Okay, some more stuff. This time on Attributes.
In the past, Attributes have been rather hard to avoid. They were a key point in both the AU arc and Infinity Keystone, which has lead to making them appear more important than they actually seem. Which isn't so good for people that aren't so keen.
Generally, I don't think this system is something that should ever be forced upon anyone, so they shouldn't be important in plots that affect the whole RP, like the AU and Infinity Keystone did. If anything, Attributes should only be important in mini-arcs that people can have the choice of avoiding without having to be left out of the main plot of the current arc.
That means that if you happen to be planning a mini-arc that does place importance on attributes, by all means, go ahead. But if it's something that could become a fully fledged arc itself, you may want to reconsider.
On what kind of
lame power heart is, anyway.
All the attributes have a special ability or two. Souls are more likely to be Aura Sensetive and can dispell the Obscura Fog produced by Obscura Wizards. Mind's are immune to having their memories altered and can understand Kyurem, and Hearts...well, nobody has been able to work out what Hearts can do.
I propose that Hearts have "Super Empathy", meaning that they find it easier to make connections (I.E, friends) with other people and Pokémon.
"Well gee, Luke" you say "That does sound like a lame power."
Ah, but hear me out.
Hearts in general tend to be friendly (Case in point: Lake and Spectrum), which means they find it easy to make allies out of most peoplemons that they meet. Now, consider a trainer doing the same. It's more than likely that a good Heart, with a little bit of effort, can make friends with any Pokémon.
Including wild Pokémon.
Which means that the whole act of Pokémon Training comes much easier for a Heart. Granted, that doesn't automatically make them the best
trainers, but it's a really big help.
Thoughts on this would be appreciated. Now for the last point...
On how am I supposed to know if I've got an attribute, anyway?
Until now, the only way of being able to tell if you have an attribute is for a legendary to tell you. Which isn't much good if there aren't any legendaries around.
So, what's needed for an easier way to be able to tell if you have an attribute or not. We haven't been able to figure this out completely yet, but we do have some ideas:
Reading from a Psychic Pokémon:
Basically, Attributes become something that any Psychic type can pick up on just by giving a simple reading. Since Psychic Pokémon are pretty commonplace, this would make it much easier to find out whether you have one or not.
Same as above, but from a Pokémon that can read Aura (Lucario, Meinshao, etc.). However, since those Pokémon aren't so common, this may not be as ideal a solution.
Some sort of item:
Some sort of device, perhaps like the armband, that when used, can show whether someone has an attribute or not.
Again, we could use more ideas here, so feel free to suggest some.
And that's pretty much everything. Thoughts are appreciated and encouraged.