Entry 01 – Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur

Entry 01

Bulbasaur – Fushigidane (“Strange Seed”)
Type: Grass / Poison
Habitat: Grassy
Ability: Overgrow (Chlorophyll)
Male-Female: 85-15%
Height: 2’04”
Weight: 15.21lb

Ivysaur – Fushigisou (“Strange Grass”)
Type: Grass / Poison
Habitat: Grassy
Ability: Overgrow (Chlorophyll)
Male-Female: 85-15%
Height: 3’03”
Weight: 28.7lb

Venusaur – Fushigibana (“Strange Flower”)
Type: Grass / Poison
Habitat: Grassy
Ability: Overgrow (Chlorophyll)
Male-Female: 85-15% (Females have enlarged ovaries in flower center)
Height: 6’07”
Weight: 220.5lb

Bulbasaur and its family (collectively called the Saurs here) are very obviously a combination of lizard and plant – two symbiotes.  The lizard totes the plant around, while the plant photosynthesizes and acts as storage.  The more sugars it creates and the more energy it gathers from the sun, the larger the plant grows.

This energy is also diverted into the creation of poisonous powders and fragrant aromas for defense mechanisms.

Because of this excess energy storage, the lizard portion of the Saur doesn’t need to eat much at all – most of its nutrition may come from its plant and the sun.  As Bulbasaur, the Pokémon can stand on its hind legs, rearing up so that it can climb to higher ledges for more sunlight.  This is only minimally useful, though, considering that they have vines that are far better climbing hands.  The need to find sun is crucial for a Bulbasaur because they’re the most vulnerable of the family and thus have more need to evolve quickly.

Also, as the most vulnerable, the Bulbasaur may use their vines to climb into trees to hide themselves.

As it evolves, though, it will need to supplement this energy with more meat.  This is both because the lizard’s body is larger, thus needing more energy, but also because the plant has bloomed and grown in weight, making it harder to carry around.  It catches more sun, photosynthesizes more, but less of this energy is stored and more is used to keep the petals and leaves healthy for attacks.  The larger body of Venusaur is actually to support the enormous plant.

Saurs are actually deceptively fast for their size, but they are still far slower than any prey they may hunt.  Rattatas run too quickly, and Pidgeys possess sharp beaks that can rip apart their vines.  It’s actually the plant that helps this problem.  The sweet scent they release causes the Pokémon to become distracted and lose the will to fight.  This scent actually grows stronger in the rain because, with no sun, less energy is stored by the plant and the lizard needs to attract more prey to compensate.

The healthier the flower, the larger and brighter it is.  This is taken as a sign of strength, both for other Pokémon searching for mates, but also for trainers.  After all, the more active the Saur is, the more devoted it is to keeping on the move to find the best sun spots in the forest, the more powerful it will be.

Originally, Saurs lived in the grasslands.  There was more sun to be had, less shade, and the Venusaur mowed down wide paths with their heavy bodies through the tall grass, making the beginnings of the human pathways that would later take shape.  Venusaur are remarkably non-territorial because there is no need to be.

The only reason humans even know that Saurs originally lived in the fields is because in Hoenn, the last refuge of the field-dwelling Saurs, they weren’t hunted and many witnessed them leaving entire roads behind through the grass.  However, they were rare to begin with and, perhaps on the wings of Wingulls, they also began to catch word of hunters, and so they disappeared from that country as well.

However, humans began to hunt them for their bulbs and their flowers for mystical herbal medicine that may or may not have worked.  More commonly, the petals were grinded for poison, and the pollen as aromatic rat poison.  Originally, all Saurs alike were killed for their plants, but later, as humans started to grow more environmentally friendly, only the plant was cut off in an effort to keep the lizard from harm.  Unfortunately, the remaining lizard always died anyways from lack of nutrients.

Although whether this is because the lizard can’t catch enough food or if they actually die out of starvation from refusal to kill is questionable.  Because the Saurs abhor taking life, however necessary, and will have to do so more without their plant, they may choose to die rather than kill more.  Unfortunately, as a Bulbasaur, the plant never grows back.  For Ivysaur and Venusaur, though, so long as the main stem isn’t harmed, the leaves, vines, and petals are highly regenerative.  Admittedly, they’re also more poisonous so fewer humans want them anyways.  Thus, it’s the poor Bulbasaur that takes the brunt of the poaching.

And so the Saurs, originally quite content to avoid conflict whenever possible (though by no means spineless), became more aggressive towards humans.  They were forced to move to the more secluded forest (because humans do not dare to cut down the forests.  The wrath of Grass and Bug Pokémon alike is a forth to be reckoned with), where there is less sun, and so Saurs grew to be territorial for the small sun spots that broke through the thick canopy.  Because of this competition for sun and space, Bulbasaur may keep from evolving to avoid unnecessary conflict, causing Ivysaur and Venusaur populations to plummet in the forest.

In time, a few Saurs evolved with hyper-metabolisms – the ability to make more sugars from the sun in a shorter amount of time, to make the most of it in the short amount of time they can find the light.  This also means that, when needed, they can expend that energy quicker and run much quicker than their other Saur counterparts.

In general all of the individuals live spread out through the remote areas of the woods, although once a year all of them journey to see one another.  The migration destination is determined by tradition, so the older remember, while the younger follow their noses.  Despite harsher conditions forcing them to live further apart, the Saurs actually enjoy each other’s company.  (The ability to live closer to one another is actually one of the reasons Bulbasaur and Ivysaur refuse to evolve.)

(It’s been suggested that they only enjoy each other’s company because of their sweet scent, but Saur aromas don’t work on other Saurs.  Otherwise, they’d be disabling themselves all the time.)

Saur behavior has been heavily studied by scientists of all kinds, but their forest behavior is little known since they’re so rare and actively avoid humans.

In the past, Venusaurs have been used in war, but not as active participants.  They refuse to kill over something so pointless (which basically means “not for food”), no matter how loyal they are to their trainers, but they are at least willing to use their scents and powders as they would in the wild – to confuse and disorient the enemy.  When push comes to shove, they may be willing to barricade the way with their many vines, although this is hardly an obstacle to many war machines, run by Steel and Fire Pokémon.

The Venusaur is sexually dimorphic, with the female having enlarged ovaries in the center of her flower.  These are vestigial, though, as the flowers have grown to be hermaphrodites and both the flowers on male and female Venusaurs are capable of performing Bullet Seed.

Every now and then, lime green Shiny Saurs can be found.  Their coloring aberration makes them much easier to spot except in the early spring, so they either fall easier, or become stronger quicker in order to survive.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Bonafide
    Sep 27, 2012 @ 16:27:23

    Well, damn… that’s nicely detail. I’m impressed, good job.



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