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Posted: Aug 25 2016, 04:05 PM
Terrene is still quite a wild planet. The human population is rather small; they are only be pulled through one at a time, after all, and only for the last 50 years have they been arriving. Pokemon were pulled through from the Suffering Universe before humans were (and are still being pulled through), and they reproduce much faster than humans do. Because Pokemon came to Terrene before humans, their feral natures were able to manifest yet again. Humans may be willing to work alongside Pokemon, but Pokemon do not recognize that there was once a time and a place that Pokemon-human relationships were normal, even expected. Humans are definitely in the minority on this planet, and are not considered welcome by most; they will have to work hard to explore and to establish their place here, as the wild Pokemon and sometimes the very land itself fight against them and resist the intrusion.
It should be noted that animals do not exist in our universe. For any purpose an animal could serve in real life, there is a Pokemon equivalent. The more dangerous or rare a Pokemon, the more of a delicacy or sign of wealth it is when eaten or used. For example, Pidgey meat is a more common poultry to consume than Torchic meat.
The materials that are available for things such as building construction, crafting, and weapons depends heavily upon location. For example, in Ashfield their most abundant materials are wood, clay, and of course mud. In Crater, alternatively, they would have an abundance of stone but a lack of most everything else.
Cloth and clothing, of course, is made from Pokemon's fur or wool, such as Mareep, Furfrou, Furret, among many others. Twine or rope can be made from fur/wool as well as certain plants. Bones, antlers, horns, claws, tusks and teeth are also a good crafting material. Near the coast certain hard shells are used as well.
◒ materials: metal
Metal is the hardest material to come by. The (relatively) easiest way to find it is to look for various Pokemon's sheddings in locations where steel-types aren't too hard to come by. Here are some examples: Aron shed their steel carapace when they evolve, Skarmory molt their feathers about once a year, and Mawile's teeth are made of steel.
Iron ore can, of course, be mined. However, there are no large-scale mining operations currently set up and they aren't likely to pop up anytime soon. Individuals or small groups could (and likely do) search for metal since it is so useful and rare (and thus expensive/valuable). Aron, Magnemite, and Probopass are all likely candidates for helping to locate iron ore. The Drillbur line would be excellent in helping to dig it out, assuming they were careful enough not to obliterate the ore into dust.
For reference, steel starts becoming soft around 538° C / 1,000° F. Typical forging temperature for steel is a bit higher, beginning around 760° C / 1,400° F.
We don't have a ton of advanced tech on Terrene, as people have been focused primarily on survival and exploration more than anything else. Also, since people's memories are almost entirely left behind when they are brought from the Suffering Universe, anyone who knew how to create and work the amazing feats of technology present in previous regions have forgotten much. However, we do have the basics: pokeballs and potions, for instance. Pokedexes can also be obtained, but these are rarer and not everybody has one. Any pieces of technology that are on a person when they are pulled- for example, a pokedex in someone's pocket- has a chance of coming with them, and this is how some technology has been retained.
More in-depth / specific examples of what technology we do or do not have will be listed in the post below.
Posted: Sep 11 2016, 02:08 PM
Can you imagine coming into a new world with only the clothes on your back and no knowledge of how to recreate the clothing? Because that was how it was for so many of the first settlers of Terrene. At some point, though, some Mareep farmer must have come through and retained enough of his or her memories to provide the population with the knowledge of how to properly shear a Mareep. Carding, combing, spinning, weaving, and other such processes were eventually either relearned or brought across from the Suffering Universe as well, enabling the population to provide new clothing for themselves, as well as other basics such as blankets.
Technology-wise, the pokeballs of Terrene are actually closer to Apricorn balls, particularly in the materials used. Regular pokeballs came (and still come) through the void with some frequency, and occasionally even an Apricorn ball from the old world comes through, given that there are (or were) some specialists that still make the Apricorn balls. Some people in Terrene learned to reverse-engineer them by studying both kinds of balls over a span of many years, and after a lot of trial-and-error, they have the pokeballs that they have now. Technology-wise they are likely a mashup of Apricorn balls and regular pokeballs.
The pokeballs of Terrene do not come with the tech that assigns certain pokeballs and Pokemon to their trainer, but they do prevent the theft of a Pokemon via another pokeball. Additionally, pokeballs do not become unusable if they are used on a wild Pokemon who then break out of it.
Weapons are not commonly carried around unless you are a hunter or explorer of some kind. Daggers and knives carved from stone and bone and even wood are the most common weapon. In Ashfield, bows are also commonly made, typically with wood or bone tipped arrows as stone is hard to come by there. In Crater City, slings can be found as an alternative to bows. Spears are not uncommon in Terrene. Axes exist, though they are the wood-chopping kind and not the battle kind. Clubs also exist, but aren't very common. Swords don't really exist because there doesn't yet exist a true purpose for them; they would not be as useful in hunting as a bow or a spear, and long daggers serve well for close-quarters self defense.
Improvised weapons are often crafted by lashing something shed by a Pokemon to a thick carved piece of wood; a Skarmory feather, for example, or a sharpened Mamoswine tusk.
◒ writing and long-distance messaging
Reading and writing, back in the Suffering Universe, were extremely common skills. Even those who forgot these skills in the passage to Terrene would often have the thought or urge, "I need to write this down," because the skills were so programmed into everyday life. Luckily, there are enough people who had remembered their skills of reading and writing that it is a simple thing to find a tutor, assuming you have the free time.
As far as the tools of the trade go, neither paper nor parchment yet exist on Terrene. Writing is done on thin sheets of cloth, simply called writing cloth. Feathers or sticks and simple inks are used to create the lettering. Many flying Pokemon are trained to carry such written messages from town to town or person to person. There are also many human messengers who will carry out the same duty, typically using a land mount or occasionally a flying mount.