Pokémon Invade 19th-Century Wilderness

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Pokémon Invade 19th-Century Wilderness

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A DeviantArtist envisions how a Victorian explorer might have catalogued wild Pokémon.

When the British Empire was at its height, explorers documented the most remote parts of the world, from the steppes of central Asia to the jungles of Africa. Even a young Charles Darwin took a voyage of discovery to South America aboard the HMS Beagle. Now, thanks to artist Michael Casteel, we can have a glimpse [http://casteelart.deviantart.com/gallery/29815058] of what these adventurous men might have made of an organism they never encountered: the elusive Pokémon.

From the faded parchment to the gentlemanly script, Casteel really nailed the Victorian feel. In a series of 24 images, he describes the adventures of fictional Professor Baobab (a type of tree native to East Africa and Australia) as he traverses a foreign wilderness and documents the Pokémon he finds there. The intrepid professor encounters species like the dual-headed Girafarig and the arboreal Victreebell, and proceeds to document their behavior, ecological niches, and skeletal structures.

Re-envisioning classic game characters in a new environment is a favorite pastime of the internet, and these particular examples are well worth checking out. Perhaps Professor Baobab's adventures will continue until he finally documents the rare and sought-after Pikachu.

Source: Kotaku [http://casteelart.deviantart.com/gallery/29815058]

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I could have sworn this guy was reported on a few weeks ago, hell I remember following him after reading a very similar article about his work!

Either way, I love this guy's stuff. Ah, the 19th century...a time when Tracy was considered not only awesome but practical as well.
 

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Nice, I love these... except us lowly users were way ahead of you on this one ;-)

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.308142-19th-Century-Pokemon-Pokedex
 

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I really enjoyed reading all of the details that were put into each report.
 

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JoJoDeathunter said:
Nice, I love these... except us lowly users were way ahead of you on this one ;-)

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.308142-19th-Century-Pokemon-Pokedex
Recognition!

I got ninja'd. I was gonna post my thread.

Shoggoth2588 said:
I could have sworn this guy was reported on a few weeks ago, hell I remember following him after reading a very similar article about his work!

Either way, I love this guy's stuff. Ah, the 19th century...a time when Tracy was considered not only awesome but practical as well.
I'm going to take a guess and say you saw it in the above mentioned thread.
 

Ryengu

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Does it seem to anyone else like they're mostly traced from photos and recolored with the necessary embellishments? :S
 

Stammer

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It was cool to see Victreebell but what the hell were all of those others? lol
 

Fetzenfisch

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Well there is only a single one i know out of these. so my fun was limited, but the work is great nevertheless.
 

JdaS

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*snif* They're beautiful...

I wish I could do stuff like this.
 

harvz

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wow, that is just made of pure awesome. i would love to see the study on a charlizard...er charizard.
 

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Ryengu said:
Does it seem to anyone else like they're mostly traced from photos and recolored with the necessary embellishments? :S
Eh, not really, and not after seeing the rest of the pictures.

I realy like that all five generations get some representation here.
 

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Darwin meets Pokemon. Man, that's awesome. Well, except for the obvious misuse of the term "evolution", but other than that... just... awesome.
 

AbstractStream

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Oh wow, that is so damn amazing.
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Pokemon in an alternate Victorian Steampunk timeline.

I would pick up Pokemon again if they did that.
That is such a great idea. I would too.
 

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I think when he's finished he should publish it as a book.

I'd buy it in a heartbeat.