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Seeing as it shows all the Pokémon the gang'll be covering, I thought it appropriate.
^ Eh, I'm not sure if that's really relevant, but hey, we've weathered more serious derails before...
So... How's the Charmander buff going?
This post has been thumped by the stick of lame schoolwork excuse thumping.
edited 13th Sep '10 11:14:54 PM by Tangent128
...what happened there?
... Did I break the Tangent?
Anyway, anyone got any more ideas? I could do Doduo. Or maybe Registeel.
I'm already doing the Regis. But I think Doduo is free.
Doduo! I'd like to see an entry for them. The two-heads aspect is interesting to consider... are they independent minds that collaborate via flocking instinct? Are they linked via a looong and twisty brainstem? (If so, does it participate in the processing of data? How is the latency handled?) Are they linked via a basic psychic connection?
And does every member of that species merit plural pronouns?
To translate my above garblish, all my entries (including the Charmander buff) in the near future are going to be slow-going due to schoolwork and such. (Buffing the Charmander entry... brings to mind weird images of a Charmander in the weight room.)
^ I believe so, I mean I've never heard official terminology refer to a group of Bulbasaur as "Bulbasaurs"...
↑That may have been because Nintendo or GF wanted to stand by the technical limitations at the time. Why? I have no idea. I mean, they still haven't corrected Feraligat(o)r or Victreebel(l) names either, "Mr." Mime can be female, etc... I wouldn't take it as part of the IRL "Pokémon names are ©" effect, as we problemlessly talk about "drinking colas" or "buying Macs".
Not asking about pluralization of the name; it's pretty standard to use the same name for singular and plural Pokémon.
Asking specifically about Doduo- did you just catch a Doduo, or did you just catch a pair of Doduo?
Think about it this way: if you have two Poké Balls containing one "Doduo entity" each, how many Doduo you have? Two Doduo, or four Doduo? If the latter, would a "Doduo entity" and a "Dodrio entity" make five Doduo/individuals? Would the per-head terms for Doduo and Dodrio bbe interchangeable?
I'd say the solution will be equivalent to, say, whatever we choose for Weezing (is it one Weezing, or two Weezing/Koffing?)... and I don't recall any other Pokémon that would face this problem.
Magnemite/Magneton are multiple Pokémon.
Diglett/Dugtrio - Arceus, you know whoever gets that will either need to explain what they look like below ground.
Eggsecute (sp) is supposed to be a number of individuals.
edited 16th Sep '10 2:17:37 AM by Haseri
Combee, apparently, as well.
Metang and Metagross would also technically count.
Could they share the same brain, located at the base of the neck, making the heads little more than appendages? (a la Ringworld Puppeteers)
edited 16th Sep '10 7:54:53 AM by CrowT.Robot
Perhaps while any Doduo specimen has four brain hemispheres, two per head, they possess a common brain stem that extends down their necks.
If possible I'd like to work on Lavender Town and Saffron City. Should I write it up or wait for permission?
↑↑They better have very strong neck or else... and how would that work with Dodrio anyway?
^^ I had been planning to do Lavender Town at some point, but honestly there's no way I'm getting that done anytime soon. So, it's open.
Just try to call one entry at a time to more easily track things.
I'm too drunk for schoolwork and feeling Australian, gimme a minute to get some food and I'll pump out a Doduo Line entry for ya!
Doduo is a Pokemon with an outwardly simple body structure, consisting of a roughly spherical body covered in brown feathers, connected by two long slender necks (black in males, brown in females) to two smaller, equally spherical heads, each bearing two eyes and a long slender beak. It also has two similarly long and slender avian legs with four-toed feet. Despite being avian it lacks visible wings, and the tiny vestigial wings are effectively nonfunctional.
Dodrio looks very similar but with an additional head, and each head has a prominent crest consisting of two black feathers and more expressive eyes. It also has dark plumage on its hips and three large pink tail feathers, as well as being noticeably larger. (being on average 1.8m (5'11") tall as opposed to Doduo's 1.4m (4'7")
Even amonst Pokemon, Duduo and Dodrio are considered especially strange for their multiple heads. While an odd and unwieldy biological feature, for most Doduo this works well for them and grants several advantages. Each head has a separate brain that generally thinks and develops independently, though usually very similar to the other head due to their shared body and experiences. Dissections have shown that Duduo has a unique spinal chord that splits near the base, giving both heads generally equal control over the rest of the body. (which can prove fatal if the heads argue in dangerous situations, though social instincts usually override such arguments)
Dodrio is similar, with the spinal chord spitting again during the body changes of evolution. Interestingly, the heads of a Dodrio seem to show more individuality than those of Doduo, being more prone to fighting between one another over trifles and food (humorously illogical considering they share the same stomach, and once one head eats all will calm down) and it is never clear which head is the 'main' one, even though many humans assume the middle head is. Doduo line psychology has been the subject of long studies by many Pokemon psychologists in recent times.
The multiple heads nevertheless prove to have many advantages for Doduo and Dodrio. It is typical behaviour for one head to sleep (or two in the case of Dodrio) while the other stays awake to keep watch for predators and threats. When all heads are awake and aware, very little gets past the view of a Dodrio. Different heads of Dodrio have been known to develop different personalities, which some researchers and trainers have proposed is due to them having different experiences and thoughts when the others are asleep. Some researchers have claimed that the heads tend to develop personalities along certain themes and dynamics, such as a brave head, a thoughtful head and an aggressive head. In contrast, Doduo almost always have two identical brains, with difference being the exception rather than the norm.
Aside from the heads, Doduo and Dodrio are also unusual amongst Flying types in that they lack functional wings. While both species have wings, they are vestigial, nearly invisible and too small to be useful for anything except a few fighting moves. Instead, both species have long and powerful legs that give them incredible running speed and jumping height, to the point where Dodrio leaps are easy to mistake for flight and a trainer riding a Doduo can travel long distances with relative ease.
Both Doduo and Dodrio are primarily found in plains, savannah, bush and deserts, only rarely living in forested regions. They can be found in the world in Kanto and Johto regions, while elsewhere they are a staple of Safari Zones.
Doduo and Dodrio are omnivorous, but dine primarily on small plants according to the season, and various small Bug-types. They are also known to consume small stones to aid digestion (a common habit among reptilian and avian Pokemon, known as gastroliths) which leads to a reputation of trained Doduo and Dodrio eating virtually anything that fits down their throats, including marbles, car keys, currency and shards of glass. [[Trainer's Note: It is highly recommended to keep a captive Doduo or Dodrio under careful supervision, lest they eat something important or dangerous to their health.]]
Due to their powerful legs and great stamina, most Doduo and Dodrio simply outrun any perceived threat with ease. When cornered or aggressive, those same legs are employed in powerful kicking attacks, and their strong and multiple beaks allow them to employ fast multiple pecking attacks, which are especially fast and complex from a Dodrio. Neither species is usually a threat to nonaggressive humans, but provoking them is still heavily discouraged.
In some regions, Doduo and Dodrio are rather curious about humans and other Pokemon, following any movement of clothing or limbs and inspecting the various objects that humans leave around them. They are also known to poke smaller humans and Pokemon and run away from the reaction, as if playing a game. Trainers have been known to take advantage of this to provoke battles and capture the Pokemon in question.
In battles, Dodrio can display strange and unique abilities that take advantage of their unique body structure. The three heads may squabble when alone but will usually work together very well for coordinated physical attacks. The structure also allows it to use the Tri Attack technique, despite it having no other elemental techniques and not being particularly good with them. This attack is usually used to surprise attackers and inflict them with unpredictable effects, while the Dodrio escapes.
The courting rituals of Doduo and Dodrio vary between regions, though the most common involve the female Doduo attracting males of their kind with loud cries and complex dances, showing off their sparse plumage, flexibility and vocal range. They then form breeding pairs for several months, and the female lays several large eggs in a well-prepared next. The male then takes care of the eggs until they hatch, watching over them constantly and taking turns with each head until the chicks hatch, and are raised by both parents until they can fend for themselves.
Dodrio courtship rituals are strange, complex and entertaining, involving each head of one Dodrio attempting to impress and cultivate a relationship with a head of the other, often leading to bizarre competing relationships that may involve multiple Dodrio as the personalities of the various heads develop a confusing network of feelings. Nevertheless the chaos is usually resolved within a month, and they form breeding pairs and guards the eggs in a similar manner to Doduo.
The social structures of Dodrio vary between regions, with some being mostly solitary and only flocking together to seek a common source of food, others forming semi-permanent breeding pairs, and a few form matriarchal flocks of females that seek out territorial males. Almost all regional populations share the raising of the eggs and chicks, passing their behaviour patterns onto the next generation.
edited 18th Sep '10 4:32:48 AM by SabreJustice
Whew, there we go. I combined the features of both emus and ostriches, plus the Pokedex details and other stuff I made up. Let me know if there's anything you think I should add.
"Vestigial" and "nonfunctioning" in the same sentence is rather redundant.
edited 17th Sep '10 8:08:49 AM by Neo_Crimson
Technically they're not in the same sentence. And I'm drunk, you don't have an excuse.
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