Kitten of Lore
- She/her, Aetherai Lorekeeper
Dex Entry Autistic writer who starts more things than she finishes. Loves music, worldbuilding, anthropomorphism, horrible puns, and Masquerain.
I think it's smart not to get too into the weeds about Pokemon designs, yeah. We ought to agree on the basic geography of the region, as well as the thematic cores we're going for (as @Norhian Samur said, both the surface-level box legendary/game name idea, and the deeper plot/vibes thread). Once we have those nailed down, we can maybe think about designing starters and having rough ideas for box legendaries, since those will inform a lot of other decisions we make about the region's Pokemon. It would also be good to start vaguely, you know, doing the thing in the thread title and designing a dex, deciding what existing Pokemon would fit into the region (although that would probably require us to come to a consensus on geography first)before we dig into individual Pokemon designs, what is our next step, generally?
the idea of battling being an art at the mardi gras festival gave me a wild idea
what if the region doesn't have a pokemon league
and the quest lines you follow throughout the open world (assuming we're still going with an open world) are the player and their friends finding/following four retired/reclusive master trainers and convincing them to become the Elite Four for the celebration of battling at the festival?
I'm not sure if this is the right time to propose this...
But if we're looking into battling as an art, maybe one of the questlines can be with Pokemon Contests?
Not having an Elite Four at the start could be interesting. I do still want gyms, personally, but Alola managed without.
These would be great locations for our region, especially since New Orleans and Nashville are pretty much on opposite sides of the area we've set out, while the Mississippi would cut the region in two halves, east and west.Two major locations I can think of that are very art related and have a lot to do with music in particular are New Orleans in Louisiana and Nashville in Tennessee. New Orleans is considered to be the birthplace of jazz and Nashville is considered the birthplace of bluegrass.
As Cape mentioned, the Mississippi river is a big important part of this area. The area around it is extremely good for growing food, so much so that in recent years it has actually become a problem due to all of the fertilizer run off that goes into the river and flows into the Gulf of Mexico directly below these states.
I like this! After tossing a few syllables around in my head, I got Bellou (belle + bayou) which imo sounds pretty region-y and combines two pieces of Southern iconography. If anyone likes this idea or has any others, let me know!The one idea I do have is regarding a name. What do you think of something based off of "Belle"? SInce belle means beauty, and also can refer to the musical instrument, I thought that might be a good place to start. But like I said, I'm not familiar with the area, so I'm not sure if it fits.
so this is dumb, but it's a thought I've been kicking around ever since the South came up – the southeast US is the home of American stock car racing, with the majority of NASCAR's teams and tracks being based in the region. A location I'd like to see an homage to is Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, one of NASCAR's most notorious tracks (also giving us something to do in Alabama that isn't explicitly tied to ugly parts of America's history). Perhaps a Poison or Steel-type user who's a driver?