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I'm doing the Ponyta entry, which is coming along veerry slowly.
Oh I understand then, maybe I read some fanon Ponyta tale and mistook it for the entry. Good knows where though...
In addition to an entry on the Pokédex itself (more appropriately, entires on the Pokédex Catalog Initiative as well as the physical devices), we could probably use an overview entry on Fossil Pokémon.
(Question for the legendary Nido entry: does it have an explanation yet for why the males and females were assigned different 'dex numbers?)
^Yes, it has. As it stands right now I have it that early research on the species showed so highly diverging data that instead of simply classifying them as a dymorphic species, they were tought of as separate evolution branches of a common, "baby" form pre-evo; even after some years of having better data and technology available, current Pokédexes retain the different numbering (and the numbering only) to provide backwards compatibility with trade systems as well as a standarization of the separate-gender numbering due to pressure from the media (similar to how, for example, "HTTP Referer" became a "standard" or the positive-negative charges in electricity — I'd have loved to see that in the Plusle+Minun entry).
I know, not very good but I want to keep it a bit out-of-universe until I can have it RetConned once we get the Tauros / Miltank or the Volbeat / Illumise entries (and see how those authors handle it for comparison).
Sorry... I guess I'm being too verbose again...
So long as it is not too soon, I can volunteer to write the overview Fossil entry. Maybe after we get to write some other broad-scale context entries such as Legendaries or Leagues instead?
Thanks for the feedback, all - I was worried it was going to be too long and fanwankey.
Silent Reverence, if you didn't notice, I drew some inspiration from your and Crow's excellent Lileep and Anorith entries. That Personal Space Invader pothole makes me laugh every time and it was way too good to pass up in mine.
Also, I totally guffawed at the Electric Soldier Porygon gag; I forgot to mention it in my last post.
edited 7th Jul '10 11:49:21 PM by Isotrope
I didn't put the positive/negative charges in Plusle and Minun because I figured it was biologically impossible for an organism to only produce one charge...
^Of course. I was thinking more of a "Plusle is actually the negative one" kind of gag.
Also @Isotrope, noticed and a good thing that the Personal Space Invader pothole was of use. I had just found about the trope when I was writing the entry and I decided it was too "perfect" to let it pass. You made it sound way better (read: +hilarious +plausible) than mine.
I'll seek to retrofit the Lileep entry as well in time as more Fossil entries come up.
Another Com Mon.
Rattata are one of the most determined pests of the Kanto and Johto reigons- a small purple rodent that it is nigh-impossible to be rid of. A Rattata's most prominent feature is the large, gnawing teeth. These teeth never stop growing, and thus Rattata spend much of their life chewing on tough objects in order to wear them down. This often includes wood and tough foods, but a determined Rattata can chew it's way through stone. Obscenely common, Rattata also comprise a good percentage of the diets of other creatures of the Kanto reigon, especially Pidgeotto and Pidgeot.
A fully grown Raticate is truly a force to be reckoned with. Large, aggressive, and powerful, Raticate are very popular amongst the casual Trainer community, who value them for their speed, agility, and battle prowess. In addition, they are quite easy to obtain, evolving from one of the most common creatures in the area.
Rattata and Raticate can live most anywhere, as they can digest most foods without difficulty.
Rattata will resort to active hunting for prey when their typical diet of nuts and seeds run scarce- on his trip to Kanto, Professor Rowan once witnessed a determined group of Rattata attacking and killing a baby Bulbasaur. Raticate, being carnivorous, will hunt and kill most anything, and have even been seen eating other Rattata.
Rattata are not difficult to take care of- they are small and the only real danger for a careful human is the occasional bite. Raticate, however, are much larger, and as such pose a greater threat. Their bites can easily puncture skin and cause severe wounds. Reports of small unsupervised children being attacked by wild Raticate are very common in the Kanto reigon. In addition to this, many carry diseases that may infect an unwitting Trainer.
Rattata are one of the few Pokémon that can enter sexual maturity before evolving. A Rattata will gain the ability to reproduce as early as at ten months. As such, Rattata spend much of their lives mating and gestating. They breed all year round, and an average litter consists of 12-20 babies.
Rattata and Raticate live in large clans of up to thirty in the wild. In urban areas, hundreds may live in a relatively small area; bolstered by a stable source of food, their numbers swell rapidly.
edited 8th Jul '10 9:14:02 AM by CrowT.Robot
Very nasty little buggers - remind me of the depiction of Rattata in The Sun Soul, right on the first page. Great entry.
That said, IRL rats can actually make great pets with proper breeding - they're smart and inquisitive and cleaner than people think they'll be. Perhaps that world has a 'fancy-Rattata' equivalent?
(BTW, any of you that want a pet rat, get a female. The males have...ah, rather exaggerated bits.)
edited 8th Jul '10 9:49:22 AM by Isotrope
I know about the pet rat phenomenon (they're quite cute and pretty in my opinon) but I went for more of a Black Plague/feral/Skaven-type rat for the description.
That just makes them cool.
So instead of dingos stealing peoples babies, there's Raticates?
So I'm writing a Zigzagoon entry which will be ready during the weekend (unlike the other one...). I'll treat them more like as squirrels (and raccoons) than as Com Mons / common rats. Not that there's anything wrong with Rattata...
Also, can I have a sneak peek on the Ponyta entry? Pretty please with a cherry on top?
edited 9th Jul '10 4:08:22 PM by SilentReverence
but aren't squirrels like real life Com Mons?
After much procrastinating working. Here's Ponyta!
Also, if anyone else wants to do Mewtwo, feel free. I've sorta lost interest. And I want to focus on the Regis instead if no one else has called it.
Both Ponyta and Rapidash are quadrupedal equine pokemon with a pelt of short white hair and distinctive red-orange "flame" hair on the head, tail, and legs. Ponyta stands roughly 3 to 4 feet tall and weighs anywhere from 100 to 130 lbs. Upon evolution, Rapidash become almost twice as large, towering at up to 5'07'' and weighing from 250 to 285 lbs. It's flame mane becomes significantly larger and grows a trail of hair down its back and extending to its tail, while the hair on the back of its thighs migrates down to its ankles. Its eyes transform from large, brown eyes to proportionally smaller crimson-irised ones, and its triangular ears now stand straight up and become much thinner. Finally, the Rapidash grows a single horn made up of hardened keratin in the center of its forehead. If broken, this horn regenerates very quickly, taking a week to grow back at most.
The Ponyta line's most famous feature is its so-called "flame"-hair. Despite popular misconception, the hair is NOT made up of flames at all, but looks remarkably like fire to the casual viewer. Like most fire Pokemon, the Ponyta line has an internal pyro-sac filled with a flammable liquid located at the base of the neck. Using a secondary diaphragm, it sucks in air, lights it with igniter cells lining the sac, and sprays a stream of burning air and liquid. More unique to the Ponyta line, they secrete this flammable liquid in small amounts throughout their bodies, coating their fine pelts. By using igniter cells similar to the ones located in the pyro-sac, the Ponyta is able to light any part of their entirely fire-proof bodies ablaze. This liquid is found in the greatest concentrations in the "flame" hair, so more often than not, a Ponyta ends up lighting its hair on fire whether it wants to or not- thus the origin of the "Ponyta have fire for hair" myth. There is a rare (approx: 1/8192 occurrence) genetic mutation that causes the Ponyta to produce an altered version of the flammable oil, causing the flames to burn blue. These individuals are marked with similarly colored hair, and are prized among collectors and breeders.
The hooves of a Ponyta are extremely hard and dense biological structures, making it almost impossible (or necessary for that matter) to put horseshoes on a Ponyta without using a diamond-tipped drill- leading to the misconception that Ponyta hooves are as hard as diamond. This, combined with Ponyta's sturdy bones and strong muscles, makes it an excellent jumper, being able to easily cross 30 yards in a single bound.
Rapidash, hence the name, are one of the fastest land Pokemon in existence. They are able to run at over 60 mph while carrying an adult human on their backs without having to stop for rest for over 3 hours. Unburdened, Rapidash clock in at an average speed of 75 mph, and peaking at 150 mph sprints in some cases. This, combined with their seeming eagerness to carry humans, cemented Rapidash as the most popular means of personal transportation for centuries. In non-urban areas, they continue to be so, even with the advent of motor vehicles. Rapidash racing is also a popular gambling sport, though it has lost some notoriety due to the rise of electronic Game Corners.
Apart from their speed, Rapidash are also known to be incredibly competitive, racing others of their species and anything else that they think can match them at any given opportunity, to an almost Obsessive Compulsive degree. Rapidash stabled during long winter months have been known to get extremely agitated and stir-crazy. One reported incident has a group Rapidash burning down their own stable and escaping into the snowy fields, their owners unable to restrain them. They were found three days later, approximately 100 miles away, all dead from exhaustion. As of recently, there have been several incidents of Rapidash chasing cars. Results have ranged from entertaining, to tragic.
Approximately 50% of the world's Ponyta and Rapidash population are domesticated, with ranches being extremely common in rural areas. Among the remaining wild ones, there are two main species: grassland dwelling, and the less common mountain dwelling. The mountain dwelling species are slightly smaller, have denser bones, and more lung capacity to compensate for thinner air in higher areas.
Ponyta and Rapidash are both entirely herbivorous, feeding primarily on grasses and shrubs, though it is not uncommon for them to forage for berries. The Shuca berry seems to be a favorite of the species- with its high sugar and essential vitamin content, it is perfect for fueling the Pokemon's racing habit.
Both Ponyta and Rapidash are very docile creatures, preferring to flee or intimidate their enemies by lighting themselves afire, using their fire-breathing abilities as a last resort. However, they are very easily startled. It is not recommended to approach a Ponyta or Rapidash from behind, as they reflexively kick anything that approaches them from behind unannounced. Their kicks can easily crush human bones, and can potentially be fatal if they rupture vital organs.
Also, DO NOT ever bring anything flammable or anything that can create a spark near a Ponyta. The oil the permeates their bodies is extremely volatile and will easily cause a fire if the trainer is not very careful. While the Ponyta is completely fire-proof, the same cannot be said for anything on or near it. Because of this, it is recommended for anyone riding a Ponyta or Rapidash to use a saddle and chaps made of Sharpedo leather or other fire-resistant material.
While they rarely use it in battle, the horn of a Rapidash can easily gore a human. Some trainers have taken advantage of this and trained their Rapidash to mimic the effects of Rhydon's Horn Drill by repeatedly stabbing the victim in the same spot with its horn. Due to the brutality of this move, trainers are required to dull the horns of their Rapidashes before use in sanctioned Pokemon battles.
All Rapidash species mate during early spring. If two males are found competing for the same female, they engage in intimidation battles by rearing up on their hind legs and lighting their manes on fire. If neither backs off, they "fence" with their horns until one of their horns breaks or one gives up.
After about a 5 month gestation period, a wild Rapidash gives live birth to a single foal. The foal is extremely weak at birth and is barely able to stand. But, its muscles quickly hypertrophy and it is easily able to keep up with its parents by 3 weeks of age. After approximately 12 months a Ponyta is considered mature. It is at this time when a mountain Ponyta leaves its parents and goes off on its own. Domesticated Ponyta typically evolve 1 to 2 years after reaching maturity, with an average total life-span of 15 years. Wild Ponyta evolve much later at around 7 to 8 years of age, some may not evolve at all depending on food and other resources.
Grassland Ponyta live in herds of 20-25 adults and varying numbers of adolescents, with an approximately 50% male/female gender ratio. Mountain Ponyta are generally more solitary, usually traveling with one mate and any immature offspring.
EDIT: Fixed typos and added a bit more info.
edited 28th Feb '11 7:16:45 AM by Tangent128
It's probably best to avoid superlatives; it suffices to say that the hooves are hard enough to require a diamond drill.
Otherwise, nice entry! Though, there are still a bunch of sentence fragments. Is it okay if I edit it later to fuse them in?
Fixed the hoof thing, and go ahead and fix my lack of proofreading skills.
Good work on the Ponyta entry. I'll comment on their habitat later.
Any chance I can incorporate artwork from Deviant Art in my Zigzagoon entry? There's a picture I like a lot (of both Ziggy and Linoone). Of is it better for me to go with official artwork (or sprites)?
Neo Crimson: Sprinkled some commas in, with a few other tweaks.
Silent Reverence: Any image source should be acceptable, but you should get the artist's consent if using fanart.
Thanks for the clarification. I have contacted the author of some piece of fanart to ask for permission. But since I'll be away for a while I'd rather leave you guys with the next entry as of now. And no it's not the Nidoran one yet, sorry.
Zigzagoon and Linoone are very common and lively Pokémon. They are well known for their particular habit to inspect any interesting place as well as retrieve and collect all sorts of objects. They are also very curious and versatile in battle. It is known that they can try and learn a large variety of attacks that makes facing a focused Linoone a complicated and lengthy affair.
Zigzagoon's incredible sense of smell and sensitive memory are two of its most important assets. Zigzagging across the ground, from one tree or dirt spot to the next, Zigzagoon will rub its nose against any object that may seem of interest, or against the ground if it seems there is something buried, and will not stop smelling, scratching and searching until he either retrieves the object or decides that there is another object nearby that is more worth of their attention, which given their endless curiosity happens a lot.
They also have a strong sensitive memory. A long-lived Linoone can remember the exact spot where they retrieved an important fruit (maybe the one that got them a mate) when coming back to the general area after some years. It is believed that some of those Pokémon may "teach" the significance of particular odors and objects to their offspring, as experiments with cages and human food indicate a young Zigzagoon, born from a trained Linoone who lived between city restaurants, can venture into a specific one, approach a dish with food a chef is preparing and reject it because it's not "like daddy liked it".
While Zigzagoon has a compact body adapted to wandering and exploration, Linoone has a longer and slender body with short legs. Due to this change in physiological configuration, Linoone are good trotters and can leap and reach to close distances with strong headbutts and claw attacks, however they have great difficulty curling, braking or turning around. Linoone are known to gather in a spread formation around their foes, brace and reorient themselves directly towards their nearest enemy and engage in pursuits based in long, periodical streaks where they attempt to redirect themselves by using features of the terrain such as rocks and trees.
Zigzagoon and Linoone live in the grasslands and the wooded areas, in particular when there are cities nearby. They form packs that venture regularly into territories of high activity, forming literal wild swarms that wander around and across the city outskirts, the industrial areas and water courses, to sate their instinctive drive to lookout and examine. Check the Social Structure section for more information on the structure of their packs.
Linoone live in small groups, however they spend the majority of their time alone wandering across the grasslands, inspecting the several safe spots they dig and where they hide food or other treasures. They mostly gather to inspect on higher levels of activity (such as a human caravan going across their territory) and to lookout on the young. Is in this respect that they are sometimes seen as similar to Furret‹#162›, who also stand up and do group lookouts.
Packs of Zigzagoon can be found in places like southern Hoenn where the climate is (usually) stable whereas their evolved form can be occasionally found in the areas near Fortree city, characterized by the tall grass and plenty of secret spots to investigate.
Zigzagoon and Linoone are both primarily herbivorous, but Zigzagoon in particular can substitute important parts of their diet by berries and some human food (particularly that derived from wheat) when in need. Linoone, albeit capable, are more demanding and since they can usually collect, hide and transport their own food they don't make much fuss about scarcity issues. Both members of the evolutionary line do resort to fish or small Water-type Pokémon such as Poliwag when living near water courses, with Linoone the more experienced and capable of catching such sort of prey.
Zigzagoon are playful and mischievous creatures who understand and challenge their own limitations and do not mean harm (unless in a fight). Most importantly, they define their "personality" and their relation to their peers according to the mischiefs they can successfully pull off. As such, they don't usually represent direct hazard to a Trainer or owner; their customs and their interpretation of ownership, however, may lead their Trainers to run into hazards of their own.
A wild Zigzagoon considers anything they can see from their nest or resting spot as fair game for exploring, fighting or "acquiring". That may eventually include a wandering Trainer's camping spot and any (or all) food cans left around. They also consider any object that is acquired and "exhibited" as a property of the group, meaning that any other friendly Zigzagoon can come around and examine or handle the object. Because of this, Zigzagoon need to be taught not to bring their collections to their Trainer as soon as possible after capture; otherwise, uncomfortable moments will follow when a Zigzagoon publicly "gifts" a Trainer with a stolen object, which also results in the Pokémon's self-image being damaged when he is chastised for it. It is important however that the Pokémon are left to collect things for themselves, although under scrutiny as collection is their means to establish their social value.
As noted below, Zigzagoon and Linoone are always on the look for interesting objects that can be handled or operated with. If you are lucky enough to own a Pokédex, be particularly wary of your Pokémon behaving suspiciously well — this since your Pokémon may get the (not very wrong) idea that for any female an object that can take a picture of her and "sing" to her (essentially blurt out information about her, no matter she can not understand it) would be very, very valuable.
Early every spring, the members of this species gather for a large-scale courting ritual that consists of the males swarming nearby forests and villages in search for the rarest food, fruit or instruments they can find in order to host "exhibitions". This is the only time of the year when a Zigzagoon or Linoone will definitively not share their collections with their peers. In these events a female will pick the male with the most interesting and handleable object. The female will then retrieve the object and taunt the male to retrieve it back from her; only if he manages to do that (which in and of itself is an incredibly difficult task) will they proceed to the mating. The couple will remain together for some time after the birth of their offspring.
After a couple of months a litter of two to six individuals is born. The mother will take care of them only for the first few weeks where she will teach them to eat the grass and some flowers; after that she will leave to hunt and continue her everyday life, whereas it will be up to the male to educate the pups on the arts of thieving, collecting and in the case of trained ones, looking innocent. The juvenile remain with the father for a month or two at most.
Zigzagoon live in packs of around fifty individuals with even gender distribution. Those packs form and maintain a movable, sparse structure around spots of interest and resources and that can be mapped as projected forms of the Julia Set. Such streaks sometimes make easy for Trainers to run into brief "streaks" where they will repeatedly find similar, and possibly blood-related, wild Zigzagoon.
Linoone group by blood traits and "attach" themselves to an existing pack. A male Linoone will move around slowly and stay in the border of the thickets if he is still taking care of his offspring.
Rolling Updates — last updated 2010-07-24 with the fanart (thanks to Nepryne) as well as the corrections indicated in the following posts. Also with More Potholes. One important thing that was skipped and now completed is the "Linoone have difficulty turning around" thing.
edited 24th Jul '10 1:59:52 PM by Tangent128
If wild Ponyta are in their evolved form for the last 13 years of their lives, why are Rapidash so much rarer? I'd move the maturity age up a bit.
this sentence really bugs me. I can't really put my finger on why though. I think the reason may be grammatical in nature, I'm really not sure.
or maybe my mind isn't thinking straight because I just woke up.
Noted, and fixed.
@Blissey: will be fixed afternoon.
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