The Lowdown on Lotad
It was summer time and Airik was in the Kanto region at Celadon city to give a talk on a very special pokemon. You see Airik was a Botanical Anatomist and one of the leading authorities on grass type pokemon. The Celadon city gym; it was packed usually only used when challengers wished to battle the gym leader. Today, it was packed out with scientists and professors from all over, all of them eager to listen to several special guest speakers, and Airik was up next.
Airik looked around the room, there where a few familiar faces in the crowd, however most of them where unknown to him. Most of these would be students or investors looking to benefit off of the back of somebody else's research. Airik himself was 5'8" tall wearing a long white labcoat over a bright blue hooded jumper, black 3/4 length shorts and bright green canvas trainers and a weeks worth of facial hair growth. He looked more like a homeless man child but in actual fact he was one of the worlds leading authorities on grass type pokemon.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for joining me here today on this very lovelly summers day," he said this as he picked up his note cards and gave them a quick tap to straighten them up.
"Today I am going to talk about Lotad, this particular pokemon is rather unique being the only water and grass hybrid discovered to date. What is so intriguing about this is the amount of natural vegitation that lives in aquatic environments." So far so good he thought to himself.
"There are many different species of aquatic plants, one of the larges of which is the Amazon Water Lilly, other examples include the water hyacinth, the floating heart and the duckweed. Aquatic plants are even farmed for human consumtion: wild rice, water caltrop and watercress to name but a few examples of aquatic plants that are common everywhere on earth." Airik again glanced down at his notes and out towards the crowd, he had begun to start to picture several distinguished researchers naked in order to help steady his nerves.
"So with this abundance of aquatic plant life why have we encountered only one water and grass hybrid pokemon. Well let's look at Lotad maybe the clue is there, It is commonly found in wetlands like natural lakes and ponds." Airik took a sip of his water to clear his throat before continuing "Lotad has a blue body with a yellow bill-like mouth and six small blue legs. It appears to have a lillypad on its back. This could be camouflage allowing it to hide while submerged."
"As Lotad evolves into Lombre its form changes, it's colouring goes from being blue to aqua with a green pattern extending from the sides of its head down to its feet, mimicking a garment of sorts. The colour of Lombre's bill changes to from yellow to red, but it retains the familliar Lilypad of its previous evolution, although it has grown in size." More of the audience now appeared to be naked to Airik's mind. "Lombre at this stage has become Bipedal, its stance and garment-like colouring have led many to think the lillypad resembles a sombrero. It's arms are long in comparison to its body, each ending in four red coloured fingers and one thumb each."
Airik looked around the room and he seemed to have everyones attention, this gave him more confidence. "Lombre's feet, which are green from the colouration pattern, have three red toes. It is very human like, so much so that on several ocasions they have been mistaken for human children." Airik looked around the room before having another sip of his water. "Lombre is a Mischievous pokemon, Lombre is also noturnal. It sleeps at the waters edge in a bed of water grass during the day before becoming active at night."
"Ludicolo on the other hand is a mixture of a pineapple and a duck. Ludicolo appears to sport a poncho and a green sombrero, which looks similar to a lily pad. It is coloured yellow with black eyes and an orange bill. Its green, somewhat mitten-like hands are extremely large in comparison to other Pokémon's hands, and has two black lines of markings on its palms. There is a large, green sombrero-like feature on its head, with a short brown stem coming out of the top of it with a yellow spiky upper portion. There are several dark yellow stripes on its body and around its eyes is a patch of green. Ludicolo's legs are thick, green and sport a pattern of a black circle on the foot's underside." Airik looked up at the crowd they seemed to be eager to hear what he had to say
"This particular pokemon lives its life in the wild at the waters edge, but the majority of water in the world is in the oceans and seas and most of the depths of those oceans have yet to be fully explored. I believe the key to finding more water and grass hybrids comes in the form of exploration." Airik took a deep breath and paused for a moment to let his words sink in. "Exploration of the oceanic forrests will likely yield startling results, it's a whole ecosystem barely looked at by scientists and researchers. Deep Aquatic vegitation and the marine life that live surrounded by it is the key to understanding and uncovering more pokemon like Lotad."
"Thank you for coming to my talk, which I call the Lowdown on Lotad. Please if you have any questions about the talk feel free to speak to me after the seminar" Airik bowed and left the stage the nerves he had felt previously dissapated and he took his seat in the crowd to await for the next speaker.
After the end of the seminar several people came up to Airik and on even offered to fund a research trip in the Hoenn region. Airik was excited this kind of funding was what he had only dreamed for out of today's seminar and now it was a reality.