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Everyone always feels the need to come together and celebrate at this time of year, when the temperatures run chilly and the snow begins to fall, though nobody is really sure why the early-mid winter brings out the holly jolly, charitable spirits in so many folk, particularly immigrants. Still, what better way is there to cheer up during the shorter, colder, drearier days than to come together, share warm food and drink and good company, and exchange some kind words and small gifts?
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Beta feels the festive pull more than many in Terrene, due to the fact that he still has some memories of the old world. One memory in particular has inspired him to set up an event not dissimilar to Ashfield's Anniversary Fair (and no, this is totally not about him defending his ego and his opinion that Crater is totally better than Ashfield at everything, definitely not). His event is focused less on vendors and more on good food, good company, and gift giving.
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This festival is only one day long, and it takes place north of the city, between the city walls and the bay. There are lots of food and drink stands, with many giving away free samples to enjoy if you don't want to splurge on a full meal. Smoked Tepig, grilled Mareep, glazed Torchic, roasted Tamato berries, baked Iapapa with herbs, Pecha pies... they're pulling out all the stops for a truly gourmet event.
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At the end of the day, they're doing a fun little gift giving event, a tradition pulled from Beta's jumbled memories: a white elephant gift exchange!
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IC-ly, this is taking place mid-winter.
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<b>OOC Info & How to Play</b>
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Just as in the Anniversary Fair, travel to Crater City is free for this event. Also like the Anniversary thread, your event threads can be posted in the forum. Unlike the Anniversary Fair, it's socials only, no devs! This event is focused on socialization. Also like the Anniversary Fair, the token gain is slightly reduced: 50 token base, +30 for each additional character in the thread.
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To take part in the white elephant portion of the event, simply post in the mod request stating which item your character is bringing to the exchange. It must be an item currently in their inventory, or an item they can afford to buy at base value (if purchasing a gift for the event, I will complete the transaction immediately when I see your post). Only items at or exceeding $100 value will be accepted; so don't come with a berry, unless you want to submit 10 berries as your item (yes, multiple items can be submitted as one gift).
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The white elephant thread is where the exchange will actually be happening- it will basically be one huge social thread, though socialization will be a bit limited since they will all be sitting/standing around in a circle passing gifts back and forth to each other. The passing will be done in rounds- at the end of each round, the NPC leading the exchange will give directions- "pass your gift three people to the left," or something similar. The admins will be keeping track, OOC, of which character has which gift- they will all be identically wrapped so that no one knows which gift is in which person's hands. Additionally, at the end of each round, one random character will get to open the gift they are holding. From then on, everyone will know where that particular gift is. Your character can leave the exchange early, if they like, taking with them whatever gift they are currently holding. Late-comers are also always welcome to join the exchange.
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There will be six rounds: round one ends on Dec 15th, round two ends on Dec 29th, round three ends on Jan 12th, round four ends on Jan 26th, round five ends on Feb 9th, round six ends on Feb 23. You do not have to post each round if you don't wish to, since the interactions are so simple, but I do recommend posting to keep it a bit more cheery and fun.
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To determine how many shifts the gifts will take and which direction they will shift in, it's partially determined by RNG and partially determined by you guys! Below is a list of holiday-themed words; we encourage you to use them in your posts, both in the gift exchange thread and in your other social threads. At the end of each round, RNG will be used to pick a word, and the number of times that word was used since the end of the previous round will be the number of times the presents get passed. Direction will be determined by how many times the word was used as well: if it was used an odd number of times, the gifts are passed left. If it was used an even number of times, the gifts are passed right.
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In addition to the main game, there will be prizes based on who participates the most- meaning, for which character interacts with the most other characters. An interaction has to be more than just "hey, hello" in order to count. There are no specific word count limits or anything that has to be met to qualify as an official interaction, but use your best judgment. If an interaction goes back and forth for three or four posts, you're probably good, especially if your posts are longer. If there is a tie, the tie will be broken by word count. For example, say that Bob and Sue are tied for first place, both having interacted with 14 other characters. Say Bob's total word count is 6k while Sue's 4.5k; Bob would win first place while Sue would take second.
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There is also a participation prize for whoever uses the most holiday words from our list!
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As a side-note: If multiple characters have more than one gift that they'd like to put in a gift exchange, you can set up a smaller white elephant exchange, and either run it yourself or have an admin run that one, as well. If there are other small games that you would like to set up for our characters to participate in, feel free to set up a game yourself or suggest it to an admin. As long as the game it based around socialization and/or holiday fun, everything is welcome!
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<b>List of Holiday words</b>
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Note: words that include one of these words but add a suffix (for example, Cheer -> Cheerful, Cheery; Joy -> Joyful, Joyous), do count!
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1. Angel<br>
2. Belief/Believe<br>
3. Bell<br>
4. Carol<br>
5. Cheer<br>
6. Jingle<br>
7. Jolly<br>
8. Joy<br>
9. Merry<br>
10. Miracle/Miraculous<br>
11. Naughty<br>
12. Nice<br>
13. Peace<br>
14. Star<br>
15. Tidings<br>
16. White<br>

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<b>List of Characters & Submitted Gifts</b>
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1. Anonymous NPC ❄ Ice Honey<br>
2. Anonymous NPC ❄ Skill Patch<br>

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<b>Participation Prizes</b>
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First Place ❄ their choice between the extra items<br>
Second Place ❄ the second extra item<br>
Most Holiday Spirit ❄ x1 item of choice valued $100 or less<br>
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A gentle snow was beginning to fall as the festival-goers began gathering for the final official event of the day. Benches, which were no more than driftwood balanced on rocks or bricks and then draped over with thin cloth dyed in reds and golds, were staggered about the beach. The people were separated into groups of a manageable size, with a peace officer or other member of Beta's organization assigned to run each group's event.
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As luck would have it, Beta himself was in charge of this group. The older man's joints protested the chilly weather somewhat, but he still moved with confident poise and a fluidity that was uncommon for a man who was nearly seventy years old. He approached and greeted those who were ushered his way with a small smile- not an easy smile, as he was not one who was particularly used to entertaining large groups of unfamiliar people, but a sincere, if uncomfortable smile- and in his deep voice bid them sit on one of the quaint benches as he handed them a simply and cleanly wrapped gift, each identical to the last.
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Whenever he had an opportunity to pause, stand quietly, and observe, he would. He would listen to the waves crash and rush onto the sandy beach, melting the few gentle snowflakes that had landed to close to the coast, and the crystalline formations would meld and become one with the cool, dark sea. Crater City stood not far away, its newly improved walls standing proud and erect, roofs peeking up from behind the defensive structure. Smoke spiraled lazily upward from the many inhabited homes that stood protected behind the walls. In another direction, a couple storehouses and a dock stood on the beach and reached out into the ocean, a sign of his people's determination and resourcefulness as they reached their grasp out into the unknown and attempted to tame it. In the distance, snow-capped hills formed the easterly horizon.
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Beta was confident that there wasn't anything more beautiful in all of Terrene than Crater City's bay in the winter. It filled him with pride, but also with a sense of longing and heartache, as this season always did. He breathed in deeply, pulling the emotions deeper within him, and returned to his duties. He had a festival to host, after all.
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(This is the official white elephant gift exchange thread! Beta is greeting people and handing out gifts. Post to bring your character in, sit them down, chat, whatever you like! If you have questions, let me know.)

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<p>Winter is here, and snow is creeping into the areas of Terrene that only see it this time of year. The chill in the air has people low on spirit as people begin to break out provisions for the season. The crops and trees won't be growing again and providing food, so the stocks are full and ready to hopefully supply those in need. It's not a friendly time of year, and everyone must work together to make sure they can make it through to spring.

<p>But this year just like last year, there have been some strange sightings in the towns. People have reported catching glimpses of red birds wandering the cities and towns at night, and people have been finding little wrapped gifts, some hidden and some left out in the open. Perhaps luck will find you stumbling upon a present, as well?

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<b>OOC Info & How To Play</b>

<p>Delibirds have been leaving presents for people to find! Throughout this event, you may have your character come across a present. Your character can find this gift in any thread that you wish (development, social, whatever), as long as the thread was started in and takes place in winter.

<p>Gifts are first come, first serve, and it is only one gift per character. You do not get to know what is in a particular gift until you have chosen it and your character opens it, but in the section below, there are little descriptions of how each gift is wrapped. The descriptions might hint at what is contained within! Keep in mind that you have to choose a gift from the area that your character is in when they find it.

<p>When you have made the post that describes your character finding the present of your choice, post in this thread to officially claim that gift, using the code found at the bottom of this post. Kaien or I will then post in your thread to reveal what your character received!

<p>This event will run through the entire winter season, meaning it will go through the end of February.

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<b>Gift List</b>


<p>Ashfield City
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<p>🎁 Small-ish, plain wooden box that rattles.
<p>🎁 Small bowl wrapped in embroidered cloth.
<p>🎁 Small sphere, tightly wrapped in pink cloth.
<p>🎁 Very small brown drawstring pouch.
<p>🎁 Small, tightly-sealed box with teeth marks.
<p>🎁 Basket draped with pale orange sheer cloth.
<p>🎁 Small-ish, lumpy oblong shaped package wrapped in black and white striped cloth.
<p>🎁 Wide basket, no handle, draped with tie-dye cloth.
<p>🎁 Small-ish, cylindrical-shaped package wrapped in pale pink cloth.
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<p>Crater City
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<p>🎁 Basket draped in red and white plaid cloth.
<p>🎁 Lumpy, small-medium-sized package wrapped in faded, worn red cloth.
<p>🎁 Small box with yellow geometric shapes painted on.
<p>🎁 Lumpy cloth-wrapped package with crudely drawn eyes on the cloth.
<p>🎁 Small-medium-sized, plain box with contents that shift and clink.
<p>🎁 Small, flat box with a shiny ribbon tied around.
<p>🎁 Odd-shaped lumpy package wrapped in old leather.
<p>🎁 Very small package wrapped in white with a thin red string tied in a bow.
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<p>Oasis Village
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<p>🎁 Small, dirty makeshift cloth bag tied closed with tan twine.
<p>🎁 Slightly heavy, medium-sized unpainted ceramic pot closed with a lid.
<p>🎁 Roundish, medium-sized object wrapped in a soft, dirty blanket.
<p>🎁 Roundish, small, hard object wrapped in thin, plain cloth.
<p>🎁 Roundish, small, squishy object wrapped in green cloth.
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<p>Forest Beach Village
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<p>🎁 Small white-painted box that rattles slightly, with a light gray bow.
<p>🎁 Round-ish package with a lump on top, wrapped in yellow cloth, tied with shimmery gray string.
<p>🎁 Very small, clean white pouch.
<p>🎁 New gray cloth folded like an envelope.
<p>🎁 Small round box covered with soft dark pink cloth.
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<p>Omega's Camp
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<p>🎁 Strangely long and skinny box.
<p>🎁 Large and bulky rectangular package, wrapped in dark cloth.
<p>🎁 Old, worn leather bag.
<p>🎁 Lumpy, misshapen package bag.
<p>🎁 Long-ish, flimsy wooden box, painted gray.
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<p>Traveling
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<p>🎁 Tiny wooden box that rattles loudly.
<p>🎁 Plain, off-white cloth folded closed.
<p>🎁 Rolled-up parchment, tied with a thin golden string.
<p>🎁 Small package, wrapped in threadbare red cloth that's a bit sticky.
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[b]Character Name[/b] <br>Link to gift post <br>[i]City gift found in[/i] <br>[i]Description of gift chosen[/i]

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Nov 30 2017, 04:24 PM


The tunnels need some more attention, or it's gonna take an entire year to get the plot to advance to it's next stage. :U

Every character gets one freebie trip into the tunnels, meaning they don't have to officially travel there. Of course, the main deterrent for going into the travels is that... they have groups of higher-level spawns, and a lot of characters only have one or two Pokemon sitting in the 5-7 level range.

Solution: the buddy system! This thread is for people who want to take their characters into the tunnels, but want a little bit of help to make it more likely that their characters won't, uh, die.

If you have a character who is a) actually at Omega's camp or b) still has a freebie to use, and you are looking for a partner, post here! It would be helpful to include your character's Pokemon and levels, and maybe say what tunnel you'd want to go through. For reference, easy tunnel has levels 3-7, medium has 8-12, hard has 13-17.

EVERYONE FIND YOUR TUNNEL BUDDY

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As for me, both Cynth and Zahir still have their freebies.

Cynth's team:
*Trick the Ponyta, level 9. Only offensive moves are Tackle and Ember, but he does know Morning Sun, which will help keep him alive a little longer, at least. He's also a convenient torch so the tunnel won't be pitch black. :)
*Indie the Rockruff, level 10. Along with Tackle and Bite, knows Crush Claw, Sucker Punch, and Thunder fang. Something of a strategist.
*Imp the Rockruff, level 11. Along with Tackle and Bite, knows Fire Fang, Sucker Punch, and Thrash. Thrash is an ace-up-the-sleeve that can do a lot of damage and could potentially save an otherwise deadly situation.

Overall, with the right partner, I'm confident Cynth could handle the medium tunnel, and maybe even the hard tunnel if she tagged along with someone with a buffer team than hers. I'm 100% fine with her accompanying a fresh character into the easy tunnel, as well. She only has the one freebie spot, so it's mostly first-come first-serve, though I will show preference for fresh characters, since the fresh characters are less likely to be able to do it on their own.

Zahir's team:
*Ras the Burmy, level 5. Not gonna lie, Ras is pretty useless in the tunnels, knowing only a rock-type move which is not helpful against the rock-types that tend to inhabit a tunnel. She could really mess up a Zubat, though. Probably. xD

If anyone wants to drag my little suspicious chameleon boy into a tunnel, I'm all for it! The little buggo might gain another level or two when I get around to finishing Zahir's first thread, but even if she does, her move pool won't be any better so she'll be as useless as ever. And don't count on Zahir being willing to risk his life to help out your character if things get dicey. Overall, taking Zahir into the tunnels is a terrible idea but I'm 100% ON BOARD with the idea.
Nov 27 2017, 01:58 PM
Hi all my frands~ This is less of an absence notice and more of a change-of-schedule notice.

From December 7th to January 7th, my little family and I will be out in the Utah/Idaho/Colorado area, hanging out with family. I will definitely have my laptop with me and I will be on Terrene during that time, but my schedule will be different that normal. There won't be consistent days or times that I can be counted on to be online, and my posting will likely slow down some. Kaien can always contact me through Skype or Discord to address issues and questions that arise while I'm AFK, of course.

I love you all and I hope your holidays will be as enjoyable as I'm expecting mine to be~
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