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Could anyone do team Aqua or Team galatic? I'm not good at making entries here.
^ If we're allowed to call multiple articles, I'll try my hand at TA, though I have yet to start my Aerodactyl article...
Okay, I'm going to go ahead and just post what I have now. Not finished, but this way y'all can nitpick it sooner.
I need a good Latin name. Project Phoenix's ACX uses Reptoidus pyroia, but then again this entry isn't really compatible with his descriptions.
edited 26th Sep '10 6:31:20 AM by Tangent128
Members of the Charmander evolutionary chain (collectively nicknamed "Chars") are large, bipedal, reptiles. Charmander average about 2 feet tall, with a head about the width of their body. Being the infant form, their eyes are relatively large in proportion. They possess three claws on each limb, though the claws on their hands protrude only barely perceptibly. Their hides are generally of an orange coloring, with a cream belly; lighter yellows are observed occasionally, particularly in crossbred specimens.
Upon evolution, a new Charmeleon averages 3 feet in height, with growth over time. It has developed a longer, more angular skull, with a centered, flesh-covered horn jutting out the back, and its hand-claws have fully emerged. Charmeleon also tend to have a notably darker red hide, though light yellows are, again, observed on occasion.
Charizard, the final stage of the line, tend to be at least 5 feet in height, tall enough to see eye-to-eye with humans. Larger specimens have been observed, as well. The most immediately noticeable physiological change is the growth of a pair of blue-green wings; also, their skull horn has forked in two. Their scales have shifted back to the lighter-orange of the Charmander stage, excluding rare black-and-red individuals. It is theorized, but unconfirmed, that the alternate-color specimens have gene codings for a darker-but-later-trigger pigment.
The Charmander line is often held up as a canonical example of Fire-type Pokémon, possessing a well-developed and proportionately-large dorsal pyrosac. The pyrosac collects dissolved fats and other digested complex hydrocarbons, treating them with catalytic cracking enzymes which break them up into liquid and compressible gas forms.
Mature specimens (Charmeleon or evolution-inhibited Charmander) develop a side pocket in the anterior section of the pyrosac, where thickening agents are added to their fuel to create what is popularly, if inaccurately, referred to as their "napalm".
The pyrosac has an anterior duct leading into the throat, where the fuel and/or "napalm" can be aerosolized into the stream of exhaled air, facilitating the species' fire breath. (TBD: Where are the igniter cells, here?)
The cracking enzymes will eventually break down the fuel into lighter gases such as methane. To prevent unhealthy gas pressure from building up, and to prevent the light gases from interfering with the performance of the fire breath, the lighter gases are directed through a posterior duct to the tip of the tail.
At the tip of their tail, the gas from the duct is fed to numerous minuscule exit pores, each lined with thick-walled igniter cells. This produces the continuous tailflame that is the Char family's signature characteristic.
The flame burns vigorously, and dissolved oxygen introduced into the gas makes it difficult to extinguish even intentionally. Often the only time it's seen to go out is when the Char itself dies, spawning the urban legend that the extinguishment is itself the cause of death. While the temperature shock is quite painful, it is not inherently lethal.
Charmeleon and Charizard claws are incredibly hard, and coupled with strong arm muscles and tendons are capable of digging into stone for climbing or burrowing.
The Charizard stage has developed wings, easing travel in their native mountain-filled/volcanic region. They tend to congregate near lava outlets, which provide reliable updrafts.
The Charmander family is concentrated around the Kanto region. They are usually found upon smaller mountains, where there is little flammable vegetation, with rodents and other small animals available for hunting. Charizard may dig dens for themselves and offspring by crushing rocks or blasting the mountainside with flames. Some of the species have been artificially introduced to other places, like volcanic islands or large valleys.
The Char line is carnivorous and ravenous, due to the need to keep their tail fires fueled. As such, they are more expensive to keep than, say, a Bulbasaur; however, the bulk of their required nutrition can be supplied by ordinarily-undesirable scraps of trimmed fat, which can be obtained at a discount from many butchers. When meat is scare, many waxes, such as paraffin, can be used as a substitute.
Wild Charmander often prey on small creatures, and have been witnessed using their fire to bring down prey slightly bigger than themselves. As their digestive system is not fully developed yet, they tend to cook their food with their own Embers before eating; this is non-optimal, however, as useful complex hydrocarbons may be burned away. To help ensure a reliable flame supply for battles or contests, it is recommended to instead boil your Charmander's meat and use a digestion assistive.
Charmeleon are extremely intelligent and willing to work together to bring down large prey. They often resort to Fire Fang attacks while darting in and out with quick strikes. At this stage, though, they will consume most of their prey raw. Domestic Charmeleon no longer require their meat prepared, though boiling or microwaving for sanitary reasons remains a good idea.
Charizard are capable hunters and tend to go after larger prey, including Cervids and Bovines that may be raised near their mountain homes. For simple cost reasons, many trainers will need to allow their Charizard to feed on wild prey; consult with a local game warden to know what hunting is permissible.
Although it's not nearly as important to their diet as to the diets of most Pokémon, Charmander nonetheless possess a fondness for fruit- especially apples, which they will often share among a group of nearby friends. Most Charmeleon and Charizard will repress their enthusiasm, but do appear to appreciate a fruit dessert.
Charmeleon are easily irritable, when not well-trained. Given their flamethrower abilities and sharp claws, frustrated lashings-out are extremely dangerous. Contrapositively, when raised with firm discipline wielded by love, they make for excellent protectors.
Most Charizard are more laid-back; so long as you do not appear to be a threat to them or their children, they will generally leave you alone. Generally, you have to try rather hard to make a Charizard see you as a serious threat, but be warned- they are much more paranoid about the welfare of their children. Never approach wild Charmander; the parent will probably interpret it as an attack. Should they approach you or your Pokémon, the parent will typically not intervene immediately; some play may be permitted, but avoid physical contact and potentially suspicious moves.
Chars do not target humans for predation, but attacks have been known in lean times.
An inherent danger to having any Char around is the open flame on the end of their tail. Poorly-trained Chars are a significant fire-hazard, and responsible for several dozen house fires in the Kanto region yearly.
When raising a newly-hatched Charmander, ensure that it is kept in a completely fireproof pen- including the often-overlooked but vital floor material! At the same time, though, scatter various small, flammable objects inside the pen to enable the Charmander to quickly learn the igniting nature of its fire.
Charmander do not generally breed, as the stage naturally tends to evolve before becoming fertile. Still, Charmander have been known to exhibit "crushes", where a pair will spend a disproportionate time together; these have a mild correlation to their eventual mates.
While Charmeleon are willing to cooperate during hunts, intimate relationships are rare- this stage is instinctively solitary. Individuals with more open natures may nonetheless form a breeding pair at this time; apart from their choice of residence being limited by their lesser rock-smashing abilities, childrearing behavior is essentially the same as Charizard below.
Male Charizard compete with each other to impress females; often through ritual tests of strength or finesse, but suitresses' tastes are often idiosyncratic. Once a female selects a suitor, their coupling tends to be stable from year to year; spurned suitors will move on to other prospects. When the gender ratio of a population is heavily skewed towards males, however, competition for mates can turn violent.
A breeding pair of Charizard/Charmeleon will typically yield a single egg each year, barring multiples. The pair will pay attention to the region's Charmander population during incubation; as the sex of the hatched Charmander is determined by the incubation temperature, attempts will be made to even out any imbalances in the gender ratio of the previous year's generation. (Female determination is triggered by a relatively small temperature range; as such, most Trainer-incubated Charmander will be male.)
Parents strive to keep their children Charmander under discrete supervision at all times, either by themselves or a trusted proxy. They push their children to hunt for themselves within months of hatching, but will share scraps from their kills. Children are not forced out of the den, but tend to naturally drift out on their own after evolution.
The Char line is quite social; while the population of a given region has no strict structure, neighboring families will almost always be on cooperative terms, and will assist each other in hunts, leaving behind one or two Charizard from the local group to watch their Charmander. The arrangement isn't limited to the species, either- in Hoenn regions where they've been introduced, they have been known to incorporate the odd Salamence den into their neighborhood, and a couple dragon taming schools near the Indigo Plateau frequently find themselves deposited with a dozen Charmander to babysit for the day.
Where disputes arise, Charizard often engage in ritual tests of strength rather than brawl it out- probably because direct combat between Charizard would decimate the species. It is still a bad idea for a human to test their temper, of course.
edited 9th Nov '10 4:55:11 PM by Tangent128
^ Are the members of the line obligate carnivores, or can they also consume and digest plant matter, and if the latter is so, to what extent? Also, for how the things actually set stuff on fire, you might want to consider using the mechanism that Animal Planet's mockumentary used (namely ground-up rocks with trace amounts of platinum to act as a catalyst)...
edited 25th Sep '10 11:19:55 PM by CaptainNapalm
My Latin is not good, it's not even mediocre, but from the times I researched Esperanto names for Pokémon I think you can come up with something using the Latin root for either ashes or tinder for the early stages, and something using corniger for either Charmeleon or Charizard; as for a family name, Cremaracertus or whatever the correct yuxtaposition is sounds nice.
EDIT: yeah, I noticed the lots of C's. That was kind of the idea back then, but oh well...
edited 25th Sep '10 11:30:37 PM by SilentReverence
Arceus a large white quadrupedal Pokemon, possessing a long neck that seems to taper into a head. The "face" of Arceus seems to possess no mouth, however it has various objects resembling jewels embedded into the face and forehead. It's four legs taper in points, lacking any feet or hooves. Wrapped around its torso is what appears to be a golden wheel with four spokes sticking out of it. The "wheel" and jewels are reported reported to have constantly changed colors in battle.
Arceus is a prominent figure in the Sinnoh creation myth. It is said that he was born from an egg emerging from chaos. From there he created Dialga, Time, then Palkia, the world we live in, and finally Giratina, the world in between this one and the next. With the foundation laid, he created Regigiggas to form the continents of the world. Finally, he created Uxie, Mespirit, and Azlef to create intelligent life to live upon the world he had forged. His work complete, Arceus rested for the rest of eternity.
There has been only one known confirmed sighting of Arceus. Known as "The Sinjoh Incident." It involved the current Sinnoh League Champion, Cynthia, encountering a trainer claiming to have captured the Pokemon. Her description on the incident is transcribed below
Anyways, it was, you know, odd to see a kid showing up in an obscure location towing a legendary god Pokemon. So I asked him how the hell he had gotten here.
"The Unown took us here." was all he said.
Anyways after chatting him up for a bit, I asked if I could have a battle with him. He agreed. But when I sent out my Pokemon, they just refused to fight. One look at Arcueus and they just backed off. After a minute, Arceus just stared at them. Maybe using some telepathic communication? Anyways, the point is they agreed to fight after that. I took out my VS Recorder for the occasion.
Well, you've all seen the video, right? I got trashed. A total loss, Arceus knocked out all 6 of my Pokemon. Man... it was nuts.
Anyways, after the fight, I invited the trainer to come with me into the central altar of the ruins.
Arceus went into the Mystri Stage. A place where people worshiped Arceus. Once the trainer and Arceus entered then the entire thing seemed to turn on. Lights flashed everywhere. And Unown appeared. Hundreds of them. Not just the ones we know about. Unown in characters for languages I had never even seen.
Then... well. I can't really describe it. It was like watching the universe flip inside out and then everything returned to normal except it wasn't. I know it sounds crazy but I really can't describe the event.
Anyways. Once that was done there were three Pokemon eggs. Well, I think they're eggs. The trainer took the blue and purple ones. He then said the black one was for me. Well, it hasn't hatched yet, but I'm kinda nervous what it could be.
And then the trainer left with a Arceus.
The search for this mysterious trainer is still ongoing.
Arceus was not observed to eat anything
Arceus is, by all appearances, an exceptional powerful Pokemon. Of note is a move which Cynthia states the trainer called "Judgement" Which involved a pillar of light falling from the sky and creating a massive explosion. Arceus seemingly is able to change it's type alignment at will.
Also, it seems to indeed have the power to create Pokemon. Or, at the very least, a few selected species of them.
Considering the extreme rarity of Arceus, it seems unlikely that anybody could run into it. However, be warned, if you do encounter it, odds are your Pokemon will not be willing to fight against it. So take care not to incur its wrath.
For more details on the egg Cynthia obtained, see the Giratina article.
edited 26th Sep '10 12:47:45 AM by PataHikari
I'll be rewriting the Team Magma entry sometime soon. In addition, I'll be beefing up Pans combustus (Chimchar), as well as uploading Skitty.
Hmm... not very well-researched on animal diets. Could someone else chime in on whether plants play any role in a Char's diet?
("lots of C's"? Not sure what you're referencing...)
^ I dunno, if you're going by the anime, just about everything should be able to some plant matter. That said, in reality, lizard-like creatures tend to trend on the heavily carnivorous side for diets. Oh and do the things eat charcoal by any chance?
They probably could eat charcoal, if the hydrocarbons can be absorbed by the intestines. Not sure if they'd particularly care for it or not.
I suppose they'd need fiber at least, but vegetation is probably a minority component of their wild diet.
We do knowPokemon Snap c3 p04, 1999 that they like apples, though. So hmm.
^I'm not so sure that those things were "apples".
Also, in the anime, didn't Charizard get very pissed when TR blew up his giant platter of fruit?
^That was probably because he was hungry and just this close␣from eating them.
@Tangent128 re:Latin — the lots of Cs was because Charmander-Charmeleon-Charizard, Cremaracerto, Cornigen, cetc...
^^ Perhaps fruit is to the Chars as sweets are to human beings? Tasty, but not very helpful nutritionally. Either that or their diets are more flexible than their physiology would suggest...
Everything ate apples/fruit in the animé. I remember an episode where a Seviper terrifies several small Pokémon it would of easily eaten into helplessness... and yet it made a beeline for a bunch of apples. Showing a Charizard cooking the the nearest Rattata isn't very family friendly.
But the games do make it clear that pretty much everything will eat berries and berry related products (poffins, Pokéblocks, etc.) so there's that.
I don't think it's too much of a stretch to make fruit like candy for pokemon. Even if they're carnivorous, they still love the stuff.
^^Including objects which have no organic matter (Magneton's family) and monsters who are made of rock.
Berries are obviously some transcended super food for Pokemon.
So, No ones gonna do Team Aqua or Team Galatic, or just Cyrus himself?
I already called TA (if I'm allowed to do so), it's just that I'm a little busy with real life at the moment...
Monasteriense extrahois a good species name for Charmy.
That Article seems to need more buffing. if all the Legends have mytholgical staus then the big A's article should read less like a case repirt and more like the Old Testement.
edited 27th Sep '10 8:01:09 PM by Chronix
Hmm... I'm thinking _____ corniger for Charmeleon. I can't find quick translations of the other name suggestions...
(I was about to nitpick that technically all Pokémon in a line are the same species and should have the same name; then I realized binomial nomenclature would probably develop differently in a world where metamorphosis is the normal mode of development.)
@Tangent re:cremaracertus: I'm not sure it is written the exact way but it should literally mean "lizard who burns things (to ashes)". I was thinking of it possibly as the species name. corniger literally means "horned". Can't think of a name for Charizard, at least not one that begins with C.
If extraho literally means what I think it means ("eradicator"?) it is better suited for Charizard, of course. Or heck, for Salamence, as he is having so good times at Übers.
edited 27th Sep '10 9:18:11 PM by SilentReverence
Is it worth mentioning anywhere that Charmander do not possess a significant fear of heights?
Some updates made. Though I wonder if Charizard should simply be Cremalacertus trogdor
I know this is ahead by a few months, but when we get around to doing Buffalon (or whatever the English name is), do a Jules Winnfield reference in there somewhere.
edited 28th Sep '10 1:46:07 PM by Tangent128
Hey Tangent, did you ever decide how it was that our favorite incendiary lizards actually get the fuel for their breath attacks ignited?
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