Apr 24, 2019 3:56 PM
Fabulous Dusk in Pokemon Alola
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Makes sense.

And, arguably the most interesting chapter: Pokemon in Everyday Life.

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Despite the name, it's not principally concerned with civilian use of Pokémon, although it does sort of touch on them; instead, it mostly just talks about the Pokéride system as used by Pokémon Trainers in Alola.

Tauros are one of the most popular Pokérides available, and for good reason. Tauros are extremely fast and strong enough that wild Pokémon usually won't mess with them, which makes them ideal for getting around on land in a hurry, and they can smash through many obstacles in an emergency situation. they aren't the easiest Pokémon in the world to ride, but the ones available for rides go through special training, so unless you hurt them or they get badly spooked it's very rare for riders to fall off.

Stoutland aren't as fast of Pokérides as Tauros, but they are easier to ride on and have better senses, so they're very helpful for tracking down items - especially rare herbs or mushrooms. They also tend to be less noisy and intimidating, so they won't scare away wild Pokémon if you want to encounter them on the trip.

Mudsdale are perhaps the rarest land-based ride. They're extraordinarily easy to ride, but they're not that much faster than a human, so they tend to only get called upon when a trainer needs help carrying a heavy load or the terrain makes other rides impossible. Thanks to their earthen nature and high defense, Mudsdale can easily traverse even the sharpest and most dangerous grounds without injury.

Lapras are the primary water-based transportration Pokémon, and for good reason. While they're only native to the region during the summer, they can easily survive year round with food and several pods have lived in the archipelago full time for hundreds of years. They are very smooth swimmers, and can readily carry reasonably heavy objects across water for hours on end. Their high intelligence also makes it much easier for them to understand complex directions and means they almost never lose track of where they are on long journeys even if their rider gets completely lost.

Sharpedo aren't as easy to ride as Lapras, and have difficulties with extremely long trips, but in terms of fast travel they can't be beaten over water. Unencumbered, their ability to jet seawater out of their back allows them to propell themselves to speeds in excess of 75 miles per hour, and a single human's weight is not enough to seriously encumber that.

While they're rather rare as Flying-type Pokémon go thanks to their large diet, relatively late maturity, and small clutch sizes, Charizard is one of the most powerful fliers in the world, and the skybound transportation of choice for most of Alola. Most Flying-type Pokémon re stronger than they look, but even with the aid of the "Fly" HM, smaller birds such as Pelliper and Toucannon have issues with carrying a human being for very long. Charizards have no such issue, and are generally more both stronger and calmer than their main flight-based competion in Alola, Fearow. Their draconic ancestry allows them to easily keep riders warm even in cold air, such as those near Alola's mountain peaks.

People don't usually ride on Machamp, but they are still a standard part of the Pokéride system in Alola. Machamp are extremely strong, making them well poised for lifting objects. They, much like humans, are bipedal, so a path cleared by a machamp is almost always safe for Human transit, and they are well equipped to deal with falling rocks, cave-ins, or blocked paths.

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Huh, okay. That's not really relevant to her, but she does take note of the fact that they don't have as much flying capacity as they'd like, so she might be able to get a job doing that.

She returns the book to a cart to be shelved and goes back to the checkout desk.

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It’s been a little while; the librarian is back at the front desk, but he’s got another coffee and he’s reading something on a tablet.

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She goes up and taps on the desk, that being somewhat less startling than unexpected telepathy.

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Whatever it is he’s reading, he’s fairly engrossed and doesn’t respond instantly.

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She gives him a bit, and then taps again. (She really doesn't want that coffee to end up on the tablet.)

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He doesn’t hear that either, but he then takes a sip of his coffee and sees her. After he finishes his drink. He sets both down.

”Hey, what else can I help you with. Was that what you were looking for?”

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It was helpful, yeah. She's not really sure what to do next, though - she's not sure whether it's likely enough that the police can help her get home that she should be trying to figure out how to convince them that it's a real problem, or whether there's something else to try, or whether she should just be figuring out how to get by here. She does want to go home if she can.

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He shakes his head. “I’ve been reading through news and journal articles, but the only thing I’ve been able to track down about travelling between universes is some highly theoretical treatises way above my physics and math education and some work by Devon Corp with something called infinity energy that they were planning to use on the meteor last year before they found another solution. It’s not impossible that someone else is sitting on something that they aren’t ready to publish, but I have no idea how I’d go about finding anything out about that.”

He frowns, pausing to think for a moment. “The university here isn’t exactly cutting edge, and it’s not like there are any companies like Devon Corp based around here that might have a division on the topic. The only people with that kind of resources to throw around are the Aether Foundation, and they’re principally a Pokémon rights organization. If you want to be taken seriously and the police can’t get you in touch with anyone, you probably want to talk to Professor Kukui.”

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The guy in the house on the beach? He was okay, she might just go talk to him unless there's a good reason to try the police again first.

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“You’ve already met him? Yeah, he can be a bit eccentric, but he’s a world famous scientist; he’s almost singlehandedly responsible for putting Memelene island on the map. He’s usually fairly busy, but with something like this he’d at least know who to go to.”

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That sounds like a good place to start, then.

She'll be back probably tomorrow or the next day, if Professor Kukui doesn't happen to be able to get her home right away, if he thinks of anything else she should know or anything. She really appreciates the help.

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“It’s not a problem. Hardly how I expected my morning to go, but I haven’t been this excited in a while.”

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She heads out and flies back to the beach. Knock knock?

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The door opens.

”Oh, hi, how can I help you?”

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Hi, uh, she's looking for Professor Kukui but if he's busy she might be okay too? She has a weird problem and the librarian she asked about it suggested she try here.

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“If it’s a problem specifically for my husband, I probably won’t be much use, since he I have different areas of focus, but I’m willing to try. Worst case scenario, I can pass on a message.”

She blinks, and then continues.

”Er, you can hear me, you don’t need me to think loudly back, right?”

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Yeah, she can hear her.

This is a very weird problem, and people keep thinking it's a prank, but she can prove it if she needs her to - she was teleported here last night from another world; hers doesn't have pokemon and has magical girls instead. She needs help getting home, or at least figuring out whether she can get home.

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The woman looks briefly annoyed, then she brightens up, and it’s blatantly clear she’s fighting a losing battle contain her excitement. “Well, even if they didn’t know, you’ve come to the right place. Interplanar transit is my specialty; I head a division of researchers at the Dimensional Research Lab over in Heahea city. We tend to deal more with Ultra Space, but I’m sure we can figure something out. Do you have any idea how you got teleported?”

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Awesome.

There was a giant ring, looked like this, appeared in midair right in front of her. She couldn't stop fast enough and went through it and then she was here; there wasn't anybody around on either side that she saw. If that's the kind of thing a pokemon could do, it was probably a pokemon; it's not literally impossible that it was a magical girl's spell but spells aren't usually that powerful and it'd be really weird for one to target her like that, she's not anybody special. 

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“That’s almost certainly a Pokémon, then. I’ve never heard of that particular kind of portal, but...” She pauses, pulls out a tablet, and fiddles with it for a moment. “It looks awfully like a more stable version of an Ultra Wormhole,” she says, turning the tablet towards Dusk, “and whatever Pokémon is behind it is almost certainly a legendary of some sort, and our knowledge on those can be spotty. It sounds like the work of Palkia, but I’ve never seen that before, so for all I know it could just be some undiscovered Pokémon from yet another universe.”

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She still doesn't know much about pokemon, but sure, that sounds plausible enough to her. What does that mean about her chances of getting back?

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“It’s hard to tell without specialized equipment, but I know what I would say given certain results. Best case scenario, your home universe is readily adjacent to ultra space and we can probably get you a temporary portal home within the week. More plausibly, it’s a whole different set of universes, and we need to get some specialized equipment together; it might also be neccesary to search by trial and error for a bit. If that’s true, Devon Corp might be able to help us out, but they’re markedly more cagey about the details of their wormhole now that the threat of the meteor is less imminent, and we’re looking at months.

If you’re less lucky, we might have to hire some people to track down whoever sent you here, which seems likely to involve finding a way to get someone to the spear pillar who can get Palkia’s attention, which is supposedly pretty hard at the best of times but if it really sent you here it might have an interest. That’s not my forte, I honestly how no idea how long that would take and it might depend on what Pokémon sent you. Worst case scenario, Arceus forbid, is that something strong is blocking off travel to your home universe and nothing we can do will send you home. The fact that you arrived here makes that pretty unlikely, and as far as I’m aware only Arceus could stop it if Palkia got involved, but theology is hardly my strong suit and I definitely don’t know how it relates to interdimensional wormholes. Scriptures don’t tend to talk much about that, for some reason.”

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She'll probably be okay for a few months. That's a long time to leave Winona and Julie thinking she ran away or something, but it doesn't sound like it'd be easier to get a message there than it would be to get her there, is that right?

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