Our old universe has fallen into impossible chaos and destruction, but the Legendaries will save us; are saving us; have saved us. Soon many lives and memories will fill this new world, and give it purpose.
As Terrene leaves behind the long, dark nights, their minds turn to friendship and romance at the second annual speed dating! And don't miss out on the clover hunt or the poetry season. Our plot event, alpha & omega, is drawing closer to its end, but is still going strong for now.
Spring will be here until June. The rainy season begins in the tropical areas; the rest of Terrene begins to thaw and warm, shaking the chill of winter and creeping toward the heat of summer. Fairy and grass types relish in the season of rebirth and renewal!
Not much is known about Fairy Island, as few people have traveled to the island and even fewer have bothered to document their travels. It is rumored that the place is filled with beautiful fields of colorful flowers, and that numerous fairy-types live among the flowers. It is a flat place, with only small flora and no hills to speak of, but amazingly colorful.
Calling this piece of land a desert might be a little bit of an overstatement, though it is dry and sparse compared to the rest of what the humans have seen on this small continent. There are numerous trees, but not the tall grand trees of the rest of the island; they are almost glorified shrubs. Small sturdy, spiny bushes are also common. Grass is sparse as well, and when there is grass it isn't the same soft, thin grass that coats the other areas of Terrene. It is coarse and thick and a little bit prickly. Mostly, though, the ground is covered in dry, dusty dirt. Near the coastlines, though, the unfriendly grasses and shrubs fade away and little patches of the familiar soft grasses come through, and the dusty dirt turns to sandy dirt. There is even the occasional palm tree. It is what is known as a "hot and dry" desert, meaning it has essentially no humidity and it experiences drastic changes in temperature from summer to winter and from day to night.
Of the two villages, Oasis is a bit smaller, presumably because not many people want to trek through the unfriendly Desert Strip to get to it. It is a truly beautiful place, though, with beaches dotted with soft grassy beds and palm trees. The waves are gentle and inviting, though cold!
Despite their relaxed, serene surroundings, the people of Oasis Village are tough and stubborn and a little bit shady. It's a settlement that was born upon the backs of a few folk from Ashfield awhile back who said, "we can find better;" unfortunately for them, they didn't quite find greener pastures, instead finding a desert which might be beautiful but is quite unfriendly to settlers. Soon, the settlers became as unfriendly as the desert they lived in. Fresh water is not always easy to come by, and neither is food. Those who live here aren't the friendliest to travelers, because when travelers come they put an extra strain on the people's already limited resources.
The people here also seem to have a bit of an addiction to gambling and fermented drinks. Perhaps you want to try your luck at Snake Eyes, a bar and gambling house where the locals like to gather? Just watch your purse... and your back. The locals are never more unfriendly than when you're taking their money or drinking their booze.
These mountains aren't incredibly tall or intimidating or magnificent; they might be better described as large steep hills with rocky terrain. On the hills themselves, grass struggles to grow because there isn't much dirt. It's mostly rock and gravel. In the small valleys between the hills, however, dirt is able to gather and thus grass and even some small plants are able to take root and thrive. Though the area doesn't get a ton of rainfall, everything it does get rolls off the rocky hills and into the valleys. Speaking of rainfall, it is thanks to these "mountains" that the Desert Strip gets as little rain as it does; rain clouds that venture up north off the sea that manage to hang on to a bit of their moisture almost always get trapped by the Rolling Mountains. Trekking through the Rolling Mountains isn't incredibly difficult, but it is time consuming and frustrating because it takes concentration to find good footholds. If one wanted to avoid the discouraging rocky terrain, one could travel close to the coastline instead of cutting straight through. Although traveling along the coastline is easier, it also takes much longer.
The only true mountain that has been discovered so far, Onix Peak got its name from the Pokemon who chased off one of the first groups of explorers. They would have reached the top, too, if not for the interference of the rock snake. It is a challenging hike, whether you are going up to the summit or merely wandering near the base. There are fantastic, impossible rock formations up and down all sides of the mountain. These are amazing to look at, but not always easy to hike around. As it is the highest point on the mainland, however, going all the way to the top (or even getting close) has an amazing reward: the magnificent view.
These cliffs were named the Chilling Cliffs not only because they are the coldest discovered area so far on Terrene, but because it is one of the most terrifying. The ground is not typically loose but is very rocky and uneven. Powerful winds can come out of nowhere, and on such unfriendly and unforgiving terrain, such winds are quite dangerous. Though not many take root, the pine trees that do grow here all grow at a bit of an angle due to the strong winds. Luckily, most of the winds blow east, but still... don’t stand too close to the edge, eh?
The land is flat and the grass is tall (just a few inches shy of waist-height on the average person), and the place is filled with prides of Litleo and Pyroar, among other Pokemon, of course. This is a very well-known and well-documented area and it is a popular place to visit and to hunt. The terrain is easy to move across and it is nearly impossible to become truly lost, because both Onix Peak and Cloven Volcano are easily visible from most anywhere in the plains. There are many small streams that weave through these plains, serving as watering holes for the many thirsty Pokemon that live here.
Crater is the second largest human settlement, and it is nestled snugly with a hill to the north, a hill to the east, a small bay between the two hills, and the Lion's Plains to the west and south. It is a beautiful location, and would be perhaps more ideal of a living space than Ashfield were it not for the lack of a nearby source of lumber. Very few trees grow in either the Lion's Plains or the Rolling Mountains. They've managed to create a system to create bricks for their buildings, but the process is slow and so many families are forced to share small living spaces. This problem, plus the fact that The Portal is in Ashfield essentially guarantees that Crater City will always be in second place as far as population goes.
It is clear that this was once a volcano, but it looks just as if a great claw came down and tore half of it down, causing it to crumble into the ocean. To an extent, one can actually hike down into the intact half of the volcano- careful, though, the ground is mighty tricky and there are loose volcanic rocks and gravel in many places. You wouldn't want to slip and fall into the ocean yourself. There is still some residual heat that one can feel in a number of areas on the volcano, hinting that perhaps there are still pockets of magma trapped underneath. There are a few scattered pine trees in the area, though they tend to be less common higher up the volcano.
Beneath the Cloven Volcano is a subterranean saltwater river, where the ocean has filled up what used to be the paths where the magma would flow. Not many have explored this area because it is very tricky to get to.
Western Great Forest
This half of the expansive forest has only been minimally explored, despite the fact that it houses the largest human city within. There is a well traveled and well marked path, however, that leads north through the Great Forest, connecting Ashfield to the second human city, Crater City. There are a number of other paths leading other places, as well, though they are less visible and less reliable.
This western portion of the Great Forest is a strange mix between a deciduous forest and a tropical rainforest. The trees are tall, with most of lowest branches out of the reach of the average human. The branches get thicker and longer up higher, and at the canopy level the branches often twine and merge. The leaves are large and thick and in most places, not much daylight is able to filter through them even at high noon. Even during fall and winter, the big green leaves stay up in the canopy, never changing color or falling to the ground. Additionally, the Western Great Forest experiences much rainfall, keeping everything wet and humid.
The largest city and the city that most people arrive in when they are pulled from the Suffering Universe (hence why it is the largest). It was once a small clearing in the middle of a huge forest; as more and more people have arrived, they have slowly begun expanding the clearing. The presence of the forest is never forgotten, however; huge trees loom at all sides, and new saplings have taken root within the city as well. Indeed, each manmade structure is made from the very same trees.
The oldest and humblest buildings in the town are the ones nearest to the portal, at the southwestern border of Ashfield. Those who live here are among the first settlers of Ashfield and of Terrene. There are a number of small farms and ranches here, as well. The city then expands outward in an arc, sprawling away from the portal.
Speckled throughout the city are many wells that take advantage of the numerous underground springs, as well as a few manmade ponds that catch the rain from the frequent storms. Stone totems are also scattered about the city, very similar to the ones found at the portal. Near the center of the city is a marketplace and a Pokemon laboratory.
On the edge of the southwestern outskirts of Ashfield lies the portal that gave Ashfield its name. At first, there was nothing to mark the portal but the circle of ash where the grasses and flowers and bushes burnt up each time Arceus or another legendary pulled a Pokemon or a person through from the Suffering Universe. Now there are roughly carved pillars of wood stone in a semi-circle around the outermost side of the portal, the side that is closest to the forest. These pillars average around two and a half feet tall. The oldest ones have tally marks carved into them, where the first humans kept track of how many people had come through the portal. Soon enough the early settlers stopped caring to count, but still more stones appeared, often carved into the shapes of various people or legendary Pokemon. In particular, there are many stone renditions of Arceus. Now there are stones not just in the semi-circle, but all around the area. It is not uncommon to see them in the city of Ashfield itself, and there are even a few deeper into the unsettled forest.
There always seems to be at least one or two people milling about the portal, either to pay their respects to Arceus or another Legendary (as it has become sort of a place of worship), or simply to help anyone new who might be pulled through.
Rising up above the canopy of the Western Great Forest is a plateau. It is made primarily of rock, with little dirt and vegetation, and it is absolutely riddled by ponds and small rivers and waterfalls that cut intricate designs into the rock. This area hasn't been well explored because not only is it out of the way of the rest of civilization, but it requires some tedious climbing. What is known about it, though, is that there is a large population of Azurill, Marill, and Azumarill. This is not surprising, since there is more fresh water here than anywhere else on the mainland, at least as far as has been discovered.
Eastern Great Forest
The eastern portion of this forest is decidedly more deciduous, though the transition is gradual and not too shocking. The eastern half is also larger than the western half- at least in regards to the area it covers. It is smaller in the size of its native flora, though. The trees are of a more manageable size, with smaller and more delicate leaves that change colors and tumble to the ground during autumn. It is also more interspersed with clearings, and, in general, seems a bit friendlier than its western half. It is just as unexplored, however, if not more so since it is further from civilization than its western half- so who knows what may lurk within.
This area is dominated by impressive herds of Deerling and Sawsbuck, among other Pokemon, of course. These deer do have a few predators, but by sheer overwhelming numbers, they rule the forest.
Don't read the name and get too excited- it's not like this Peninsula is overrun with dragons. In actuality, it was merely the first place (and one of the only places so far) where dragon sightings have been recorded. Even for non-dragon hunting folks, this Peninsula is a great destination, despite how much travel it typically takes to get here. There is a single small mountain in the widest middle section of the peninsula, with many small caves to be explored. Leading up to the mountain, there are many butte formations as the land slowly rises. The grass is soft and green and beautiful, and small groves of trees dot the entire area. As one goes to the northernmost or easternmost edges of the peninsula, the land gradually slopes downward into the ocean. As with many other areas, this place hasn't been completely or adequately explored yet because of how far away it is.
Forest Beach Village
Of all the human settlements on Terrene, Forest Beach Village can easily claim two titles: first, the least creative name; and second, the most welcoming residents. True to its name, the Great Forest creeps just as close as it can to the ocean, before finally giving way to a few yards of sandy beach. The village has been built in a small man-made clearing just before the forest and beach meet. The village (and indeed, the whole surrounding area) sees a lot of fog and a lot of rainfall.
Paradise Island is full of all kinds of luxurious surprises, including mud volcanoes, hot springs, and tiny waterfalls. All these little wonders are bordered by a small tropical forest that seems to be sort of a miniature version of the Western Great Forest, though it lacks the incredibly thick canopy and thus a bit more sunlight is able to brighten up the place and make it feel a bit more cheery.
Although the hot springs and waterfalls and other neat features of Paradise Island can be found all over, the mud volcanoes- AKA the Mud Baths- are all clustered together in one area, near the center of the island. Most are safe to crawl into if you feel so inclined, though a few may be a bit too hot.