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If anything, Palkia should be the male because, well, you know.
Actually, Jane, the colours of Dialga and Palkia had little to do with my assigning them male and female roles. It had more to do with their overall design aesthetic; Dialga's body is rougher and more angular than the sleek and smoothe Palkia. Also, there was the matter of Dialga's prominent head crest...
Also, don't worry too much about how much research you choose to do; I just tend to write lengthy articles, that's all. I did most of the writing this morning, as a matter of fact; the only part which had been completed before today was the biology section, and even then I still added to it before submitting my article. My personal style doesn't have to impact your article on Kyogre if you don't want it to; the only thing I ask is that you take a look at my Groudon article to see if there's any way to make the two of them mesh.
As for the matter of Primal Dialga, dgoc, that was one of those things I'd mentioned having trouble articulating; I may insert a referrence to it if I can figure out a way to make it mesh with the rest of the article to my satisfaction, or I may not. And I haven't made up my mind as to whether or not I'll do Palkia or Giratina, so I'm not calling them.
Not sure how humans would know anything about Primal Dialga. If we wanted to write anything Mystery-Dungeon-related, we'd need a suitable frame.
I highly doubt Pink Girl, Blue Boy applies to them.
If going by the designs, who's to say a square is male and a circle is female? But I can see where you're coming from, and I'll live. Guess I'll just have to satisfy myself with my own self-imposed gender identities for the Legendaries on my own time.
I will take a look at your Groudon article and see what I can do. Though I will say that the Arceus article seems to be gathering dust and doesn't seem to be very polished, but I'll worry about that after Kyogre and Tropius are out of the way.
And one last thing: Dialga has been observed dipping its head into a clean pond in Giratina and the Sky Warrior, but that was witnessed by Shaymin and never really mentioned anywhere, so I don't know if it applies.
edited 31st Dec '10 1:45:15 PM by CalamityJane
If anything, I would think that Palkia was the more masculine one.
@Tangent: I'm kind of backed up with Registeel and Swinub. Besides you'd probably never see it.
Yes, yes, we all know exactly what Palkia looks like. We're all adults here, no need to beat around the bush.
So, beyond ascribing gender to a pair of sexless species, is there anything else in my article which could use improvement?
Why are we assigning genders to sentient quantum abstract concepts again?
Ease of Access and or Humanization on the part of the actual Myths and Legends.
edited 31st Dec '10 3:49:01 PM by CalamityJane
What's wrong with "it" again?
Nothing really. I actually encourage the use of 'it' in place of 'he' or 'she' in Main articles. But I didn't write the Dialga article, so bleh.
edited 31st Dec '10 5:00:21 PM by CalamityJane
Nice Dialga article, but I thought we were assuming there were no non-Pokemon animals?
No, we weren't.
You know why? It makes no logical sense, considering the vast amount of canonical references to real animals, especially in the pokedex.
edited 31st Dec '10 5:31:36 PM by lockonlockon
↑×12 (I think) Yeah, that was me. Latino with gusto.
Anything particular about the Tropius entry still complicating us for a first delivery? I haven't got much more to think about the social structure or habitat so since everyone is out there celebrating while I'm bored, if someone wants to discuss things, that'd be welcome.
Come to think of it... maybe you guys are celebrating as well...
Also happy new year!
EDIT: what with Palkia? I've never understood the phallic implications. Dialga I get it, quadruped == pony, etc... but Palkia...
edited 31st Dec '10 5:47:42 PM by SilentReverence
I'm not gonna celebrate for another hour, so I guess I could always grab the pieces of the article we have so far and cobble it together.
After months of procrastination here’s Registeel. And yes, I’m well aware of the can of worms I just opened. I'll go back and buff the other Regis a bit before going on to Swinub and then on to Regigigas.
Registeel is a vaguely humanoid golem-like creature made entirely out of metal. Its main body consists of a large sphere with a strip of black metal running down the middle. At the center of this strip is Registeel's "face" a hexagon shaped pattern of red dots. This symbol is widely recognized around the world as "The Symbol of the Third Giant" the universal symbol of the smith, offensive warfare, and conquest. Along the sides of its body are two half-spheres with a long, thin, flexible, but seemingly joint-less arm jutting out from each one. At the end of each of these arms is a set of four rudimentary digits, despite this, these hands display an extraordinary amount of dexterity.
Registeel's lower body consists of a small disk sitting at the base of its main body with another half-sphere attached to the bottom. With two cylindrical, again completely joint-less, legs extending from the half-sphere. Despite the odd shape of its legs Registeel is perfectly capable of walking, albeit rather slowly.
The metal that composes Registeel's body is a subject of immense curiosity among mainstream scientific circles. Initial investigations show that Registeel consists of approximately 99% Iron and 1% Carbon, consistent with conventional (if very high-quality) Steel. But upon closer observation it was later discovered that the Iron component of Registeel consisted of approximately 84% pure Iron, 15% Nickel, and 1% Iridium; indicating that Registeel is made from Meteoric Iron. Later studies found trace amounts of Regicite as well. Metallurgists theorize that Regicite is the source of the metal's incredible strength and flexibility. While there is little evidence to support this claim, the properties of Regicite are so poorly understood that this is literally the only viable explanation available.
Moreover, the exact origins of Registeel are in question as well. The alloy that makes Registeel up cannot form in nature, not even inside the bodies of other Steel-type Pokemon such as Steelix or Aggron. The theory that Registeel is man-made holds little ground as well, since samples taken (with great difficulty) from the Pokemon date back to over 3000 years ago, when mankind was just crawling into the Bronze Age. In fact, Registeel's metal has been shown to be impossible to create even with modern smelting techniques. As all attempts to produce so-called “Regicite Steel” have failed disastrously. Outside the realm conventional scientific theory, Hoennese believe that Registeel was created by magic or Alchemy. While Gigant Arceusists think that Registeel's body is divinely created and is forever beyond the understanding of mankind.
Stories and Legends about Registeel are primarily found within Sinnoh and Hoenn folklore. The most famous story in the former faith is the "Children of the Giant" tale. When Arceus created the world, it brought the stars themselves down upon the new Earth. When Regigias roamed the Earth bringing life and order to the raw world, he came across one of the fallen stars. With his bare hands, Regigigas purged the star of its impurities, leaving only the finest metal. He then forged that metal into his third child, an invincible being of metal and master of the forge, Registeel. Centuries later, Registeel found a tribe of humans out in the snows of Sinnoh and taught them how to mine and work metal. That tribe used Registeel’s blessing to unite and conquer the wandering mountain tribes into the great civilization of Sinnoh. Because of this Registeel became the patron god of Blacksmiths and since ancient times it was Sinnoh tradition for a smith to invoke Registeel’s name every time his hammer strikes hot metal. The Symbol of the Third Giant was even featured prominently on the coat-of-arms of the Sinnoh Blacksmith’s Guild for centuries, that is, until a recent petition was passed to remove it.
Hoenn mythology, however, makes no mention of Arceus or Regigigas. Instead they claim that the Regis were created entirely by human hands. A popular story says that they were created as weapons by ancient alchemists and smiths for the legendary King Hoenn. Registeel, in particular, was said to be his most powerful and feared weapon. And before the Pokemon’s discovery, the most widely known depiction of Registeel came from the Liliycove Tablet. An artifact found 90 years ago near some then-recently discovered ruins west of Liliycove City. The tablet pictured Registeel standing among the wreckage of a destroyed city, raising its arm in salute to the sun emblazoned with Hoenn’s mark. This image of power and destruction forever colored Registeel’s image in the minds of the public. Made worse, when a certain political group took up The Symbol of the Third Giant as their own. Since then, a symbol that once belonged to the humble Blacksmith became associated with War, Fascism, and Genocide.
Registeel is one of the few Legendary Pokemon confirmed to have multiple specimens. At least three sets of Regis have been discovered, and many archeologists believe that there are more, two in Hoenn and one in Sinnoh. The first set was discovered by archeologist and Battle Frontier Brain Brandon *****. The second set was discovered by a certain Pokemon trainer along with mysterious deep-sea ruin located west of Pacifidlog Town. Registeel itself was found inside a hidden chamber in the very same ruins that the Liliycove Tablet was discovered. The third set was discovered by a Sinnohian trainer approximately 1 year after the second set was found. So far, every Regi has been found inside a small, near-identical room located inside otherwise unremarkable ruins. The second Hoenn set was unlocked, supposedly, by bringing a Wailord and a Relicanth to the aforementioned undersea ruins. The Sinnoh set was unlocked with the presence of Regigigas itself. Frontier Brain Brandon has refused to comment on how he found his set. Since the discoveries, there has been surge of both professional and amateur archaeologists searching for similar ruins in hopes that more Regis specimens could be found.
Registeel has no conventional mouth, and thus does not seem to be capable of eating anything. And unlike its brethren it has not been observed to absorb any material to restore itself. If damaged Registeel’s body regenerates on its own, as if it was made of flesh and blood.
Registeel is capable of manipulating parts of its metallic body, changing its shape, growing and shrinking its limbs, and producing spikes from various parts of its body. And on one instance, it has been shown to be able to “melt” and turn its body into a Mercury-like substance in order to move quickly. This ability seems to extend to any metal it touches as it has been able to do such things as turn a Steel girder into a 3x3x3 inch, super-dense cube or turn a Gold bar into 500 identical (blank) coins. The exception is the metal making up the bodies of other Steel-type Pokemon.
Like its brethren, Registeel has been shown to be able manipulate electricity, electromagnetic fields, psionic waves, Aura, and myriad of other forces. Moreover, Registeel's unique body structure and machine-like mind renders it immune to disabling attacks such as Leer, Sand Attack, Growl, Screech, Tail Whip, Intimidate, Cotton Spore, etc.
The Regicite Steel making up Registeel’s body is very light, making the Pokemon itself very light, for its size, as well. Therefore attacks reliant on the target’s weight, such as Low Lick or Grass Knot, are not as effective on Registeel as one might think.
If one is unlucky, or foolish, enough to encounter Registeel in combat. It must be said that Registeel can fire bolts of electricity, heat-leeching streams, and high-powered beams of plasma. It is also capable of launching waves of telekinetic energy, focusing light into powerful blasts, and manipulating Aura into massive spheres of energy. Up close it can transform its arms into all manners of blades, claws, drills, saws and other unpleasant things; all in addition to crushing melee attacks. Unlike Regirock or Regice, Registeel is not particularly vulnerable to special or physical attacks respectively. However, despite the above Registeel’s offense is not as strong as Regirock or Regice either, and it has weaknesses consistent with normal Steel-type Pokemon. So a highly-trained Fire, Fighting, or Ground type may be able to stand up to a Registeel.
Like the other Regis, Registeel has a machine-like mind. However, Registeel is by far the most intelligent of the three. When commanded to move forward, it did so until it hit a wall, stopped, then turned around to open a nearby door, and continued on its way. Registeel also seems to able to understand body language, figures of speech, and other nuances that the other Regis seem to miss.
edited 5th Apr '11 7:32:23 PM by Neo_Crimson
Hoo boy... I'm lovin' what you've got going on with 'Steel here, but there is just so many small grammar errors that I feel the need to grab a highlighter for each one of them. I think you should read it over and try to fix things, most notably some instances of Accidentally Your Sentence and the placement of a period instead of a comma.
This influx of Legendary Pokemon is getting me pumped!
I always thought there were no real life animals in the Pokemon world. Yeah, some of the Red/Blue entries mentioned some, but they also mentioned real places. I always assumed things like "Tiny Mouse Pokemon" were simply scientific name or something.
Fixed as many grammar errors as I could find. More stuff escaped my initial bout of proofreading than I thought.
edited 31st Dec '10 6:23:06 PM by Neo_Crimson
Jane, do you wish to make the assembly post and/or page? I could take biology, I suppose, though I don't have much to say at the moment. And am working between New Year's merriment.
...I'm gonna need to make an indexing pass tomorrow. Not that I mind a surge of articles!
There's still a few instances of using the wrong Regi in the Registeel entry. You used Regice instead of regitsteel in the abilities section, and registeel instead of regice in the hazards section.
*Sigh* More proof that I suck at proofreading.
And here's the first article of the new year...
Following its near-disastrous awakening of Kyogre almost a decade ago in Hoenn, Team Aqua has been subject to a precipitous loss of clout and force in the Hoenn underworld. Although much has been discovered regarding the structure and activities of this eco-terrorist syndicate, much of Team Aqua's past remains an enigma to observers.
As unlikely as it may seem when considering the disparate remnants of this once-formidable organization, until recently, Team Aqua's activities greatly exceeded their present scope of their campaigns of sabotage against deep-sea mining equipment and ships carrying toxic cargoes and their petty harassment of Wailmer and Lapras hunters. Prior to their successful re-awakening of Kyogre, Team Aqua had also been known to engage in a diverse array of activities of varying degrees of illegality in the name of "defending and expanding" the world's oceans, ranging from theft of Pokémon, industrial prototypes, sea vessels, and historical artifacts, corruption of minors, the use of Pokémon as weapons and instruments of intimidation against suspected opponents and members of rival eco-terrorist syndicate Team Magma (one particularly infamous incident involving an attempted attack against a minor aboard a crowded commuter train), deliberately damaging ecological preserves by converting sizable areas of land into artificial marshland to benefit Water-Type Pokémon, and corrupting local media outlets in order to drum up and direct public outrage at Team Magma while downplaying Team Aqua's own activities.
Some of Team Aqua's activities are still very-poorly understood, and were known only through the organization's recent awakening of Kyogre and later seizure of a cache of syndicate documents by local authorities. One of these activities was a series of infiltrations and thefts from offices of various governmental agencies, media outlets, and other private entities in what appears to be an attempt to purge all unfavorable records of activities by Team Aqua members, with a focus on information pertaining to syndicate Leaders and Admins. The full scale of this infiltration is still unknown, though conservative estimates have suggested that at least 200 operatives were involved in infiltrating governmental organizations alone. Although it was long presumed that Team Aqua did not engage in campaigns of wholesale slaughter against creatures associated with its rivals as Team Magma did, it appears that Team Aqua may have engaged in a similar scheme involving captive Fire and Ground-Type Pokémon. According to the seized documents, Team Aqua had hacked Hoenn's PC Network on at least 4 separate occasions, and pilfered hundreds of Pokémon in each attack, primarily Water-Types, Fire-Types, and Ground-Types, which appear to coincide with a series of mass disappearances of stored Pokémon that were initially believed to have been caused by system glitches. Although a vast majority of the pilfered Pokémon have since been recovered following a series of raids on Team Aqua facilities after the Kyogre incident, no trace was ever found of the missing Fire and Ground-Type Pokémon. It is widely presumed that these missing creatures were exterminated en masse, though a small number of unconfirmed accounts suggest that some of the stolen Fire and Ground-Types may have been transferred to a criminal syndicate based in a distant land engaging in inhumane behavioral and psychological experiments upon Pokémon in return for funds.
In its heyday, Team Aqua enjoyed a level of centralization that its primary rival, Team Magma never fully achieved thanks to its relative lack of public infamy and a seeming inability for law enforcement officials to provide evidence substantiating most allegations of illegal activity by Team Aqua members. The organization appeared to be structured around a central Leader planning out various campaigns, which were executed by operatives under the command of a small number of admins, with communication between all levels of command appearing to have been carried out via encrypted electronic messages. At the time of Kyogre's awakening, Team Aqua was led by a figure known as "Archie," who was later determined to be Hoenn TV Director ******* ********, with two confirmed Admins "Shelly" and "Matt," with a third known as "Amber" rumored to have been active. The whereabouts of all of these figures is presently unknown, though online messages from "Shelly" and "Matt" have periodically surfaced. Presently, Team Aqua, or rather the disparate groups that claim the Team Aqua moniker, consist of a collection of small, autonomous cells, often based in difficult-to-access coastal hideouts, which rarely interact or collaborate with each other.
Team Aqua's origins remain a mystery to observers, though the organization is known to have been active as an eco-terrorist syndicate in some form for at least 40 years. Numerous hypotheses have been put forth regarding the source of Team Aqua's inception, ranging from being the spawn of a student environmental activist group, the product of a regional gang embracing a water-centric and environmental-warrior ethos in order to broaden its ranks and public standing, an evolution of a local paramilitary organization, and a recently published and hotly-contested hypothesis that Team Aqua and its nemesis organization Team Magma may share a common descent from a Team Rocket splinter group. In any case, it appears that the awakening of Kyogre became a central goal to Team Aqua almost immediately after its first exposure to the broader public in Hoenn, and is known to have predated "Archie's" leadership over the syndicate by at least 15 years. Prior to the incident involving Kyogre which was ultimately subdued by a minor whose identity has remained withheld from the public due to security concerns, Team Aqua was known to be well-received in some public circles, and was occasionally the subject of civic honors and awards.
Making stuff up for entities other than 'mons is a bit of a new experience for me, so thoughts and feedback would be welcome.
edited 1st Jan '11 2:09:10 PM by CaptainNapalm
Bah, and the PC thing still manages to pop up. -_-
That's an interesting tie-in between Team Aqua and Cipher.
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