Pokedex #637: Volcarona
Although the sun’s lifespan is an extremely long one, many times longer than the history of pokemon on this world, it is a fundamentally dangerous source of power. There will come a point in time when it becomes too bright for life itself to survive, and should any intelligent beings still dwell on this planet, it will become necessary for this world itself to escape into distant space. There is no obvious means to allow the world to escape, but should whoever lives on this world solve that grand engineering problem, there is a pokemon species which can allow it to drift through interstellar space infinitely without becoming frozen.
Volcarona have long been compared to temporary suns, and it is an apt one, for their fiery light is so powerful that it could heat the entire earth in the real thing’s absence. Volcarona have never had needed to use their full power, although there have been times in climatological history where they were forced to stabilize the world’s temperature, when atmospheric dust from volcanoes or meteors had blotted out much of the sun’s light. Since their arrival on this planet, Volcarona account for much of this world’s temperature stability, and colder periods tend to correlate with times of their scarcity in the fossil record; although Volcarona can warm the entire Earth, it is an enormous effort requiring vast numbers of these pokemon.
Should Volcarona ever be driven to extinction, it would almost certainly doom this planet, although it may take hundreds of millions or even billions of years for the world to notice. Although humans have often considered themselves the world’s most important species, and their intelligence and ability to transform their environment is unparalleled, the Volcarona are even more vital.