VDex Project

Pokemon Field Guide
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Author:  mdf2711 [ Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:17 am ]
Post subject:  Pokemon Field Guide

This is a project by jjx8672, as it was his idea, and myself, as I am helping him. We shall be creating a field guide on Pokemon species for personal use and also for use in all jjx8672 or mdf2711 literary roleplays (if you would like to see examples, please visit the Vdex forum known as "Here There Be Dragons" for more information).

Heights and weights have been reimagined to be more realistic. Some information has come from actual sources and some of it is merely imaginative inspiration. The guide is not finished, however. We would love to hear comments and such from members of the community and if anyone would like to see something added or explained more thoroughly, we can always arrange to edit in the information~

We will link to each page here so they can be more easily found as more and more are added and discussed:
Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Mega Venusaur
Happiny, Chansey, Blissey

Author:  mdf2711 [ Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:17 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Pokemon Field Guide

Bulbasaur / Ivysaur / Venusaur / Mega Venusaur

Height: 6'2"-7'10" depending on the individual and flower size (regular Venusaur stage)
Weight: 100-127lbs for their plant and about 2.5 tons for the animal itself

Bulbasaur is the name given to the infant stage of the Venusaur Line and Ivysaur belonging to the juvenile stage. The Latin distinguisher for Venusaur is Seminalemorpho or Morphing Seeded One. Like all Pokémon, after a certain age if the right conditions are met, the Pokémon will undergo a spontaneous Metamorphosis. The transformation is a rapid replacement of cells in the entirety of its body causing rapid growth and changes to the physical body. Unlike most Pokémon, Venusaur eggs actually lack the nutrients necessary for a fetus to grow successfully as they contain no yolk sacks for the fetuses to ingest. Using their specialized tusks (what many people mistake as teeth), a female Venusaur will locate a patch of a specific bulb plant known as Rafflesia Tulipa, closely related to both the modern day tulip and the Vileplume line. The eggs are laid and then reburied underground near the roots of the plant which eventually locate and breach the shell. Rafflesia Tulipa reproduce by injecting their seeds into the ground but are nutrient intensive meaning that they deplete the surrounding soil of its nutrients giving the plant a relatively short life.

However, once the shell of the Venusaur egg is breached, the seedling enters carrying with it, the essential nutrients for the fetal development of the young creature and thus an endosymbiotic relationship is born. Throughout development, the main surface bulb will pump in what nutrients it has left into the egg which will eventually carry its seedling. This results in the main bulb dying. Once fully developed, the Bulbasaur hatches using a rudimentary egg tooth and burrows to the surface. The Bulbasaur is now a lush green hue as the hybrid Animal-Plant creature (need scientific name) is now capable of kleptoplasty. Kleptoplasty is the name given to an animal that can produce its own food via photosynthesis. With the development of the animal complete, both organisms converge to essentially create one organism. In exchange for a longer range for it to lay seeds and for a lifetime of nutrients, the bulb gives the Bulbasaur infant camouflage, protection (via toxic spores and exploding seeds) and a means of creating food without necessarily eating. At this stage, the bulb is now fused into the spine of the creature and thusly, the nervous system. Just below the head on either side of its chest, the Bulbasaur has two specialized muscular organs which can fire "vines" with great dexterity and speed. The vines are derived from the bulb. The sex of the animal is determined by temperature. If the temperature is 30ºC/86ºF they will all be female; 34ºC/93.2ºF they will be male. Given that the eggs are buried during summer near the surface of the ground, most come to be male.

When threatened, Bulbasaur find a grassy patch and instinctively burry themselves leaving only the plant exposed which then releases a nauseating odor to ward off predators. On most days, the bulb releases a sweet/sour smell to attract insects who fall into the small undeveloped pitcher plant. As the Bulbasaur grows, it enters its first state of spontaneous metamorphosis becoming the juvenile Ivysaur. Now stronger, Ivysaur are now more prone to fighting and thusly are dangerous to trainers for their aggressive behavior. Their rudimentary tusks have grown more useful and are used for digging into the earth for nutrient rich roots. Ivysaur's claws have also grown, crucial for digging. Its previously small and stout legs have grown longer and sturdier through it can frequently be thrown off balance due to the bulb's increased size. The bulb itself is now in its budding stage and has metamorphosed with the Ivysaur. Alone, the bulb will never surpass its bulb stage and reach the grand flower status that sits upon the backs of Venusaur. Its petals are a vibrant pink. As the Ivysaur grows, the chemical composition of the plant changes as well giving it a sweet aroma. Like a ripened fruit, it is a determining factor that metamorphosis is near. Once matured, the second stage of Metamorphosis is initiated creating the fully fledged Venusaur.

The organism has changed greatly during its second-to-third stage transformation. The tusks are now thicker and more stout. Its wrinkled, warty flesh is a survival mechanic to hold in water and keep the Venusaur from burning too easily in the sun giving it its Thick Fat ability. Its stout legs have almost moved sideways to support both its body and the massive reimagined plant on its back. The Rafflesia Tulipa has become a beautiful pink/red pitcher plant with leafy growths emanating from under it. Though the Venusaur controls the plant mostly, it can still defend itself if prodded and will occasionally shoot a seed that plants itself into the ground. The sides of the inner pitcher plant are coated with a waxy substance preventing any insect Pokémon from escaping once inside and turning it into a gruesome insect soup (highly nutritious). Like most Pokémon, the Venusaur line is capable of breeding at any stage, increasing its chance for survival given the fact that females are statistically rare.

Venusaur travel in herds led by an Alpha Female and her group of male mates. New groups usually form around the mating season in Winter when groups of males will follow the sweet aroma of the Female's plant. After the season is over, the groups will remain together with the males that the female has chosen. This is the only time that males will spar unless kicked out of their previous groups. When mating, males compete with Headbutts, Vinewhips and bellowing.
In almost all cases, the females are larger and more physically strong. Herds usually range from 6-12 individuals and their young but some researchers have observed groups as large as 30. In herds, evolution is commonly a ritual pack event. Like migrating elk, during a particular season in a particular place (the season and location differ between every unique region, except for Kanto and Johto, which share a location) where they evolve into Ivysaur and then they generally scatter into their old herds again, though sometimes Venusaur offspring may get lost and join other packs instead (which are generally incredibly welcoming of the new members).

Mega Evolution in the Venusaur species, like all Pokemon species capable of Mega Evolution, is still an incredibly mysterious and peculiar process. Radiation from the Mega Stone, Venusaurite, is amplified by a keystone (generally attached to a simple ring, bracelet, or necklace accessory) and effects a change in forms similar to regular Evolution Stone Evolution except that this metamorphosis is not permanent because the radiation wears off and requires time to ready itself for another use. The Mega Stone acts like a natural battery and requires constant charging though the science behind this metamorphosis "charging" is still hazy and unclear though many speculate it has something to do with the positive relationships between trainers and their Pokemon.

They live up to 80 years in captivity and about 55 years in the wild. The Rafflesia Tulipa that is growing on Venusaur's back doesn't immediately die when the body dies. The vines from the plant sense that they have lost their symbiotic energy source and seek the earth to keep living. Often, the Venusaur begins feeling ill and secludes himself to go die alone (though captive species have been known to die with their trainer by their side because they possess a different bond with them than that with fellow members of their herd). Afterward, the herd will seek out the dead body and bury it with their large digging tusks with as much dug up earth as possible, burying only the body portion and not the plant top. Trainers generally require much more assistance in burying the behemoth Pokemon. The Rafflesia Tulipa plant from their backs continue to sprout and now reach a point in their life cycles when they will begin to seed further and grow fields of Rafflesia Tulipa, which later will become the egg burying grounds for a future generation of the herd's Bulbasaur eggs, which will provide new seedling plants to help the unborn babies live in the future but consequently kill of the main bulb, as always. This is the Venusaur's own unique circle of life process, where the Pokemon individual still continues to "live on" after death to help another generation by sacrificing its own "life".

Author:  silverwind [ Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Pokemon Field Guide

nice project ^^
I enjoyed reading the Bulbasaur line dex, especially the whole 'circle of life' idea.
one thing bugs me though.. if exactly one Bulbasaur is born from every dead Venusaur, their population size will stay constant, and never grow. if predators eat them, or anything else kills some Bulbasaurs/Ivysaurs before they reach adulthood, they'll go extinct for sure.

Author:  mdf2711 [ Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Pokemon Field Guide

No, they don't only grow one each. For clarification, a dead Venusaur's plant will grow and spread out to become an entire field of Rafflesia Tulipa, where a mother Venusaur will bury several Bulbasaur eggs (multiple births in a short period of time, similar to many species of animals) and each separate plant will seek out an individual egg to bond with, which kills the soil around itself, killing itself and those around it. Of course, as the Bulbasaur eggs are all buried around the same time, it should work out that most of the other plants in the field will kill the soil around themselves at the same relative time too, so normally only a few plants die without passing down their plant gene, if any. Does that make any more sense?

But thank you for the praise and interest~!

Author:  Clefairies [ Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:18 pm ]
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I've actually written some stuff like this! You should see what I've written about the Clefairy line!
Looking good so far!

Author:  mdf2711 [ Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:34 pm ]
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Happiny / Chansey / Blissey

Height: Average is about 4'5" (Blissey stage)
Weight: 182-207 lbs (most of its weight is carried in its ovaries and egg-producing organs)

More than likely, it was the result of domestic divergent evolution. Its original form is unknown at this time, though it is commonly believed to be closely related to Clefable. The original Pokemon was domesticated for its highly nutritious eggs. Through selective breeding, it eventually became its own species of Pokemon. It is a literal egg producer for consumer markets. The Chansey eggs are produced unfertilized on a regular basis. The Nurse Joys of present day are descended from a long line of Joys that were originally breeders and farmers of this particular Pokemon and upon realizing that it was useful for more than just its nutritious eggs, they began changing their outlook, spawning families of healers, which turned into Pokemon Hospitals, which, after becoming endorsed by the Pokemon League Association, became the free Pokemon Center service we enjoy today.

Being the result of actual domestic breeding, a wild one is extremely rare as they are usually unable to survive in the wild. Their pink body is covered with a thin white downy fur which is difficult to see giving the Pokemon a soft and calming texture. It also seems to be able to sense irregularities and illnesses before most modern medical equipment and do so by touching the patient. It's delicate hands can detect many different ailments and are trained to respond to different things in different ways which is why many Chansey run around Pokemon Centers often "specializing" (or trained to detect) a specific group of problems.

Now, contrary to the images in the games and such, they are not actually born with an egg already in their pouch. Chansey and Blissey gestate eggs inside their wombs through a process known as ovoviviparity for a short period of time before their bodies deem the eggs fully formed and released the egg to live unhatched for a short time thereafter. The eggs that are unfertilized are used for nutritional purposes and also because the species can wield them for their defensive and offensive properties. These eggs are completely plain and white, whereas the normal fertilized Chansey eggs are a solid pinkish hue and are produced at a bit of a slower rate than the unfertilized eggs and hatch into Chansey. The occurrence of Happiny is due to the Luck Incense, a concoction of various aromatic chemicals that induce a self fertilization of an egg. When the Incense is introduced to the mother's area, they breathe in the hormones to change their biological chemistry slightly, producing an egg that physically will not hatch into Chansey but instead into a less developed form, the Happiny, and this process takes just slightly longer than the regular Chansey egg process due to the slowdown of the metabolic and gestation cycles and the egg shells mature differently and don't have enough time to turn a solid pink and instead focus on different stripes of the egg to alert the mother to the Happiny egg. However, on the off chance that this occurs in the wild, mother Chansey or Blissey usually kill the egg before hatching, thinking it diseased and then they move their herd to a new location with fresher air where they believe that what they perceive to be "birth defects" will be less likely to occur. But in captivity, humans who intend to breed Happiny eggs will take the eggs before they can be destroyed and once given a chance of life, the eggs will actually hatch into a preevolved baby Pokemon, Happiny, which actually is healthy enough to sustain itself and survives in that form until it evolves into the regular Chansey form.

The Blissey line has a heightened metabolic rate, therefore increasing standard biological processes. It is literally a walking womb and has to be healthy to create a plethora of good eggs. Given this, its immune system coupled with a large liver keep the Pokemon incredibly healthy. Its body has the downy fur all over it giving it the pink hue and in Blissey is more prominent in the midsection. A secretion, oil, is all over this Pokemon making its outside just as protected as its inside, a sort of external immune system. When using healing moves, it can absorb this through pores in its skin or emanate it by shaking which releases the oil in a vapor form healing its allies and by touching the secretion, it can heal whatever touches it which is a highly valued property in Pokemon Centers. However, though they possess a large liver that which aids the Pokemon in quickly fighting off diseases, status defects or toxins, the toxins will build up inside the Pokemon's body, not affecting it but not good for it either, so eventually, they are released into one of the unfertilized eggs, resulting in a Bad Egg, which isn't nutritious in the slightest and must be carefully disposed of. This process is a cycle, though the time it takes to make the foul smelling egg differs between individual members of the species, ranging anywhere from every couple of weeks to every couple of months.

Author:  jjx8672 [ Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Pokemon Field Guide

Excellent work. The next project currently will be the Honchcrow line.

Author:  Wishes_Delicious [ Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:49 pm ]
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Wow... this is really awesome! :D

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