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something that has been bugging me, should we be comparing pokemon to RL animals? Like comparing Caterpie to a swallowtail caterpillar...do swallowtails exist in the pokeverse?
also, would it be correct to say that Ninetails is the smartest non-psychic type pokemon?
^ I dunno, we seem to be all over the board with whether or not real animals exist in the Poke-verse, we should probably just be vague and leave it up to viewer interpretation. Also about Ninetails... I'm not sure if it would be wise to make a statement as concrete as that (especially since GF is currently cranking out mons), I'd personally go with something more general while keeping to your original intention (e.g. saying that Ninetails is one of the smartest non-Psychics as opposed to the smartest non-Psychic), but it is your article and where you go with it is ultimately up to you...
Yanma are winged insectoid pokemon with slender bodies and a large head. On that head is a set of distinctive y-shaped, crest-like, antennae and a small but powerful set of chewing mouth-parts. It also has a pair of surprisingly advanced of refractive cornea-type eyes. It's comparatively small thorax has 3 pairs of legs,with each leg having a tiny, two-digit, "claw". Yanma has 2 pairs of white, membranous wings, with red bands running across them. The width of these bands are an indicator of a Yanma's age. It's slender abdomen ends with a bizzare pincer-like cerci structure at the end. This pincer has two protrusions coming out of both sides, researchers conclude that the Yanma uses to stabilize themselves in flight. The rest of the structure seems to act as sexual organs for both female and male specimens. However the function of the actual "teeth" of the pincer structure are unknown and are likely vestigial. Yanma are primarily bright red with a patch of green around the eyes and the front of the head. Though there some extremely rare cases of blue-colored Yanma in the wild.
Yanmega are one of the largest species of bug pokemon known to man, being over 6 feet in length. Though at first glance seem to scaled up versions of Yanma, in a sense they are except for a few notable differences. One is that they have an inverted coloring, primarily forest-green with large red compound eyes with a Y shaped marking on each eye. And in place of the antennae is a line of black, triangular, spikes going down the pokemon's head and thorax. Along with an additional spike on its cerci-structure. Along the side of its thorax, and along the top of its abdomen, Yanmega has a series of red spots. The abdominal structure itself is also much more complex, with a more refined cerci and the twin protrusions have morphed into a pair of small auxiliary wings. Yanmega also has a much larger set of mouth-parts, with two fang-like pincers jutting downward that are used to hold prey.
Yanma beats its wings at over 25-times per second in a distinctive fashion that causes a vortex of air to swirl underneath it. This unique flight mechanic allows Yanma to hover in the air for indefinite amounts of time, and move in any direction it wishes. Its common to find Yanma flitting around the air at high speeds while searching for prey or protecting its territory. The wings of a Yanmega are even more powerful, allowing it to carry equal to its body weight during flight unhindered. It is also surprisingly agile for its size. It can accelerate and change direction just as quickly as its smaller counterpart.
The eyes of the Yanma are controlled individually, like a Kecleon's, allowing it to see two images at once. This, combined with the visual range of each eye, allows Yanma to have a total visual range of 360 degrees. Yanmega on the other hand, have true compound-eyes and can focus on all images in its visual range at once. However a Yanmega actually less visual range than Yanma as its eyes do not completely reach behind its head, giving it a 45 degree blind spot.
What is odd about Yanmega in particular is that there is evidence to prove that its much older than the modern Yanma. Fossil records show Yanmega specimens almost identical to modern ones dating back to over 305 million years ago. In fact, like Relicanth, Yanmega was considered a long extinct species until live specimens were found deep in remote rain forests recently. Many Paleo-pokeologists believe that Yanmega may be the first true bug pokemon to evolve, and certainly the first pokemon to achieve powered flight.
Yanma are commonly found near streams, ponds, lakes, and swamps. Yanmega are very rare in the wild, and have only been found in thick jungles in one or two areas in the world.
Yanma are predatory, feeding mainly on small insects, though some species have been observed eating small fish. Yanmega hunt larger insects, such as Ledyba and Ledian. In fact, Yanmega have been observed cannibalizing local Yanma. Due to their size, Yanmega require large amounts of food. In fact, it is hypothesized that Yanmega only exist in such remote regions because of the unusually high concentrations of bug pokemon there.
Yanma is able to manipulate the distortions it causes in the air to create controlled shock waves. These shock waves are very powerful and can easily knock a grown man off his feet and, under some conditions, break glass. While, Yanma act very aggressive and territorial to other Yanma, they generally ignore humans. But be warned, a startled Yanma WILL use a Sonic Boom on anything it perceive as a threat.
The aerial shock waves of a Yanmega are much more powerful, a controlled blast can easily shred through skin, muscle, and cause severe internal bleeding. What is worse is that Yanmega does not seem to be able to completely control the distortions it makes, as it frequently cuts apart tree branches during sudden take-offs. The distortions are so strong that it is dangerous to even stand near a Yanmega in flight.
While Yanmega almost exclusively use their mouthparts for feeding, they have enormous jaw strength. They are able to tear apart the carapace of a Pineco with ease. Luckily, there have been no recorded incidents of Yanmega biting humans.
During the Spring, wild female Yanma perform a mating "dance" where it flies around in a distinctive pattern to attract mates. When a male arrives it chases the female until either it or the female gives up. Then they mate by connecting their cerci. Afterwords the female lays a single egg in water, usually near water plants, and then abandons it to go feed or mate again. Females can mate up to 20 times in a single season.
After a short gestation period a young Yanma in a larval nymph form hatches from the egg. It feeds off of water-borne plants until it is mature, where upon it crawls out of the water, molts, and flies away on newly developed wings as an adult Yanma. Yanma bred in captivity lay larger eggs and skip the larval stage entirely. Scientists are baffled at why this occurs.
The mating habits of Yanmega have not been observed, as they are recently discovered and rarely seen in the wild.
Both Yanma and Yanmega are solitary creatures, reacting with hostility to other members of its species when it's not mating season.
edited 26th Jan '11 9:46:11 PM by Neo_Crimson
^^ Very nice...
On another note, are we allowed to provide commentary or critiques on entries on previous pages? Some of them look rather sparse...
edited 12th Jun '10 8:50:00 PM by CaptainNapalm
^ The entries for the Kanto starters could probably stand to be expanded, especially the Bulbasaur line's, as there's pretty much no mention of either Ivysaur or Venusuar in any of the subsections...
edited 13th Jun '10 12:29:30 PM by CaptainNapalm
Also the Spearow line is still unfinished.
I've put a little more meat on the Spearow entry.
The Kanto starters were more collaboratively handled; ideas are welcome.
(Index is behind, I know; updating it requires concentration I don't have every evening.)
About the Lileep entry, thanks to Alkthash for the confidence — I'll take some time during the week to recompile my research material (essentially, Encyclopedia Britannica ) and try to write an entry. I'm w/o inet@home so it'll take a little to get it uploaded though.
I liked the Sandshrew entry a lot, in particular their diet and cunning in problem solving. Now I can't help but thinking about what one would have to do to get a Sandshrew off a feeder!
^^ Hmm, well it was mentioned that the members of the Char line have "pyrosacs" filled with flammable gases, so I think it would make sense if their firebreathing was more gas-like than napalm-like. Also, are the gases lighter than air? If they are, it could help explain how Charizard are able to fly with those gimpy wings (similar to how Sullen Frog and I explained how Dragonite and Salamence are capable of flight)...
^ Thanks, I had a lot of fun with that entry. I'm looking forward to reading yours...
EDIT: ^^ Just for fun, you might want to consider putting in a reference to Charizard 'M as an urban legend or something...
edited 14th Jun '10 10:50:24 AM by CaptainNapalm
I'm working on the Chimchar line right now. It should be up by this afternoon or later tonight.
I second the idea that Pokemon that really shouldn't be able to fly (i.e., Charizard, Dragonite and Salamence, like Napalm said) would do so via the use of gas. After all, Pupitar can apparently propel itself like a rocket, according to the fluff and my own entry, so why wouldn't a dragon be able to do something similar?
Also, I may have an entry on Absol up in the next few days.
edited 14th Jun '10 10:31:31 AM by SullenFrog
I'm not sure the gas-sac would really DO anything. It doesn't decrease your mass, so it doesn't make you lighter. Besides, flight has more to do with thrust and aerodynamics than how light you are. For example, stuffing a plane full of helium balloons doesn't make it fly any better, but giving it a better engine and wings would.
I think the only plausible explanation is the Poke-earth has lower gravity, and a much more oxygen rich atmosphere. The former would explain why stuff like Dragonite can fly, and Aerodactyl can lift its head without snapping its tiny neck. The latter explains why bug pokemon like Yanmega and Drapion can grow so huge without lungs to properly supply oxygen everywhere.
Agree on the whole sac do nothing stuff. If going with the "Pokéarth has lower gravity" theory, it helps explain the whole thing about Yanmega, true, but it also explains how a 10-year old kid can fall down three of four consecutive holes which separate floors at least 10m tall and get up and walk away unscartched after that ∸ GSC Olivine Tower and RSE Desert Tower, if I remember correctly. Not that it has a lot to do with the fanon-dex, but I think it will help put certain things in perspective.
I had forgotten the most important think to start my entry (to fetch the template ) but that has been corrected. I may try later to provide comment on the Bulbasaur and Totodile lines, and if I can get the time and no one beats me to it I'll try the task of writing the Nido line. I love them. Why don't them get some love?
About technology in Pokéworld, what about the infamous transporter tiles? I'm not sure they have ever been established as "teleporters" in canon, only as "transportation things", but my memory may be wrong in particular when about Sabrina's gym. What will be interesting will be someone writing about the conveyorbelt spinning tiles.
edited 14th Jun '10 3:31:23 PM by SilentReverence
^^ I respectfully disagree, while a gas-sac ultimately won't get anything off of the ground on its own, it can most certainly help. We even have a precedent for it in the real world among fish with air bladders. The fuller the air bladder, the more buoyant the fish is and the higher it floats in the water. Similar, though not the same, principle on the part of a sac of lighter-than air gases. For your plane analogy, you are correct in saying that a plane won't fly any better if its stuffed with helium balloons, but it will take a lot less effort to actually physically get the thing off of the ground (hence the idiots who tie hundreds of balloons to their lawn chairs)...
^ So which half of the Nido line will you be covering, Male or Female?
edited 14th Jun '10 3:46:11 PM by CaptainNapalm
↑Both, of course...
Water is a vastly different medium than air, it renders you essentially weightless (which is why they use a giant pool to simulate 0G environments for astronauts) and therefore things like swim bladders have more of an effect. In open air you're more subjected to the pull of gravity, so one dinky little gas-sac won't really do have a noticeable effect at all. Unless that sac was filled with enough gas proportional to hundreds of balloons to a lawn chair. And even then, didn't Myth Busters disprove that little urban legend?
a gas bladder may not have much of an effect, but hey, every little bit counts.
and why can't we have a combination of gas sacs and low gravity? Can't we all just get along?
Being the official Fire Starter of the Sinnoh reigon, Chimchar are often regarded as cute and appealing. However, it takes a patient Trainer to properly take care of such a demanding and mischevious creature. Chimchar, Monferno, and Infernape all posess a gas-filled fire sac on either the head or tail, depending on the form. Chimchar have one on their rear, Monferno have a larger sac on their tails, and Monferno have an outlet above their head, leading to an internalized flame sac. The purpose of this flame in their everyday life is still unknown, but some believe that it may be a form of distinguishing individuals based on the brightness and shape of the flame. It also allows them to use Fire-based attacks.
Like humans, Chimchar also have extremely flexible grasping hands. Combined with their prehensile toes, they can brachiate swiftly through trees. In the care of a Trainer, this uncanny talent is often used to pry open food canisters and to conduct raids on valuables.
Monferno have all of these talents, in addition to a long, flexible, prehensile tail. This tail allows them to grab branches, objects, or even an opponent. Being larger and stronger than Chimchar, they are the most aggressive and hyperactive of the line. (TRAINER'S NOTE: It is a good idea to let your Monferno out of it's Pokéball daily to let it exercise and tire itself out.)
Infernape are the final evolution of the line. They are quieter than Monferno, but still relatively aggressive. This aggression, however, is tempered with wisdom and the experience of age. Whenever possible, they will rather flee than fight. That being said, they are still potent fighters and will often train by play-sparring with other Infernape.
These Pokémon have proven to be very popular in media. One famous folk tale revolves around a magical, jin-wielding Infernape and his adventures around the world. This tale has been adopted into a wildly popular television series, with the main protagonist being changed into a part Infernape, part human martial arts user.
Troops of this line are found in areas of dense woodland in spring and summer. They are extremely adept tree climbers and have been clocked at almost twenty miles an hour in their arboreal habitat.
In wintertime, they will migrate to mountainside hot springs, with which they will ride out the cold whether. In addition to this, all members of the line will eat as much as possible during the autumn months in order to develop a layer of insulating fat.The line is relatively rare in the wild, but, owing to their Starter status, many can be found in captivity.
All three species are frugivorous. They have excellent color vision and can distinguish ripe fruit from far away, which they can then pluck with their agile fingers. Ocasionally, they will eat small insects and Bug Pokémon like Kricketot.
Wild Infernape are wary of humans and will often flee rather than fight.
Chimchar given to inexperienced Trainers as starter Pokémon can prove to be maddening. They are very mischevious, and it is not uncommon for them to steal or hide valuable items. Trainers should discipline their Chimchar firmly for such transgressions and keep an eye out for their mischief at all times. In addition, a threatened or frightened Chimchar is prone to unleash adrenaline-fuelled bursts of violence or pyrotechnics in order to protect itself. However, these will pass as the Chimchar matures and it grows into its abilities.
Monferno are considered difficult to raise by many. They will clamber over most anything, and will respond to a disturbance by igniting their flame sacs, badly burning any real or imaginary threat. In addition to this, many are not aware of their own strength and and a plauful tackle can result in an injury for their trainer.
Infernape are well aware of their strength and incendiary prowess. They are the most relaxed of the three and pose no hazards to an unwitting trainer. In fact, Infernape are very good around young children and can be left unsupervised with them for long periods of time.
Infernape mate for life. In early autumn, females will enter heat, whereupon their mates will impregnate them. Gestation time is approximately eight months, and young Chimchar are born in springtime. They will only give birth to one baby at a time, although twins are not unheard of. Newborn Chimchar will cling tightly to their mother's chest or their back and will learn to walk weeks after they are born.
Chimchar, Monferno, and Infernape tend to live in large troops. These troops are led by a dominant male Infernape and his mate. Other Infernape will sometimes challenge the dominant male. This is usually done by making the most noise and commotion as possible, usally through screaming, hooting, and shaking branches. These fights are rarely lethal and more often than not result in badly wounded pride for the loser.
edited 21st Jun '10 5:57:12 AM by CrowT.Robot
^^ Agreed, I really don't feel like getting into a prolonged argument about the biology of non-existent creatures. On a side note, about the lawn chairs, it happens...
^ Wait, but isn't it established that all Pokemon are oviparous, so why would members of the Chimchar line have a gestation period?
edited 14th Jun '10 4:12:29 PM by CaptainNapalm
Well, we do have that link to a picture of a lactating Pikachu... I never liked the egg/Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action gimmick in the games anyhow.
^ Lactating egg-laying creatures do exist though, they're called monotremes (e.g. platypuses)...
EDIT: Rephrased for better statement clarity...
EDIT 2: v What if they were ape-like monotremes?
edited 14th Jun '10 4:27:15 PM by CaptainNapalm
Yes, I know that they exist, but apes aren't monotremes...
Maybe mammalian Pokemon are multiturbuclates?
I believe I touched upon this briefly in the Yanmega and Sharpedo articles. Wild pokemon give birth differently than trainer-raised ones. I find it improbable to outright impossible for creatures of vastly different classifications and morphologies to, not only be uniformly oviparous, but lay eggs of the exact same shape and size. Suffice to say there is some weird shit going on in those Day Cares.
Also, regarding Infernape, I think its definitely not viable for a sac of flammable gas to be located so close to the brain. I'm more inclined to think that the head flame is an exhaust port for a more internal flame-sac. Come to think of it, this could be same case for Chars too.
edited 14th Jun '10 4:39:10 PM by Neo_Crimson
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