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Elite Four Marisa

A bit of background first; I’ve never actually revealed much about the Elite Four, and while the beta testing team probably know their Pokémon, they don’t know exactly who they are or what they look like.

The Rijon Elite Four has changed significantly. The members are not the same Elite Four of Rijon that was shown in Brown, so it’s probably going to be nice to introduce some of you to one of the new members. I’ll only introduce two of them publicly, so the other two and their stories are going to remain a mystery for a while…

Marisa is the grand daughter of the Elite Four’s Agatha. Agatha herself was part of Rijon’s Elite Four (after leaving Kanto). As such, she has a similar preference of Ghost Pokémon to her grandmother. Marisa carries around a mask which she occasionally wears around in public.

She is the third member of Rijon’s current Elite Four.

Originally posted on the old Rijon website, now offline. Archive link.

Gym Leader Lachlan – “Karpman”

Nicknamed “Karpman” in comparison to “Cartman” from South Park. His name is actually a pun of Magikarp. In rijonAdventures, a first name is revealed, but he’ll still be known by the name Karpman throughout most of the game. Everyone knows him by that nickname.

Lachlan is the first gym leader you encounter in Rijon. His gym is located in Merson City. You’ll find him to be a bit of a challenge depending on how well you’ve trained, and since his team consists of two water Pokémon, you might want to catch a Bellsprout if you picked Charmander as your starting Pokémon. Funny that, the Pokémon he uses in battle are very similar to the ones he used in Pokémon Brown…

Inside the Merson Gym
Relations. And she knows Karpman’s real name!
Time for a battle!

Karpman’s not always in the gym. He trains on a beach sometimes and isn’t against a rematch with you. Even still, he’s not going to battle you with his so-called main team.

Hmm… I wonder what his main team even is…?

Originally posted on the old Rijon website, now offline. Archive link.

Gym Leader Scott

Scott

The third gym leader has only really appeared in the latest rijonAdventures beta, and his backstory isn’t really all that large. Scott is an eleven year old Pokémon trainer. Actually, no, he’s a Gym Leader of Jaeru City. And, despite his age, he’s more than just a Gym Leader.

Scott is an electrician, and works at all sorts of places. Though he’s seen with his retired father who tries to constantly tries to advise him how to work, he doesn’t need it. He’s that smart. And because he’s often doing small electrical jobs, you may not actually be able to get to his Gym (in the final version, of course).

Oh, and, as his trade is electric work, his favorite kinds of Pokémon are also of the electric-type.

Originally posted on the old Rijon website, now offline. Archive link. The original screenshot (assuming it was a screenshot, it may have been artwork) in this blog post has been lost. It has been recreated based on the surviving text.

What is the Rijon region?

Map of the Rijon region

To those new to the Rijon Trilogy, you probably don’t know what the region of Rijon is.

Rijon first appears in Pokémon Brown. It consists of numerous cities. First, you probably should know where you start—Seashore City. Seashore is one of the cities in the southwest area of Rijon, known for many mountains and caves. Many cities and forests the west to the east areas of Rijon. The eastern area is particularly known for Castro Valley, which is a harbor town. The southern area of Rijon consists of the sea and nothing more.

Geographically in the Rijon Trilogy canon, Rijon is located south of Johto; there is a small island in Johto which connects to the region. West of Rijon is the Naljo region, which is featured in Pokémon Prism. And new to rijonAdventures is South Rijon, which is south of the Rijon region, accessible from Merson City.

There are a lot of things in Rijon that I’ll detail in later entries. Stay tuned!

Originally posted on the old Rijon website, now offline. Archive link.

Pokémon Mart stock

A trainer always goes from every town to get items. However, what if you backtrack to a town and their items are not really what you’re looking for? Actually, it happens all the time.

Is this mart really all that useful? In rijonAdventures, the answer is yes.


So, what’s funny is, that I thought of this idea before I saw it actually happening in Diamond and Pearl (honest!) but I never actually went into implementing it. That is, the marts are expanding their stock for every Gym you beat!

Ever changing stock. More added?!

That’s basically it. As you get a badge, you’re valued more as a Trainer, so of course, you’re going to have access to more items.

But wait, is that another guy at the counter there? Now, this is an idea I borrowed from Diamond and Pearl.

What to buy? Different things!

Basically, most towns will also sell local specialities (mostly mail). There’s also one town that sells an imported good from a town somewhere in Hoenn…

Originally posted on the old Rijon website, now offline. Archive link. The original screenshots in this blog post have been lost. They have been recreated based on the surviving text.

Merson City Hot Springs

Let’s face it; no Japanese-style hotel (in Merson City!) is complete without hot springs! And there’s one way to get into them; through the Hotel! This area is not available in the public beta. There’s a small oversight that may allow you to access the exterior suites and the spas, but this may lead to a game-ending glitch. It has been corrected in a small beta rerelease which you can download in the Downloads section.

Archivist’s note: Sorry, we currently do not have a copy of this release.

Access through the old man in the Hotel once you’ve gotten to a certain point.
The old lady lets you into the spring. It’s an old lady because old ladies are more responsible, obviously.
Aaaaaaah. Relaxing!

You may accidentally smash into the women’s spa by a not-so-obvious means (or if you’re a girl player, vice versa). If you’re a boy, you’re invading the privacy of numerous women, so your appearance is not so welcome.

Iiiiiyaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
Your exit won’t be so easy.

That’s just morally wrong, but oh so comedic.

Originally posted on the old Rijon website, now offline. Archive link. The original screenshots in this blog post have been lost. They have been recreated based on the surviving text.

Beta testing program

From March 13 to March 26 at the PokéCommunity, I was looking for six beta testers to look for errors in rijonAdventures. Needless to say, that program is now closed.

A second round will open close to the game’s final release.

Originally posted on the old Rijon website, now offline. Archive link. Parts of the original PokéCommunity thread have since been deleted, so the archived version as existed at the time of the post has been linked instead. The specific forum post this blog post is referring to can be found here.

Beginning! Seashore City!

This area is accessible in the beta already. I’m sure you all know that. But, there might be a few things you don’t know about the town.

Seashore is the down you start out at. There are all sorts of places worth visiting here, though there are more outside, of course!

The sign tells you where you are…
There’s more places here.
Did you know there’s a gym here?

I won’t go into too much detail about the places you can already visit in the beta, though. Soon, I’ll be talking about the new areas!

But first, there’s one more thing I should talk about for the day.

Originally posted on the old Rijon website, now offline. Archive link.

The story

Dear Journal,
It’s finally the day I tour the region of Rijon. I’ve been looking forward to this day for many years.

It’s been twenty years since my dad fought in a battle with who was once his toughest adversary for Rijon’s champion title. The two are now the best of friends.

And from today, I’ll be the one embarking on a big journey for which I’m sure to enjoy. As I walk through it, I hope to meet lots of new friends. Those friends may help me reach my sole aspiration – becoming the Pokémon League Champion!

That may mean though, that I will not write in my journal. Without a doubt, though, I’ll have lots of things to write about when this journey comes to an end!

So here’s to a great adventure!

So, you’ve been playing with the Wii on the morning you’re going to go. Get off your bum and start moving!
Hail the green directions. They tell all.

So, the story’s quite… normal, I guess. It’s not going to be so simple as the game goes by, (because you won’t be collecting just eight badges). But, that’s all to be detailed later!

Originally posted on the old Rijon website, now offline. Archive link.

What am I working with?

The region of Shin’ou is huge. This giant land has 18 towns and cities – Johto and Kanto put together have 20. What could you expect in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl? An adventure bigger than Gold, Silver and Crystal, and seemingly bigger than Hoenn, too.

But I’m working for rijonAdventures here, not some beautiful DS game. XD

As you may have read on its page, and on the new layout which has been applied to almost all the pages on this site except this web log, the date is published as February 16, 2007. This is a tentative aim date for the main region completion, as Coolboyman wishes to spend time working with me on rijonAdventurs after the release of Pokémon Bronze – and our collaborative efforts will require more than one month. I’ll keep ya’ll updated.

Originally posted on the old Rijon website, now offline. Archive link.

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