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Gardevoir might unnerve the men in another way.
Part of the goal is to flesh out the submerged aspects...
^ Yes, but the government isn't so much 'submerged' as completely lacking and probably irrelevant.
And after all, in-universe this is a Pokedex, not a politics textbook. What would be relevant is who sets the rules and regulations relating specifically to Pokemon, which I imagine the Pokemon League may be involved in.
If some people in real life are anything to go by, Gardevoir might not be a good choice. and for that matter, neither would Mr. Mime.
Read the Platinum LP on SA. They had like three pages of Pokemon war stories.
I dunno, a cool, calm female voice relaying the orders of Napoleon into a captain's head in the heat of battle doesn't seem like a bad idea.
Just imagine the uniforms these staff would wear!
You'd also have ghost-types coming out of pillbox walls and silently suffocating everyone inside, Dittos knifing officers in the throat, Weezing saturating trenches with caustic gas, and let's not get into the ones that can Teleport and 'splode someone at a moment's notice regardless of defenses.
Here you go.
edited 21st Sep '10 10:35:00 PM by Pykrete
ah, but the other side also has pokemon specifically to prevent such things. Ghost types coming through the walls? It's about time somone showed up for the resident dark type to play with! Dittos impersonating officers? They've got psychic types mind screening people. Weezings using toxic gas? They've got a flying type handy to blow it away. teleporting and asploding? Protect.
edited 21st Sep '10 10:55:12 PM by Blissey1
And that's where the Dark types began their practical use, methinks.
Dark Is Not Evil when the corporal's houndour or the captain's umbreon keeps you alive at night.
edited 21st Sep '10 10:38:49 PM by Colonial1.1
man, I would kill for some alternate history pokemon novels, like Temeraire but pokemon instead of dragons. But I think that's getting a bit off topic.
Absol must be considered a guardian angel among military types, seeing as it's uber-paranoid to danger and can utterly slaughter most mons capable of teleporting or otherwise phasing through solid barriers...
edited 21st Sep '10 11:01:57 PM by CaptainNapalm
That's if the poor Absol isn't in hysterics just for being brought into a goddamn warzone. That's like walking up to an arc welder with night vision goggles on.
And dammit Colonial now you've got me imagining my mostly-female Ruby team in army chick costumes.
edited 21st Sep '10 11:07:33 PM by Pykrete
They'd only be guards in sensitive areas away from heavy fighting, like central command. They'd make excellent anti assassination pokemon.
For warzone guards, I'd thing Houndoom would be a better choice.
I wonder if armed forces in the Poke-world ever pull crazy stunts like this...?
EDIT: So that's why Kanto created TM's predecessor organization...
edited 21st Sep '10 11:20:05 PM by CaptainNapalm
Huh. When I imagine Napoleonic Psychic(mentalist?) staff, I imagine fancy brocaded jackets and dresses. Also, theme having titles which make sense in the context.
Hey, guys, what do you think of this?
Er I'm unsure if the Sudowoodo family has an entry yet, or the Onix family. If someone could inform me to the contrary, I'd be happy to form one for either or both.
I don't think so.
If you do Onix, maybe put in some Dune reference.
And that, in nature, an Onix takes thousands of years to evolve into a Steelix, but it is sped up with the Metal Coat.
Is it a good idea to consider what effect the 'mons would've had on history and warfare?
Something occurred to me here: Tammany Hall's mascot being an Arcanine
Everyone's busy talking about Pokemon in war while I'm still trying to figure out how long the damn things live naturally.
I'm drunk, maybe I'll do the Growlithe entry.
Growlithe is a quadrupedal canine Pokemon that grows to 70cm (2'4") tall on average, covered in thick orange-red fur with black stripes. Its mane, muzzle and tail consist of longer cream-coloured fur.
Arcanine is physically similar, but much larger, growing to almost 2 metres (6 feet) tall and bearing a larger creamy mane that covers its entire head and upper chest except for the eyes, a larger tail and additional tufts of fur behind each knee, more pronounced on the hind legs.
Both Growlithe and Arcanine share the red-themed colouring common to Pokemon classified as Fire types, and have the incendiary abilities to match. Unlike the many Fire-types that have an external source of flame or an obviously heated body, Growlithe and Arcanine have a relatively temperate body heat except for a particular throat organ that produces flames to be exhaled through the mouth.
Otherwise, the Growlithe line has few physical traits that are particularly unusual for its line. The species is noted for its great jaw strength and their wide variety of bite-related attacks- Arcanine have been noted to not only use fire-enhanced bites but electrically charged ones- and the great physical ability and considerable intelligence that the line can demonstrate. Arcanine in particular has seen considerable use in competitive leagues due its competence, loyalty and physical prowess in combat.
Unlike many other Pokemon, Growlithe do not evolve into Arcanine through mere age or combat experience. The change is triggered by specific radiation, known to be emitted by isotopes commonly found in volcanoes. As a result it is not uncommon for Growlithe, as individuals or in groups, to make the trek up the slops of active volcanoes to seek out a Fire Stone for evolution. While finding a Fire Stone is difficult and dangerous, and not many survive the journey or are successful in their search, the rewards are great: Arcanine are much more powerful than their previous form, and extremely fast, learning several techniques that take great advantage of their speed. Among human trainers, Fire Stones are rare and somewhat difficult but not impossible to find. Specialist stores often have them in stock, and they have been known to go for thousands of dollars on online marketplaces.
As an extensively domesticated Pokemon, different regions have bred different varieties of Growlithe, differing greatly in size, colour and temperament. Recent there have been many experiments in cross-breeding different Growlithe lines to create breeds that are particularly suited to domestic life. There are rare examples of Growlithe and Arcanine with luscious, shining golden fur, and it has long been a goal of Pokemon breeders to create a steady line of these, but so far none have been successful.
In the wild, Growlithe mainly dwell in hot areas, including grassy plains, savannah and areas with volcanic activity, though they have shown the ability to adapt to a variety of areas. Due to their long history of domestication, feral Growlithe are common in urban and rural districts.
Wild Growlithe and Arcanine are primarily carnivorous and eat smaller Pokemon such as Rattata and Sentret. They are also known to hunt in packs to bring down larger prey, even Tauros and Miltank. Generally they are opportunistic and will gladly scavenge corpses of any Pokemon or other creature.
However, many Growlithe trainers themselves can forget their own Pokemon's natural feeding habits, as domesticated breeds will gladly dine on commercial Pokemon chow, as well as any food scraps the trainer and their family may drop. Feral Growlithe in urban areas will often subsist on garbage, thriving on the food that humans throw away.
Growlithe and Arcanine have a very strong pack and territorial instinct, which leads to them being very hostile towards anything that threatens their territory or 'pack'. Even domesticated Growlithe are extremely protective of their trainers or charges, and unless they are approached carefully they may well decide to attack. Even to their own trainers, they can be dangerous unless trained properly and made to recognise humans as their superiors, else they may accidentally injure their own trainers. But when properly trained, Growlithe are excellent family pets, and have been known to give their lives to save their masters and their children.
Wild Growlithe packs tend to be wary of humans, but will not hesitate to attack in packs if their territory is violated or their pack is threatened. [Trainer's Note: Capturing a wild Growlithe can often be dangerous as the rest of the pack is likely to show up to defend them. It is recommended to visit a local shelter, as most have many domesticated Growlithe in need of a good home] Feral Growlithe are more familiar with humans and more likely to run from them, but they will attack if cornered, and have been known to form small packs that may include other feral Pokemon.
Feral and wild Growlithe are known to carry a variety of diseases, and if you or your Pokemon are bitten by one it is recommended to visit the nearest hospital and/or Pokemon Centre to seek treatment immediately. In additation, all Growlithe and Arcanine are capable of fire attacks that can both inflict severe burns and set fire to the vicinity.
Arcanine generally show all of the above threats, but more so. They are more likely to run from threats outside of their territory, which is aided by their great speed. Both morphs are capable of powerful vocalisations that can demoralise and intimidate other Pokemon, and even force them to run away, but many humans have been known to ignore these warnings to their peril.
Growlithe and Arcanine are pack Pokemon, and tend to find mates according to their status in the pack. The strongest male and female will partner up as the Alpha Couple, as will the second strongest pair as the Beta Couple, and so forth. Shortly before mating season there will be a brief period of anarchy as all pack members engage in somewhat friendly fights to determine the new hierarchy. Usually, any Arcanine present will become the new Alpha, and there have been documented examples of Growlithe packs accepting a Pokemon of a different species (but compatible egg group) as their Alpha.
Once the chaos is settled, the females will give birth to five to ten pups, which are raised protectively by both parents. Growlithe and Arcanine are known to be heavily protective of their young, so disturbing the pups is highly discouraged. Pack members in particular are especially protective of the females and pups because the species has a heavily skewed gender ratio, with approximately two-thirds of births being males. As a result, males are more likely to break off from the pack and form bachelor packs of their own, to seek out mates outside their species or a Fire Stone to evolve into Arcanine for greater freedom and independence.
This social structure is heavily ingrained into the Pokemon's instincts, and as a result has made them highly suitable for domestication. Almost all anthropologists agree that Growlithe must have been one of the earliest Pokemon to be tamed en masse and have been constant companions, guardians and partners in work, play and battle to humans for thousands of years. Today, Growlithe are very popular housepets, and heavily used in police and farm work due to their loyalty and intelligence. They can be taught a wide variety of 'tricks' and commands, and many movies and television shows depict Growlithe and Arcanine showing exaggerated levels of intelligence.
Arcanine tend to behave rather differently from Growlithe, both in the wild and in captivity. They are more prone to 'lone wolf' behaviour, and are often found dashing around the countryside on their own. (over half of alleged Entei sightings turn out to be 'merely' wild Arcanine on investigation) On the rare occasions they become part of a pack they are almost always the leader, and outside of breeding pairs very rarely form packs that include more than one Arcanine. This behaviour carries on into captive Arcanine, as even ones that were submissive as Growlithe tend to be condescending at best towards their trainer unless the trainer is particularly skilled, experienced or strict. Successfully training an Arcanine, especially a wild one, is difficult and not recommended but highly rewarding, as trainers find themselves with a strong, skilled, fast and utterly loyal Pokemon at their command.
Feral Growlithe and Arcanine tend to display similar behaviours to wild ones, with some differences; eg, they are more likely to form mixed-species packs, even more shy around humans, and more likely to scavenge human refuse due to better knowledge of what is good to eat. [Trainer's Note: Remember, a Pokemon is for life, not just for Christmas. Many shelters are overflowing with abandoned and lost Growlithe who are already vaccinated, neutered and in need of nothing more than a loving home.]
edited 24th Sep '10 8:23:40 PM by SabreJustice
The Togepi line are a line of mammal-like reptiles with an unusual evolutionary line. The line is also seen as a classical example of evolution in action- the ground-bound underdeveloped Togepi evolves into the winged Togetic, which then evolves into the almost permanently airborne Togekiss. They are very rarely seen in the wild, and most are seen under the care of a Trainer or in captivity.
The juvenile form, the Togepi, is rarely seen without the remnants of their eggshell from which they hatched around them. It is widely believed that they gain an additional modicum of protection and warmth from their durable shell. If deprived of their eggshell, Togepi will use other hard, durable objects to protect themselves, such as buckets or tin cans. If threatened or alarmed, they will retreat into their eggshells, using it as a deterrent against predation. This eggshell is no problem for predators such as Pidgeot, who will grap young Togepi and drop their prey, breaking the shell, and feasting on the morsels within. This isn't to say that they can't defend themselves-the spines that ring a Togepi's head secretd a mild neurotoxin capable of causing numbing pain. This toxin is only excreted if a Togepi is under threat. Unlike their evolutions, they are purely ground-bound. However, as they prepare to evolve, they may mimic their mother's effortless flights by jumping or hopping. Within a Togepi, there are several seemingly-redundant organs that will prove useful upon evolution, such as a half-formed gas bladder. This bladder takes up roughly 25 percent of their bodies, and as such they are quite light, despite their heavy eggshells. Unsteady on their feet at this stage, they are most often held by their Trainer or other caregiver. They are very playful and easily amused, but they do not make for a good battling Pokémon. Instead, many Togepi are given to people in other Pokémon-related professions, such as Pokémon Rangers. Easy to take care of as Togepi, they will grow attatched to their masters and become dependable and useful as a Togekiss.
The adolescent form, the Togetic, abandons it's eggshell in favor of a small pair of wings and a partially developed, hydrogen-filled gas sack within their bodies. These wings are only to provide a method of steerage and control; lift is provided from their hydrogen sacs. Much of their body is optimized for lighter-than-air travel; they have hollow bones and powerful leg muscles, the better to provide liftoff with. They are not capable of full flight at this time, and are only capable of making short, one to two metre long "hops". As such, they still spend most of their life on the ground. They possess keen hearing and vision- coupled with their flight mechanisms they can spot fruit or threats on the ground and react to them surprisingly quickly. This will often take the form of "pronking" a sudden, one-to-two metre bound into the air in an effort to escape from their predators.
The final form, Togekiss, are believed to spend much of their life aloft, floating effortlessly with a combination of gas-sack and muscular wings. Biological analysis of the Togekiss wing structure reveals that the ligaments and tendons that make up the wing can be "locked" into place while flying, similar to a Ponyta's legs. This biological "stay apparatus", allows the wings of a becoming a fixed flight surface (similar to that of a plane) rather than one that relies on flapping for propulsion. The reason for this startling adaptation is that Togekiss flight does not rely on flapping wings in oder to stay aloft. Instead, Togekiss have the ability to naturally produce hydrogen through a form of biological electrolysis. This hydrogen is stored in their gas-bladder, which can be inflated or deflated depending on the need. The expelled hydrogen is forced out of a sphincter-equipped blowhole, sealing off the rest of the bladder from the outside atmosphere. Gradually, the Togekiss will build up more hydrogen in it's body, and the cycle will be repeated. Tragically, a high-flying Togekiss may be struck by lightning, causing large and spectacular explosions.
With their large lungs, Togekiss have the ability to breathe in very thin air. In additon, they have amazing eyesight, capable of spotting movement of less than 1.25 centimeteres from up to fifty feet away. Their evolution dependant upon a Stone, they are very rare in the wild and most are found in the care of Trainers. However, they will only breed upon evolving into a Togekiss, so they are quite rare. Despite their areal prowess, they are awkward on the ground. They lack any real articulation in their feet- the entire visible appendage is in fact a fused ankle and toe bone. On the ground, Togekiss move with a comical hopping gait thatis both slow and laborious for them. A wild Togekiss that is on the ground is most likely diseased or injured, and should not be approached or handled. Alert a local Pokémon Ranger or other naturalist in the area.
A common legend surrounding these creatures is that Togekiss are supposedly drawn to happy individuals and emotions. Experiments conducted by Professor Birch reveal that Togekiss have an uncanny ability to recognize human emotions as well as various Pokémon mating calls and threat displays correctly. Coupled with their keen vision, Togekiss can see a human smile or frown from a distance. It is believed that Togekiss are drawn to such positive emotions to find a safe places to rear their young. Areas in which distress is common most likely means that there are predators in the vincinity, and thus a Togekiss is likely to live elsewhere. Togekiss also rank among one of the most intelligent non-Legendary Pokémon. They can match shapes, recognize colors, and can even understand some human phrases. In addition to their mental fortitude, Togekiss are strong physically- the largest and strongest Togekiss can even carry people on their backs.
Togepi are rarely found in the wild. If they are, they are usually in the nest of their mother Togekiss. Togekiss nests are usually found in warm, dry, upland environments. Many have been found in the Johto and Kanto reigons, and recently there has been talk of implementing a captive breding program. Togetic live in forests and woodlands, and Togekiss spend almost their entire life in the air. Unless forced onto the ground by injury, most male Togekiss may never land.
Togepi are fed regurgitated berries from their mother. These often include various poisous berries. Togepi have a remarkable digestive system that utilizes these toxins in order to help create the venom glands at the top of their head. Togetic are herbivores and prefer to search for berries and fruits. Togekiss are insectivorous, and will sieve small insects from the air.
There are no hazards to raising Togepi and their evolutions; they are affectionate, playful, intelligent, and gentle creatures. However, Togepi can be extremely oblivious to the point of disaster; they will ignore most any danger around them. It is also not wise to get between a mother Togekiss and her brood; this will most often lead to injury on the part of the interloper. Togekiss dislike yelling and negative emotions, and they may not respond to a Trainer that does these things.
Once every three years, Togekiss will mate. Females will land and broadcast their presences with calls and scents; males are drawn to them. Togekiss mating calls are long, eerie wails that can sometimes carry for miles. In ancient times these calls were often mistaken for the wails of ghosts or phantoms. Usually, males do not land to mate. Like so much else in their life, they will court entirely in the air. By clamping their feet onto their partner, Togekiss can stay securely in position as intercourse takes place. Males do not help to raise children, but will attempt to impregnate as many females as possible. An average clutch consists of roughly ten to twelve young.
Three months later, the female will create a nest and lay her eggs. Nests are thatched and conical, and are usually constructed in mountains or valleys. The Togekiss will spend many months without food in order to protect her nest. The young Togepi will spend most of their childhood in this nest, almost entirely helpless.
Non-mothering Togekiss are mostly solitary. One or two individuals may travel together, but this is a very rare occurance.
edited 22nd Sep '10 5:59:52 AM by CrowT.Robot
I also found this. I especially like the pictures at the end.
Whoa, ninja'd entry. Nice work on the Togekiss there.
Kind interesting how the entries tend to focus on the most interesting aspects of Pokemon. My Growlithe up there is mostly focused on the social and domestic aspects, while the Togepi line has a very interesting biology. I don't find it surprising if the species tends to stay aloft.
Might want to make a point how Togepi are actually an extremely old species of Pokemon, and they have been known to manifest strange supernatural powers. (both from the anime, they seem to rival Clefairy for Pokemon comparable to The Fair Folk)
@The Growlithe entry.
No mention of them being popular Police pokemon?
Don't you mean "with" a variety of bite-related attacks?
edited 22nd Sep '10 8:55:59 AM by Colonial1.1
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