The wheel will turn ever more, but I see pain. I see victory, but pain.
Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Tangela [#114]
- Tangrowth [#465]
Notable BiologyTangela is very vulnerable without any vines, meaning it goes to great lengths to stop anyone or anything from removing the vines. As such, most trainers will never see what Tangela looks like under them. They often remain perfectly still for hours, camouflaging themselves as a small bush in order to attract prey. If discover, however, they will move and shift their vines non-stop in an effort to confuse and distract predators. Any vines which are severed grow back quickly, meaning Tangela will not hesitate to sacrifice a vine in order to escape. Like Yanmega, Tangrowth is believed to be significantly older than Tangela; and was thought to be extinct until some were discovered in a remove rainforest. Tangrowth’s behavior and biology is very similar to Tangela’s in many respects, but Tangrowth also uses its’ long arms to grab any prey which is within its reach, unlike the less aggressive Tangela. It is also worth noting that Tangrowth’s vines grow much faster than Tangela’s
HabitatTangela are fairly common in forested areas in Johto where the bushes they mimic are plentiful, but appear only rarely in other regions. Only a few Tangrowth have been seen in the wild, but all sightings have been deep within rainforests.
DietTangela is mostly insectivorous, but also is capable of photosynthesis. They have also been known to attempt to eat small mammals or birds in times of desperation. Tangrowth are much less picky; and will eat anything small enough that happens to wander within reach of its’ arms.
HazardsTangela are fairly docile; their first reaction to an apparent threat is to hide, or, if that fails, attempt to intimidate and deflect foes using their vines by moving them wildly. However, if provoked they will lash out violently, using their vines as rather effective whips. Tangrowth are aggressive and unstable; and should therefore be approached carefully. Their vines are a good deal stronger, longer and faster than Tangela; easily able to cause serious injury. Additionally, small moving objects; such as pokemon, electronics, or even children, should not be allowed near Tangrowth, as it will attempt to eat them; though that it sometimes equally harmful to the Tamgrowth.
Courting and ChildrearingFemale Tangela enter ‘heat’ once a year; secreting a special pheromone which alert any male Tangela that may be nearby that they are ready to mate. The competing male Tangela extend their vines as far as they can in an attempt to both intimidate each other and impress to female. Baby Tangela are commonly hidden underneath a bush and abandoned. The mating habits of Tangrowth have not observed, as so few have been found.
Social StructureTangela are mostly solitary, but are not particularly territorial either. It’s not uncommon to find two or more Tangela sheltering under the same tree, with little to no communication with each other. Tangrowth are much more territorial, and will quickly chase out anything too large to eat that enters it’s territory. A presumed exception is made for potential mates, but this has never been observed.
edited 14th Jul '10 4:17:13 PM by Gilphon
edited 14th Jul '10 5:16:30 PM by Neo_Crimson
Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Absol 
Notable BiologyAs with most feline Pokémon, Absol possesses a refined, gyroscopic inner ear that allows it to reorient itself in midair and land on its feet, as well as excellent night vision. In addition, its horn is lined with a number of aerokinetic cells that allow it to stimulate air currents when swung. The species is also notable for its incredible longevity, with captive specimens documented as living for well over one hundred years. Most impressive of all, however, is Absol’s tactile sense; fine enough to detect subtle shifts and eddies in the atmosphere or faint vibrations in the lithosphere from across the globe, Absol’s incredibly refined sense of touch allows it limited precognition regarding the onset of natural disasters. In the past, when the species was both more numerous and more altruistic, they would often run into towns or villages in large prides and attempt to warn the inhabitants of impending destruction; however, as they frequently arrived too late to prevent these disasters—-and because of their somewhat threatening appearance and frequent attacks on livestock—-the popular misconception that Absol actually cause natural disasters became widespread, and they were hunted nearly to extinction. Now Absol is considered a Critically Endangered species of Pokémon, and trainers who successfully capture one are required to either turn them over to a Pokémon preserve, such as the Safari Zone, or fill out a small mountain of legal waivers signifying that they are not endangering the Absol or themselves by training it.
HabitatWhen the species was more robust and approachable, Absol ranged across the temperate climes of Hoenn and Johto, serving as apex predators; now, they are primarily confined to the mountains, where they eak out a living as ambush predators.
DietLike most big cats, Absol are entirely carnivorous, and they are not picky in regards to their food; anything, even humans, is fair game if it can be taken down. Depending on the exact location of their territory, the staple of their diet will either be Stantler, Heracross, Quilava, Buneary, or even Charmeleon.
HazardsAs a result of frequent human attacks, Absol are extremely leery of people, turning and fleeing if one gets too close. If cornered, however, they are vicious fighters whose talons are sharp enough to rend solid rock, and the blade projecting from their head can easily bifurcate a human being with a single cut. Furthermore, if one attacks an Absol, sees that it is too strong to deal with, and attempts to flee, the creature will exploit this opening and chase its opponent down until one or the other can run no more, and the creature is not above resorting to questionable tactics in order to win a fight. Finally, as with most Dark-type Pokémon Absol projects a strange mental “haze” which renders it immune to telepathy or psionic attack, and while it is vulnerable to Fighting-types, Absol can counter this with potent psychokinetic abilities of its own.
Courting and Childrearing???
edited 15th Jul '10 5:12:11 AM by SullenFrog
Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Nidoran♀ [#029] (labelled "NidoranF")
- Nidorina [#030]
- Nidoqueen [#031]
- Nidoran♂ [#032] (labelled "NidoranM")
- Nidorino [#033]
- Nidoking [#034]
Notable BiologyNidoran exhibit high gender dimorphism when compared to other species so such a high degree that, before the worldwide effort to recatalogue microscale gender differences (in cases such as Illumise and Volbeat versus, say, Venusaur), earlier versions of the Pokédex recorded them as completely different and monogendered species. To this day and in order to maintain full compatibility with the older and more limited "iPhokéx" series of products as required by law, current Pokédexes issued for Trainers still enumerate both genders of Nidoran as different species. Nidoran produce two distinct kinds of agents: the first one acts as an enzymatic disruptor and makes their body highly poisonous, whereas the other is a blood-damaging venom. Production and effect of their natural agents is highly specialized to the point that Trainers can develop completely different strategies for each gender and evolutionary stage. The poison is produced in glands across a Nidoran's back and belly underskin, as well as near the whiskers and the rear spikes in the female, whereas the venom is produced and delivered by organs in the head. Toxicity is also specialized: whereas the female's natural poison is very strong and even known to kill the males of the species, the male can produce venom almost continuously to the point that he needs to dispose of it regularly by rubbing their horn against bark or rocks. Even the delivery method is specialized: whereas the poison is released by bodily heat and intended to be transferred on touch to the opponent's wounds, or deposit in the body of Nidoran during the course of their life, the venom contains free-acting cells similar to cnidocites that infiltrate the blood stream and actively attack oxygen carrier cells. Cases of inverted pigmentation have been observed (pink female, blue male), which was among the first hints for early researchers that they were dealing with a single species. Those Nidoran do not present any other difference against normal Nidoran and the origin of this divergence has not been explained. Research indicates that slightly less than one in eight thousand individuals in a Nidoran colony may exhibit alternate pigmentation, and the trait does not seem to be inherited.
The Royal EvolutionsWhen exposed to the radiation of a Moon Stone, a Nidorina or Nidorino will undergo an Egregious process of evolution — leading to the stages that have been names Nidoqueen and Nidoqueen. These forms are largely different to their preevolutions. They are bipedals whose body structure is most similar to that of highly evolved forms such as Aggron. Their fairly harder spikes and scales and the general complexion (thick legs and arms, exposed bellies) is revealing of an incredible growth in physical strength. The power that Nidoqueen and Nidoking gain in this stage is incredible and they are not afraid to show it, which during time has lead to them earning a particular fame. Tales of a Nidoqueen tackling and turning a military truck upside down or a Nidoking swinging their tail and tearing all trees ten meters around him from their roots are not only unheard of, but also relatively close to the truth. For an unknown reason, the radiation of the Moon Stone triggers an additional process that modifies the microstructure of Nidoqueen and Nidoking's muscle and skin tissue. This grants their bodies with hardness akin to those of Ground-type Pokémon at the cost of permeability, and for all intents and purposes Nidoqueen and Nidoking are classified as Poison/Ground type Pokémon. It is revealing of their battle prowess that Giovanni Terremoto, famed leader of a Ground-type Gym in the region of Kanto before his fall as the leader of Team Rocket, dedicated two chapters to these final forms in his only known written work, "Mysteries of the Earth": one about their training as battlers and bodyguards and one instructing on how to [DATA EXPUNGED]. One particular trait upon evolution is that Nidoqueen becomes infertile. The specific mechanics of this process and its evolutionary meaning is unknown although it may be related to their new typing; further complicating the issue is that Nidoking remains fertile, although it shows very low sperm production and a natural behaviour adverse to mating.
HabitatNidoran can be found roaming in the borderline and outer area of the larger grasslands. Small groups of individuals roam around a somewhat hidden core or colony, consisting of as many as six hundred adult individuals which can only be found by examination of the forests and mountains adjacent to the grasslands. Those groups can cover large areas spanning several cities such as what happens in the region of Johto where they can be found in all the areas immediate east and north of Goldenrod City.
DietIt becomes surprising to some people that the members of the Nidoran family are primarily herbivorous, gathering in large groups to eat grass and collect fruit that has fallen from trees. It is the adult stages that adapt their diet to eat what they kill — only during the courting stage or when they are facing times of scarcity.
HazardsNidoran and their evolutions, being Poison-type Pokémon, are inherently dangerous. They have a tendency to poke or bite any object in an exploratory manner, and from there kick, brush and ram against anything that they consider even a slight hint of a threat. Given that their venoms can cause both neurological and muscular damage, Trainers should always wear protective gloves and glasses and have antidote spray among their common resources if they plan to handle members of the Nidoran species. While preferred by kids and young girls, basic-form Nidoran are not trivial to handle, feed or carry; since the poison glands in their spikes and whiskers are stimulated by tactile pressure, incorrectly grabbing them may force them to inject poison in your skin or blood vessels. To correctly grab a Nidoran it is important to give them "warning" such as tapping the base of their neck — something that you don't see the mothers doing on TV since they don't need to. Try to never raise them above the level of your head or hug them strongly if they haven't leapt upon you on their own accord. Being larger and generally meaner, Nidorino and Nidorina are more difficult to handle. Trained ones are however very self-aware of the damage they may cause to you and will always move carefully in your presence so unless they feel particularly displeased you will not run into "accidents" with them. Take into consideration that activities that they find "displeasing" irrevocably include being administered medication or undergoing medical checks, so leave those tasks to experienced medical personnel. A Nidoran's horn is no less worry than the large amount of spikes in their bodies. All forms will ram with incredible force, although it is the male who presents the most danger due to the fact that he will gleefully swing his head so that the horn pierces more and more organs while more and MORE venom keeps being poured in the victim body. Plus all forms are capable of striking successively and with good enough precision, reason why an adult Nido's horn must be blunt for them to be accepted in official competitions (see notes below on Nidoking however).
Dealing with Royal EvolutionsIf you find yourself alone or unprepared against a Nidoqueen in a bad mood, check for the location of a den or a source of food nearby and, once you find it, head away from that direction slowly, never turning your back on her and never halting, even if you trip or back against a wall or tree. She will give you periodical warning growls to make sure that you keep doing what she says and will let you off-the-hook once you are far from her area of interest. Were you to find yourself against a Nidoking in any mood (or worse, two Nidoking fighting), make use of any rough feature of the landscape to put distance between you and them — even if that means choosing between a ~30m leap to a wild river over turning and facing him directly. The longer they chase you, the lest likely they are to abandon the chase. Beyond that we can only wish you luck and invite you to come to our main offices in [DATA EXPUNGED] so that we can archive your story. Due to their strength and tenacity, in theory a Nidoking's first horn thurst to hit is already a lethal, irrecoverable injury. In practice this is not the case for Trained Nidoking because as they are required to have their horns blunt for admission, something that Nidoking deem as the highest offense and humiliation, they react poorly to it and Trainers are recommended not to try — any Nidoking undergoing such a procedure will most likely kill their own Trainer if anything less than the winner's trophy in a golden platter is achieved, leaving only the most experienced Trainers who rely on periodic tournaments as a manner of training to have Nidoking accepting of the procedure.
Courting and ChildrearingBoth the basic forms and the middle-stage forms (Nidorino and Nidorina) can breed, although their capacity to do so is largely different. Young Nidoran will breed two times a year, producing anywhere from four to eight cubs a time; Nidorino and Nidorina breed so rarely (once every four years in some cases) that before the introduction of hybrid helicameras by Kidd Industries it was widely assumed that Nidorina was actually infertile. Their mating rituals are also vastly different: whereas the basic forms take part in seasonal private meetings in a manner very similar to that of human dating (a reason why the media takes so much advantage of them), Nidorino will pack and take part in Battle Royales that start as displays of skill and battle ability and end as wild beatings. In all cases it is the female who will pick a male of her choosing, by picking a moment after he is tired and calmer to beat him into submission, leaving him little to no option. Afterwards she will keep close to him for a long time — it is not rare for Nidorina to get her claws dirty on competitors or on their own male if he decides to ignore her. Nidoqueen are infertile and Nidoking are biologically adverse to breeding; even with this they will still take part in seasonal courtship rituals with motivation currently unknown, although it is speculated that it may serve to the younger forms as teaching by example or as a way to pass the metrics that females should use to seek potential companions. For Trainers: Once your Nidoran couple have grown accustomed and spend more time around each other than other members of your party or their species, you may observe a particular behaviour where the fermale is in an isolated but visible place and the male will go to the outside and start crying very loudly and scratching the surface of trees and walls. While the media has labelled this behaviour as "romantic serenades" for marketing purposes, you, the experienced Trainer, surely know better: this is actually the male announcing to his surroundings that he has found a "new" female and is willing to take any challengers in place to get her. Since such fights are carried in presence of the female and end only when she chooses so, it is very likely that they will last until only one or two males are in condition to walk, let alone to mate. For this and other reasons, hotels and resorts in grassland areas require signing up your Nidoran or Nidorino in advance and impose punishment ranging from fines to a lifetime ban on Trainers who let their Nidoran explore alone or don't keep them under rigid control.
Social StructureAll basic forms live together in the core colony with their parents and venture to the outside in sibling groups. The colony itself is led by a cabal of Nidorina. During the winter or times of high activity those Nidorina disband the colony and lead child-raising groups on their own, leaving the adult males to group together in packs and roam the surrounding areas to secure a new area. Protection of the outer rings of the colony is carried out by some Nidorino who are "awarded" the position of guards after surrounding the colony for some time, and who group in pairs to perform night-to-night watches from key spots. In their spare time, some Nidorino go back to the core to teach the young advanced techniques, in particular adequate horn fencing and pressure attacks (for the young to avoid having their ears pierced by an incoming horn). Protection of the inner circle, dedicated to the raising of the youth and the collection of berries and vegetables, is carried out by the Nidorina themselves — but it is not often that they face trouble: any attacker that manages to reach the core is usually already dying from the males's blood-eating venom when they are ambushed and finished by the females, their bodies later collected as food. The exact place of wild Nidoqueen and Nidoking in the colonies is not completely understood. Each colony has two or three Nidoqueen—Nidoking couples freely roaming around the core of the colony, but they don't seem to usually participate in colony activities and don't compete between them or against the lead Nidos for any sort of position or power. Outside of the core however they become ferocious partners who keep close, but not too close, to the groups of Nidos roaming around the landscape.
OK... technically this is about half-complete. I'm missing some things in the aspect of diet and I'm sure my Fan Myopia got in in more places than is healthy, but since I usually work in Rolling Updates mode that won't be an issue for long.
edited 16th Jul '10 6:52:22 PM by SilentReverence
edited 16th Jul '10 8:07:50 PM by SilentReverence
edited 16th Jul '10 8:11:39 PM by Tangent128
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edited 16th Jul '10 9:27:45 PM by SilentReverence