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Old 02-11-2018, 10:44 AM   #7
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Cloud Garden - Stone Shrine
Lunar New Year Festival

Madoka swept the last bit of dust off the shrine and the last drop of sweat off her forehead. She had completed all the preparations for the Lunar New Year Festival, and just in time too. A bark from one of her Lycanroc and the sound of people coming up the long stairway signaled that it was time for the event to begin. The young shrine maiden hurried to the shrine gate to welcome the guests, wishing them happy new year and chatting with the ones she was more familiar with. Lala the Midday Lycanroc sat by her side, wagging her tail and letting children pet her.

The Stone Shrine was alight with lanterns and decorations in the traditional, auspicious red. Signs glittered with characters symbolizing luck, wealth, and general good fortune for the new year. The grounds of the shrine were soon packed with celebrating visitors and their Pokemon. There were plenty of activities for people of all ages to enjoy, but the way the crowd was flowing through the Shrine, it would be hard to get to everything before the ceremony ended with a huge fireworks show.

Year of the Dog
*Note, this does not count as your activity, but please claim a treat for your favorite puppy!(or their evolution) One per trainer. These treats give +2 bond and +1 level*
Madoka’s Midnight Lycanroc, the more intimidating Lulu, sits near the main shrine building next to a sign.
“The following Pokemon may receive a special gift. Homemade with all natural ingredients (taste tested by Lala and Lulu). May it bring you luck and strength in the new year!”

Below the sign is a large bowl filled with bone shaped treats, wrapped in a charm made of red string. Lulu is drooling so much there is a puddle on the ground in front of her. Madoka promised her that she can have any leftovers, so she is keeping a Keen Eye to make sure nobody takes more than one.
Fortuitous Food Stalls
The smell of food wafts throughout the Shrine, but its overwhelming once you walk down the aisle lined with vendors. Huge dumplings, baskets of freshly picked berries straight from the Rose Garden, and all kinds of baked goods are proudly on display. And the best part? It’s all free! Vendors call out that their food will bring you great fortune this year, will make your Pokemon super powerful, or even make you insanely famous. It seems like a stretch, but everything definitely looks delicious.


Please choose 1 activity to take part in. Responses must be posted by February 15. RP-optional. Bond is not obtainable from this event. You’ll receive one update including your prize on Lunar New Year, February 16.
Austin wandered through the crowd of the Stone Shrine, holding his Swirlix Twix in his arms. It had been about a month and a half or so since he last was here in the Cloud Garden. Then, it was covered in snow and ice. An eternal winter caused by a rampaging Mega Abomasnow. Now it was back to normal, and was a pretty sight to see. People from the town were here at the shrine, here to celebrate the lunar new year. The teen found it hard to imagine that just a short time back this was all encased in an icy prison.

The brunet wasn't terribly versed in the lunar new year, but he knew that at least it was the year of the dog. Though, why they considered Swirlix a canine was beyond him. He would've brought Kadoc with him, but the brooding Absol just stayed in his usual spot in his base. Besides, Twix loved food, and any excuse to feed the ravenous fluff ball was something Austin would take. There was a variety of foods here, and Twix would probably eat them all if the teen didn't keep an eye on the Swirlix.

The duo made their way towards the main shrine building. There, a shrine maiden stood with her two Lycanroc. Beneath them sat a bowl of treats for various canine Pokemon. The Midnight Lycanroc was slobbering, its drool starting to form a puddle underneath it. Austin could feel Twix start to slobber as well, and dropped the Swirlix before its sickeningly sweet smelling spit strained his jacket. After all, the Pokemon was more cotton candy than dog. At least Twix didn't shed. Getting the sticky, fluffy fur out of things would've been a nightmare.

He watched Twix sniff through the treats, trying to find the perfect one. After all, there were various other Pokemon that had partaken in eating one of those treats. Was Twix trying to find one that wasn't touched? No, the Swirlix wasn't picky. He was trying to fin d the biggest one left. Greedy little puffball. Austin shook his head, and gave the shrine maiden an apologetic glance. At this point Twix was going to slobber all over the treats before he found one he liked. It soon ended though, as Twix dragged out one of the biggest treats from the bowl. The Swirlix tossed the treat up in the air, and devoured it in one bite. With a nod, Austin immediately picked up the happy Swirlix and headed back into the crowd.

He didn't feel like getting his fortune read, and he knew that if he got anywhere near the fireworks... Well he didn't want to burn down the shrine. Even if the idea was tempting. It was really tempting. He had enough burn scars at this point. He didn't need anymore. So no, he wasn't going to the fireworks. That left the food stalls. Of course, that meant more food for Twix. Austin just hoped the little Swirlix wouldn't eat the entire stock.

"I wonder if they have Taro Mochi... Or Dango..." Austin muttered, looking through the food available. He wanted something sweet. Which was odd, considering he was basically holding a candy-smelling Pokemon. Guess his sweet tooth was bigger than he expected.

The duo started to wander the food stalls, looking for something nice to eat. If this food was supposedly going to grant him and Twix something beneficial, he hoped it would help with his amnesia. It felt like he was in a rut at this point. Despite all of his adventures, he hasn't really remembered much since he time at the Mad King's Castle, and that was a long time ago. At least he could make new memories here... Even if he wanted to watch the fireworks later with someone he knew he couldn't.
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