So, listening to the Pokemon Reorchestrated album and a few old Pokemon songs just gave me an idea for a new journey RP.
The Song of Pokemon
Like every other journey RP out there, this one should be rather familiar: exploring the regions, training new Pokemon, and facing enemies of all stripes. But the defining feature of this world is a phenomenon common to all Pokemon: Harmonia, the synchronization between human and Pokemon expressed as a melody. A Pokemon's harmonia is its identity, its soul expressed as music; it can only be heard by those who know the very heart and soul of that Pokemon. Normally, harmonia is completely unheard; no one can detect the harmonia of a wild Pokemon. As a trainer spends more and more time with his Pokemon however, developing a powerful bond through friendship and shared experiences, the melody of his Pokemon's harmonia becomes more and more clear to him. It is unknown how complex a Pokemon's harmonia can become; even the Champions, trainers who have developed their bonds with their Pokemon to incredible extents, admit that their Pokemon's harmonia continue to grow and evolve.
While harmonia simply indicates the depth of the bond between human and Pokemon, trainers can use their Pokemon's harmonia to react swifter and more powerfully in the midst of battle. Along with a Pokedex, new trainers are often given an instrument at the start of their journeys. Typically, they are small, portable, and durable. Ocarinas from the Orange Islands are the most popular choice, but those musically-trained trainers often bring their own--instruments ranging from harmonicas to flutes to harps can be used. Instead of having to verbally command their Pokemon, trainers can play their Pokemon's harmonia on their instrument; by playing different variations on the core melody of the harmonia, the trainer can pass commands and ideas to their Pokemon. This ability becomes more potent as a trainer strengthens their bond with their Pokemon; a newly bonded Pokemon and trainer will barely be able to communicate, while a pair together for years may approach a telepathic connection. Interestingly, as a battle continues, the harmonia of those involved begins to resemble each other--battling truly allows trainers and Pokemon to understand each other, creating a greater and even more powerful melody.
While every individual Pokemon's harmonia is unique, some general patterns can be found. The harmonia of Pokemon of the same species tends to be broadly similar; Gyarados are generally loud and aggressive, while starter Pokemon tend to be friendly, simple, and straightforward. Similar sounds can also be found among those of the same type; for instance, flying types have high, soaring melodies, while dark types have subtle, chaotic harmonies in the background. Moreover, though each trainer gains and develops an individual understanding of how to express their Pokemon's harmonia musically, general ideas and concepts can be taught at schools.
The Legendary Songs:
One of the defining features of Legendary Pokemon in this setting is their unimaginably beautiful and complex harmonia--alone among all Pokemon, their harmonia can be perceived by everyone. Though some may lack the sheer power of ordinary Pokemon, their harmonia is undeniably more powerful; they contain melodies within melodies, obscuring and mingling and colliding, yet somehow producing an incomprehensibly beautiful sound. Over the centuries, through the occasional encounter with Legendary Pokemon, people began to write songs derived from that Pokemon's harmonia. These songs can be used at any time, to express an idea to a Pokemon, or even amplify their strength or grant unique abilities. Trainers often go to schools before their journey to learn these songs.
The most popular and commonly used songs are:
The Song of Life: Mew's song. A simple, unassuming theme, it features a powerful, uplifting melody. It accelerates healing, growth, and encourages the determination to improve.
The Song of the North Wind: Suicune’s song. A breathtaking and beautiful melody, cantering in and out of legato and staccato in a fast-passed, flowing, windy sound. It evokes swiftness and courage, driving away fear and encouraging agility.
The Song of the Burned: Entei’s song. Loud and invigorating, Entei’s Song roars out in defiance and power, demanding bruit strength, and bruit strength alone, with it’s brash notes and determined undertone.
The Song of Striking Thunder: Raikou’s song. It clashes dramatically, coming to a complete stop several times. Silence is used in equal measure with sound, each time a new and different melody, striving the Pokemon to use imagination and think outside the box.
The Song of the Guardian: Lugia's song. Written by the people of the Orange Islands, it is a bold, triumphant song, prefaced by a distinct, simple melody. When played, it rouses a Pokemon's spirit, encouraging determination and the will to protect.
The Song of the Sky: Rayquaza's song. A mysterious melody that sounds like birdcall. It heals a Pokemon, both physically and spiritually.
The Song of Prayer: Darkrai's song. A peaceful, hopeful melody that belies Darkrai's nightmarish nature. It encourages peace and communication, as well as a stalwart heart that never surrenders, allowing a Pokemon to persist in even the most difficult battle.
The Song of Dreams: Cresselia's song, a serene nocturne which builds into very stong ballad, it soothes angered pokemon and gives hope to wounded pokemon, allowing them to hold out just a little longer.
The Song of Emptiness: Kyurem's song. A bitter, melancholy theme, punctuated by echoing silences. Though grimly named, it encourages the drive to advance, strengthening those who are falling behind and are nearing despair.
Just as there are many Legendary Pokemon, there are many songs. NOTE: If you can think up a song that matches a Legendary Pokemon, you are free to create and use it!
Standard RP etiquette. No godmodding, no bunnying, no tennising, etc.
Be informed. If you need something clarified, or are unsure about the setting or plot or need a recap, ask for it. It's the GM's job to make sure everyone is as involved as possible.
Try to stay active. This doesn't mean you should post 24/7, but try to keep up, announce your absences, and ask for help if you get lost or fall behind.
Keep it PG. While there can be some violence, swearing, and romance, don't go over-the-top with it. This is the Pokemon World, not a dark and grim nightmare.
Read the rules.
Name: Age:If you're playing a new trainer, stick to the conventional 10-16 Gender:
Appearance:Include your character's instrument as well Personality:Perhaps add something about his/her musical inclinations; that factors into how he/she perceives harmonia History:Doesn't need much, but aim for some detail anyway Profession:New trainer, old trainer, gym leader, etc.
Pokemon:New trainers can have up to two basic or first-evolution Pokemon; everyone else can have an appropriate number. No Legendaries.
Harmonia:Optional. You can choose to describe your Pokemon's harmonia here, or in the start-up if you need to
Legendary Songs:The songs your character knows; feel free to create one in the style of those above
Any questions or clarification needed, just ask Renewal!
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Also, along with your sign-up, could you say what region you guys want to start in? I'm partial to Unova (having just finished B2/W2's story), but any of the main ones is fine.
18th October 2012, 04:07 PM
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Name: Mikio Nanaya
Appearance: Mikio stands at 5,8 and weighs 120 lbs. He has chin length blood red hair with bright blue eyes and pale skin. He typically wears a black tee shirt with a pair of shabby blue jeans with black convers. He carries a large guitar bag which contains his guitar. His accoustic guitar is black with a white pick guard and a white strap to sling around his neck.
Personality: Mikio is quiet and tends to be fairly laid back, never giving to much thought to image or stereotypes. It's not til he grabs his guitar until you see his true self. He is vibrant and full of life, filled with passion. Mikio's unafraid to speak his mind, and he has an unhealthy connection to his guitar. He would go into a burning building to get his guitar, and even get violent if someone takes it or threatens to break it.
Mikio tends to prefer more rock based music, harmonia to him is about life. To show emotion, what makes us alive. To give every bit of yourself when ever you play and sing. Mikio believes that Harmonia is in essence, life it's self.
History: Mikio grew up in a one bedroom apartment in Virbank City, his parents were constantly fighting, sometimes to the point of physical violence. He had to form his own shell, since he didn't have his own room. He would just sit in a corner and plug his ears, wishing it would stop. One day, when trying to keep away from home durring one of his parents fights. He stumbled upon the Virbank Gym and heard the Gym Leader, Roxie, playing with her band. The way she sung was enchanting, how she sang against everything that was unfair... The way she sung... saved him... Mikio then introduced himself to Roxie, and Roxie took him on as an apprentice. Roxie taught him how to sing, play guitar, and battle using Harmonia. Thanking her for all her help, Mikio ran away from home and never looked back, hoping to one day make his dream of being a famous music sensation and powerful trainer come true, he's been traveling for about a year now.
Profession: Old Trainer
Ability: Cute Charm
Harmonia: Yui's harmonia is a very fast and upbeat, it's a song that envokes friendship and kindess. That's because she's Mikio's Partner Pokemon.
Ability: Sand Veil
Harmonia: Ragna's harmonia is very intense and heavy, but still upbeat and energetic. It envokes a feeling of strength and courage.
Ability: Marvel Scale
Harmonia: Marina's Harmonia is more of a calm and gentle ballad, sad but beautiful. It envokes a feeling of sorrow and beauty.
Ability: Serene Grace
Harmonia: Angel's Harmonia is still in it's infancy, it's an upbeat simple tune. It envokes a feeling of joy and innocence.
Legendary Songs: The Song of Emptiness: Kyurem's song. A bitter, melancholy theme, punctuated by echoing silences. Though grimly named, it encourages the drive to advance, strengthening those who are falling behind and are nearing despair.
The Song of Dreams: Cresselia's Song, a serene nocturne which builds into very stong ballad, it soothes angered pokemon and gives hope to wounded pokemon, allowing them to hold out just a little longer.
Other: I could work with Unova, but any of them are fine.
18th October 2012, 04:22 PM
Re: The Song of Pokemon Sign-Ups [Always Open]
Name: Joseph and Joshua “The Clones” Antonimous
Joe and Josh stand tall for their age, at six foot two, and have a pale complexion. They both have messy black hair (though Joshes is approximately an inch longer) and bright, turquoise eyes. They both also have a thin, four-inch long scar on the side of their face (right for Joe, left for Josh) because they were born Siamese.
They usually wear black, sometimes “mixing-it-up” with blues, greens and pinks. They’re never seen without a pair of fingerless gloves (style may vary). They each also have a silver chain around their neck. that has a small, glass phial on it which is said to contain water from the lake of a Lugia. They wear them for good luck.
Joe’s instrument is a Ukulele. Josh’s is a medium-sized Lute.
Joe and Josh can be described as nothing more than quirky. Being sarcastic at times, happy-go-lucky at others, and downright insane normally on a rare occasion, people generally don’t know what they’re thinking. They differ in several ways, however; Josh is the more protective and dominant, sticking up for Joe and anyone else whom he admires. He is also more brutal, retorting to violence quicker than Joe would. Joe, on the other hand, may appear harmless, but watch out; this rose has thorns. If something really gets on his nerves, even Josh, his temper will gain control and he will lash out. They both have a, seemingly random, hate of Abomasnow.
Joe and Josh were born in Snowpoint City, in Sinnoh. Their mother owned a large manor house, so it’s safe to say they had a slightly privileged childhood. Their mother was also the Snowpoint Gym leader, and their sister, Candice, would take over for her when she retired, which they all thought, but never voiced, would be soon, due to their Mother‘s breast cancer.
They lived a happy childhood, often donning their Dowsing Machine Apps and searching through the deep snow for interesting and rare objects with their Mother‘s Purugly, Flees, until one day, when they were almost ten, they came across a horrific scene; a Glaceon, with a deep gash on it’s side, and being advanced on by an Abomasnow.
Of course, they ordered Flees to attack the behemoth, and the Purugly soon had it fleeing for it’s life. Once the immediate threat was gone, they turned their attention to the injured Glaceon, who was now, quite remarkably, standing.
They approached her, hands out, and tried to explain that they wanted to take her home and heal her, but the Glaceon shook her head, teeth clenched, and began to stagger towards the bushes, blood dripping from her open wound. Joe and Josh just stood and stared for a moment, until the Glaceon looked back at them and said “Glace! Glaceon!” urgently. They knew she wanted them to follow her. But what, they wondered, was more important than saving her life? But, nevertheless, they did as she wished.
It soon became apparent what was so important, when they were clear of the bushes and saw a nest, with three eggs in it; she wanted them to care for the eggs, because she thought she was going to die.
Well, Joe and Josh weren’t about to let a Pokemon die, so they each took an egg, Josh placing the third on Flees back, so it could stay warm in her fur, but Joe also gently picked up the Glaceon and laid it on Flees back, too.
They rushed home, and into the Pokemon Centre. Candice was there, and after asking a few, short and quick questions about what had happened, allowed Nurse Joy to take the Glaceon into surgery.
As Candice waited in the waiting room, Joe, Josh and Flees took the eggs home, explaining to their mother what had happened and where Candice was. They made a haphazard, fluffy nest for the eggs, consisting of beanbag chairs, blankets and snuggies, and then they, as well as their mother, returned to the Pokemon Centre.
They walked back into the Waiting Area, and saw both Candice and Nurse Joy, apparently waiting for them. After telling them to sit and offering them tea, which Joe and Josh politely declined, Nurse Joy began to explain.
Apparently, whatever attack that Abomasnow had used had cut too deep into the Glaceon’s body, and had subsequently damaged several of her vital organs beyond repair, and that she was currently on life support.
Joe and Josh reeled from the blow, this story the root of their hate of Abomasnow. They both turned away as Nurse Joy to pull the plug…
The eggs hatched several weeks later, by which time they’d each picked an egg and planned what they were going to do with it. Joe and Josh were going to go to Kanto and begin their journey with one of they young Eevee’s each. Candice would keep the third, training it up and evolving it into a Glaceon.
Joe and Josh took a ship to Kanto, directly to Pallet Town, and received a Bulbasaur and Charmander from Professor Oak respectively. They travelled together, but chose different paths; Joe, contests, and Josh, Gym Battles. (They also spent several months training and learning Martial Arts at the Saffron Dojo, and thus are easily capable of defending themselves.)
They caught many Pokemon through their journey through Kanto, and each reached their respective finals. However, they didn’t exactly…. “do well.” Joe lost his first battle stage in the Grand Festival, and Josh only made it to the final thirty-two in the Kanto League, Neither were deterred, however, so they returned for a visit home, and then visited Johto.
It was when they retuned from Johto, however, when something else happened; their mother lost the battle, and her cancer took her.
Both boys were distraught, being only twelve at the time. Candice, of course, took over the Gym after the funeral, and Joe and Josh, still being underage, needed to find a guardian to adopt them.
It was then that their mother’s sister, Pricilla, offered to adopt them. They agreed, liking their aunt very much, and moved in with her.
She lived in Snowpoint also, but in a smaller house than the manor, which was now being put up for sale (Candice lived above the gym.) After wallowing in misery for a few months, Pricilla talked Joe and Josh into continuing their journey.
They explored Hoenn, and then their own home turf, Sinnoh, progressing further and further in the Grand Festival’s and Pokemon League’s progressively, afterwards returning to Kanto for another year to complete their Martial Arts training. They’ve been living at home for about a year, now, not having the inspiration to go and explore the new land of Unova yet.
Profession: Old Trainer
Once was Joe‘s first Pokemon. She hatched from an egg that he and Josh took home, along with two others, when their mother, a Glaceon, was killed by an Abomasnow. They‘ve been the best of friends for almost five years now. She is extremely loyal, and graceful in battle.
Joe chose Ivy as his starter Pokemon when he and Josh started their journey through Kanto. She was his second ever Pokemon. Ivy was extremely shy to begin with, but once she saw Joe and Once playing in a field, she plucked up the courage to go and join them. She is still slightly shy to this day, but can often get over it.
Amethyst was Joshes first Pokemon. She hatched from an egg that he and Joe took home, along with two others, when their mother, a Glaceon, was killed by an Abomasnow. They‘ve been the best of friends for almost five years now. She‘s quite lazy, and likes to make people happy, usually by singing.
Josh chose Charming as his starter Pokemon when he and Joe started their journey through Kanto. He was his second ever Pokemon. Due to his shiny colouration, Charming was extremely haughty and proud, thinking himself better than all other Charmanders. He still kept this attitude up until Josh challenged the Pewter Gym, where he had to drop it and listen to Joshes commands or be flattened by an Onix. Charming is, nowadays, very loyal and proud, not responding well to insults.
Legendary Songs: The Song of the North Wind: Suicune’s Song. A breathtaking and beautiful melody, cantering in and out of legato and staccato in a fast-passed, flowing, windy sound. It evokes swiftness and courage, driving away fear and encouraging agility. The Song of the Burned: Entei’s Song. Loud and invigorating, Entei’s Song roars out in defiance and power, demanding bruit strength, and bruit strength alone, with it’s brash notes and determined undertone. The Song of Striking Thunder: Raikou’s Song. It clashes dramatically, coming to a complete stop several times. Silence is used in equal measure with sound, each time a new and different melody, striving the Pokemon to use imagination and think outside the box.
19th October 2012, 12:41 AM
Re: The Song of Pokemon Sign-Ups [Always Open]
Save me a spot!
19th October 2012, 07:48 AM
Re: The Song of Pokemon Sign-Ups [Always Open]
Save me a spot please.
19th October 2012, 07:19 PM
Re: The Song of Pokemon Sign-Ups [Always Open]
Name: Kaze Arashi Age: 12 Gender: Male
Appearance: Kaze is tall for his age, coming in at 5 feet 6 inches, and is slightly muscular. He has spiky, dyed-purple hair and pale skin, with an Asian complexion.
He tends to wear long clothes, usually a green shirt and a blue hoodie, with black tracksuit pants and combat boots, as well as square glasses.
On his back he holds a lightweight backpack with his instrument, a bamboo ryuteki, cooking equipment, and a good book.
Personality: Kaze is a smart, yet obtuse trainer with a love for flying. He, for some unexplained reason, has a huge fear of ice and snow, steering clear of colder climates wherever possible. He tends to be a bit skeptical, and doesn't really work well with his fellow humans, but he is always willing to give something a go. Well, except go anywhere near anything below freezing temperature.
History: Kaze grew up exploring the ruins of Solaceon Town, until one day, where he was attacked by a Team Galactic Member's Abomasnow, but was saved by a Pokemon Ranger, who inspired him to start a Pokemon Journey. After a year of journeying, with highs and lows the entire time, he was utterly defeated by a wild Pokemon in the Snowpoint Area. After the crushing defeat, he decided to start a completely new journey; to train and develop a closer bond with his Pokemon. After another year of training, he was appointed by the Sinnoh League Champion to create a new gym in Solaceon City. Although he enjoys battling trainers and learning to lose, he barely spends any time at the Gym.
Profession: Solaceon City Gym Leader
Taka was Kaze's First Pokemon. He is very loyal, but also very prideful, and has trouble admitting defeat.
Harmonia: Taka's Harmonia is a shrill and piercing piece which inspires justice and bravery.
Kaze encountered Kotetsu when travelling through Stark Mountain. He is incredibly defensive and sticks up for everyone, no matter how tough his opponent is.
Harmonia: Kotetsu's Harmonia is a sharp and intimidating piece that evokes strength and inspires determination.
Kumo was given to Kaze as a gift from a Hoenn Trainer. She is very peaceful, and doesn't like to get into fights much.
Harmonia: Kumo's Harmonia is a bright and soothing melody that evokes peace and healing.
A strange egg Kaze found in a cave. He is putting more and more time into trying to hatch it.
Legendary Songs:The Song of the Sky: Rayquaza's Song. A mysterious melody that sounds like birdcall. It heals a Pokemon, both physically and spiritually.