
Talim Rave - Neos (Ditto)
PhoenixVanguard - Lumina (Riolu)
~Renegade~ - Dante (Hawlucha)
Narcissistic Cannibal - Pandora (Absol)
Birdie - Janum (Roselia)
HalohbotTech - Lamier Jnaou
"Let's do our best to get things done."
Gender: Male (He/Him)
Age: 4 years
A little spoiled and unused to hardship, nonetheless Deyna is loyal to his friends and has a solid moral core. He is rather Hardy and easily bounces back from injuries or stress, which makes him frustrated with his father's china-doll treatment. He's had a number of arguments with his father on that subject, but it never seems to get him anywhere. He likes to run and swim as well as listen to people talk about the outside world.
Deyna's no stranger to the limelight, being the chieftain's son. But instead of flourishing in it, he flounders. Often, he feels inadequate and compares himself to his wise, experienced father. Still, he understands that his father has faults as well (such as his overprotectiveness), so he juggles both admiration and frustration. He can be a bit needy and overdependent on others' opinions, and often chooses to sacrifice his own judgments to please the majority.
When not feeling self-conscious however, he displays a resourcefulness and maturity beyond his years. While not particularly intelligent, the otter has a good head on his shoulders and his decisions are often sound. His sense of adventure can lead him into sticky situations, however.
Born the only child of Azul and Lisa, who died soon after he was hatched, Deyna has been stifled by his father's overprotective tendencies since then. Because of that, he has shown moments of rebellion and has attempted to join the border patrol multiple times only to get shot down because of his father's wishes. Instead, he attached himself to those who have come in from the outside and received a vicarious thrill from their tales of adventure. One such Pokémon was Constable, whom he has developed a close bond with.
The Buizel has attempted to get some battle training from Shaolin, but his father said it was far too dangerous. However, the dojo master has managed to teach him in secret a couple times, so he is not entirely defenseless. Other than that his life has been fairly carefree, though he's often had to settle disagreements in his father's place.
Ability: Swift Swim
Held Item: N/A
Moves: Sonic Boom, Water Sport, Quick Attack, Water Gun, Aqua Ring (from father)
While he's not the best or most experienced fighter, when he does fight he uses a mixture of close-up physical moves and distance attacks.
- Theme: Melissa