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 Poaching
Rosalie
 Posted: Jan 30 2012, 03:12 PM
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Poaching in Harper
    Like slavery, this is one of the vices that the region thrives on, if you ask the right people. Regardless of it's standing on the bad side of the law, poachers are somewhat common, and while Guardians will generally track and catch them, they will only do so once they begin to get above themselves. Otherwise, they typically look the other way.

    Poachers deal in a variety of pokemon, although the core of the trade is dealing in rare, fossil, or out of season pokemon that people may not find easily or may be unable to find due to their occupations' demands. Poachers charge whatever they like for their wares, and while many will carry a small number of more common pokemon in addition to their few rarer catches (you won't be seeing any but apprentices with pidgey or rattata, of course, but something like an eevee or a minccino would be a common sight), typically they will be charging more than is particularly fair: convenience has a price, after all. Poachers also carry exotic pokemon meats, eggs, skins and furs, and various other bits.

    The illegal trade fills a key role in the region for citypeople, making prized pokemon available for good gold or allowing people who have never caught a pokemon before to buy one rather than attempt to find and befriend or defeat one themselves. Even though the simple act of purchasing one of these poached pokemon is illegal, it is a widespread practice.

    Generally, people enter the poaching business once they've been apprenticed for most of their lives or once they've trained their own pokemon to a level where catching low-level pokemon is an easy enough task to do in bulk, generally in the high twenties or low thirties, minimum. Many poachers also keep, copy, and sell the TM False Swipe to give to apprentices or to sell to aspiring poachers. These are not sold to just anyone, however. Guardians are not welcome customers, for example. Poachers fall under the broad classification of 'rogue.'

    Main Points
    • Fairly common illegal profession
    • Deals largely in wholesale, rare parts, out of season pokemon, and rare or uniques
    • Typically an apprenticed trade
Poaching versus Trading or Hired-Catching
    While the exchange of pokemon for money isn't outlawed in the region (indeed, many job requests involve just that), poaching is an entirely different story. One of the biggest issues with the practice is the generally unethical treatment of caught pokemon, who are typically kept in small cages and fed only as much as they need to survive on a daily basis to keep them weak enough to capture immediately upon purchase by the person destined to become their technical "original handler," preventing their dealings from being easily tracked.

    Another issue with these people is, of course, the way they upset the balance of the natural habitats of many pokemon. Typically, a poacher group will enter an area and either clear cut it, flush it out with smoke, sounds, or specially trained pokemon (which is more popular since it's less obvious), or drill for any pokemon 'worth selling.' This can lead to an area becoming overrun with bottom-of-the-food-chain pokemon or for the top predator pokemon in the area to starve due to the sudden lack of a main food source. Sometimes, the nutrition of the forested or grassland area itself may suffer from the lack of a particular species and may wither, damaging all other pokemon living in that area as well. Pokemon mines are hastily built and can cause collapses in the natural onix and steelix tunnels that many pokemon call home, or rock slides on the mountain itself which can wipe out entire habitats or populations.

    In short, there is a big difference between a poacher's practices and those of someone making a trade or going out to catch a single or a small number of pokemon for a job request. Sometimes the line can be very thin and wavy, which poachers tend to take advantage of by only carrying a few pokemon into cities with them, leaving most of their stock in a well-hidden camp outside and off the routes so that if they are caught, they can plead simply that they had caught an excess of pokemon and needed to trade or sell them to people who could take better care of them. It's technically true, but not in a good way, and is slippery enough for them to avoid persecution unless their camp is captured.

    Main Points
    • Poaching is not the same as either hunting, trading, or hired catching
    • Poaching often involves unethical treatment, disregard for the comfort of their catches, butchery, overhunting, and/or hunting of the rare or endangered en masse
    • Poachers are notorious also for dealing in questionably healthy products and selling to undesirables -- other rogues, mages, etc

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