NOTE: Meeker is my co-GM, and he helped me design this RP.
THE DARK STORY
Turn the clocks forward to 2043. Sinnoh isn't nearly the same as it used to be. It's a cesspool. A fetid, industrialized hellhole of human filth and pollution. What was once full of color is now just brown and gray, like the region itself just got sick of living and crapped itself upon death.
As if it couldn't get any worse, a massive, nuclear reactor meltdown just outside Floaroma Town plastered the area with radioactive fallout after it had killed thousands and made Floaroma Town an uninhabitable carcass lying face down in its own feces. And in dark irony, rather than attempting to fix the screw up or actually feeling any semblance of guilt over it, Sinnoh's bureaucrats simply felt "that's too bad" and just turned the already contaminated areas into a nuclear waste disposal site in a sorry attempt to turn a problem into a pathetically improvised solution, probably one of the sickest jokes in human history. Floaroma Town was beyond dead and any Pokémon too slow, asleep, or stupid to get out of there became ravaging mutants and cancerous monsters.
Enter Shaymin, who once turned the barren and derelict hill into a flower-laden paradise, now returned to see all that work went straight to hell in a radiated hand-basket. But she was optimistic, disregarded the radiation, and tried to use her purifying powers to turn the nuclear puke pit into the former lively field of flowers and fauna it used to be. Irony spat in her face, however. Shaymin's body had succumbed to the intense radiation in the process of trying to clean up the crap, and instead, her body transformed into what is now called the Nexus Flower, a monstrously enormous flower that has completely overtaken the little that was left of Floaroma Town. The Nexus Flower now stands over a thousand feet tall, and all around it, huge and unnaturally large flowers surround the area, spreading further every hour of every day.
And that essentially gave birth to what is now called the "Jungle," the flower-infested sector that covers all of western Sinnoh and stretching all the way to Celestic Town and Hearthome City and as far north as Route 217. While the radiation is now cleaned up, Sinnoh's got a new problem, and that's what the Jungle is. Infectious flowers, strange anomalies, and other eccentric occurrences have been happening all throughout the Jungle. And it's still growing further and further day by day as these infectious flowers get bigger, spread around, and release more powerful pollen. But while it's a massive migraine to anyone who doesn't want to get sucked into being a part of it, it isn't a total loss. Throughout the Jungle, special Seeds can be found usually within the anomalies and patches of infectious flowers. Once cracked open and eaten, these Seeds are capable of granting special powers, but sometimes at a price. Once these Seeds were discovered, some saw the Jungle as a gold mine, willing to risk just about anything to secure these Seeds and sell them to the highest bidder - fat cats with money who'd rather hire some poor schmuck to take the trip for them. And the deeper people went into the Jungle, the better Seeds they could get their hands on. Ones that could work miracles, wishes, and potentially endless life if people managed to bring them back. Money can drive just about anyone to do anything risky and stupid.
THE NATURE OF THE JUNGLE
Those who venture off into the Jungle for whatever reason are called Ferreters. Some are here to find ways to kill the Jungle and destroy the infectious flowers and anomalies. Others are there to try and protect it because they see it as a paradise, and some are there just for the Seeds to make a generous buck, whether that involves taking the risk to retrieve the Seeds themselves, or poach them off of some poor bastard skilled enough to brave the Jungle's infectious flowers and anomalies to get them, but are too weak to defend themselves from raiders and bandits.
Going into the Jungle isn't a joke either. Most Ferreters need to head into the Jungle with weapons to protect themselves from thieves and maniacs, and suits of armor capable of taking a few bullets and filtering the air to avoid inhaling too much infectious pollen and spores. Inhale too much of it, and you'll find yourself turning into one of several floral-based races and creatures that now inhabit the Jungle. If you thought humans and Pokémon were above becoming part of the Jungle themselves, guess what? You were wrong.
Celestic Town and Hearthome City are the rookie areas of the Jungle, there to prepare Ferreters who insist on getting their feet wet despite the risks. Here, the infectious flowers are minimal, and unless you're deliberately looking to get infected, you'll probably be okay. Here, the Seeds are cheap and relatively easy to procure. They're weak and don't do much more than what most modern medicines and drugs can do, so the money you get here will barely cover the parking meter. You'll need to go deeper to get to the better stuff.
Once in Eterna City and Oreburgh, now you really see what the Jungle is about when you come across flowers bigger than a minivan and will infect anyone that gets within ten feet of them. The floral overgrowth is much higher here and walking into here without protection is asking for a free hall pass into infection. A gas mask will be worth the bad hair day. But in return for your efforts, the Seeds are better and most people outside of the Jungle will pay at least a few grand for them. Unless of course you want them for yourself. Here, Seeds are powerful enough to grant things like night-vision, stronger senses, increased lifespan, Olympic-caliber athletic abilities, and the like. However, the anomalies are dangerous here as well. Some have caused the ground to break open like a chasm, others work like quicksand, others warp gravity, and some distort time and space.
Jubilife City and Canalave Ctiy are cesspools of the floral overgrowth. Even with decent protection, you may still get infected, and you're bound to run into plenty of former humans and grass-type Pokémon that now look like walking flower bouquets and are capable of all kinds of flower and plant-induced witchcraft. But here, the Seeds are legendary, and just one Seed could net you more money than you'd make in a lifetime. Seeds here can grant gifts like psychic powers or genius level mental capacity, the ability to bend the elements, teleportation, and even the ability to fly. However, the anomalies get even more strange. Some work like wormholes to another location, others bend and warp whatever stumbles into them, some completely melt anything that enters them, and others cause whatever enters them to simply vanish and never be heard from again, sending their entrants to another place, region, or possibly even another world...
The Nexus Flower itself is the center of the Jungle, but here, infection is pretty much guaranteed if you stay for longer than five minutes, even with the best filtering systems you can get your hands on. But the Seeds are stuff of miracles, able to grant ageless life, youth, energy, and other incredible aspects that some people out there would pay billions for if you can take them back home. But it's well-protected, and those protecting it will either forcefully drag you into their ranks, or just ensure you end up as one more lily in the ever-growing garden. And the anomalies here work differently, doing whatever they can to try and turn you and anyone with you into a flower bouquet. Don't say you weren't warned.
Nexus is the faction of those that are trying to protect the Jungle and think it's a paradise and a utopia. Most of them are infected (they consider it to be a blessing and don't like those that call it an "infection") and have taken their defense of the Jungle to different, varying levels. Some fanatically want the Jungle to spread all over Sinnoh and possibly to other areas of the world while religiously honoring the Nexus Flower, while others are simply keen on admiring and preserving the Jungle and its perceived beauty. Those who stay close to the Nexus Flower are even capable of evolving and ascending into larger, more powerful forms to assist with the flower's defense.
Members of Nexus are all flower/plant themed. Throughout all of the different races of the Nexus faction, each of them have green-tinged skin, eyes with a yellow-tinted iris, and it is easy to distinguish males from females as females have flowers that are pink, red, orange, and yellow while males have turquoise, blue, indigo, and purple colored flowers. Unlike humans, each of these races heal from injuries much faster, can take far more injuries before death (they need to be burned completely or undergo complete dismemberment in most cases), and trying to kill them with only bullets and stabbing weapons is severely difficult, forcing their enemies to have to rely on fire, chemical, or explosive weapons as opposed to pistol or rifle bullets, and/or rely on their Pokémon to do the job. On top of all this, they only need water and sunlight to survive.
Members of Nexus are capable of performing "Green Magic," which essentially includes plant-based abilities, plant manipulation, and grass-type Pokémon moves in addition to spreading around more infectious flowers along with causing them to grow taller and stronger, building the concentration levels and increasing the chances of infecting normal humans and Pokémon. In essence, members of Nexus usually don't try kill their targets. On most occasions, they will attempt to infect their enemies and pull them into their influence to boost their numbers. In cases where it doesn't work or their enemies are far more dangerous and higher in number, they will simply try to pacify them by turning them into harmless flowers. While it doesn't exactly kill them, it definitely doesn't leave them alive as much as they used to be. In addition, members of Nexus often have special traits and abilities with their transformation, including wings made of flower petals, thorns that work as poison/infective injectors, and others come in variety of sizes (smaller = faster, larger = slower). You're free to design your character with whatever special traits/features you want, just as long as they're not overpowered.
All Pokémon in Nexus's ranks are grass-types. Many of them were once Pokémon of varying types, but the infection has turned them into grass-types and has often resulted in flowers growing out of their now green-tinged bodies. As for the humans, there's a variety of different floral races they can be turned into.
Devoir is a joint effort between Sinnoh's paramilitary organizations and the remnants of the Sinnoh military itself. Despite the Seeds and the perceived beauty of the Jungle, members of Devoir feel the Jungle needs to be destroyed, and eliminating the Nexus Flower and the Nexus faction are their prime objectives. In addition, they are using the latest in technology and weaponry to destroy the infective flowers and push back the Jungle. However, the mission has become challenging in the fact that the Nexus Flower needs a high-powered superweapon or explosive charge to be used inside the base of the flower itself to destroy it completely, roots and all. Essentially, it's a very dangerous suicide mission for anyone to undertake, but they feel someone still needs to do it once the tactical opportunity presents itself.
Devoir's uniforms and vehicles share a black with red undertones appearance. Unlike Nexus, Devoir has access to high-caliber military weapons, vehicles, technology, and science. Devoir even has the scientific technology to take someone who has been infected and return them back to human form by means of the Origin Machine, a highly advanced scientific device which they intend on using on any Nexus members they capture, or for any of their own soldiers that become infected while fighting in the field. However, infected members of Nexus who have evolved into larger, more powerful states are incapable of being cured, and thus are targeted for destruction.
The Humans - Humans in this case can be either Sinnoh natives or have come from other regions to help with the effort of destroying the Jungle. They can be of any race, be it Caucasian, Black, Hispanic, and so on. They're flexible and adaptable, able to wear a variety of armors and protective suits to repel the threats of the Jungle, Nexus's attacks, and anomaly traps. They're also the best at driving and piloting vehicles, and can use any tool, weapon, or firearm. Though prone to infection, they're still capable of undoing the damage provided they can make it out of the Jungle before Nexus's influence overcomes their free will.
The Pokémorphs - Pokémorphs are half human, half Pokémon bipedal anthropomorphic hybrids that share a very similar likeness with one Pokémon, often appearing to be a humanoid with the fur, scales, wings, claws, tails, and other likenesses of a single Pokémon. In addition to obtaining many similarities with the appearance of this Pokémon, they gain that Pokémon's moves (only level up moves), abilities, and traits. They are also better at resisting the infection than a unprotected human, but only up until a degree. Their resistance seems to hold true until they get within five miles of the Nexus Flower, or until they've been hit with a large amount of Green Magic or infective injections.
Pokémorph technology was created by Devoir as a temporary measure to fight back against Nexus. As proven, Pokémorphs are more resistant against infection than normal humans, but up to a limit. Getting close to the Nexus Flower still results in them become infected and transformed, and so does getting hit with a lot of Green Magic, although it requires more to infect a Pokémorph than a human. But once the mission is complete, Devoir intends on commanding all Pokémorph personnel to return to their normal human state. However, some of the disadvantages of Pokémorphs are their inability to use some weapons if their hands have been replaced by claws or other configurations that make using a weapon impossible.
Pokémorphs are created by means of a syringe loaded with a mutagen chemical that turns the human recipient into a Pokémorph within a few minutes. However, in order to change Pokémorph forms, a Pokémorph has to return to the Origin Machine, return to human form, and then use a new mutagen syringe. And the only Origin Machines in the Jungle are in Celestic Town and Hearthome City (any closer and they risk the machines being attacked by Nexus). Thus, a human could become a Pokémorph in the field, but changing back to human and possibly to change forms requires them to return back to base.
Pokémon - Plenty of Pokémon also agree with Devoir's mission. They feel the Jungle, while arguably beautiful in some ways and responsible for cleaning up the radioactive mess, needs to be destroyed before it covers Sinnoh and potentially finds ways to cross the oceans into other regions and hence, becomes a worldwide threat. While Pokémon are harder to infect than normal humans, they're still capable of infection if they succumb to too much infective pollen, Green Magic, poison, and so on. Thankfully, infected Pokémon that have been forced to become grass types can also be cured by the Origin Machine as well.
There are plenty of Ferreters that don't intend to get involved in the fight between Nexus and Devoir, although both factions will attempt to pull and influence these neutral forces into their ranks to strengthen their cause and their forces. In most cases, these Ferreters simply want to get their hands on the valuable Seeds within the Jungle and use them for their power and/or to sell them for large amounts of money back home.
Free Ferreters aren't just humans either. They can be Pokémorphs that got their hands on Devoir's mutagen syringes through the black market or by doing favors for them. They could also be infected from Nexus's infective flowers, but haven't submitted themselves to Nexus's ranks or they managed to escape from their clutches before they could be influenced. Regardless of their story, they will often find themselves in the middle of the fighting, all while dodging the threats and anomalies of the Jungle.
But not all Free Ferreters are cooperative either. Some Ferreters are in bandit packs, pilfering and mugging Seeds, money, and equipment from other Ferreters. Others are mercenaries commissioned to assassinate particular targets or perform missions for confidential entities. And some are simply researchers and ecologists just trying to study the Jungle and understand it in the name of science. In this RP, a Free Ferreter character can be in any of these kinds of roles.
It's possible to become infected in a variety of ways. Most Ferreters become infected by not using the right protective equipment in high-pollen areas, or their armor didn't protect them enough from Nexus's infective attacks. And plenty of others often find themselves at the mercy of Nexus Green Magic. Plenty of anomalies that bend and break the laws of science are also responsible for turning plenty of Ferreters into flower-based humanoids. It's simply the nature of the Jungle and it happens to the best Ferreters out there.
If you get infected, your character transforms in less than a minute, but you're allowed to decide what your character looks like in terms of their infection. In all cases, infected races have green-tinged skin, and have flowers and leaves growing out of them, but you can decide on the specifics, such as if that includes thorns, poison, or even the possibility of using flower petals as a means to fly.
Curing infection isn't difficult, thankfully, but it does require travel back to the edge of the Jungle. Staying as is and plunging further into the Jungle puts you at risk of falling further into the influences of it, which has happened in most cases to Nexus's members. All one needs to do to cure it and return to normal is to go to Celestic Town or Hearthome City, use the Origin Machine at Devoir's respective base, and be returned to normal. Devoir members can get this done free of charge, but Free Ferreters who haven't built reputation with Devoir are often required to give some kind of money or offering to pay for the use of their machines.
Third Time Charm Rule
Normally, characters on the Nexus side are allowed to attempt to infect enemy characters controlled by other role players, but they can't proclaim it an instant success, as that would be bunnying. However, that rule gets revoked if the defending character has dodged the first two infection attempts. If another role player's character has dodged their way out of infection twice, you're allowed to bunny them into infection on the third attempt, but it's still up to them to decide what particular race they become.
In terms of enemy NPCs, Nexus characters can infect them without a second thought. And this also includes Pokémon owned by player characters.
- Meeker is my co-GM, so anything he says goes as well.
- All standard Serebii rules are to be followed.
- Your character is not invincible, and can die. Thus, don't get too emotionally attached to them. If you like your character's personality quite a bit and want to keep them alive for as long as possible, consider playing a character on the Nexus side, as they're very difficult to kill and are able to heal themselves very easily.
- You are free to make multiple characters, and can even play characters on different sides. Since it's possible for characters to die, I'm fine with people replacing lost characters with new ones. Sign ups don't close for that very reason.
- Don't spend too much time waiting on another person. If they're not responding to an attack or conversation, simply move along and break away from them. Otherwise you may be stalling people who are waiting on you too.
- Obviously, no god-modding and no unauthorized bunnying.
- Make your RP posts have quality. Use proper formatting and correct spelling and grammar.
- If you need to go inactive for a while, give people a heads up. That way, people know not to interact with your character until you return.
- Please use the Name, Faction, and Location header on the top of each of your posts.
- Enjoy the RP.
NAME: Character name, first and last
AGE: Age in years
GENDER: Male or female
FACTION: Nexus, Devoir, or Free Ferreter. If choosing the Free Ferreter option, mention any of type association they have (if they have one), such as being a bandit, mercenary, ecologist, and so on. However, a loner Free Ferreter is still an acceptable option.
RACE: What race your character is. Either Human, Pokémorph, or Nexus
APPERANCE: Should be at least a solid, five sentence paragraph
PERSONALITY: Should be at least a solid, five sentence paragraph
HISTORY: Should be at least two paragraphs
WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT: Describe the weapon(s) if it's not a real life one. Also, don't overload your character with them either. Only include enough weapons and equipment that a person could realistically carry with them.
OTHER: Any extra details you want to add
POKÉMON: You're allowed to have up to two Pokémon. For each:
NICKNAME: If any
SPECIES: What Pokémon it is, no legendaries
GENDER: Male, female, or genderless
APPERANCE: Traits that separate it from other Pokémon, such as being taller, thin/fat, scars, cleanliness, composure, etc.
PERSONALITY: How the Pokémon behaves in terms of emotions, attitude, and behavior.
OTHER: Any extra details
Colonel Martin Slate [Flareon Pokémorph] - Played by Avenger Angel
Noel Hanna [Volcarona Pokémorph] - Played by wayjun (Pending)
Skyler Reyes - Played by Elysian
Asher Yun - Played by wayjun
The Green Knight [Gallade] - Played by LokiTheGengar (Pending)
Aiden Su - Played by Espionage735
Evelyn Hei - Played by Espionage735
Alex Morgan [Human Scientist] - Played by gmoyes
Crux [Human Loner] - Played by Meeker
Robert Silvermyst [Human Loner] - Played by Zorupix
[Reserve: Devoir] - darkjigglypuff
[Reserve: Devoir] - Billy Mays
[Reserve: Devoir] - SproxPikachu
[Reserve: Free Ferreter] - Chaos War Reborn
[Reserve: Free Ferreter] - Meeker
[Reserve: Free Ferreter] - Billy Mays
[Reserve: Free Ferreter] - SproxPikachu
[Reserve: Nexus] - Agent Tectonic
[Reserve: Undecided] - SoulMuse
[Reserve: Undecided] - Sheps