BackgroundThe southernmost city on the Kanto mainland, Fuchsia's origins are shrouded in mystery, but the best guess is that the area was first settled by a secretive group of assassins four hundred to five hundred years ago. At that time, there were only isolated communities in the south and the roads were untamed and dangerous, making organised crackdowns on the group more difficult. Further, shortcuts through the forests and across the bay to Vermillion could be taken by skilled trainers. In the days since then, it first became a waystation for Pokemon research groups who used the island as a base to explore the nearby wilderness and Seafoam Islands, before becoming more heavily settled in the past century.
GeographyFuchsia is located at the base of a hilly region on the southern side of the bay, of which Vermillion is situated on the north side. Until recent efforts to improve the access to the city, including the multimillion dollar Cycling Road Bridge spanning the bay from Celedon to Fuchsia, the area around the city and up the eastern side of the peninsula was covered in forest. Much of the long road leading from Lavender to Fuchsia is situated along the coast, another expensive project to build. Because of the expense to avoid simply barging through the middle of the landscape, the wilderness around Fuchsia is still quite pristine and isolated.
IndustryThe main source of income for Fuchsia is, without a doubt, tourism. There are small local craft markets where locals use the abundant natural resources to make items that are both beautiful and practical, usually out of rare woods. However much of the income comes from the zoo in the city. Originating from the days of the first research forays into this part of the world, a large variety of rare Pokemon, including examples of extinct Pokemon like Omanyte, live and are cared for here. In the hills north of the city, the old homes of the assassins still stand and are a popular tourist attraction. Finally, a key attraction for trainers is the Safari Zone, a fenced-off reserve containing a staggering variety of Pokemon species, maintained by a large dedicated staff - and they're all available for capture. In recent times, however, the current Warden quit the job and disappeared, forcing the closure of the zoo and the relocation of the Safari Zone to west Johto. The Pal Park Long Distance Retrieval Service set up a division within the former headquarters of the Safari Zone, and several small ecotourism companies have been established in the interim. It is too early to tell what kind of effect these will have on the town's productivity.
Tips for TrainersWith the zoo and Safari Zone closed here, the main reason for trainers to come here if they are not on their way to a nearby region or the Seafoam Islands is the Gym. The current Gym Leader Janine Kyō is a descendent of one of the assassin families that originally settled here and like her predecessors, who have maintained the Gym since the system was first established, uses Poison-type Pokemon. Her father and predecessor Koga Kyō is regarded as a master of the Poison-type, and the art of Pokemon battling without resorting to sheer firepower in general. Trainers should be warned that the Fuchsia Gym is filled with invisible walls and other traps, making navigating it a struggle, and furthermore all of Janine's subordinates dress and act like her, meaning it is difficult to know until the battle starts whether one is truly challenging the Gym Leader or not. The wilder areas around the city do attract a lot of trainers, so Fuchsia City is a good place to hone one's skills. Of particular note is a loose association of Flying-type trainers who gather just south-west of the city regularly.
Native PokemonWithin Fuchsia itself, many small Pokemon can often be found in gardens, mostly Bug-types like Spinarak. There is also a small pool in the city full of Magikarp, with the occasional Gyarados evolving there too. Sightings of a Gyarados in this pool attract immediate attention from the local populace and any visiting trainers and they are usually captured quite quickly. In the land surrounding the city, there is a huge variety of Pokemon to be found. Directly west at the southern end of the Cycling Road on Route 18, the costal plains contain populations of Spearow, Fearow, Raticate, Doduo, Slugma, and members of the Grimer line, surprisingly - popular speculation is that they were introduced by the assassins when they first arrived. The east of the city on Route 15 also has a great deal of species diversity, including Grass-types like Oddish and Bellsprout, Bug-types such as Venonat, birds like Pidgeotto and Noctowl, and the occasional Shinx has also been seen here. Very rarely, one can even see wild Ditto and Chansey here. South of the city along Route 19, a huge variety of sea-dwelling Pokemon such as Tentacool, Staryu, Krabby and Horsea can be found. When the Safari Zone was still open, over fifteen individual lines of Pokemon could be found there, including very rare Pokemon such as Dratini and Kangaskhan. Some locals claim to know where those Pokemon still are, and run daytrips through the wilderness to look for these rare Pokemon.
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