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Old July 13th, 2013 (6:07 AM).
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Originally Posted by Varion View Post
If so can we see one, or two? <3
Not sure if it's stated in the thread any longer, but basically there are no longer gym's. The Guardians (Hawthorne's equivalent of gym leaders) are battled in locations, part of the game's fun is finding out where they are. Sometimes they're easily found, where perhaps you need to complete a quest before you can battle them, other times their locations are hidden, and you need to find them based on hints given throughout the game. I might show you a location at some point, if I feel it doesn't spoil the mystery!

Also guys, I forgot to update the thread with the tidied storyline. So if you're interested in it, or were ever confused by the storyline, I advise you have a read of the revised one. There's no major changed however. You can read it below.

The War of Hawthorne

A war that had been raging for 500 years had finally engulfed the Hawthorne region.

Upon the discovery of the God Pokémon, Arceus – a mere myth until that point – the Sinnoh region suddenly came under a great deal of international scrutiny. Jealousy had spread across the other regions, disheartened by the fact that the God Pokémon had not graced their lands.

During the time of the war, a young boy from Celestic Town had discovered an instrument in the ruins, before the cave paintings of the three legendary Pokémon: Azelf, Mesprit and Uxie. According to ancient folklore, the flute was said to be an "answer to many questions." He kept his findings a secret however, knowing that a boy of his age would not be allowed keep such a valuable artefact to himself. He later wrote in his diary, "The elders, they have searched for something so key to their beliefs... I knew that I would not be able to maintain this item, but all they ever do is bicker! I felt such a connection with the flute... I think it was my calling to find out what it was for. I knew from the moment I saw it that it was fate." And so, the boy took it upon himself to solve the mystery of this item. With nowhere else to go, the boy visited the newly opened Canalave Library, which held many myths, both true and untrue. The biggest challenge to the scholars and philosophers of the time, however, was being able to determine which was which.

Many years later, the boy grew up and become a man, and the man matured into an Elder. No one knows for sure when this epiphany occurred, but the Elder finally solved the flute's mystery in his later years. The flute was that of Azure: the Flute of God. And so, the Elder followed the paths that myths and legends had foretold. For the Azure Flute would, in the right hands, show the most likely place where Arceus would appear again. He travelled to the peak of Mt. Coronet, the mountain which divides Sinnoh in two. He played the Flute and, according to the Elder's writings, "a staircase descended from the heavens above", opening a plateau on top simply known as "The Hall of Origin". The more the elder shared his story – he now being one of the respected scholars he had hid the Flute from many years ago – the more it was passed on, and so word spread quickly throughout the land.

The Emperor of Sinnoh, who resided in what is now Snowpoint Temple, heard of this news and demanded that he and his most trusted men be taken to the Hall with the Elder and the Azure Flute. As before, that same staircase descended, and that same plateau appeared, but Arceus was not as courteous upon its arrival. In fact, the God Pokémon seemed enraged. Arceus shunned the Emperor and his minions; the Elder fled, and was never seen again.

The Emperor ordered for the Flute to be sent to the Hawthorne region: a place looked down upon by the larger, more powerful regions; an opportune place to dump what seemed to be quite a powerful liability. The reasons for this, however, remain unclear. The complete story of what had happened on the return to Mt. Coronet was never released, and is said to have defined the Emperor's actions ever since. Not even those who retold their story of defending the ruler could not recall what had happened in entirety, or so they said. And so, the Azure Flute was cast into the deepest lake in Hawthorne and has been irretrievable since.

The controversy over the Azure Flute is what led to conflict in Hawthorne. However, the region did not need much of an excuse to be pushed over the edge. It had been looked at internationally in an unflattering light for many years. The various districts – the Serene Lake district, the Peaks district, the Wilderness district, the Autumn district and the Sea district – felt too controlled by the King of Hawthorne. They felt that his power was too great and his army was too widespread. Tension had been growing thicker and thicker thanks to years of economic hardship. The King and his followers lived in a very secluded part of Hawthorne. An area once riveting with exquisite nature, beautiful gardens, and an immense castle surrounded by lush trees on top of a slowly climbing peak. However, with the arrival of the Azure Flute and the subsequent embarrassment it brought, the districts had had enough.

Each district independently assembled its own army, but all were united in a common goal of overthrowing the King. And so, a war began. The districts marched forward and battled upon the long strip of land between Aputuray Town and the King's Realm. This was a battle between thousands of extremely powerful Pokémon trainers and eventually led to total destruction of that which was once a beautiful dominion. The King was overthrown and neither he nor any of his officials survived the War.

As a consequence of victory, the districts no longer maintained much organization; Hawthorne split and became a much more divided, yet freer, region. No longer were there districts in the political sense, but towns and cities grew in their place. The strip of land where the battle took place is now commemorated by a building which hosts the Pokémon League of Hawthorne. The King's Realm, however, remains ultimately untouched.

The Azure Flute was quickly forgotten about. Despite many efforts, it was never found and has seldom been spoken about since. Hawthorne was never cursed with conflict ever again, until now... history has a funny way of repeating itself.


After the War of Hawthorne, the region became destitute. The people were left elated knowing they were rid of a ruler who was riddled with greed and inconsiderate motives. But the relieved people and their Pokémon began to see how the War had ravaged their economy and destroyed what little crops they had. Hope of a renewed Hawthorne began to melt away like snow on a spring morning.

Just as Hawthorne began to fall completely into disrepute, there came a sighting of the legendary Pokémon Ho-oh. The legends said that its feathers were thought to bring joy, and that all who saw it were to be eternally happy. Ho-oh travelled across the land, gracing it with its powers; hope and happiness quickly returned to Hawthorne once more. From this moment on, the people of Hawthorne began to worship Ho-oh, not as a God, but as a bringer of good fortune and joy.

Ho-oh travelled throughout Hawthorne, and took its peace in the region where the King had once lived. This region was once a beautiful, serene paradise, which was ravaged by the onslaught of war. Upon demonstrating its glory to all the citizens of Hawthorne, Ho-oh spread its wings, and its entire body began to disperse into flakes of ash. As a phoenix, Ho-oh is believed to live for hundreds of years. Once that life has been lived, it ignites fiercely and is reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix rises, reborn anew to live again. This time, Ho-oh did not rise from the ashes.

The Phoenix Rising

A myth known as the 'Phoenix Rising' tells of Ho-oh, and a vague history of its rebirth. It is said that Ho-oh presents itself to a remarkable Pokémon trainer or great ruler if they possess a certain item: the Stone of Rebirth.

The old, elemental stones have become extremely rare in their own right. They have unlimited value in Hawthorne, so are seldom held by ordinary people. Nine are believed to be stones of evolutionary power: Fire, Water, Grass, Thunder, Sun, Bright, Dusk, Dawn and Moon. The final stone is known to be much rarer, for it has a single purpose: to raise a Pokémon from its own ashes. This is the Stone of Rebirth.

Team Chance

A menacing group of individuals known as Team Chance have been spotted in Hawthorne, asking questions about Ho-oh, and have been seeking more knowledge of The Phoenix Rising. Team Chance is led by 'King', claiming to be a descendant of the old King of Hawthorne who was overthrown many years ago. Now, the supposed heir of the monarch takes pride in being known simply as King, and wishes to take the empty throne once more. He believes that with the Stone of Rebirth he will cause Ho-oh to bear witness to him, see his greatness and show the region that he is the great ruler that they deserve.

The Eight Guardians and Council of Oracles

The Eight Guardians are strong trainers who overlook the on-goings of the Hawthorne region. They each hold a badge representing the type of Pokémon they hold. This was a system set up by the Oracles in hope that they will find the remarkable trainer able to resurrect Ho-oh. To obtain the chance to face the Oracles, a trainer must present these eight badges as evidence of their courage and strength.

The Council of Oracles are the five most powerful trainers in the whole of Hawthorne. Should any trainer wish to test themselves and defeat them, he or she would be known as the most powerful trainer in the region. However, since the Council's founding hundreds of years ago, no-one has ever defeated them. The Oracles come from five different families, and have done so since its inception. Led by the High Oracle Anastasia, they are the source of wise council in Hawthorne. The Oracles are also said to know information on the location of the Stone of Rebirth, and their ancestors first told the myth of the Phoenix Rising.

Let your journey begin…

However, every journey needs a path; the path you are going to take leads to the Hawthorne Pokémon League. To travel throughout Hawthorne, you must grow stronger and become more powerful. Eight Guardians and five Oracles stand before you. To ensure that you attain the title of the most powerful trainer in Hawthorne, you must defeat each of them in succession. Who knows where you will go after becoming Hawthorne's most powerful trainer?

After a visit to the Professor of Pokémon Philosophy, located in Nocturne Town, you will receive your first Pokémon: a gift from Professor Lotus. With your father away at work, and Nocturne Town but a speck in your eye, where will you and your Pokémon end up?


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