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>  Pokémon PLEDGE: April Showers!, April 25th, 2017
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 Sloth posted at Apr 25 2017, 11:51 PM
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user posted image APRIL SHOWERS BRING...! user posted image
Can you believe its April already? Where is the timing going?
March just got right away from us! But don't worry we haven't vanished entirely!
Welcome to the wombo-combo March/April News Letter!




user posted image What's this? It seems that the February OTM winners have been announced! Click to reveal!
Sometime ago we asked everyone to submit suggestions for who we should pick for the Of The Month awards... and now, it's time to reveal the winners of February's Of The Month spotlight!
    user posted image February's member of the month is..!
    MotM
    MATT
    Matt is one of those people that you just have to meet on Pledge. He's the co-owner and an admin dedicated to the lore of the site, as well as the odd organizational things that need touching up on occasion. Whether its Stipes' beautiful culture or the organization of the Journey master list, a large portion of what has been written in ways of information, foreground or background, has all been cooked up by Matt. We love the work Matt does, even if most of it is behind the scenes.

    He may be slow at writing but Matt's work is some of the most beautiful there is. Each of their characters has their own intrinsic flare that make them captivating and interesting. You always want to see where they are going and what they are doing! Even the notoriously dangerous NPC known as Boss is someone who, if you have a strong stomach, is interesting to watch. If you want to play around with some of these characters yourself just head over to Matt's Plotter and ask around for the war vet Adam, the animal activist Victoria, the vagrant ranger Nias, or any number of colorful characters they have in stock.

    You'll find Matt's work everywhere, and on good days you'll find him in the cbox, always eager to help people by answering any kind of question under the sun. Matt keeps us grounded and helps remind us that sometimes its okay to have fun, even if that entails taking a breather and not doing much at all. He truly deserves this and we are happy to present him with this award.


    user posted image February's duo of the month is..!
    Who needs parents when you're two wild children hellbent on having crazy adventures all across Ho'ohiki! That's not the only thing that unites these two either. Nope! They've also both found the perfect guardian in our very own Adam Savalas, and boy does a rowdy pair of kids like this put him through his pleased as punch paces. These two wild children are just a couple of kids having as much fun as they can, and together they get into a whole heaping mess of trouble.

    Take for example their debut thread together, merry fistmas, where they get together while Adam is away and decide to have a good ol' fashioned Pokemon battle in the house! Not only will there surely be a giant mess for Jasper to clean up later, but they do it all to some holiday tunes. So make sure to check out these two whenever they get together to have a fun time!


    user posted image February's quote of the month is..!

    Adam just can't catch a break, and moving on from the loss of people close just isn't an option when one of them comes back to life. However, it's not just anybody - it's the man this widower pined over throughout his marriage, and mourned in the years since. But surely the man before him isn't the man who died all those years ago? It's got to be some trick of the light, right? Happy endings don't often happen to soldiers like Adam, and with such an odd string of events, it'll certainly be an adventure to discover what happens next!


    user posted image February's thread of the month is..!
    Most people in Ho'ohiki know the legends of the Deluge and treat the area with a heavy amount of "stay away and never go there." Then again, Kinit Clough isn't most people! As a Dragon Specialist you can say she's drawn not just to dragons, but to trouble, as she boats out head first toward the frothing whirlpools and unknown monsters of the Deluge. It won't be a simple little boat ride, though, oh no. So far a Dragonair has come across her path, and all there is to do is beg for understanding from such a dangerous and majestic creature. We wish Kinit luck in her endeavor, and we hope she doesn't end up like most people on their search for greatness out there: dead at the bottom of the sea.

    user posted image February's Pokémon of the month is..!
    Not everyone goes into the Okeanos Labs looking for those rare Charmanders or Dratinis! Some people go in looking for anything that will make a great partner, no matter what they are. What was once a shy Caterpie has blossomed into a headstrong Butterfree, eager to keep up with Hikaru's fast-paced lifestyle. Although their personalities clash from time to time, Butterfree is loyal to Hikaru in the end, making their friendship one of the strongest out there.



    user posted image February's character of the month is..!
    What's better out there than a child on their first adventure? Teagan is exactly that, an eager young kid looking to travel across Ho'ohiki - and what better way to do it than with a Pokemon at his side! Where he will go and what he will do along the way is something we're all asking ourselves, waiting on the edge of our seats to catch even the faintest glimpse of Teagan at his finest.

    Teagan may be traveling off on his own, far away from home, but it doesn't stop this Trainer's spirit from facing the unknown and finding joy in the world around him. Teagan is a wonderful Trainer whose biggest goals in life are to try new things, locate his (unknowingly) absent father, and have a grand adventure across Ho'ohiki. It's not hard to get sucked along in these escapades with Teagan, especially when the first stop of many saw him playing hide and seek throughout the Okeanos Labs, landing him a loving, albeit shy friend in a Jangmo-o he would go on to name Snarf.

    Now where is he off to? We'll have to wait and see what this kiddo does, and what it means for the people soon to be in his life, but it's sure to be one heck of an adventure along the way!


user posted image What's this? It seems that the March OTM winners have been announced! Click to reveal!
Few weeks ago we asked everyone to submit suggestions for who we should pick for the Of The Month awards... and now, it's time to reveal the winners of March's Of The Month spotlight!
    user posted image March's member of the month is..!
    We're so happy to finally be representing Shafaer here in the OTMs! Not only are they one of the co-owners to the site, but they are also a glorious person to know and work with. Whether its helping new users find information or creating simple yet unique methods to battle, train, and obtain Pokemon, Shafaer is always happy to hang around and watch the site grow into something marvelous.

    What few people know is Shafaer is the mind behind most of our intricate systems, from Breeding, to Berry Growing, and of course Battling, making the site run with a pleasurable hum of activity - but that's not it for Shafaer! They also roleplay some of the most delightful characters, from the captivating system, Bevy Bekke, to the rowdy and rambunctious Trainer, Ash Vernon, and of course the boy we are all rooting to fall flat on his face, William Souris. And while not fully up to date, Shafaer does have a Plotter, and we encourage everyone to go and make a plot with our lovely site co-owner!

    Now unfortunately Shafaer's free time has seen a decline thanks to them getting a new job (something we are still congratulating them for and would welcome you doing the same), but that hasn't killed their passion toward helping the site or playing a game or two of D&D. Send them a lot of love through PM and let them know they are loved and missed as they wrestle their social schedule into submission!


    user posted image March's duo of the month is..!
    Eighteen years they've known each other. Eighteen years they could have spent together, if it weren't for personal prejudices, bad timing, and the proverbial boogieman lurking in the wings. King and Adam have known each other for what feels like several life times, and in a way it has been. Before King was King, he was Ren, and Ren was Adam's best friend, rising through the ranks of Kanto's military together. They were at each other's side through some of the darkest parts of their shared lives together, but their relationship began to crumble, finally tipped over in a gunfight and laid to rest with Ren when he supposedly died in the field.

    These two are a heartbreak and a half. Adam still mourns his best friend and the love of his life, while King remembers only has fever dreams and half-glimpses of the life he once lived. Their reunion is a messy one, and not for the faint of heart. There may be some happiness tucked away somewhere for them, if they can come together and overcome the scars the years have given them - and that they've given each other - but until then they are a pair built on the sadness of what could have been.


    user posted image March's quote of the month is..!

    Ever been curious how people process Apricorns into Apricorn Balls? Well Mano has begun the process into making a few for himself, and boy is he using fancy words to describe it all. But then again, fancy words have always been more fun to use! In this thread, Mano explains all about the process it takes to prepare an Apricorn in order to make it into a Ball. An educational look into the making of Apricorn Balls, Mano can use all the fancy words he likes if he continues to teach us how its done.


    user posted image March's thread of the month is..!
    We're back again with a great Crispin thread, as he goes across Ho'ohiki living that Pokemon adventure dream. This time we find him in Lake Duo Dulcis, where he's stopped to rest with his Pokemon - but don't think that's all he's doing! The lake is always a great place to look for Pokemon, and Crispin is hunting for a Squirtle this time around. Thankfully a friendly fisherman is there to offer some much needed advice concerning the inhabitants of the lake, and just in time too! Not long after they start chatting about the best place to find a Squirtle, a huge Blastoise named Big Mama comes out of the water! She seems pretty lax so far, and we hope Crispin comes away with a Squirtle before long, but you'll have to read the thread and find out!


    user posted image March's Pokémon of the month is..!
    There is nothing more adorable than a headstrong, talkative Snubbull ready to take on the world, and Queenie meets all those requirements to a T - and keeps on going above and beyond. Queenie is Ethan's little Snubbull, and while he may be more quiet and reserved about situation, most certainly hesitant on going forward without a strong foothold, Queenie is outgoing and ready to take on the world. Best part about her? She's always trying to get Ethan to try new things, and to praise and encourage him when he is going out of his comfort zone. With any hopes she will succeed in her plan, and make Ethan's life happier and healthier than ever before. Keep on going Queenie! We're rooting for you!


    user posted image March's character of the month is..!
    It seems fate has brought us here today. First we present you with Queenie, a happy go lucky Snubbull dedicated to helping her Trainer blossom into something great, and now we present you with Queenie's trainer Ethan Porter! What better way to round out this month's OTM than to share the spotlight between two well-written, engaging characters like this.

    Ethan is in Ho'ohiki to live out his dream of becoming a Breeder, but his life didn't always start out so rosy. Even now its not looking so great, as Ethan has selflessly made a deal with the devil in order to rescue abused Pokemon from being used in the fighting rings. This is who he is at his core: a person that cares for Pokemon with ever fiber of his being, and is willing to go through hell and back just to make sure their lives are happy, even if his isn't. Even his adventures are soft and structured around caring for the Pokemon of this world!

    We're rooting for Ethan and his team of dogs to find that happy place in life where Ethan can help Pokemon all day, and feel at ease as he does it. There's always bound to be some darkness along the way, but with any hope, Ethan will find solace in the team and friendships he's built, and will persevere through it all.





user posted image We have important news update about the changes around the site! user posted image



user posted image You won't be able to see the site from a Guest Account! Click to reveal!
    Many of you know this already, as you have to log in to see this news post, but we have changed the site to not allow guest interaction for the time being. Suffice to say we had notification of something unseemly lurking in the weeds and took due measure to prevent anything from happening to you guys. Since we cannot be viewed by any guests, we ask that you please do not advertise for us until further notice. We don't want to insult the roleplaying community by one-sided advertising, so we will not give prizes out to people who advertise during this time. If you want to advertise and aren't sure if its okay, PM a staff member or post in the cbox/on Discord.

user posted image New Accounts currently require manual validation! Click to reveal!
    The ongoing theme of locking down the site until further notice continues! This time we have a new policy on new accounts. All new accounts will be admin/global mod validated. If you have a new character in the works and make their account, please give staff a heads up by posting in the cbox or on discord letting us know to validate the account. If you're talking to a new prospective member and they are fixing on joining, just give us a poke in the same manner. This, like the other policy changes, are temporary and will be changed in the coming weeks once we deem it safe. Until then just give us a prod and we'll come running to help.




user posted image We have a few important rule changes and clarifications this month! user posted image



user posted image A small change has been made to Journey threads and needs your attention! Click to reveal!
    For ease of both user and staff participation in Journey threads, we've decided to make it necessary for users to list the following in the first post of newly created Journey threads: Pokemon Level, Link, Ability, Gender, Item, and their current Moveset. This means you cannot, for example, increase your levels mid-thread from claims outside of that thread, or suddenly have a fully evolved Pokemon instead of the tiny baby you started the thread with. This only concerns newly formed Journey threads, but please put the same information in the latest Journey post in your current threads, so we know where your Pokemon are in terms of strength!

user posted image There is quite the ruckus in Okeanos Labs right now! Click to reveal!
    We come bearing the greatest of news! Professor Coral and the Okeanos Pokemon Labs have partnered with the Deluge Search and Rescue program to bring homeless baby dragons to people of all ages looking to adopt a Pokemon and start off on a journey across Ho'ohiki! Until now, dragon Pokemon have been limited to locally bred Deino and rescued Jangmo-o from Alola. We are happy to share the news that even more Pokemon will be appearing in the coming months to the labs.

    Thats right: Dratini, Bagon, Gible, Axew, and Goomy all have a chance to start appearing in future starter sets. Keep an eye out for these rare and beautiful Pokemon, as they are only available in the labs for a limited time and may not appear for many months.

user posted image Breeder Classes now have more options when choosing Set B upon creation! Click to reveal!
    Great news! When users make a Breeder and choose set B as their Class Set, they will now be able to choose the Egg Group the Egg comes from, giving members more freedom in creating a Breeder. Have fun, and we hope to see more Breeders soon!




user posted image Next up is a few reminders about events, contests and more! user posted image



user posted image Mount Aduro is still casting ash across Ho'ohiki! Participate in collecting soot and our many new jobs! Click to reveal!
    Mount Aduro has erupted, and it's spewing ash and soot all over the region! We have a huge number of new jobs that can be taken up by anyone at any time, all you need is a partner!

    You can also receive a free soot sack, which will let you collect soot to turn into handy flutes, so make sure to grab one while you can!

    This event will be affecting Journey Threads for the foreseeable future, so please do keep that in mind and check out the thread explaining this big site-wide event!

user posted image Lastly, please make sure your PCs are up to date and linked in your character's miniprofile! Click to reveal!
    Recently we've asked our moderating team to keep closer tabs on people's PCs to ensure that they are up to date. The team in your UCP should match your PC, and everything should be up to date! If it isn't, mods will be posting in your journey threads asking you to update them before they will mod your thread.

    If you would like an easy to use PC Code, check out the one our lovely Global Mod Sloth made! We'll likely be pinning a thread in the PC forum as an example of what a PC must have, as well as useful codes like these. If you have any questions in the meanwhile, don't hesitate to ask one of the staff!

    Thank you to everyone for being so great about getting your PCs and miniprofiles in tip top shape! With our growing memberbase, it makes things a lot easier on mods to have all of the information readily available.




user posted image And now for a bunch of new updates, events, and a whole lot more! user posted image



user posted image Boy it sure is festive up in Professor Coral's Lighthouse this month! Click to reveal!
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    Professor Coral has a new batch of beautiful starters to choose from! From now on, any thread made to get a Pokemon will see a new batch of adorable Pokemon to choose from!

user posted image Check out our newest APR-MAY swarms! Click to reveal!
    New SWARMS are out! There's a huge chance of encountering these Pokemon if a Swarm is happening, and often in large groups. If you see a Pokemon you like, now's the chance to go hunting for them! These swarms will be changing by the end of the month, so get them while you can!

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    PALOSSAND are hexing Vetus Isle!
    Buried beneath the castle are masses of dried-up bones from those whose vitality it has drained.

    Tourists from all over are find themselves captivated by the strange sandcastle ghosts! Who will save them?


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    ONIX have dug their way into Niveus Pass!
    Burrows at high speed in search of food. The tunnels it leaves are used as homes by Diglett.

    Tearing up the beautiful landscape, these Onix are in the search of food on the verge of a frenzied mating season.


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    DITTO are hiding in Corsola Cove!
    It can reorganize its cells to make itself into a duplicate of anything it sees. The quality of the duplicate depends on the individual.

    What better way to ruin a fragile system than to pretend to be one of the locals! Ditto are devastating the coral reefs around the cove and all under the guise of Corsola.


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    CHIMECHO are singing around Odonton!
    Chimecho makes its cries echo inside its hollow body. When this Pokémon becomes enraged, its cries result in ultrasonic waves that have the power to knock foes flying

    Its truly a beautiful day in the beginnings of spring when the Chinglings evolve and begin singing around town.


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    EMPOLEON are nesting in the Tundra!
    The three horns that extend from its beak attest to its power. The leader has the biggest horns.

    Its that time of year! Crowds of hundreds of Empoleon have come to the Tundra to start families of their very own! It is truly a beautiful sight to behold.


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    AEGISLASH are search all over Quod Vorago!
    Generations of kings were attended by these Pokémon, which used their spectral power to manipulate and control people and Pokémon.

    An army of Aegislash have manifested on the forbidden island of Quod Vorago. They are searching for something. What could it be?


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    TURTONATOR have appeared in Aduro Pass!
    It gushes fire and poisonous gases from its nostrils. Its dung is an explosive substance and can be put to various uses.

    As the volcano continues to spew lava, the Turtonator stay resolutely in place along the pass.


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    SLUGMA have fled to Una Way!
    Molten magma courses throughout Slugma's circulatory system. If this Pokémon is chilled, the magma cools and hardens. Its body turns brittle and chunks fall off, reducing its size.

    Still displaced from the volcano they are currently enjoying the ability to melt all the metal in Una Way.

user posted image Events will be getting a revamp soon, for now here's a few ongoing events! Click to reveal!
    user posted image These events are still ongoing. You can join them at any time, so have at it, friends!

    Eyes of the Forest Cry -- An air of serious uncertainly has fallen over Stripes and its forest. Bringing attention to how unusual the strange Noctowls seemed to be acting. A child's scream echo's from the forest, now is anyone brave enough to search them out?

    Turf Wars -- A gang of Machop and a gang of Nidoran are fighting each other! Will you pick a side, or try to stop them before someone gets hurt?

    Come Little Children -- A Shiny Phantump has escaped Keone Pekelo's clutches... But will it escape Piscari Town, or be captured by the fierce Feraligatr, Wahala, and the local poachers?

    user posted image If you happen to have a character nearby, consider throwing them into one of these threads! Event completion always comes with prizes, and what happens might influence the world more drastically than you might expect. Event threads are one of the rare modded threads that you can participate in alongside a journey thread, so don't wait! Join today!


user posted image Looking for some reading material? Why not check out today's thread spotlights? Click to reveal!
    Below are some threads that our Staff has picked out to showcase. If you have suggestions for future thread spotlights, message Shafaer with the links.

    Send me on my way, mhm CW -- Sometimes the best answer to a rumbling stomach is to go out and hunt a Pokemon. Kruger is absolutely starving but on his way to get something to eat he's come across some trouble! An odd Staryu that seems to be in the same position that seems to be answering the problem with a battle royal in the rain. There will likely be some Pokemon death in this thread so tread with caution if that bothers you.

    Find me where the wild things are. -- Theodore Briggs is a man on a mission. He has a fossilized egg and he's heard on the researching grapevine that there are people out there studying ways to revive a fossil to its fleshy live glory. Finding who those people are isn't so easy but one lucky meeting with an intern and his Pidoves seems to have sent Theo in the right direction.

    A Day in the Life -- Ranger Stations need tons of food and when your Ranger Station is a 2 hour hike from town you don't go grocery shopping once a week. This Solo Thread is all about Kerr's trip to the market and the one man trek back. Its a cute little thread that really shows off one elements of life as a Ranger in Odonton.

    Don't eggnore me -- Yet another Ranger solo thread! Odonton must be on fire this month. This one follows Claire as she patrols the mountain only to find a lone egg int he snow. She jumps into action to try and keep the egg warm so she can observe it from afar but she's not the only person climbing the mountain. A sinister old man is after the egg as well and he isn't going to listen to the words of a little girl, even one wearing a badge. What will happen next!

    I like turtles, you like turtles; we all like turtles -- This one has just started but its one of my favorites already. Some people have really odd ideas for date night. Nude figure drawing, taking a trip to IKEA, traveling by Hot Air Balloon, none of these hold a candle to going to a volcano and searching for flaming turtles. Of course finding the turtles is half the battle and before they can do that? Well they'll have to participate in a baby war.

    Can't stop me now -- Tegan is the most classic kid trainer to be, and his polite and caring nature just blows us out of the water! This is just him getting his starter, but it's probably the outright best Lighthouse journey thread we've had. If you want a dose of cuteness, check out this thread-- it's finished and worth the read!

    One Cold Morning -- A fresh new adventures in the cold forests around Stipes in search for a Teddiursa is always a fun way to start things off. Even with the ash falling all around, it seems like a great little adventure into the great unknown. Until, that is, a Misdreavus shows up and starts causing all kinds of havoc. What will Pepper do now? Tune in to find out!

    grass is never greener -- Drama Club is full of all kinds of kids just looking for a means to survive in a harsh world. Nalani and Yeong are two such kids, catching up after some time apart. They're absolutely adorable as they talk about their dreams for the future and catch up on things that have happened in the past. Its a sweet little thread sure to have your smiling and coming back for more!

    New in town -- Some people just don't heed warnings about Piscari and Alarice is convinced that it can't be all that bad. Well Luke is here to help make sure it stays not too terrible but its only a matter of time before they get caught up in some kind of Piscari trouble.

    The Plan Was Simple -- Another Ranger and this time its a journey thread! This isn't Alexis' first journey but it doesn't make the Pullus Maze any less scary. There are all sorts of ways to get lost in there and then your chances of getting out become none. Thankfully a helpful backpacker has arrived and together they will try braving the four tunnels ahead of them in order to get the Route 5 as quickly as possible.

    Now the Die is Cast, the First Step Taken -- Hideki's debut thread and here he is at the Okeanos Labs ready to pick up his first partner and today it seems the Pokemon are all riled up. Jangmo-o and PIkipek have gotten into a tussle and are now on opposite sides of the garden stewing it out but Hideki is there trying to encourage a live and let live attitude as he decides on the perfect partner for his budding breeding business.


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