Anima Ex Machina: The Ixodida

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The following document details the compiled observations of all five research centers designated by the Japanese government to study the Pokémon XP-650.

Index #: 650
Official Name: XP-650
Proposed Name: Ixodida
Pronunciation: IHK-soh-DIH-dah (i.e., the American pronunciation here, with the last syllable as "dah" instead of "die")
Species: Parasite
Type: ???
Special Abilities: ???
Evolutionary Stage: Basic
Evolution Line: Ixodida (does not evolve)
Breeding Group: No Eggs
Compatibility: Cannot breed with any Pokémon except other Ixodida and Ditto. The reasons for this are unknown.
Forms: XP-650A (Parasite Form), XP-650B (Adult Form)

XP-650A Details
Height: 0'3"
Weight: 0.5 lbs
Gender Ratio: 0% (hermaphroditic)
Description: XP-650A is a tiny red parasite with eight claw-like legs arranged in a circle around a mouth. It's covered by a hard, shell-like skin that's actually transparent; its innards are not much more than a series of filaments that radiate from the central point like a starburst. Additionally, blood and chemicals (including the dissolved flesh of its victims) fill the creature, giving it its characteristic red color. Lastly, it occasionally flashes with red light and apparently glows in the dark.
Behavior: The Ixodida parasite is, put simply, a hive-minded creature. It travels in packs called seas, which often contain over 100 other parasites. A sea acts as one creature, often moving rapidly from one location to another. In this way, it hunts for food in groups and can therefore overpower anything up to the size of a Snorlax. Once a sea forces a victim down by overwhelming it, the parasites slice open the body and drain it of fluids. The parasitic stage does not normally consume solid food, although it has the capability of dissolving small amounts with its own inner acid if anything is accidentally ingested.

Additionally, Ixodida parasites seek out hosts as a group, in part because the parasite is only a second brain. That is, while it can reproduce by itself (by laying eggs in a carcass that can't be finished by one sea or individual parasite), it can only create another sea. In order to fulfill its entire lifecycle by becoming an independent creature, it seeks out potential hosts on a planet. If hunting in a sea, the first parasite that can embed itself into a weak point in the host becomes the one to live in that body, while the rest of the sea acknowledges the victory and retreats. (XP-650B, oddly enough, is a predator of XP-650A, hence the latter's scramble to get away from an infected host.) After that point, the parasite grows filaments from its former legs that anchor itself to its host. In this process, it also releases mutagens to transform the host into an XP-650B. The reason for this is currently unknown.
Known Moves:
- Leech Life

XP-650B Details
Height: Depends on the host.
Weight: Depends on the host.
Gender Ratio: Typically 50% male and 50% female. Tends to depend on the species of host.
Description: Specific details often depend on the host and the Ixodida parasite. There are sixteen known varieties of XP-650B, one for each Pokémon type (except, apparently, Normal). The type of the Adult Form Ixodida is dependent on the parasite, who carries an individualized genetic code that seems to have been determined by the parasite's environment on the Ixodida home planet.

In any case, the exact traits of each adult Ixodida depend on its type. For example, a Steel-type Ixodida possesses a hard, shell-like skin made of a strong, carbon-based alloy. Water-type Ixodida possess fins instead of wings, webbed hands and feet, and gills. Ghost-types have bodies that not only produce a noxious purple fog but can also pass through solid objects.

Likewise, certain traits also depend on the species of the host itself. Human-based Ixodida are bipedal creatures that stand at an average height of around 5'06" and possess human faces. There are, however, such things as quadruped Ixodida, legless, short, giant -- hundreds of different possibilities, all dependent on what the planet's dominant species actually is.

In general, all Adult Form Ixodida are vaguely reptilian with reptilian feet, hands, et cetera, and possess long tails that end with either a club (drones) or an arrowhead (monarchs). Their faces are always characteristic of the host species (e.g., human face from a human host), and at the tops of their heads are small, blunt horns that resemble white cat ears. Additionally, every Adult Form Ixodida possesses for the sake of hunting sharp claws, a pointed tongue (for inserting into a wound), fangs, and hidden stingers along the torso that can inject a highly corrosive acid into a victim in order to liquefy internal organs. Most, but not all, Ixodida also possess a pair of wings that enable flight. (Rock-type Ixodida do not have wings at all, and Water-type Ixodida, as stated before, have fins, not wings.)
Known Moves: Varies by type. General movesets usually include:
- Scratch
- Growl
- Slash
- Tail Whip
- Type-specific moves.
Known Powers: XP-650B usually also possess the following abilities:
- Refined strength (i.e., Allowing the host to reach his full physical potential.)
- Enhanced senses of smell and hearing
- Night vision
- Razor-sharp claws and fangs
- Flight (most types)
- Further natural defenses, depending type of subject (such as the fact that all of the spines on a Poison-type Ixodida are poisonous)
- Rapid healing and regenerative abilities (except if decapitated or if the parasite is damaged.)
- Increased density (Subject is heavier and therefore, with the exception of Water and Ice-types, cannot swim. Likewise, with the exception of Flying, Psychic, and Ghost-types, amount of time spent in flight is limited to a span dependent on the subject. On the other hand, physical blows from any Ixodida tend to deal significant damage.)
- Ability to excrete pheromones from the base of the horns. Pheromones related to mating will smell like strawberries to attract mates; pheromones meant for hunting will smell like honey to attract prey. These pheromones are also apparently used among Ixodida to identify each other.

Indexed Ixodida
Certain Ixodida have already been indexed by the National Defense Forces, the Pokémon Symposium, the Committee, and the Japanese government as a whole for the purposes of research. Typically, they're given names of first humans or figures associated with first humans in either mythology or religion. Their identities are below:

01. Pandora
Real Name: [classified]
Gender: Female
Approx. Age: 24
Subtype: Ice
Level: Monarch
Status: Unknown, escaped.

Pandora was the first Ixodida to be created in a human environment and was, as a result, the one who revealed the fact that the Ixodida have more than one form. Formerly an intern for the Orange Islands' Valencia Institute of Science and Technology, her captivity was short-lived and entailed only her transformation. Shortly thereafter, she went berserk and killed half the research staff before escaping to Hoenn (presumably). She was the reason why the Valencia Institute was thereafter shut down.

02. Adam
Real Name: William ("Bill") McKenzie
Gender: Male
Age: [classified]
Subtype: Steel
Level: Monarch
Status: Alive, quarantined.

Another accident, this time in Kanto's Polaris Institute, resulted in the fusion of one of its researchers to the Ixodida specimen they were studying. Like Pandora, Adam's duration at Polaris Institute lasted only until just after his transformation. After that point, Abel (see below) appeared within the facility and attacked the institute before engaging in combat with Adam. In the course of the battle, Adam was incapacitated and captured by Abel; the latter subsequently flew (with him) in the direction of Hoenn. Witnesses in the region have reported his appearance just north of Mauville City. The National Defense Forces therefore officially consider him quarantined.

03. Abel
Real Name: [classified]
Gender: Male
Approx. Age: 27
Subtype: Electric
Level: Drone
Status: Assumed by the NDF to be alive, escaped.

The third accident to occur with personnel involved with Project Stardust and the second to occur in Polaris Institute. Abel is the result of the fusion between a janitor and an escaped specimen of XP-650A. His captivity also lasted until just after his transformation, at which point he short-circuited the complex's security systems, attacked the laboratory, captured Adam, and fled to Hoenn. It's not officially known to the National Defense Forces whether or not Abel is still alive.

04. Lilith
Real Name: [unknown]
Gender: Female
Approx. Age: [unknown]
Subtype: Ghost
Level: Monarch
Status: Alive, wild.

Lilith is the first Adult Form Ixodida to make herself known who was not originally in captivity, and it is said that she was the first Adult Form Ixodida to actually be created. Very little else is known about her.