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hazzaboner Nidoran needs love! from Sniper Land (your heart) Relationship Status: Hooked on a feeling
Nidoran needs love!
Jun 30th 2010 at 8:46:35 PM

Some Tibetan monks can do that. No dice for polyphony, though.

So I'm a writer...
Isotrope Mostly Stable
Mostly Stable
Jun 30th 2010 at 9:58:33 PM

I just recalled an old Spore creation of mine:

http://www.spore.com/sporepedia#qry=usr-divossi|2263263761%3Asast-500396064504%3Apg-40 (copy and paste; the whole link doesn't work)

...that would be the worst pokemon of all time.

edited 30th Jun '10 9:59:07 PM by Isotrope

Amateur pilot, writer and sketchbook jockey and a fan of astronomy, fish, cars and steampunk. ...for science!
Blissey1 insert title here from a random Pokčcenter Relationship Status: I know
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Jun 30th 2010 at 11:29:23 PM

SO, I was randomly thinking about the whole Diglett issue, and I thought, what if we portray Diglett as being like an earth elemental? It would totally explain why noone knows what they look like underground; because they ARE the ground! There simple isn't anything down there. Removing a Diglett from the ground would simply reveal that their body cuts off into crumbly dirt. And it probably wouldn't be too healthy to remove them from the ground, either...

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Gilphon Untrustworthy from The Third Sound Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Untrustworthy
Jun 30th 2010 at 11:44:56 PM

That's... awfully mystical, don't you think? We're going for a more scientific view of things, after all.

"Canada Day is over, and now begins the endless dark of the Canada Night."
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Jun 30th 2010 at 11:54:24 PM

I dunno, we already have beings that supposedly control time and space, an elemental seems pretty tame compared to that. Explain as being like communal microbes animating the soil into a Diglett.

edited 30th Jun '10 11:57:38 PM by Blissey1

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Tangent128 from Virginia Relationship Status: Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
Jul 1st 2010 at 9:19:25 AM

Approaching it scientifically doesn't require that elementals not exist. This world already has psychics and aura; the rules differ slightly from our own.

edited 1st Jul '10 9:19:42 AM by Tangent128

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Jul 1st 2010 at 11:12:16 AM

I do recall in the anime a character had a whole herd of Diglett and one of them lived in his (Apparently topless) hat and would pop up every now and then.

CrowT.Robot Trainspotter from Ga-Metru
Trainspotter
Jul 1st 2010 at 1:58:13 PM

How intelligent do we want to say Pokemon are? I assume that Legendaries are at least as intelligent as people, but what about the generic Mons? (Anime continuity says that they're intelligent enough to communicate, sing, use tools... and let's not even get into Pokemon Mystery Dungeon...)

edited 1st Jul '10 2:00:01 PM by CrowT.Robot

Formerly known as Crow T. Robot.
SullenFrog Wait, he isn't dead! Shia Surprise! from Voormithadreth Relationship Status: I wanna know about these strangers like me
Wait, he isn't dead! Shia Surprise!
Jul 1st 2010 at 2:53:02 PM

I say that they're all clearly sapient to some extent, but only a few (the legendaries, Dragonite, Alakazam, Metagross, etc.) match or exceed the intelligence of the average human. That said, those Pokemon might not necessarily have a human mindset (see my Deoxys article for an example).

Also, I appologize for the tardiness of my Articuno entry. I'll have it up at some point tomorrow, hopefully.

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Blissey1 insert title here from a random Pokčcenter Relationship Status: I know
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Jul 1st 2010 at 3:05:10 PM

so, if no one has an issue with my Diglett theory, I'll probably have an article up in a few days. Unless someone else already called it and I missed it.

edited 1st Jul '10 3:05:31 PM by Blissey1

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Neo_Crimson Your army sucks. from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
Jul 1st 2010 at 4:57:43 PM

I would just leave it at [DATA EXPUNGED]. To be honest, just for the sake of sucker punching any who thought they would get an answer about what was under Diglett.

And I said I already had some theories on it. Which are [DATA EXPUNGED].

edited 1st Jul '10 4:58:17 PM by Neo_Crimson

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Gilphon Untrustworthy from The Third Sound Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Untrustworthy
Jul 1st 2010 at 5:02:04 PM

Hmm. Should I use that [DATA EXPUNGED] thing to keep what Tangela looks like under the vines a mystery too? (Yes, I am working on the Tangela entry.)

"Canada Day is over, and now begins the endless dark of the Canada Night."
Tangent128 from Virginia Relationship Status: Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
Jul 1st 2010 at 7:16:13 PM

Tangela doesn't really need to be a mystery, so no real need for that.

A literal [DATA EXPUNGED] probably doesn't fit an in-universe style; some other unreveal is needed for Diglett. Possibly something like "...below the surfac@#%^& -CONNECTION REESTABLISHED-nd."

Do you highlight everything looking for secret messages?
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Jul 1st 2010 at 7:42:29 PM

That's why having Digletts body simply cut off at the surface is the perfect method- it's an unreveal that doesn't rely on technical difficulties!

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Gilphon Untrustworthy from The Third Sound Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Untrustworthy
Jul 1st 2010 at 7:45:11 PM

Except that it's just a reveal; not an unreveal at all.

"Canada Day is over, and now begins the endless dark of the Canada Night."
rmctagg09 The Wanderer from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
The Wanderer
Jul 1st 2010 at 7:56:34 PM

I remember a fanfic I read way back that stated that the reason Diglett are never above ground is due to the fact that they have a built in instinct to dig through any surface they come into contact with.

edited 1st Jul '10 7:56:47 PM by rmctagg09

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Pykrete NOT THE BEES from Viridian Forest
NOT THE BEES
Jul 1st 2010 at 9:07:23 PM

I still say we need to either pull a Zalgo on that, or run that chunk of text through a scrambler to make it look corrupted.

SilentReverence adopting kitteh from 3 tiles right 1 tile up
adopting kitteh
Jul 1st 2010 at 9:31:32 PM

Well we could always go with the second-layer practical joke: use Unicode Block Elements (links to a PDF) to "write" the text instead of the actual characters as in a CIA report; when people think we have done some trickery to "hide" the characters and try to highlight them they find that data has been really EXPUNGED.

Fanfic Recs orwellianretcon'd: cutlocked for committee or for Google?
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Jul 1st 2010 at 10:25:04 PM

ok, so I guess the reveal being "nothing" isn't quite an unreveal

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SullenFrog Wait, he isn't dead! Shia Surprise! from Voormithadreth Relationship Status: I wanna know about these strangers like me
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Jul 3rd 2010 at 1:24:50 PM

Tonight's forecast: a freeze is coming!

Articuno

Morphs [Oak Catalog #]

  • Articuno [144]

Physical Descriptions

Articuno is a large raptor-like Pokémon that stands taller than the average man. It is easily recognized by its distinctive blue plumage, a crest formed by three diamond-shaped feathers, and the tail, which forms a long and elegant train while the bird is in flight. The creature’s breast is white, its eyes are red, and both its talons and its sharp beak are slate grey. Most notably, when its wings are spread the pinions cause them to resemble a snowflake, and its feathers glisten with a light layer of frost at all times.

Lore and History

Articuno has long been venerated by the inhabitants of Kanto and the Orange Islands as the Avatar of Frost, being superior to Zapdos, Avatar of Lightning and inferior to Moltres, Avatar of Flame. In this way, these birds form a sacred Triad of Fire, Ice and Lightning that preserves the equilibrium of the world; should their balance be disrupted, a great cataclysm would befall our world.

Articuno is seen as both a benefactor and a destroyer. When it is in balance with its siblings, it cools heat waves and calms storms, and its coming portends the onset of winter; when the balance is disrupted, unspeakable cold and glaciers follow its flight, hailing the return of the Ice Age. Despite this chaotic nature, the creature is fundamentally good, often appearing to travelers lost in the mountains and carrying them to safety with its powerful yet surprisingly gentle claws.

Known Sightings

As it spends much of its time on the wing, Articuno is rarely seen by the populace at large. It was most frequently observed in the vicinity of the Seafoam Islands prior to the eruption of the Cinnabar Volcano; since then, it departed for cooler climes. It was also one of several legendary Pokémon to become involved in the Cipher Incident in Orre several years ago; in all the months since, it has not been seen outside of its shrine on Ice Island, apparently recuperating from whatever harm befell it during that time.

Diet (if any)

Although the sharp talons, pointed beak and raptor body structure would indicate that Articuno is a predator, the Avatar of Frost has never actually been seen feeding.

Abilities

Articuno is a unique specimen with the impressive ability to arrest kinetic energy by flapping its wings, causing it to siphon heat out of the surrounding environment whenever it flies. This strange ability is so potent that Articuno is always followed by a rolling snowstorm except in the hottest of climates.

Like most other Ice-Type Pokémon, Articuno has displayed formidable cryokinetic powers, such as generating small blizzards, summoning hail, and transforming its outermost pinions into sharp icicles which it launches at foes in deadly flechette storms. As with most other legendaries, it also displays potent psionic powers which it uses to increase its agility and speed, throw up telekinetic barriers to blunt physical attacks, and even read an opponent’s mind to determine what action they will take next, and react accordingly.

Additionally, Articuno appears to emit a strong presence of regal might, a trait it shares with its siblings. Simply put, Pokémon who are ordered to attack any member of the Legendary Birds will only do so reluctantly and with great difficulty, as though some sort of geass were compelling them not to lift so much as a finger against them.

Hazards

While Articuno is a gentle Pokémon that will not hesitate to help those requiring and deserving of its aid, this generosity should never, under any circumstances, be mistaken for weakness. The biting, frigid cold at this bird’s command is more than sufficient to snuff the flames of even the strongest fire-type Pokémon, and its durable, frost coated feathers and ability to throw up kinetic barriers allow it to survive even the most devastating assault a trainer could hope to throw at it.

Attempting to wear down an angered Articuno’s defensive capabilities is even more difficult than simply damaging it, for it can enshroud itself in a potent mist that makes connecting with such debilitating attacks as String Shot or Leer all but impossible. Should a trainer find himsel lost in the mountains during a storm and be fortunate enough to be rescued by Articuno, do the smart thing and leave the bird alone afterwards, because if one rebuffs its hospitality by trying to capture it then it will kill you and leave your frozen corpse as a warning to any others who would attempt something so foolish.

Other

During Team Rocket's occupation of Saffron City, the terrorist organization did their best to prevent any information from entering or leaving the city, killing journalists and sabotaging media outlets throughout the city. despite these efforts, information was successfully leaked that they had taken control of the primary offices of Silph Co., and public speculation ran wild as to what an organization with a history of sordid genetic experimentation could want with the company. The prevailing rumour was that they were attempting to clone a bizarre hybrid of Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres for use as a weapon of mass-destruction that they would then hold over the government's head in order to gain control of the nation.

Needless to say, this hybrid creature—dubbed Zapmolcuno by the tabloids and Thufizer by foreign journalists—was eventually revealed to be a hoax, as the organiation's true goal was to possess the cutting-edge Master Ball which Silph had just developed; nevertheless, this urban legend has become lodged in the popular consciousness, and probably will not be completely discredited any time soon.

edited 3rd Jul '10 3:43:13 PM by SullenFrog

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Kinkajou One Man Army from you're not your
One Man Army
Jul 3rd 2010 at 9:20:54 PM

I like how you explained Pressure.

"Wait, it's IV. Of course they are. They'd make IV for Dreamcast." - Enlong, on yet another FFIV remake
SullenFrog Wait, he isn't dead! Shia Surprise! from Voormithadreth Relationship Status: I wanna know about these strangers like me
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Jul 4th 2010 at 8:26:13 AM

Thanks! By the way, I apologize for how late the thing was.

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SullenFrog Wait, he isn't dead! Shia Surprise! from Voormithadreth Relationship Status: I wanna know about these strangers like me
Wait, he isn't dead! Shia Surprise!
Jul 6th 2010 at 6:19:34 PM

Gentlemen, there has been a serious dearth of activity in this thread for the last few days. I confess myself to be somewhat concerned.

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Rainbow Relationship Status: Puppy love
Jul 6th 2010 at 6:25:51 PM

I was thinking, is anyone going to do the Jigglypuff line? It was one of the first Pokemon I heard about, besides Pikachu, and I thought I might try it. Also, do we have any theories for happiness evolutions? The Pikachu article doesn't mention it. I was thinking, perhaps Pokemon like Pichu and Igglybuff who evolve in that manner do so in the wild by forming tight bonds of trust with other Pokemon (either of their own species or others). That would go with not just the happiness idea, but that it's the Pokemon trusting the trainer. In captivity, it's usually the bond with the trainer that matters, but perhaps in the wild it's a bond with other Pokemon?

edited 6th Jul '10 6:28:51 PM by Rainbow

SullenFrog Wait, he isn't dead! Shia Surprise! from Voormithadreth Relationship Status: I wanna know about these strangers like me
Wait, he isn't dead! Shia Surprise!
Jul 6th 2010 at 6:27:16 PM

I don't believe that anyone's called Jigglypuff. Go nuts.

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