Only the Lonely
Uncle Nanu's Ultra Beastly Word Crawl
This is just my life, isn't it? Thanks, Tapu Bulu.
This is just my life, isn't it? Thanks, Tapu Bulu.
Alola, the crossroads of dimensions, a haven for fallers both human and monstrous. After the onslaught unleashed by Necrozma, everyone had hoped for a bit of peace. Relatively speaking, an invasion of confused fanfic enthusiasts isn't much to worry about, though the fact that they're stranded on Ula'ula unfortunately makes them the Kahuna's problem. The best Nanu can hope for is that these unwanted guests manage to find their way home before a pack of ultra beasts comes sniffing after their energy signatures, using their powers of... writing and reading? Honestly, it would have been better to just stay in bed this morning.
This thread is a word crawl, a game that helps you get your word count up by breaking big tasks down into little pieces and giving you rewards along the way. This word crawl has been adapted to help you catch up on your reviews, too! You can use it purely for writing, purely for reviewing, or for a mix of both.
If you follow the crawl the whole way through, and assuming you write at an average of 30 words per minute for timed writing portions, when you get done you'll have written a cool 8,000 words or five reviews! A new chapter to the crawl will be posted each Monday in July--there will be five parts in total. In general the challenge will ramp up in difficulty over time, with later chapters having a higher word count total, but the sub-tasks they contain won't become much harder. The point is to break big tasks down into easy-to-complete steps, after all!
No sign-up is necessary--feel free to jump in and out as you like! If you miss a week, you can always go back to it later, and you can post your progress even if you didn't complete the challenge in full. One hundred words is better than zero words, both for your writing project and for the team challenges that will appear in later chapters of the game!
Feel free to post any questions you might have in the thread as well.
And with that, I'll hand it over to Nanu for your mission briefing.
"So you're one of the troublemakers who's decided to show up on my island, are you? Figures. If you're going to hang around here, you might as well make yourself useful. When there are fallers around, you can bet ultra beasts will follow, and there have been too many appearances of Ultra Wormholes lately for me to keep up with them myself. I need someone to keep them from causing too much trouble while I visit the Ruins of Abundance to ask for Tapu Bulu's help."
"I can't let you go off on a mission this dangerous without a pokémon to protect you. Normally I wouldn't even consider someone who wasn't a trainer already, but I understand you have experience with inter-dimensional problems."
"What do you say, then? Do you think you're capable of taking on an ultra beast?"
- Write 100 words
- Read one chapter of a chapterfic or a one-shot you'd like to review
to convince Nanu to give you a starter pokémon! Once you're ready, check out your choices beneath the spoiler.
Made your decision? Congratulations on your new pokémon!
"Great. Take care of that meowth, now. Sophocles called from Hokulani Observatory to report sightings of more ultra wormholes, but I haven't been able to get ahold of him since. Get up there and find out what's wrong."
The road up Mount Hokulani is long and winding, but fortunately the Exeggutor Express will take you straight to the top--if no one's gone and stolen the bus stop, that is.
- Write 200 words
- If you chose the laid-back meowth, spend two or more sentences talking about what you were expecting this story or chapter to be like and if it ended up matching your expectations. If you chose the hot-headed meowth, instead write two or more sentences about one thing you thought could have been improved in the story and why. And if you chose the gentle meowth, spend two or more sentences talking about your favorite character so far
while you meander over to the base of Mount Hokulani. It's a pleasant walk, with plenty of opportunity for friendly battles along the way if you're feeling up for a fight. In fact, nothing seems out of the ordinary save for a brief glimmer of something high up in the sky. The Exeggutor Express arrives right on time, ready to take you to the top of Mount Hokulani.
- Write as many words as you can during the five-minute bus ride
- What did you like the best about what you just read? Write at least two sentences explaining what it was and why
while you wait to reach the top of Mount Hokulani. Get out and admire the scenery at the top--you've earned it! Sophocles should be in the observatory right here.
But actually--not? The inside of the observatory is dark, scorch marks dotting walls and floor and the lobby strewn with fliers from an overturned rack. There's no one here but an outsized vikavolt, crackling with electricity and shedding a strange, fiery aura. Now that it's seen you, there's no hope of escape. You'll have to fight!
- If you chose the laid-back meowth, take as much time as you need to write until you reach the next multiple of five hundred words. If you chose the hotheaded meowth, charge ahead for 10 minutes and see how many words you can get. And if you chose the gentle meowth, simply write 250 words
- Find a sentence, paragraph, or other section of text that stood out to you while you were reading. Copy and paste it into your review, then write two to three sentences about why it caught your attention. You're done! Go ahead and post that review
to defeat Totem Vikavolt!
With the totem fled, you can explore the rest of the observatory. It turns out Sophocles and the rest of the scientists were hiding in a back room, barricaded as best they could manage.
"Oh? You managed to scare the totem off? Impressive. I've never seen it act like that before! I think I know why, though. All these Ultra Wormholes must have agitated it a bit. You say that Nanu sent you? Well, if it's the Wormhole sightings you want to know about, let me see if I can get them up on my screen. I can tell you right now, if you're hoping to contain the Ultra Beasts, you'll have your work cut out for you...
If you've made it this far, congratulations on completing the first chapter of the challenge! Check back in next week for the second chapter--and your first encounter with an Ultra Beast!