No one is quite sure how the island came about.
It wasn’t until recent years that is was discovered by one Joseph Farnsworth, one of the richest men in the world. He’d been enjoying a week-long fishing trip with some of his friends, testing out a new private boat he’d just purchased. It was only by a stroke of luck that Joseph saw the outline of the island and decided to go check it out. When he and his friends arrived, they agreed to explore the island, since it wasn’t listed on the map they had. What they found astounded them; Pokemon of all kinds roamed the island, and even more surprising was the fact that they were not used to humans! They came right up to Joseph and his friends, showing no fear or aggression, and it was obvious they’d never seen a human in their lives before that day.
Joseph was more ecstatic about this than his friends, and as soon as they returned to the southern shores of the Orange Islands, Joseph immediately claimed the island and dubbed it Farn’s Paradise. Right after that, he began using his massive fortune to develop the island. Teams of professional explorers and surveyors were called in to chart the island, and these groups discovered that the piece of isolated land was huge, measuring at least half the size of the entire region of Hoenn! With this information in hand, Joseph started drafting plans for making something of the island, fixing to make it after its name. He started work on a huge mansion, a communication station complete with a radio tower and other such equipment, and the Sky Platform (where he’d be able to look out over his island at leisure), which was built before all else.
Unfortunately, recession struck hard right during the middle of development, and Joseph lost a large amount of his fortune. Construction was halted, and, now finding himself strapped for cash, the once-rich man bid sad farewell to his island and sold it to the Orange Islands government. This wasn’t the end of the island, though, not at all. In fact, it was about to have a whole new destiny bestowed upon it.
Using the surveys and information that Joseph had handed over, the government decided to transform the island into the largest Park the world had ever seen. They changed the name, dubbing the island the National Park, and within a year of being sold, construction was once again in full swing on the island. The first thing to be built were Outposts, which were used to monitor the Park and the Pokemon living on it. The mansion that had been half-built was left as it was, and by this time it was already being reclaimed by the forest it had been erected in.
But new problems were arising for the Park, or rather, old problems were becoming more of an issue. Ever since it's discovery, the island had been plagued by various individuals seeking to take advantage it's abundant resources. Poachers, people seeking to extract valuable minerals and the like, random non certified adventurers, and others were becoming more and more of a threat to the welfare of the island, the National Park, and all the Pokemon inhabiting it. Because of the growing problem, caretakers known as Rangers were hired to help look after the island and its Pokemon. It was also their job to lead visitors through the Park, keeping them and the Pokemon they encountered safe.
Rangers also had another job. Long before the National Park was complete or before the island was even discovered, many of the island's Pokemon were over breeding. It was decided that, instead of trapping or killing the crowds of Pokemon, Trainers would be allowed to come and capture some. Thus, it fell to the Rangers to lead Trainers through the Park as well as regular visitors.
Finally, everything was ready. The Park opened, and has been thriving ever since. However, there is certainly more than meets the eye when it comes to the island. Many are puzzled by why the island was never discovered until a few years ago, considering it's big enough to be called a small region. This is a mystery deepened when one takes into account several facts about the island, such as when one member of a team of archaeologists claimed the landmass had once been inhabited by an ancient human civilization. Or the fact that every Pokemon known to exist flourishes in this one area. In fact, biologists are baffled by the enormous variety of fauna and flora that are present on the island, and experts disagree whether the terrain is natural. It all seems too well-planned, too perfect...And every so often, visitors see and hear...things. Ghostly creatures that don't look like any animal or Pokemon and don't register in a PokeDex, or unusual, eerie noises that seem to come from everywhere...
The National Park is open and its many wonders are waiting for you. But what else will you find among the many Pokemon and sprawling habitats? What secrets will you uncover? Is the island really just a normal landmass in the middle of the ocean, or is there something more to it? There's only one way to find out, so get ready and dive into the National Park!
Welcome to the Sign-Up thread. This is where you post your SUs for approval by the Rangers, so that you can use that character, solely for Roleplay throughout the Park. You may have multiple SUs, but keep in mind only official Rangers for the Park may have Ranger characters.
You are also advised to read the Park Rules and the Role Playing Guide before joining.
Name: (This is a given)
Personality: (Are you a mean/happy-go-lucky/sad person or anything along this lines. Doesn't have to be picture perfect, 2 lines would do.)
Description: (What do you look like? Just a few lines or a picture will do. We don't want to be leading voids around the Park, now, do we?)
Pokemon Captured: After your SU has been approved, you have to keep track of the Pokemon you've captured in the Park. Simply edit them into your stats each time you leave the Park. You can be as specific about when and where you captured them as you like. Be sure to note what Natures they were given.
Pokemon Natures: As you bring Pokemon into the Park and catch them, you'll need to keep track of their Natures. Please add a Pokemon and its Nature to your stats every time you bring a new one to the Park. For example, if you bring Gengar to the Park for the first time, make sure you edit it into your stats along with the Nature you chose. You only have to add each Pokemon once, and only as it's brought into the Park. You can also add your Pokemon's Natures in your regular URPG stats, if you wish to.
Park Items: You can either keep track of Items you've bought/used here, in your regular URPG stats, or both. Just make sure you keep track of them somewhere :P.
You don't have to come back here again for another approval, and if you do return here, you'll just get chased out by my hound dogs. :tongue: Thus, this is only a one time SU, for record purposes. Everyone's stats/character info gets stored in post #2. So go there and locate your name, which will take you to your SU/info directly, rather than looking through this thread all over for it.
Make sure you've read The Park Rules before posting here.