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Well, I'm off to mess with Giratina now. I was hoping to get another PEFE image ready, but I'll have to put that on hold for now.
A good round on hazards, a very nice description, the everpresent Shout-Out, 22K and incomplete. An excellent article, I have to say. Although I somehow missed if there was any reference to Level Five Onix. I'd have to check again...
Very very nice.
Also I kinda wanted to do Giratina so I could take "Giratina = Cthulhu" and run with it.
That's my motivation for a lot of articles isn't it?
edited 6th Feb '11 12:44:23 PM by Neo_Crimson
My idea was that the First Giratina = Chernobog = Hel = Osiris with a dash of F'tagn thrown in for good measure, while Cynthia's Giratina that hatched from the egg and was raised by a predominantly-female party, I'd think it would be a bit more feminine and almost like a Shrinking Violet with a penchant for Cuteness Proximity, "Well Done, Son!" Guy, And Call Him "George"!.
edited 6th Feb '11 12:48:43 PM by CalamityJane
Terravermis would have to be capitaliced, even in the middle of a sentence. Binomial names work that way. ;)
Great article anyway.
Giratina as a Shrinking Violet. Does Not Compute Does Not Compute Does Not Compute...
The only issue I have with it is the description of Steelix as always having the same number of body segments. It seems like older Steelix(and Onix too) should have more segments. But that's just me being picky.
Great article otherwise. Especially like the descriptive hazards section.
Think of it this way: There is no such thing as pure darkness. It always reflects light, and the more light it comes in contact with, the less it is pure darkness and it soon becomes a shadow, then shading, and eventually it turns into a different color altogether. Since most Pokemon-Related thingamahoosits happen during the day, and because this Giratina in particular has grown accustomed to being awake and active during the day, there is less chance for it to be 'Dark' and so, out of fear it will be rejected, it decides to hide away, stay silent, and only acts when it knows it won't hurt something or make Cynthia mad.
Also note that Cynthia's Giratina is not fully grown in any sense of the word.
edited 6th Feb '11 12:57:48 PM by CalamityJane
Speaking of which I seem to recall a writer (and troper) who goes under the Author Avatar of a female (?) Giratina, or something. God, some of these conversations made me laugh.
Also, maybe it is just me but I still can find a L 5 O reference and I am for some reason still looking for one....
Level Five Onix
OH I GET IT! Ha.
But yeah. Basically in Tainer Notes Lingo, Cynthia's Giratina has a Quirky Nature, often scatters things, and happily eats anything.
Eh...do what you want, but I don't think I can take Giratina seriously after this.
Glad you guys liked it. I capitalized Terravermis, as you suggested. Unfortunately, Reverence, you won't find an overt referrence to the infamous Level Five Onix in there; I meant to put one in, but it slipped my mind. Oh, well...
As for the body segment thing, that part I got from comparing the official artwork of the two creatures and their sprites. It turns out Onix and Steelix really do have the same number of body segments in each of their respective depictions, and that Steelix has one less than its previous form.
Sorry dude. I promise to make Giratina #1 very scary and epic, though.
This goes beyond "scary" and "dark", we're talking about an entity far outside the comprehension of us foolish mortals. Something so incomprehensible that even the Universe's creator was forced to banish it. Its existence is nigh unheard of, only spoken in whispers among the dark places in humanity. Crying out, hoping that it will rise from the Shadows when the stars are right and free them of their downtrodden lives. It hears these prayers from its Eldritch throne and laughs and laughs and laughs...
Ahem. But I digress....
edited 6th Feb '11 1:20:42 PM by Neo_Crimson
That is what I call an article.
Now I've got some errands to run, but I'll be back, and after which, I will write this evolutionary stone article.
Furthermore, I wish to write a smeargle article.
edited 6th Feb '11 1:24:35 PM by lockonlockon
@Sullen Frog: I like the way you described how female Onix take care of their eggs, just like a real earthworm. On the subject of the Habitat section, Steelix can be found inside Iron Island as well.
edited 6th Feb '11 1:29:28 PM by rmctagg09
That certainly helps me get a feel for its mythology. As far as I can tell I'm trying to make this article as "perfect" as possible, since this is probably the first time the Diet section of the Legendary Pokemon Template will actually have something notable instead of just a Word Cruft version of "We have no bloody clue, Fan Wank something".
edited 6th Feb '11 1:26:52 PM by CalamityJane
I named my Giratina Dark Cocoa.
@SR: Ozbourne, right?
I should probably get rid of the diet section for the Legendary Template, its always nothing anyway.
That would be a very smart move.
Feel free to criticize any of my failed research.
Giratina has two forms; the first (Altered Form) is the form that it takes in the world we live in. In this form, Giratina has a large, gray, centipede-like body with six proportionally short, thick legs. Its legs have gold claws and gold bands on them, and it also has three gold bands that decorate its long neck. It has a tail and a thick black stripe running vertically along the front of its body, a series of red horizontal stripes running across the large black one. On its back are two large, black wings that are decorated with red, conical objects that may be a sort of fingernail. The wings seem oddly out of place, due to the fact that Giratina seems far too heavy to fly effectively, though this is not the case when it is in the Distortion World. The wings also seem to be ghostly, as they can change shape as if they were made of a type of mid-way point between solid and liquid. The wing-like structures have been jokingly dubbed “Pudding Hands” by Sinnoh League Champion Cynthia.
Giratina’s second form, its Origin form, is taken when traveling through dimensions other than ours, such as the Distortion World, its home. The form-altering has been theorized to be triggered by a change of gravity by respected researcher Newton Graceland. This form is more serpentine than Giratina's Altered Form, and the gold bands around Giratina’s neck area are given a very minimal movement. The Origin Form of Giratina has six black, ghostly streamers on its back that each has a bright red spike at the end. Its mouth is hidden by the head plates, which swing open sideways and connect on the other side of the head when the mouth is opening. Giratina's legs have been reduced to spike-like protrusions. There are four more golden spikes near the edge of the tail. Giratina can only take this form outside of the Distortion World if it is holding a Griseous Orb.
While the complete myth has been lost throughout the ages, the annotated version written by Cynthia states that when the Original One, known as Arceus, created the world from nothing, it laid three eggs: A blue egg christened in diamond that hatched into Dialga, a pink egg christened in pearl that hatched into Palkia, and finally the egg containing Giratina, respectively. 2 The egg’s mythological details are unknown, but the egg containing Giratina given to Cynthia was black, with a golden, brittle metal half-circle cocooning it around the eggshell. When Dialga’s heart began to beat, so too did time flow, and when Palkia first drew breath, so too did the universe first take shape. However, Giratina’s role in the creation of the world is thus far unknown.
Further studies of Sinn Mythology suggest that Giratina is the commander of Alternate Dimensions; worlds beyond our own that are either very similar or drastically different, a multitude of worlds where anything and everything is possible. The only understandable explanation given is proposed by String Theorists, where the dimensions are points, lines, splits and folds. 3 How to Imagine the Tenth Dimension All three members of the ‘Creation Trio’ seem to be capable of travelling through these dimensions, however, which casts doubt on whether these dimensions are the result of Giratina’s existence, or if it is merely the way the universe contains itself with the inclusion of ‘Spirit’. 4 A theory proposed by Villainous team Leader Cyrus of Team Galactic
A myth once thought to have been unrelated was about a young man who wielded a sword. This young man smote pokemon with his blade for nourishment and food, but soon began to smite without need of food and grew proud. One day, pokemon ceased to appear to the man, and he began to grow weary and afraid. The man eventually grew so distressed, he asked out loud at the top of a mountain why Pokémon refused to appear to him. Then, the Pokémon Giratina appeared before him, intending to explain. The man, however, grew frightened by its appearance, and in a blind fury, fought and eventually killed Giratina
The man at first knew not of his deed, but soon learned. In having discovered the sword, the man grew blind to Pokémon being alive, and had begun to use it in cold blood. Having grown so accustomed to violence, it killed a descendent of the Original One, and could not forgive himself. However, Giratina then rose from its deathbed, now and forever a Ghost-Type, and forgave the man for his deeds. It then left the man “to a place beyond seeing” and was never seen again. 5 The Story of Tobari the Blood Knight, Veilstone City Library The credence of the myth is debated, as it contradicts the myths preceding it that stated that Giratina was placed into the Distortion World, its home, eons before as a punishment for its violence.
Giratina the Second is currently living with Cynthia in her private home in a classified location.
This led to Cynthia experimenting with different foods other than pokemon food, given to Giratina at the disclosed hours in which it usually came to eat. As the days went by, Cynthia placed more and more inedible things on the (new) table, beginning with empty bowls and eventually finishing with a mattress, a scale wood carving of a Ponyta, an electrical generator, and finishing its meal with a glass of water. No ill effects resulted from this, and it gained no weight or suffered any consequences from eating those items.
The way it eats is similar to many serpentine pokemon; it unhinges its jaw and swallows the meal whole. If it is in its Origin Form, it uses one of its talons to pick at its lip afterwards. 1 Original research, information gathered from observing Cynthia’s Giratina
It also seems to have a connection to reflective objects, such as mirrors and pools of water. Research of the Distortion World by Cynthia and Newton Graceland has concluded that the Distortion World is a mixture of reflections and bits and pieces of the Real World put together almost haphazardly. One of the many quirks of Cynthia’s Giratina is that it enjoys tearing apart magazines and other images apart and placing them back together in collages, perhaps reflecting Giratina the First’s home. 1 Original research, information gathered from observing Cynthia’s Giratina
As to be expected with other Ghost-type Pokémon, Giratina is capable of using Ghost, Dark, Psychic and Electrical attacks. Unlike other Dragon Pokémon, Giratina lacks the ability to wield Ice- and Fire-type attacks (save for Will-O-Wisp and Icy Wind, which most Ghost-types learn anyway). Giratina has been shown to have an innate talent for manipulation of aura, not only being capable of using Aura Sphere, but also able to use its negative polarity to force things out of its way 5 dubbed ‘Shadow Force’ by Cynthia, and to grow Time Flowers in Cynthia’s Garden. 1 Original research, information gathered from observing Cynthia’s Giratina Since Giratina is a "true" Dragon Pokémon, it is also capable of using Draco Meteor.
In the Real World, Giratina can only transform to its Origin Form by equipping the Griseous Orb.
Giratina the Second is no slouch in this department either. While it usually prefers to keep its distance from others, occasionally it will become so happy at the sight of someone or something that it will lunge out at the object in question and attempt to show it affection and kindness, usually through hugging it, throwing it up into the air and catching it, or accidentally causing property damage while attempting to play a game with it.
Hostile contact of any kind with Giratina, be it the First or the Second, is highly not recommended. An incident involving Giratina the Second and a haughty young trainer resulted in Giratina becoming so agitated, it completely snapped, and practically nuked the area it was currently inhabiting. It took quite a bit of fighting and communicating in order to calm it back down; fortunately, the boy’s life was spared. Unfortunately, the incident in question racked up a high body count, and has been theorized by local crackpots to have led to the events that happened in Orre. Unfortunately, that incident is highly classified, and it is unknown if Giratina did in fact have a role in the incident or not.
At first, Cynthia’s Giratina grew up the way any other baby pokemon would. It hatched from its egg at about one foot long (0.3 meters) in Origin Form, and quickly changed into altered form after hatching. According to Cynthia’s Trainer Notes, Giratina the Second has a Quirky Nature, often scatters things, and, as expressed in the diet section, happily eats anything.
edited 6th Feb '11 8:37:32 PM by CalamityJane
I really gotta start writing articles again.
^x2 I'm not sure if I would have specifically addressed individual Giratina in the style of "Giratina the Nth" (seeing as it leaves the door open for other individuals that aren't specifically enumerated), but I like everything else that I've seen. (Also, Cynthia's Giratina is giving me some major 'HI THERE, I'M GIRATINA!' vibes. )
edited 6th Feb '11 6:22:41 PM by TracerBullet
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