[[header:Togepi Line]]

!!Morphs [Oak Catalog #]

* Togepi (Ovapteryx ankylova) [#175]
* Togetic (O. micropteryx) [#176]
* Togekiss (O. imperator) [#468]

!!Notable Biology

The Togepi line are a line of mammal-like reptiles with an unusual evolutionary line. The line is also seen as a classical example of evolution in action- the ground-bound underdeveloped Togepi evolves into the winged Togetic, which then evolves into the almost permanently airborne Togekiss. They are very rarely seen in the wild (especially Togekiss), and most are seen under the care of a Trainer or in captivity.

The juvenile form, the Togepi, is rarely seen without the remnants of the eggshell from which they hatched around them. It is widely believed that they gain an additional modicum of protection and warmth from their durable shell. If deprived of their eggshell, Togepi will use other hard, durable objects to protect themselves, such as buckets or tin cans. If threatened or alarmed, they will retreat into their eggshells, using it as a deterrent against predation. This eggshell is no problem for predators such as Pidgeot, who will grab young Togepi and drop their prey, breaking the shell, and feasting on the morsels within. This isn't to say that they can't defend themselves -- the spines that ring a Togepi's head secrete a mild neurotoxin capable of causing numbing pain. This toxin is only excreted if a Togepi is under threat. Unlike their evolutions, they are purely ground-bound. However, as they prepare to evolve, they may mimic their mother's effortless flights by jumping or hopping. Within a Togepi, there are several seemingly-redundant organs that will prove useful upon evolution, such as a half-formed gas bladder. This bladder takes up roughly 25 percent of their bodies, and as such they are quite light, despite their heavy eggshells. Unsteady on their feet at this stage, they are most often held by their Trainer or other caregiver. They are very playful and easily amused, but they do not make for a good battling Pokémon. Instead, many Togepi are given to people in other Pokémon-related professions, such as Pokémon Rangers. Easy to take care of as Togepi, they will grow attatched to their masters and become dependable and useful as a Togekiss. Togepi are said to exude a relaxing aura that grows stronger when treated nicely and to share their happiness and good luck with kindhearted people.

The dainty adolescent form, the Togetic, abandons its eggshell in favor of a small pair of wings and a partially developed, hydrogen-filled gas sack within their bodies. These wings are only to provide a method of steerage and control; lift is provided from their hydrogen sacs. Much of their body is optimized for lighter-than-air travel; they have hollow bones and powerful leg muscles, the better to provide liftoff with. They are not capable of full flight at this time, and are only capable of making short, one to two metre long "hops". As such, they still spend most of their life on the ground. (Despite this, they are still considered to be [[strike:Normal]] Fairy-Flying-type Pokémon.) They possess keen hearing and vision -- coupled with their flight mechanisms, they can spot fruit or threats on the ground and react to them surprisingly quickly. This will often take the form of "pronking" -- a sudden, one-to-two metre bound into the air in an effort to signal to predators that they are aware of them, fit, and healthy, and therefore not worth chasing. In addition to these practical senses, Togetic can also sense the kindness in other people and Pokémon's hearts.

The final form, Togekiss, are believed to spend much of their life aloft, floating effortlessly with a combination of gas-sack and muscular triangle-shaped wings. Biological analysis of the Togekiss wing structure reveals that the ligaments and tendons that make up the wing can be "locked" into place while flying, similar to a Ponyta's legs. This biological "stay apparatus" allows the wings of a becoming a fixed flight surface (similar to that of a plane) rather than one that relies on flapping for propulsion. The reason for this startling adaptation is that Togekiss flight does not rely on flapping wings in oder to stay aloft. Instead, Togekiss have the ability to naturally produce hydrogen through a form of biological electrolysis. This hydrogen is stored in their gas-bladder, which can be inflated or deflated depending on the need. The expelled hydrogen is forced out of a sphincter-equipped blowhole, sealing off the rest of the bladder from the outside atmosphere. Gradually, the Togekiss will build up more hydrogen in its egg-shaped body, and the cycle will be repeated. [[KillTheCutie Tragically, a high-flying Togekiss may be struck by lightning, causing large and spectacular explosions.]]

With their large lungs, Togekiss have the ability to breathe in very thin air. In additon, they have amazing eyesight, capable of spotting movement of less than 1.25 centimeteres from up to fifty feet away. Their evolution dependent upon a Stone, they are very rare in the wild and most are found in the care of Trainers. However, they will only breed upon evolving into a Togekiss, so they are quite rare. Despite their aerial prowess, they are awkward on the ground. They lack any real articulation in their feet -- the entire visible appendage is in fact a fused ankle and toe bone. On the ground, Togekiss move with a comical hopping gait that is both slow and laborious for them. A wild Togekiss that is on the ground is most likely diseased or injured, and should not be approached or handled. Alert a local Pokémon Ranger or other naturalist in the area.

A common legend surrounding these creatures is that Togekiss are supposedly drawn to happy individuals and emotions. Experiments conducted by Professor Birch reveal that Togekiss have an uncanny ability to recognize human emotions as well as various Pokémon mating calls and threat displays correctly. Coupled with their keen vision, Togekiss can see a human smile or frown from a distance. It is believed that Togekiss are drawn to such positive emotions to find a safe places to rear their young. Areas in which distress is common most likely means that there are predators in the vincinity, and thus a Togekiss is likely to live elsewhere. Togekiss also rank among one of the most intelligent non-Legendary Pokémon, along with Alakazam and Metagross. They can match shapes, recognize colors, and can even understand some human phrases. In addition to their mental fortitude, Togekiss are strong physically -- the largest and strongest Togekiss can even carry people on their backs.

!!Habitat

Togepi are rarely found in the wild. If they are, they are usually in the forest nest of their mother Togekiss. Togekiss nests are usually found in warm, dry, upland environments. Many have been found in the Johto and Kanto regions, and recently there has been talk of implementing a captive breding program. Togetic live in secluded areas in forests and woodlands, and Togekiss spend almost their entire life in the air, visiting peaceful regions and are so vastly rare anyway that most Trainers do not bother trying to find them. Unless forced onto the ground by injury, most male Togekiss may never land.

!!Diet

Togepi are fed regurgitated berries from their mother. These often include various poisonous berries. Togepi have a remarkable digestive system that utilizes these toxins in order to help create the venom glands at the top of their head. In the care of a Trainer, Togepi have also been known to eat ice cream and fruits. Togetic are herbivores and prefer to search for berries and fruits. Togekiss are insectivorous, and will sieve small insects from the air.

!!Hazards

There are no hazards to raising Togepi and their evolutions; they are affectionate, playful, intelligent, and gentle creatures. However, it is important for their Pokémon trainers to keep an eye on them, Togepi can act childish and be extremely oblivious to the point of disaster; they will ignore most any danger around them. It is also not wise to get between a mother Togekiss and her brood; this will most often lead to injury on the part of the interloper. Togekiss dislike yelling and negative emotions, and they may not respond to a Trainer that does these things.

!!Courting and Childrearing

Once every three years, Togekiss will mate. Females will land and broadcast their presences with calls and scents; males are drawn to them. Togekiss mating calls are long, eerie wails that can sometimes carry for miles. In ancient times these calls were often mistaken for the wails of ghosts or phantoms. Usually, males do not land to mate. Like so much else in their life, they will court entirely in the air. By clamping their two feet onto their partner, Togekiss can stay securely in position as intercourse takes place. Males do not help to raise children, but will attempt to impregnate as many females as possible. An average clutch consists of roughly ten to twelve young.

Three months later, the female will create a nest and lay her eggs. Nests are thatched and conical, and are usually constructed in mountains or valleys. The Togekiss will spend many months without food in order to protect her nest with miraculous care. The young Togepi will spend most of their childhood in this nest, almost entirely helpless.

!!Social Structure

Non-mothering Togekiss are mostly solitary. One or two individuals may travel together, but this is a very rare occurrence.