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THIS THREAD IS A WIP


Thread owners are Variable Nonsense and constantLogic.
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              ⊙ General

                    Obey the ToS!
                      Always obey Gaia's ToS and any rules set out in any thread you're participating in!

                    Don't whine or beg.
                      Neither of these things will get you what you want. If you want to participate in the
                      shop, hang around and be active! Active lurkers and regulars will get things much
                      faster than whiners.

                    Please be courteous!
                      "If you can't say anything nice, don't say nothin' at all." Please endeavor to be nice
                      to other shop patrons; you don't have to be friends, but don't flame or talk behind
                      others' backs in this thread.

                    Stealing is wrong.
                      Never take any art that doesn't belong to you, and don't edit any images without
                      permission. Never claim that you have created any of the shop's art unless you are
                      the artist!

                    Read, read, read!
                      There's a lot of information available on the front page of the shop. Make sure you
                      read it!

                    The staff is here to help.
                      If you have a problem, a question, or some kind of issue or misunderstanding,
                      contact the staff about it. We're here to help! Never be embarrassed to ask us
                      anything!




              ⊙ Roleplay

                    Always be respectful.
                      Above all else, remember to be respectful to your fellow players. Treat them as you
                      would have yourself be treated.

                    IC drama =/= OOC drama.
                      Please remember that in-character actions and feelings do not necessarily reflect
                      out of character actions and feelings. Just because characters clash, doesn't mean
                      that the players have to fight! IC drama is good for plot and development, but don't
                      let it leak over into OOC!

                    Don't roleplay things you don't have.
                      Characters are pretty flexible here, but never RP as having pokémon you haven't
                      obtained yet! Until you have bought or won a pokémon and gotten its image, that
                      pokémon doesn't exist!

                    Traded pokémon are no longer yours.
                      If you trade a pokémon to another user, that pokémon is no longer yours. You
                      have no say in its personality, actions, etc. If you trade a pokémon that belongs
                      to a character, make sure you remove that pokémon from that character's roster!

                    Anyone is allowed a student.
                      There is no questing associated with this, as there is no art and very few guides.
                      All you need is to fill out a quick mini-form in the guild. We simply want to make
                      sure that all students are appropriate for the setting - unless you are given
                      permission, all characters must be students within the academy, no less than ten
                      years, though there is no upper age limit.




              ⊙ Sales and Events

                    Don't offer things you don't have.
                      If you don't have an item, don't bid or offer it. If you don't have gold, don't say
                      that you do.

                    Don't discourage others.
                      Never talk about how much wealth you have during auctions. Don't pine and guilt
                      others over flatsales or free events. Never try to intimidate others or discourage
                      them from entering any event in any fashion.

                    Don't be a sore loser.
                      No one wins all of the things all of the times. If you don't win what you want in a sale
                      or event, it's perfectly understandable to be upset! However, don't take this out on
                      other patrons or the shop staff themselves! There will always be other chances!

                    Items are acceptable payment.
                      For bribes and auctions, you can offer items over 100k in value at 90% of Average
                      Market Price. Gold is the only payment option for flatsales, flaffles, and raffles.

                    Payments must be sent within 48 hours.
                      If you can't make this window, send a trade ahead of time so we know you have
                      the funds (i.e. for flaffles you may be out of town for the ending).





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Eleventh of February, 2014
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24/1/2014 Updated shop layout with new graphics.
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              Around fifty years ago, it wasn't uncommon for Kantonese children to leave their homes
                    and embark on a what was commonly called "pokémon adventure". These usually involved
                    heading off into the wilderness with only a loyal companion, typically household raised,
                    on a long journey to explore and discover the world. It was, in a way, a coming of age ritual;
                    pokémon trainers and fanatics just weren't considered "real deals" unless they'd seen
                    the world with their own eyes. In many ways, it wasn't exactly flawed thinking.
                    Experiencing things for oneself certainly does have its benefits on the psyche. However,
                    over time some very serious problems began to crop up.


                    First of all, most trainers were fairly young when they began this expedition. The
                    widely accepted age for parents to see their curious children off was around ten. Leaving
                    in that way at that age meant that many trainers never received any sort of formal
                    schooling, which in turn created a very noted lack of education in much of the population.
                    In addition, many young trainers did not travel in groups, relying only on their pokémon
                    for protection and, often, companionship. While many would argue that companion
                    pokémon were excellent protection, monitoring studies showed many young "adventurers"
                    never returned home... or anywhere, for that matter. Bright-eyed but uneducated about
                    the world they were so eager to explore, many of these children would fall prey to wild
                    pokémon - never realizing just how dangerous the world around them could be.


                    Secondly, the above factors weren't unnoticed by greedy and manipulative adults.
                    Various "teams" across regions - certainly not isolated to Kanto - would recruit these
                    young hopefuls into a criminal life, promising them power and wealth while pressuring
                    them into their own tight-knit groups with little hope of leaving should they change
                    their mind. Over the years, this lead to an enormous increase of "team"-related activity
                    and heavy cross-region war. This, of course, was a great danger to all members of society,
                    not just impressionable young recruits.


                    All taken in, it shouldn't come as any surprise that, one day, the people had enough.


                    Kanto had never had much in the way of government. The people were generally
                    peaceful and self-sufficient, and local mayors, elders, and law enforcement tried their
                    best and hardest to keep things in order. Local gym leaders and the Pokémon League were
                    the closest thing to "federal government" that the area had ever had, so in the end that
                    was exactly who ended up creating and enforcing the acts necessary to stop the early
                    demise and corruption of youngsters.


              Fast forward to modern day.
                    After a rather rocky start, the regulations settled in and lives were bettered overall.


                    Hopeful trainers, researchers, breeders, and generally anyone interested in a
                    career involving pokémon are now required to attend one of many pokémon academies
                    that have been established. Owning pokémon isn't illegal, but battling and performing
                    commercial acts and services without a license from one of these academies is. All new
                    trainers of any sort are expected to complete at least three years of formal schooling,
                    though some researcher and breeder courses can last upwards of ten.


                    While there are several, the largest and most prestigious academy is the very first
                    one created - the Viridian City Academy of Pokémon Education and Guidance, often
                    referred to simply as "Viridian City Academy." Built on the north side of the city, Viridian
                    City Academy - or VCA - is a large, sprawling boarding school, designed to give the
                    most complete experience possible to students while still maintaining a safe and
                    controlled environment. The main academy is composed of several sections, including
                    age-sorted dorms, "theater style" classrooms for battling, raising, and researching
                    courses related to pokémon, "lecture style" classrooms for unrelated general studies,
                    and a small but functional school mall and recreational zone. The whole of the grounds
                    is several miles in width and length, with several simulated environments (maintained by
                    staff and their pokémon). It is complete with imported wild pokémon to create a full
                    exploration experience contained in the academy grounds. Though they are allowed out
                    into the city on holidays and during off times, many students find the micro-world of
                    VCA to be more interesting and rarely leave until they have graduated and are prepared
                    to take on the "real" world, if they even want to. Some find the academy so engaging
                    they never leave at all! Such people end up filling the much-needed roles of professors,
                    pokémon handlers, groundskeepers, and the like.


                    VCA prides itself on its thorough coursework and quality of both life and education
                    offered to its students. It offers services to all trainers, with tuition generally being
                    income-based for parents, though only those who can prove dedication and a willingness
                    to learn are accepted. In modern times, getting into the illustrious Viridian City Academy
                    is truly the dream of almost all Kantonese youth.



              Pokémon are part of daily life at VCA. Whether they belong to the students, the
                    faculty, or no one at all, there are plenty of pokémon wandering the hallowed
                    grounds. While this may seem picturesque, without proper safety it also leads to some
                    extreme dangers. For example, what if a violent student attacks a student with a
                    significantly weaker pokémon? What if the victimized students hasn't received one at all?
                    What's to stop an angry student from burning down an instructor's home? How does a
                    student with a family-given pokémon of traditionally great strength participate in the
                    same activities as the students with only a rattata or pidgey?


                    VCA has, of course, thought of that.


                    In fact, this was a very big issue and challenge during the early conception stages
                    of the academy, Those working to create the school wanted all potential students to be
                    able to participate equally, with no boundaries due to class or prior pokémon ownership.
                    They also wanted those in the same classes to be able to participate in the same learning
                    experiences without overpowering each other. It was a long standing question, halting
                    development of the schools for some time.


                    The answer came, amusingly, from pokémon themselves, chiefly from the pokémon
                    machoke, a relatively common sight in Kanto. For ages, scientists refrained from studying
                    the strange "power save" belts on the creatures, fearing harming them or unleashing too
                    much power. However, a team of researchers intent on making their dream a reality took
                    it upon themselves to break through that long-standing fear. In a stroke of brilliance,
                    they agreed to study only deceased machokes, when they could be found.


                    The answer they found was somewhat surprising. The "belts" were in fact inhibitors,
                    but they were actually made by the pokémon's own body in order to restrict otherwise
                    exponential muscle growth. This particular material could actually affect other pokémon
                    as well, much in the same way as the strange "evolution stones" could affect various types;
                    this power inhibitor stone could restrict the power of nearly any pokémon exposed to it.
                    The effect was found to be non-permanent, disappearing when the stone was removed
                    from the creature's vicinity.


                    How to use this effectively, however, proved to be a bit of a problem. After all, what
                    would stop trainers from simply removing the stone from their pokémon's vicinity? The
                    answer came from concurrent research in the Johto region. Scientists studying the enigmatic
                    Ruins of Alph and the strange unown within made a startling discovery: when applied to
                    pokéballs, the symbols within the ruins (consequently the shape of the unown themselves)
                    could create strange and unusual effects on the pokémon within the ball. For the most
                    part this was somewhat useless or sporadic, but the two teams discovered that certain
                    patterns with other patterns on nearby items could cause effects to activate or deactivate,
                    and that pokéballs made with these activator patterns and bits of inhibitor stone could
                    restrict certain abilities and power levels.


                    The result was what was at first known as an Encryption Ball, though the term Academy
                    Ball seems to be the more popular.


                    This special ball is capable of doing many things, but its primary function is a disabling of a
                    pokémon's fighting abilities. Most of the time, pokémon held in Encryption Balls cannot
                    remember any of their battling moves and are generally incapable of hurting others. The
                    balls don't dent teeth or spikes of course, but they do cause flames to be little more than
                    bright mist, poison to become non-toxic, and water to puddle like a placid lake. All other
                    types are affected in similar ways.


                    As an amazing solution as this was, it is only part of the balls' abilities. When passing
                    certain activation glyphs set up in the schools, various parts of a pokémon's abilities can be
                    "turned back on", but the actual power level could be contained to a certain degree, causing
                    what would be considered the sought-after equality. A pokémon might be able to fight, but
                    no "type" effects would take place, in other words no super effective moves. Natural skill level
                    could therefore be taken into account. When the pokémon leaves such an area, the same
                    activation glyph "shuts off" these natural abilities, letting students roam with their pokémon
                    without fear of bullying or harm.


                    As in most cases of a new discovery, many people were reluctant to allow their
                    pokémon to be transferred to such powerful containers. However, as studies proved that no
                    lasting harm was done and most pokémon didn't mind at all, the populace became more
                    accepting of the idea. Today, all student owned pokémon on academy grounds are required
                    to be transferred to these balls.


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Pokémon is the brainchild of Satoshi Tajiri and is © Pokémon / Nintendo.

Viridian City Academy and all original concepts were created by Variable Nonsense and constantLogic.

All graphic designs unless otherwise noted were created by constantLogic.

All hand-drawn art unless otherwise noted is created by Variable Nonsense.

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