Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Skarmory 
- Skarmory is a large bird type pokemon. It is a silvery metallic color, with red feathers and a grayish-blue tail, feet, and neck. Their feet have three talons, two on the front and one on the back of each foot. They also have a crest on the top of their heads. Their tail has a notch in it, similar to a bottle opener in appearance.
Skarmory gain their steel like skin because they are raised in bramble bushes or other thorny areas. The constant scratching as they grow up causes their skin to harden into it's adult steel like form. As a result, they also have an very high tolerance to pain. Combined with their steely skin, this makes Skarmory extremely resistant to all types of physical damage.
The feathers of a Skarmory are very sharp. They will get dented and battered due to battle and everyday wear and tear, so once a year, Skarmory will shed it's current feathers and grow new ones. Records exist of primitive peoples using shed Skarmory feathers as weapons in ages past. Even today, people will still use Skarmory feathers as cutting tools, for either convenience or cost reasons.
A Skarmorys wings are hollow, to keep it's weight down to aid in flight. Also, the front feather is open on the bottom, and Skarmory is able to retract it's other feathers into the top one, acting as a sort of sheath. This light weight and variable wing formation allows Skarmory to hit speeds of up to 190 mph in flight, though such speeds are attained only during fierce battles.
Skarmory can be found near volcanoes and mountains, especially is there's thick brambles nearby.
Skarmory are almost entirely carnivorous. They require a lot of meat in their diet in order to provide them with enough iron for their skin. Skarmory that grow up with an iron poor diet have very weak skin and are not likely to survive long.
Skarmory hunt by using their speed and physical resistance to divebomb their prey from above, often outright killing it with the impact. They then either eat where they are, or carry their prey back home if they have young to feed or are in a dangerous area. Should their prey be to large to carry back, they will use their wings to cut it into smaller pieces.
Skarmory can also be found using their iron hard beak to dig for metal deposits. Once they find these deposits, they will break off chunks and swallow them. These chucks of metal will sit in their stomach, slowly being digested over the period of 1-2 months, depending on the size of the chunk. In addition to providing Skarmory with a steady supply of minerals for it's skin, they also help to grind up food once in the stomach. Skarmory often base their territory around a good metal deposit.
Skarmory are very territorial. They will, however, usually attempt to intimidate intruders into fleeing before actually attacking. Should you find yourself accosted by a wild Skarmory, it is advised to slowly back away if you do not have any pokemon of your own to defend yourself with. Skarmory will generally not pursue intruders once they've left their territory.
Trainers should be wary around their Skarmory, especially while it's wings are unsheathed. It is very easy to accidentally cut oneself on their feathers. Also, their territorial nature will extend to their trainer, and they will defend their trainer against any threat, real or perceived.
Both male and female Skarmory find and claim their own territory. They will mark their territory by placing their own shed feathers in the ground or in a tree, so long as it's visible from the sky. Unlike other pokemon or humans, who get a warning before being attacked, a Skarmory entering another Skarmory's territory will be immediately attacked on sight. Fighting between Skarmory is the leading cause of wear and tear to a Skarmory's feathers.
Once a year, when a female Skarmory goes into heat, she will begin placing her feathers that mark her territory in a certain fashion, indicating that she is looking to mate. Males in any adjecent territories will come and court her. The males engange in a sort of competition, seeing who can most easily carve out the best nest from a bramble thicket with their wings. The winner gets to stay with the female, while the losers are driven away. They will both stay together while the baby Sakrmory are growing. Baby Skarmory are voracious, needing large amounts of meat in order to have enough iron for their skin to harden, in addition to enough nutrients for growing in general. This requires both parents to stick around to hunt.
Man, my entries are starting to seem sparse in comparison :-/
edited 29th Sep '10 7:02:39 PM by Blissey1