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Quest Concepts for PTU; Quick ideas I have for some quests and encounters I'm thinking of for PTU.
Topic Started: Jul 11 2018, 12:39 AM (369 Views)
Dr.Webster
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Pseudo

The party continues their journey to their next goal, when they come across a scene, where they see a Growlithe running towards them. Behind it is a man in a uniform, belonging to a faction of the GM's choice, driving a jeep or some off-road vehicle. As the Growlithe runs and starts affectionately licking the nearest trainer, the man tells the party to get away from it and pulls out a rifle, which he aims at the pokemon. He seems really determined to capture or kill this pokemon for some reason and the party has the options to let him take it or interfere with him. Any attempts to ask questions will be met with no answers and only warnings, eventually making him go hostile in an attempt to scare the party away. If they leave and let him take the Growlithe, the man reveals that the rifle is loaded with a powerful tranquilizer and knocks out the pokemon before leaving with it and ending the encounter. If they interfere and defeat the man, the Growlithe will join the party and follow close to them. Pokeballs will not work on it as it appears to be owned by someone else.

The Growlithe is wearing a collar that is labeled with "P-125" and the name of a laboratory. While the Growlithe follows the party, it behaves, thinks, and acts as loyal to them as a regular member of its species. The only thing that seems strange is its stats and how the party's pokemon seem to be very wary and fearful of the new companion. Of course, it seems to ignore them or is just oblivious to them.

In the following day in game time, strange things begin to happen. Overnight, if all the trainers are asleep, they must make perception checks. Anyone who fails may be one of the options for the GM to choose to be a target for what happens next. Preferably, it will be someone who has spent the most time with the Growlithe. If everyone fails, the rest of the night seems uneventful until the morning comes. The target player will be given a secret note regarding what happened to them. When the players wake up, they find that the Growlithe has disappeared. All that remains is the collar that it wore. They may have the option to try to track it, but will find no pawprints or any evidence of it leaving in any direction. It would be like it was never there. The trainers may continue their journey after the trail is cold, but will notice something odd with one of their ranks. Any time they decide to take out their pokemon or use them, the pokemon will look at that trainer in fear and will have a loyalty rating of 0. Anyone suspicious enough of this may roll a perception check to see if there is anything wrong going on. However, if the target trainer sees them examining them, they will make them the next target on the following night.

Again, after everyone falls asleep, everyone, except for the player with the note, must roll perception checks again. If the next target trainer fails this and the others fail as well, the note is passed to them and the player who last had it will disappear. Once more, the only things left behind is their items and equipment. It is at this point that the trainers should know they may be in serious danger, especially when they find their pokemon are afraid of another member of their party.

If at any point, anybody succeeds in their perception checks during these nights, they will wake up to see an amorphous pokemon with huge teeth in a large mouth that has transformed half-way into a copy of the target trainer. It can be seen dragging them away before noticing it has been discovered. Once spotted, it will become hostile and attack. The pokemon is a Pseudo (Animon), a new evolved form of Ditto that was created as a stronger mimic against other pokemon. It has become so good at transforming, that it also takes the form of humans as well. It was trying to blend in with the party to escape the scientists who made it and is slowly disposing of them before they can see through its disguise. Fortunately, the disposed trainers are not killed, only incapacitated temporarily in a cocoon of amorphous slime from part of the pokemon's body. However, after being found out, it will attempt to kill and eat the party in order to silence them.

Naturally, the Pseudo knows Transform to mimic the party's pokemon that attacks it. On top of that, while in its true form, it may use moves from the rest of the pokemon by using Mimic and Copycat. If it chooses, it may Transform into one of the trainers, being able to use the same move list from that chosen form. In the middle of the fight, a special task force arrives to help attempt to contain the creature. The encounter ends when the Pseudo is weak enough for recapture or simply faints. Once the pokemon is dealt with, the captain of the force thanks them for their help and forgives their interference from before. He gives them each a reward on the condition that they don't tell anybody what happened here. If each trainer agrees, they are credited with a considerable amount of money and the party's pokemon are healed. However, as they leave, the pokemon seem to be very afraid of the captain.

This concept is based on John Carpenter's "The Thing" and the Animon was one of the beta pokemon from Gold and Silver that was scrapped.
Edited by Dr.Webster, Jul 12 2018, 12:36 AM.
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About halfway through the post I was like, "This is starting to sound a lot like 'The Thing'." I'm glad I was spot on. This is a good adventure hook, and maybe the beginning of a totally untapped well of adventure hooks - reskinning horror flicks with the Pokémon world. I hope more are written, and then they could all be run back to back as some sort of Pokémon horror anthology campaign.
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Jul 11 2018, 11:33 AM
About halfway through the post I was like, "This is starting to sound a lot like 'The Thing'." I'm glad I was spot on. This is a good adventure hook, and maybe the beginning of a totally untapped well of adventure hooks - reskinning horror flicks with the Pokémon world. I hope more are written, and then they could all be run back to back as some sort of Pokémon horror anthology campaign.
I'm glad you liked that and I thank you for the suggestion for making more ideas of reskinned horror flicks. I might just write a few more down the road.
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shotte12
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Oh please do. This was truly an amazing quest idea. If my players haven't read this may I use it?
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shotte12
Jul 13 2018, 07:19 AM
Oh please do. This was truly an amazing quest idea. If my players haven't read this may I use it?
By all means, go ahead! I can even work on some stats for the Pseudo, if you want.
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Dream Park

After winning the league, each member of the party is visited by a Peliper that is carrying a message inside from an anonymous sender. The only name with the address is "Dream Park" and it is located in the Alola Region. Inside the envelopes are a few items. One is an invitation for the party to come and see the new park with an aircraft waiting for them at the GM's discretion. Along with this, they are given key cards with the park's logo on it. If the players choose, they can get to their transport at the appointed time and hitch a ride to the island. Once they arrive, they will be picked up by drivers in off-road vehicles to guide them into the park grounds.

The drivers start by taking them through a cave that was made from lava tubes which works as a tunnel toward their destination. Once inside they are blasted with icy cold air and the cars have their heaters turned on. They are brought to a large chamber, filled with glowing crystals and lichen, only to see something eating the cold resistant fungus and vegetation off the walls. Lighting up the cave in a myriad of colors is a massive Aurorus, which instantly gives the party an indication of what sort of attractions this park is.

They are brought to the visitor center, where they meet the owner of the park, who explains to them that he wanted to give them a VIP tour of the place, thinking that having celebrities as the first guests would increase publicity and get them more visitors on opening day. He starts the tour with a walk around the visitor center, where they collect fossils from all over the world to either put on display in exhibits or place them in restoration machines to make pokemon for the park. The trainers are also told that, thanks to the rate in which these machines can create new pokemon for the park, the area acts very much like a Safari Zone, where they can catch prehistoric pokemon in the wilds of the island.

Once the party is given a meal to try the menu they have for the restaurant, they are allowed to be given a riverboat tour of the various locations that will be open for people to go on foot. However, it's here that things start to go wrong in the park. First off, some of the pokemon are trying their best to either stay in the shade or keep cool by the rivers and lakes, because they belong in a temperate or colder habitat, not the tropical climates of the island. It's so bad for some of them, a few are found getting sick. The next problem begins when the party experiences an earthquake, along with indications that the island's volcano is still very active. In fact, one earthquake shakes up the river so violently, that the boat loses its course and crashes into some rocks on the shore, leaving the trainers to get off and go back on foot. Meanwhile, there is more trouble as the rise of magma in the volcano overloads the geothermal generators and cuts the power from the entire park, including the Tyrantrum paddock, nearby where the trainers crashed.

Now, the island is going crazy with prehistoric pokemon running wild! Now, the trainers and their pokemon are fighting or running for their lives as they are being stalked by a hungry Tyrantrum. If that wasn't bad enough, the clock is ticking until the volcano is about to erupt and everyone is either trying to evacuate or send a rescue team to get the trainers to safety. However, they start having more problems of their own, when a pack of Archeops in the nearby paddock begin their hunt.

This concept is obviously based on "Jurassic Park" with some elements brought in from both the movie and the book. It's also based on what that pokemon breeder in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon wanted to build, which is also a reference to not only "Jurassic Park", but the fact it was filmed in Hawaii.
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"Alejandro's, uh, prepared a delightful menu for us - Hoennese Feebas, I believe. Shall we?"
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Rusty Pick Mine

Up in the Ebony Hills, in the old mining town of Trevenant Gulch, the trainers are winning big in the casinos that line Main Street. While playing poker in Saloon #10, one of the NPCs joins in an bets a claim to a mine that is hidden within the pine forests. He doesn't tell them where he got it, but he says that there is a huge vein of gold somewhere within it that is worth quite a lot of money. If the players choose to take his bet in his terms, they can play against him for it. If they win, they can get the claim and possibly go on an investigation to find out where it is. However, they are not the only ones trying to find it as there are more treasure hunters in the hills that are seeking their fortune. On top of that, it is said that the mine is in a sacred burial ground that is guarded by a pokemon that doesn't want the dead disturbed.

Along the way, the trainers must traverse rough terrain, thick pine forests, hot days, cold nights, and various wild pokemon that would make the journey more difficult. They would need their skills in survival, perception, and athletics to track down this mine and avoid others who want its riches. Will they find the gold and strike it rich or will they wish that they decided to bet everything in the casinos instead?

This concept would mostly be good for characters over the age of 21 as there is a lot of gambling and alcohol used in this. The locations are based on the many gold mines that were claimed in the Black Hills of South Dakota and the town is based on Deadwood, South Dakota.
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