What Are Pokemon

Pokemon are the most common creatures of Earth. How they came about nobody knows; did they exist from the start, evolve from lesser races? While nobody knows the specifics, they have existed for aeons. Pokemon are powerful creatures, ones with the ability to bend the laws of physics in ways that scientists are still unable to fathom. The way a Charizard produces flames, how a Squirtle holds many times its weight in water without its mass changing: all of these are mysteries, ones that many scientists contribute to magic. And with the presence oh humans that can do the same, who can argue? Magic and science have become much of the same in this world.

Pokemon in this Earth are very different from those depicted in the Anime and even Pokemon Special. Pokemon here are vicious, animal creatures. In addition, they tend to be much larger than anything depicted in the other portrayals.

Some Pokemon, such as Rattata, while dangerous, usually possess very little in the ways of the magic. Others, like Charizard, other than innate abilities to create flames have very few other options. Others, such as many Psychic Types, are capable of feats that most humans would consider impossible. The laws of science that people think should have happened are inconsequential when Pokemon are involved with some things as simple as gravity going out the window.

Pokemon and humans can live both with and against each other. A Wild Pokemon will often attack and kill a wandering trainer, whether it be for food, protection of territory, or sport. Even upon capture the Pokemon will still be rebellious, often seeking to return to its old ways. Only through longs hours of gaining a semblance of respect or liberal use of a Discipline Ball can a trainer make a new capture their ally. Some Pokemon, when bred in captivity, have displayed a greater willingness to comply to human command but these Pokemon are expensive and rare. Among these Pokemon are the "starters" that many trainers are issued.

When they live in symbiosis, Pokemon and Trainers are powerful allies. Farmers use Grass and Water types to speed the growth of their crops. Strong Fighting Types can be used in construction. Traveling from city to city without the aid of Pokemon is next to impossible. They are also used to handle disputes in this new world; whereas the human population is small, there are endless Pokemon. The ability to fight for one's honor with minimal risk of harming each other is revolutionary. Where once people took physical tests to serve in the military, now they care far more about your skill with Pokemon.

Pokemon are capable of "evolving" or rapid growth. When a Pokemon is strong enough their body will change and adapt, naturally over the course of time (anywhere from a few weeks to a few years) or very rapidly if the situation demands it. Usually Pokemon that are able to evolve over time will be less influenced by the penalties of their new form while ones forced to evolve over a couple of seconds will be heavily changed as their entire anatomy is changed.

Evolution is both a blessing and a curse to a trainer. While a Pokemon may become stronger in almost every way, they also tend to become more rebellious and independent. Some species have it more defined than others; a loving Bulbasaur will often remain a loyal Ivysaur, while a loving Charmander could easily become a vicious and brutal Charmeleon. The changes to both body and temperament makes some trainers shy of evolution, as they should be.

Most trainers regard Pokemon as valuable tools. That is not to say they don't treat them well; you're not going to break your hammer simply because it doesn't work as well as you anticipated. Some trainers view them as pets to be treated well, although these trainers usually end up hurt. The most successful trainers either view them as a raw material to be refined into a deadly weapon or as a friend. More sentient Pokemon, such as Abra, tend to be better treated, mostly due to how human they seem.

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