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Clefairies... IN SPAAAAAAAAACE!
"How do you do that?"
OK, so I managed to get in touch with a group of people who may be interested in providing fan artwork for the Hoothoot entry. I'll hopefully have news on that soon, and also will update the entry with the courtship thing that I haven't figured out too much.
@Crow: ...perhaps they ARE the Precursor race..! ″ well, in my WIP fanfic, the Cleffa and Lati@s races do have a kind-of business partnership in space exploration. And no it's not a PMD-style fic.
edited 7th Sep '10 7:56:25 PM by SilentReverence
^ Nah, everyone knows that Buizel/Floatzel are the precursor race...
Silly ducks, it's the Dragonite who are the precursors. Think about it—they're highly intelligent, no one has ever seen where they congregate in the wild, and they can live just as well on the sea floor as they can in the surface. Plus, one tidbit I meant to put in my article was a possible connection between Dragonite fossils and the land surrounding the Ruins of Alph and various other ancient and mystical locations.
All this, combined, would make Dragonite...the Deep Ones!!!
And now we see why there are so many theories about Pokemon coming from space.
I don't think you should go with any one theory for Clefairy- just throw them all out there to make em extra mysterious. They're weird, after all. And seem to worship the moon.
Decided to make a new post; feedback would be appreciated.
Old Entry for historical interest.
Bulbasaur are pudgy, quadrupedal Pokémon, roughly 16 inches long before approaching evolution. Their main body resembles a toad in layout, but their features are more reptilian- they possess small fangs, and three claws on each foot.
A 12-inch plant bulb structure is fused with their back, but all of their skin contains chloroplasts; the presence of Chlorophyll and, oddly, Phycoerythrocyanin, gives their skin a blue-green hue. Darker "freckles" containing higher pigment density are commonly scattered around the skin. A minority of individuals lack the Phycoerythrocyanin gene, giving them a greener coloration.
Ivysaur largely resemble Bulbasaur in body structure, though at around 3 feet long are nearly twice the size. The main distinction of note between the two morphs is the development of the Bulbasaur's bulb into a large, colored bud.
Mature Venusaur grow past 6 feet in length, and have their legs shifted further outward horizontally to better support their plant half, which has bloomed into a large, five-petaled flower with a distinctive fragrance.
The plant on the back of a Bulbasaur would appear at first glance to be a symbiotic partner; however, initial DNA testing revealed that the bulb is in fact genetically identical to its host. Further genetic study has begun, and it was quickly found that the Bulbasaur genome can be divided into typically reptilian and typically angiosperm halves- one of the most extreme known examples of embryonic cellular differentiation.
The division is not total, of course; Bulbasaur leaves contain low concentrations of nerves wired into their central nervous system, and their skin hosts active chloroplasts.
Their plant half produces the varied afflictive spores typical among Grass-types. In addition, a pair of prehensile vines grow from the plant-animal junction. These vines have surprisingly efficient coiling; it is not uncommon for a Bulbasaur to have a ten-foot striking distance, and the evolved forms have correspondingly longer ranges.
Well-raised individuals eventually begin producing unusual forms of chlorophyll, which can rapidly convert energy stored in ATP back into light in a directed manner; while these structures are normally used for Flash moves Erika Yes, I know what Red reported. Maybe Saur was stubborn, maybe he didn't follow the HM's instructions. I've personally taught Flash to plenty of Bulbasaur. to stun potential predators, experienced Trainers can develop the technique into the famous "Solarbeam" move.
While stress is never healthy for any creature, it can be striking how a Bulba/Ivy/Venusaur's plant component responds to psyche trauma- the stress hormones cause the plant to enter a hibernation state, withering as it does so. The resulting crash in photosynthesis has a further adverse effect on the animal half's condition. While individuals suffering depressive spirals may tend to sulk and hide, it is important to ensure they remain exposed to the therapeutic effect of direct sunlight.
Bulbasaur prefer warm, humid areas rich in vegetation. They don't seem particularly bound to any one spot; individuals are often tracked through forests, along riverbanks, and across grasslands alike.
Elder Venusaur will tend to settle down in a small area eventually.
Bulbasaur, etc., are almost entirely herbivorous, while their energy needs are heavily supplemented by photosynthesized sugars and starches. As an interesting side effect of their photosynthesis, Bulbasaur do not have any preferential attraction to sweetened food, requiring more individualized motivation when training.
In rare cases, the plant half may die due to disease or severe injury; in such a situation, the Pokémon will have to be transitioned to a more substantial diet. Due to the limited digestive systems of the Bulbasaur line, such a diet must be carefully planned; consult the Kanto Regional Pokédex for more details.
While the line does have fangs, they seem to be primarily used for intimidation- they are not known to initiate attack. Indeed, they are one of the most docile Pokémon to keep around the home, and happily spend the bulk of their day lounging by sunlit windows.
However, while not aggressive, they are still dangerous to keep unsupervised around children or inquisitive Pokémon- when startled, they instinctively release poison spores. In addition, their leaves contain toxins and are easily chewed on.
If someone is exposed to either toxin, call poison control immediately! Fortunately, the standard Antidote collection found in most first-aid kits includes appropriate antitoxins.
When outside, Venusaur will often attract Beedrill. Fortunately, you will be encountering such Beedrill in a foraging context rather than an intrusion context; remain calm and avoid sudden movements, and the Beedrill will move on after collecting nectar and pollen.
Both the Ivysaur and Venusaur stages are fertile. Mates attract each other by releasing hormones via their buds/flowers. During mating, the male's plant releases pollen spores, which are collected by the female. Genetic surveys have not yet determined whether the pollen provides any genetic contribution to the offspring.
Regardless of whether they are determined by animal or plant gametes, Venusaur flower patterns do follow Mendelian inheritance.
Bulbasaur eggs are concealed in thickets near water and a well-lit location, then casually defended by any 'saurs that happen to remain in the vicinity. Newly hatched Bulbasaur aren't specially cared for, and soon learn to seek sunlight and minerals on their own.
Bulbasaur do not have strongly organized social structures, but they do tend to associate into large-area groups that migrate at roughly the same time. Evolved forms will step in to protect individuals of their species from attack, but don't seem to particularly recognize familial bonds. This may be a social pathology, since captive-raised Bulbasaur will eagerly form bonds with their caretakers and their own children.
At yearly intervals, wild Bulbasaur prepared for evolution will congregate at one location, often under the eye of a elder Venusaur, and evolve on the same. It is thought that this ritual keeps them safer from predators during the acclimation period to their new form.
edited 10th Sep '10 10:41:04 PM by Tangent128
All three forms are primarily nocturnal. Although they will fight during the day, the Pokémon Care Group suggests not having them out for too long in direct sunlight, so they don't harm their eyes, which aren't really adapted to strong sunlight.
Despite the latter two evolutions of this creature having wings, they cannot fly. A popular legend (and one that has found its way into Pokédex databases) is that they store moonlight in their vestigial wings to help them float. This theory becomes preposterous when one remembers that 'moonlight' is merely sunlight reflected off the moon. Instead, they bounce masterfully, using their sensitive ears to judge air currents that would allow them to glide for long periods.
Another remarkable ability (but by no means unique to the species) the line has is Metronome. The effects of this ability (seemingly random moves that the line should not be able to possess are used) meant that the line was heavily associated with magic, hence the name.
Finally, Clefable has super-sensitive hearing and can hear a trainer from several miles away. This has led to this form never being documented in the wild, only being seen by wilderness wanderers on moonlit nights by lakes.
The majority of Clefable can be found around Mount Moon, near Pewter City. The amount of meteorites that fall in the region containing the Moon Stones that are essential for the Clefairy-Clefable evolution makes it the perfect spot. The quiet, rarely travelled mountain roads north of the area also are appealing to this timid species.
Clefairy have also been found around Mount Coronet in Sinnou. A local legend there has it that if a woman finds a large group of Clefairy while walking in the mountains, she will soon become pregnant.
The Clefairy line has never been seen eating in the wild, and will quite happily eat anything its trainer gives it.
Being extremely docile creatures, there is little hazard in keeping a Clefairy or any of its other forms. However, it is recommended that the trainer keeps an eye on the Moon, as it has been demonstrated (and one of the few legends to have basis in fact) that this line's behaviour is affected by the Moon.
During a New Moon, one may notice one's Clefairy (although the following applies to Cleffa and Clefable as well) to be more passive than usual. It will respond to commands during battle, but out of battle, it will prefer to sit perfectly still, not doing anything. While the Moon is waxing, the Clefairy becomes more congenial and active. While the Moon is waning, the Clefairy will be apathetic and a little touchy. It would be best not to ask it to do much during this time.
The Full Moon is the time when most Clefairy sightings in the wild occur, and the best time to catch them. They are very active during this period, and will do things that they don't normally do at any other time, such as find the most mundane things amusing or stare at things while smiling. An apt description at this point would be calling them 'loony', in the true sense of the word.
Clefairy (but not the other two) seem to become kleptomaniacs during this point. A common occurrence in Pewter City is, for one night a month, lock their doors as best they can, lest things are stolen. This has led to the practise of leaving unwanted gifts outside the house on the first full moon after Christmas. It is unknown what the Clefairy do with these items, but recently, hikers have found Shandshrew stuck in coffee makers and Ekans tangled in toast racks on mountain roads.
Another behaviour to watch out for is Cleffa's behaviour around meteor showers, becoming as energetic. It is best to keep Cleffa in their Pokéballs during this time, lest they run away and try to find where it lands. When one finds them, it will be snuggling close to the meteor. This, for a short while, fuelled the theory that this line comes from the Moon or space, but this has been disregarded by science (not that it stops some fringe theorists).
Clefairy courtship rituals have never been seen in the wild, but Pokémon breeders have found that, in captivity at least, most copulation takes place on the full moon, or around that period. The female tries to attract the male with gifts (the female/male ratio in the species is unbalanced towards the former), which may explain the kleptomania outlined above. If the female accepts, they mate that night and for that night only. If the female fails, the present is discarded and she tries again next month, with a different gift, maybe for the same target, or a different one.
Cleffa are kept extremely well hidden from predators such as Fearow, and were only discovered to exist relatively recently, after a meteor fell near Pewter City. The only time Cleffa have been seen outside their nests are around intact meteors, and are quickly collected by a group of Clefable.
They mostly live in large, maternal groups, with males kept on the sideline for breeding purposes and not much else. They could be said to be 'separate, but equal' to the females. A Matron Clefable leads the colony.
It has been observed that, on the first full Moon after Midsummer (or on Midsummer, if that happens to be a full Moon), the Matron will bring all the males in the colony to a large clearing near the nest. Only one has so far been documented, up the side of Mount Moon, but there may be more to the north. The purpose of this seems to be sharing out the males between the colonies, to ensure genetic diversity.
^ Looks pretty good, though there's a few minor niggles, mostly spelling errors. Also about the Clefable blurb in the Habitat Notable Biology section, sightings technically are a form of documentation, albeit very a unreliable one.
edited 8th Sep '10 9:26:08 AM by CaptainNapalm
Yeah I was thinking that too. Maybe say that there's no definitive proof, but trainer sightings are fairly consistent.
Hmm, just a thought about the Bulbasaur line, but are their plants' health affected at all by emotional or psychological shock?
Probably, it'd make an interesting touch at least.
Buffed up some more, suggestion considered. Ready for more intense scrutiny.
^ Looking pretty good... Did we want to add anything else, or move on to another entry?
EDIT: Oh yeah, you should probably change the links for the Bulbasaur article on the OP...
edited 8th Sep '10 11:00:17 PM by CaptainNapalm
Once I get around to reindexing, yeah.
I'll give SR time to take a look; next, maybe I'll do a geography entry, or else open Squirtle or Charmander.
Great work on these so far guys, Im really enjoying reading them
^^ So what did you want to start/open now?
Please be the dragon, please be the dragon...
The Chars? Sure, Why Not?.
^^ Thanks! You're free to offer more detailed feedback or suggestions, of course.
edited 9th Sep '10 6:00:14 PM by Tangent128
Anyone considered Bidoof? I was thinking it'd probably deserve a mention of how it can get into, around and past virtually anything if determined enough.
^Also that its so common that its considered a pest in many parts of Sinnoh.
— Peeks in —
I'm not that special — Hey, I like the redo so far. It reads better ordered, in particular the Hazards section. I still think I would like to see the everpresent question of how many Venusaur vines answered, but that's because that particular question has me from long ago... :D
Would it be a good idea that we redo the Starter entries first (in order, maybe) and then the rest? The kind of information that we'll need to redo or complete the entries is likely to be of the same kind per type, so that saves us some time, we get the more from each discussion, and still gives time to those who want to complete the bugs and commons of each Regional Pokédex (Weedle is still missing) without feeling hurried or something. I mean, in case those entries are taken and WIP.
Anyways... off to the vastness of the net real world again.
Okay, then. Charmander line is reopened (never closed, actually, but bumped up again) for thoughts. Reindexing will still have to wait, though.
Going through the newly wiki'd entries would be a good idea, though I say new entries should still be posted in this thread for now.
My entries seem to be popular, any suggestions on what I could do next? Anything relating to Australian or sea wildlife (or both) or mythology I can probably do well. I'd do Bidoof but I don't know much about beavers other than what I learned from The Angry Beavers, which would inevitably result in a reference to Damnesia.
^ I know a fair bit about beavers, so I could help you with that.
^^ Dude, any reference to The Angry Beavers is good in my book.
Shit, I haven't seen that show in over ten years and I still remember the theme song.
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