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Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Deino  (Cryptodraco melanoculus monocephalus)
- Zweilous  (C. m. bicephalus)
- Hydreigon  (C. m. cephalocheirus)
Deino is a notable specimen upon the generally biologically bizarre Dragon type: They are somewhat small, quadrupedal predatory animals, with a stubby tail and a body covered with purple scales, with a coating of black protofeathers over its shoulders, neck and the back of the head. Said coating is especially dense at the top of the head, making a tall spike-like protrusion, and making Deino appear to have a bowl cut, covering its eyes. While said covering seems to be the cause behind this Pokémon's blindness, that's not the case: The eyes of Deino, colored in a deep black, are not functional, with retinal cells still in development. Deino compensates for that lack of eyesight with formidable senses of smell and hearing, a curious (yet aggressive) demeanor, and a primitive shape of sonar system; this Dragon is a noisy creature, and its chilling snarls pay an important role as intimidating and confusing factors in its hunting methods; a somewhat cute, small-ish creature that more often than not bites a wall is not the image most people have of a fearsome predator.
The most striking feature of this Pokémon, however, lays on the anatomy of its nervous system. Deino’s brain has two key chacteristics: First, there is no crossing-over of nervous pathaways: The right hemisphere of the brain controls the right side of the body; the left hemisphere controls the left side. The same applies to the (poorly developed) eyes: There is no optic chiasm. The other important character is that both hemispheres send down, alongside the spinal cord, axons normally found in the corpus callosum
in other creatures. Those axons meet in an associative ganglion, found at shoulder level, surrounding the spinal cord before the thickening of said structure in the area where nerves controlling the arms leave it, and protected by an enlargement of the first dorsal vertebrae (due to the bodies of this line being quite compact, this shows no noticeable effect on movility), process the information, and send it to the opposite cerebral hemisphere it came from. Said ganglion also innerves two areas, each between the shoulder and the neck, under the coat, which contain accessory (and most of the time closed) respiratory openings, and invaginations of the stomach that produce extra quantities of enzymes and acid if the meal Deino took was copious. The neurons of this Pokémon also show remarkable plasticity, and generalized ability to duplicate if the need arises, as well as a solid gliar system.
Upon evolving into Zwelious, this Pokémon increases in size and relative bulk. It adapts a sprawling posture, despite its limbs becoming stronger; two parallel rows of scales on its belly become pink, two small and hidden crests in its back develop into protofeather covered wings, and the spike-like tuft on top of its heads becomes bifurcated. Heads, because Zwelious’ most striking feature is that it has two heads.
Each head contains half a brain, left or right hemispheres (as well as left or right basal ganglia, midbrain, cerebellum and medulla). The hypothalamus, hypophysis and pineal gland are localized in a single head, but the other half of the brain still has connections with the hypothalamus thanks to the neck ganglion. The hearing of Zwelious is one of the best of all Pokémon, thanks to each head having two ears and therefore an increased contrasting ability. It is still blind, and in the rare case the eyes are seen, each head has only one, with the other socket housing a pineal gland and being sealed closed. While the heads may compete with each other, resulting in Zwelious ending up eating too much, it is still a single individual, and whoever decides to mess with a single head doesn’t have a bright near future
. Its behaviour doesn’t differ from Deino’s much, apart from an ability to glide that comes handy in more open spaces, and its even more noisy nature, complete with stereophonic qualities.
The final stage, Hydreigon, is the sexually mature stage, as well as the most different from the young Pokémon: The two heads it had as a Zwelious merge back into one, yet this time, a more direct connection between the hemispheres is made. The eyes finish their development, and, due to the bowl cut spreading out, the true shape of the head is visible: Lizard-like and intimidating, with developed supraorbitary crests, and black, soulless eyes that give off a discomforting feeling, and not without reason: Those eyes can see radiation both in the ultraviolet and infrared spectrums (as well as visible light), and have very high sensitivity and adaptability: If you can see Hydreigon, it had already seen you a while before. Through the wall, the infrared is noticeable; and there is nothing to say about when it first heard you. Hydreigon also develops two extra pairs of wings, allowing it to be airborne most of the time, and its tail becomes far more formidable while its limbs become weaker, its forelimbs in particular being hidden by the protofeather covering. To compensate for this, the innervated spots it already possessed in the shoulders when it was a Deino develop into pseudo-heads, complete with eyes, ears and noses, as well as mouth and both respiratory and digestive access. However, such heads only have a coordinative ganglion instead of a brain, and it is up to the large neck ganglion to send the information those “heads” receive to the brain, and send them the cerebral orders.
Another character of Hydreigon is its preference for special attacks, in contrast to its physical-based previous stages; but that doesn’t mean it will react to physical combat in the same way as, say, Volcarona: Hydreigon is classified by all branches of the Pokémon Leage as a pseudo-legendary Pokémon: A Pokémon that, despite being a relatively common species and part of an evolutionary line, has power in par with or even surpassing that of some legendary Pokémon; extreme caution has to be employed when facing or commanding this creature.
The final notable element of the biology of this Pokémon is the time it takes to grow out of the Deino stage, best shown in an experiment done as part of an extensive study by several professionals: A Deino was raised alongside a Dratini, a Larvitar, a Bagon and a Gible, under equal and favorable conditions and receiving equal and favorable treatment. While the growth rate of all five Pokémon seemed to be the same, and the other four, also stages of pseudo-legendary Pokémon, are notorious late-evolvers, Deino didn’t evolve into Zwelious until after Gible had completed its evolution into Garchomp, and about the same time Bagon completed its evolution into Salamence. Dratini and Larvitar were still at the Dragonair and Pupitar stages at that point, respectively, but finished their development soon afterwards, while Zwelious took a bit longer to become Hydreigon. Still, despite what other were lead to belive, said evolution did not require any special circumstance, only time and training, disproving beliefs in the same way the truth about the evolution of Larvesta was discovered. Speaking of said line, Hydreigon seems to antagonize Volcarona without any provocation, and generally isn’t in good terms with Tyranitar or Haxorus either.
Deino and Zwelious are cave-dwellers, employing their well-developed hearing to crawl through passageways stalking their prey. The Unova Victory Road is the most well-known Deino territory.
Hydreigon is an aerial creature, although it makes its nest in caves, preferably in mountainous regions.
Those Pokémon are generally regarded as carnivorous, but are VERY Big Eaters
, and will readily jump to and try to eat ANYTHING
that moves and is not considered friend (or cared by a friend); quite dangerous in this regard. In their natural habitat, Woobat is the preferred prey of Deino, mostly due to being immune to its psychic attacks, but will readily attack Heatmor and scavenge Durant. Zweilous will take on larger prey such as Swoobat, while Hydreigon is fine with whatever prey it can find, but seems pretty fond of Braviary and Mandibuzz.
They will try to eat you and your loved ones unless raised from very young and taught to respect other individuals specifically
. A Deino born alone will not see ANYTHING as friendly, and will try to kill and eat any other living being; there are known incidents of psychopathic Deino systematically killing the crew of the ship that was carrying the egg from which they hatched.
Female Hydreigon, already territorial and aggressive, will become ten times more dangerous
if caring for her eggs. And the poor unfortunate souls that dare to steal or destroy those eggs will learn the hard way why said mother is called pseudo-legendary, and the Brutal Pokémon: A group of poachers once destroyed the whole batch of eggs in front of such a mother, and managed to get away, and though themselves safe. That though dissipated when they realiced the Hydreigon had followed them, due to one of them being casually impaled by her tail, then torn into two by the “head-hands”.
Courting and Childrearing
Hydreigon is the sole sexually mature stage and courting is pretty much nonexistent: If two individuals of different sex meet, they will mate, then get away from each other.
3 to 5 eggs are laid a week after mating, and those will hatch after 2 more weeks, with the female Hydreigon paying close attention to them. Once they hatch, the newborn Deino will imprint on each other and on their mother, who will bring them food. Afterwards, the Deino will go separate ways into the depths of caves, and likely won’t see any other of their kind until they are fully grown and look for a mate.
This whole line is made up of solitary creatures. They will respect their siblings or equivalent (in captivity), but, otherwise, anything they meet will be treated as food.
Adult Hydreigon of the same sex will fight on sight. Adult Hydreigon of different sex will mate on sight. Anything else will be killed on sight, unless it is respected.
Anything else to add? References to handpuppets or Geetchis [sic]?
edited 10th Mar '11 8:51:01 PM by Eriorguez