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PostSubject: Personal Observations - 1 [Case File 25 - Side Mission]   Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:52 am



--> [J.W.Z.] :: [Salutations. I have a soft curiosity of the everyday life in Endymion, especially the state of its geography, economy, history, and social structure. If you would be kind, could you recount your personal observations of Sunlake Palms? I'm open to hearing any accounts of the recent and distant events there. I will make it worth your time, thank you. I look forward to your replies.]
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PostSubject: Re: Personal Observations - 1 [Case File 25 - Side Mission]   Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:29 pm

Sunlake Palms?

Well, see, that's a funny thing.
If you asked me what Sunlake Palms was like, as far as i'm aware of, nothing major has happened there since the Eternal Divide hit.

When that happened, a lot of rebuilding for a lot of places had to be done, due to all the damage it sustained.

Although, even before the Divide, Sunlake Palms was always one of the quietest parts of Endymion, what with the peacefulness of it all.

It's always sunny there, well, at least it usually is, although there is the occasional rain once in a while, but that's okay. You can even go fishing at one of the lakes we have here! It's not called SunLAKE Palms for nothing, after all.

It's home, to me, and it'll be my home my whole life, like it was for my parents and their grandparents.

There's all kinds of things you can do here, especially since we're near East Eden, we get farmer's markets every Saturday or so, for example.

But i'm sure you're looking for the main places to visit, which are, according to what i've observed:

There's the Garden Path, run by Ms. Feya. Over there, in any season, you can find just about any flower that grows during that time there. There's even a small space where you can grow your own flowers if you ask her nicely. (Although I personally don't go there often in part due to minor pollen allergies, and because I just honestly don't have the patience to grow something lmao.)

Then there's the Sunlake Swimming Society, although don't let the name fool ya, it's really just a water park during the day (and a closed one at night.) It's small, but it has some water rides, like the "Lumberjack Run" and "Shivering Whirlpool", although i've never ridden on them, i've heard people say they're great.

Otherwise, there are some Water slides and pools, perfect for the kids and the adults.
Especially during the Summer. Make sure to get there early during the summer, because that place gets crowded fast during the summer months. Like "We're sorry, but we're at max capacity, please come again soon!" kinda full.

For the weary traveler, however, should not fear having to go into the city to find a hotel! There is indeed a place for you to stay here in the Palms!

That place being the Vagabond Inn, although it's on the top of the highest hill in Sunlake Palms, so be prepared for that potentially long drive, and absolutely long and tiring hike.

The inn is a bed and breakfast with a variety of things to do, open 24/7, so it doesn't matter if you come at the crack of dawn, or the middle of the night, or anything in between, they'll be open! Oh, and they rent out ATV's and Motorbikes, the latter of which can be used on the motorbike trails out back.

There's other places too worth mentioning, but those are the highlights that I think would be best for tourists to visit.

Oh, wait.

I forgot about one other place, although I don't really recommend heading there unless you've got business with the District Head (more on that later).

It's called the Lost Woods.

I live really close by, and throughout my entire life, i've never really explored it much, in part due to how dangerous it apparently is. None of my family has either, which is probably for the best, considering the rumors surrounding there.

Now, mind you, these are just rumors, but if you go in at night, they say nobody will ever see you again (hence the name).

Personally, I think that the odds of that happening vary based on how deep you go in. If you're near the entrance to it, don't stray too far from the path into the thicker parts of the woods, and have a good sense of direction, you should be fine.

Although there is one thing worth noting that's there within the heart of the woods: The town hall, where the district leader resides... although why there of all places, I have no idea why. Even my grandparents don't quite know, and they've been here since they were small.

I don't think anybody goes there more than they have to, not even us locals, in no small part due to the superstitions surrounding there.

But otherwise, I hope this convinces you to visit Sunlake Palms!
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PostSubject: Re: Personal Observations - 1 [Case File 25 - Side Mission]   Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:04 pm

So, you wanna know about Sunlake, huh? I gotta say it's a pretty boring place. A lot of people from the church hang out around there. Almost like they live their or something. Well, I mean, they probably do because the church is there? I dunno. Never been into the whole religious stuff anyway, so I've never been to the church. I know some weird shit's gone down there before, though. I'm pretty bad at geographical stuff, so I'll just talk about the real news, yeah?

Saw on the news a couple of days ago some dude stabbed someone? Like, I didn't catch the whole thing but that's pretty weird. Probably shanked him over half a bologna sandwich, or something stupid like that. Weird shit goes down in that part of town. I'm like, pretty sure those guys are huge religious nuts and do cult sacrifices. Really adds new meaning to "yasss queen slay" huh? Not that I think said sacrifices (if they exist) are in Isla's name or anything. Kinda fucked we have a queen though. I remember when a Mayor ran a city. That's a bit off topic though, yeah?

Anyway, like I said, Sunlake's boring compared to some other places in Endymion. They've got a small-ass little waterpark, right? Well I've heard that demons really love that place. No lie, they can't get enough of slipping and sliding. I hear there's like, a Cadet-Life Guard who has to kill them if they hang around too long. Never been a fan of waterparks, or potential demon death. Living in Endymion makes it hard to completely avoid the last part, but the first one I can, AND WILL keep away from. The rides are pretty crappy, I've heard. I'm honestly more surprised they can even stay in business, you know?

There's a cute little Inn Place. It's called Vagabond or something. I've never stayed there. The Shelp Reviews don't really paint a pretty picture. One time I saw a review saying there was a rat wearing hats. Different ones too, I think it was on some Bippity Boppity Boo shit. I dunno, it was probably a joke review. Still, I'm not gonna lie and say it's amazing. Like many things in Sunlake, it exists, and that's terrible.

Some gardening place. It's pretty gay not gonna lie. Heard somebody cut someone else with some hedge clippers here a while back. Wonder if they lived? Probably. Well, I hope they did at least. I wanna see if it left a scar. It'd probably be pretty metal if it did. That's something kids say these days right? Metal? Wait, why am I expecting you to know? Ugh.

Aaaaand the church. What can I say about it? Word on the street is there's a pretty swole girl who hangs around there. I've never seen her, so I just have to take it as it is. I've heard some pretty dumb rumors surrounding the place that are pretty blatantly not true. Like, a Psyche Terrorist confessed in there or something. I'm sure it was something way more mundane and boring though. Like, it was probably just weird, but not really a sin.

What else can I say? It's sunny, and there are palm trees.

There aren't Palm Trees, I lied, I'm sorry. I think there aren't, anyway. If there are I haven't seen them, so consider this a lie that has the potential to be true. It makes sense if you don't think about it Razz


I guess it's alright. Vista and Suzie-Q are way more filled with people. There's a lot of hustle and bustle, so it's easy to get lost in the crowd. Out in Sunlake it's just...bleh. I guess there are some local businesses. Like, there's a really damn good Waffle House. Would recommend if you come to Endymion for some reason. And some game stores with rare finds. Like, you ever played Samson's Punch Out? Some good shit right there. they also have some games that were pretty much panned universally, so you know, what you make of it.

I dunno, my brother likes it in Sunlake for some reason. He wants us to move there, but I'm not really all that interested. Like, it's decent. 4/10 at best. I don't even think the people living there really want to live there, honestly. I think they're all dead inside and all it's gonna take is someone wondering 'I wonder what brains taste like' for the Bath Salt Zombie-Apocalypse to start. I'm more comfortable in the city. More streetsmart, you know?

Also I was joking about the sacrifice stuff earlier, don't take that seriously by the way. I hate writing essays so this was kind of a compromise. Everything else is legit.


All and all, go there if you want some peace, but don't want to go into bum-fuck nowhere (A.K.A East Eden), but don't stay too long because honestly most everything there is terrible and an afront to this green earth. Good waffles though.


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PostSubject: Re: Personal Observations - 1 [Case File 25 - Side Mission]   Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:27 am

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-> [6DreamersAndMe] :: I'll try to keep this relatively short. I'm not sure how much I can offer, but my daily routine takes me to Sunlake Palms pretty frequently, so I guess we'll see. Hopefully this'll help! ^_^

-> [6DreamersAndMe] :: The best part about Sunlake is how quiet it is hands-down. I'd definitely say without a doubt that it's the sort of thing that draws any non-locals to it! Don't get me wrong, Endymion's the greatest city on Earth and I love this place to death (it's my home after all lol), but when you live in one of the busier districts it can be really refreshing to find a place where you can just take it slow. You aren't getting blasted with loud songs and advertisements at every corner, or getting swallowed up by teeming crowds of people during rush hour, or getting lost in some long labyrinth of turns, alleyways, and intersections... nope! Just a nice little town where you can take things at your own pace while still enjoying some of the urban attractions that our wondrous home has to offer.

-> [6DreamersAndMe] :: Based on this, I'm sure you can tell it's not the most populous area here in Endy. Like, it's not barren or unsettled by any means, but it's a more closely-knit community for sure! It's one of the reasons that I kinda end up envying residents of it sometimes. Suzie Q's way too big and everyone's either absorbed in their work or current trends like idol popularity polls. In the Palms you can just go right up to a neighbor and strike up a convo in theory. Sure, maybe it won't necessarily work out 100% of the time, but the people there are a lot less busy and tend to live more relaxed lifestyles -- they've got more time for pleasantries than half of Endymion combined! You can see how well-coordinated and at ease with each other they are from some of the projects they've done too. That waterpark the other guys mentioned? It's a communal building, not privately owned. A bunch of people got together, decided they wanted a new recreational spot, and bam: there's another reason to visit Sunlake Palms. It probably seems mundane, and I guess I'd be partially inclined to agree, but when you look at it the right way it's easy to see it as an inspiring example of unity's importance and benefits. Only an idiot would fail to recognize that.

-> [6DreamersAndMe] :: Speaking of manmade structures, the church there is beautiful! It's also the only one in the entire city surprisingly, so it's good to see a lot of care went into making it. The architecture inside is awe-inspiring and everything from the marble pillars to the statue of the Goddess of Endymion up in the center fits the interior perfectly. The clergy there are all incredibly kind too and just from a glance at your surroundings you can tell they're extremely dedicated to their duties: it shows in how well they've taken care of it. I dare you to find a single speck of dust or dirt in the Sunlake Palms Church! Go on, do it! Regardless, it's still a bit strange how it's the only one in the city. If I had to guess, I'd say it's because the district isn't as crowded or noisy as its counterparts (like I mentioned before), but there might be some reason beyond that for it. Who knows? At the end of the day, it serves its purpose excellently, which is good enough for me and everyone else who attends the services.

-> [6DreamersAndMe] :: There was an incident I heard about involving a Psyche Terrorist attack on it, but no one was seriously injured and the suspect was apprehended, so I wouldn't worry about it. I heard about it from one of the brothers working there. Ultimately it's just another piece of evidence showing how reliable our queen and her holy soldiers are -- nothing can challenge Endymion's peace! Even if the terrorist is desperate enough to strike at day, it won't make a lick of difference! ヽ(^o^)ノ

-> [6DreamersAndMe] :: On a different note, I remember reading something about a "Forest of the Lost" while skimming over some of the replies? Yeah, unlike that problem I just mentioned above, that's definitely not real. If people were getting spirited away then it'd be a huge issue! Class Zero would be all over it, Vista Square would be blowing up with news articles about the alleged disappearances, there'd be some degree of increased surveillance, etc. If you want to know the root cause of these rumors it's simple: Sunlake Palms lacks the variety and excitement that its fellow districts eagerly tout. That might sound like a bad thing, but like I mentioned before, the main appeal to the district is how calm and tranquil everything is; it strikes a balance between nature and civilization. I'm sure some people born in Sunlake Palms see that as a negative thing (just like I see it as a plus-side since I live in Suzie Q), so it's not shocking that some of them that are more confined to the area would seek out ways to spice up their daily lives... so what you end up with is a bunch of kids telling rumors to gullible tourists and foreigners (no offense!) just to see how many people'll believe the most outlandish "spooky" stories they can spin. Those rumors get spread around by word-of-mouth and become idle superstitions that no one has any proof of beyond the fact that the woods themselves might look slightly frightening at night; it's nothing more than that, that I can say with certainty.

-> [6DreamersAndMe] :: Whatever the case, Sunlake Palms is one of my favorite places in the city to visit. It's definitely not for everyone and in spite of my occasional jealousy I'm not sure if I'd want to live there full-time, but it's an important aspect of Endymion nevertheless, another sector which serves the greater whole through its unique way of life. The people of Sunlake Palms enjoy perhaps one of the purest expressions of our city's order and seeing them live out their days in serenity fills my heart with joy. Maybe they aren't fueling a commercial cornerstone like the Backlight or a beacon unto culture like Little Tokyo, but they're still an invaluable part of the city, much like the quaint village they hold residence in.

-> [6DreamersAndMe] :: I only wish everyone else could see this as clearly.

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PostSubject: Re: Personal Observations - 1 [Case File 25 - Side Mission]   Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:44 am

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PostSubject: Re: Personal Observations - 1 [Case File 25 - Side Mission]   Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:30 pm

(With the deadline being Monday Morning, might as well post since my project's snowballing into a maddening mess)
I don't personally visit Sunlake Palms in as many places as someone who lives there would, but I'd be happy to throw in what I've seen. You've probably heard about the same facilities from a dozen people already, but here's what I know.

Compared to living places near downtown Endymion, Sunlake Palms is a great middle ground between complete peace (or boredom, depending) out in the countryside in a location like East Eden
and spending all your time in a crowd of annoyingly loud people who insert more 'like's in one sentence than the actual sentence has words like around Suzie Q. Aside from Little Tokyo's spa or a walk in East Eden's woods, I would say a walk along Sunlake Palm's nature-filled sidewalks and gardens is a peaceful way to let your stress melt away. Of course, there's a reason this place is pretty quiet; apparently old businesses had to move out after the Divide caused the owners damage either mentally, physically, or materially.

First up, there's the Garden Path business. There's a kind woman named Feya who runs a huge garden with a flower business out front. This place is a popular center of community as people are actually allowed to help tend to the garden and even grow your own crops! Feya seems to make some pretty easy bank off of this as she can actually offer to water your plants for you for a little fee. Overall, if you're looking to practice your green thumb, give it a visit.

Now for the other two, I haven't visited them too often, so bear with a short summation of my experiences with them. Next up is the Sunlake Swimming Society water park. It's no sprawling water park land like those ones attached to the theme park, but it certainly makes the most of its space. It's got impressively tall water slides, enough pools to satisfy the people living in the community and then some, and even a few named attractions that bring in the crowds. This is mostly from my sister's details considering how much of an adrenaline junkie she can be.

As for Vagabond Inn, it's a quaint bed and breakfast place that I have yet to sample myself, though I imagine it gets plenty of attention due to all the foot traffic that passed by it. There's plenty of hiking trails to follow, rental vehicles like ATVs or bikes I can see zipping around the streets, and it's open 24/7 according to the signs out front.

However, one of the points I'd like to highlight about this place is some of the small businesses that are still residing in the area. I remember running into a local hairdresser one day while I was relaxing in the park... or did she end up running into me? Hard to tell; she was behind me before I realized it. She was a pretty energetic and vibrant woman, speaking to me like she was straight out of an exaggerated Shakespearean play. We shared a good laugh, sharing our cheesiest Shakespearean voices, and she invited me to go to her salon. If she's anything like the rest of the peaceful folks in the area, it's definitely a great place to run into the kind of person that can tickle your fancy and sell you something no other shop in Endymion could compare to. She ended up just as skilled with scissors as I hoped; I've got a new hairstyle thanks to her, and people are already looking at me like I'm a new person entirely. I mean that in the best way possible.

Overall, if you want your slice of nature to chill out in while also zipping down the slopes of the "Lumber Jack Run", consider taking a walk through Sunlake Palms. While you're there, consider stopping by Nomine's salon. The results speak for themselves.
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PostSubject: Re: Personal Observations - 1 [Case File 25 - Side Mission]   Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:56 pm

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I never rly went around much through Sunlake Palms
Also I've no idea what you even expect from us here
The people above have all had actual things like rumors and whatevs to tell ya, but I rly don't
I can tell ya that Sunlake Palms is a very normal place? Well, aside from the fact the Inn has friggen dirt bike tracks hidden away somewhere in the heart of it-!

Either way, I can't be of much help
There're people here
People like that Trinity idol group hang around here at times, so there's that
It's a place, nothing more, nothing less, full of rumors like all places in Endy, but what can ya do~? People say it's boring but it ain't any less boring than any other place. It's that it's mostly families and stuff, middle to upper class, so it's nice
No mistaking nice for boring, you edg3lords

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PostSubject: Re: Personal Observations - 1 [Case File 25 - Side Mission]   Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:55 pm

--> [LoveRabbit123] ::
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weeeeell im not really a regular at sunlake palms u know
sometimes i go there when i have to go to east eden bcoz its on the way but rarely stop by to visit
the place is kinda boring if u ask me
i think i have a few friends who live there also
teens dont really enjoy places like that
we prefer crowds, more urban neighborhood like vista square bcoz theres always a lot to see and to do in the city
like movies shopping theater and parties!!!
i dont think many people go to sunlake palms if they want to rock all night u know
sunlake palms looks more like a place for those who cant afford the more expensive neighborhoods
thats probably why its the place u want to go when u want to relax and be at easy or something like that
or maybe its for those who want to form a family and raise their kids in safety without the craziness and danger of the urban lifestyle u know
bcoz there isnt a lot 2 see and do so there isnt a lot to spend on 2!
im 2 urban of a girl and i loooooooove me some party lol
but if i were a parent id like my kid to grow up in safety without being worried about kidnappers psyche terrorists or worse
for example suzie q and vista square arent for these people but sunlake palms is
they prefer it bcoz its a peaceful district and stuff
like u can just invite ur neighbor to chit chat in front of ur door like people did in the past
u know when there was no cellphone lol!
oh wait theres the water park 2!!
its kinda good when its reaaaaally hot
i dont go there often but id like to eventually
just not alone!!
i think its good bcoz our city isnt a coast city u know
its more on the country side
we kinda live in the middle of a
wait i forgot the name my teacher told us in the geography class lmao!
oh yeah i remember now
a plateau
endymion is located in a plateau but sunlake palms has some hills and wooded streets
i kinda like it bcoz the trees make it not look like a big wasteland in the middle of nowhere like east eden
it gives a more natural flavor to the city the metropolitan area lacks u know
ive never been to the beach before bcoz i lived my whole life in endymion and i think a lot of people who were born in endymion never went on a trip outside
and they probs wont ever bcoz most r scared of lies outside of endymion with demons and stuff
so the water park is good for that
its fun like a beach would be and right next door
i also think sunlake palms is all about tourism
save for those who already live there i dont think many would visit it if it werent for the water park or it being an easy road to east eden
iirc after certain point the streets arent even paved
i think some like 2 go there to bike bcoz theres an inn that rents bikes
never went there but i guess its pretty good inn and the neighborhood is good 4 that if u want to go biking around without fear of being ran over by a car lol
now about the rumors
i heard the city transforms into a haunted forest at night
it becomes the forest of the lost or something
people say there r ghosts livin there from the eternal divide screaming
i wont tell u its a lie bcoz ive seen a lot in this city and honestly i dont doubt anything anymore
srlsy once u see a few stuff with ur own eyes u tend to believe everything
but i find it funny bcoz its not mentioned everywhere
maybe its just a rumor but i dont think endymion is totally safe at all
if anything the rumor is just a cover for something far more sinister than spooky disappearances
the district head must now something about it and if they havent done something about it
assuming its real of course
then it means its in their interest to keep people controlled and on leashes
thats why u wont find anything about it in broadcasts or media overall
the government controls the media so they decide what reaches the public and what doesnt
just giving a heads up about certain things
bcoz u wont find many info if u dont dig dipper than the superficial chatting
hope this helps u
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PostSubject: Re: Personal Observations - 1 [Case File 25 - Side Mission]   Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:20 pm



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