I Z A G A Introductory Lore In the ancient past, the Izaga Region was created from little by the Isle Creation Duo, Izagi and Izami, and populated by many of their children; the Yomi Trio, Kyotsuka, Ohirasu, and Hayasusa; the Orochi Solo, Oronagi; and many others, including Ohirasu's sacred guardian wolf, Eromi. When Oronagi stirred up chaos in his drunken campaigns and finally wounded Ohirasu, Hayasusa took it upon himself to carve the land apart and trap the snake Kami and those who followed him away from the rest of Izaga. The pain of Hayasusa's vengeful decision saw Izagi and Izami enter into conflict over the justness of his actions and in the end, when no agreement could be met, they broke apart and settled into the divided continent until their spirits merged into the land. In anguish over his actions, Hayasusa deemed himself unworthy of walking among his siblings and lessors, and repeated his crime upon the north-western shores, condemning himself to eternal exile the same as Oronagi. Ohirasu, unable to endure the regret caused by such a small wound to her form, sealed herself away within a western cave, where awaited her banished guardian wolf, and Eromi melted into the mountains surrounding his mistress, ever-watchful again. Kyotsuka fled far to the south, secluding herself beneath the deepest lake imaginable. With these Kami forgotten about in the intervening centuries, man arrived on distant ships and the wings of pokémon, and so, the legacy of Izagi and Izami were lost to fragmented myth. Little remained to remind of those who came before... until their gradual resurrection at the hands of the Cult of Izaya. Map and Locations The Izaga Region is distinct in that as a result of ancient history it is divided into Eastern and Western domains, each with their own respective Professor and their own respective Gym Leaders united under the command of the Izaga League heralded out of Drakonwomb Island in between, where the final two Gym Leaders may be found at top and bottom. Spoiler: City, Town, Route, Lake marker overview New Ihlysian; the largest city situated upon Western Izaga, it is home to Professor Aspen and many revived fossil species. Gym Leader Iris Alexandria recently constructed her Gym there to study beside the fairy specialist and her love-interest, Alchemist Ein. Mieru City; a city-wide museum to the history of Izaga, Ashido, Sandaia even further south, and with smaller sections toward the other known regions. It has been maintained by the Alexandria family for generations. Massugu City; a border city supplying the Erom Range and Erom Village with electricity and water purification via underground piping and cables. Erom Range | Erom Village; a small mountain range set deep into the ground, about which a diminutive set of ponds act as a focal point to the north-east. Legends indicate it is shaped after the body of the guardian Kami, Eromi, the wolf of Ohirasu herself. The relatively secluded Erom Village is located at the far end, installed deep into a maze of underground caverns, but hardy trees with deep roots can be found on many levels. Old tales are kept alive in oral tradition and reenacted on certain holidays. Gym Leader Rhuarc runs his Gym out of the heart of this isolated domain. The Phoenix Champion, Shujaku Ryoga, has adopted it as a secondary-home outside of his native Sandaia Region. Fisher's King Creekland; another primitive village and host to the Master Fisher competition every few months. Retired-Champion Amegai Oumi and the Oumi clan originate here. Karden District | Aorden Town; a mountain range shaped like a twisted heart. It trembles and sends tremors throughout it whenever a thunderstorm approaches, rumbling even the Fishbone Lakes nearby. It is the resting place of Izami's body, where she sank into the terrain after separating from Izagi thousands of years ago. Set in the offshoots of the Karden District, Aorden Town hosts experimental seismic activity programs that were later put to use in Uchuushinzou across the Southern border. The Swordsman, Aldrich Augustas, runs his team vigorously against the tremors to hone their reflexes. Southern Drakonwomb Island; a jungle requiring HM Cut to carve a path through the imported Carnivine and Victrebell waiting for unsuspecting trainers. It is home to the crazed Gym Leader Nathaniel Woods. Hakurori City; a great city besieged beneath constant winter from the nearby frozen lake, from which it takes its name. Professor Rachel Oleander holds her laboratory near the Eastern Corner, far away from prying eyes. Fire type species roam the city streets keeping the lamps burning and making sure that no one succumbs to the cold. Gym Leader Kiyo Inari resides upon the East-Southern city border. South Rink Town; a cyclist-centered town where amateurs and pros alike can stop and exchange tips, conduct battles, and heal up after a long, hard ride. Tourists are welcome to place bids or even participate in a race for a cheap fee, and time trial records are stored here. Amateurs tend to start here and head up and back in revolving cycles until they can attain the stamina to complete a full Rink Tour. West Rink Town; a friendly community of speed-manics. Cyclists compete to complete the Rink Tour in as quick a pace as possible, and Rink Races are held every Wednesday of the year. Cyclist Amber is the reigning Rink Tour Master. North Rink City; the last stop on the Rink Tour depending on the accepted route. It is notoriously exhausting to ride through and tourists are expected to travel by foot along elevated walkways. Senbai City; situated on the edge of a small range of hills and the Altonimbi Lake, Senbai City is a cultural refuge for the outcasts of the Sandaian region. Gym Leader Manda Rin runs his Gym here. Ennounoou Mountains | Ennou City; a steep set of spires and pillars of stone jutting into the sky. The city of Ennou was founded there by isolationists from the early human settlements to arrive in Izaga, developing into a sprawling city. Ennou City is connected together across the yawning chasm by great rope and stone bridges. Despite its old-timey feel, modern science has installed many amenities and luxuries beneath the surface. Some have called it a brother-city to Erom Village in this regard. Northern Drakonwomb Island; passage across the Ennou Bridge leads up from Shadow Dance Valley, where Gym Leader Sabata Santos resides. Dark-types favor the location. Izaga League; home to the Five Heralds, the leaders of the Izaga League, the Elite Four and Champion. Ferocious dragon- and wyvern-type species dominate the surrounding subterranean North and South Victory Road, from which the island takes its name. Oronagi was once trapped parallel to the underground domain by Hayasusa. Port Thulhurai; a heavy fortified town upon rocky shores, it is the only known dock available to those willing to sail to Thulhurai Island. It is forbidden for regular trainers and tourists to visit and requires League approval. Alcove of Knowledge; a reserved section of the great museum and library pertaining to dangerous subjects and artifacts. It is safeguarded by the Librarian, Nicholas Noah, and his assistants. Elysian Fields; a strange plain where a curious serenity becalms those who enter it. Thulhurai Island; the island that Hayasusa carved from the North-Eastern flank of Izaga and took as his refuge and exile. It can only be docked at between certain days of the month, and in certain months of the year due to ferocious sea currents and natural storms. Two tiny ponds teeming with trapped Relicanth are just one of the many small sites of disaster following the Attenborough Experiments twenty years ago. The International League has placed a ban on regular trainer access due to the danger present, which the Izaga League enforces. Fishbone Lakes; three lakes pressed closely together on the edge of Western Izaga. It is said that many ancient oceanic fossils may be discovered here as a result of the land and sea shifting over the eons. Pillars of Ohirasu; situated deep under the surface of the Erom Range, practically within the sea, this winding cavern is filled with thermal vents said to be the weeping rage of Ohirasu herself. Fire type species are naturally drawn to the humid environment, and members of the Flame Eromite clan dwell here. Hakurorrim Lake; a vast frozen lake situated on Eastern Izaga to the South-East. It has been confirmed to be the source of the permanent winter enshrining Hakurori City by Professor Oleander and the Inari Tribe, with many believing that the third member of the Yomi Trio dwells beneath the enduring frost. Altonimbi Lake; a warm pool where cold-blooded species nest. Tsuraigan Lake; an angular lake just beneath the Ennounoou Mountain range. It is here that Izagi sank into the terrain, and where legend speaks of as the point where he looks out from his tormented dreams. Uzushio Lake; a large whirlpool landlocked in the upper corner of Drakonwomb Island. Beneath its surface Oronagi slumbers fitfully, and in a small, forgotten alcove long since concealed by the rain waters that formed the Lake, natural reserves of alcohol once known as the Well of Inebriation await. Prehistoric Ponds; the watering hole for the ancient species brought back into the modern age by Johnathan Attenborough. Two Relicaiou have evolved to defend their children against the savagery of the Nidhrunch and Seuveranno population, an ongoing observation by the Eye In The Sky satellite attuned to the island twenty-four hours a day per International League mandate. The Road of Amegai; the standing position of then-Champion Amegai Oumi against the Ashido Militant Forces twenty years ago, where he raised tsunamis to destroy the rebellious uprising and later marched across the fragile border to establish the Gates of Amegai as a penalty and guard tower. It is notoriously difficult to traverse, requiring permission of the standing Champion, and members of the Oumi Clan still police the path. History and Major Events Spoiler: In the far ancient past Izagi, Izami, and Amenushi fall from the heavens to the great southern seas. Emerging from their cocoon, they three combine their spirit, their will, and their fortitude and give rise to a vast, barren plane. With soil underfoot the Stardust Trio begin to fertilize the land with the seeds of their imagination, and soon the children of Izagi and Izami, Hayasusa, Ohirasu, Kyotsuka and Oronagi arise. They are dubbed the Kami, and at Ohirasu's bidding another companion arises in the form of a guardian wolf, Eromi. Alongside these five, from Amenushi's insights a new generation of children, dubbed the Asura, are born. Chief among them is Valankor, and from the afterbirth of the twelve come a thirteenth unintentionally in the form of Goliant. For long years the Stardust Trio and the Kami and Asura co-habit and explore the world about them, shaping it as they proceed. The first species from other regions begin to arrive as their migrating paths intersect where the newly risen land now rests. Under Izagi and Izami's care the foreign population begins to change to forms suited to the hostile environment. Goliant begins to hunt and feast unconditionally upon these softer creatures, encouraging the Kami and Asura to rally together and drive her deep south and beneath the surface where she may be sealed ere she devours the entire domain and turn her sights upon them next. Disturbed at the actions which produced Goliant and by the hunger she possessed, Amenushi begins to consider the act of creation and manipulation of life to be a mistake. His attempts to convince Izagi and Izami to cease their continuance and assist in exterminating the creatures of the land fails and, in time, leads him to call the Asura back to his side in order to go to war. Izagi and Izami call back their own children and prepare to face their father. Valankor defects at this time and assists them, and under his insight craft vessels to weaken Amenushi's spirit should he come forward directly. The War of the Twenty Deities begins and ends within a year, in which the Kami emerge victorious. The tortured land is sundered but for tenacious strips along a set of horizontal craters, allowing the ocean to flood in and fill the gaps, dividing North from South. To the South the Asura are banished, to dwell amidst the ruins where Goliant dwells. Amenushi's rage and combative prowess are siphoned away into the twin-vessels Regiryu and Regiken upon trespassing into the North, and weakened spiritually Amenushi retreats. Hereafter his power fades and he becomes the first to drift out of a physical form and slumber within the land itself. Gradually the Asura share in their father's fate but for Valankor, who remains a shadow observing the Kami. It is Valankor who introduces Oronagi to the Well of Inebriation, ultimately spurring Oronagi to act out upon the jealousies of his heart at the love shared by the Incarnations, Hayasusa, Ohirasu, and Kyotsuka. With the mending of the land well underway and the restoration of life, Ohirasu grows weary of Eromi's constant presence at her side and exiles the wolf so that she may adore in the attention of these softer creatures they had sheltered in the War. Thus without her faithful companion, Oronagi slips amidst the others and harms Ohirasu. In response Hayasusa once more intervenes and carves out the land by himself, having matured in strength, and repeats the act that once required twenty to accomplish, permanently sealing Oronagi alone and dividing East from West in the North. Izagi and Izami argue over the merits of this act and come to an irreconcilable indecision. Izagi remains in the East while Izami flees to the West, taking with her Ohirasu. In time Izami's spirit fades from her flesh into the land, as does Izagi's. Their children retreat in sorrow and heartbreak to the most distant parts of the West and East from one another save Eromi, who remains loyal to his mistress even in her abjection. Alone but for the weak creatures who have now taken to the broken land for home, Valankor assumes rule over the devoid domain before ultimately taking to slumber as all the rest. Spoiler: Arrival of Man Across the centuries more species migrate and establish themselves, while others have naturally evolved and dwell across all of East, West, and South. Several hundred years ago the first ships of man sail deep enough south to reach the bifurcated region. With them come tamed Meep. Tentative colonies settle while others carry onward ever deeper south and west, some to reach what would one day be known as Ashido. Those who settle to Ashido are joined by flyers and sailors from even-farther away Sandaia, and the settling of the South begins. Valankor awakens from his slumber to discover the advancement of species. He begins to study them in secrecy to see what he may exploit for his own entertainment. Unknown exact date, Valankor begins turning sinful men across the South into Onigumo for his own petty satisfaction. Three hundred years ago man has established a firm rule over what they have come to call Izaga, after the fragments of the deities society that have endured eons of weather and decay... and the occasional whispering of Valankor. Those who settle to Ashido are strangely resistant to cultural trade and little contact passes between the two regions across the treacherous paths, while some small trade remains along sailing routes. Two hundred years ago the Heraldry System of selecting rulers evolves into the current day format within Izaga. Many towns and cities have developed, as well as a diverse split of races, with some preferring the simplicity and seclusion of the mountains, others the lakesides and grasslands, and still more the frozen tundra. One hundred years ago all of Izaga has been charted and settled but for Thulhurai Island. Izaga and Ashido acknowledge one another as separate Leagues with the boundary being the broken region gap. Spoiler: Recent past Fifty years ago, Professor Linden accepts Dalin Aspen and Rachel Oleander as his aides. The brilliant children are often contrasts of one another and devoted to different means of studying. Thirty years ago Professors' Aspen and Oleander officially succeed Linden for West and East Izaga respectively. Their relationship falls apart, and Professor Oleander begins her reclusive retreat from the world in Hakurori City to search for answers amidst the largely unknown ancient civilization documented by the first settlers, while Professor Aspen turns to unearthing even more fossils and becoming the most prominent fossil archaelogist of his era. Twenty-four years ago the first Rink Tour commences, drawing attention from cyclists the world over and helping establish the annual event. Twenty-one years ago the rich and eccentric researcher, Johnathon Attenborough, begins experimenting with the local fossil-related species and attempting to replicate the research of Professor Aspen without his approval. Having successfully resurrected several ancient species, the Attenborough Experiments run wild and out of control and all humans involved in the affair are killed. Twenty years ago Ashido declares war. The Izaga League Heralds answer the Ashido Militant Force under the orders of Champion Amegai Oumi. Within several months the Heralds destroy all opposition and Champion Amegai begins the process of submission and reformation across Ashido, opening him up to the vast cultural differences between the two sister-regions. Eighteen years ago Soryu Shiratori, Aldrich Augustas, Shujaku Ryoga, Ein Eldin, Mitchel Shire, and a handful of other trainers selected by the Heraldry System begin to train amongst themselves for the sake of becoming the next Elite Four and Champion. They call themselves the Champlings and conduct exceptional combat trials. Unknown exact date, Valankor becomes attracted to the research being done by Professor Oleander and her aide, Sabata Santos, which would ultimately lead to the creation of the artificial Arceus instruments, Photon and Shadow Plate. Ten years ago Izaya Tenryou breaches the regional gap outside of Champion Amegai's measures and arrives in utter secrecy into Izaga, beginning his campaign to learn the secrets of the forgotten Kami. He has already laid claims to Regiryu and Regiken for his own as of this time and finds a way to persuade Professor Oleander to assist him without the knowledge of her aide. Several years ago, Valankor comes to work with Sabata Santos in order to further the awakening of the sleeping Kami. During this time the first officially recognized Shadow species, Kageon, is developed. This research would later be leaked by Professor Oleander to the International scientific community and hijacked by researchers behind the Orre Revolt and XD Incident. Within six years ago, Soryu Shiratori completes the Izaga Conference and emerges as the next Champion. Three years ago, Izaya Tenryou returns to Ashido to collect his allies and bring forth the secret Cult of Izaya to assist him. Oronagi is retrieved from the sunken cavern beneath Uzushio Lake, incensing Hayasusa enough to waken beneath Thulhurai Island. Scouts sent to infiltrate the Erom Range work out the locations of reverence from the people of Erom Village, unearthing slumbering Eromi and Ohirasu. Beneath Hakurorrim Lake, Gym Leader Kikyo Inari assists in the resurrection of Kyotsuka. Two and a half years ago, Izagi and Izami are woken at last. The ravages o their slumber and heartache have warped their physical forms into demonic creatures, and their bitterness allows them to be easily swayed by Paladin Izaya into confronting each other. Their children reluctantly take sides in the feud. The Heralds struggle to contain the violence and secure the sanctity of life. At some point Champion Soryu tracks down and confronts Paladin Izaya, and under the intense psychic battle, Izaya is taken by Valankor to become yet another Onigumo. Valankor dismantles the secret seals upon Regiryu and Regiken that have held back Amenushi's spirit for eons, rendering the golems inert. Without their figurehead and leader, the remaining members of the Cult of Izaya begin to fray, mentally and physically, and are arrested to await trial. At last the Heralds convince Izagi and Izami to cease fighting. During this period, Valankor is discovered to be the culprit behind the ancient disagreement and cut down once and for all by Hayasusa's sacred sword. Two years ago Izagi and Izami have begun to heal from their wounds and work together to repair the land. Izaga is restored to the pre-awakening state. Sabata Santos and Rachel Oleander are tried by the Izaga League. Sabata is found innocent of intentional harm while Professor Oleander bitterly surrenders and accepts her hand in the death and destruction. Her secondary apprentice-turned-Gym Leader, Kikyo Inari, and distant Rhuarc are likewise tried and found innocent of intentional harm. Six months ago the Kami have settled into reluctant lives of reverence among the people. Izagi and Izami have reunited as husband and wife and regained the ability to heal species at a touch.