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About humans in the Pokemon world, having them also evolve (as in Darwin evolution, not Pokemon metamorphosis) to be more physically able to withstand things that real people can't (like Pokemon elemental attacks) would explain a lot of the IJBM questions about "how can Ash and Team Rocket handle being shocked by Pikachu over and over and not die?" Maybe the only humans who survived to reproduce were ones with a genetic disposition towards being super-durable, almost like Pokemon in themselves.
I was actually thinking about writing an article on humans for this project, which would include something like that.
I think I'd chalk that up to the anime's Acceptable Breaks from Reality and frequent use of Rule of Funny. Part of humans being badass enough to handle it is knowing when to get the hell out of the way.
Keep in mind wild Pokemon would have relatively low-powered attacks due to lack of combat experience — mainly owing to the fact that if a wild Pokemon loses a fight with a predator or particularly aggressive pack member, it dies.
As far as lightning is concerned, keep in mind lightning strikes — real ones in the range of 30,000 amps, and three times hotter than the sun's surface — are regularly survived by ordinary dudes. In spite of what you see on the cartoon, a sustained arc of electricity is very unlikely.
edited 4th Aug '10 12:03:29 PM by Pykrete
I hope it's alright if I just jump in here with an entry for one of my favorite Gen IV Pokemon who Needs More Love. Hopefully my rudimentary knowledge of biology won't hinder my entry (or possible future ones).
The Wing Fish Pokemon is relatively small: An average Finneon weighs 7 kilograms and is only .4 meters long. Finneon have a football-shaped main body, the upper half of which is a dark, nearly black, blue. The lower half of its body is a lighter sky blue. Separating the two hemispheres is a thick magenta lateral line that circles around the entire body. Two elliptical dorsal fins sprout from one spot on the top of the fish, closer to the front of the creature. Two rounded-triangle pectoral fins are found on the lower half. Two oval eyes with magenta irises rest on either side of the Pokemon, both decorated with a single small black triangle pointing toward the back of the fish. The creature's most famous feature is its caudal fins, which resemble the wings of a Beautifly, albeit more vaguely than the more recognizable fins of its evolution. These well-known fins are the same light blue as its lower hemisphere. Four magenta spot appear on both sides of each fin.
Finneon's evolution, Lumineon, is larger than its previous form. Its main body has grown "flatter"; it is now taller than it is wide. Most of the creature's body is the same dark blue of Finneon's upper half, excluding the front tip of its face surrounding its mouth, a line running vertically around the fish just behind the eyes, its newly formed pelvic fins, its more prominent eyelids, and the fringes of its dorsal fins. Surprisingly, the famous caudal fins of its former morph have been replaced with a large yet short tail decorated with a single magenta oval. Lumineon's "Beautifly wings" have instead developed from its dorsal and pectoral fins.
This species' most famous attribute is its surprisingly bug-like fins, earning it the nickname "Beautifly of the Sea" and giving it the ability to employ Bug-type moves for battle. The magenta spots on the Finneon's caudal fins and the light blue fringes of Lumineon's dorsal and pectoral fins are both covered in bioluminescent bacteria that allow the creatures to navigate its dark ocean environment, as well as attract prey.
Lumineon have pelvic fins similar to those of its cousin, Chinchou, which allow the Neon Pokemon to "walk" along the seafloor.
Finneon live mostly in the deepest areas of the oceans, mostly those around the Sinnoh region, but they are known to also inhabit bodies of freshwater. Their most famous location is the port town of Canalve City, where tourists are known to gather in the evening to observe the soft blue glow of the Finneon and Lumineon beneath the surface. This species tends to live in areas also populated by their relatives Chinchou and Lanturn. Naturally, there is competition between the two species, but Finneon tend to avoid Chinchou due to the latter's harmful Electric capabilities.
Finneon and Lumineon prefer smaller fish as a food source, which they attract with their bioluminescence and devour with their small mouths.
Though usually a peaceful species, one should not initiate combat with the Wing Fish or Neon Pokemon unprepared. Though Pokemon with Grass typings are usually quite useful against Water-typed creatures, trainers should be aware that the Finneon line is capable of using powerful Bug-type moves, which can be very harmful to Grass Pokemon.
Female Lumineon are known to have larger wings than those of their male counterparts. The larger and brighter a female's wings are, the more attractive she is to a potential mate. Due to their more peaceful nature, disputes over mates is uncommon, though those that occur are usually solved via the males flapping their "wings" at one another threateningly until one moves along. When a male and a female find one another acceptable mates, they circle one another, wings glowing at full burn. Mating season for the Finneon line falls in the middle of summer, making this "Dance of the Sea-Beautiflies" a popular summertime tourist attraction for Canalave City.
Fertilization occurs externally; the female will release her eggs out into the space between her and her "dance partner"; the male responds in kind with his sperm. It is here, where the two mates performed their dance, that the Lumineon build their nest. The father will be left to guard the developing offspring while the mother goes off to hunt. Once the Finneon hatch, they will remain under their father's care (receiving food from their mother) for roughly three months before they are capable of hunting on their own.
This species lives in large schools, usually led by a female Lumineon and her mate. The colony and its future generations will remain in the same location, where the younger members are watched over by the male Lumineon. Cooperative pack hunting is very rare, but has been known to happen during times in which food is more scarce.
edited 4th Aug '10 6:15:32 PM by SaturnCity
^ A few comments...
Other than that, I think it looks pretty nice, though you might want to consider adding some more fluff if you think of anything...
EDIT: Added some more to that Cubone/Marowak entry. Keep the comments/suggestions coming folks!
edited 4th Aug '10 5:52:12 PM by CaptainNapalm
^ My initial name for the group was school, but the vision I got in my head just sorta screamed "colony." See, this is when the ability to transmit mental images to other humans telepathically would come in handy. Get to work, Steve Jobs/Bill Gates/Generic Tech God!
And my only real knowledge of fish is the names of their fins, so my ideas for their social structure ended up closer to penguins, really. Besides, just look at Lumineon. How could such a mellow, contented fish not be a loving parent? I ASK YOU.
I'll be sure to edit the article. Thanks for the feedback!
Appearances are deceiving Saturn. Especially in nature.
^ Pfft. Next you'll be telling me that those frogs with the pretty colors are actually extremely poisonous. As if I'd believe that!
Seriously, though, I based Finneon/Lumineon's peaceful nature on the fact that it's pretty much the poster child for the "UU" tier in the Pokemon meta game. I like to think that its absence from competitive Mon battling is due to its lack of a fighting spirit. Plus, it's a pretty blue fish with butterfly wings, so naturally my mind assumes it's about as ferocious as a rotten melon.
^ Well it is called the "Beautifly of the Seas" and just look at that thing's fluff...
v Actually, you could also get that just by going off of the official fluff... :P
edited 4th Aug '10 6:28:47 PM by CaptainNapalm
Seriously; if you go by our article, Beautifly is a ruthless killer and apex predator.
I just think Lumineon would be a more peaceful bunch. You always read about how absolutely ridiculous the animal kingdom can get when it comes to fighting over mates, so I thought it would be a nice change of pace to have a species who solves conflict over mates thusly:
Lumineon 1: "Hey, an attractive female."
Lumineon 2: "Hey, an attractive female."
Lumineon 1: "Excuse me, but I believe I saw her first."
Lumineon 2: "Are you sure? If you don't mind, I would like to court her."
Lumineon 1: -flaps wings somewhat aggressively-
Lumineon 2: "Eh. Fine." -moves along-
Now that you mention it, Lumineon looks like a Beta fish. And those things are known to kill themselves via exhaustion from attacking their own reflections.
^ Eh, it's probably alright if he deviates from the RL inspiration a little, GF does it all the time (seriously, since when do Swallowtail Butterflies suck bodily fluids from other insects?)... So, does anyone have any other nuggets they would like to add to the Cubone article, or should I feel free to add a few things on my own?
Let's see... obviously, they have strong social relations. Apart from the overall tribal structure, parents maintain a strong relationship with their children (when alive... ).
Habitat... if they were competitors to early humans, why are they limited to the Lavender Tunnel area today? (Oreburgh Gate swarms need an interesting explanation, too. I have some ideas, but the first question needs answering first.)
edited 4th Aug '10 7:06:23 PM by Tangent128
^ They've been taking lessons from D&D kobolds? :P
^^They were more widespread in Prehistoric times? The area around Lavender Town has the only known Cubone Graveyard in Kanto?
^^ I wish I knew more about D&D, since Kobold references sound fun to make. Y'all'll've to make up for me.
^ Perhaps, but then why not start another graveyard elsewhere? Or... maybe there are graveyards on the Indigo Plateau and around the Mt. Moon range, but they're far enough from the common Trainer routes that you only see the patrolling Marowak in Victory Road and Cerulean Cave. (Was there a Lass with a Cubone in Mt. Moon? Too lazy to check right now...)
Then perhaps Oreburgh Gate hosts an inaccessible tribe that leads expeditions to the adjacent route on occasion.
Whereas the Rock Tunnel tribe is centered on a thoroughfare. Why don't they move? Ah, it comes together: the Pokémon Tower. Given their shamanic culture, it makes sense that they'd make use of the Tower too. (... which means catching a Cubone paying its respects in the Tower would be somewhat of a faux pas...)
edited 4th Aug '10 7:44:16 PM by Tangent128
One of my favorite species.
Shellos are among the most interesting of Pokemon due to their variety in shape. Found mainly on beaches in Sinnoh, they spend most of their lives feeding on seaweed and other algae. An interesting facet of their biology is the fact that East and West Coast Shellos have radically different forms. West Coast Shellos are pink with a white underbelly, pink knobs on their hides, and spikes on their backs. East Coast Shellos are blue, with a green underbelly, back ridges, and white tipped fleshy protrusions resembling horns. Scientists believe that this allopatric speciation was due to the Coronet mountain range bisecting the region and preventing genetic flow between the two populations.
Shellos have very sticky skin, which often leads to them being covered in various debris when they go on land. It also allows them to climb up any surface. Shellos can also absorb water, making them very useful for double and triple battles.
Once Shellos evolves into Gastrodon, it also gains a Ground typing. Just like Shellos, Gastrodon look very different depending on which region they are from. Studies of Gastrodon tissue samples indicate that at one point the species had a rather thick shell, but got rid of it for some reason. To defend themselves from predators, Gastrodon can release a foul smelling purple liquid to escape. If that doesn't work, they can use moves such as Muddy Water, Mud Bomb, and Water Pulse to fight off an opponent. Trained Gastrodon are also capable of learning moves such as Earthquake, Surf, and Ice Beam.
Due to their lack of a shell, Shellos can dehydrate very quickly, making them hard to use them in desert regions such as Orre. Due to their Ground typing, Gastrodon can last longer, but having them fight when it's very hot is still not recommended.
edited 20th Aug '10 10:03:02 AM by rmctagg09
If the body of Shellos has a very high water concentration, shouldn't it lose water due to osmosis? Unless your saying that they can absorb water through their skin.
edited 4th Aug '10 8:26:28 PM by Neo_Crimson
^ That's what I meant. I forgot about that basic rule of diffusion.
^^^ It's a pretty good article, but some of the subsections could stand to have some more fluff...
^^^^ According to our favorite Poké-wiki, the following locations have (or had) populations of Cubone or Marowak:
As for why they aren't more widely distributed, um... They like hanging out in large groups (safer) and are really nitpicky about potential places to live (namely places where potential dangers are low and the terrain presents advantages for overwhelming intruders)?
EDIT: Missed one...
edited 4th Aug '10 9:30:40 PM by CaptainNapalm
Individual clans? With swarms being migratory?
^^ Okay... So, that would place tribes in each Safari Zone, the Rock Tunnel (accounting for Routes 9/10, plus pilgrimages to Pokémon Tower), Sevault Canyon, near Route 203, and near Victory Road.
Do they have any relations with surrounding humans distinct from typical Wild Pokémon interaction?
^ If we wanted to be cute, we could take a few cues from RL folk tales about Kobolds (the namesake for D&D's lizards), other than that, I have no clue. Maybe squabbling over food as suggested earlier back in prehistory (though I would suspect that those were very one-sided quarrels)...
I assumed that they live where they do (at least in the case of out-of-the-way places like the Rock Tunnel) because of struggles between them and mankind. I mean, considering how small Lavender Town seems to be, Rock Tunnel is pretty far from any large city, meaning those Cubone have been living away from humans for a long time.
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