Physical DescriptionsZekrom is a large, somewhat humanoid draconian Pokémon notable for its dark colouration and rugged physique. Its body is covered with sleek scales that are primarily black or dark grey in hue, and in many places they have seemingly fused together to form plates of a highly flexible armour; these plates are separated from one another by narrow, linear gaps, and these lines have been noted to pulse with an electric blue light in time to the creature’s heartbeat. It is extremely muscular, sporting pronounced pectorals, biceps and triceps, large thighs, and a thick and rigid neck; in addition, the dark patch of scales on its lower torso resembles abdominal muscles, and its shoulders and shoulder blades are readily apparent. Like many fully-evolved dragons, Zekrom possesses six limbs: two broad legs, two arms and a pair of wings. Its legs jut from its lower body at an angle and are perpetually bent like those of a Feraligatr or Krookadile, most likely to provide balance and stability; as mentioned above, they are thick and muscular, far more so than any of its four upper limbs, and terminate in a pair of broad feet with three blunt, rounded talons along with a sharper spur on the heel. Zekrom’s arms and wings both start at the shoulder, with the wings being slightly above the arms, and are nearly identical in terms of structure and appearance; it is not until the elbows that these upper limbs begin to differentiate, slight though these differences may be. The wings themselves consist of two small membranes stretched between three broad, flat appendages, making them seem more like the webbing between a Golduck’s fingers than the leathery wings of an Aerodactyl or Dragonite, and also feature a small spike where the thumb would be in a more conventional wing structure. The creature’s arms possess these characteristics as well, though here the spike is instead located at the back of the forearm just beneath the elbow and the webbing structures are smaller and slanted downward slightly; these structures have often been mistaken for the creature’s hands due to their appearance, but in fact Zekrom’s actual hands—small, round things consisting of little more than a palm and three wickedly-curved talons for fingers—are located on the underside of the arms a short distance behind them. Most likely, these ‘mitts’ as they are sometimes called are intended to assist the creature while in flight by allowing the arms serve as an extra pair of wings. Zekrom’s head extends into a blunted snout, and its entire lower jaw is covered in dark scales in contrast to the lighter grey of the rest of its body; its upper jaw features a sharp hook as might be found on the beak of a raptor, and its mouth is full of sharp, conical teeth. Its eyes resemble inverted trapezoids with the larger base serving as its brow, and its sclerae are blood red; accounts differ as to whether its irises, which are clearly separated from the sclera, share this crimson colouration or if they are actually white. Its snout features a short, severely backswept horn and an undulating crest bearing a slight resemblance to a lightning bolt or plume protrudes from the back of its skull; the tip of this crest is translucent and icy blue. Finally, Zekrom’s most notable and distinctive feature is its tail; rigid and inflexible, it is a bizarre, conical structure which resembles both the stinger of a Beedrill and an electrical turbine. Much of its structure is covered by a series of small slats and holes which bear an uncanny resemblance to heat sinks or cooling vents, further reinforcing the appendage’s unnatural appearance. Two bands of lighter scales exist on this tail, a segmented one at its base and a smaller one roughly two-thirds of the way up from the first; this second band possesses a triad of thin spikes akin to the blades of a simple fan.
Lore and HistoryZekrom features prominently in the creation myths of the Unova region alongside its counterpart, Reshiram; the two dragons are considered siblings to one another, equals and opposites in every respect—where Zekrom is masculine and tangible in aspect, Reshiram is feminine and ethereal; where Zekrom appears technological and artificial, Reshiram by contrast appears natural. This contrast is readily apparent in their very forms, whether it be their diametrically-opposed colour schemes—Zekrom’s scales are black and its eyes are red, while Reshiram’s plumage is white and its eyes are blue—or the inverted orientations of their tail structures (while both are conical, the point of this cone serves as the tip of Zekrom’s tail; for Reshiram, the cone’s base is instead the end of its tail). Their complimentary appearances and natures are believed to be intentional and not some quirk of fate by Unovan mythologists, as most legends posit that the two were at one point a single entity. While the specific details of this myth vary from one version to another, its fundamental aspects remain the same: in days long past, before the Unova region properly existed, the land was wracked by strife; people and Pokémon warred with one another, and the region was a barren and wild place slowly descending in chaos and destruction. It seemed that nothing would survive the constant battle, but when all hope seemed lost and the end was near, two brothers came down from the mysterious lands to the north; at their side was a single Pokémon, a dragon of great power and splendour, and with the aid of this magnificent drake and their own charisma they were able to unite the warring denizens behind their banner and transform the Unova region from a dying wasteland to an idyllic paradise. For ending countless years of war and bloodshed, the brothers were proclaimed as heroes and instated as kings of the reborn land; theirs was a golden age, and for a time all was good. But this peace could not last forever; while the brothers had been united in purpose when they first came to Unova, as time went on and they grew older their desires began to change, and slowly but surely they began to drift apart. The elder brother grew to desire truth while the younger brother sought ideals, and as their arguments escalated into animosity they both appealed for the great dragon’s assistance; but the drake’s bond with the two was so great that it could not side with one over the other…but nor could it refuse their desires, and to accommodate their growing feud it used its vast powers to split itself in twain. The sundered halves of the dragon became a pair of diametrically opposed Pokémon, and each sided with one of the brothers; to the elder king went pale Reshiram, the dragon of fire and truth, and to the younger hero went dark Zekrom, the dragon of lightning and ideals. So armed, the two brothers went to war with one another, and the powers of these twin demigods shook the very landscape; as the fight wore on, however, it became apparent that they were evenly matched—as Reshiram and Zekrom had been born of the same almighty dragon, they were equal and opposite in all respects and one could not defeat the other. Recognizing the futility of their struggle and filled with remorse for sundering their most loyal companion in this fashion, the two brothers declared that there was no right side in this ideological struggle and reconciled; they attempted to merge the two dragons back into their original whole, but their efforts only met with failure and they were forced to accept that their mighty dragon would forever be divided in two. Peace returned for many years, and in time the brothers married and started families; each passed down their desires to their eldest sons in an effort to give them aspirations and goals in life. But their sons, who had been born in a time of peace and did not understand war as their parents did, embraced these ideologies with excessive zeal and refused to see eye-to-eye with one another; having inherited control of the dragons from their fathers, they sought to prove their superiority by pitting Zekrom and Reshiram against one another—and the resulting cataclysm razed Unova to the ground. With all of their accomplishments undone in a maelstrom of fire and lightning, the aged brothers exiled their wayward sons and set about trying to repair the devastation; they realized that the dragons were too powerful to be allowed to roam free, for such power was easily abused, and each vowed to make sure that their Pokémon could never again be used for such evil. The passage of time has muddled the details of what occurred next: one of the brothers is said to have travelled north and built the edifice known as Dragonspiral Tower and sealed his respective dragon away on the tower’s highest floor; and the other, venturing south with his dragon, built the ancient temple now known as Relic Castle, then used powerful and ancient magic to transmute his Pokémon into a small gemstone. Exactly which Pokémon was sealed away and which one became a stone is unclear, but a prophecy states that in a time of strife, the dragons shall heed the call of a worthy hero and awaken to do battle once more. In addition to this myth, some scholars have speculated that Zekrom and Reshiram may be related in some fashion to the Pokemon known as Kyurem, citing similarities in body structure and nature; but while it cannot be denied that the three dragons are similar in several respects, no conclusive evidence of a connection between them has ever been discovered. Indeed, Kyurem does not factor into any myths or legends featuring Zekrom and Reshiram, as far as is currently known.
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BackgroundThe Dream World is an alternate world of sorts, similar in some ways to the Distortion World. The most unusual thing about the Dream World, and the thing that gives it its name, is that it is shaped by the neural activity of sleeping Pokémon, partially due to the trace psychic abilities they all possess (possibly due to their ties with the Psychic-type Mew) that, in Pokémon with no ability to use psychic attacks, are normally used to enhance the elemental attacks they are capable of using. The Dream World is normally totally isolated from the ”material” world, and the only reason it was discovered was due to research on the Pokémon Musharna. When studying its Dream Mist, scientists, particularly Dr. Fennel of Unova, noticed that Musharna could shape the Dream Mist into objects or even beings when threatened. The main breakthrough came when a Reunclius, using its telepathic abilities, conversed with a Musharna and said that it drew its powers over the remnants of dreams it ate from “a world where dreams themselves have power.” After studying Musharna’s Dream Smoke and psychic emissions, it was discovered that the species did have ties to an alternate “dimension” shaped by the dreams of Pokémon, and that Dream Mist was a diluted form of the base material of the plane, which can be changed into normal matter when influenced by psychic energy. By hooking up sleeping Pokémon to a special machine powered by Musharna’s Dream Mist, Fennel was then able to allow them to manifest themselves in the Dream World and interact with the native Pokémon. Even more astoundingly, she was then able to bring Pokémon native to the Dream World to the material world through certain places tied to it. However, her research on it is currently too experimental to do anything beyond bringing back Pokémon, common berries and miscellaneous objects, and only one place is currently useable for bringing Pokémon from the Dream World to the normal world: a forested peninsula in the middle of Unova where the Pokémon and objects mysteriously materialize after going to a certain location in the Dream World.
GeographyThe geography of the Dream World, while mostly resembling that of the normal world, is always changing due to the nature of the place; new dreams can gradually form and even destroy entire swaths of land. Floating islands are common, and the native Pokémon often migrate when the landscape around them changes. However, a few areas remain stable, and most studies focus on five such habitats. The Pleasant Forest is a temperate woodland area that’s home to a wide variety of Pokémon species and types. Windswept Sky is an area of constantly cloudy sky and swirling thermals above an island chain. It has small floating islands as well, and many Flying-types spend their entire lives there. The Sparkling Sea is a bay with a large, varied population of Water-types and other aquatic Pokémon. Spooky Manor is unusual in that it resembles a large and elaborate yet abandoned human house, and is perhaps formed from dreams of home life. It is inhabited by many Psychic, Dark, and Ghost Pokemon. Rugged Mountain is a hilly, rocky area full of Rock and Ground types. In addition to these, there is one area of utmost stability where native Pokémon often gather; it is a massive tree, dubbed The Tree of Dreams. The most unusual thing about the tree is that it seems to have some link to the material world; during observations of Pokémon manifesting themselves in the Dream World, the native Pokémon have an almost religious “ceremony” where one of their number is chosen by the visitor to go through a hole in the base of the tree. The exact same Pokémon appears in the Unovan forest, known as the Entralink Forest, shortly after, and greets the Pokémon who chose it like an old friend.
Tips for TrainersCurrently, Dr. Fennel is looking for participants for her research on the Dream World; she offers trainers who help her the opportunity to capture Pokémon and retrieve items sent to the Entralink Forest from the Dream World. (This section obviously needs expansion, or even needs to be replaced by something else)
Native PokémonThe Pokémon in the Dream World are almost exactly like Pokémon living outside of it, and have almost identical biological and behavioral characteristics. They are even capable of interbreeding with normal Pokémon when they immigrate to the material world. However, there is one important difference: the vast majority of Pokémon in the Dream World are of strains that are incredibly rare in the material world, and it is theorized that in at least some cases the strains originated there. Scientists are currently studying how these traits are inherited – apparently, they can only be passed on by females, and it’s not guaranteed – but in the meantime species of Pokémon with particularly valuable rare strains like Ditto and Torchic are sought after heavily by Trainers.
OtherEvidence indicates that around 19XX the Dream World was wracked by a series of natural disasters; this is thought to have some tie to the birth of a powerful psychic entity, with Mewtwo being the most likely candidate. Since its discovery, the Dream World has been featured in a film where humans attempt to manifest themselves in it, but get caught in a series of “dreams within dreams”.
Yeah, like I said, the lower sections are rather sparse, and I'd really appreciate suggestions on them. Don't forget to give Sullen feedback too. EDIT: Sullen, I see what you did there with the names of the brothers and the original dragon. And I LOVE IT. Seriously, I love anything to do with The Epic of Gilgamesh - including certain characters named after him.
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