quillusquillus:

fr-ersatzlace:

Hmmm… Completely off topic here (what topic?), but you know what’d be pretty scary? Faes. Pissed off Faes. Swarm clouds comprised of millions of Faes, large enough to enshroud the entire sky, releasing the full concentration of their magical might upon whoever/whatever may have angered them.

Seriously, their might is within numbers. Have you read the Encyclopedia? They just, they live in colonies, yeah? And they pick a tree, and grow, and grow until the thing collapses under the weight of the living population.

And now we’re venturing into the realm of headcanons, but what if we mix in a little hivemind mentality into there? Maybe not a true hivemind, because each Fae is its own distinct dragon, but maybe an intricate system of mental communication.

Faes are very social creatures, but what if they’re also natural colonizers as well? Just slowly spreading out, starting from their original home in the Starwood Strand until their sphere of influence reaches the far corners of the FR world.

For the most part, they’re content living within their established colony, but each one has a sort of mental connection, an unspoken alliance between all of its surrounding colonies.

They’re the smallest of the dragons so they’ve got to look out for each other you know? And if ever any one of those colonies are in trouble, they send out a mental distress alert that signals all the surrounding colonies to come to their aid. In huge swarms. Clouds that can blot out the sky. Their preferred tactic? Complete annihilation of the enemy.

After all, on their own, they are the smallest and most fragile of the dragon breeds. They need to make sure that any potential enemies are not given the chance of retaliation.

Add to that the fact that fae communication is at least partially visual, making peripheral / long-distance communication in a swarm pretty effective. A scary thought. o_o

Fae can be pretty scary individually too. Don’t underestimate them based on their size. Trust me, you do not want to get Aquamarine angry, There will be scorched rock, sand melted into glass, and the smell of burnt flesh after the smoke clears and the storm of lightning is over.

(via oilslickmires)

Worldbuilding Wednesday

snapdragon-fr:

Rather than putting the same questions in everyone’s inboxes, I’m putting up a list here for people to answer as they choose: 

  • What does the clan territory itself look like?
  • Where’s the most popular socializing spot in the lair?
  • Are any places in the lair considered off-limits or restricted-access?
  • Who leads your clan? Any dissenters or dragons unhappy with this arrangement?
  • Does your clan have any traditions or rules unique to it?
  • How are breed relations in your lair? Do breeds tend to stick together or does everyone get along?
  • How does your lair handle exalting?
  • Which dragon is most likely to come back from gathering with a single twig?
  • SOMEONE DROPPED A CURRENT SCROLL AND THERE’S A FREE-FOR-ALL FOR IT. Who gets it, and how?
  • Which dragon is most likely to take that delicious hard-to-find beetle you’ve been saving, bite its head off, then PUT IT BACK WHAT A JERK
  • Which dragon is most likely to accidentally call the clan patriarch/matriarch “Mom” in front of the whole class
  • where did you hide the bodies

What does the clan territory itself look like?

Desert next to the inner sea. The main lair started as a series of caves in the limestone cliffs facing the sea that had been turned into a home for dragons but mysteriously abandoned. The clan has excavated further and expanded significantly. Some pairs have built their own lairs in the the limestone further down the shore. The territory extends inland all the way to the Carrion Canyon. A few of my dragons have made a lair in an ancient complex they found - they love hunting for artifacts in the canyon. And the mirror pack generally travels around the territory, coming back to the main lair to see the rest of the clan every so often. Similarly, Saguaro often wanders the desert alone but sometimes travels with the mirror pack and sometimes spends time near the main lair, with his mate, Ázeth.

The terrain is modeled off of the East coast of the Gulf of California. Lots of big cacti and sand and scrubland and such.

Where’s the most popular socializing spot in the lair?

The library and the beach. The main part of the beach by the lair is a well-traveled area where dragons spend time when the weather is nice, especially in the morning or evening when it isn’t so hot. Further down the coast, there are some more secluded spots where dragons tend to engage in more intimate socializing though sometimes get interrupted awkwardly.

Are any places in the lair considered off-limits or restricted-access?

Silt’s garden. Restricted access to aphids and other pests. Heh. Yeah, there are some storage areas that get locked and such but the clan is very laid back and, well, whatever. So long as you don’t hurt anyone, they really don’t care what you do.

Who leads your clan? Any dissenters or dragons unhappy with this arrangement?

Károth and Aquamarine, the clan patriarch and matriarch. Not really any dissent except by one or two dragons who loyalties lie elsewhere and are more in the clan as spies rather than truly feeling a part of it.

Does your clan have any traditions or rules unique to it?

Rules? Don’t disturb Károth while he’s reading?

As for traditions, I guess they tend to celebrate the elemental holidays mostly. They like to dress up for those. Riot of Rot is important to the Plague dragons of the clan and it has something like the significance Cinco de Mayo does to Mexican Americans or St. Patrick’s Day to Irish Americans.

How are breed relations in your lair? Do breeds tend to stick together or does everyone get along?

Pretty good. The skydancers are a little cliquish and the mirrors have their own pack, but everyone pretty much accepts that there will always be tons of fae everywhere.

How does your lair handle exalting?

They don’t. No dragons are exalted at Thunder Shore. My clan considers the practice barbaric and believes the eleven dragon gods to be cruel overlords who pit the flights against each other in order to maintain their tight hegemonic grip on dragonkind. My clan longs for the day that the dragons of the world will unite and rise up to overthrow their overlords, but this is rarely discussed for obvious reasons. They tend to keep the Stormcatcher off their backs by claiming they need all the dragons they have to protect the border of his realm and prove their prowess to him in the Coliseum.

Which dragon is most likely to come back from gathering with a single twig?

Probably Tlaelquani because she ate any food that she found on the spot.

SOMEONE DROPPED A CURRENT SCROLL AND THERE’S A FREE-FOR-ALL FOR IT. Who gets it, and how?

Eh, whoever wants it most? Did i mention my clan is really laid back?

Which dragon is most likely to take that delicious hard-to-find beetle you’ve been saving, bite its head off, then PUT IT BACK WHAT A JERK

Although Tlaelquani would eat anything, there’s no way she’d just eat the head. So… Garnet? He probably got distracted after eating the head and got dragged off with Tlaelquani before he could eat the rest so he just put it back.

Which dragon is most likely to accidentally call the clan patriarch/matriarch “Mom” in front of the whole class

Storm.

where did you hide the bodies

The handy thing about living right next to the ocean…

There’s still one spot left at the Trading Post

I’m imagining Atotoztli and Tahirah setting up shop and asking dragons to help them do ecological research.

Tahirah, alas, would not be doodling butterflies when distracted. Well, unless the butterflies were perched on a ridgeback’s nose…

During the festival week, my dragons focused on training a bit to get into better shape for rated matches and I figured I’d go for it during the first week of June to welcome the new players and since my birthday fell during the week. Plus, some of my friends have joined during the last couple registrations so I thought they might like to see a name they know on the list.
I didn’t put into the picture all 19 dragons of mine who competed last week, but I put in a little over half of them and all teams are represented by at least some of their members. This was the first time that Rigel and Iris competed a significant amount - it was kind of neat to see them follow in their parents’ footsteps, wearing their masks into the coliseum like luchadors.
Had some very good matches during the week in addition to the requisite showing the new players how its done. I learned how to make good teams by seeing other builds in the coli and thinking of new ideas of my own, so I figure it’s better to go for it than just let the new players fight amongst themselves. One or two older players also joined the fray - one of them had the edge and one 3 out of 4 matches until Silt and Károth huddled and strategized a way to overcome their team of three ridgebacks - and they even recruited a surprised Atotoztli to brainstorm ideas. Turned out that clan pulled back the last couple days so they weren’t able to test out their idea until last night after rollover when they managed to finally best them for the first time since their initial encounter last week.
Thanks to everyone who played with me. It was fun.
I’m also thinking of writing up a guide to Rated Matches and sharing my knowledge collected over my time playing them now and then. Funny enough, though, it looks like they just changed the match-finding algorithm during rollover last night, so I guess it’s good I didn’t post it last week!

During the festival week, my dragons focused on training a bit to get into better shape for rated matches and I figured I’d go for it during the first week of June to welcome the new players and since my birthday fell during the week. Plus, some of my friends have joined during the last couple registrations so I thought they might like to see a name they know on the list.

I didn’t put into the picture all 19 dragons of mine who competed last week, but I put in a little over half of them and all teams are represented by at least some of their members. This was the first time that Rigel and Iris competed a significant amount - it was kind of neat to see them follow in their parents’ footsteps, wearing their masks into the coliseum like luchadors.

Had some very good matches during the week in addition to the requisite showing the new players how its done. I learned how to make good teams by seeing other builds in the coli and thinking of new ideas of my own, so I figure it’s better to go for it than just let the new players fight amongst themselves. One or two older players also joined the fray - one of them had the edge and one 3 out of 4 matches until Silt and Károth huddled and strategized a way to overcome their team of three ridgebacks - and they even recruited a surprised Atotoztli to brainstorm ideas. Turned out that clan pulled back the last couple days so they weren’t able to test out their idea until last night after rollover when they managed to finally best them for the first time since their initial encounter last week.

Thanks to everyone who played with me. It was fun.

I’m also thinking of writing up a guide to Rated Matches and sharing my knowledge collected over my time playing them now and then. Funny enough, though, it looks like they just changed the match-finding algorithm during rollover last night, so I guess it’s good I didn’t post it last week!

A letter from Amethyst to her son, Ometeotl, and his response.

After getting hammered a couple times by a certain trio of ridgebacks in the coliseum, Silt replaced Amethyst on Kimiko’s team in order to better confront that threat and so Amethyst had some downtime alone to write the letter while she recovered from her injuries.

Related:

Art of Amethyst.

Art of Ometeotl.

First letter from Ometeotl to Amethyst.

(I could have sworn there was another set of letters between them, but I can’t find hide nor hair of them in my inbox, sentbox or FR files. Weird.)

oilslickmires:

itsalwayssunnyineverbloom:

Some headcanons for dragon bonding/affection/friendly body language and social customs (etc.):

  • Guardians: Extend a wing over smaller dragons to comfort and shelter them; make a deep rumbling noise when very happy or content (this can last for several minutes and be rather startling to dragons who’ve never heard it before).
  • Wildclaws: Lots of nuzzling and playful mouthing, especially when young; resting their heads and long necks on another dragon’s back.
  • Imperials: Gentle nuzzles and licks are common, along with some rubbing/scent marking.  Highly bonded imperials will often touch and entwine their sensitive whiskers together for long periods, a form of intimacy that seems odd to other breeds.  They also purr softly when very content.
  • Pearlcatchers: Not very physically affectionate; prefer to have deep conversations as a form of bonding.  Pearlcatcher pairs may briefly touch whiskers, or drape them over close friends/mates of another breed, but do not entwine them like Imperials.  Touching the whiskers of a Pearlcatcher who isn’t comfortable with you is a major social transgression among Pearlcatchers.
  • Skydancers: Careful, extensive preening sessions - you know you’re friends with a Skydancer when they start trying to groom you.  Sometimes they will try to groom dragons they have upset/are not on good terms with as a form of appeasement.
  • Tundra: Sniffing and rubbing/scent-marking.  A Tundra who rubs its scent on you has declared you a good friend.  If a dragon is friendly with many Tundra, they may go to sleep alone and wake up surrounded by a protective circle of Tundra, all facing outward to watch for danger.
  • Mirrors: Half-lid their eyes or close their foremost set of eyes when comfortable with someone, as a wide-eyed stare would indicate aggression.  An extremely comfortable mirror (especially a young one) will often flop their sinuous body over you and sleep on you in a variety of odd positions.  Aggressive “love-bites” and scratches also occur, and a mirror may leave a bite or scar on another dragon to say "mine".
  • Spirals: Coiling around another dragon.  It’s not uncommon to see an Imp or Guardian trying to walk and go about their daily business while a spiral coils lovingly around their limbs.
  • Snappers: Not very physically affectionate, except for the occasional gentle headbutt.  May produce a deep rumble/hum when content, similar to Guardians.
  • Coatl: Hum softly while flicking their tongues slowly as an expression of pleasure and peace.  Gift-giving (in the form of small precious metals or gems) is an important bonding custom.
  • Fae: Perch and sleep on larger dragons, and keep a keen watch on friends from a distance.  They seem aloof and unkind to many other breeds, even when being their most friendly.
  • Ridgebacks: Like Guardians, they will extend a wing to shelter smaller dragons.  They have a penchant for bonding through storytelling and borrowing games rather than physical means.

All headcanons accepted.

I really like most of these, though my pearlcatcher, Jade, does not at all fit this since she’s very physically affectionate with those she’s close to.

Amethyst, now an accomplished Plague mage, used Contaminate on a nature dragon and took about half their health and infected them with Virus. One of their allies, apparently unaware of the effects of Virus, then cast Aid on them and they lost most of their remaining health. It was glorious.

So proud.

handsometundras:

Greetings, friends and fellows of the grand scientific adventure that is life! It is I - Beverly Fluff, the Science Puff! For those of you who are new and for those of you who plain don’t remember I run a little publication here on the blog called Bev’s Science Corner! Today we’re talking about eggs, specifically the Plague Egg. Let us begin!

The Egg
Tradition has long held that Plague eggs derive their sticky exterior from bacterial colonies growing on the egg surface. Research suggests this is, in fact, entirely true. The long-held Plague assertion of “It’s the mother’s way” has yet to bear any fruit, as scheduling an appointment with the Plaguebringer appears to be both difficult and impossible. However, evidence collected over the course of our study supports the notion that the sticky egg exterior aids in keeping Plague eggs stationary during incubation, as well as provides a quick packet of endemic bacteria for the emerging hatchling’s immune system. It appears that bacterial egg colonies vary from clan to clan, with some strains of microorganisms having greater success in certain clans than in others. Some individual lairs claimed to purposefully cultivate specific strains of bacteria in their nesting grounds, either to maintain a uniform cultural identity or to provide a more quote-unquote “interesting” time of things for newly-hatched dragons.

Unsurprisingly, Plague eggs tend to have a pervasive odor which most agree is best experienced in open areas where the free movement of air is possible. It appears that the composition of Plague dragon olfactory cells has evolved somewhat differently than those of other flights, leading natural-born Plague dragons to describe the egg smell as calming or “homey.”

Figure 1. In which the scientist’s assistant was 100% unwilling to touch the specimen.

The Nest
The nest, or - as some less professional sources have it - the soup bowl is, as with many other nests, constructed out of materials usually found in the surrounding elemental region. Of course, where other flights may make use of branches and minerals, Plague dragons seem to favour scavenged bones, ambient microbial carpets, and structures which our assistant described as “like intestines, except they don’t go nowhere.”

Ingesting the “soup” is not advisable and may in fact result in what was described by a local as “severe internal Wyrmwound”. This researcher has yet to validate these claims and must now grapple with the ethical ramifications of asking for volunteers.

Final note 
For anyone encountering a Plague egg in the wild - I would say to not be alarmed, but frankly that would be poor advice indeed. Be alarmed! A little caution may go a long way, and frequent claw-washing is advisable. However, don’t allow that wariness to stop you from collecting and nurturing the little thing to a, er, healthy hatching.

Lairs with compost heaps, organic trash heaps or unusually fetid pools nearby may be best off just storing the egg in one of these places until hatching. Those with less space will be glad of the egg’s naturally sticky abilities as they may very well store the egg by adhering it to a cave wall or ceiling. In such cases it is, of course, preferable to remove the egg prior to hatching or else instruct fellow lair-dwellers to keep clear of the splash zone.

Wonderful.

I see that Bev has an assistant of similar sensibilities as Tahirah, the (arcane sprite) assistant to my own clan’s resident biologist dragon, Atotoztli. And speaking of Atotoztli, I think she’d eat this up. Hopefully not literally, but she is a plague dragon and agrees about the homey sentiment.

SO I JUST FOUND THIS REALLY USEFUL TOOL THAT ALLOWS YOU TO VISUALLY COMPARE THE SIZES OF THINGS

talesofasmallwindclan:

fr-3t:

drtanner-sfw:

And if you’re trying to accurately convey, say, the sizes of characters standing next to each other in art where you know their heights but are having a bit of difficulty visualising it confidently, or if you’d like to know how tall a Jaeger actually is compared to its pilots, for example, it’s incredibly helpful.

Take a look for yourself!

The best part is that if you click the link for advanced mode, you can add your own pictures to make it even easier! Pop in the URL for each image and the dimensions you need for each one, and it’ll scale them up or down next to each other for you, like this:

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In this example I took the lengths of Saronja and little baby Gat from their profiles and put them in to see how big they are side by side, because I’m going to be drawing these guys in a moment and I’m too fuzzyheaded to get this shit right by myself. Now it’s easy to see what I’m supposed to be doing!

Isn’t that great?

I’m tagging this #flight rising so that my other dragon game buddies can get a kick out of seeing their dragons next to each other at their actual sizes. Have fun, guys! 

This is neat!

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PFFT~

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Well I’m never drawing them as their actual size difference.  Luci would just be a stray spagetti noodle on Icnoyotl’s face all the time.

The Three Sisters, compared.

Xochiquetzal is much bigger now that she hasn’t just laid eggs.

Hello everyone! ›

isa-rising:

Calling all the newbies and older players alike!

I want to see your custom progens (the dragons you chose the colours for when you joined).

Older players, I wanna see if you’ve gened them or dressed them up, it makes me happy seeing how theyve progressed :D

Also, I just wanted to remind…

This is Károth. Seems like just yesterday he was looking for a home, recently orphaned after an Arcane clan killed his mother and destroyed and scattered his old clan. But he found an abandoned cave and started a new life with a fae he met there, his mate (and my beautiful given progen, Aquamarine). Now they’re patriarch’s of their own well-established clan.

Just added the one gene cause that’s how I like him. Thought about ripple, but I prefer the shininess of his coat. He doesn’t like wearing a ton of apparel. He’s a warrior, scholar, and barterer. He enjoys studying dead languages and conducting business deals. He is very loyal to his beautiful mate who he loves very much, but maybe flirts with Crim just a little bit when he sees her at the trading post.

I modeled him after me.

And here is a lovely picture of my progens together.