DVR Digimon Research page This is the digimon research page translated by wildermon: Chapter 1: The Origins of the Digital Monsters The Birth of Digimon Several years ago, a mysterious electronic virus suddenly spread through the computer network. Some have said that this virus kept absorbing data around it, changing and multiplying itself, just like a sentinent being. After a while, someone found out that the virus was indeed sentinent, possessing an 'Artificial Intelligence', but caused great harm as it spread across our world through the network. So far, no-one has found the person who continued to hack the computer the virus was kept in, and thus no-one had been able to identify the hacker.* However, a 'vaccine' was developed in order to destroy the AI-filled computer virus. (Thus, the reason why there are 'Vaccine' kind Digimon) Many people then chose to either 'tame' the virus so that it wouldn't be harmful [such as using it to send e-mail] (hence the birth of 'Data' kind Digimon) or to keep the virus from being tamed or destroyed (hence the birth of 'Virus' kind Digimon). This is why Digimon today have three different kinds of attributes. Also, someone also found out that specific software applications absorbed by the virus (along with various data) as it continued to battle against various computer networks caused it to change shape. The term was dubbed 'Evolution'. A researcher who knew much about these facts gave various viruses a 'body', made from wireframe data and artificial skin texture, molded together with binary data. These artificial lifeforms were now ready, dubbed 'Digital Monsters', or 'Digimon' for short. Recently, it's said that the mysterious virus maker's computer, called "Yggdrasil", manages the current Digital World and, so opinion has it, the digital being who is called Yggdrasil was the original experimental computer virus. *Opinions state that hackers other than the virus maker himself/herself gave the virus the AI program, but the truth surrounding the opinions are unknown. Attributes All Digimon bear 'Attributes', and many are classified into 'Vaccine', 'Data' and 'Virus' kinds (except for some special Digimon); the Attributes form many strengths and weaknesses for and against each other, as a sort of digital version of Rock, Paper, Scissors. VACCINE: These Digimon will continue to attack Virus kinds recklessly, and bear the role of 'Virus Destroyer'. However, not all Digimon who have a strong sense of justice are of the Vaccine kind. Vaccines can defeat Viruses, but not Data kinds. DATA: These Digimon are used to send and recieve e-mail. Sometimes they ally with Vaccines; sometimes they ally with Viruses. However, not all Digimon who are gentle in nature are of the Data kind. Data kinds can defeat Vaccines, but not Viruses. VIRUS: These Digimon (as well as other beings) are used to destroy data. However, not all Digimon with a sense of ferocity about them are of the Virus kind. Viruses can defeat Data kinds, but not Vaccines. As mentioned before, some special Digimon fit into an Attribute that is greatly different to the three above: FREE: Descendants of 'ancient races' bear this Attribute. They seem to hide their own strengths and weaknesses well. VARIABLE: Digimon who are at the so-called 'Hybrid level' and who have inherited the data of the 'Legendary Ten Warriors' bear this Attribute. In battle, they bear the special ability to change into the same Attribute as their opponents. Although most Digimon certainly bear an Attribute (apart from few Digimon who have Unknown Attributes), even identicial Digimon can have different Attributes---such as one Vaccine and one Data kind---and while some can frequently change their Attribute, most will find that certain elements will permamently change their Attribute forever (such as a colour change). It's thought that Baby- and In-Training-levelled Digimon should have a 'Bare' Attribute, but many are often classified into the Data kind; their true atttributes are a mystery even to this day. The Size of Digimon All Digimon (as well as other beings) that live in the computer network and are made of data are able to change their size freely according to the computer's capacity. For example, a Mamemon can become the size of a VenomMyotismon, and can freely return to his normal size. But, when in the 'Digital World', all Digimon will remain the same size permanently. All Digimon weigh in Gs. G is an abbreviation of GB (which in turn is an abbreviation of Gigabytes), and many Digimon below the Rookie level often find that their small bodies will often weigh quite a lot. As the data capacity of a Digimon increases when it takes in food, so do its weight. Evolution A Digimon evolves by absorbing data from various locations on the desktop and the network of a computer, but this process takes time. Since evolutions are vastly different for every Digimon that live in different environments, the number of Digimon keeps changing. At present, it's been noted that over 700 Digimon have been found and classified, and more are found every day. The different environments also present different evolutions for Digimon who live a long way away, from those that live on an island and those that live on a continent to those who are reared by humans. Even the Real World has a hand in evolution: Frigimon, for example, are connected to and were born from the Arctic Circle; Kabuterimon were born from a torrid zone area and even Apemon were found to have been born in Central Asia. As mentioned before, a Digimon who evolve into and from someone may have different evolutions to another of its kind. This is because all the known elements of the world are related to Digimon evolution. Each of the following levels remain the same for all Digimon evolutions respectively. From a 'Digi-Egg', a Baby-levelled Digimon will evolve into an In-Training Digimon, before evolving into the Rookie level. (Many of these Digimon die because they can't fight; their powers have yet to be revealled.) The key traits of a Digimon at the Rookie level begin to appear, and they also acquire powers (or attacks) which they can use to defend themselves. Next, they evolve into Champion levels. This may be the stablest form of them all. Champion-levelled Digimon come in a variety of sizes, and there are hundreds of them about. They are also quite strong, but this differs in all of them; some Digimon will revert to their Rookie level if they grow weak. Next, they evolve into Ultimate levels. But, only a few surviving handfuls of Champion levels get to evolve into Ultimates, and this is often demonstrated in intense wars. Finally, they evolve into Mega levels. Most Digimon prefer to evolve into this level than Champion levels, and many will fight to the death in order to evolve from an Ultimate. If even their full strengths are used as weaponry against the Real World, destruction is created at a large scale. Digimon who evolve will find that a great amount of energy gets consumed. At the highest of levels, though, their energy levels are incredible. Data absorbed in the computer networks are converted into their energy. Mostly, data is inhaled like food and is stored within their bodies. Even if a particular Digimon is unable to eat like a human, they still need energy to evolve or else they can't survive. When the energy is used up, they revert to a level below the one they were at, and in some cases they die altogether. Ultimate- and Mega-levelled beings consume the largest amount of energy. Compared with Champion-levelled Digimon, Ultimates and Megas tend to live a shorter life. All of them, though, are able to copy the data of Digimon who died in battle and store it as their energy source. Could this factor, encoupled with the fact that Digimon above the Champion level may be given a second chance by defeating and absorbing enemies, be one of the most important reasons to evolve?