GEOGRAPHYHere is a map of Harper
that was posted by Grimm in this thread
. The island "WTF IS THIS?" that is southwest of the pennant isles will now be known as Casilla. Because of its geographic location, Casilla receives little changes in the form of seasons. Rather, year round the region is incredibly hot. Fall, Spring and Winter are never seen and snow is an entirely foreign concept to the people of this isle. The only reprieve the people of Casilla receive from the sweltering heat is the heavy rain. At least once a month, the entire island receives a near week long downpour of rain that floods much of the island. Casillans view this rain as both liberating (from the heat) and cleansing; they adjust to the wet weather seamlessly and without qualm.
The majority of the cities on the island border the coast. Cities, however, is a bit of a misnomer. Rather, littering the beach are small beach towns the tiniest of which consisting of only a couple families and the largest of which home to no more than a dozen clans. Each of these beach towns consist of log homes that rest on stilts and are connected to one another via bridges. These stilts, depending on the location, can be anywhere from a 6 feet to 10 feet high.
Of these beach towns, only one is sizable enough to support a port and this town, Acuaña(ah-cua-nya), acts as the landing and launch pad for travel to and from Casilla. Acuaña is located on the northern edge of the island and those who sail to and from this port to and from Harper travel through the calm seas located above the Pennant Isles. They dock in Harper at tiny, tiny ports located near Dedrius.
Outside of the beaches, the rest of the island is covered in thick, tropical foliage. There are, however, numerous paths and rivers that run through this jungle and lead to Casilla's only true city, Jardín. Jardín(har-deen) is located directly in the center of the island. The journey from the beach towns to Jardín through the jungle is an upwards trek. Parallel to many of these paths are numerous rivers and streams that run from the center of the island and flow outwards towards the ocean. A number of these streams flow directly through the city that rests on elevated land. The tallest structures of Jardín are architectural wonders that can be seen from anywhere on the island. These towering buildings, characterized by a gothic architecture, are constructed of white stone and earthy clay. The pure white and earthy tones of the city are cut by vines of green and wisps of color. The vegetation of the surrounding forest is a welcome guest in the city and some of the old, stately buildings have as much if not more vegetative covering than they do exposed stone.
The vegetation in the city is not just green but also a myriad of colors. Flowers and plants of every shade, from red to violet, grow naturally within the city and decorate the otherwise tri-tone architecture. There are numerous engravings on the architecture and hundreds upon hundreds of statues can be found all around the island. These engravings and statues are in the form of the three types of pokemon found in copious amounts on the island: fire, water and flying.CULTURE
While pokemon of almost every type (aside from Ice and Dark) can be found on Casilla, the people reserve a special status for pokemon of the types fire, water and flying. Casillans, much like the Doran native to Harper, are a deeply superstitious group who are watchful of the birds for omens and signs. These practices of watching the bird type pokemon for indications of fortune or failure date back hundreds of years and many believe the practice originated from watching the birds for indications of the weather. Prior to the week long downpours, bird pokemon will retreat to their nests within the thick foliage of the forest and the island will grow eerily quiet. Not hours later the island will begin its week long onslaught of rain.
During the rain, water pokemon become more prominent on the island. The rain causes the rivers of the island and the lower streets of Jardín to flood. Also, the sea typically swells, causing the water levels around the island to rise and the shores are pushed back hundreds and hundreds of feet. The beach towns, however, are largely unaffected. The homes of these beach towns are situated on stilt like beams that match the typical flooding experienced during these wet times.
When the island is not raining, the sweltering heat provides an environment in which fire pokemon thrive. Almost every type of fire pokemon can be found on the island and many fire types live communally with the people of Jardín. When the rains start, the fire pokemon retreat to caves and large tree shelters around the island. Also, it is not uncommon to see a fire pokemon seek refuge in a Casillan's home for a week or so during the rain storms. In fact, a pokemon seeking refuge in one's home is seen as an honor, and if said pokemon is a charmander, it is said to bring the household good will and luck until the next heavy rain.
The people of Casilla revere three pokemon lineages above the rest: the charmander line, the lotad line, and the swablu line. The charmander line is seen as an omen of strength and good luck. To the Casillans, they epitomize the intensity and spirit that the Casillans themselves embody. Charmander are sought after pokemon for companions. The lotad line, for the Casillans, is an unrivaled guest to a party. Lotad, Lombre and Ludicolo are essential pokemon at any Casillan gathering; they liven the party with music and dance- two things cherished by the people of the isle. The third set of pokemon that the Casillan's find reverent are the Swablu and their evolution, the Altaria. These pokemon in some ways are viewed as a foil to both the Charmander line and the Lotad line. Where Charizard are fierce and intense, Altaria are peaceful and calming, where Ludicolo are vibrant and rhythmical, Altaria are serene and melodical. All three pokemon represent very different yet connected aspects of Casillan culture.
While Casillans pride themselves on their strength and spirit, they are communal rather than individualistic and inclusive rather than exclusive. It is not uncommon for families to support one another during times of hardship and it is
uncommon to find strife and conflict on the island. When conflict does arise within Casillan culture, the individual who is wronged is given liberty to enact justice that is equivalent to the damage. This, however, is a rare occurrence and because it is rare, Casillans have no need for an equivalent to the guardians or rangers. Casillans typically find it strange that other continents find need for such an orderly body and view it as corruption or degradation of another's society.
Casillans rule without any form of law enforcement. Casillans also do not have any form of king or queen on the island. Rather, Casilla is 'ruled' by a parliamentary body, La Mesa (la may-sah), made up of men and women from the different cities along the cost and from Jardín. La Mesa meets yearly to discuss and rule on anything that individuals can not decide for themselves such as regulations on trade with other nations or acts of war. During the last convening of La Mesa, the Casillans welcomed the presence of Fairy types to the island as a beneficial sign for good health and luck.
Casillan culture is old. The age of population on the island is not known for certain but is believed that the people of Casilla migrated to the island around the same time that the Doran settled in Harper. LANGUAGE
The spoken language of Casilla, Casillan, is based off the language Spanish. Not many of those who live in Casilla speak Harperian, Caledonian or other foreign tongues. Those who do are often nobles living in Jardín or sailors living in Acuaña. Like with English and Spanish, I imagine that Casillan and Harperian would be cousins of languages. Because of that, both would use the same alphabet.
For those unfamiliar with Spanish, and specifically the Spanish dialect (so a little less wild than South American dialects), here are some ideas that may help one envision the accent:
a - Always sounds like "ah"
e - Always sounds like "ay"
i - Always sounds like "ee"
o - Always sounds like "oh"
u - Always sounds like "oo"
h - Is not pronounced. For example: harm would become "arm"
ch - Is always(?) pronounced as it is in chuck or cheese.
r - Depending on the placement of the r, it could sound like a roll of the tongue. Specifically, an r placed at the beginning of the word will elicit a more rolled sound.
rr - The double r is always pronounced with a roll of the tongue.
s, z - Are pronounced with a lisp. For example: Zach becomes "Thak" and soft would become "thoft"PHYSICAL FEATURESATTIRE
At first glance, one might confuse the warm weather clothing warn in Casilla with the clothing worn by those native to Seaway City. Almost everyone wears light, airy clothing that is comfortable in the heat. Tight shirts and pants are uncommon and so too are boots. In the small towns that sit outside the city, it is common for individuals to run around barefoot and in the Jardín, the only shoes ever seen are sandals. The only place where boots and shoes are really worn is in Acuaña where the activities of the port require a firmer grounding and level of support.
Aside from the loose, light colors of tan through white that the people wear, they accentuate their clothing with pockets of bright color much like how the white and sandy buildings are accentuated by flourishes of tropical plants. Sashes, belts, bandannas, bracelets, necklaces, and ties of brightly covered fabric are worn by literally everyone. The more colorful and more intricate the design of any of these articles, the higher the skill of the weaver and the greater the amount of prestige bestowed upon its wearer. They are a people that recognize beauty in crafts and respect those who are talented.
Gold is plentiful on the island and jewelers that can match the craftsmanship of some of Harper's best are common in Jardín. Rings, bracelets, and necklaces that can further accentuate the colorful flourishes of fabric are also worn by most in Casilla.
During the stormy times, the people of Casilla don large poncho like garbs. The ponchos are constructed by large leaves tied together and fastened with a hood that is also constructed of vibrant green plants. These ponchos typically only last one storm spell and afterwards, are either offered to pokemon as food, or burned in welcoming the next three weeks of sun and warmth. Some of the more talented poncho makers use palm leaves to make their ponchos and weave the fibers together into intricate designs. Households with poncho makers of this caliber are said to have a weaver blessed by the Ludicolo.