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Here's the Kricketot Line, as I promised. Tell me if you feel it's missing something.
Kricketot communicate by vibrating their two antennae together, a sound often described as similar to that created by a xylophone. During the early mornings and night in autumn, the air is often filled with the music of hundreds of Kricketot looking for partners for the winter hibernation.
Kricketot have poor defensive capabilites, and as a result their main method of defense is mainly to curl up and let their enemy pound them, building up potential energy all the while, before unleashing it all in the form of Bide, allowing them to get away while their enemy is knocked back.
After about six months, Kricketot will evolve into Kricketune. Kricketune are red in color and about three feet in height, with a more elongated body, longer wings, and scythes for hands. Their feelers also hang under their heads, giving Kricketune the appearance of a mustache, with females having noticeably smaller ones.
Unlike Kricketot, who only come out during the morning and night to evade predators, Kricketune are found during every hour of the day. This is mainly due to the fact that their scythe arms allow them to fend off a greater variety of predators.
Their musical abilities are far more advanced than Kricketot, allowing them to compose entire melodies ad-lib. For this reason, Kricketune are fairly popular amongst traveling musicians. There is also a village where they hold Kricketune singing contests. Their scythe arms can also be used as makeshift violins if the Pokemon is feeling particularly inventive. [[Trainer's Note: Trainers may want to use earplugs if they keep a Kricketune outside of its Pokeball, as you may find the cries as you're trying to go to sleep annoying.]]
In popular culture, a Kricketune by the name of Jiminy serves as the consience to an animated puppet in a popular children's film. He is also the keeper of the journal in the popular videogame series 'Empire Soul'.
Kricketune are a bit more aggressive in defending themselves, and will fight back against a perceived threat if they can't simply put it to sleep with Sing. Their scythe arms are capable of slicing down to the bone while using Fury Cutter, X-Scissor, or Night Slash, and they are capable of using sound-based attacks such as Bug Buzz.
If a Kricketune is heavily injured, adrenaline coursing through its body will allow it to enter "Swarm" mode, powering up all of its moves. Finally, if all else fails, older Kricketune are capable of using Perish Song, which will kill both parties in the form of a noise flush. Of course, this would only be seen if you severely antagonized a Kricketune, as they're mainly very docile like their pre-evolution.
After the mating is completed, the female Kricketune will lay her eggs in tree hollows and rotten logs before leaving them to their fate. After a week the eggs hatch, and the baby Kricketot stick together until they evolve, after which they join other groups.
edited 4th Feb '11 10:50:47 PM by rmctagg09
I might touch that a bit, but I feel it should probably be more elaborated in Courting and Childrearing.
Gentle Giant but territorial... Hm. Thanks!
If angered, a Tropius may chase after you, aiming to take you down. Most Tropius in this case will take in the sunlight to either make themselves faster, or stronger. In the case of the former, it is heavily advised to use a Pokemon that can change the weather to something other than a Sunny Day so that you have a chance of getting away. In the case of the latter, it is heavily advised that a trainer has some way of protecting themselves from their attacks, as the Tropius will tire out after a while.
edited 27th Dec '10 11:41:57 AM by Marioguy128
Seems good, Marioguy! I guess we can touch upon the 'no touchy my girlfriend' in Social Structure/Courting and Childrearing. Unfortunately that won't go down till Tuesday with Reverence, but planning ahead is always a good idea!
@Mctagg: Are we not going to touch on "dledledledle WHOOOOOOP"?
EDIT: Oh, you mean sex.
edited 27th Dec '10 12:10:07 PM by rmctagg09
No, I mean the meme of Kricketune's game cry, sicko.
Yeah, the cry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7EifvNncBg
This is the first time I've heard of this meme before.
EDIT: Figured it out, and I also put in some Shout Outs.
edited 27th Dec '10 12:43:03 PM by rmctagg09
Kricketot is a foot tall, not an inch.
Unless you're shrinking it for reality's sake, which I'd say is a pretty big deviation from canon.
Considering I wasn't even allowed to infer how the pokemon league worked based on how it would likely be done in real life.
I misread that part and fixed it.
Is Sableye taken yet? Because if it isn't I'm calling it.
Nope, doesn't seem like anyone's gonna stop you from taking Sableye. Go for it!
I feel like somebody mentioned an interest once, but I can't recall who. Give them 'till the New Year to reply, just in case?
And should I "officially" add a Trainer's Notes section to the template?
edited 28th Dec '10 9:50:08 PM by Scardoll
I suppose that all Plant-Monsters share an evolutionary source.
So the Tropius article is going to be compiled together right?
@Marioguy: That's the idea. I've actually got a bit of a play-by-play in mind. Individuals make sections of it, someone plunks them all together into an article, the rough is posted to the thread, it gets fixed up with suggestions from others, and once it's in tip-top shape it'll get its own page.
edited 28th Dec '10 7:49:27 PM by CalamityJane
Note: This is a joint contribution between me and Scroolly, so he provided quite a bit of this. Heeeeeeeeere's Sableye!
Sablye is a small, dark purple Pokémon with long three-clawed arms, small legs, and a bulbous head. It has no obvious features other than a pair of blue crystalline formations over its eyes and smaller blue and red crystals on its chest and back; however, its mouth, when opened, is large and full of triangular white teeth. Sableye also has small spines on its arms and head, which are formed of the same material as most of its flesh.
Sableye's body is mostly composed of interweaving rigid fibers of unknown composition. The substance repels any sort of internal scans, so dissection will be necessary to examine Sableye's internal organs. However, the fibers can also turn intangible, giving the Pokémon a natural defense against most predators. The ability is retained even after death, rendering any physical examination by medical tools impossible at the current time.
Although most of Sableye's body is formed of the unknown material, a few spots are formed out of a solid crystalline substance, including covers for Sableye's large eyes. The reason for the adaptation is unknown; although the crystals over the eyes might contribute to the Pokémon's ability to see in the dark, the regions on the chest and back serve no such purpose. Unlike other parts of Sableye, the crystals do not turn intangible at will. Chemical analysis of the body-parts reveals traces of iron, aluminum oxide, and many other minerals.
Due to their large heads and long arms, Sableye always are hunched over, sometimes even dragging their claws against the ground. They constantly sway their body and often suddenly move in short, jerky motions, indicating a higher metabolism. The senses of Sableye are mostly unknown. Their large eyes and the crystalline lenses upon them reflect inside all available light, indicating an advanced eyesight that would be useful for a cave-dwelling Pokémon.
Sableye always live in caves with a high content of edible minerals, due to their dietary requirements. They prefer the darkest regions of such caves, as their night vision gives them a natural edge over Pokémon and their coloring allows them to blend in. Sableye will often dig tunnels in the walls for transportation and to search for the various substances they devour. The only times Sableye will leave caves are when all minerals are exhausted; they will then migrate across open-ground in large swarms to reach a new home.
Sableyes consume minerals that are common to crystal formation, especially corundum. These minerals are typically ingested in the form of gemstones, which the Pokémon excavate with their claws. A Sableye will spend any free time it has to this task, other than when non-Sableye intruders are in the vicinity. Although Sableye are equipped with very sharp teeth, they swallow their food whole; the fangs are presumably purposed for self-defense and aggression.
A rather disturbing circumstance happens when a Sableye is wounded or killed. Because the Pokémon naturally eats minerals and converts them into the crystalline growths on its body, other Sableye will be quick to descend upon their fellow and devour the specific parts of its body, absorbing the nutritional benefits of the original. This does not occur with healthy Sableye, indicating a preference towards opportunism. Although a few other Pokémon also carry edible minerals, no observations have been made in the wild and testing is prohibited for moral reasons.
Miners inevitably come into conflict with Sableye. Frequently, a drill will uncover a burrow or cache, provoking the creatures. Even the mere sounds of digging can anger them. In response to the growing threat of contact, most miners carry at least one Pokémon that can protect them against Sableye attacks. A less dangerous, but still serious problem is the direct competition between Sableye and mining. The creatures will devour any exposed caches, creating massive delays and losses. Most corporations attempt to avoid tunnels with high Sableye populations, due to the various dangers involved. Many miner unions and organizations support the total extermination of the Pokémon.
Sableye are very mischievous, and enjoy aggravating any people or Pokémon who enter their territory. These tricks range from smashing lightbulbs to pushing boulders onto the unsuspecting heads of its victims. Complex machinery is almost always the first target of Sableye attacks; it is unknown whether they hold an animosity for the equipment they destroy, or whether they simply enjoy the chaos they create by breaking the most important tools.
Sableye pranks sometimes turn into full-on attacks. Their sharp teeth and claws can leave bloody lacerations that quickly become infected, and a few victims have even lost fingers. The tricksters often ambush from side-tunnels or the shadows, only to disappear quickly and strike again from a different spot. A few Sableye even employ paranormal abilities, such as attacks of pure darkness or shadow. Due to their intangible flesh, Sableye are immune to most physical attacks. Their minds also cannot be detected or accessed by telepathy, rendering psychic abilities useless and psychic Pokémon easy prey. High caution is to be used when bringing children or certain types of Pokémon into mines with high Sableye populations, as the creatures seem to enjoy attacking those who cannot fight back.
Because of its eerie nature, there are many urban myths and legends on the sort of threat Sableye poses. Some rumors say that Sableye will follow their targets outside caves, harassing them further; a few even tell of Sableye repeatedly visiting the houses of their victims and watching them. Miners call the Pokémon "La Lechuza del Infierno," and believe it can steal souls into the crystals in its eyes; for this reason, the gaze of a Sableye is considered terrible luck. One famous story is about a Sableye in a pitch-black cave, who convinced a traveller it would give him whatever wish he desired; when the man wished to see in the dark as well as he could see outside, the trickster gouged out his eyes. None of these stories are confirmed, and most attach an actively malicious nature to what is most likely just a natural prankster. A few myths could be attributed to other Pokémon with similar physical features, such as the prolific Noctowl.
Before courting a mate, both male and female Sableye devote all their energy to devouring any corundum they can find. They metabolize the extra minerals into enlarging the crystals on their bodies; the large, glittering jewels tend to impress mates. Sex itself does not seem to be akin to anything in vertebrates; indeed, many Sableye merely stand next to each other without physically touching.
After mating, the two separate to search for yet more minerals. The males indiscriminately hunt for any edible jewels, while the females look only for corundum to eat, presumably to construct the egg's shell and the baby's crystals. When ready to lay an egg, the mother digs a small hole and lays it inside. The male embeds the gemstones he found into the walls of the pit. They then leave their offspring and continues on with their life. An infant Sableye hatches fully formed and in a nest lined with enough food to allow it to develop large mineral reservoirs. They have all the behavior of adults, eliminating any need for parenthood.
Sableye are loners by nature, and avoid contact with most other Pokémon other than in pranks. Individuals tend to ignore other Sableye when they do happen upon one another, the only exceptions being when they are ready to mate or when they spot an opportunity to cannibalize another's crystals. No territorial boundaries are set, so the creatures often congregate in small groups clustering around gemstone deposits. Interspecies conflict is nonexistent, even when competition is detrimental to the survival of the Pokémon. Curiously, mature Sableye will always ignore the crystals lined around a nest-hole; the behavior might be linked to how parents will never eat their own nest's food supply.
edited 28th Dec '10 10:00:32 PM by Scardoll
Yay! Big posts! Big Pokedex Entries are fun to read
Veery interesting. I like how they break the machines.
Anyone see anything I should change in my Skorupi article?
This actually brings up an issue Ive been wondering about since the Aggron line was written- How can the Pokemon world sustain a species that require a non-renewable food source, like minerals or metal ore? Do they simply not eat all that much, or does the Pokemon world simply have a LOT of natural resources?
I assumed that the Pokemon world just has a LOT of them, and often reuses them when pokemon die.
Hence the Sableye cannibalism and stuff like that.
edited 29th Dec '10 12:52:41 PM by Scardoll
We have mineral-eaters here on our planet, too. It all gets renewed eventually.
Really it's self-ballancing. When an area runs out of ore, mass starvations occur and thus put more ore back into the environment via the corpses.
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