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It’s been a hundred and fifty years since the Brass Tower burned down and Ho-Oh fled the region, never to be seen again. Lugia laments the supposed death of his close counterpart, and the depression that came after that bitter night.

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The Ravenclaw common room and dormitories are located in Ravenclaw Tower on the west side of the castle. Students enter through a door with an bronze eagle-shaped knocker. The knocker asks a question of anyone who knocks on it and opens the door when the question is answered correctly. If the riddle is especially difficult, large groups of students may congregate outside the door as they try to figure it out.

photo by Dauvit Alexander

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🌸 ✨  Tower Duo  ✨ 🌸

Lugia and Ho-Oh are often regarded as polar opposites. Lugia represents the sea, storms, the color silver and is the mascot of Pokémon Silver and Pokémon SoulSilver, while Ho-Oh represents the sky, rainbows, the color gold, and is the mascot of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon HeartGold. Both are also trio masters: Lugia is the master of the Legendary birds, while Ho-Oh is the master of the Legendary beasts.
Their legend is introduced in Generation II, and states that the two birds each resided on a tower: Lugia on the Brass Tower, and Ho-Oh on the Bell Tower. When the Brass Tower was destroyed (prior to the start of the second generation games), the pair was split up, and Ho-Oh created the Legendary beasts: Entei, Raikou, and Suicune.

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Regional flags I made for my Pokemon Authority Force UNIVERSE. Each has a symbolism and expresses individuality of the respective region.

Kanto: The symmetrical shapes on the sides and the rhombus stand for Indigo Plateau while the triangles are the three legendary birds of Kanto.

Johto: Rectangles symbolize Brass and Tin Towers with Ho-Oh shape in the middle. Very history-centered flag.

Hoenn: Water, Earth, Air.

Sinnoh: Mt. Coronet and the three lakes.

Unova: Minimalistic and modern take on opposition of Truth and Ideals.

Kalos: Kalosian royalty with circles standing for Creation and Destruction.

The majority of Johto  ( aside from Ecruteak City, and small parts of Violet City, Azalea Town, and Blackthorn City )  is atheistic — or, at their most extreme, antitheistic. This is the product of a radical shift away from the theism that was prevalent in the region up until Ho-Oh and Lugia abandoned the people of Johto following the destruction of the Brass Tower.

The prevalent faith of the region up until that event is referred to as Pagodism — a faith similar to real-world Buddhism, heavily emphasizing companionship and equality between humans and POKéMON. Pagodism is polytheistic, and derives its name from the pagodas built in tandem  ( not only the Brass Tower and the Tin Tower, but also the Sprout Tower, the tower that once stood above the Slowpoke Well, along with many other ones throughout the region. )  Although Ho-Oh and Lugia were considered the most powerful deities, just about every POKéMON was revered  ( but not worshiped )  as a divine entity. Bellsprout, for example, were regarded as saviours of crops. Slowpoke were bringers of rain. Et cetera, et cetera.

Ho-Oh and Lugia fleeing the region in its time of need  ( and Ho-Oh choosing to revive fellow POKéMON instead of humans who had laid down their lives to defend their land )  was viewed as an unforgivable betrayal, one that marred the carefully balanced relationship between humans and POKéMON. As time went by and it became increasingly clear that Ho-Oh and Lugia were not returning, the once-devout Pagodists became spiteful and bitter. Unconditionally trusting in POKéMON became stigmatized as something foolish, and religions that revered POKéMON as greater beings than humans  ( most commonly: Arceism )  are denounced — the general Johtoan philosophy about such religions is that they are setting themselves up for failure, and it is only a matter of time until their subjects of worship become fickle.

Nowadays, true followers of Pagodism are few and far between. For the most part, their initial views and practices have been tainted by the overwhelming presence of Arceism, leading to the creation of Arcean Pagodism  ( in which specific POKéMON are worshiped and prayed to as something greater than humans, with Arceus being recognized as the being that rules over all others. )  The shift has been so gradual and almost unnoticeable that scholars will occasionally debate whether or not true Pagodism should be considered extinct.

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“…Two towers… Two Pokémon… But when one burned down, both Pokémon flew away, never to return…”

“…A lightning bolt struck the Brass Tower and it was engulfed in flames that raged for three days. A sudden downpour finally put out the blaze, but it had already burnt to the ground…Three nameless Pokémon perished in the fire but Ho-Oh descended from the sky and resurrected them. The newly formed Pokémon were said to embody three powers: the lightning that struck the tower, the fire that burned the tower, and the rain that put the fire out…”

Business Time!

Hello out there! Welcome to my corner of the internet! I will be posting here mostly to increase my own visibility (if we’re being entirely honest), but also to take you on a journey through a world brimming with business potential. So here we go, entering into the Johto Journey!

I’ve visited Johto only a few times before and was struck by the kind of streamlined design of it. Even the little cities are more ripe for business and more heavily populated than my own native land, Kanto. And talk about history! Whether it’s the Ruins of Alph, the Whirl Islands, the Brass and Bell Towers or just the whole city of Ecruteak, there’s always some monument here to see. We could really capitalize on that. There are so many opportunities out this way, it’s truly incredible. I can’t wait to get started out here!

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When misrule takes its place at the eight corners of the world,
When the Brass Tower walks and Time is reshaped,
When the thrice-blessed fail and the Red Tower trembles,
When the Dragonborn Ruler loses his throne, and the White Tower falls,
When the Snow Tower lies sundered, kingless, bleeding,
The World-Eater wakes, and the Wheel turns upon the Last Dragonborn.

“Skyrim legend tells of a hero known as the Dragonborn, a warrior with the body of a mortal and soul of a dragon, whose destiny it is to destroy the evil dragon Alduin.”