logo by Sethera
Oasis, the only city in the desert that was remotely habitable. The heat was so intense that staying out in the sun without protection for longer than an hour more often than not resulted in passing out, or worse. Thus everyone had some kind of cover over them, making it sometimes hard to determine their species.
There were many buildings scattered throughout the city. All of them were made of adobe and the roofs were slanted to one side, allowing rainwater to fall into specially built troughs that were attached to the wall.
A large amount of these buildings didn’t actually serve much purpose, and were built for the sole reason to keep people who have passed out away from the blazing sun.
People are only able to thrive in Oasis because of the lake that is right outside the city limits. A stream flows through the city, cutting through the middle and ending in the exact center where it formed a small pond, where the city’s only tree was. A palm tree that has been there for many more years than even the oldest Gijinka remember.
The shops were all set up near this spot, as it was the place most people went to besides their own homes.
Camels were very popular in Oasis and it was very evident. They were all over the place, and treated very kindly. The largest building in the city was "Camelpalooza" which sold, as the sign out front said, "Camels and camel accessories".
There were few cacti in the city itself but directly outside of it there were many more, what the natives jokingly referred to as the “desert forest".
There were no streets in Oasis, only sand. Beyond the single main road that cut through the western part of the city. The natives have learned how to walk on top of the sand quite well but visitors sometimes struggle with it. That being said, the citizens are always willing to lend a hand to those that get stuck. Though visitors best be careful, thugs are not entirely uncommon and if you get stuck around the wrong people they might lose their purse.
“Alright Mac this is it, time to start out on your adventure to fight the Legends and win the grand prize!” A young Helioptile Gijinka was looking into a mirror, making sure her hair wasn’t sticking up and her clothes were fitting right. She grinned at her own reflection and flashed it a peace sign before scooping up her bag and heading out. She didn’t notice the hole in the bag from which several of her items she snagged had fallen out.
Her parents weren’t home, they were busy chasing down their camel that Mac had set loose to get this chance to head to the center of town.
They didn’t want her to have anything to do with Chasers but Mac wasn’t having that. Se would become the best Chaser in the world. and this would be the perfect start. A man, claiming to have beaten a legend, was setting up in the middle of town. He had spread far and wide that he would describe his adventure to whoever showed up. A lot of people wrote it off as fake but Mac believed, he had to be telling the truth! She would take what she learned here and use it on her adventure. Maybe she could join with this Gijinka on a team!
Of course first she had to get there. The young Chaser pushed her way through a crowd that was gathering near the pond. A larger crowd than normal, for obvious reasons. It was frustrating and Mac could be heard yelling at people to get out of her way. She pushed and shoved and elbowed her way through the crowd, earning some annoyed looks, until she reached the front. She practically bowled over a Scyther that was glaring at the stage. The Gijinka glanced over at Mac but shook his head and scoffed before moving away.
The Gijinka standing there was not what she expected at all. A scrawny and short Mr. Mime; he didn’t look like Chaser material at all. But, maybe they had some hidden power or something? Mac decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.
He was standing on a small, long, platform that had been set up earlier today, pacing back and forth across it and looking out towards the crowd, seeming to count the numbers. After a few minutes he nodded to himself and began to speak. “Hello everyone, I have come to you for one purpose. To tell you of my defeat of a mighty Legendary Pokemon! I have done what many consider impossible and this is my proof!” He pulled out a shiny, silver, badge. “This was given to me by the Legend after I bested them in battle. They told me it would make me stronger and that it was only gifted to those with great fighting prowess.”
Mac scratched her head, confused. Badges? Since when did Legends give out those? Something was really fishy about this situation...”Hey Mister Chaser guy, I ain’t never heard of a Legend handing out anything, what’s that all about?”
"Ah that? Well...have you ever met someone who beat a Legend before? How would you know? Now if I can just continue..." Mac didn't like him brushing her off like that but...maybe he was right
The Great Flatness. The Land with No Curves. Juyu was famous for flatness and they made sure this was kept up. There were no holes within the city limits, all the buildings had totally flat roofs, and not a single tree grew in the city.
Each and every building was painted in bright and exciting colors, and the people wore outlandish and colorful outfits. There was an air of happiness and joy that spread throughout the city.
There was a massive open space in the middle of the city, which stretched from one end to the other. This is where all the musicians set up shop and played regularly. However today, one day from the weekly music festival, it was especially crowded. Stages were set up so that musicians could more easily perform, as opposed to the norm of them sitting on the ground.
Stalls were set up that would sell food, instruments, and other goodies. And in the middle was a massive stage, twenty feet wide, with a curtain surrounding it. This is where the singing competition would be held.
On the eastern end of the city were the shops, inns, and other businesses, while the west was where the homes were.
There are several roads in the city but none of them go into the center of the city.
Gwen was pacing back and forth. She had arrived in Juyu early in the morning and now it was around mid-day. She wanted to continue on but once she learned about the music festival being held the other day she wasn’t quite sure. “I could leave now and be sure not to be caught up in people leaving, but I did just travel a full week without break so maybe it would be good. Plus I might be able to meet someone to form a team with. Last battle was a close one...yeah that sounds good.”
With a plan in mind, she decided to stroll through the festival area. There was a lot of energy here right now. People were setting the stalls up and milling about. Everyone seemed excited about the day to follow and it brought a smile to Gwen’s face.
She noticed several children running about and chuckled lightly at their antics. However nearby there were a group, no two groups, that didn’t seem as amused.
There were eight Zangoose and ten Seviper, all of them separated by species in a stand-off. What seemed to be the leader of either group were arguing loudly, loud enough to hear even over the sound of people practicing their music and kids yelling. “This here is our sssspot you hear?” The Seviper said angrily, gesturing around him.
“Yeah well I don’t give a damn.” The Zangoose said, as she spit to the side. “You better move outta here right now before we make you.”
“Make me? Make ME? You ssstupid b****.”
“Well that was entirely uncalled for.” Gwen said, heading up to them. They seemed so surprised to see the Mismagius floating towards them that she wasn’t stopped before she was near the leaders. “There are children here, if you’re going to squabble take it elsewhere.” She said in a polite, but firm, tone. “Or do I have to alert the officers?”
The Seviper and Zangoose both let out a laugh. “You don’t get it do ya? The officers ain’t gonna do nothing.”
“They don't get involved in our fightssss.”
Well that was a problem. Gwen had gone in here with the intent to scare them off with the threat of authority. If they were right....well Gwen had found herself in the midst of two angry gangs, and she had just scolded them like little children. In for an Oran Berry in for a forest she supposed. “You should be ashamed of yourselves acting like this, utterly reprehensible. Especially in front of everyone like this.” She glanced around and noticed that everyone was giving them wide berth, and the few that were watching seemed to be looking at her incredulously. Hmm. This may be a problem.