Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Charmander 
- Charmeleon 
- Charizard 
All stages of the evolutionary chain look rather like large, bipedal, mundane lizards. They have an orange coloring (leaning towards red in the Charmeleon stage) with a cream belly.
Charmander average about 2 feet tall, with a head about the width of their body.
The 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.
The 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.
Charmander 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.
They're on fire.
As often are the things around them.
In addition, Charmeleon and especially Charizard are easily irritable, when not carefully trained.
Charizards 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