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WELCOME TO STIPES CITY
LOCAL INFORMATION
Local Pokémon: Murkrow Shedninja Phantump Ariados Pumpkaboo
With all of its residences, shops, and storage built into the treeline, Stipes is full of floating and climbing Pokémon, able to traverse the series of elaborate treehouses with ease. Shedinjas are the city's unofficial mascot, as with every season they are helped to survive away from their Ninjask counterparts, and revered as sacred by the locals. It is highly illegal to collect these without full permission from the High Council of Celebi. Ariados and Pumpkaboo settle in the crooks of tree limbs, the docile spiders harvested for their silk, while Phantump are often treated in a similar fashion to mourning, as they are believed to be carrying the souls of lost family members and friends to safety. Stipes' official bird is Murkrow.
The center of the islands for pious studies, Stipes developed almost completely solitary from the rest of the landscape, centering around a deep respect for the forest and Celebi, its guardian. Hallowed shrines dot the multiple clearings that protect its many logging sites, and the give-and-take relationship established between nature and man is taken very seriously, to the point of outsiders who aren't loggers themselves being mistrusted. Break into their culture, however, and find a welcoming expanse of rich history, honest workers, and a passion for the humane treatment for Pokémon. The oldest official gym of the islands rests in the center of Stipes, a sprawling tree house inhabited by trainers of Bug and Ghost-type Pokémon. The population of Stipes is reminiscent of Buddhist monks and nuns, with a dialect primarily inspired by Thai.
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 Odessa Jordan Dircksens posted at Feb 2 2018, 01:36 AM
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Nousha twittered, flying in circles around her human's head. Odessa was amused, but truth be told, the constant noise from the bird was probably annoying for some. If it was a song, it probably wouldn't be as bad, but it was akin to the babbling of a six-month old human who was just trying to discover what kind of noises they could make.

The purple-haired young woman wasn't doing anything particularly shocking or exciting. She was just walking around and offering some random crumbs of food to the wildlife. She had some bread but also some dried kale to offer the bugs and she treated some of the ghosts to a bit of coffee-cake on occasion. She was careful not to overfeed them and always shooed them away before they got too attached to her. These were Celebi's Pokemon -- she'd learned that quickly when she came here -- and she already had her hands somewhat full with the little bird.

She had been thinking of traveling, though, and knew she should think about capturing a Pokemon. That was... just not meant for today. It was a relaxing day. She didn't want to stress about what Pokemon would mesh well with Nousha or whether she'd be able to convince a Pokemon that she was worthy or worse yet, actually battling them when she really just hoped they'd want to join her.

With a slight sigh at all the thinking, Odessa looked around at the trees of her home. The sigh prompted her Swablu to fly down and settle on her shoulder, which caused the woman to smile. "Did you tire out your little wings?" The Pokemon cooed and ruffled her fluffy wings as she got some scritches under the chin.



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 Alexis Nyte posted at Feb 5 2018, 09:34 AM
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Boreas flew with enthusiasm through the trees, diving under and cutting branches, bridges, and any other obstacle he found in his way. The Rufflet was greatly enjoying the frigid air of Stipes, reminding him of home in the peeks of Odonton. The ice typing humming through his core didn't hurt anything, that was for sure. Singe walked in step with Alexis, as he usually did. The Growlithe, being a fire type and having a thick coat, was not bothered by the snow or chilled winds anymore than his trainer. The redhead was properly bundled and equipped, second nature to anyone from Odonton. The only member of their party that wasn't happy about the weather was Zana. The little Flabebe clung to her flower, the head of which was just sticking out of Alexis's loosely wrapped scarf. The little fairy was tucked into the folds to help keep her warm, but she still shivered every now and then. The Ranger had offered her to return her to her pokeball, but Zana had refused. She wasn't a quitter!

Alexis had finished her business, and was taking a little bit of time to appreciate the tree-house city. She'd last been here a few months previous during the Dana Festival, but it looked much different caked in snow. There weren't the typical, commercialized decorations for the seasons here, unlike Uberrime, and she appreciated it that. It reminded her a lot of home. Up ahead the sound of a bird chattering caught her attention, causing her cerulean eyes to scan the area. It didn't sound like a Pokemon in distress, but she thought she should check. Sure enough, it simply appeared to be a Swablu enjoying some flying time, following a purple-haired woman around. Her gaze cast upward to Boreas who was equally enjoying the air--albeit more quietly.

The Ranger wasn't the only one to take note of the blue dual type and the Rufflet was very interested. Just as he swooped over in their direction, the Swablu landed on their trainer's shoulder. He glided past on eye level with the young woman, but with enough distance he hopefully didn't startle her and cooed in greeting to Nousha. An indulgent smile crossed Alexis lips as she watched. Leave it to her social Butterfree to be making friends, even in this climate. Gloved hands in her pockets, the woman changed her direction to bring herself closer to the Stipes native. "He says hello, if that wasn't apparent." It would have been to her Pokemon, of course, but Alexis didn't know if she could communicate with the dual or not.

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 Odessa Jordan Dircksens posted at Feb 6 2018, 12:56 AM
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The Swablu was almost completely fluffed up, making herself comfy on her human's shoulder, when all of a sudden both Pokemon and purple-haired woman looked after the Rufflet. Nousha's feathers flattened themselves as she stared after the other Pokemon. Then she cooed back, but too quietly to probably be heard. It took only a moment before she was in the air again and flying after him, a much louder trill of greeting filling the air.

It was about that precise moment that Alexis spoke up and her voice drew Odessa's attention. Turning to the other woman, she smiled. "That makes sense," she responded with a soft giggle. "I'm sure she was greeting him in turn. I'm Odessa. What's your name?"

The woman also gave a smile to Singe, who was much more noticeable than the Flabebe, but the little fairy would get a warm smile of greeting aimed at her too once Odessa's attention was refocused on Alexis. As she stood there, she realized that the wild Pokemon had lost interest in her since she'd stopped giving them food. Alas. Making acquaintances of humans was at least equally important and if her Pokemon could make a friend out of it too, then it was even better.

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 Alexis Nyte posted at Feb 8 2018, 02:54 AM
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Boreas chirped delightedly when the fluffy blue and white Pokemon decided to join him in the. air. "Hi! I'm Boreas. I've never seen one of you before!" He commented quite blatantly, making the Growlithe back on the ground sigh and shakes his head. At the woman's smile, Singe's attention turned to her and he returned her smile with a wagging tail and happy pant. It amused him that the woman's forwardness in introducing herself was much like the Rufflet.

Alexis returned the woman's smile, hers being a bit more reserved as usual. "Alexis Nyte. Nice to meet you Odessa." Her gaze shifted to the bag of food Odessa was carrying and then to the wild Pokemon who had decided to move on. "Ah, I apologize. We didn't mean to interrupt you." She was sure with the snow being much heavier this year, the Pokemon appreciated being fed by the locals. It was something generally discouraged in Odonton unless certain circumstances were met, but she did consider this extreme weather. Her cerulean eyes shifted up to Boreas and the Swablu, who the Rufflet was trying to get to play with them. "Boreas doesn't get a lot of opportunity to play with other flyers..."

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 Odessa Jordan Dircksens posted at Feb 9 2018, 09:27 PM
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"I'm Nousha! I've never seen another Pokemon like you, either," she twittered back at him. The little bird flew around in circles, basically attempting to "catch" the Rufflet, though she had no intention of actually touching him even if she did catch up. Knocking them both out of the sky seemed like a bad idea.

Odessa tilted her head slightly at the other woman's apology and shook her head. "You weren't interrupting. I just like to give a little bit of food to the wild Pokemon around her occasionally. Not often, of course, because they need to be self-reliant too, but... I'm used to being one with the world around me and Stipes even supports that mentality for the whole city." She turned, looking around at the forest, but just emitted a slow, calm sigh.

"Nousha doesn't get to play much, either. The Murkrow aren't usually the fun-loving type, after all. It's nice to see her with a friend." She grinned at that before turning to focus her attention on the other human. "What brings you to Stipes, if you don't mind my asking? Just a tourist?" Odessa giggled a little at that. Surely there was more reason to come to such an isolated place. Maybe she intended to challenge the gym?

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 Alexis Nyte posted at Feb 13 2018, 05:07 AM
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Boreas squawked delightedly as he was able to entice the Swablu into playing with him, helping her stay just out of reach of him as they flew in circles. After a couple of rounds he would turn the tables and pursue her instead. He hoped that Alexis would decide to get another flyer for their team, but his hopes weren't too high since he knew her next goal was some sort of water Pokemon. Were there flying Pokemon who were also water Pokemon? He wasn't sure.

Alexis shoved her gloved hands in her coat pocket, cerulean gaze glancing around for the retreating Pokemon. "I'm sure with this harsh winter they really appreciate it." She commented before her full attention returned to the purple haired woman. "Business, actually. I'm a lone ranger and needed to deliver some time sensitive material to the Wardens." She glanced up into the trees again, her mind back on the wild Pokemon. "Did the wardens put out orders to help the local wild Pokemon? It may need to be brought to their--" The woman cut off as her phone sounded. Careful to not dislodge the Flabebe nestled in her scarf, she retrieved the device from the pocket just over her chest. Seeing the caller I.D., she glanced up to the Stipes native. "My apologies. I need to take this. You have a nice day. Boreas, say goodbye."

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 Alexis Nyte posted at Feb 13 2018, 06:42 AM
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Boreas feathers deflated in disappointment at having to stop their game so soon, but he dutifully bid the Swablu farewell and flew to join his team. He swooped down and landed on Singe's back as the canine paced next to Alexis. The redhead, meanwhile, answered her phone and slid into place next to her ear. "Hey dad, what's up?" There was a moment of silence while he spoke. "Yeah, I got it there. Dropped it off about half an hour ago." Another pause that was answered by a snort from the young woman. "Y'know, that guy didn't really seem like he had his act together. I'll head back there, it's not a problem." More silence as her free hand moved to the scarf, keeping it in place for the Flabebe when the frigid wind picked up. "Really, it's okay. I'm still in town. I'll text you when I'm done. Love you."

The Growlithe tilted his head curiously at her, the unspoken question clear in his dark eyes. The woman snorted again. "I was right. They were suppose to have something for me...So, we need to go back."

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 Alexis Nyte posted at Feb 13 2018, 06:50 AM
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The fire type shook his head disbelievingly. He didn't think her dad would give her the wrong information, but mistakes happened. After she'd asked for clarification a third time and the young Warden becoming frustrated, she had left with her Pokemon. He wasn't sure if it was that Alexis was younger than him or that she was a ranger while he was a Warden--he'd heard that Wardens didn't usually see eye to eye with the rest of the Ranger Association. That was no excuse to be rude.

A buzz from her phone had Alexis looking at it again, and grateful she hadn't put it up yet, only to see that it was the new Dowsing Machine app she's installed. It was suppose to help her find things of use while traveling around. However that worked, her mother swore by it. She glanced to the nearly pouting Rufflet. "Sorry, Boreas. You'll get a chance to play with another bird again. But, duty calls." She felt sorry for the avian, but he needed to understand that the job always came first. He bobbed his head, still a bit sad, but understanding. Maybe they would stop by one of the shops and she could get him a treat to cheer him up. Or maybe they could take some time to play in the snow.

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 Alexis Nyte posted at Feb 13 2018, 10:24 AM
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The group trekked their way back through the snow and toward the Warden headquarters. This wasn't the first time Alexis had been in the area--the last time around the Dana Festival where she ended up helping a Warden sweep a section of forest around the lake for poacher traps. Zaire had been pretty cool, even if things started off rocky with Alexis thinking she was a poacher. Her parents had cautioned her that Wardens didn't think much of other rangers, not that them using a different title didn't hint to that, and that they preferred to stick to themselves. She saw more of that standoffish attitude this go around, since she dared to enter the head quarters.

If she was honest, she didn't look forward to going back so soon, especially since she would likely need to deal with the same pompous ass as before. The woman wasn't sure if that was better than someone else who she would have to explain the whole situation again to. She decided in that moment that her dad owed her--how much would depend on how this went. Grabbing the handle to the station, she pulled it open and allowed Singe to enter first before following.

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 Alexis Nyte posted at Feb 13 2018, 11:18 AM
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The look she got from the young Warden behind the reception desk told her that he had been already been told of the mistake. It wasn't an apologetic expression or even a sheepish one, quite the contrary, he looked annoyed and put out. A part of Alexis understood, she hated to be wrong as well and she could only imagine how embarrassing it was given how their conversation went. Perhaps if you didn't want to look like a fool you shouldn't insist that you "know how to do your damn job" and check with the Warden in question like she suggested. A small part of her wanted to smirk at him, but she kept her face schooled and professional.

When she was close enough, he wordlessly held out an envelope. Alexis took it from him and, being mindful of Zana still wrapped in her scarf, tucked the paper into an inside pocket of her coat. "Thank you, Warden. Have a Happy Holidays." She said with an even voice. The was smallest flash of surprise over the younger man's face, followed by the smallest of appreciative smiles. She gave her own smile at that point before turning and heading back out into the snow.

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