Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Bulbasaur 
- Ivysaur 
- Venusaur 
Notable BiologyThe plant on the back of a Bulbasaur would appear at first glance to be a symbiotic partner; however, further study has revealed that the bulb is in fact genetically identical to its host. Further DNA study revealed that the Bulbasaur genome can be divided into typically reptilian and typically angiosperm halves, resulting in one of the most extreme known examples of embryonic cellular differentiation. The division is not total, of course; Bulbasaur leaves contain nerves, and small concentrations of active chloroplasts are found in the skin. TODO: detail evolution
HabitatWarm, humid areas rich in vegetation.
DietHerbivorous, supplemented by photosynthesized sugars and starches. As such, Bulbasaur are not any more strongly attracted to sweetened food.
HazardsBulbasaur leaves are toxic (not that you'd eat one on purpose, surely!), and more mature specimens are capable of releasing PoisonPowder when feeling threatened. While they do have fangs for intimidation, biting is not their first resort.
CourtingMates attract each other by releasing hormones via their flowers. During mating, the male's plant releases spores, which are collected by the female. Whether the spores provide any genetic contribution to the offspring has not yet been established.
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Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Squirtle 
- Wartortle 
- Blastoise 
Notable BiologyThe Squirtle line's body is actually, on average, less dense than water, making them natural floaters. To dive for hunting and protection, they fill an internal ballast bladder with water. Powerful muscles enable them to use this sac as the source for a powerful jet of water. TODO: detail evolution
HabitatEstuaries *, river deltas, and other brackish environments. Squirtle and Wartortle will often venture upstream to hunt or play, while Blastoise retreat into deeper water when not rearing young.
HazardsDue to their durable shells, the line finds no threat in the presence of humans. Unless provoked, the species is actually more dangerous when displaying affection- as their shells lead them to overestimate a Trainer's sturdiness, a playful tackle may knock one breathless or leave bruises.
CourtingSimilar to rams and deer, two competing males shoot continuous streams of water at the other, the streams colliding. When one overpowers the other, either through toppling or outlasting the opponent, the stronger male is proven.
edited 30th May '10 12:21:56 PM by Tangent128
edited 28th Mar '10 2:46:00 PM by Pykrete
edited 28th Mar '10 7:10:07 PM by Tangent128
Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Charmander 
- Charmeleon 
- Charizard 
Notable BiologyThe signature characteristic of this family is the continuous flame emanating from the tip of their tail. It is fed by gas generated in an internal pyrosac, with thick-walled igniter cells scattered around the exit pores. The flame burns vigorously, and dissolved oxygen in the gas makes it difficult to extinguish even intentionally. Often the only time it's seen to go out is when the Char itself dies, spawning the urban legend that the extinguishment is itself the cause of death. While the temperature shock is quite painful, it is not inherently lethal. TODO: detail firebreathing- gas or napalm? Their claws are incredibly hard, and coupled with strong arm muscles and tendons are capable of digging into stone for climbing or burrowing. TODO: detail evolution The Charizard stage has developed wings, easing travel in their native mountain-filled/volcanic region. They tend to congregate near lava outlets, which provide reliable updrafts.
HabitatThe Charmander family is usually found upon smaller mountains, where there is little flammable vegetation, with rodents and other small animals available for hunting. Charizard may dig dens for themselves and offspring by crushing rocks or blasting the mountainside with flames. Some of the species have been artificially introduced to other places, like volcanic islands or large valleys.
DietCharmander often prey on small creatures, and have been witnessed using their fire to bring down prey slightly bigger than themselves. As their digestive system is not fully developed yet, they tend to cook their food with their own Embers before eating. Charmeleon are extremely intelligent and willing to work together to bring down large prey. They often resort to Fire Fang attacks while darting in and out with quick strikes. Charizard tend to go after larger prey, including deer and any cattle that may be raised near their mountain homes.
HazardsThey're on fire. As often are the things around them. In addition, Charmeleon and especially Charizard are easily irritable, when not carefully trained.
Social BehaviorCharizards often engage in ritual tests of strength rather than brawl it out over disputes despite their natural temper - probably because direct combat between Charizard would decimate the species. It is still a bad idea to test their temper, of course.
edited 14th Apr '10 11:39:35 PM by Tangent128
edited 28th Mar '10 7:46:24 PM by ElementBlue
edited 28th Mar '10 11:06:09 PM by Pykrete