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Magmar Line

Morphs [Oak Catalog #]

  • Magby [#240]
  • Magmar [#126]
  • Magmortar [#467]

Physical Description

The Magmar Line are a line of bipedal Pokémon with both avian and reptilian features, and all forms are covered in down feathers of a consistency similar to fur.

Magby is the child stage of the line. It is a small Pokémon averaging 70 centimeters tall and weighing a little over 21 kilograms. It has a red body with a yellow, flame-shaped marking on its stomach. Its head is covered with large magma-shaped lumps of down, and it has a rounded, yellow beak-like structure. There is a single spike on its back and it has a tapered tail. Its short arms have three clawed fingers, while its feet have only two clawed toes.

Magmar is the adult stage of the line. It averages around 130 centimeters tall and weighing 44.5 kilograms. As opposed to the red down of Magby, Magmar's down is now orange and yellow all over. Its head is orange with two yellow-tipped crests resembling flames above its eyes, and a mouth which superficially resembles an anitid beak, but can stretch and flex like a normal mouth. There is a red scaly spine at the back of its head. Three more spines run down its back, the last one above its tail, which is scaly and yellow, tipped with orange and it joins the body at its base with a flame pattern of the same yellow colour. Magmar possesses a flame at the end of its tail, and it is the only member of the line to do so. It has an egg-shaped torso which is orange and has a yellow flame pattern on the bottom. Its thighs and upper arms are yellow and almost spherical, and its lower arms are now scaly and orange, and each ends in a rounded orange hand with five white claws. It has black scaly cuffs around its neck and legs, and its feet are orange and avian, with two small white claws.

When Magmar is exposed to a very large excess of energy and heat, often induced by underground magma, it undergoes another transformation into Magmortar, which averages around 160 centimetres tall and weighs roughly 68 kilograms. Magmortar bears an uncanny resemblance to a clown, though it retains the avian and reptilian features on top of its own. It has a darkened face with large pink lips, small eyes and an orange flame-like crest on its head, with a yellow flame-shaped marking in the centre. It has rounded shoulders and thighs, the latter being pink-coloured, and an orange egg-shaped torso with two yellow flame patterned stripes. Its arms, neck and legs are encircled in black scales, and its arms are funnel-shaped, scaly, and possess three small claws. These arms have five splits at the end, which open out when Magmortar is defending itself. Magmortar's back is entirely orange, save for four pink spines, and resembles a cape of some sort which starts at the shoulders with flame-shaped guards and ends at a large billowing tail. The head-crest, shoulders and tail can flicker like flames. Its feet are small and orange, and have two claws.

As with all Pokémon, some populations of the Magmar line have members that exhibit a rare phenotype which alters their colouring. Magby in these population are primarily golden-yellow in colour, whereas Magmar and Magmortar have light pink and dark pink colouration replacing the usual yellow and orange, respectively. These are highly sought after by collectors.

Notable Biology

The Magmar line are a popular set of Fire-types, well equipped for defending themselves at a distance. The line has pyro sacs which allow for the control of fire. Burning certain minerals in this sac can also allow the line members to emit toxic smoke. Magby and Magmar shoot their fire out of their mouths, whereas Magmortar can withdraw its claws and open the end of its arms to do so. When Magmar even breathes, heat waves are created, which makes vision more difficult for others. When Magmortar shoots fire, it gets so hot, its body takes on a whitish hue, and if it shoots fireballs excessively, its arms will begin melting. Fortunately, over time, Magmortar can regrow its arms. Even as a baby, Magby's body temperature can reach 600 degrees Celsius. Magmar and Magmortar can reach higher temperatures, with the former reaching 1,200 Celsius and the latter reaching at least 2,000 Celsius. The Magmar line's blood is magma-like. The line detests cold areas, and if cold and/or sick, they will submerge themselves in magma in order to rejuvenate. A Magby's health can be measured by its flaming breath. Soft yellow flames indicate good health, but fatigue can cause black smoke to mix in with the flames. Flames dripping from its nose indicate the presence of a cold. Magmar residing in the Alola region seem to be hardier than other populations and have adapted well to the varied climate of the region.

Members of the Magmar line each possess an omni-sac which allows them some limited control of electricity, which can be channeled into their punches in the form of the 'Thunder Punch' technique. Magmortar's omni-sac has split into two and migrated to just under the base of each arm, and despite this property, it is well-developed enough for Magmortar to shoot a rather strong bolt of lightning from each arm in the form of the 'Thunderbolt' technique. (covered more in the co-evolution section.) Magmortar also has the ability to draw in energy from solar rays and emit it in the form of a powerful 'Solar Beam', as its increased energy capabilities from having evolved in deep underground magma (or a Magmarizer for captive specimens) give it increased technique capabilities that Magmar lack.

There are two different subgroups of the Magmar line with different genes which affect how they live and battle. The first subgroup is the most common, and has the ability to heat its body higher than normal even without breathing flames, and attackers coming into physical contact with it have a strong chance of being burned. This discourages predation by non-Fire-types. This gene is dubbed the 'Flame Body' gene. This gene also affects the line's thought processes slightly and increases parental activity which gives it the desire to nurture just about any Pokémon egg, a useful property. (This will be covered in detail in the Courting and Childrearing section.) The second subgroup is rare, and has genes that cause a strong fighting spirit which grants variable melatonin output, which it can control and use to affect its sleep cycle and other circadian rhythms. This prevents it from being hypnotised or made drowsy by an attacker's techniques and is an effective measure that prevents predation. This gene is dubbed the 'Vital Spirit' gene.

Only roughly a quarter of all Magby are born female, meaning that competition for females is often fierce, and roughly half the population of Magmar (two thirds of males) are very likely to end up as unpaired, roaming, nomadic males with no set habitat. Additionally, while Magby and Magmar are fairly abundant in their habitats, with the latter being found in places even outside, Magmortar are rarely seen in the wild, as the only Magmortar around are hidden in places inaccessible to humans. Magmortar are often only obtained in captivity by evolving Magmar with a Magmarizer in conjunction with Trading Machines.

Habitat

Members of the line live in volcanic regions, with volcanic craters possessing a single mating pair of male and female Magmortar each with the permission of the Matriarch. Magby and Magmar live in the surrounding areas of the territory but are not found inside the craters with the exception of newly hatched Magby. Nomadic Magmar, dubbed 'Egg Guards' or 'Egg Warmers', do not have a set habitat and instead hang around members of other lines, although they are never seen in cold areas. (This will be covered in detail in the Courting and Childrearing section.)

Members of the line have been sighted around the base of Mt. Ember in Kanto. In Johto, Magmar have been spotted within the rubble of the Brass Tower, on the inside of Mt. Silver, and in Route 48's Safari Zone during the early morning and daytime, suggesting innate diurnality. In Sinnoh, Magby have been spotted inside Stark Mountain and along Route 227, while Magmar have been seen around the Fuego Ironworks. The Safari zone in Kalos' Kiloude City and the Wela Volcano Park in Alola are also home to Magby and Magmar. Magby were once found in the White Forest area of Unova, but after human developments reduced the habitats of the wild Pokémon population, Magby populations migrated to the Virbank complex just south of Virbank City, and the gas emitted from the smokestacks is credited for their sudden appearance at this construction zone. One trainer, who wishes to remain anonymous, reports that they spotted Magby on an isolated mountainous island on the northeast area of Hoenn's Route 125. These reports from Unova and Hoenn made no mention of any Magmar or Magmortar in the habitats. The Magby were said to look after themselves, suggesting that Magby may also display the nomadic behaviour of their older morphs, and though the reason for this is not currently known, it has been shown that these Magby are able to interact with humans more readily than those that remain living with their birth parents.
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Diet

The Magmar line is omnivorous, and while Magby generally favours roasted berries, they will occasionally eat scraps of meat brought back by Magmar and Magmortar. Magmar will periodically go on hunts, and each hunting group usually consists of four Magmar led by a female Magmortar. Much like many other Fire-types, such as Charizard and Pyroar, they prefer raw meat and as such, will not use their flames on prey. 'Egg Warmers' (described in the Courting and Childrearing section) tend to eat fruits and berries, as they often tend to the eggs of species that would normally be preyed upon by the Magmar line, and preying on them would be counter-productive.

Hazards

As Fire-types, the primary hazard of owning one is the fire-breathing capabilities of the line and their high body temperatures. These temperatures peak around the tip of a Magmar's tail, especially the flame, and the crests on its head. For Magmortar, the head and shoulder crests are especially hazardous to the touch. The line's ability to generate toxic fumes is also an inherent danger which can lead to hospitalisation in particularly serious cases. Magmar and Magmortar are incredibly protective of their young, so do not approach a wild Magby, as there is a high chance one or both of its parents will be nearby. 'Egg Warmers' (covered in the Courting and Childrearing section below) are fiercely protective of their host's eggs and exhibit similar behaviours.

Magmar with colds shoot flames when they sneeze, so a trainer should locate a volcanic region as fast as they can to soothe the Magmar's nerves and remedy its cold. Magmar also have a habit of being relentless towards foes. When upset, Magmar does not stop continuously spouting flames from its body until its foe turns to ash, which means that getting on the bad side of any member of the Magmar line is unwise.

Courting and Childrearing

As a line which is predominantly male, competition for females is fierce. The Magmar that can produce the largest and hottest flames are viewed as the strongest and are thus favoured by females. Contests are held, involving physical strength and firepower. The cognitive abilities of Magmar and Magmortar allow for scenarios which can be compared to humans holding strength competitions, like those that are televised. Magby is the baby stage of the line and is thus sexually immature, so all the breeding is done by Magmar and Magmortar. Once a pair of Magmar are evolved into Magmortar, they will find a volcanic crater within the vicinity of their Matriarch, where they can then raise their young. Magmar will create a nest on the outer edge of the matriarchal territory, often covered up by copious amounts of grass. The Magmar line is oviparous, and most of them mate for life. Sometimes however, promiscuous males and females will find multiple partners for copulation, with the females either raising the young alone, or leaving them to be adopted by other Magmar or Magmortar.

Most of the 'Flame Body' genotypic males which do not end up partnered will wander away from their habitat and become what are known as 'Egg Warmers' or 'Egg Guards'. They gain a strong sense of nurturing towards eggs, and an Egg Warmer will take up a temporary role as an egg warmer for any one of a large number of different species. An Egg Warmer will choose a nest and guard the eggs of its chosen host. This not only gives the biological parent(s) of an egg the ability to forage for food safely, it also speeds up the development of the unborn young and roughly halves the time the egg takes to hatch. When egg-sitting, a Magmar or Magmortar will defend the host eggs with its life from predators, though it seems to favour smaller species which are more regularly preyed upon. Once the egg hatches, it will wait for the host to return to its nest if not already there, at which point the Egg Warmer will then leave the nest and move onto another host. The sense of nurturing does not extend to the host's young, as it is speculated (and sometimes reported) that Magmar-hatched newborns are often more 'battle-ready' and in better condition than normal hatchlings and thus do not require the protection so much. In spite of the rarity of females, females themselves will also sometimes wander when not chosen as the next female to be evolved, rather than waiting around.

In controlled conditions, all three members of the line have been introduced to non-Magby Pokémon eggs, where Magmar and Magmortar instinctually know what to do upon merely spotting the eggs. Magby can also perform egg-sitting, but this is a trained behaviour which requires time and patience; being sexually immature, Magby do not possess the nurturing instincts of their older morphs.

Social Structure

Magmortar are matriarchal. The Matriarch will live as part of a mating pair in volcanic craters. Some unpaired Flame Body Magmar and members with the Vital Spirit gene will form their own smaller groups on the edge of, or outside of, the matriarchal territories. Magmar line behaviour is comparable to a monarchy, as a contrast to the troop behaviour seen in the Electabuzz line. Magmar form large groups in their territory, lead by a female Magmortar known as the Matriarch. There are usually a few matriarchal groups per region, but near-countless nomads also exist. Magmar tend to be subordinate to Magmortar. Contests over the largest and strongest flames are held, and once a Magmar gains the favour of their leader, she will allow him to bathe in a nearby volcano, allowing for evolution into Magmortar. The Magmortar pair then settle down into a nearby crater, but remain the leaders. A new female is then chosen to become a subordinate Magmortar, and the cycle repeats. Subordinate females and males are only allowed to start nests if they decide to leave their original matriarchal group. Only hard-working and loyal Magmar are deemed worthy to become Magmortar, so a rogue Magmortar is more or less a non-existent concept. Competition for females is only done between Magmar, since Magmortar can easily overpower rogue Magmar with their greater control over non-fire elements and their higher firepower, and the Matriarch can easily cast out unwanted aggressive members of the group. As a nurturing species, infanticide is unheard of, but undesired offspring between rogues are usually cast out from the group along with their parents. Nomadic Magmar travel alone, though often these Magmar all sweep over the same areas, and as reported in the Habitat section, some Magby also live nomadically, with these individuals forming large groups for protection purposes.

Co-evolution With Other Species

There is scientific evidence suggesting that long ago, the Magmar and Electabuzz lines co-evolved and taught each other how to better utilise their omni sacs; however, Electabuzz and Magby were never allowed to interact as the latter's red colouration sent the former into a blind rage, a trait carried over to their modern biology that has never been shared with Elekid or Electivire. The Magmar line is able to use the 'Thunder Punch' technique as described above, and Magmortar alone is able to use the 'Thunderbolt' technique. In a similar light, the Electabuzz line is able to utilise the 'Fire Punch' technique and Electivire can also breathe fire in the form of the 'Flamethrower' technique. It is thought that due to near-extinction from Magby and Elekid being preyed upon, the two lines co-mingled and taught these techniques to allow for better protection against predators. The Electric-type techniques proved incredibly useful in fighting off Flying-type and Water-type predators. As the populations started to grow again, they went their separate ways and could return to their old habitats. With this came a decrease in predators, though the line members that couldn't defend themselves were still preyed upon successfully, and eventually the genes for Magmar line members became rather separated from what they once were. Additionally, both Elekid and Magby can be found at the Virbank Complex in Unova, lending further weight to this theory,

In Human Culture

The nurturing behaviour of Egg Warmers is adored by Pokémon breeders worldwide as the ability to put unrelated eggs together and have the Magmortar hatch them more quickly is a useful asset for a breeder. Magby are also sometimes used in potteries, where their soft flames are useful in producing fine work. Magmortar were once widely used in factories, where they were able to process metal extremely well due to the Magmortar's flames, although only a few factories still do this to this day.

The Magmar line is well regarded as nurturing creatures, and see positive depiction in stories and tales, as a contrast to the largely negative portrayals once common for the Electabuzz line. The Magmar line's helping of humans cooking also leads to pop culture portrayals of them as chefs and bakers' apprentices, as their flames are often praised for creating good-tasting meals and they are commonly employed in restaurants and bakeries, and often regarded as equal to humans despite their more limited sapience.

Given that Magmar are matriarchal, stories of volcanic lands being ruled by Magmortar queens are sometimes told in story books, with the darker parts of Magmar-line life often left out of the books children read. Magby are also depicted as brave and adventurous, a stereotype that seems evident from some individuals' willingness to live without the protection of any Magmar or Magmortar, as reported above.

Magmortar's appearance seems to lead to the belief that they inspired clowns and court jesters for their clothing style, though this is largely disputed, and the Mr. Mime line is often credited for this instead.

Written by AgentParadox. If you have any ideas for revisions or edits, send me a PM. If I don't respond... Consult the thread.
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