- East Coast, USA
- Seen Nov 22, 2023
Prior to the events of this scene, a massive tear in space-time bisected several well-traveled routes on Main Universe Sinnoh (Illustrated above by the purple lines on the map). This was an exceptionally large and fairly disruptive wormhole because it cut off ground travel to a good chunk of the region unless you were willing and able to brave untamed wilderness and mountains down south. While boats are able to get around it, planes are not because it seems to extend into space. Past the wormhole, a mirror image of the route beyond it exists, albeit in constant nightfall. Although light shines upon the wormhole, it does not appear to illuminate anything past it. Alarmingly, it initially rejected attempts to enter it. Trainers reported losing their footing and being thrown back as if by immensely powerful winds upon attempting to step inside, though no noise or damage associated with such winds was observed. Several powerful trainers including Cynthia attempted to use their pokemon to use their pokemon's overwhelming force to gain entry, but were entirely unsuccessful.
Scientists observing the tear have reported that it also extends beneath the ground. More pressingly, they speculated that the tear didn't lead anywhere at all, and was in fact a two-dimensional image, citing the unnatural lack of any movement within even under extended observation. Grass and trees don't blow in the wind. No pokemon have been observed going about their business. The moon never moves. They concluded simply that whatever they were looking at was likely not real, but had no satisfying explanations for how such a thing was created. The best guess circulating on the news is that it's some sort of spatial painting. This has inadvertently attracted tourists eager to see the seemingly magical artwork before it disappears, with some questioning if it really was Sinnoh they were observing.
3 days after the wormhole first appeared, something changed. Local ex-champion and professional upstart Dawn from Twinleaf Town arrived on the scene to observe the phenomenon only to report that she was not repelled by the wormhole when she tried to touch it. To the shock of onlookers, they too could now step into the wormhole without any resistance. Not only that, but the scene beyond it now showed signs of life, albeit the moon stayed frozen in the sky casting it in eternal nightfall. Evidence of wind was quickly observed, as well as the occasional pokemon going about its business. No one is quite clear on when exactly this change took place, only that it likely couldn't have been more than a couple of hours at most, as people trying to touch it weren't uncommon. The intro part of the post takes place on the same day that this change occured.
It's a cool autumn afternoon on your side of the portal. A small group of tourists are gathered outside the portal to observe, with a few attempting to catch pokemon from the other side in the hopes that they'll perhaps be a bit different from the pokemon of their world, or perhaps as a keepsake. Factory Head Thorton and Dawn are currently being interviewed by a local news channel, with Thorton offering his analysis of the nature of the wormhole and Dawn announcing her intentions to to travel deeper inside and see if she can't do anything about it. Roark decided to check out the portal again after hearing it could now be entered and is currently on the inside of the portal. He has dug up a small patch of dirt and is keenly fingering through it and observing what he finds, presumably comparing it to what he expects. Gardenia approached from within the portal, only to reveal she had entered on the other side of Eterna Forest and found her way to the opposite end of the tear, traveling through a version of Eterna Forest she described as disconcerting, citing that it didn't quite feel like the eterna forest she knew and that she felt as if she were being watched her entire way through it.
You are currently at the section of the tear just north of Oreburgh City on Route 207. The route on the other side of the portal is a reflection of what you might expect, only it's night time so your vision is a bit limited. There's still enough moonlight to observe the general terrain, though. You wouldn't be entirely blind wandering around without a light, though you'd probably feel a bit more confident in your footing if you did. Light still does not leak through the portal for reasons unknown, though once you actually cross over the threshold any lights you bring with you will operate normally.
How long you have been near the tear is up to you. You are invited to establish your presence, interact with any NPCs you'd like, enter the portal for yourself. Obviously there's a bit of an expectation you'll enter the portal eventually--but you're allowed to delay that for a bit if you want to chat with anyone. I may interject out of order with simpler NPC responses. I'll try to label my posts with those fancy purple bars so that people can tell what kind of post they are at a glance. Once everyone is actually inside the portal, I'll do another environment post where I offer you more insight on your environment and where you could potentially go next.