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Silent Reverence: Even if hosting it elsewhere, I imagine the bulk of the actual work would still take place in this thread for the foreseeable future.
Edit: I think this is the first legally-protected Legendary we have. Nice to see The Legend of Thunder referenced.
edited 18th Aug '10 11:09:48 PM by Tangent128
I felt like the remote-fire thundercloud Raikou used on the reflecting machine was awesome enough to warrant the existence of that cinematic abortion.
Actually, I eventually got fed up with the dub and found a fansub of it on Youtube. I was surprised to find it was actually decent.
edited 18th Aug '10 11:21:42 PM by Pykrete
Our rival over at Serebii used a Webs.com account to host the archive. Perhaps we could do the same.
^ We don't have rivals, just counterparts...
EDIT: If we're going to keep our page on the main wiki, should we consider reorganizing our stuff into bloc subpages? (e.g. TOW's "Pokemon by Pokedex Number" pages...)
edited 19th Aug '10 6:55:52 AM by CaptainNapalm
Slowpoke evolve into two different forms depending on where they are bitten if they catch a Shellder. When a Shellder bites a Slowpoke's tail, the Shellder's poison combines with the Slowpoke's tail sap to create a compound similar to the chemical makeup of a Rare Candy. This causes the Slowpoke to evolve into Slowbro. Slowbro are very similar in body plan to Slowpoke except for their lower bellies having cream-colored scales, and the fact that the Shellder on their tail has now become conical with sharp teeth. Unlike Slowpoke, Slowbro are far more active due to the Shellder on their tail preventing them from using it to fish. [[Trainer's Note: The Shellder is near-impossible to remove from its host, but if it does come off, the Pokemon will revert back to its original form, due to the lack of the Shellder to make the compound.]] Slowbro are completely unable to feel pain, due to the Shellder poison dulling it's pain receptors even further, and are far more physically powerful due to the Shellder making them go bipedal and freeing their hands. While Slowbro on average tend to be as dull-witted as their original form, the Shellder on their tail can cause them to have rare moments of insight when it bites down. The relationship skirts a fine line between symbiosis and parasitism, with the Shellder more or less making the Slowpoke its slave but the latter getting stronger in return.
The other, far more rare evolution of Slowpoke is Slowking. A Slowking is created when a Slowpoke that has acquired a King's Rock is bitten directly on the head by a Shellder. The poison from the Shellder leaks directly into its brain and causes a boost in intelligence and Psychic power. The Shellder morphs into a form resembling a crown, with a ruby-like pearl in front, and the Slowpoke gains a ruff, belly scales, becomes bipedal, and loses the white on the end of their tales. Slowking are extremely intelligent, with cognitive abilities matching that of humans. They serve as leaders for their Slowpoke and Slowbro brethren, and spend their time learning anything they can about the world. A few are actually capable of human speech, though this is a very rare ability. If the Shellder on its head is removed, however, it forgets everything that it has learnt, or more accurately, it forgets how to access its knowledge. Due to the Shellder expanding its intelligence as opposed to the simple increase in intuition it provides to Slowbro, scientists are studying Shellder poison to see if it can help people who have suffered brain damage in the past.
edited 20th Aug '10 9:51:02 AM by rmctagg09
you think that a Slowking, watching over their slow brethren, ever feel that they're Surrounded by Idiots?
that was the impression I got, yeah.
If nobody objects, I'll be doing Zapdos or Moltres next.
I'd have to agree.
Here she be, boys! Commentary is welcome, of course.
Zapdos is seen as both a benefactor and a destroyer. When it is in balance with its siblings, its storms bring rain to parched lands to end droughts or provide vast amounts of electrical power, and its coming heralds the onset of summer and fall; when the balance is disrupted, however, it descends upon the world of men at the head of horrific storms and hurricanes, and its lightning bolts scour the earth clean of everything in its path. Perhaps as a result of the immense power it wields, Zapdos is the proudest and most volatile of the Triad, and it is quick to visit its wrath upon anyone who does not pay it the proper respect.
Red was not able to handle Zapdos’ fierce pride or volatile temperament, however, and was forced to release the creature into the wild; it has not returned to the Power Plant since. In the years that have passed since its defeat, the Avatar of Lightning has been witness roaming the skies of distant Sinnoh on several occasions, and it was believed to have been involved with the Cipher incident in Orre several years ago; since that time, Zapdos has become increasingly violent and hateful of humans, and Pokémon Rangers have had little success in calming the creature’s rage.
In addition to its astonishing meteorological abilities, Zapdos has displayed numerous electrokinetic powers that range from generating intense static fields which numb the muscles of all creatures within its vicinity, projecting potent bolts of lightning from its wings, and even calling thunderbolts down from the heavens. 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 weaken special attacks, and even read an opponent’s mind to determine what action they will take next, and react accordingly in order to evade them.
Additionally, Zapdos 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.
I'm not a neurology expert, but I don't think losing a brain stimulant would cause a Slowking to forget what it's learned. It may be unable to correctly access the memories, and likely couldn't process them on the same level regardless.
Oh! Zapdos. Looks decent; is the HG/SS appearance relevant, though, or simply a chance flyby? And are we accepting any of the events in The Power of One?
As for the wiki issue: I can't see subpage blocs working; either there are so many entries per page that the Walls of Text could furnish the Sears Tower, or there are so many bloc pages that it's not worth the organizational hassle.
I think the subpages could be done, if the main page was sufficiently Troped and the index moved to a subpage. Alternatively, an external site could be used. If so, controlling the server gives us the most options, but it would be slower to set up.
Hmm, I guess I'll look for some relevant tropes to add to the page...
EDIT: So wait, does this mean that we can start making (a couple) subpages again?
edited 19th Aug '10 3:10:45 PM by CaptainNapalm
Shouldn't we add this to Troper Works as well?
^ We'd just simply re-index the page...
I guess I'll do the Voltorb line next.
For the record, I will be in transit Saturday morning through Sunday evening, and will then have to get settled in at school. Expect to not see me much for a little bit.
Somebody needs to do less animalistic Pokémon, like Bronzor.
There is an argument among biologists regarding which is the Pokémon here - the poor arthropod or the tochukaso-like fungus growing on the creature's back. Tests have shown neither can live without the other - the fungus does not grow on any other Pokémon, not even the Paras' closest relative, the Nincada, and the host creature has come to depend on the fungus to add extra protection.
The fungus grows on the back of the host from birth. It is an symbiotic relationship, weighed heavily in favour of the fungus - the fungus has a platform to move around on, claws to defend itself with and a handy place to get nutrients from. What the host seems to get from this are spores to drive off large predators.
Eventually, the fungus grows so big that any nutrients that the host takes goes directly to the fungus, and the host is only a little more than a chitinous puppet [Trainer Note: Using a daily dose of a specially modified version of the Antidote, availaible from all good Pokémarts, can slow down this growth]. Minimal brain activity has been recorded, the Parasect acting totally on the primal urge of eat. The fungus can sustain itself almost indefinitely as long as there are enough nutrients around. This has given rise to the idea that the fungus has some health properties. While the defensive spores of the Paras family are used in local anaesthetics, any evidence that they increase longevity or just general health has not been uncovered.
One question Parasect researchers are often asked is 'what is underneath the cap?' The answer is a pulpy mess of dissolved chitin and organs, with the fungi's hyphae branching into it, replacing the host's vital organs and much of the nervous system.
The Paras line must live in dark, damp climates like caves and large temperate forests, although the best place for them would be a tropical rainforest.
Paras are usually found on tree roots, taking in nutrients from there. The Pokémon could spend its entire time as a Paras on a tree with particularly big roots.
Parasect are more demanding, swarming entire trees en masse until the trees are dry husks.
As mentioned above, they can wreak hell in forested areas, killing a large number of trees in a very short space of time. As such, Paras colonies are regularly culled to bring them down to a manageable number.
Note that the spores of the Paras line are for the most part defensive and will not cause any lasting harm as long as treatment with an Antidote or Paralyse Heal is given in a timely manner. The spores are not known to affect humans beyond numbness or slight nausea.
Despite its popularity for being the origins of zombies in recent films (apt though it may be, given its affect on the host) and a popular (though debunked by snopes) urban legend, there is no verifiable evidence that the breeding spores (see below) has any affect on any other creature than the host species.
Before partially disabling the brain, one of the last acts of the fungus is apparently to fertilise the eggs in the egg sac of the host. This was discovered totally by accident after researchers dissected what they thought was a Parasect (the cap had nearly engulfed the body), but found the brain was largely untouched. The eggs, however were fertilised.
It seems as though that the fungus infects the eggs, mutating the cells to stop the offspring from being perfect clones. When the brain is finally infected, a biochemical signal is sent to the egg sac, causing the creature to lay the eggs in the tree the Parasect colony is currently eating from. Usually eggs are eaten in the process, but there is little concern as hundreds of thousands of eggs are laid.
When they hatch a few days later, the colony has moved on, leaving a dead tree with millions of breeding spores that the fungus deposited while eating. Those spores will then infect the hatchlings, which it will then direct to find a new tree to feast on.
Paras live in colonies of hundreds, moving from tree to tree.
edited 25th Aug '10 2:49:09 AM by Haseri
Hello Body Horror.
^^ The entry needs the line's name...
Also, it's "wreak" not "wreck"...
Other than that, I think it looks pretty good...
edited 20th Aug '10 1:26:10 PM by CaptainNapalm
I like it; it's short and to the point.
I must say, though, you've certainly put a rather horrific spin on Paras and Parasect. Were you inspired by the Cordyceps fungus, by any chance?
Yes, I was. One of my favourite parts of biology was doing a presentation on that.
But mostly I was inspired by On the Origins of Species on Bulbapedia.
edited 20th Aug '10 1:43:42 PM by Haseri
nitpick: If the fungus offers it protection, it's a symbiotic relationship, not parasitical one, regardless of end effects.
Also, fungi... typically aren't really smart enough to manage complex things like walking, so shutting down Parasect's brain entirely is a bit too much, in my opinion.
Hmm. Would it be pertinent to question whether the Fungus takes over the host brain or merley melds with it? The reltionship seems to be more symbiotic than parasitic; the fungus is the primaryt weapon of the line.
But on to later things. This is a question that popped up during one of my sessions in the Battle Factory. Are their gay Pokemon?
Considering that there are homosexual rats and bisexual bonobos, most likely.
There are if the Internet has anything to say about it.
On a more scholarly note, it wouldn't be unheard of, and given the usual approach of semi-to-full sentience in this 'verse it's basically a given somewhere in the world.
edited 20th Aug '10 2:43:22 PM by Pykrete
Electrode, Voltorb's evolved form, is very similar except for being bigger, at nearly four feet in the average specimen, having a reversed color scheme, and having a mouth, which it uses to absorb more energy. Just like Voltorb, Electrode will explode at the slightest provocation, often just for fun. This has led to Electrode's nickname being "the Bomb Ball". They feed on far more electricity than Voltorb, due to their mouths, and large amounts of them are capable of causing citywide blackouts. For this reason, power plants often have special fences and Ground Pokemon to discourage them from getting closer.
Besides the most obvious danger of a violent explosion, Voltorb and Electrode are Electric Pokemon, and will defend themselves with moves such as Spark and Charge Beam. They can also emit an ear-piercing screech and attack with Sonicboom, which can cause serious internal injury. [[Trainer's Note: Considering the Voltorb line's temperament, anything other than an explosion is considered lucky. If you meet one, your best bet is to move away slowly, making no sudden movements.]]
edited 21st Aug '10 8:26:24 AM by rmctagg09
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