The PokÚdex - Extended Fanon Edition:
edited 9th Nov '10 8:40:22 PM by Rainbow
Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Meowth 
* Persian 
Notable BiologyMeowth and Persian are quadrupedal feline Pokemon with prominent whiskers and retractable claws. The wild-type coat is short and soft, cream to white in color. In Meowth, this is accompanied by brown pointing on the ears, tail and back feet; the ear and foot pointing fades after evolution. The tail of both stages features a distinctive whorl at the end.
Meowth is small, weighing nine to ten pounds on average. Its nose is difficult to spot, as it is nearly flat and covered in fur, but this doesn't seem to impede its breathing. It is capable of standing bipedally for relatively long periods and unusually flexible shoulder joints by quadruped standards allow it to throw small objects. Meowth's most distinctive feature is the "coin" embedded in its forehead: actually a keratinous structure more akin to a horn. Metallic deposits within the coin lend it its shine. If its coin is not broken off early, Meowth sheds it on a seasonal basis. The coin reaches full size within two weeks after being broken or shed, but takes longer to regain its mature thickness and luster.
After roughly two years, Meowth evolves into Persian (unless it is exposed to an Everstone, which Meowth owners frequently purchase for this reason- see Hazards.) It increases in size, now standing an average of three feet tall at the shoulder, with a more lithe and powerful stature like that of its fellow big cats. Unlike the younger stage, Persian have not been observed to move bipedally. The original coin is shed for the last time, and shortly replaced with a smaller, round red "gem." The gem is harder than Meowth's coin and firmly fixed in place. Persian does not shed its gem.
BehaviorThis line is remarkably intelligent, with at least one Meowth reported to have learned human speech. It is unclear, however, whether this is mere mimicry as exhibited by Chatot or if he actually knew what he was saying. Despite its intelligence, Meowth's often contrary nature makes it tricky to train. Wild-caught Persian are very resistant to training; as such, almost all trained or pet Persian were raised from the Meowth stage.
Meowth is notorious for its habit of seeking out and hoarding shiny objects, particularly round ones. It carries its finds back to its den, and if forced to abandon it, may take a favorite item along if it is able. Kittens still living with their mother do not accrue their own hoards, but bring objects to their mother instead; pet Meowth frequently do the same for their owner, even past the age when they would normally have left their parent.
In battle, Meowth is known to deliberately break off its coin, which appears to cause it no pain, and throw it at its opponent. This serves as a distraction while Meowth closes in to bite and claw at the foe. If its coin is still growing back from a previous loss, other small objects are sometimes utilized.
HabitatMeowth is native to Johto and Kanto. Populations have also become established on most of the Sevii Islands, likely descended from Meowth and Persian brought there as pets. While their native habitat appears to be forested areas, both wild and feral populations are frequently found in the vicinity of human settlement. As a popular pet and Contest Pokemon, there exists a considerable market for Meowth in other regions.
DietMeowth and Persian are carnivorous, though they may nibble on green plants on occasion.
HazardsMeowth's hoarding can make it a danger to its Trainer's valuables. Appealing trinkets should be kept well out of reach in a household where Meowth lives; it is adept at climbing and making its way into surprising spaces, so often "out of reach" means behind a lock. It is also necessary to provide a scratching post, mat, or tree and train Meowth to use it as soon as possible, as it needs to scratch regularly and will use the furniture to do so if there are no other options.
Many people who keep Meowth as pets purchase Everstones due to Persian's infamously fickle temperament. Even a Persian that has been around humans from birth may claw its owner if annoyed, and it is easily provoked. [Trainer Note: It calms down if you can get ahold of its whiskers, but it's much better to just back off and let it cool down.] Watching its body language is a useful tool to know when to back off, as Persian raises its tail when it's preparing to strike.
While Meowth can usually be trained and acclimated to humans and other Pokemon without much trouble, wild-caught Persian are nearly impossible to completely tame. Serious injuries and even deaths have occurred when a formerly wild Persian unexpectedly turned on its owner.
Courting and ChildrearingThis Pokemon reaches sexual maturity during the Meowth stage. Females go into heat roughly twice a year; during this time they make loud calls, and if living indoors, will attempt to get outside by any means necessary. A Persian in heat can be especially destructive in her attempts to escape. Intact males may mark their territory by scratching or spraying, and if allowed to roam frequently get into fights over females. For these reasons, many pet Meowth/Persian keepers opt to have them spayed or neutered. After a successful mating, the parents go their separate ways, and the female gives live birth to an average of 2-4 kittens after roughly two and a half months.
The mother cares for her young for the first couple of months. Approaching a wild Persian with kittens should be avoided if at all possible; a tame Persian may allow her trainer/owner near if she's in a good mood.
Social StructureMeowth tolerates others of its species fairly well, and wild or feral individuals will often form loose colonies. However, it prefers to hunt alone. It can become quite attached to its human trainer, but unlike Skitty and Delcatty, Meowth is not a "lap cat."
Persian is much more solitary, voluntarily approaching other Persians only to mate. A tame Persian considers its trainer part of its territory, and doesn't take well to other people or Pokemon.
edited 16th Nov '10 12:52:30 PM by InsanityPrelude
Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Houndour 
- Houndoom 
Physical DescriptionHoundour are foot-tall Dark-furred canine Pokemon with red muzzles and underbellies. Houndoom are larger- usually three or four feet tall to the top of their horns. Both of these Pokemon sport rib-like growths on their backs and what appear to be shackles around their ankles.
Notable BiologyThe Houndour line is distantly related to the Vulpix and Growlithe lines, but more closely related to the Poochyena line. Like Vulpix and Growlithe, Houndour and its morphs internalize their fire and expel it through their mouths. Their fire is adapted for hunting and self-defense purposes; Houndoom strengthen their fire with a chemical that has been dubbed "Houdpalm," that is mainly derived from stomach acid, allowing the morphs to leave deeper burns than those of most other Fire Types, and often even cause major nerve damage. This has led to the urban legend that Houndoom flame burns forever. Houndour also have a skull plate, which is shed in place of horns when it evolves. Houndoom has one more "shackle" per paw and one more "rib" than Houndour, as well as a skull "necklace". Houndoom's "ribs" are special structures that house the Houndpalm. This substance is composed of stomach acid and other gastric byproducts. Their fur is resistant to it, in case a "rib" accidentally breaks, but if this substance were to come into contact with their internal organs (barring, of course, the stomach and esophagus), death would be slow and painful. The other protuberances are believed to have had some advantage in the past, but are purely vestigial now, with the obvious exception of Houndour's skull plate, which protects the infant Pokemon until its skull hardens.
HabitatHoundour are usually found in areas of rough terrain, but many have made the transition to Grasslands, and even the occasional city.
DietIn the wild, Houndour are mainly carnivorous, but supplement their diets with berries and grasses. Houndoom prefer spicy berries, which contain capscasin, which— among other unknown substances— will be incorporated into the Houndpalm. They will also chew rocks (and, once they become Houndoom, their discarded skull plate) to strengthen their outer "ribs."
HazardsThe Houndour line does not begin to produce Houndpalm until sexual maturity. As such, Houndour caught in the wild are actually less dangerous than the average fire type, due to their usually compliant nature. They are recommended for intermediate trainers, but even a beginner trainer can make adequate use of one, provided that it has been spayed or neutered to prevent the production of Houndpalm. In fact, only spayed or neutered Houndour or Houndoom are allowed in official tournament play. Houndoom caught in the wild tend to be more of a hassle. They have been reported to have challenged (and painfully defeated) their trainers for dominance or the chance to return to the wild. They react unfavorably to being neutered, and so are usually only used for breeding purposes.
Social StructureHoundour and Houndoom share the intelligence of their cousins Vulpix and Growlithe. Houndoom hunt together in well-organized packs, using barks and other such sounds both to disorient their prey and locate each other. Older Houndour who are close to evolving join the Houndoom in the hunt. Houndour that are caught by a trainer quickly come to note that said trainer is the leader, and establish a social hierarchy (usually with himself at a high position) within the party. They are loyal to their trainers to the brink of death, and highly protective of the other Pokemon in their party.
Courting and ChildrearingHoundour are sexually immature. When a female Houndoom comes in heat, she will send plumes of fire and Houndpalm into the sky, attracting males from all around, who will then pair off and hold fire-breathing "contests" of varying types. They attempt to overpower the other, breathe into the sky to see who can last the longest, or in some cases even hold contests of marksmanship. The winner earns the chance to mate. A Houndoom whose mate is pregnant is given leave from hunting duty until his pups are born. Mother Houndoom usually give birth to litters of five or six, and care for their brood for about six months, at which time, they will join in the hunting party.
edited 12th Nov '10 8:24:47 PM by SalFishFin