New Fizzy Year’s Grand Celebration! It’s a cold winter morning in Fizzytopia. However, the weather hasn’t stopped you from leaving the comfort of home and heading out to answer a strange calling… You recall how your day started in an unusual manner: how a Staravia wearing a “Fizzytopian Government” wreath had come to you and delivered a letter, before flying away without any added explanation. That very letter is the reason you’re here right now, and judging by how many other familiar faces you see, you weren’t the only one receiving the missive. Dear Pokémon Trainer; On behalf of the Government of Fizzytopia, we would like to congratulate you on your achievements over the past year. Your accomplishments in 2017 have not gone unnoticed, and as such, we extend the following invitation: The Mayor of New Fizz formally invites you to the New Year’s Grand Celebration that will be held in the City! This event commemorates what has unquestionably been the most memorable year in Fizzytopian History, a year of rebirth for all of us. The numerous successes we have achieved in 2017 would not have been possible without you, and as such, you are considered one of our Guests of Honour! We look forward to your presence. Hopefully you will find this celebration rewarding! A sizable crowd has gathered just outside the city gates, but once security in the vicinity see the letter you’re holding, they let you pass ahead. An officer leads you to Knowledge Square, where a government official, clad in an elegant dark red coat with golden embroidery and pristine white trousers, riding atop a Rapidash, greets you warmly. “Welcome to New Fizz City! I am delighted to make your acquaintance. Please, hop on and I will take you to the heart of the festivities! The Mayor is waiting for you!” You spot some more Trainers being transported by other officers on Rapidash of their own, most likely having also received a special invitation to the New Year’s celebration. The streets are beautifully decorated, between the Christmas lights that are yet to be taken down and the many banners and other colourful trinkets that celebrate the coming year, dangling from balconies, lamp posts and doors. People you pass by stare at you with eager curiosity, no doubt having heard of the special guests the mayor has invited to New Fizz and wondering if you could be one of them. After a while of riding, you finally reach the Municipal Plaza, which is positively bursting with both locals and tourists. Merchants from High Street have set up tents all around the square, and a massive stage has been built at the very centre of the Plaza, decorated with blue velvet curtains and a large banner on top that reads “New Fizz City Welcomes 2018!” “We have arrived,” declares the officer as he forces the Rapidash to stop. Shortly thereafter, a number of other Rapidash line up on each side of you, forming a flaming line of cavalry that has bystanders in awe. “Now we wait for the mayor’s speech.” It doesn’t take long for that to happen. Once all the summoned Trainers have been brought to the Plaza by the horse-riding officers, a small chubby man in his sixties climbs up on stage and greets the crowd with the widest smile you have ever seen. You can only assume that man to be the mayor, all dressed up in a purple three-piece suit and sporting a phenomenally well-kept moustache that puts Kanto’s Blaine to shame. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he shouts into the microphone after asking an assistant to lower it to match his height, “welcome to New Fizz! My name is Leopold Loffley, and I am the Mayor of this City. I am beyond grateful that you have chosen New Fizz as the place to spend this season! This past year has been historical. Fizzytopia has risen from the ashes like a Ho-Oh, and we witnessed a true miracle – the blossoming of our beloved land as the ideal region for Trainers and Adventurers alike! We have much to be thankful for, and this rebirth would never have been possible without the Elite Four that watch over us, but no less important, without the heroes of this nation of whom we are so proud!” At this moment, every Rapidash trots forward in perfect synchrony, bringing you and all the other chosen ones close to the stage. People begin to cheer in the Plaza, slowly starting to recognize some of the more accomplished or veteran Trainers. “And so, I would like to welcome to our City this magnificent crop of Fizzytopia’s best, the Trainers who have put our region back on the map through their repeated displays of bravery, skill and dedication!” The crowd erupts in cheers and applause, and Mayor Loffley continues. “We have decided to reward these Trainers for everything they have given us, a small token of Fizzytopia’s appreciation. In return, I would like to ask of you one thing only…” The Mayor claps his hands and a shy, clumsy-looking Machoke comes up on stage carrying a second microphone. “When I call your name, I would like you to join me on stage. You are our inspiration, heroes to all of Fizzytopia, so I propose that you do just that: inspire our people for the coming year! Share with all of us your fondest memories of these past twelve months and some of your resolutions for the next – personal goals, expectations for Fizzytopia’s future… anything! Bless these people with your words!” Finally, he claps his hands again and a second Machoke comes on stage holding a large glass bowl filled with numbered papers. “As for your Special Prizes, well, that’s easy! Just choose a number from 1 to 40, and you enter our New Year’s Grand Raffle!” the mayor shouts in excitement. “I hope you enjoy whatever you end up receiving! Well everyone… are you ready?!” --------------------------------------------------------------- OoC: - You have until the end of January 14 (GMT) to post your replies; on that day, prizes will be distributed. - Ideally, try not to choose numbers that have already been picked, although it's not catastrophic if you do. It just doesn't make much sense from an RP perspective to have several papers with the same number... - This is a simple little event, almost a giveaway; what you earn here is entirely up to the number you choose and not dependent on your RP skill. Still, I would very much like it if you took this opportunity to elaborate a little on what your character achieved and hopes to achieve going forward! - I sincerely hope you all enjoy your gifts, but please keep in mind that, ultimately, it’s up to luck, and not everyone can share the exact same luck. If the person above or below you gets a prize better than yours, please understand and try to be a sport about it! - I would like to take this opportunity to thank all mods, updaters and shopkeepers for the amazing things you achieved this part year, effectively reviving a dead game and making it the fun, active RPG that it is today. Here’s to the continued success of FB in 2018!