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Posted: Aug 28 2016, 10:45 PM
◒ where do i post?
After your character has been approved, you can start writing up your character's starter topic. Unless your character is a Terrene native, this starter topic will take place in the Between Universes forum. When you begin this topic, your first post should describe what your character was doing and experiencing in the Suffering Universe before they got pulled in between universes.
If your character is a Terrene native, the location and content of your character's first topic will be negotiated with an admin; they will PM you after they approve your character. Additionally, if your character is a Terrene native, much of the rest of this post is moot because your starter Pokemon and items will also be negotiated with an admin. Natives will get their Pokémon in whatever way makes sense for that particular character and will get a Pokémon that makes sense for wherever their characters are when they obtain them (ie a native starting from Ashfield will likely start with a Pokemon that is found within the Western Great Forest).
The species of your starter and the method of obtaining your starter is determined by which staff member takes your topic. Their methods will be described briefly below. You can request a certain staff member or just have whoever is available take it. Regardless, your starter will be level 5 and have 15% loyalty. You will be able to choose your starter's gender, ability, egg move, and of course nickname.
◒ ◒ ◒ ARCEUS, as played by Jani, is a tired and distracted legendary despite his immense power. When Arceus pushes a human from the Suffering Universe to Terrene, it takes quite a while and the human will be left to wander a sort of dream-like void with little, if any, interaction. Arceus will craft the strange dream-void into various vague and symbolic settings that will present the human with choice after choice, constantly having the human choose which path to take. Through this process, Arceus feels he learns enough about the human to present them with a suitable Pokemon companion who will be waiting for the human when they finally come through into Terrene. His method of matching a starter to the human deals mostly with personality and typing. As far as location, Arceus almost solely pushes characters into Ashfield. It used to be a bit more sporadic, but now his mind has a firm grasp on that particular area and he is too tired to search out any other area, so unless something goes wrong (AKA you specifically request that it is randomized for a chance to appear somewhere else) your character will come through at Ashfield, where your starter will be waiting for you.
◒ ◒ ◒ HO-OH AND THE LEGENDARY BEASTS, as played by Kaien, are a carefully constructed team, working in unison towards the missions set forth by Arceus. Guided by Ho-oh and her power, the beasts take first bow of those they pull through the void. They approach the human one at a time, and present them with unique puzzles, both mental and physical, examining their process and solutions. They collect the information based on what happens, reporting back to Ho-oh, to determine first the pokemon's typing, and then narrow down a specific partner. Then, they face the powerful legendary face to face, for a final questioning. Ho-oh chooses a pokemon that compliments the human, and their style. Then, the human is pushed into the location of her choosing (Randomized, unless you request a specific location), their new partner summoned to appear accordingly.
◒ ◒ ◒ JIRACHI & CELEBI, as played by Jani, have to combine their wish-granting and time-traveling powers to retrieve humans from the Suffering Universe. Jirachi is the first to greet the human, and he converses in-depth with them, getting to know them through a question-and-answer process. Celebi takes over after the interview. She takes the information that Jirachi has gathered and the Pokemon that Jirachi suggests, and gives the human the opportunity to complete either mental challenges- riddles, primarily- or physical challenges in order to prove to Celebi which of the Pokemon the human could best handle. Then Celebi will pull the human through to whichever human settlement you would like them pulled to.
◒ how do i claim my skills?
When an admin sends you a PM approving your character, they will mention that all you need to do is reply to their PM with the skills that you want your character to start out with. Immigrant characters start out with 2 points to manipulate. For native characters, it depends on their age. If they are 20 or below, they get 3 points; between 21-30, they get 4 points, between 31-40, they get 5 points, and so forth.
Your character can begin with a few non-game items that they have on them before they are pulled (a locket, for example). These will not be recorded in your character inventory unless you request it to be. Additionally, x2 pokeballs, x1 potions, and x3 random berries will be given to you. You also have a 25% chance to start with a pokedex (a Terrene pokedex, not a fancy original Pokedex). Don't worry if you don't get one- there will be opportunities within the roleplay for your character to obtain a pokedex.
As said above, if your character is a native, the items they receive are up to the admin who takes your topic; these items will be relevant/relative to their circumstances. For example, a native character leaving the home of their poor parents in Oasis may not get many things. But a native character born in the inner city of Crater to middle-class citizens may get quite a few things, due to Crater's emphasis on strength and preparedness.
Most commonly, as in about five times out of ten, your character will come through in Ashfield either in or around the spot of land that the natives call The Portal. Three times out of ten, your character will be pulled through in Crater. One time out of ten, your character will end up in Oasis or Forest Beach. This is up to the admin/legendary who takes your starter topic, but those are the general chances. The particular admin who takes your topic may give you the choice, or they may randomize it, or they may have a location that they always pull to.