All the previous information has discussed human character trainers. However, three character types are available for players in pokeglobe from the very beginning: humans, pokemon, and hybrids. Most of the information applies to all three, however there are some differences. This page describes them, as well as how we treat the characterization of the pokemon in your party.
The pokemon you own are just as much individuals as you are, and should be independant characters. They can speak to other pokemon, act of their own free will, and have their own distinct personalities. You should treat them as such. By using one of your character slots, you are actually gaining at least 7 characters...your human and the 6 pokemon in their party. More, if you store some pokemon and choose to switch them out every now and then.
You can do all sorts of things with your pokemon characters. You can have them separate from your human, you can send them on missions, you can do a whole series of posts involving only your pokemon's perspectives.
Also, you can complete one of the three power-increasing quests (Power, Armor, or Weapon) for 1 of your pokemon in addition to completing the quests for your human. So your human can have a weapon, a power, and armor, and one of your pokemon can have a weapon, or a power, or an armor. This isn't listed in the quest page but it is listed here, so PAY ATTENTION. If one of the three power quests is taken for a pokemon in your party, the following effects will occur.
Power Quest: The pokemon will gain a non-combative skill of your choice which they didn't have before. Most commonly, this will be the ability to speak (although psychic pokemon can often learn this without taking a power quest). The power should have no battle relation (it should neither aid in defense nor offense).
Weapon Quest: The pokemon will gain a power or an item (sometimes an actual weapon) which will be of a certain type and deal damage of that type when used. If the weapon type is the same as the pokemon's primary type, the pokemon will gain 1.5x damage to all attacks of that type used in conjunction with the weapon.
Armor Quest: The pokemon will gain a power or an item (sometimes actual armor) which will be a certain type and provide the pokemon with defense of that type when used. If the armor type is the same as that of the pokemon's, the pokemon will gain 1.5x defense of that type when the armor is active.
Only one of the above quests can be completed for one pokemon in addition to your personal quests. The quest requirements are the same.
Yes yes, my friends, you can play a pokemon. How? Well, you write as if you were a pokemon, and...
Oh, wait, what are the rules of being a pokemon? Oh, now that's quite simple.
You start out as a first stage evolution of any non-legendary pokemon at level five and you must begin in one of the two starting cities of your chosen region, or on the route that divides them (In Kanto's case, this would be route 1. As a pokemon, you are not capable of communicating with humans unless you are a psychic who has learned the Psychic attack, or unless you take a Power quest to learn how. Non psychic pokemon can take a power quest to learn how to speak with their minds, if they do not want to do so with their mouths.
Pokemon characters do not receive a starting pokemon. They ARE their own starting pokemon, you see. Pokemon characters do not TRAIN pokemon as a trainer does. They don't have pokeballs.
They can, however, form a party with other pokemon (up to six). This is the pokemon character's equivilant to a trainer's party. They, like any party characters, posess individual personalities. This is handled very 'mystery dungeon' style. Most of the time you or an existing member of your party must defeat the pokemon in battle before it agrees to join you (though this is not always the case) You may then direct the battle from the sidelines, participate, or simply let each of your party characters battle as they would naturally.
Pokemon characters can participate in tournaments due to an interesting League loophole, as well as contests. Most registration points have a person partnered with a psychic pokemon in case any pokemon parties decide to try an enter. If you can communicate with humans on your own, this is much easier.
Like humans, you can complete the weapon, armor, and power quests (all three) and they have the same effect on you as they do on a human's party characters (listed above.) You may also complete one of the three quests for one of your party pokemon (just like a human) To this extent playing a pokemon can be one of the most powerful and advantageous positions in the game, but as it can be quite demanding on a roleplayer's abilities, we figure its a worthy reward. There are disadvantages, however.
Travel disadvantages: Its difficult to use the PAT services unless you can speak human, and places that rent vehicles (like bikes and kayaks) don't rent to pokemon. You cannot complete any of the Transportation quests. That means you have to get pretty much everywhere under your own pokepower.
Team disadvantages: you should be able to join any team, unless the team is evil and dislikes or disrespects pokemon in some way. However, if you want to start your own team (complete the Badge of Leadership Quest) as a pokemon character you must be able to speak human. It is a prerequisite to the field.
All other quests are completed just like humans do.
Pokemon hybrids are people who have somehow become part pokemon (or pokemon who have somehow become part human) usually through genetic experimentation. They are also known as gijinka (though the terms are not precisely interchangeable) and you can see many examples of them done by atrists all over deviantart here in the gijinka pokedex gallery. The change can be permanent or it can be a morphing power. Regardless, you can only become a hybrid by completeing the Power Quest. There are no naturaly born hybrids in existance (that's not exactly true, but that's a story for an RPE one day ~_^)
Pokemon characters are one of the most powerful and advantageous characters in the game, but hybrid characters ARE the most powerful and advantageous characters in the game. They naturally speak (or can speak) human without being psychic or using their one power quest up to learn it (because the ability to become a hybrid IS their power). Stats wise, they are equal to a pokemon but posess a mostly human form and therefore find it a little easier to live in a human and/or pokemon world without being at a distinct disadvantage in either. They can train pokemon as a human, form parties with pokemon like a pokemon would, or do a mixture of both. They do not have transportation disadvantages.
Completing the weapon and armor quests affects them just as it does any pokemon. They can reach the full 100 levels that a pokemon can reach (as opposed to stopping at level 50 like a human. They evolve just like a pokemon does (thus changing their appearance) and learn pokemon attacks.
Here are some links to some of the best examples of hybrids.
Venonat and Venemoth
Persian and Meowth
Beautifly and Dustox
Hybrids should be physically different from humans in some way, shape, or form, a way that cannot simply be described as a way of dress. Lots of people dress like a pokemon and still aren't hybrids...hybrids must have an actual physical difference from humans.
Typically, regardless of the age or stage of the human or pokemon who is becoming the hybrid, first stages look young in appearance, and later stages look successively older (this is not always the case, just normally so.)