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That depends a lot on the Pokémon World's human history, I'd think.
I suppose so.
I'll wait until we have a consensus on the origin of Regigigas before writing that part then, but we can agree that Regigigas at least made the other Regis, right?
Edit: What if the Snowpoint Temple is the only thing left standing from an ancient civilisation that was rather high tech for it's time, being able to create Golems. The original Golem, Regigigas was created and then during the fall of the civilisation sealed within the temple to protect it, upon awakening Regigigas was confused about the absence of those who created him and eventually created other Regis in his image.
Basically the civilisation that created Regigigas is Pokeatlantis.
edited 25th Aug '10 2:17:50 PM by Badwolfwho
Perhaps the Regis were made when the Poketlnatians discovered the ancient body of Regigigas and then periodically made copies of it, each more advanced with the time. (a sort of "Proto-Mewtwo")
Scratch that, no actual canon informatioln says they were artificial.
I'm going to try to do the Shinx entry later today.
^ Not to be rude or anything, but maybe we should focus on buffing old entries a little bit before cranking out new ones (we haven't even finished tweaking ol' Bulbasaur's entry)...
Check for grammatical and spelling errors, for one thing. There are lots.
edited 28th Aug '10 10:16:23 PM by Colonial1.1
And I'm behind on indexing. Haven't gotten into the flow of classes, yet.
(I do have a few notes on Bulbasaur, but it'll likely be a couple days still. Pester me and it'll be done faster, though any progress will be slow for the moment.)
I have some notes on Bulbasaur and evos too, particularly on the effect of their body design. Maybe I posted them already, I'd have to check all my posts in this thread. Otherwise I'll try to have them along with the dreaded Surskit entry.
Eh, I'll probably get the Bulbasaur entry updated sometime between the Surskit entry and the Nidoran fanart approval.
@Tangent: If you say...
So here it is, the Surskit entry. Sorry it took so long, I had to go get my power suit er... do more research. Because of that, this entry contains some (I hope) interesting links to external research material. I hope these are OK, I'll change them to adequate trope links or leave them for the wiki version if it is a problem.
As of with my other entries, it is still under construction. I still have to figure the mating and childbearing, as I do with Hoothoot.
And before anyone asks, I'm not officially claiming Glameow but I'm offering some free ideas on notable biology and training care for those who are interested in writing the entry. Also, can't find my comments on Bulbasaur, Totodile and Scyther yet, so I'll have to take the time revisit the entries, rethink them and provide more.
Although Surskit's main body is heavy enough to sink on water, it still gains enough from buoyancy and the ability to "stick" to the water surface that Surskit can risk letting itself be bathed and covered by water completely for short lapses of time — among other things, this is how it feeds of certain pond-inhabiting microorganisms.
A yellow cap of hairy tissue ornaments the Pokémon's head, surrounding a single antenna that secretes substances to help Surskit protect itself and that gives it an identifying aroma. Surskit has two small eyes of limited, but still good peripheral vision.
The wings are capable of limited rotation that thanks to their thickness allows them to function as sort of quadrupedal legs in certain instances where Masquerain is bound to the ground — for example, when eating. Due to their shape they are also very prone to losing their qualities when wet, thus sharply dropping Masquerain's ability to maintain stable flight.
On the top of its head Masquerain sports two structures comprised each one of a main antenna and a fold of two-layered, open-to-air membranous tissue ornamented with various eye-based patterns. These patterns with interesting colours had earned Masquerain the common name of "owl butterfly" Pokémon and as of more recent times "eye ball" Pokémon.
Surskit's most incredible trait, and the one that will almost instantly catch attention from Trainers, is its ability to move on water surface as any other Pokémon would do on ground. This it achieves thanks to the interaction between the tips of its legs and the very surface of water, as well as the way the legs are affixed to the body. Surskit's legs are made of a nonpermeable skin that is uniform at microscale and can be bathed by an oil the legs secrete from glands near the bottom of the thorax. At the bottom of each leg there is a set of microscopic structures of folded tissue that collect some of the oil and form a sort of "oil pillow" atop of which the leg itself stands while the Pokémon strides on water. This provides a double-layer mechanism (oil density plus surface tension) that grants Surskit mobility on top of even soft currents of water.
By selectively applying pressure to the oil pillows or forcing its legs closer or farer from each other, forming elastic arcs, Surskit can change its direction almost instantly while walking on water. The oil pillows provide enough contact surface that the Pokémon can, under certain circumstances, let the main body "press" against a wave crest in order to approach a nearby object of its interest.
Because of all these abilities and even when not explicitly being swim-capable, Surskit is widely considered a swift swimmer that can gain enough speed and agility in ample bodies of water as to outmaneuver and move preemptively on most foes.
Surskit's cap antenna helps the Pokémon measure the time of the day as well as the atmospheric pressure, two key factors in its ability to stride on water. It also secretes an oily substance that baths the cap's hairs; this has an effect of making grabbing a Surskit from above more difficult more difficult, thus protecting it from direct aerial predation, and lessen the effects of direct sunlight on its skin. The oily secretion is essentially made of nutrients and gland secretions that Surskit is in need to dispose of quickly and thus it can still attract a number of Pokémon that happen to like its taste. Heracross and Venonat/Venomoth seem to be more attracted to the syrup-like substance.
Masquerain, just like its preevolution, is a strange Pokémon whose most interesting traits are related to its incredible mobility. Despite its small wings relative to the body size, it can move swiftly and consistently even when pushed by air currents. More importantly, Masquerain can literally hover in place and rotate its body in any of the three axes in calm enough winds. The mystery lies in the disposition and shape of the wings which are deltoideal in shape, made of thick porous tissue and affixed to the lower part of the body just like Surskit's legs were. Small calypterstructures surround the base of the wings and push some air out of the way, helping cancel the lateral currents from one wing that may affect the others and providing extra stability.
Another particular characteristic that may seem to strongly clash with the above for the uninitiated in Bug Pokémon physiology is the large wing-like structures that emerge at the sides of Masquerain's thorax. Those structures that many people confuse by Masquerain's actual wings are actually a two-layered membrane that hangs from their long antennae. Made of cheratin tissue with vacoulas that connect to the exterior and featuring captivating designs, these "fake wings" actually function as a device to regulate Masquerain's flight speed; their most important function however is that of supporting offense and defense of the Pokémon with sophisticated and intimidating optical effects, plus their patterns that imitate the eyes of other species. This works thanks to the microscopic-level, 3D-boomerang-like design of the cells allowing Masquerain to reflect and under some circumstances emit light in different angles, shades and even ''intensities'' for different adaptation strategies, up to and including: captivation of other bugs by the highly-changing designs, distraction of a pursing foe due to the sudden change of the (apparent) colour and shape of its prey, intimidation of a foe by the apparent focus of the "alien" eyes, saturation the sight of a nearby opponent by quickly shuffling the frequency of light reflected and emitted towards the opponent and, of course, attraction of potential sexual partners by arranging displays of visual elaboration.
Surskit mostly inhabits water ponds in near-tropical areas. As they need a firm surface to both feed and rest, they are easier to find in thickets or nests of other Pokémon that are already close to water. Masquerain also inhabit near-tropical areas, but spread over a large area and move quickly, as they need to avoid both intense rain and intense sunlight.
Due to their need to protect themselves from rain and cold in order to be capable of flight, Masquerain gather around man-made constructions like churches and boulevars when they sense rain is coming. For this very reason it is also unwise to try and shoo them if they come to a building all of a sudden, since if they have chosen to do so rain is close enough that they'd rather dight for their spots than try to find another one.
Both Surskit and Masquerain feed off of small insects, flowers and nutrients that are found floating in the water, and decaying fruit that has recently fell from trees. Surskit can also feed itself from the microorganisms that live in small ponds, and it is not uncommon in the city outskirts that after a long and rainy night, ponds born from street holes and gardening arrangements are boiling with competing Surskit that sometimes appear to have come from nowhere.
Surskit and Masquerain are particularly peaceful species — even considering Masquerain's overall appearance. They make their live by picking observation spots and recurringly reuniting to bait invaders away from their area.
As with any Pokémon they are far from innocent though. A Masquerain may surreptitiously infiltrate another Pokémon's nest near water and tidy a hidden space for its eggs nearby, taking advantage of the relative protection surfacebound flowers and rocks offer to grant its offspring quick access to food once they develop. Both Surskit and Masquerain will bait a predator to a relatively cramped space where other individuals may be waiting, ready to strike on spots in the opponent's body they have studied already during their younger age. Most importantly, Masquerain are not stranger to attacking a Pokémon's recently hatched offspring to bait or distract larger prey.
Surskit and Masquerain pose no immediate danger to a human Trainer or any person who spends most of their time close to their habitat; if anything, they will rather be more an annoyance due to their relative sense of "entitlement" towards their landscape features, as well as a trained Masquerain's eagerness to pick its Trainer's head as a selected observation spot.
Both member of the species are known to steal small, relatively flat objects like photographies, fruit peels, paper clips and coins that they use to secure their waterbound strongholds as well as augment their overall surface. Because of how structurally important the diverse objects they collect become, they are more than reticent to give them back and will usually gather to defend them fiercely if any attempt to steal back is made.
As a particular example of the above, after the release of the Regi Pokémon in Hoenn a couple of years ago, reports indicate that passing Trainers found the ponds near the golem's resting spot almost fully covered with leaves and peeled bark during the course of the autumn.
In the works.
Both members of the line can be easily trained, although the relatively uniqueness of their type traits makes it a surprise to novice trainers as to what attacks can a Surskit or Masquerain learn, or how do they move to evade attacks.
Surskit can be highly elusive on water and because of their nature they like to play fetching games (so long as you allow them to keep the prize when they need it). It can be sometimes frustrating to a Trainer swimming in a pool or a river who after coming back to the surface can not find their Surskit no matter how much they try. Here is a quick advice to locate your Surskit: he is always watching you; let yourself be submerged again and repeatedly tap the surface of the water with your fingers while underwater. After a while (support yourself on another, trusted Water Pokémon to provide extra oxygen if needed) you'll notice your Surskit drawing spiral-like curves as it closes to your position.
As Masquerain can use their visual patterns for a diverse array of both battle and non-battle strategies (very appreciated in Contests), it is recommended for Trainers looking to specialize in Masquerain to acquire the standard-sanctioned Technical sets that teach and train a more fine-grained usage of the visual patterns.
Trainers should also make effort to get used to being close to their Pokémon, as while Big Masquerain Eyes Are Watching the Trainer will not want to feel scrutinized by their Pokémon.
Rolling Updates — 20100830 — corrected a missing line in a paragraph.
edited 30th Aug '10 7:41:09 PM by SilentReverence
I think someone asked if anyone has been doing the Regis.
I'm doing them. In fact here's Regirock. Sorry if the lore is a little shaky, I had to dust this off after a long time and I had forgotten some of what I had planned to write. Feel free to give suggestions.
Regirock is a vaguely humanoid golem-like creature composed of rocks. On its "head" is a series of yellow dots forming a capital "H" shape. This symbol, known as the "Symbol of the First Giant", is found in the languages of several ancient civilizations and is considered the universal symbol for fortitude. The rocks of each Regirock vary wildly in composition and age. Some dating back thousands of years. The "head" stone, in particular, dates well before the earliest human civilization.
Regirock, and its brethren Registeel and Regice, appear several times in legends in Sinnoh and Hoenn mythology. In the former, it is said that Arceus created the world and the heavens. He sent his emissary, Regigigas, to tame the chaotic earth. The King of Giants did so by pulling the continents themselves into place. As it walked into the barren world, the plants that inhabited its body spread and brought life to wherever it went. Regigigas then took the raw elements of the new world and forged the giants, its children, out of them in its image. It took the earth itself and molded it into an undying avatar of stone. Regirock, the giant of stones and the first child of Regigigas, was to be symbol of the strength and fortitude of the newly created world. For generations Regirock has been considered just that by the people of Sinnoh. It is Sinnoh tradition to pray to an idol of Regirock or the Symbol of the First Giant for good health and long life.
Hoennese writings, however, make absolutely no mention of Regigigas. They instead claim that the Regis were instead created entirely by human hands. Some claim that they were idols to greater gods. Others claim that they were weapons that were eventually sealed away after humans grew to fear the destruction they could cause. Historians are very curious about how the two cultures have almost identical depictions and associated symbols of the Regis but wildly different origin stories.
One particular Hoennese story has it that Regirock was created by a Priest to defend his city from invaders. Similarly, it is traditional for soldiers to invoke Regirock's name to give them the strength to protect their homes and families.
Regirock is one of the few Legendary Pokemon with confirmed multiple specimens. At least 3 sets of Regis have been discovered, and many archeologists believe that there are more out there, 2 in Hoenn and 1 in Sinnoh. The first set was discovered by archeologist and Battle Frontier Brain Brandon ******. The second set was discovered by a certain Pokemon trainer along with mysterious deep-sea ruin located west of Pacifidlog Town. The third set was discovered by a Sinnohian trainer approximately 1 year after the second set was discovered. So far, every Regi specimen has been found inside small, near-identical room located inside otherwise unremarkable ruin sites. The second Hoenn set was unlocked, supposedly, by bringing a Wailord and a Relicanth to the aforementioned undersea ruins. The Sinnoh set was unlocked with the presence of Regigigas itself. Frontier Brain Brandon has refused to comment on how his set was unlocked. Much debate has been going on in the scientific community as to what this means.
Regirock has no organic body and does not "eat" per se. But it has been observed attaching rocks to its body to repair itself. What holds its patchwork body of stone together is an utter mystery.
Regirock appears to have complete control over stone and earth. Capable of molding rock into any shape it wishes, and can even levitate rocks and manipulate them in the air. Some scientists theorize that it uses magnetism to levitate, as Regirock does emit some sort of electromagnetic field and is capable of rudimentary electro-projection abilities. Though others are quick to point out that Regirock can levitate non-mangetic materials just as well as anything else. Others theorize that Regirock's abilities are of psychic origin or even from Aura, A poorly understood phenomenon often associated with Fighting Pokemon, as Regirock has been observed to have, at least, some control of both. Moreover, Regirock's unique body structure and and machine-like mind renders it immune to disabling attacks such as Leer, Sand Attack, Growl, Screech, Tail Whip, Intimidate, Cotton Spore, etc. As a last resort Regirock can detonate itself, turning into a walking shrapnel grenade, in an desperate effort to eliminate any threats, shortly reforming to its original state afterwards.
Regirock normally stands unmoving in the face of all stimuli unless ordered to by its trainer. The only time Regirock has been seen taking autonomous action is when it is attacked directly. In which it automatically tries to remove the threat by any means necessary. Using its tremendous strength, an arsenal of rock based weaponry, and even electric and Aura based attacks to destroy any perceived dangers. It is known to become particularly aggressive when its "head" stone is attacked or damaged. As a last resort it can detonate itself and reform shortly afterward.
Regirock, to put its simply, is like a machine. Human psychics that have attempted to probe its mind have been met with "cold, robotic, sterility". It carries out carries out orders with rigid precision. When ordered to "walked forward" it walked forward at a steady pace, through several walls, until it was ordered to stop. So far, it is unresponsive to hand or body gestures but is able to understand at least 27 different languages without difficulty. The only time the creature is "smart" is during combat, where it autonomously employs several different tactics unless ordered otherwise.
EDIT: Added references to Clear Body, and Explosion.
edited 18th Sep '10 11:44:24 AM by Neo_Crimson
^^ "armouring", "difficulting"
...-spasmodic jerk of the head- Could you please look over your entry and correct things like this?
On a more useful note, may I suggest Big Brother Is Watching or something related to it at the Training section?
edited 29th Aug '10 9:05:27 PM by Colonial1.1
First, Brandon's Regis weren't found in Hoenn — Battle Frontier took place in Kanto. Never mind, it never said precisely where he got them.
The other thing that irked me a bit was the inconsistency of how numbers were written — writing out "two" and then using "1" in the same sentence. Writing numbers out verbosely is generally the better option for anything less than a hundred.
edited 29th Aug '10 9:30:23 PM by Pykrete
^^correcting, will take a while (sleep).
^^On the Regis, if you're talking about the anime they were only shown from Kanto. No information on where did Brandon actually capture them — if any, the episode after Paul seems to suggest it was actually in Sinnoh. And game-wise, Frontier is in Hoenn.
edited 29th Aug '10 9:20:19 PM by SilentReverence
^ I just re-checked, you're right and I'm a doof. Brandon had Regirock prior to the Pokelantis thing, and offscreened the other two shortly thereafter.
Never mind then >.>
those should really be commas instead of periods.
also, it also bugged me how the in games pokedex would claim that Surskit defends itself by excreting nectar from it's head. It defends itself by making itself taste delicious. Making it slippery oil that happens to have a lot of nutrients in it is a lot more believable. It would actually be evolutionarily preferable assuming there's a lot more of the thing the oil deters than there are things that like the oil.
↑Thanks. It was a difficult thing to do well since, well, at surface value it makes no sense. And it was only four days ago or so when I remembered that oily oil is oily (don't we have a trope for Adjectivy Noun Is Adjectivy yet?) so that I could use that. After studying a bit on water striders and damselflies movement (the species that Surskit seems to draw its biology from) I decided that it would make sense if the antenna and oil worked together as a baiting mechanism intended to confuse potential predators when a large number of Surskit gather around, which would effectively be a preferred evolutionary technique if the existence of Keen Eye predators is taken into effect (Surskit would need to target the opponent's other senses to make their getaway). From there I drew the entire "baiting pursuers" and invading other Pokémon's nests but I still have to integrate it into the still-developing Social Structure section.
On another news, I finally found entry with comments on Bulbasaur. Took some long time. I still can't find my comments on Totodile and Scyther yet, so it is probable that I never actually posted them. Blame the fever, my thesis, and the exraction of my wisdom tooth.
And I'm looking on another provider for Nido artwork, Tangent, since I can't get in touch with the author of the one I want. I'm most likely switching to AquaBunny, they probably have something like what I want. No news on any decent art for Lileep yet, nor Hoothoot... uh... *whistles, walks away*
As for Schmuck Bait... are we going to leave the PokéWalker entry as Dis Continuity?
Seeing as how I'm a huge speculative biology fan, how about we start thinking of Latin names for the Pokemon? My idea is that the first part of the name would describe the entire line, while the second part is for each evolution.
For example, the Turtwig line:
Seismotestudos longipes: Turtwig
Seismotestodos horridus: Grotle
Seismotestodos ankylomega: Torterra
No, my Latin isn't that great. I'm 16, okay? But it was just an idea.
So by that formula, we would get:
I like this... But we'd need to tell everyone who has an entry these names, as not all of us are good with Latin.
Neither am I, really. Fortunately, I have a Latin-English dictionary from... -checks- ...1962 in my possession, so that helps.
Would anyone be opposed to my taking Spiritomb? I have ideas for that one; oh yes, some interesting ideas indeed...
Please do. I'll start looking up stuff for my... land barnacle.
I'm working on the pink kitty and egg creature...
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How well does it match the trope?