edited 23rd Dec '10 9:46:24 PM by Scardoll
edited 24th Dec '10 11:20:01 AM by Tangent128
edited 24th Dec '10 11:48:03 AM by SilentReverence
edited 24th Dec '10 12:29:25 PM by SilentReverence
Due to their strength and tenacity, a Nidoking's first horn thrust to hit is already a irrecoverable injury at least in theory. Thanks to Conference regulations this will not be the case for trained Nidoking, who are required to have their horns blunted for admission to tournaments. Unfortunately, this is something that Nidoking deems as the highest offense and humiliation; he'll react poorly to it which is why Trainers should not try on their own — 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 in the tournament, leaving only the most experienced Trainers who rely on periodic tournaments as a manner of training to have Nidoking gradually more accepting of the procedure. Nidoqueen are not exactly less dangerous in battle, in particular if there are younger morphs nearby, which makes any caringness vanish the instant a Nidoran♀ starts crying for help. It is actually deemed an effective double battle strategy in underground circles to have a Nidoqueen trained with varied techniques to "just" send her out when another Nidoran is hurt, and let her do as she pleases. That's not to mention what happens when both royal morphs are to be faced together. Stressed Nidoqueen naturally releases pheromones that suggest the younger forms to calm down and stay together, yet have the terrifying effects over Nidoking to incite them to unleash their anger against everything not Nidoran shaped in sight. Considering that the females are prone to cuddle and protect their and others' offspring and the males extend their territoriality to whatever a female seems to care about, it is somewhat of a dream's nightmare to have a well-trained Royal Couple, whose poisonous jabs and swipes will hurt even more than usual, suddenly appear when you are hunting some young morphs.
After a period of three months, the cubs are born, usually one in the case of the younger forms, but two or three in the case of the adults. The cubs are born bald and quickly grow fur and adapt to the darkness of their dens. After being fed by the mother for four days, the family separates temporarily with the males taken away by the father and the females taken with other newborn females under the watch of several Nidorina. The family stays together for the most part for the next half year, with the cubs learning the social skills under the care of the Nidorina at the core of the colony, while passing Nidorino will come from the outer circles to teach the young males the arts of battle. As seen, parents in the wild will begin teaching their cubs to survive as early as four days old, and they will also get them used to be on their toes at all times any same-gendered Nidoran is around, always a potential contestant in their future. As a result of this, many members of the species grow to extend such rivalry to any foe whom they naturally perceive as of their same gender. The one notable exception is between Nidorino "buddies" as will be noted in the "Social Structure" section.
This new version has more (much more) social structure, more diet, more childbearing (the previous version's procreation rate made NO SENSE and I SHOULD FEEL BAD), more Nidoqueen, more warnings against the Cuteness Proximity, more inter-entries references, a surprise section at the end, mini-changelog, credits, slightly better organization, better styling, hopefully more correct grammar, and of course more text: this entry is about ~40K in size, which as of now is about 1/3rd longer than my thesis. As usual comments are welcome. Thanks to Luigifan, Crow (whoever he is), the authors of the Aron and Rhyhorn entries, and others are in order. I hope the bit of Shameless Self-Promotion at the end is not unwelcome. Now, since I haven't been able to come up with something nice, I'd actually welcome some help to find adequate artwork for the entry. Also, happy to be reminded of the Aerodactyl article. Reminds me of a very cool one-shot fic I read once where a Charizard, a "king of the skies", is put in his place by a newly-released-to-the-world girl Aerodactyl. Be seeing you later, people!
edited 25th Dec '10 9:49:57 AM by CalamityJane
edited 25th Dec '10 10:06:21 AM by SilentReverence