Yellowstone National (Ball)Park
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"Welcome to Yellowstone National Park, home of prismatic pools, erupting geysers, rolling rivers, ancient stone formations, bison, and the Yellowstone Magic! Come see the natural wonders of the park in the day, and come nightfall, marvel as the ballpark converges and the players emerge from the forest! Cheer on the home team as they stride across (and steal!) the miles between bases, confound opponents with their mystical tricks, and whip fastballs into the ethereal plane! See the stars on and above the field, feel the thrum of Ol’ Faithful, and believe in the Magic! Stop by the park office to meet a ranger and collect your complimentary party hat, while supplies last."
Introductory Video, Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National (Ball)Park is located within the borders of Yellowstone National Park. The ballpark itself cannot be exactly located through conventional means, although it is commonly found with its pitchers mound directly over Old Faithful.
In addition to its shifting location, the spatial and temporal anomalies can stretch the distance between bases to upwards of 24 miles and slow Magic games down immensely. Many experts attribute the Magic's superior ability to steal bases to the training they do at their home field, and their exploitation of these rifts. These distortions extend to the ballpark at large, making Yellowstone a ever shifting tesseract of magical energies, with hallways and seating sections constantly folding in on themselves. The most violent of these anomalies is known as the Seventh Inning Stretch.
Yellowstone also features an extensive series of caves which run deep under the park. Guests of both the park and the Magic are warned not to explore these caves without a trained guide. Tours can be arranged by contacting park staff.
The park staff, known collectively as the Park Rangers, tend to all the workings of the ballpark and the team, including concessions, ticketing, facilities, custodial, marketing and medical responsibilities.
The field at Yellowstone is known as the the Elftower Memorial Gardens, in honor of Sosa Elftower.
Richardson Turquoise Memorial Park is a small patch of grass about 6 feet square, and was the site of Richardson's incineration in season 5. This grass has a blueish green hue, never needs to be cut, and radiates protective energy. Richardson Turquoise Memorial Park is located inside Sosa Elftower Memorial Gardens which is located inside Yellowstone National Park (Ballpark) which is located inside Yellowstone National Park (Parkpark).
Notably in season 15 the Park Rangers opened the Grind Trail to the public. A recent addition to the Parkpark's 900 miles of trails, the Grind Trail passes from first base to third base, over a myriad of wetland systems (including seeps, marshes, fens, wet meadows, forested wetlands, and hydrothermal pools). Prior to incineration, Sutton Picklestein was questioned about how to navigate the Grind Trail and they just said "Trust me, I know a way" and then promptly fell into a river.
Yellowstone is protected by an incredible variety of birds. There are over 300 species native to the park, covering thousands of individuals.
Previously only 300 were successfully trained in Yellowstone's defense. As of season 15, that number has grown explosively, to at least 301 birds.
Recently, roughly coinciding with the appearance of peanuts in the Yellowstone National Park, a multitude of signs have been sighted just off many of the paths. They seem to be wooden, and written text with black paint. At the top in flowery text, there are always the words “BIRD FACTS! :)”. The text below varies significantly, with some examples of those found shown below:
- “It has been proven that at least one bird, if not more, has the ability to fly. This is under examination."
- “Our birds here in Yellowstone National Park have a particularly extensive knowledge of the Old Arcane and of different types of edible berries! But they would never tell you, as they are birds, and cannot speak in human tongue. It has been speculated that birds know spellcasting, but do not have the vocal capacity to perform verbal components.”
- “Birds have to have their batteries replaced every 4 to 6 months. In fact, federal holidays were created so that park rangers can reset the batteries in the birds. Thanks for understanding!"
- “In 1975, an avian biologist from the Institute of Bird Studies described the native species in Yellowstone as ‘weirdly into splorts’.”
There have been one to four sightings of each Bird Fact, although capitalization and grammar has varied with each sighting. In addition, when one leaves the area with a sign (currently supposed to be a 250 ft. radius), it will disappear, with the current theory being that it will not show up again.
It is suspected that birds, apart from those 301 trained, have a part to play in the appearance and sudden disappearance of these signs. The current name for these birds are “untrained birds”, but the moniker is still pending with the Park Rangers.
Signage seen in the park during Season 8, by @phasmantistes
- Forcing away team pitchers to pitch over a volcanic geyser is controversial to many teams in the IBL.
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