Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Pineco  – Pachythelia semenis
- Forretress  – P. armorum
Physical DescriptionsThe two species of the Pineco line are both classified as insects, but otherwise share little external similarities. The external structures of a Pineco are simple by Pokémon standards, consisting of a tough egg-shaped “shell” of bark two feet in length and one foot in diameter. Four rings of six plates of bark cover the Pineco totally, with the only sensory organs visible being a pair of small reddish eyes peering out from underneath the topmost ring. The plates are usually slightly flared (presumably for ventilation) but can be folded over completely if need be by means of fine silk threads. A single large horn is on the end closest to the eyes. Upon evolving to Forretress, however, the rings of bark fuse into two bumpy hemispheres that harden into an organic material as durable as steel. The hemispheres are usually partially separated, only revealing two blank eyes and four red turret-like protrusions. When threatened, however, the turrets can retract and the halves brought together. Weighing the Forretress reveals that the Pokémon has increased greatly in weight, from an average of 7 kilograms to 126. Golden-brown colored Pineco and Forretress have been rarely observed. These alternate colorations are prized by collectors, but otherwise serve no purpose.
Notable BiologyPineco are for the most part stationary creatures. They are usually found anchored to a tree branch by means of the horn on their head, and theoretically they can remain there for the rest of their lifespan. However, a Pineco can move around on the ground by rocking back and forth and using the momentum to roll. Forretress share this trait, but spin around a vertical axis instead of a horizontal one to move. They also tend to be more mobile than their pre-evolution is, changing residence trees every few weeks instead of choosing one for life. Due to a Forretress' natural metallic build, they also can emit a bio-magnetic field around them to "hover" a few inches off the ground, enabling them to traverse rough terrain easier. However, this does not allow them to cross deep bodies of water. The plates that cover a Pineco’s body are notably not grown as part of their body. Instead, the bark is ripped from nearby conifers (thicker types are preferable) and woven together by means of a sticky silk fluid, similar to that used by Spinarak to form their webs. A Pineco whose plates are damaged notably act much more aggressively, and will immediately seek out replacement material. Forretress, however, have absorbed the plates’ structure into their body and can regenerate them if wounded. Little is known about Pineco line’s feeding processes, and the act has never been caught on camera. This is due to the species having a strong reluctance to show its “entrails,” attacking anyone who tries to pry or otherwise investigate. (Attempting to open a Pineco or Forretress’ shell is considered Pokémon abuse and can result in revocation of one’s license.) However, it is theorized that they can release a faint pheromone only detectable to other insects, which serves as a chemical lure. There are notably two varieties of the line. The first and most common variant can, under periods of intense duress, momentarily condense their plates and concentrate to endure a hit that would otherwise knock them out. However, a second variant has been observed. This one has denser plates, allowing them to resist abrasive damage such as from sandstorms or whipping hail.
HabitatPineco are found primarily in the upper limbs of coniferous trees, such as pines, cypresses or spruces. They require specimens that are mature enough to hold their weight and with large and verdant enough branches to remain hidden. Forretress are not as common as their pre-evolution is in the wild: however, they have been noted to prefer trees at higher elevations, such as those along mountain ridges. Both will choose non-conifers if there are no other alternatives, if only to remain off the ground for extended periods.
DietAs mentioned previously, the Pineco line’s diet is currently unknown, and is theorized to be small insects. However, if there is no prey available, a Pineco can use the horn on the top of its body to “tap” a tree and suck its sap, using it as a temporary source of nutrition. (This has only been determined through examining the holes the Pokémon leaves behind.) Forretress, however, cannot, and any alternate sources of food they may use are currently unknown.
HazardsFor the most part, Pineco are rather docile creatures. They do not act except in self-defense, and will not actively pursue prey. However, they can be easily startled, in which case a Pineco will instinctively drop from its tree and release massive amounts of concussive energy through vibrating its bark plates approximately 50 times per second. This “explosion” is often enough to send intruders flying a good distance, but it inadvertently knocks the Pineco unconscious in the process. They can also scatter their bark plates a sizable distance from themselves, using the sharp spikes within as makeshift caltrops, and spit sticky silk threads. Forretress carry the same risks as Pineco do, but they are considered to be much more dangerous in practice. This is due to a new combination of their metallized outer surface and a propensity towards spinning. Freshly-evolved Forretress have been known to destroy trees by spinning rapidly and bashing into them, and they can easily do the same to a Trainer’s house’s walls. Therefore, a new Forretress’ owner should supervise it during the first two weeks of ownership, avoiding small or enclosed spaces that they could damage until the Pokémon has acclimated.
Courtship and ChildrearingDuring mid-summer, female Pineco or Forretress that is looking for a mate will spin a thick web of silk high in a tree, lining it with pine needles and other detritus, and remain motionless. The first male of the species to approach the female will mate briefly and fertilize the female’s eggs. The male will then leave after, while the female guards the eggs during gestation. When they hatch, the female will create a pseudo-shell for them out of two bark scales – the young are then released into the wild to expand the shell. Pineco and Forretress can mate in captivity, and with species not including their own. However, like with many of their behaviors, they will not copulate while observed.
Social StructureBoth Pineco and Forretress are highly solitary creatures. There is no family structure to speak of: young Pineco are presumed to know how to survive instinctually. They are additionally very territorial, and if a Pineco or Forretress tries to occupy the same tree where one is already present, the first one will bash its body against the intruder to get it to leave.
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Written by Rinne.
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