Excuse me while I take a break to nerd all over this blog with Pokemon reinterpretations and world building in text. Props to you if you read all of it and don’t run screaming in the opposite direction. These were written a while ago, and I’m tossing them up here because it’s really no fun to develop this even just for fun and not share it. I have 20+ pages of this stuff (I really get into my projects, okay?) and I need to do something with it that doesn’t involve constant rereading looking for misplaced commas.
Something from the second week of February this year:
The flexibility and reliance on Pokemon creates a culture of exploitation and abuse, some of it unintentional. Pokemon are categorised in relation to their purpose:
- exotic / entertainment
Those species listed as companions are often considered the equivalent of pets; those listed as working Pokemon are employed in the same vein as people, but not given working rights as per human beings; species listed as livestock or livestock equivalents are produced and raised for food or other related or commercial by products such as fur; species that are considered a part of the exotic or entertainment set have no intrinsic value beyond their rarity or appeal; Pokemon regulated to wildlife are considered equal to general flora and fauna, but may be included in the previous categories in some cases; species listed as pests are seen as problematic or hazardous to humans and / or domesticated / commercial Pokemon.
The extensive obedience exhibited by Pokemon regardless of their lineage or ancestry, often going against the instincts of self-preservation, allows humans to create and maintain the system of companionship and exploitation as seen in current times, suggesting a controlled path of evolution or development in the species as a whole. Strict manipulation of this trait, possibly through controlled breeding programmes, culling, and conditioning, is probable.
Reliance on Pokemon as a source of labour has created a culture of excess in many areas, with local or even national income revolving around the use, exploitation, importation, or exportation of Pokemon as commodities. Silph Co., the company responsible for the design, manufacture, and distribution of PokeBalls, is an obvious beneficiary of the current system. A titan in the corporate world, Silph Co. controls all but a spare few outlets for the production and legal clearance of Pokemon-related items, with many retailers, labs, and centres being owned under their umbrella - creating a near-complete monopoly spanning the entire world.
Conspiracy suggests that Silph Co. is responsible for the current Pokemon-centric culture seen today, and for the existence of Pokemon altogether.
And some stuff on Darkrai, which was written up maybe two weeks ago, or something. It’s not amazingly proofed but it’s readable. Plus this attempt at a redesign that never went anywhere. Yeah. Square brackets are generally personal notes, sort of “remember this for later”. Round brackets are general expansion.
One of two Pokemon directly related to Arceus and considered to be its daughter [Cresselia first]. Like her sister, Darkrai escaped from Arceus’ cycle of foetal cannibalism by freeing herself while in a developmental state prior to complete degeneration / digestion in the womb. While she was able to grow to adulthood, her troubled development and birth resulted in her physiology being “incomplete”. Scars received from the degeneration / digestion process while still a foetus spot most of Darkrai’s form, giving the skin a tattered or burned appearance in effected areas. Similarly, the skin may be especially thin or have a transparent quality in aforementioned spots.
This Pokemon is easily identified by its black, red, and white colouration and awkward legless silhouette. Darkrai is predominantly black, with dark, pinked flesh showing where the skin is thinnest. A scarlet collar jutting upwards like a jaw from her chest shields the head and neck. Long, white hair grows out from the scalp. The strands are especially fine, lifted in the slightest of breezes. The same hair grows out from the shoulders and lower back, but black in colour. Darkrai’s face is punctuated by a pair of bright blue eyes and a sharp jaw. Her teeth are semi-transparent.
Darkrai creates and is attracted to the electromagnetic pulses released by the brain during REM sleep. She will hover above or around individuals with especially strong signals, whether human or Pokemon, as if mesmerised or in wait, only to leave once the signal is interrupted or drowned out by a stronger pulse. When hovering over an individual Darkrai will attempt to commune or otherwise interact with the electromagnetic field of the chosen mind, releasing her own pulse to compliment that which has caught her attention. Such attempts result in interference in the chosen individual’s mind, creating vivid nightmares. The dissonance created by Darkrai’s attempts at interaction is not limited to the single victim, but will effect any human beings or Pokemon currently experiencing REM sleep within a radius of multiple miles. Any dreaming figures caught within the Pokemon’s mental pulse will experience night terrors of varying strength, with those of greatest strength or vividness occurring closest to Darkrai’s then-current location. The reason for the Pokemon’s attraction and seeming fascination with the minds of other creatures is a mystery but is presumed to relate in some way to the structure of her brain, which is said to be twice the mass and the “inverse” of that of a human. Neither claim has been proven.
This Pokemon has a noted dislike for bright light, avoiding sources or pools (direct or reflected) with an energy output greater than 40 wats. This is believed to be because of a malformation in the iris in one or both of Darkrai’s eyes, possibly synechia or iridodialysis. General exposure to or flashes of light brighter than 50 watts will result in temporary blindness.
Darkrai is capable of reproduction, as multiple copies of her have been observed in the wild, and are assumed to be her offspring. Unlike her, these offspring are genderless and incapable of reproduction, lacking the required organs, or possessing them but not their functionality [underdevelopment, partial development, immune system response resulting in degradation / destruction of fibers - eventual death due to infection]. Darkrai’s offspring, termed Psuedorai, are notedly smaller in stature than their parent and do not share her avoidance of light, susceptibility to blindness, or “incomplete” surface physiology. They otherwise exemplify all of their parent’s behavioural and physical traits. Psuedorai are known to the general public as Darkrai, while Darkrai herself is largely unknown. Few individuals have observed Darkrai, and any reports of her existence are considered “sightings” of a merely “very large” Psuedorai, categorising her as an unlikely anomaly in the species at best and a cryptid at worst. The lack of recognition as a unique member of her species has thus far protected her from the pursuit of trainers and poachers.
How Darkrai reproduces and if applicable, with what, is unknown. She is usually unaccompanied by her offspring [87%], but at times may be tending to one [96%] or two [4%] infants [9%], or followed by a sizable train of 30+ Psuedorai [4%] who will trail after her for up to three days before breaking away.
Okay back to actual work.