Kyogre – The Sea Basin Pokémon.
Pokedex Number – 382
Type – Water A remnant of a more ancient time, Kyogre is one of the oldest Pokémon to have ever existed, along with one of the strongest. T is considered a water god by the people of Hoenn and is revered in a myriad of myths and legends for its ability to expand the seas with its control of the weather. Incredibly elusive and magnificent when viewed, the Pokémon is a living relic and is one of the strongest Pokémon on the face of planet. The entry that follows concerns the scant knowledge that has been gathered upon it.
Physiology – Kyogre is an incredibly ancient creature, a living fossil by all accounts. Whether you believe the idea that it was somehow formed at the dawn of time along with its respective elements or was birthed by Arceus itself, the beast has been around for thousands upon thousands of years, and is most likely the last and arguably the most powerful of its kind.
As such, there are many attributes of its form that intrigue scientist, biologist and legendary enthusiast alike. Its massive form, one of the largest sea dwelling Pokémon on earth, is supported by a colossal bulk that has served it well during its many, many years of travel. Its body is a mass of flesh, muscle, sinew and blubber, a true leviathan, and naturally one of the ancestors of modern day whale-like Pokémon. To start, Kyogre’s head. Able to swallow several people whole if it chooses, the face is large and rounded, with a small protruding jaw that conceals rows of elongated cone-shaped teeth, a sign of mammalian origins.
When most sea-dwelling Pokémon are fish like, or at least purely aquatic, Kyogre boasts mammal-like signatures. The lack of gills for one suggests that it was not confined only to oceans in aeons past, but descended from a time when it walked on all fours, further hinted at by its limbs.
Returning to the front end of the creature, Kyogre’s eyes are golden in iris hue, with a dark purple or even black sclera, an attribute it shares with both Groudon and Rayquaza, the masters and national Pokémon of the Hoenn region. Indeed, its eyes are small, but adjusted for both light and deep sea exploration, but are much better served in the depths of its home. It is supposed that the creatures natural affinity to water, along with its dislike of heat, light and the surface atmosphere would cause the creatures eyes to be somewhat ineffective whilst breaking from the water, but not enough study has been possible to further this point.
Bodily, Kyogre sports several sets of fins. Two large, clawed front limbs help the creature to steer and glide through the ocean currents, along with providing an attacking force with thick, almost meter long claws that resemble fingers attached to each bone. This further alludes to a past not completely submerged in the water, or perhaps hailing from a time when predators may have fed upon it. Along the back, two dorsal fins also help with steering and streamlining the creature as it moves, which are then followed by a second set of these smaller fins near the base of the stunted tail.
Interestingly, Kyogre does not possess the common tail flukes of whale Pokémon such as wailmer and its grown form Waillord. It sports a second set of paddles that were assumed to be far larger in size than the front pair. Over time, these thinner muscles and flesh have been bitten, clawed, scratched at or simply fallen away, as they appear shredded, whilst sturdy. The only Kyogre specimen to date that has been documented is covered in scars of varying thickness, width, size and strength, as one would expect from a lifetime of being alive in treacherous seas. From the face, to the sides and fins of the creature, no part of it seems to have been untouched from battle and predators.
The massive body ends in a tail that serves little purpose in terms of attack or defence, but can be used as a useful additional rudder when applying the smaller fins on the lower half of its body. No gills have been found on the creature, along with no blowhole that traditional whales sport, leading scientists to assume that it either simply does not need air, or that it takes oxygen in through some form of cellular diffusion, simply taking what it needs from the water around it.
Concerning display, Kyogre has a creamy pale underbelly, (useful when hunting near the surface to create the illusion of light when looked at from below) that is also continued onto two patch like spots on either side of its head, perhaps used to create the illusion of larger, stalking eyes when in the gloom of the ocean. But far more interestingly, the creature has several parts of skin that contain ancient bioluminescent cells, which glow a deep, menacing red. It is not known if these are territorial displays, or if the creature is flushing blood into these parts to create a display of force, woo a partner or perhaps even communicate with intelligent life such as we humans, but what is known is that is counterparts also sport similar markings, prompting scientists to believe that the ‘runes’ or blood vessels and veins were used in a time when the creatures fought over expanding territories, used almost exclusively against one another as warnings, or perhaps a unique brand of language that only the ancient titans could understand.
Behaviour – Kyogre is a phenomenally rare sight to behold, with a great deal of legends, myths and other media surrounding it originating from Mt Pyre, a goldmine of local folklore and myths for the country. As such, its behaviour is only documented on rare occasions, but all of which have been seemingly peaceful thus far.
Kyogre has the natural ability to cause thunderstorms and heavy rain simply by coming into contact with earth’s atmosphere, its body producing several chemical compounds and unstable molecular disruptions in the air that they spark off large thunderstorms, that grow the longer it spends time at the surface. It also believed that should Kyogre wish, it can use these unstable forces to create and manipulate a number of electrical based attacks, creating its own storms to blast opponents with thunderous bolts and lightning.
Away from combat, Kyogre has been observed lazily drifting just out of sight underneath boats, skimming the surface with its dorsal fins and even yawning as it comes up for air, food, or whatever it so wishes. On the whole, Kyogre does not attack humans or its trainers, even when hunting.
Its intelligence is unknown, but being ancient in nature, it’s unclear if it has wizened with age, or perhaps become dulled by it. In either case, it has also been observed lurching from the water with great force, creating massive waves almost for fun. It has been known to nudge boats of sailors and fishermen playfully and almost curiously, but as a general rule prefers to be left alone.
Concerning food, Kyogre is not a baleen whale, and thus cannot seem to filter feed. Its sharp teeth seem to suggest an actively predatorily diet, perhaps stalking larger prey such as waillord, tentacruel, even seals such as walrien and dewgong. It would be fair to say that any ocean dwelling Pokémon would be at risk when hunted by the leviathan.
The specimen that has been studied is believed to be female, and the last of her kind. To this end, Scientists have noted that its mournfully beautiful song, a chorus that all sea Pokémon respond too in some way, is probably a mating or family based call, as no other creature alive makes it.
Whether this is true or not cannot be determined as one would imagine, but it is thought that the creature ventures to the surface for company, or perhaps to search for a companion even now. This would explain the creature’s curiosity and playfulness when dealing with others; it is not believed to be a violent species.
However, it is capable of great force on a massive scale. Its power to create weather systems alone makes it an incredibly dangerous Pokémon, let alone its wide and varied arsenal of attacks that have been listed. In Open Ocean, when hunting, the creature has once been observed taking on several fully grown Gyarados, sustaining very little damage in the process, its age, power and size allowing it to crush, scar and maim any Pokémon that sees fit to attack it. This is further alluded to in legends, where it is portrayed as a much more chaotic, primordial beast that duelled night and day with its rival, Groudon.
These legends are yet to be truly looked into, but the reports on Groudon's existence worry Hoennian scientists at the possible meeting of the two, their particular mythologies apocalypse is thought to be brought on by the never ending fight of the two creatures should they ever meet.
Habitat – In origin, we simply cannot say what the world was like back when this particular Kyogre was born. We do not even know if there was a populace of them, as no skeletons or remains have been found whilst deep sea divers excavate ruins. As with today’s oceans, Kyogre likely lived as deeply as it could go; it’s incredibly powerful body being able, and even comfortable under the crushing depths of the waters weight. The deep sea trench that runs under Hoenn is thought to be the creature’s natural home, but a miniscule amount of the area has been explored, so it is impossible to say what its ‘home’ truly looks like.
What is known however, is that other ancient Pokémon flock to its presence, particularly the Pokémon Relicanth, known for being one of the few readily available ancient Pokémon for capture. They react almost as one mass that follows the beast, the similar bioluminent patches on their sides reacting to when it grows near, a further sign of a method of ancient communication that modern day aquatic life has left behind.
Because of these creatures, we can gather that the Pokémon has a similar habitat, where Relicanth’s numbers are stronger, but, as before, these creatures too tend to travel, and a mere fraction of the oceans floor simply will not give enough truth to speculation.
Myths/Legends – Hoennian religion focuses on a strong triangle of Pokémon. Kyogre, Groudon and Rayquaza are all legendary in their own right, but each performs a specific function. Groudon, a master of land and fire, created the landmasses, attempting to expand its territories and those of its kin. Kyogre used its mastery of water and the storms to drench the lands in an attempt to drown the new landmass. Legend states that these creatures duelled almost to the death before Rayquaza, the great dragon god, descended from on high to stop the fighting. Using its mystical power to stop both of their powers, made the Pokémon calm, and sent them to slumber for what could have been millennia.
Legend also states that one of the many artefacts of mount pyre, namely the blue or red orb respectively, can be used to awake these creatures, even control them. Whilst this myth does hold in terms of written evidence, there is no proof that these items hold any other link to the beasts other than in folklore. The elders of the Mt Pyre sanctum hold true to these legends, as it forms the basis of their small, cultural religion.
These legends are always under speculation. For one, there is debate whether Kyogre was the ONLY member of its species, being created at the dawn of time with its counterparts by Arceus, or was a natural breed and a thriving populace of the primordial world. Some believe that in the days past, when these two species clashes, it was on a far larger scale.
A large population of Kyogre could theoretically have created a water source large enough to cause mass flooding on a global scale, along with its foe, Groudon doing the opposite with its magmatic powers spewing landmasses into the ocean. In either case, rather than just these two Pokémon engaged in a cataclysmic battle, it could be said that an all-out war between these species formed the landmasses we see today, as no other Pokémon can boast such powers.
Lugia, of Johtoan lore, is considered to the guardian of the seas, but possesses no real water based powers, save some ones associated with its telekinetic and offensive abilities. Kyogre, on the other hand, is considered far older, and a much stronger contender or ‘creator’ of the seas. These legends are only in theory, but they hold weight in the argument that these two creatures almost drove themselves to extinction with the formation of the world, stopping only when Rayquaza appeared or intervened. Regardless of this, true believers of these legends stay firm to the belief that Kyogre, Groudon and Rayquaza are in fact one of a kind Pokémon, being the only ones to have ever existed and being somewhat immortal. Along with this, they also believe that their leviathan-like gods are either sleeping or have been asleep for hundreds of thousands of years. Whether this is true or not remains to be answered, as the sightings of the creature recently has led to serious debate amongst the hoennian religious factions concerning the possibility that a similar conflict of legend is soon to begin.
Trainer Policy – Kyogre is protected by Hoennian capture law, forbidding trainers to capture it. It has always been revered by various tribes and religious factors since the founding of the nation, and, along with its almost god-like status, it is considered federal offence to go on the hunt for it.
Along with this, it is considered far too powerful for capture, with the exception of the patented Silph Co. Masterball, which is distributed to league champions and officials only. But this is put in place as a precaution to those seeking a challenge, Kyogre is known to kill when it feels threatened, and not only that, but its aquatic home makes it incredibly hard to even find, let alone challenge. To dissuade trainers, these laws have been put in place, but are often bent or broken. Only scientists, biologists and legendary historians are allowed to travel and explore the deep sea trench in search of it, few ever glimpsing it, and usually, only when it desires you too.
To this end, there can be no doubt, if Kyogre doesn't want to be found, you will not find it.
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My next design, Kyogre, because i want to move away from dragons for a little bit. not for too long though... I see kyogre as this big, ancient whale that has attributes of dinosaurs as well as whales. This is purely my fan speculation on the beast mind you, so don't think i think its how everyone else might see it
I will probably come back to this to add in more details, perhaps textures etc, because i am NEVER happy with my work, but for now, here it is!
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