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 Brick House, Well put-together [Housing Dev]
Amissa
 Posted: Jun 10 2018, 05:06 AM
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[[Soren already has a house, so I'm trying to describe it in as much detail as possible to obtain housing bonuses.]]


Soren Kolton was born in a modest farmhouse in Crater City. The house itself was built over twenty years before Soren gets his first pokemon when the farm was first established. When Beta and his supporters were planning out Crater City, it was obvious to them that they would need plenty of space for farming and agriculture if they intended to feed a population as large as they hoped Crater's would become. Farms were created on the far outskirts of the city, often right against the furthest outer wall. These farms contained acres of land to be plowed and tended by branded workers in order to produce everything from grain, beans, corn, all manner of other vegetables and berry trees. The fertile land of Lion's Plains allowed these farms to thrive.

Soren's farm was one of these early buildings, designed from the start to house a population of workers and their pokemon. Like every other building in Crater City, the farmhouse, barn, and storage facilities are all made from brick and often reinforced with stone. Wood is used very sparingly, Doors are made from straw and reinforced with wood. The roofs of the buildings on the farm were originally made of thatched straw, but about ten years ago it was upgraded with more durable clay shingles. There have many other repairs over the years as the original mud bricks suffered under the elements and needed to be replaced or mended. The barn has been expanded to accommodate more pokemon

As soon as one walks in through the front door of the little farmhouse, the first room that they enter is largely empty. There's no furniture or even a window. The floor is made from hard packed dirt, but a yellow woven rug covers most of the floor. The rug is a more recent addition, woven by one of the workers and dyed a bright yellow using materials obtained from the crops like resin and roots. It's simple, but it's clean and cheerful looking. It's also much softer and warmer to walk on than a bare dirt floor. This area is where the workers gather to unwind at the end of their shift, to socialize and to eat and drink.

Further back but not separated by a wall is the kitchen. Against the back wall is a stone chimney and fireplace. Woven baskets contain whatever foods the workers plan to cook and eat for the day. Clay jars contain liquids or grains too fine to be kept in a basket. Most of the dishes are huge, meant to serve the large number of workers from one pot, pan, or plate. A huge metal cauldron and a large iron skillet are some of the few metal objects in the whole house. A collection of clay cups and bowls are stacked neatly in a corner to be passed out at mealtimes. Knives and forks are conspicuously absent, though there are a few spoons for eating soups and stews. Most often though, the workers eat with their hands.

Leading from the kitchen is a long hallway which leads to the house's three bedrooms. When the house was first built, there were only two bedrooms. One was for the male workers and had enough room for four men to sleep as long as they didn't mind being a bit crammed together. The other was for female workers, and also held about four as long as they didn't take up too much space. However, once the first generation of workers began to have children (and despite a distinct lack of privacy, they found a way) it became clear that the two rooms would not be enough. Thus, a third room was added. Instead of trying to fit multiple beds of varying sizes into the children's room, a single very large bed was provided which the farm children share.

"Beds" in the farmhouse were not made of wood or metal frames, but consist of a mattress on the floor. The mattresses are linens stuffed with straw. It's not the most comfortable arrangement, but one comfort that the workers have in plenty are blankets. Blankets are woven, knit, or even sewn together using the remains of tattered old clothing. Nothing goes to waste, and you can be surprised how much joy a blanket can bring on a chilly night to a worker who had been outside all day.

Almost all of the materials used to make the house originate from the Lion's Plains with the exception of some rocks brought over from Rolling Mountains. The bricks themselves assist with insulation, keeping the interior warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The home has survived the elements including the severe storms that sometimes strike.

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Amissa
 Posted: Jun 13 2018, 02:45 AM
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The original occupants of the house were the first workers chosen to work the farm. Crater City was just becoming established, but every so often an immigrant from the Suffering Universe would wander in from the plain. These immigrants usually came into the settlement confused and defenseless except for one pokemon assigned to them by the gods themselves. Beta and his followers welcomed them and offered them food and safety. These immigrants were quickly assessed for any lingering memories or skills that may have come over with them. The first workers chosen for this particular farm consisted for four men and four women, all immigrants, and all Branded. Some of them did have some memories and skills that seemed related to the task of farming such as identifying plants, caring for seeds, and handling pokemon. Others had next to no memories or skills at all. A peace officer was assigned to the farm to both protect the workers and ensure that they completed all tasks as instructed.

Forcing eight strangers to live in close quarters can come with mixed results. As Beta and his council were making up laws by which to govern the new and growing city, these workers needed to invent some house rules of their own by which to live. The workers with skills and memories taught them to the workers who had none. In times when work was completed and there was time to rest, they would sometimes consult with the peace officer for further education. When it was possible, they trained their pokemon together. They taught each other to cook and to sew. They tended to each other's wounds as long as they weren't too severe. They became like a family, and they begun to refer to each other as sisters and brothers.

Only a couple years after this group began residing in the little house, the first baby was born on the farm. As the baby grew up, she was cared for not only by both of her parents but by the entire house of workers whom she called her aunts and uncles. It didn't matter to them that they didn't share blood. When a person comes into the world of Terrene utterly alone, he must make his own family. The cohesive unit formed by these workers would continue beyond their own generation. Even workers who transferred from this particular home into other work in other parts of the city tended to carry with them the same open and affectionate behavior. It was one immigrant worker that Soren calls Auntie Ada who inscribed her own quote on one of the house's bricks. "These walls may fall, the world may end, but love is eternal." It was her way of stating that the love of your family can carry you through your darkest times. Despite her intending for it to be a positive message, one could note the tinge of classic Crater City paranoia.

The workers have had to survive several perils, however, despite being in the protection of the city. One winter when Soren was about ten almost all of the workers suffered from a terrible flu. Living in tight quarters, working hard with little rest, and poor hygiene all contributed to the blight. In order to protect the rest of the city, especially other farm workers whom the city depended on for food, the workers of this farm were isolated. Healers came to treat them at the home instead of bringing them to clinics deeper in the city in order to prevent infection. Those in the home who resisted the virus and did not appear infected were moved to other farms during this time. That included Soren and all of the other children and very few others. It seemed that those born native to Terrene were able to fight the disease easier than the immigrants, and despite the efforts of the healers three workers died. Of those, two of them were parents of the farm's newest infant, Taavi. Once the flu had passed and the healers deemed it safe, the children were moved back into the suddenly significantly emptier home.

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Amissa
 Posted: Jun 13 2018, 04:09 AM
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The farm's barn is located right next to the house, though this building is significantly larger. It too is made from brick with a dirt floor and doors made from straw and wood. Originally it was intended just to house the worker's pokemon, as pokeballs were pretty scarce unless they came over with immigrants from the Suffering Universe. It also stored any equipment that the workers needed for their jobs. At first, they didn't even have much as far as equipment. The workers planted seeds by poking holes in the dirt with sticks and did most other work by hand.

Over time though, the workers grew more creative and efficient. They created plows and found that if a pokemon was strong enough, the pokemon could pull a large plow to dig up the earth for planting. They made other tools like sickles out of flint rock and bone and used it to help in harvesting plants such as grain. Workers from another farm shared the idea of capturing powerful plains pokemon and using leather harnesses to attach them to plows in order to till fields. Pokemon like deerling and blitzle needed a great deal of training before they were strong enough for such labor. Tauros and rhyhorn were strong enough, but they were more wild and rare. The city eventually supplied the workers with a tauros, but the pokemon was ferocious and the workers had no experience with such an powerful angry beast. They weren't able to put the tauros to work.

At last, one of the worker had an idea of how to control the tauros. They asked the peace officer for a miltank. The peace officer, understanding the need of the farmers took the request to his own superiors. The next day he brought the farmers two miltank. This made the tauros much more calm and happy to have such charming company. The miltank also produced fresh milk for the workers as an added bonus. The tauros could still have moments in which he became dangerous and uncooperative, so the workers were all very relieved when about a year ago a new kind of pokemon began appearing on the plains. This creature was an ordinary looking brown equine, but it knew a move called rototiller. It was also a ground type and delighted in mud and dirt. To the farmers, this pokemon seemed like a gift from Arceus himself.

Peace officers, and some workers under the supervision of a peace officer were assigned to capture as many wild mudbray as possible. Once captured, they were tamed, bred, and celebrated. In Soren's home in particular, the mudbray became a symbol of fertility. The pokemon are expected to work, certainly, but they are also treated with a degree of reverence and considered sacred. Arceus and other legendary pokemon may be gods, but they were rarely heard from or seen, after all. The mudbray helped the workers every day and took pleasure in doing it while maintaining the most modest appearances. The workers lovingly cared for their mudbray, and by the time Soren was old enough to receive the brand at thirteen, the barn housed four as well as the two miltank and many of the pokemon owned by the farmers. If a mudbray were to die on the farm, it would likely be eaten by the workers as any other pokemon would be, but it would likely be mourned as a member of the family.

Due to the size of the barn, the pokemon dwelling inside have considerably more personal space than the humans do in their house. Mud bricks have been used to create stalls either for each pokemon or for pairs of pokemon (in the case of smaller pokemon who get along well). The stalls don't have doors to really enclose the pokemon though so they tend to mingle freely. This results in the workers occasionally finding eggs of mysterious parentage. This happens very rarely, but any mudbray eggs are turned over to the peace officer on duty and from there they are presumably shared with other farms who might need the help. Each stable contains straw bedding for the pokemon as well as buckets for food and water. A water well that can be pumped by hand is just behind the farmhouse and beside the barn.

The two miltank occupy the two stalls furthest back in the barn. Beside them are the mudbray, and the pokemon belonging to the farm's workers are in the stalls closest to the front entrance of the barn. Destiny, the sawsbuck of the late Summer Sharp currently under the care of her surviving lover Gaspar, occupies the stall in the most front left of the barn. Soren's own young pokemon Genesis the girafarig and Nimbus the mareep occupy the stall across from Destiny on the front right. Hidden in the far left corner of Destiny's stall is a hole that is normally covered over with hay and dirt. There aren't many hiding places on the farm, especially with it being so crowded. Therefore, Gaspar created this one as a means to hide Summer's belongings that she brought with her from the Suffering Universe. It's here that Soren first found his mother's diary, though he has since kept it with him.

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Amissa
 Posted: Jun 13 2018, 04:31 AM
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The land surrounding the house and the barn is almost more important than the buildings themselves. It is by working the land that the branded workers living here earn their place in the hierarchy. They are responsible for growing at least some of the food that feeds the grand and holy city of Crater.

While there are several different fields, crops are rotated in order to keep the soil fertile. Primary crops grown on this farm include corn, beans, squash, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes. Other crops are grown as well such as grain, hemp, and a spattering of other vegetables but in much lesser quantities and not every year. In the furthest reaches of the farm is a meadow where the grasses are allowed to grow wild. This area is for the grazing pokemon to feed. Very few trees thrive in the plains soil, but the farmers have managed to cultivate a variety of different berries. The berry trees are small, of course, and not very good for wood.

A few fruit trees also grow on the farm, but this happened rather on accident. In the meadow area where the plants are allowed to grow wild, a peach and a plum tree have grown. The trees are small, and like the berry trees they would be useless for lumber. However, they do produce fruit, and the workers plan to clear out more land on the farm to create a small orchard to grow more peaches and plums, since these seem to be some of the few trees that do thrive in the plains soil. The addition of the mudbray on the farm also allows the workers to produce more with fewer people, making it possible to till and tend more land than they could on their own.

Besides crops, there is a small coop built near the barn to house pudgy pidgey. These birds are specially bred and fed to be too fat to fly. This prevents them from escaping and limits their fighting capabilities so they can't hurt the workers as they collect eggs from the birds. There are only a few birds, just enough to provide eggs for the workers who live on the farm. If a bird fails to produce eggs or the coop becomes too crowded with birds, the workers will slaughter one or dinner. Such is the short and somewhat sad life of the pudgy pidgey.

Beside the farmhouse is a cellar dug directly into the ground. This underground root cellar is used to store food since it's cooler to allow fruits and vegetables to stay fresh longer before they can be delivered. The workers also store cheese and some meat in the cellar.

Opportunistic pest pokemon are always a problem on the farm, however, Rattata and zigzagoon are the most common, and they're usually lured by food or garbage. Bug pokemon can also be dangerous, but generally the workers are taught to avoid attacking or angering them. Caterpillar pokemon can be problematic, feeding on leave and damaging crops. These are normally exterminated by the workers or the peace officer supervising them. Winged insects like butterfree and combee are more welcome since they aid in pollination. Sometimes even grass type pokemon can cause problems. Oddish stick themselves in the soil and refuse to move. If a worker yanks them up thinking they're a weed, then they could be attacked. Foongus are also attracted to the fertile soil, and they can sap nutrients from the ground if they're simply left to do as they please. However, foongus are also poisonous even to the touch and must be handled very carefully. Bird pokemon can also be pests, feeding on the fruits and berries grown on the farm while staying too high for anyone to reach.

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