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Teroraga

First portrayal of Teroraga, by PokeCommunity user @gimmepie

Teroraga is a Grass/Ground Fakémon, the first original design of the Suocéverse (and second one canonized). It is a fossil Pokémon that would have inhabited valley and crag biomes. Trooibossa is its evolved morph, a Grass/Flying type Pokémon.

The following is a Fakémon design © by @VeniaSilente (see credits if offered).

Licencia Creative Commons Unless explicitly stated otherwise, this work is under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Teroraga and Trooibossa are original Fakémon designs by @VeniaSilente. PokéCommunity member @gimmepie is also credited with some aspects of the design (see Design below).

Teroraga is a prehistoric avian Pokémon that shares various characteristics has a few features from kinds of birds that inhabits swamps and coastal areas. It has long freen plumage but is presumably incapable of flying. Its most distinctive feature is a second layer of plumage growing on a large trail from the top of their head down to the neck and across the body; Teroraga can use this feather layer to store and cultivate seeds, fern and moss.

Trooibossa is Teroraga's evolved morph, and it switches from the modern avian body plan to a prehistoric raptor-like structure with a horizontal body, clawed wings and a long tail. They are noticeably larger in size than Teroraga. They are capable of gliding and of climbing tree bark and similar surfaces. They have wider beaks, still curved at the tip, a larger and rounder head and an elongated torso.

Teroraga
Title Grass-dancer Pokémon
Category
Egg Groups none
Habitat water's edge
Body Type Color
Wings Green
Height Weight
0.6 m 0.4 kg
Types Gender Ratio
grass / ground 1
Evolution Chain
none ← → trooibossa

Biology

Teroraga are small birds structured after wading birds such as the African jacana. It has two coats of plumage, with the second stocky and heavy enough that renders Teroraga incapable of flying. This species' most distinctive feature is a second layer of plumage running on their spine, starting from a small ridge on top of the head and down to the neck and torso, from then flowing to the sides across the body.

Typical adult Teroraga are a green-brownish bird that measures about 0.6 m (~60-65 cm) and weighs about 0.19 kg (~190-205 gr) when they are not cultivating a second feather layer (see Feather Coat below). They have a rounded head with small beaks curved at the very tip; three small ridged crests adorn the top of their head and seat a couple decorative feathers that also mark the place where their second plumage layer starts flowing down the body. Their neck also sports small red feathers that look like a bowtie.

Teroraga have short and stocky necks, and tails that are long and have feathers fanning outwards. Their arms sport rudimentary wings with one spur and one clawed finger each. The wings are short and wide and intended for growing surface and for drag resistance, and the wing feathers are similar in composition to that of the second feather layer.

The legs are about as long as the torso and end in four clawed digits, three radially from the front and one back. The front digits are long and have a flatter underside, whereas the first, back-pointing digit is wider and has a curved structure. This structure allows Teroraga to distribute their weight well, making them capable of moving comfortably in swamps or in gravely grounds.

From the torso behind the wings' rest position, the second feather layer splits into two from the torso and each split flows hanging down from one side of the main body as if they were decorative belts. This second coat has to be cultivated by the specimen and can add anywhere from 40 to 65 gr to their total body weight.

Trooibossa is Teroraga's evolved morph. Where Teroraga is more similar to a “modern” bird (a member of Neoaves), Trooibossa shares the overall body plan of prehistoric bird ancestors, and their overall body shape could be considered similar to that of prehistoric raptors like Scansoriopteryx. They are noticeably larger in size, reaching 1.6 m (~160 cm) tall and about as much in length - discounting the tail feathers.

Their morphology changes ostensibly as they abandon the common bird frame for the more maniraptorial, dinosaur-like frame, and their new body is suited for hopping, gliding and climbing rather than for dragging and wading. In particular their neck is larger and stouter, and the wings become smaller and rest more angled respect to the torso, now forming part of a fuller arm structure with recognizable “hands”. They have wider beaks, still curved at the tip, a larger and rounder head and an elongated torso.

Trooibossa's arms and wings are still largely unsuited for flight, but are now much stronger than in the previous morph, allowing the bird to perform incline running as well as gliding for short distances. The arms also each sport three long, clawed fingers that allow the Pokémon to brush and comb themselves, as well as to rake grassy surfaces to extract leaves and flowers from them.

While in the younger morph the second feather coat is limited to a central line atop the body and the upper surface of the wings, resulting in an appearance of “hanging belts”, in Trooibossa this second feather coat extends to cover the entirely of the waist and legs, forming a wide hanging structure that drapes from the torso behind the wings and from besides the tail that gives the visual imagery of a “ceremonial dress”. Like with Teroraga, Trooibossa can cultivate plants and fern here, but the wider cultivation surface and the size allowing it to reach to the ground give the Pokémon much more grass power to work with, at the expense of noticeably increasing the Pokémon's weight and reducing its ability to move gracefully.

Feather Coat

The Teroraga line enjoys an optional second coat of feathers that covers the back of their head, the top and side of their spine above the wings, and covers the sides of the torso down to the waist (Teroraga) or drapes down alongside the legs (Trooibossa). When in use, this coat gives Teroraga and Trooibossa the appearance of wearing a sort of neck-suspended (rather than shoulder-suspended) mossy green dress or waistcoat.

The feathers in this second feather coat have a special hollow, bulb-like quill that allows the Pokémon to deposit water and materials that they acquire from the ground, allowing them to literally grow a thin but rich cultivable “soil”-like strata in their plumage. A Teroraga can thus grow the little vegetation it captures, and use some of its abilities.

Depending on the type of vegetation cultivated, Teroraga and Trooibossa are able to use some of their traits - in particular, they are able to exude odour particles and to coerce the pseudo-vegetation layer to perform photosynthesis for them. A healthy Teroraga with long enough “belts”, or a Trooibossa with a fully cultivated coat, could use them as a whip to reach to nearby enemies and to otherwise protect their legs and wings, or as ropes to assist their feet's anchoring to a surface with enough protrusions. Trooibossa could run their claws through their plumage to dip them in some of the vegetation's exuded chemicals, imbuing their claws with the poisoning or paralyzing traits of this vegetation.

This ability to grow “grassy” feathers and use their biology to their advantage, is one of this evolutionary line's most distinctive traits.

Stage-Unique Features

To be determined

Habitat

Teroraga is an extinct morph that would have lived in flat, subtropical areas of the world by their time as well as in bushland areas decorated with crags, ravines or various protrusions. Their fossils are found across the regions that would be equivalents or stand-ins for regions like Poké!Argentina, Poké!Patagonia, Poké!South Africa, Poké!Okavango, Poké!Tansania, as well as the islands of the Poké!Indic Ocean.

Were they to live in a more modern timeframe in the wild, their habitat would include the interior swamp areas of regions such as Johto or Unova, as well as the edge forests of Ásfiri or Omixence.

Conservation Status

Conservation Status: Extinct
IUCN Red List: EX (Extinct)

Teroraga is an extinct Pokémon / Fossil Pokémon, and the circumstances of its extinction are not well understood.

It is considered that Teroraga and Trooibossa would be probably able to handle some of the smaller vegetation of modern times, given that their bodies were built to cultivate Lycophyte or Rhyniophyta; however because the vegetation of back then was able to process much more oxygen and nutrients than the vegetation in modern times, it would be difficult for Teroraga to coerce energy or extract useful chemicals from the amount of modern plant life it could carry.

Social Behaviour

:!: The exact social behaviour of Teroraga is at present only presumed and not known.

Teroraga manage for the most on their own, but are prone to gathering in small flocks to spend the time when they are not busy with anything else. During these times, preening each other's plumage and forming lines to scout and inspect the local terrain would have been trust-building exercises as well as helping the safety of the species.

Other than that they'd limit their social interactions to their mates and a few fellow gatherers with whom they regularly trade seeds and herbs. Upon leaving the nest, an individual would scout the area and establish a “work day” trail going from one grassy area to another, which they would recurrently comb and process for bugs and fruit to consume and for fern or seeds to collect so they can later cultivate. Under normal circumstances, Teroraga needs to secure the collected herbs and seeds in a safe hiding spot for a few days before they can be sure it is possible for them to add that loot to their plumage loadout.

Trooibossa is considered the adult or reproductive morph and is the one that engages in mate selection. They share much of the mostly solitary social plan of their younger morph, but females would also engage in the selection of a number of potential mates that they would regularly keep tabs on. Other than that Trooibossa rather reluctantly tolerate each other when in close vicinity, such as when needing to rake and comb large patches of grassy or forested area, or driving off threats to their territory.

While raptorial in structure, Trooibossa would likely not engage in active hunting of other (non-Bug) Pokémon, as they were rather small and they were not built with some of the combat-oriented traits awarded to other avian or raptorial species like Archen or Aerodactyl. Instead they would use their bodyplan for exploration and climbing, in order to scout difficult to reach places or even to cultivate or build nests up trees or in rocky walls, and to gang on and drive off opposition.

While only Trooibossa is the reproductive morph, and was theoretically achieved early in the life of the individual, both Teroraga and Trooibossa would engage in displays intended for advertising for future partner selection, as well as in a number of exercises intended to pass down to potential mates or to offspring knowledge about the plants they cultivate.

Feather coat display

An important component of social life and security for the Teroraga line is display of their feather coats, which they use both as an intimidation measure and as a mate selection process.

When their territory or their brood is threatened, a Trooibossa engages in a deimatic sequence of shrieks, stomps and waving of their plumage and tail feathers in a way similar to various dancing styles, from which the two members of the line get part of their names. In these displays they showcase the paralysing or poisonous nature of the vegetal life they cultivate in their feather coat, hoping to dissuade the aggressor.

Both deimatic and courtship display of Trooibossa include features such as shrieking and singing, and performing various specific dance motions where they show off their capabilities and try to appear larger, stronger and/or more mobile than they really are (in particular considering the weight added by a cultivated, watered feather coat).

For advertising of their reproductive capabilities, Trooibossa would engage in special “open arena” courtship displays. A male secures a climbing area and an open platform which they then tidy up and ornament with seeds and herbs similar to the ones they carry. After that they announce their location with shrieking and stomping in a classic zahavic display.

When a female arrives to examine the clearing, the male shows off with a number of dance moves, spreading their arms and wings wide to show the entirely of their plumage, essentially demonstrating how they can retain strength, mobility and stamina despite wearing a full second coat. If the female likes what she sees, she will add the male to her group and bring him to a roofed nest.

Battle Technique

Teroraga and Trooibossa would be capable of a number of moves and techniques, mostly using the Grass and Poison types for elemental effect. A non-committal, incomplete list of techniques follows:

  • Mega Drain, Ingrain (Trooibossa), Leafage, Magical Leaf, Razor Leaf, Synthesis, Vine Whip, Sleep Powder (with a sleep coat), Stun Spore (with a stun coat)
  • Mud Sport, Mud Slap
  • Bounce, Feather Dance, Gust, Wing Attack (Trooibossa)
  • Bind (with a grown coat), Encore, Entrainment, Facade, Fury Swipes, Natural Power (with a grown coat), Odor Sleuth, Recycle (Trooibossa), Stomp, Rock Climb (Trooibossa)
  • Silver Wind (with a grown coat)
  • Acid, Poison Powder (with a poison coat)
  • Agility, Imprison (with a grown coat)
  • The Adaptability, Run Away or Triage Abilities

Design

The prompt that give rise to Trooibossa's design was “what if we gave the memetic superb bird of paradise courtship dance to a raptor-like Pokémon?” From this, the original intent was to build up an avian Pokémon that used leaves and ferns for decoration and fragrance, and that was well built to move at the rhythm of music.

Adult African jacana, from Wikipedia.

Originally the avian frame chosen to build this concept was that of the somormujos such as the Great crested grebe, in particular because of the design of the head and the neck length. But after it was decided that this Pokémon would cultivate leaves and ferns in a second layer of feathers, that body frame brought issues as larger and wider feet were required, as well as a means besides the beak to manipulate the captured vegetation.

It was decided then to use wader birds such as the African jacana as the body base, but exchange some of the wing surface for clawed fingers that would allow them to interact better with their environment.

Depiction of a Scansoriopteryx,
DeviantArt source below

For Trooibossa, we import the general body frame of maniraptoral dinosaurs like Troodontids and more particularly Scansoriopterygidae, taking advantage of the more recent discoveries related to the plumage distribution in those “climbing birds”. Ideally if better research is found clues on the design could be taken from East-African Rahonavis or Nqwebasaurus to retrofit the design, but as of late 2020 not enough research has been acquired to formulate a plan.

In terms of mechanical design, the new frame for Trooibossa would make it look similar to “vintage” velociraptor-like creatures seen in media such as Jurassic Park or the theropod class “wyverns” such as Velocidrome and Great Maccao from the Monster Hunter franchise.

Finally, for both members of the line an extra layer of plumage that gives off a sense of “clothing” is added. In Teroraga this “clothing” coat is intended to reference ties and belts, whereas for Trooibossa it references a dancing dress. More importantly, from a conceptual perspective these dresses and belts have “pockets” much like a lab coat would, in order to carry and grow the vegetation the specimens cultivate.

Taking from the fact that African birds were used for the base design, we also use African vegetation, choosing the Rooibos leaves as the signature model of how would these birds treat their vegetation - cultivating them with water to create biological vials and infusions.

Bossa Nova and Ragga were chosen as the musical styles to associate with the Pokémon partly because they seem to fit well the conceptual design of a dancing bird, because they would give good use to the concept of the “flowing dress” of feathers, and because they are somewhat representative of the cultures of South Africa and South America where the animals inspiring these designs come from.

For the visual design of both Teroraga and Trooibossa, PokéCommunity user gimmepie assisted with the design and executed the first visual portrayal as part of an (as of late 2020) ongoing art trade. Gimmepie was given freedom to interpret the passed-down information as was required for them to come up with an interpretation of how the Fakémon would look like; some of the results were afterwards retrofitted to Teroraga's original design notes, for example originally Trooibossa had two wing claws instead of three, and Teroraga's original concept did not have any chest decoration like the “bowtie” Gimmepie's design added. These changes are, where possible, considered canon to the Suocéverse.

Naming Scheme

Teroraga derives from “tea”, “era” (as in geological era), and from Ragga, a musical style derived from Reggae.

Trooibossa derives from the name of the (debated?) dinosaur genus Troodon, from Rooibos, a kind of tea leaves from South Africa, and from Bossa Nova, a musical style derived from Samba.

As a currently in design Fakémon, the names are subject to change.

Meta

Teroraga render contributed by @gimmepie
Trooibossa render contributed by @gimmepie
Jacana (source: Journeys Discovering Africa)
A Great Maccao from Monster Hunter

Research Notes