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The Pokédex - Extended Fanon Edition:

 7401 rmctagg09, Wed, 24th Apr '13 11:50:12 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
Congratulations Professor Tracer.
Hugging a Vanilluxe will give you frostbite.

It's typed rmctagg09.
 7402 Ms Ami Classified, Thu, 25th Apr '13 7:22:23 AM from Cloudcuckooland Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Editor of Sprites
...I don't have the context for that. Anyone care to explain to me?

EDIT: Never mind, I found the context. Now if you'll excuse me, I think I will call dibs on Keldeo.

edited 28th Apr '13 1:49:40 PM by MsAmiClassified

If you want to see my random ramblings, this is probably the best thing to click.
Solovino
Letting people know that, while horribly delayed due to personal issues, the Nidoran v5 revision is well underway. The revision is open to PEFE members who sign up to the new system (that will change to be less restrictive in the future).

http://tangent128.name/depot/veniasilente/pefetest/wiki.php/devel/nidoran-v5
Thanks TV Tropes, for pimping my addiction to the Internet!
 7404 Blu Beri Pi, Sat, 25th May '13 7:07:18 PM from his own little world. Relationship Status: I'm just high on the world
In Control
Hi everyone! I'm introducing myself right now.

WAAPT basically worked as a gateway drug for this thread for me, and I am now interested in seeing how you guys work.
 7405 rmctagg09, Mon, 27th May '13 9:00:51 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
Well, it's done, and probably the largest article I've made to date. I give you, the Tirtouga Line.

Tirtouga Line

Morphs [Oak Catalogue #]

  • Tirtouga [#564]
  • Carracosta [#565]

Morphology and Notable Bio

The Tirtouga Line is a group of chelonid Pokémon that were native to the waters surrounding the Unova region about 100 million years ago before becoming extinct and being brought back through fossil revival, mainly through the use of a Cover Fossil. The first morph, Tirtouga, is a chelonid Pokémon about 0.7 m long and 16.5 kg in weight on average. They are blue in color, with a black shell, beak, and “mask” around their faces, as well as black nubs on their front flippers.

Much like Squirtle, Tirtouga are skilled swimmers, capable of going nearly 1000 meters deep in order to find prey, as researchers observing revived and bred Tirtouga have learned. They are incredibly graceful underwater, swimming by moving their flippers in a way very similar to that of avian Pokémon in midair. However, due to those very same adaptations, they are very unwieldy on land.

Due to their mainly aquatic state of living, the members of the Tirtouga Line are also in possession of the ability to switch to an anaerobic metabolism on deep dives. This is coupled by lungs that are far larger in proportion to a Pokémon of their size, allowing them to take deep breaths before taking deep dives. To regulate their salt intake, they have lachrymal salt glands located in their orbital cavities that produce tears with a salt content level higher than that of the surrounding seawater, allowing them to maintain homeostasis. This can cause a Tirtouga or Carracosta on land to look like they’re constantly crying.

Perhaps their most interesting trait of all, however, is their shells. The shells and internal skeletons of Tirtouga Line members appear to have properties similar to that of rock, which has led to their classification as partial Rock type Pokémon. It however remains unknown if their partial rock typing was found in specimens born during the time period, or if it happens to be something brought on by the revival process. Another ability found amongst members of the Tirtouga Line is a trait known as “Prehistoric Call”. Due to their aquatic environment, members of the Tirtouga Line appear to recover from being knocked unconscious or stunned faster than most Pokémon, which is quite useful when being attacked by predators.

The second and presumed final morph, Carracosta, stands at 1.2 meters and weighs about 82 kg on average. They have the same coloration and general body plan as Tirtouga, but the nubs on their front flippers have turned into a trio of black fingerlike protrusions, while their back flippers have turned into legs with two-toed feet. The shell now covers the body of a Carracosta like a backpack, but its stomach remains uncovered, the skin beneath banded light blue.

As well as sharing the same abilities as Tirtouga, Carracosta are incredibly powerful; one specimen, escaping its preserve, managed to open a small hole in the bottom of a tanker with a single slap from its flipper. They also have a powerful bite capable of easily crunching through rock and metal, allowing them to add Rock and Steel types to their diet. While still good swimmers, the addition of two legs allows them to better move around on land, which is a boon when hunting land based prey.

Two submorphs of Tirtouga are currently known to science, the main difference being in the makeup of their shells. The first submorph has a notably thick shell, allowing it to withstand attacks such as an unblunted Horn Drill and render it incapable of being knocked out in one blow under normal circumstances. The shell also has similar defensive properties to that of Rhyperior’s armored hide, allowing it to better withstand electrical and flora based assaults, as well as blunt strikes and ground based attacks. The second submorph’s shell lacks the sheer thickness of the first, but Tirtouga Line members with this ability are capable of moving at quicker speeds in the rain and when submerged.

Occasionally, Tirtouga can also be born or revived with turquoise skin coloration and a lighter shaded shell. These Tirtouga evolve into Carracosta that are darker shaded overall compared to other members of their species. These Pokémon are especially prized by collectors.

Habitat

During the period that the Tirtouga Line inhabited the Earth, the area that would one day be known as Unova was mostly underwater. According to the fossil record, Tirtouga and Carracosta mainly spent their time offshore along the continental shelf, but would occasionally come onshore for the sake of hunting prey and breeding.

In modern times, Tirtouga Line members are mainly found within lab reserves due to general behavioral issues (See Hazards), with some under private ownership by trainers, such as the Gym Leader Marlon of Humilau City.

Diet

In their natural time period, Tirtouga and Carracosta were mainly omnivores with a preference for carnivory, hunting the ancestors of a number of other aquatic Pokémon, with a noted bias towards other Rock as well as Steel types, such as Omanyte, as well as the Frillish and Tentacool lines. They were also capable of using their beaks to pry Lileep and Shellder off their rocky outcroppings, as has been shown through observations of revived specimens in a semi-natural environment.

While they preferred hunting prey in the sea, on occasion much like Eelektross they would go on land to hunt terrestrial prey, with Carracosta being specifically suited for this purpose due to their more highly developed legs. Going by observations of captive specimens in semi-natural habitats, females appear to undergo this behavior far more than males, which may have to do with their breeding habits. (See Courting and Childrearing) While the Tirtouga Line is far more resilient than a number of prehistoric Pokémon to disease and modern foods, revived specimens still appear to have a preference for species that existed in their native time.

Hazards

While fairly placid as a general rule when not hunting, as with most Pokémon, the members of the Tirtouga Line can be quite dangerous in the right circumstances. While their first course of action against a potential predator is to rely on their rock hard shells, if that doesn’t work, they will defend themselves. Both morphs have a hard, bony beak that can just as easily remove fingers as they could crunch through an Omanyte or Omastar’s rocky shell. Other techniques used by Tirtouga include the use of barriers to defend against attacks, cloaking themselves in water to ram opponents, shooting jets of salt water into open wounds, throwing rocks capable of causing bone breakage upon connecting, and using Obscura to power themselves up at the cost of speed.

In the case of Carracosta in particular, they can do stronger versions of Tirtouga’s attacks, cloaking only their tails in water to hit their adversaries for massive damage, firing jets of water capable of breaking rock, causing rock slides, and summoning rain to power up their aquatic attacks. As a desperation technique, Carracosta and unevolved Tirtouga can break their shell’s casing, weakening its integrity in return for the increase in strength and speed brought on by their adrenaline high.

Another danger is that due to the far rougher time in which they lived, revived Tirtouga Line members often lack a concept of battling for fun, and will go about competitive battles in the same manner they would a life and death struggle. Due to some of these battles ending in the death of opponents, some smaller leagues have chosen to ban the Tirtouga Line entirely, though the Indigo, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos Leagues continue to allow their use in tournaments. It is worth noting however that Tirtouga Line members of mixed heritage tend to lack the behavioral issues of their revived brethren.

If you are confronted by an irate Tirtouga Line member and Repels will not work, it is advised to use energy based Electric, Grass, Ground, and Fighting attacks, as their shells do not offer as much defense against them as they would physical attacks. Their weight also leaves them vulnerable to taking major damage from tripping due to moves such as Low Kick and Grass Knot. While Tirtouga Line members are generally loners (See Social Structure), in groups they can use a technique commonly known as Wide Guard, which is a defensive barrier that works well against wide ranging attacks, but can be shattered with a direct blow. Tirtouga Line members learn this move earlier than almost any other Pokémon with the exception of the Mantine Line. This means that in groups one Tirtouga can use Wide Guard to protect against attacks that would harm all of them, while the others are free to attack with impunity on an opponent, though its power tends to wane as the battle goes on.

If a Tirtouga or Carracosta manages to drag you under if attacked in an aquatic environment, kicking at the Pokémon may cause it to let you go and rush to the surface, as their breath holding ability is based on stress and activity levels. Due to Prehistoric Call, it is best to leave the area immediately upon fainting a member of this line, as it may get up not too long afterwards prepared for round two.

Courting and Childrearing

Not much is known about how Tirtouga Line members mated in the wild, but what is known from observations of revived specimens is that the males are the ones who go after the females, with one female often bearing eggs from a number of different fathers. The females would then head for the beach on which they were born to lay their eggs. Fossilized nests have revealed clutches of up to 250 eggs, though captive specimens tend to lay far less. The gender ratio of the clutches is determined by temperature, with cooler nests having only males, warmer ones females, and medium nests a mixture of the two.

Once these eggs hatched, the palm sized hatchlings would be faced with a mad scramble to the ocean to avoid being eaten by land based predators such as Archen and Archeops, as well as Eelektrik and Sharpedo waiting in the waters in front of them. It has been noted through observations of revived specimens that Tirtouga eggs tend to hatch at night, likely an evolutionary adaptation to avoid predation. Out of the hundreds of mons in a clutch, it is theorized probably only one or two would manage to make it to adulthood.

An interesting quirk of the Tirtouga Line’s biology, shared with the Archen line, is their ability to breed with a number of invertebrate mons such as the Tentacool and Skorupi lines, as well as with each other. However, it is believed that their breeding almost never happened within their natural environment.

Social Structure

The members of the Tirtouga Line are mainly loners that keep to themselves as a general rule, though they are not territorial towards other members of their species, choosing instead to mainly ignore them when it’s not mating season. However, during times of migration observed within private reserves, they will travel together in large numbers though these groups lack any sort of hierarchy. However, if attacked they will work as a group to fight back against an attacker.

Causes of Extinction

There are many theories that have attempted to explain what had made the Tirtouga Line go extinct. Some of these include competition from the precursors to the Squirtle Line, and climate change near the end of the Cretaceous. The most popular theory is that they died off due to an asteroid impact at the end of Cretaceous killing off their main sources of food, leaving the Tirtouga Line to die a slow death via lack of food and competition with predators better equipped to handle post-impact conditions. This was not an instant death though, it occurred over hundreds of thousands of years.

In Human Culture

Within human culture Tirtouga Line members have been fairly popular, being a staple of any prehistoric documentary dealing in aquatic life, as well as in various children’s movies. Two famous examples include a century old Carracosta that assists a father and his companion on their journey to find the former’s son, and an atypically cave dwelling Carracosta that serves as an ally to a number of hatchlings of various prehistoric Pokémon forced to explore a dangerous new area. The “masks” of Tirtouga and Carracosta are also commonly copied by masked wrestled. In recent times the militaries of various regions have been looking at the makeup of Tirtouga and Carracosta shells in an attempt to make better body armor, as they appear to work well against both melee weaponry and firearms.

Due to their popularity in spite of the heavy restrictions on their ownership there exists a huge black market on their ownership, with an unknown amount of illegal Tirtouga and Carracosta in the ownership of unauthorized trainers. Aside from Marlon, a particularly famous owner of a Carracosta would be the former Team Plasma member N Harmonia, who used it in combat against the trainer who defeated both him and later Ghetsis Harmonia.


Written by rmctagg09

Thoughts? Comments? Concerns?

edited 1st Jun '13 2:50:34 PM by rmctagg09

Hugging a Vanilluxe will give you frostbite.

It's typed rmctagg09.
 7406 Tracer Bullet, Mon, 27th May '13 9:05:31 PM from A Dark and Rainy Alley
Guess Who...?
A couple of the potholes appear broken, but there don't appear to be any glaring structural issues with it, IMO. It appears to be a really solid and fleshed-out article.
Hard Boiled Detective Since 1985
 7407 Umbramatic, Tue, 28th May '13 5:47:44 AM from WAAPT or PEFE Relationship Status: He makes me feel like I have a heart
Yeah, it looks good. Would point out things I especially like, but it's all good.
"The pizza was inside you all along"- crowlover
 7408 Blissey 1, Tue, 28th May '13 7:46:39 AM from a random Pokčcenter Relationship Status: I know
insert title here
Going by observations of captive specimens in semi-natural, females

I think you're missing the word "habitat" or "environment" in there

looks pretty good otherwise!
Worrywort
I've been lurking around this project and looking at the articles and stuff for a while and I think this is super cool! I'm sort of thinking of trying to write an article myself, but I was sort of wondering if you could write things on locations other than cities. I didn't see any locations written about other than cities on the article page, so I was sort of wondering about that.

 7410 rmctagg09, Sat, 1st Jun '13 2:49:40 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
I think that would be be fine.
Hugging a Vanilluxe will give you frostbite.

It's typed rmctagg09.
Worrywort
Alright, I was thinking of claiming Eterna Forest. I have a few ideas of how to approach it.

 7412 Musik Maestro, Sat, 1st Jun '13 3:27:41 PM from The Madness of My Mind Relationship Status: Dancing with myself
The Minstrel of Musik
Just a note that I'm still here, and I'll be able to make some proper headway on the Mankey article come the 17th.

Is there any chance I could get a reservation for Petalburg Forest, if we're doing non-city locations now?
 7413 ATC, Sun, 2nd Jun '13 5:38:26 PM from The Library of Kiev
Was Aliroz the Confused
wild mass guess Ekans are monogamous and mate for life wild mass guess
If you want any of my avatars, just Pm me

I'd truly appreciate any avatar of a reptile sleeping in a Nice Hat

Read Elmer Kelton books
 7414 Udthe Imp, Sun, 2nd Jun '13 5:43:58 PM from Stamford, CT
Screw the Lion!
wild mass guessEevees and their evolutions will non-monogamous and will often try to mate with as many partners as possible to propogate the species due to the uneven gender split.wild mass guess

edited 2nd Jun '13 5:44:07 PM by UdtheImp

There are three constants in the universe: creation, destruction, and Fate. Guess which one am I? - Id the Imp
 7415 Sixthhokage1, Sun, 2nd Jun '13 6:00:50 PM from Fort Worth, TX Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Nya
[up]Reminds me of Nymph the Leafeon :P
I have a slight obsession with catboys.
 7416 Krika, Sun, 2nd Jun '13 6:04:37 PM Relationship Status: Wishfully thinking
wild mass guessCrygonal do not, in fact, reproduce.wild mass guess

 7417 strawberryflavored, Sun, 2nd Jun '13 6:10:32 PM from Virginia Relationship Status: Sinking with my ship
You spin me right round...
Nymph only had one kit though. :P
I WANT TO GET OFF MR. GIOVANNI'S WILD RIDE.
 7418 Sixthhokage1, Sun, 2nd Jun '13 6:11:14 PM from Fort Worth, TX Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Nya
True :P

…dammit now I'm missing the RP >_<
I have a slight obsession with catboys.
 7419 I Love Dogs, Sun, 2nd Jun '13 6:15:25 PM from Lunn Guyland Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
I want to get back into this, but I'll need help (still don't know much more about biology).
I am a pretty flower child. Gaze upon me and despair.
 7420 Musik Maestro, Mon, 3rd Jun '13 1:41:36 AM from The Madness of My Mind Relationship Status: Dancing with myself
The Minstrel of Musik
Krika: That ties nicely into the Rare Candy Comics Comic about it.
 7421 Krika, Mon, 3rd Jun '13 3:26:52 AM Relationship Status: Wishfully thinking
Where do you think I got inspiration for that? tongue

 7422 Xopher 001, Mon, 3rd Jun '13 5:14:58 AM from 38.5061° N, 76.5177° W Relationship Status: Mu
XXX of Light, the fortunate and unfortunate
Say isn't Viridiam Forest based on Aokigahara? The forest which has the second highest record of suicides on the world, and is reportedly haunted?
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 7423 Musik Maestro, Mon, 3rd Jun '13 5:16:55 AM from The Madness of My Mind Relationship Status: Dancing with myself
The Minstrel of Musik
[up] That sounds more like Eterna.
 7424 Xopher 001, Mon, 3rd Jun '13 5:20:17 AM from 38.5061° N, 76.5177° W Relationship Status: Mu
XXX of Light, the fortunate and unfortunate
Eterna forest is nowhere near Mt. Fuji/Silver
3DS friend code:4940-5537-4719; skype- crucifixal-burden; twitter- @pricekr
 7425 Musik Maestro, Mon, 3rd Jun '13 5:32:52 AM from The Madness of My Mind Relationship Status: Dancing with myself
The Minstrel of Musik
Neither was Viridian, originally.
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