Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Vulpix 
- Ninetales 
Vulpix is a small, foxlike pokemon. It is covered in rust color fur, with it's belly being cream colored and it's paws a darker shade of the rust color. It has six large, curly tails and three curly locks on it's head, both of which are a red-orange color.
In Ninetales, the cream color on the belly of Vulpix now covers the entire body; some specimens also retain the red-orange color on the tips of their tails. Ninetales has, as the name suggests, nine tails instead of Vulpix six, and the curly locks on Vulpix head have become a large crest of fur.
Unlike most fire pokemon, who have a fire somewhere on the outside of their bodies, the Vulpix line keeps it's fire completely internalized. This internal fire is actually their method of metabolizing food; ingested food is burned and the resulting heat energy used for sustenance. Due to this internalized system, the Vulpix line are some of the only fire pokemon able to swim in the water should the need arise, though it is still very taxing on them as it drains their body heat. During very hot weather, Vulpix and Ninetales will often let puffs of flame out of their mouths to help maintain their internal body temperature. This system of metabolizing heat also makes them essentially immune to fire attacks; they will actually get more powerful if hit by them.
Ninetales is one of the smartest non-psychic type pokemon in the world, and seem perfectly capable of understanding everyday human speech, unlike most pokemon who only understand simple commands and battle orders. One would likely be able to have a nice conversation with one, if they could talk back. Ninetales are also very vengeful pokemon, and have been known to hold grudges and utilize their intelligence to find unique ways to payback those who have wronged them, pokemon or human. They especially hate anyone that pulls on one of their tails.
A Vulpix require a Firestone in order to evolve into a Ninetales. They actually ingest the stone, causing their internal fire to burn much hotter for a short time. The extra energy provided triggers and is used for the process of evolving.
Vulpix live mostly in volcanic, mountainous regions. However, they can also be found in grassy plains and occasionally even in urban environs, especially in abandoned buildings. Ninetales are extremely rare in the wild, and what few of them there are can only be found in volcanic regions, were Firestones can naturally occur.
Both Vulpix and Ninetales are omnivorous, eating most anything they can find from berries to other animals or pokemon. This is thanks to their previously mentioned system of metabolizing food; as long as it can burn, they can eat it. However, Nintales are much more picky about their food, and will only stoop to eating carrion in dire circumstances. Both hunt by quickly pouncing on their prey and immediatly letting of a fire attack at point blank range, usually an ember for Vulpix and a flamethrower for Nintales.
Vulpix are fairly tame pokemon; about the only thing to worry about is to not put your hand in front of them on hot days, as they may incidentally singe you while letting out some fire to maintain their body temperature.
Ninetales on the other hand, require much more caution. It is advised never to interact with one unless you intend to catch it, especially so if you live in the area. Ninetails have been known to exact revenge on people who have needlessly harmed them years after the fact. This even extends to trainers who own a Ninetales, though to a much less dangerous extent. If your Ninetails should faint needlessly in battle, don't be surprised later when some kind of intricate practical joke is sprung on you.
Since the ratio of females to males is about 3:1 in Vulpix and Ninetales, it is the females that must court the males. Once a year, towards the end of winter, females will catch some fresh food and present it to the male they wish to mate with, if there are multiple females after the same male, there may be some fighting between them. After the Vulpix kits are born, the female and male will stay with them for about a month, the female watching over them and the male providing food. After that time, the all involved will go there separate ways.
Vulpix are generally solitary creatures, each female claiming an area by leaving special scorch marks at the edges of their territory, while the males are wanderers. However, they have been known to team up in times of desperation in order to take down larger prey, especially if the Vulpix in question were liter mates.
edited 15th Jun '10 8:41:51 PM by Blissey1