professor birch's observations

frequently asked questions
GUIDE TO GETTING STARTED ON HOENN
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GETTING STARTED
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FAQ
CHARACTER CREATION
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please note that most questions are answered in the site rules/infamy thread and the setting & timeline thread


can i create a character with aura or psychic powers?

sadly, we do not allow these types of characters, nor do they exist in our setting (for now).


can my character be a child?

yes! however, be aware, this may limit the kinds of plots your character may be allowed to participate in. in other words, although this site is based on the pokemon franchise, this setting does adhere to a particular standard of realism. as with all forms of fiction, suspension of disbelief is definitely in play, but only to a certain extent.


can my character have met a legendary pokemon before?

when referencing a legendary or a mythical pokemon, please consult staff first. however, in general, try to keep ties and references to legends vague or uncertain. your character should not know about every single legendary's existence.


do canon characters or teams/organizations exist in this setting?

no, canon characters do not exist in this setting. canon teams/organizations exist in varying degrees. when creating a character that is related to a team or organization, please consult staff. as a note, team aqua or magma do not exist in this setting; however, organizations such as macros cosmos and the aether foundation do.


can i control npc characters in my threads?

yes, you may! however, ensure that you are reasonable and respectful of the setting.


can my pokemon speak? what level of intelligence do they have?

depending on the pokemon, some are able to "communicate" telepathically. some species of pokemon may be highly intelligent compared to others (e.g. metagross vs. ludicolo). lastly, you may roleplay pokemon cries in whatever way you would like. they could be saying parts of their names or they could be similar to animalistic cries found in real life.


can i use my own templates?

yes! feel free to use any template for most things such as ic-posts, pcs, plotters, etc. however, please bear in mind that you properly credit premades. furthermore, we do have a default template that you can use should you surround your writing with the [blockquote] tags.