Still new here so I don't really know how to do the format (Hopefully it turned out right), but here is my attempt/contribution.
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Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
Yamask have small black bodies with three appendages: a pair of arms with four fingered hands and a thin tail. The latter of which is used to hold its vessel, usually a golden mask depicting a vaguely humanoid face. Yamask has red eyes with circular blotches of red just beneath them, giving them the appearance that they are crying.
Cofagrigus in general resemble golden coffins with a hole through which its eyes and newly developed mouth can be seen. It possesses four long shadowy hands which replace its original limited appendages. The material from which its shell is composed no longer has any molecular resemblance to any known metal, and is highly durable and resilient.
As with most ghost Pokemon, members of the Yamask line are able to float, pass through solid matter or become completely invisible. While Yamask remain mostly in an intangible state, Cofagriguses prefer to remain solid.
Yamask carry around metal masks to use as protection, they have been observed raising their masks to defend themselves when threatened. If no properly shaped material is found, Yamask create their own masks through a process detailed below.
Yamask consume metal and use it to expand the size of their mask, converting its molecular structure in the process. Scientists attempting to study this process for industrial uses have made little success due to Yamask’s ectoplasmic nature. Yamask favor softer, more malleable metals for consumption, but alter its structure to form a more durable material when developing its outer shell.
Once Yamask has attained enough material to fully cover itself, its body fully matures into a Cofagrigus, growing a mouth and two extra arms with which to manipulate its environment. At this point their shells are as tough as steel, giving them substantial protection against attacks far surpassing that of any known ghost Pokemon. Cofagrigus often create shells of oblong shape. Wild Cofagrigus have their shells fashioned in the shape of coffins, theorized to be the result of observing the sarcophagi of the kings and nobles found in their habitat.
In ancient times Yamask and Cofagrigus were highly favoured for use as tomb guardians due to their diet and reproduction methods. Both blend in easily amongst the treasures often stored in the tombs of kings and noblemen. They thus served as the perfect deterrent for potential grave robbers.
Yamask were commonly believed to have once been human , a rumour stemming from the masks they carry. Researcher speculate that the “masks” are a result of human intervention, made specially for Yamask to inhabit to give them a more terrifying visage as tomb guardians, while others feel that the resemblance to a face is an attempt to frighten potential threats as Yamask themselves do not appear particularly frightening.
Yamask and its brethren have only ever been found in the wild within desert tombs and structures where gold and other metals are in abundance.There are Some scientists speculate that this is because they were cultivated by the ancient Unovan desert civilisations specifically for the purpose of guarding tombs. The lack of records of wild Yamask appearing in other desert regions seems to support this hypothesis.
Yamask and Cofagrigus are omnivorous, capable of susisting on a diet of berries. Both require large amounts of metal in order to maintain and expand their shells. As such they can prove to be extremely expensive to raise and take care of, especially if their favoured metal is gold.
While Yamask can sustain themselves on what little desert berries they can find, in the wild Cofagrigus are ambush predators, laying in wait for unsuspecting prey before wrapping it up in its four shadowy arms and dragging it into its mouth. While Cofagrigus will normally go for smaller prey such as Sandiles and Sandshrews, it is suspected that this is how many would-be grave robbers met their grisly ends.
Extreme caution should be taken when encountering wild Yamask or Cofagrigus, as they instinctively see humans as potential threats to their supply of metals. While Yamask are more likely to run away if alone, Cofagrigus and large groups of Yamask may attack those they perceive as threats. Trainers exploring desert ruins such as the Relic Castle are advised to have a strong dark-type or avoid lower levels where Cofagrigus are more common and Yamask are more abundant.
Members of this line are highly protective of their trainers and anything of personal importance to their owners or themselves, and react violently in order to retrieve them if they are stolen away. There have been several instances of Yamask and Cofagrigus wreaking havoc at dig sites and museums when their masks or treasure was taken away or put on display. For this reason only replica masks and coffins are placed in display in museums. However, many wealthy collectors often employ them to guard their private collections even to this day.
Both members of the line also possess the unique ability to temporarily negate certain traits of Pokemon they have come into contact with. The duration of the effect varies depending on the victim. Pokemon affected by this can also pass it on to other Pokemon that touch them. While the effect is only temporary, it is advisable for trainers to keep one’s Yamask or Cofagrigus from having prolonged physical contact with Pokemon that do not share this ability.
Owners are also warned to not allow their Yamask or Cofagrigus to be around silverware or jewellery unattended, lest they decide to have a little snack at their trainer’s expense.
Courting & Childrearing
Members of the line amass a large pile of metal to form a sort of “nest” atop which they mate and release several young Yamask into the pile. The Yamask will then select or fashion a suitable mask, staying close to their parents until they are strong enough to protect themselves.
Members of this line generally live solitairy lifestyles upon maturity. Yamask tend to live in groups for better protection until their shells are sufficiently formed, upon which they settle down in a single spot as Cofagrigus and only come together to mate. Yamask and Cofagrigus will band together if they perceive a threat to their source of metal but otherwise try to stay out of each others' way in the wild. Their protective nature over their homes and food carries over to their trainers and their trainer's belongings when they are domesticated.
edited 13th Mar '11 3:30:37 PM by FreeuserX3