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Latias (the Eon Pokemon) is a legendary Dragon/Psychic-type Pokemon found in places all around the world, though only on rare occasions.  Traveling in small herds and staying hidden from humans most of the time, Latias are beautiful creatures that are always willing to lend a help to Pokemon in need, even at the risk of their lives.  Few trainers are ever lucky enough to see a Latias in their lifetime, but if you have a good heart and a kind spirit you have no need to worry; you're almost guaranteed to see one before your time is done!

Latias possess a special type of down that naturally refracts light, in turn allowing them to stay hidden from sight almost 100% of the time.  Although their movements can still be detected by radar, this is rarely ever an issue because they almost never appear near humans or even other Pokemon; unfortunately, this has in turn essentially made any studying of their social patterns extremely difficult if not entirely impossible.  However, it is apparent that they possess some control over the functionality of this down as they can subtly cover it up with their other feathers in order to reveal themselves; in addition, Latias can utilize their psychic powers and their special down to actually change their appearance in the eyes of humans (as the human eye and the eyes of most Pokemon function by taking in light reflected by objects).  Under combat situations, Latias can even combine this down with their natural psychic powers to produce an energized ball of down capable of damaging and restricting the special powers of an opponent (this attack, known as the Mist Ball attack, is completely unique to Latias).  In this way, Latias can often travel and even live among humans for extended periods of time without ever being noticed; however, their one weakness in this scenario is that they lack the ability to actually speak in a human language.  Instead, Latias communicate with people through telepathy.  Despite this handicap, Latias are incredibly intelligent and are perfectly capable of understanding human speech.  Furthermore, Latias are much like humans in that they are highly sensitive to emotions.  If they sense any hostility in an individual, Latias will ruffle their feathers and cry shrilly in order to intimidate their enemy; if that doesn't work, they resort to running away in order to preserve their life.  Not surprisingly, this also means that Latias tend to avoid cruel or mean-spirited people and instead prefer to live among kind-hearted people that they can trust with their secret in case it were to ever be revealed by accident.

Latias seem to share an interesting connection to Latios that goes beyond reproduction in that the two never interbreed.  Latias and Latios tend to stay by themselves in separate herds, but every so often a pair will break off from their respective groups and decide to live together; not as a couple, though, but in more of a brother-sister relationship.  This has proven to be an extremely difficult circumstance to understand, as it does not explain how Latias and Latios are born; Latias are always exclusively female while Latios are exclusively male, yet they are not capable of breeding with each other.  This mystery has plagued scientists for many decades, but it appears that a recent study in Switzerland may have revealed part of the shocking (and perhaps grotesque) truth.  Close analysis of the genomes of Latias and Latios have revealed that, while Latios are automatically born sterile, Latias are not; in fact, they are more than capable of producing eggs…but not with other Pokémon.  This could mean that Latios are simply genetic abnormalities created due to the reactivation of normally-deactivated genes within the Latias lineage that alter the structure of sex chromosomes, which might explain why Latias and Latios usually travel in separated herds.  The most shocking revelation, however, is that there is one particularly type of organism that Latias could potentially breed with without encountering the issues normally associated with trans-species reproduction: humans.  Despite how ridiculous it may sound, this would not only explain why Latias prefer to remain among themselves and humans but also why they are predisposed to react so strongly and human-like to emotions; until more evidence can be brought up in support of this hypothesis, however, the true answer behind the reproduction of Latias and Latios will remain a mystery.

In addition, there is one other particular object of interest that needs to be addressed in regards to both Latias and Latios: the Soul Dew.  Soul Dews are exceptionally rare items that are said to be formed from the crystallized remains of Latios souls after the creatures' bodies die; while this has not truly been scientifically proven, the nature of Soul Dews is so mysterious that it nonetheless makes one pause in consideration.  Imbued with mysterious power, Soul Dews are guarded by their owners and caretakers around the world because there are not many left; as written history has shown, most have been discarded or destroyed in ancient times because their significance was never considered.  While little is known about them, Soul Dews do have one exceptional effect: When a Latias or Latios holds a Soul Dew, its Special Attack and Special Defense automatically increase by 50%.  While their true origins may be questionable, this at least proves that the items are somehow related to the creatures.

Although Latias and Latios generally remain outside the viewing pleasure of the media, there is one recent event involving one of each species that should be mentioned: the Alto Mare Incident.  The port town of Alto Mare is a beautiful resort town well-known for its intricate canals and homely atmosphere, but what most people don't know is that the town was once almost completely destroyed by a massive tsunami and a sudden attack by prehistoric Pokemon like Kabutops and Aerodactyl; the town was saved by the timely intervention of a sole Latios, though, which used its own power to stop and destroy the forces threatening the city.  This so drained the creature that its body died, leaving only the crystallized remains of its power behind in the form of a Soul Dew.  Afterwards, the people of Alto Mare built a powerful weapon (the Defense Mechanism of Alto Mare, or DMA) that would protect the city in case such a crisis were to happen ever again; although the device was designed to utilize the Soul Dew as a power source, because it was never used, both the machine and the Soul Dew faded into history.  A few years ago, after the city's annual Tour de Alto Mare (a human-and-Pokemon swimming competition designed to give thanks to the great guardian that saved the city long ago), a pair of spies from the former criminal organization Team Rocket (known only as Annie and Oakley) attempted to take the DMA and use it as a weapon by capturing both of the descendants of the original Latios (a Latias and Latios) and using them in combination with the Soul Dew (all of which had been under the care of a local boat maker and his daughter) to activate the ancient machine.  Unfortunately, the situation escalated out of control when the Soul Dew was used for too long and finally broke, causing the machine to go out of control and generate a massive tsunami capable of swallowing the entire town.  Thanks to help of a few visiting trainers, however, both the Latias and Latios were freed, in turn allowing the Latios to do what its ancestor had done.  This sacrifice deactivated the DMA and saved the town from destruction, but the massive loss in energy caused the Latios to die, leaving only a Soul Dew behind in its demise.  Records of events following the incident, particularly involving the now sibling-less Latias, have been kept under close wraps by locals, most likely in an attempt to completely bury the town's history in case someone else were to reactivate the DMA again.

Although little might be known about their true lifestyles or social structures, it cannot be denied that Latias are beautiful and magnificent creatures.  With an impressive variety of unique techniques and a kind nature sure to make just about anyone feel welcome, Latias are strong fighters that won't be afraid to take on opponents if they have to and will do so gladly.  If you happen to be that opponent, be prepared for the worst; they might seem too delicate to do much damage, but you would be surprised to see how dangerous one of these elegant creatures can do if made uncomfortable!

Professor Wormwood
A report on the Eon Pokemon, Latias. Enjoy.
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KirlianaFeynman Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member
Great article Professor!
I got a few questions for you:
1. If Latios cannot breed, how do their genetic mutation still occur in the gene pool. If the genotype of a species cannot be passed on, it would be eradicated from the gene pool because of its weakness
2. Why do Latias need to breed with human?
3. How is the first one conceived anyways?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Professional Writer
1 That is an error on my part; I have changed the report to better state this issue. What I meant to say was that Latios are possibly created due to the random activation of normally-deactivated genes that control the structure of sex chromosomes, potentially mutating a Y chromosome into an X instead. This is still highly speculative mind you, but this seems like the best explanation for what has been observed so far.

2: The nature of the above genes may be why Latios are sterile and in turn incapable of breeding with their 'siblings'. We don't know why humans were chosen as the next closest candidate, to be honest...in all truth, it may just be more about personal emotion than biological need, but at the moment, we don't know for certain.

3: If we knew that one, it would answer all of the above questions. Sadly, finding patient zero at this point may be all but impossible without a seriously large genetic sampling...
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
wait a second... latias can breed with peope? WHAT THE FUCK!
alo what is ths DMA thingy this article mentione?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Professional Writer
I know that it sounds strange, but that seems to be the conclusion that collected data indicates...

DMA stands for the Defense Mechanism of Alto Mare, a weapon that could be used to protect the city, albeit in a fairly menacing and destructive way.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
but... thats simply impossible!!
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Professional Writer
Not impossible; just improbable.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
has there been any recorded instances of something like this
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Writer
Yes there has been, which is why we know this to be true.
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ComannderrX Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
where are the records for such things?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Writer
They are everywhere; you just have to take the time to look for them.
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