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    Default Re: Professor Instrutilus' Study of Pokémon

    Hooray! It's back!

    Very informative. I liked the analysis of the abilities as well as the in depth look at how its skin works.

    I also found the note at the end entertaining.

    Keep it up, I expect to see more!

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    Well, I'll be needing more votes. Scraggy only got 2 to win.

    Regardless, thank you for the comment, Gama.

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    Unless I can vote for the same Pokémon again I don't think I can help you there. D; Good stuff, put me in a better mood already.



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    This is like, exactly what I was planning to do >w> Pff, nice work, I like it. Is this open for co-writing/contributing?
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    Wow I can't believe I haven't read this before, it's just great.

    I love how you explain almost everything about a pokemon, and with decent detail too. I also like that you write this in character "Professor Instrutilus".

    I'm voting for Gallade for the next entry.

    EDIT: can you possibly add an index to the first post for ease of access.

    COMING SOON!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llama_Guy View Post
    This is like, exactly what I was planning to do >w> Pff, nice work, I like it. Is this open for co-writing/contributing?
    I'm not particularly looking for the involvement of others, so not really. Sorry, perhaps you could write yours up and act as a rival to this one?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sai View Post
    EDIT: can you possibly add an index to the first post for ease of access.
    I shall get right on it with this post.
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    PON #132 – Ditto (Effingocreatura ignotus)

    Biology
    Effingocreatura ignotus are small, pink masses of cells with no real shape. They have no distinctive markings, no eyes or mouth, rather imitating them by leaving three openings: two pinpoints to mimic eyes and a lipless 'mouth', really more of an indent that E. ignotus makes within itself much as some children create an indent for the mouth of a snowman if resources are limited. They appear to attempt to constantly maintain a shape low to the ground with two 'arms' protruding from the main mass.

    Due to the nature of the E. ignotus species, an average height and weight cannot be properly identified. However, a height of 1'00” and an average weight of 8.8lbs has been agreed upon by the scientific community for the species, so utilizing them the average BMI of the E. ignotus should be agreed to be around 43.

    E. ignotus, as stated, are merely a mass of biological cells with no distinctive shape. It is mere speculation as to how the mass keeps itself together, as E. ignotus have the consistency of custard, not gelatinous consistency as many believe, but a popular theory 'confirmed' by the Psychic community is that a low-level psychic field holds the cells together and pulls them together should the mass be broken. This is further evidenced toward when the E. ignotus is unable to focus, such as in the case of being made to laugh, the form it has taken cannot be maintained. However, the field is so weak it is unaffected by things that would normally effect the 'Psychic-typing' nor able to affect anything beyond its own cells. Because of this, the species has been classed under the 'Normal' typing.

    Because of the creature's nature, E. ignotus cannot be hindered by paralysis in it's natural form. Should any part of it become paralysed, it will simply compensate and move the paralysed cells into the centre of it's mass and replace them with other cells until those cells can be returned. That does not mean it isn't paralysed, but the lack of effects upon it mean it is easily mistaken not to be: even devices designed to observe the battle and study status inflictions don't register E. ignotus as paralysed at any point. However, there have been cases where the E. ignotus have been paralysed: these have been found to be the ones who actually enjoy battles and will transform into their opponent immediately upon becoming involved in one. Such E. ignotus are incredibly rare, to the point of none being found in the wild during studies, only ever finding them with owners.

    The most notable thing about the E. ignotus is its ability to become any other species. When combating another creature, it will take the form of it's opponent in order to confuse them and give them time to escape. Unfortunately, because it's not actually intended for battle, the E. ignotus retains their damage tolerance and can thus easily be knocked out even in such transformed state if hit fast and hard enough. E. ignotus also utilize this ability to sleep, turning into a Siliciscorporis armo (Geodude) to prevent attack as it does so. However, because E. ignotus often get details wrong without a visual guide, many mistake the form for simply turning into a stone, which is far more beneficial as those who might be able to identify S. armo from rocks would find the different appearance enough to ignore the creature.

    Environmentalists have found a far greater use for this capability, however: by introducing E. ignotus to a controlled environment, their abilities can be used to assist in restoration of endangered species, such as the Virgatenura anas (Farfetch'd). However, the transformation abilities cannot be utilized to resurrect extinct species: as mentioned prior, the ability is more of a distraction tactic, thus the E. ignotus can only copy an opponent it sees. It can often retain the appearance for a longer period if further opponents appear, usually because it forgets it is capable of transforming as it is “Fight or Flight” mode, but otherwise has to physically see the creature it is copying for as long as it requires to maintain the form, something not possible with long-extinct species.

    Scientists are more interested in the transformation capabilities for another reason: it has been suggested E. ignotus have the DNA of all creatures in order to copy the internal biological mechanisms, which are not exactly visible. This, in turn, has led to a theory by myself suggesting a relationship between it and the progenitor of terrestrial life, Primorisexsisto genus (Mew). Such theories might also suggest where the low psychic field originated from. Further information pertaining to such theories can be read in documents focusing on the subject.

    Because they are nothing but a mass of cells, E. ignotus are able to take in anything for nourishment through any part of their body, though they prefer to mimic others and use their 'mouth'. When within the mass, E.ignotus seem to develop the necessary enzymes to digest anything and create more cells for their own body. Ironically enough, where many use E. ignotus to breed the eggs of other species, they themselves do not replicate through eggs: rather, when they ingest enough mass, they split themselves in two like the basic biological cell. That second E. ignotus then goes off to do as it pleases, while the other continues it's normal life, as if unaware the process had even occurred at all.

    Habitat
    E. ignotus appear to prefer large, open fields that allow easy access to a large body of water. They are also commonly located within caves of any size and, in one recorded case, in a burned out building. Of these, the only inconsistency in the data would be the group found in the caverns of the Hoenn region, which run under a desert rather then near some sort of water supply.

    Diet
    E. ignotus are omnivores in the extreme sense: they will happily devour anything and produce the necessary enzymes needed to turn them into more cells for their body. Fortunately, their preference to copy other lifeforms has limited them to berries, leaves, meat and water. It is often advised E. ignotus are kept on such diets, as their simple minds might cause them to continue devouring things they shouldn't unless specifically taught not to every time the scenario is encountered.

    Behaviour
    Despite the potential presence of psychic manipulation, E. ignotus are very simple minded: they never appear to have a goal, instead wandering an area, sleeping and eating. They display only emotions they've seen in the context used: if they have never seen a creature fainting with an unhappy expression, they will keep the expression they use as a default as they faint. It can be rather jarring watching as a smiling E. ignotus melts into a puddle unconsciously. They also need to be taught right and wrong specifically, as a E. ignotus that does something bad, such as eating a person's bag, will do so every time it sees one unless specifically taught not to. While this doesn't occur in the wild, a trainer 'born' one will not have had time to mimic the other creatures and develop what it should and shouldn't eat, so requires teaching.

    When in the wild, E. ignotus tend to wander of their own accord. Sometimes groups can be found, sometimes they're alone in the area. Beyond self preservation, they have no extra goals and will only ever copy others to the extent they observe. If a creature they're mimicking moves out of visual range, they will immediately forget about it and wander, though will still mimic the creature to the best of their ability if a similar scenario arises. However, similar to their inability to properly replicate other creatures through memory, they cannot completely mimic behaviours unless they maintain visual contact.

    When in a battle, like any other creature E. ignorus will enter a mental “fight or flight” mode. When in this state, unless it can directly affect the present scenario, everything is forgotten about, including it's capability of transformation. This will prolong the period the E. ignorus will retain a mimicked form if multiple opponents are present, but after the battle scenario has passed it will return to it's regular behaviour and idly wander.

    Evolution
    E. ignotus have no known evolutionary relatives.

    Potentially Related Animals
    PON #151 – Mew (Primorisexsisto genus)
    All Terrestrial Creatures
    Last edited by Instrutilus; 15th July 2012 at 05:35 AM.

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    Nice one, man, I like it. I find the idea of Ditto's face not really being a face really creepy, but it makes a lot of sense. I also like the idea of Ditto's purpose being mimicry and it generally aiming to copy other things and not really being suited to battle (that would explain why it sucks so much).

    One note: "it's" is not possessive, it's a contraction, which means "it's" always mean "it is". If you want to say "something that belongs to it" you need to say "its". I know it's confusing, but think about it as "its" is like "his" or "theirs", for which you don't need apostrophes either. "Hi's" would look pretty weird, right?

    Also, it would've been cool to have a section entitled "Further Reading" which linked to your Ditto/Mew thread since you mentioned it in the article.

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    Cool, Instrutilus! I love how you go so in depth with the Pokémon. Out of curiosity, how do you make the scientific names? I'm sure their not just Latin gibberish, right?
    This is pretty much like a Pokémon encyclopedia.

    Oh, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do Charizard! You know he's my favorite Pokémon :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gastly's Mama View Post
    One note: "it's" is not possessive, it's a contraction, which means "it's" always mean "it is". If you want to say "something that belongs to it" you need to say "its". I know it's confusing, but think about it as "its" is like "his" or "theirs", for which you don't need apostrophes either. "Hi's" would look pretty weird, right?
    Sorry, that's a habit my Primary School teacher got me doing. He did the same thing ¬_¬

    Quote Originally Posted by Red View Post
    Cool, Instrutilus! I love how you go so in depth with the Pokémon. Out of curiosity, how do you make the scientific names? I'm sure their not just Latin gibberish, right?
    It's literally a very basic description of the 'mon in question. For example, Desumomuris exemplar, Pikachu, is simply Electricmouse original (since Pikachu was the original family member discovered, unlike D. infantia, literally Electricmouse child, which was discovered after according to the Pokédex. You'd think if they were aware of the baby mon, they'd leave an opening in the Kanto Dex...)

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