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Santharian World Development => The Santharian Bestiary => Topic started by: Rayne (Alýr) on 25 October 2009, 13:53:44



Title: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 25 October 2009, 13:53:44
With a 'poof!" a familiar elf finds herself in the Bestiary. After wandering through the halls, looking at beasts being sculpted from threads of imagination, she pulls out a rather large book of notes and begins flipping through it. Pages flutter out between the leafs, taking on the shapes of animals. A paper frog hops from the book into her pocket, while a paper bird flutters up to nest in her dark hair, which falls softly across her indigo eyes.

After flipping for a while, she pulls out a dusty parchment yellowed by time. The date written in its corner says that it is almost three years old. She glances over it briefly, then leaves it in the air for a moment as she puts her notebook away--the other entries are for another time. The floating parchment shivers with excitement, and she smiles. She takes in a deep breath, then blows the parchment into a Drakelet, which chirps joyfully in its new found existence.

With a croak from her pocket and a warble from her hair, the little elf disappears with a 'poof!'


Drakelets (Draeklets), featherdrakes, whelplings, hatchlings

Drakelets are small, drake-like creatures approximately the size of a cat or small fox: about the length of a human male's arm at full length, not including a tail of about the length of a forearm. Because of their size, they are often confused for young drakes, hence the name “whelplings” or “hatchlings.” They are reptilian creatures, yet their scales are arranged in succession down the plethora of bones located in the wing, giving their wings a feathery appearance, thus lending them the name “featherdrakes.”

The size and behaviour of Drakelets has led many drake researchers to dismiss the common assumption that these creature belong in the drake family, despite the few features they have in common with the Feathered Wyvern. They are completely unmagical creatures of an unacceptably small size. In addition, they do not have nearly the intelligence of drakes, nor the strength and prowess common to this reptile class. Some adamant scholars have even proposed that Drakelets are more closely related to Dragonfly lizards, though few have accepted the theory. Although scholars have continually tried to find a more acceptable name for this beast, the term “Drakelet” continues to be widely used.

Appearance: The Drakelet looks like a small drake, with scales the size and shape of fingernails covering it completely, to the tip of its feather-like wings. Its pointed head ends in a slight curve, giving it a kind of elongated beak that can deliver a painful bite. The eyes are always a flat black, and constantly give it a clueless expression—as though an orc could be standing over it yelling with mace in hand, ready to clobber it, and it wouldn’t take the slightest notice. It has small protrusions at the back of its head, as though its structure feebly attempted horns, which not only are small (only a nailsbreadth at most in length) but are hopelessly blunt, like small nubs.

The Drakelet has a moderately slender neck leading to its rounded body, which has the appearance of being bloated. It has four short legs, each ending in four sharp claws, with a fifth claw protruding from the back of each leg. Its claws have the potential for being fairly dangerous, but are rarely used. Its tail extends from its body about the length of a elven woman's forearm, and tapers to a point. Two large wings extend from just below the shoulder blades of its front legs—wings which can spread across to a the length of a human male's leg. From the main bone of the wing protrudes a copious amount of longer bones, giving the wing its shape. Along each of the branching bones are layers of fingernail-shaped scales, slightly larger than many of the other scales that cover the drake’s back and head. The drake has only a bit of skin connecting one branching bone to another, though the scales cover it well and, in doing so, give the wing the appearance of being feathery. The broadest scales on the drake run from the base of the neck to the base of the tail, along the belly; however, though larger, these scales are no where as tough as those on its back, and have a leathery quality.

Drakelets come in several different colours depending on location. The Drakelets that dwell in the foothills of Ximax tend to be more green or green-brown, blending in with the trees that grow under the mountains. Those that dwell near the coast tend to appear more teal or dark turquoise, sometimes a dark sea-green. Those living in the more mountainous regions tend to have a bronze colour, sometimes with flecks of silver or red. Drakelets are fairly adaptive with colour, and if their environment changes, they have the capacity to change colours. However, his mechanism for changing colour only comes about if the Drakelet has difficulty finding food. Some Ximax students, having taken the creatures as pets, use this to turn their Drakelets more exotic colours, though these variations are less common and tend to take a lot of care to attain. Drakelets also shed their scales once a year in late fall, at which point their scales, regardless of colour, turn dull and unappealing, and flake as they become brittle as autumn leaves.

Special Abilities: Drakelets’ only interesting ability is that which allows them to change the colour of their scales. They have neither the agility nor the intelligence of their larger cousins, being rather clumsy and awkward, and cannot perform magic, breathe fire, shapeshift, or any of the other talents befitting dragon and dragon kin. Some people joke that the Drakelets must be magic, because only through magic could they have survived as long as they have. Their small heads make for small brains, and it shows. They have very poor sight, and while it is assumed that they can distinguish colours, they commonly get things mixed up. Observers tell a myriad of stories about how a female Drakelet, mistaking the eggs of a bird for her own after leaving the nest to hunt, hatched them and even then mothered them for a short time before realizing her mistake, somehow unable to tell the difference. Though they can easily be domesticated and trained to follow their master, they often get confused and will begin following the wrong person.

Territory: Drakelets live almost exclusively in Xaramon, specifically in and around Ximax Academy, and are rarely found in other locations. They have found suitable places in the forests, in the mountains, and down around the coasts. Some believe that their sole location in Ximax is due to their attraction to the magic generated there, even if they can’t use it themselves.

Habitat/Behaviour: Drakelets tend to live, for the most part, in peace, without a sense of territory (or really, a sense of anything). The only skirmishes among them are over food. They tend to drift in and out of different locations aimlessly looking for food. All Drakelets can fly, giving them a necessary advantage over prey that would otherwise be more nimble and clever. Drakelets living in the foothills of Ximax tend to keep to the trees, blending in to the canopy and keeping their beady eyes out for motion on the ground. Those in the mountains are similar, tending to reside on higher parts of the mountains looking down the hill for movement, while those near the coast patrol the surroundings from cliffs and wave-worn crags. When they see a mouse or lizard or crab, or anything appearing the least bit edible, they dive. Though they have sharp beaks, most tend to use their weight (which averages 2 hebs) to crush the creature with its round body before quickly swallowing it down. Sea Drakelets, will at times use their beaks to try to spear fish, but typically crabs make up the majority of their diet.

Drakelets shed their scales once a year in late fall, at which point their scales turn dull and flake off, leaving them bony-winged and leathery. During winter, they hibernate in groups anywhere they can find, including barns and chicken coops. During this time, their scales re-grow and they emerge in spring with new, bright scales and a hungry appetite.

Although Drakelets have no natural predators, they tend to be timid of creatures larger or even equal to their size. This includes humanoids, dogs, and even some cats. Though dim-witted, they can be trained to follow a master around, and can be domesticated to some degree. While technically not allowed in the towers, the younger students of the Ximax Academy will sometimes take the creatures as pets, thrilled by the thought of owning a dragon-like creature, though many soon discover within a couple months how frustrating the creatures can be: not only are they difficult to train (to relieve themselves outside, for example), but once a year they shed all their scales, leaving a mess wherever they can find to scratch their scales off. Typically, within a year of the student acquiring their Drakelet, they try to pawn the creature off to someone else.

Drakelet stupidity is famous around Ximax. The Ximax rats are infamous for playing a variety of tricks on them as the dumb reptiles try in vain to catch one as a snack. They are easily confused, and have little or no sense of direction. Their antics have generated insults such as “Dumb as a Drakelet” or “Drakelet brain,” even “feather-brained as a featherdrake!” Students also generate insults derived from their clumsiness: “You waddle like a Drakelet;” “Graceful as a Drakelet.”

Diet: Drakelets eat almost anything smaller than themselves: from rodents (including mice, rats, and young rabbits) in the forests, to lizards and insects in the mountains, to crabs and sometimes fish near the coast. They will even eat birds, if they can catch them, and eggs. While it would seem chickens would be good game for these creatures, they tend to stay away from these birds, easily confused and surprised by the screech and mass of feathery bodies that tend to result from an attempted raid of the chicken coop.

Domestic Drakelets will eat most anything, even fruits and vegetables, though all Drakelets require meat in their diet. They can be fed any meat, from chicken or turkey to cow to sheep. Though they seem to prefer it raw, they will also eat it cooked. Because their scales change without adequate food supply (an adaptive mechanism for ensuring survival no matter their location), some students purposely cut back the food to make their drakes change. This is a long process, sometimes taking months or, at most, a year. However, if kept in an environment of the desired colour and denied food, a Drakelet will eventually, and most certainly, change to the colour they see around them.

Mating: Drakelets mate once a year in late summer or early autumn, attracting each other through warbling and chirping noises. When two Drakelets find each other, they will mate, and then typically separate to seek out other mates. This behavior continues for several weeks, sometimes as long as a month. The gestation period for females lasts until early spring, soon after waking from hibernation. They build nests out of whatever is nearby: sometimes rocks, sometimes leaves, sometimes seaweed, and lay usually 6 or 7 eggs. The leathery eggs are large enough to carry one, but not two, in your hand. Gray in colour, these eggs don’t require any type of incubation, though the mother will typically watch over them, protecting them from any potential predator.

Young Drakelets hatch in early summer, and though the mother will usually stay with them for several weeks while they learn to catch food, they are essentially independent from the time they break through their shells. Leathery and without scales when born, they develop quickly and are fully scaled within a few weeks after hatching. They typically begin mating after one year. The average lifespan for Drakelets is often difficult to determine, but most agree that they live between 7 and 10 years if no acts of stupidity cut their lives short.

Myth/Lore/Origin: The specificity of the Drakelets’ territory has generated many myths concerning its creation, all relating back to the magic of Ximax. Some believe that the Ximax Orb somehow created the creature, though this has often been criticized for not explaining why the Drakelet has no power. Others say it was merely some sort of magical accident—a lizard and a bird being melted into each other by one of the huge explosions which occurred early in Ximaxian history. Still others have offered that it was the work of a great mage who tried to create a good pet, but seeing the result of is meddling, abandoned the creature to the wilds.

Usages: The Drakelets provide companionship for any willing to withstand its stupidity and clumsiness. Drakelets have all the potential, it would seem, of being loyal pets, but their small brains make them easily confused and always in need of being cleaned up after. Their scaly skin, which seems as though it would be useful to make armour or protective gear, turns dull and brittle soon after the creature dies. The meat of the Drakelet is edible, but stringy and often bitter.



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Drakelets (Draeklets), featherdrakes, whelplings, hatchlings

<p>Drakelets are small, drake-like creatures approximately the size of a cat or small fox: a little less than two fores <a name="(1)Return" href="#[1]">[1]</a> at full length, not including a tail of about two palmspans to one fore <a name="(2)Return" href="#[2]">[2]</a> long. Because of their size, they are often confused for young drakes, hence the name “whelplings” or “hatchlings.” They are reptilian creatures, yet their scales are arranged in succession down the plethora of bones located in the wing, giving their wings a feathery appearance, thus lending them the name “featherdrakes.”

<p>The size and behaviour of Drakelets has led many drake researchers to dismiss the common assumption that these creature belong in the drake family, despite the few features they have in common with the Feathered Wyvern. They are completely unmagical creatures of an unacceptably small size. In addition, they do not have nearly the intelligence of drakes, nor the strength and prowess common to this reptile class. Some adamant scholars have even proposed that Drakelets are more closely related to Dragonfly lizards, though few have accepted the theory. Although scholars have continually tried to find a more acceptable name for this beast, the term “Drakelet” continues to be widely used.

<p><u><a name="Appearance">Appearance</a></u>.The Drakelet looks like a small drake, with scales the size and shape of fingernails covering it completely, to the tip of its feather-like wings. Its pointed head ends in a slight curve, giving it a kind of elongated beak that can deliver a painful bite. The eyes are always a flat black, and constantly give it a clueless expression—as though an orc could be standing over it yelling with mace in hand, ready to clobber it, and it wouldn’t take the slightest notice. It has small protrusions at the back of its head, as though its structure feebly attempted horns, which not only are small (only a nailsbreadth at most in length) but are hopelessly blunt, like small nubs.

<p>The Drakelet has a moderately slender neck leading to its rounded body, which has the appearance of being bloated. It has four short legs, each ending in four sharp claws, with a fifth claw protruding from the back of each leg. Its claws have the potential for being fairly dangerous, but are rarely used. Its tail extends from its body about two palmspans to one fore <a name="(3)Return" href="#[3]">[3]</a>, tapering to a point. Two large wings extend from just below the shoulder blades of its front legs—wings which can spread to nearly two and a half fores <a href="#[4]" name="(4)Return">[4]</a> across. From the main bone of the wing protrudes a copious amount of longer bones, giving the wing its shape. Along each of the branching bones are layers of fingernail-shaped scales, slightly larger than many of the other scales that cover the drake’s back and head. The drake has only a bit of skin connecting one branching bone to another, though the scales cover it well and, in doing so, give the wing the appearance of being feathery. The broadest scales on the drake run from the base of the neck to the base of the tail, along the belly; however, though larger, these scales are no where as tough as those on its back, and have a leathery quality.

<p>Drakelets come in several different colours depending on location. The Drakelets that dwell in the foothills of Ximax tend to be more green or green-brown, blending in with the trees that grow under the mountains. Those that dwell near the coast tend to appear more teal or dark turquoise, sometimes a dark sea-green. Those living in the more mountainous regions tend to have a bronze colour, sometimes with flecks of silver or red. Drakelets are fairly adaptive with colour, and if their environment changes, they have the capacity to change colours. However, his mechanism for changing colour only comes about if the Drakelet has difficulty finding food. Some Ximax students, having taken the creatures as pets, use this to turn their Drakelets more exotic colours, though these variations are less common and tend to take a lot of care to attain. Drakelets also shed their scales once a year in late fall, at which point their scales, regardless of colour, turn dull and unappealing, and flake as they become brittle as autumn leaves.

<p><u><a name="Special Abilities">Special Abilities</a></u>. Drakelets’ only interesting ability is that which allows them to change the colour of their scales. They have neither the agility nor the intelligence of their larger cousins, being rather clumsy and awkward, and cannot perform magic, breathe fire, shapeshift, or any of the other talents befitting dragon and dragon kin. Some people joke that the Drakelets must be magic, because only through magic could they have survived as long as they have. Their small heads make for small brains, and it shows. They have very poor sight, and while it is assumed that they can distinguish colours, they commonly get things mixed up. Observers tell a myriad of stories about how a female Drakelet, mistaking the eggs of a bird for her own after leaving the nest to hunt, hatched them and even then mothered them for a short time before realizing her mistake, somehow unable to tell the difference. Though they can easily be domesticated and trained to follow their master, they often get confused and will begin following the wrong person.

<p><u><a name="Territory">Territory</a></u>. Drakelets live almost exclusively in Xaramon, specifically in and around Ximax Academy, and are rarely found in other locations. They have found suitable places in the forests, in the mountains, and down around the coasts. Some believe that their sole location in Ximax is due to their attraction to the magic generated there, even if they can’t use it themselves.

<p><u><a name="Habitat/Behavior">Habitat/Behaviour</a></u>. Drakelets tend to live, for the most part, in peace, without a sense of territory (or really, a sense of anything). The only skirmishes among them are over food. They tend to drift in and out of different locations aimlessly looking for food. All Drakelets can fly, giving them a necessary advantage over prey that would otherwise be more nimble and clever. Drakelets living in the foothills of Ximax tend to keep to the trees, blending in to the canopy and keeping their beady eyes out for motion on the ground. Those in the mountains are similar, tending to reside on higher parts of the mountains looking down the hill for movement, while those near the coast patrol the surroundings from cliffs and wave-worn crags. When they see a mouse or lizard or crab, or anything appearing the least bit edible, they dive. Though they have sharp beaks, most tend to use their weight (which averages 2 hebs) to crush the creature with its round body before quickly swallowing it down. Sea Drakelets, will at times use their beaks to try to spear fish, but typically crabs make up the majority of their diet.

<p>Drakelets shed their scales once a year in late fall, at which point their scales turn dull and flake off, leaving them bony-winged and leathery. During winter, they hibernate in groups anywhere they can find, including barns and chicken coops. During this time, their scales re-grow and they emerge in spring with new, bright scales and a hungry appetite.

<p>Although Drakelets have no natural predators, they tend to be timid of creatures larger or even equal to their size. This includes humanoids, dogs, and even some cats. Though dim-witted, they can be trained to follow a master around, and can be domesticated to some degree. While technically not allowed in the towers, the younger students of the Ximax Academy will sometimes take the creatures as pets, thrilled by the thought of owning a dragon-like creature, though many soon discover within a couple months how frustrating the creatures can be: not only are they difficult to train (to relieve themselves outside, for example), but once a year they shed all their scales, leaving a mess wherever they can find to scratch their scales off. Typically, within a year of the student acquiring their Drakelet, they try to pawn the creature off to someone else.

<p>Drakelet stupidity is famous around Ximax. The Ximax rats are infamous for playing a variety of tricks on them as the dumb reptiles try in vain to catch one as a snack. They are easily confused, and have little or no sense of direction. Their antics have generated insults such as “Dumb as a Drakelet” or “Drakelet brain,” even “feather-brained as a featherdrake!” Students also generate insults derived from their clumsiness: “You waddle like a Drakelet;” “Graceful as a Drakelet.”

<p><u><a name="Diet">Diet</a></u>. Drakelets eat almost anything smaller than themselves: from rodents (including mice, rats, and young rabbits) in the forests, to lizards and insects in the mountains, to crabs and sometimes fish near the coast. They will even eat birds, if they can catch them, and eggs. While it would seem chickens would be good game for these creatures, they tend to stay away from these birds, easily confused and surprised by the screech and mass of feathery bodies that tend to result from an attempted raid of the chicken coop.

<p>Domestic Drakelets will eat most anything, even fruits and vegetables, though all Drakelets require meat in their diet. They can be fed any meat, from chicken or turkey to cow to sheep. Though they seem to prefer it raw, they will also eat it cooked. Because their scales change without adequate food supply (an adaptive mechanism for ensuring survival no matter their location), some students purposely cut back the food to make their drakes change. This is a long process, sometimes taking months or, at most, a year. However, if kept in an environment of the desired colour and denied food, a Drakelet will eventually, and most certainly, change to the colour they see around them.

<p><u><a name="Mating">Mating</a></u>. Drakelets mate once a year in late summer or early autumn, attracting each other through warbling and chirping noises. When two Drakelets find each other, they will mate, and then typically separate to seek out other mates. This behavior continues for several weeks, sometimes as long as a month. The gestation period for females lasts until early spring, soon after waking from hibernation. They build nests out of whatever is nearby: sometimes rocks, sometimes leaves, sometimes seaweed, and lay usually 6 or 7 eggs. The leathery eggs, almost a full palmspan <a name="(5)Return" href="#[5]">[5]</a> long and gray, don’t require any type of incubation, though the mother will typically watch over them, protecting them from any potential predator.

<p>Young Drakelets hatch in early summer, and though the mother will usually stay with them for several weeks while they learn to catch food, they are essentially independent from the time they break through their shells. Leathery and without scales when born, they develop quickly and are fully scaled within a few weeks after hatching. They typically begin mating after one year. The average lifespan for Drakelets is often difficult to determine, but most agree that they live between 7 and 10 years if no acts of stupidity cut their lives short.

<p><u><a name="Myth/Lore">Myth/Lore/Origin</a></u>. The specificity of the Drakelets’ territory has generated many myths concerning its creation, all relating back to the magic of Ximax. Some believe that the Ximax Orb somehow created the creature, though this has often been criticized for not explaining why the Drakelet has no power. Others say it was merely some sort of magical accident—a lizard and a bird being melted into each other by one of the huge explosions which occurred early in Ximaxian history. Still others have offered that it was the work of a great mage who tried to create a good pet, but seeing the result of is meddling, abandoned the creature to the wilds.

<p><u><a name="Uages">Usages</a></u>. The Drakelets provide companionship for any willing to withstand its stupidity and clumsiness. Drakelets have all the potential, it would seem, of being loyal pets, but their small brains make them easily confused and always in need of being cleaned up after. Their scaly skin, which seems as though it would be useful to make armour or protective gear, turns dull and brittle soon after the creature dies. The meat of the Drakelet is edible, but stringy and often bitter.

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<br><a name="[3]">[3]</a>.7 to 1 fore <a href="#(3)Return">[Return]</a>
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Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Fox on 26 October 2009, 15:20:46
Yay! So cute! :pet:


Not much I can see to comment on for this, it covers everything in a wonderful fashion. I suppose the only thing I have questions about would be their claws--if not used for anything, then they wouldn't have them. Perhaps you can mention that they use them for clinging to their nests in trees and slippery rocks and cliff faces?

Otherwise, I love this entry. It adds in a certain magical feel, but keeps it certifiably mundane. I'd certainly consider getting one as a pet, their flighty nature just adds to their charm.  :buck:



The first image I had when I was reading this was of the whelpings from WoW. Yay for cute confused baby dragon-like things. :heart:

(http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/wowwiki/images/f/fc/Whelps2.jpg)



Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Ta`lia of the Seven Jewels on 26 October 2009, 19:06:49
Cute!

I have one as well, just some feathers are missing!



Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Azhira Styralias on 12 November 2009, 05:39:02
Shameless bump...  :P

Any chance a mod could look this over? I really like these drakelets! I'm terrible at bestiary entries, but it looks great from what I can tell.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Ta`lia of the Seven Jewels on 12 November 2009, 06:50:46
Just give it a try, Azhira!

The ideas are coming as soon as you start commenting.

You only want to have one for your mage on the RPG side!  :buck:


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Azhira Styralias on 17 November 2009, 00:09:41
Well, my only issue is that I think the following paragraph should go into a separate one, perhaps Researchers or Myth/Lore. It seems out of place in the Overview:

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The size and behavior of Drakelets has led many drake researchers to dismiss the common assumption that these creature belong in the drake family, despite the few features they have in common with the Feathered Wyvern. They are completely unmagical creatures of an unacceptably small size. In additional, they do not have nearly the intelligence of drakes, nor the strength and prowess common to this reptile class. Some adamant scholars have even proposed that Drakelets are more closely related to Dragonfly lizards, though few have accepted the theory. Although scholars have continually tried to find a more acceptable name for this beast, the term “Drakelet” continues to be widely used.

And, maybe a small myth/lore about why some would believe the drakelet is attracted to the magic in and around Ximax. That lends some more truth to the story that the creature was an accidental experiment by a mage of some sort maybe.

Otherwise, its a cute and nice entry. And yes, I want one for my mage!  :cool:


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Kalína Dalá'isyrás on 24 November 2009, 03:40:49
I have a quick nitpick. The decimals bother me, especially since we have so many levels of measurements available, it would make sense to make use of them in this type of entry.

I absolutely love these little guys, and would love to have one for Kalina on the RPG board when I rewrite her.

Good to see some Rayne entries again!

Toodles!


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Lorek Sarnif on 24 November 2009, 08:22:05
Grettings, Lady Avalotus. Whilst I am no expert and only recently an apprentice, I am here to assist you with your newest creatures. I comment in this fanciful color.

Drakelets are small, drake-like creatures approximately the size of a cat or small fox: about 1.7 (I believe we no longer use decimals. Just an FYI that in your absence things have quite changed.) fores at full length, not including a tail of about .7-1 (See above, please.) fore. Because (Would you be so kind as to reword this sentence? One of my beliefs is the worst sin in English is starting a sentence with "and" "but" or "because".) of their size, they are often confused for young drakes, hence the name “whelplings” or “hatchlings.” They are reptilian creatures, yet their scales are arranged in succession down the plethora of bones located in the wing, giving their wings a feathery appearance, thus lending (Maybe just me being a nitpicky English major, but this sentence seems a bit long-winded.) them the name “featherdrakes.”

The size and behaviour (We use the ancient texts for Dev entries. I know you are quite seasoned at these and may have forgotten in your absence.) of Drakelets has led many drake researchers to dismiss the common assumption that these creatures belong in the drake family, despite the few features they have in common with the Feathered Wyvern. They are completely unmagical creatures of an unacceptably small size. In addition, they do not have nearly the intelligence of drakes, nor the strength and prowess common to this reptile class. Some adamant scholars have even proposed that Drakelets are more closely related to Dragonfly lizards, though few have accepted the theory. Although scholars have continually tried to find a more acceptable name for this beast, the term “Drakelet” continues to be widely used.

Appearance: The Drakelet looks like a small drake, with scales the size and shape of fingernails that cover it completely, to the tip of its feather-like wings. Its pointed head ends in a slight curve, giving it a kind of elongated beak that can deliver a painful bite. The eyes are always a flat black, and constantly give it a clueless expression—as though an orc could be standing over it yelling with mace in hand, ready to clobber it, and it wouldn’t take the slightest notice. It has small protrusions at the back of its head, as though its structure feebly attempted horns, which not only are small (only a nailsbreadth at most in length) but are hopelessly blunt, like small nubs. (This last sentence is very difficult and confusing to me. How about: This creature has small protrusions on the back of its head, most likely feebly attempted horns. They are not only small, measuring just a nailsbreadth, but are hopelessly blunt.)

The Drakelet has a moderately slender neck leading to its rounded body, which has the appearance of being bloated. It has four short legs each ending in four sharp claws, with a fifth claw protruding from the back of its (each, maybe?) leg. Its claws have the potential for being fairly dangerous, but are rarely used. Its tail extends from its body about .7 (Just a reminder that we don't use decimals.) to 1 fore, tapering to a point. Two large wings extend from just below the shoulder blades of its front legs—wings which can spread to nearly 2.5 fores across. From the main bone of the wing protrudes a copious amount of longer bones, giving the wing its shape. Along each of the branching bones are layers of fingernail-shaped scales, slightly larger than many of the other scales that cover the dragon’s back and head. The dragon has only a bit of skin connecting one branching bone to another, though the scales cover it well and, in doing so, give the wing the appearance of being feathery. The broadest scales on the dragon run from the base of the neck to the base of the tail, along the belly; however, though larger, these scales are no where as tough as those on its back, and have a leathery quality.

Drakelets come in several different colors depending on location. The Drakelets that dwell in the foothills of Ximax tend to be more green or green-brown, blending in with the trees that grow under the mountains. Those that dwell near the coast tend to appear more teal or dark turquoise, sometimes a dark sea-green. Those living in the more mountainous regions tend to have a bronze color, sometimes with flecks of silver or red. Drakelets are fairly adaptive with color, and if their environment changes, they have the capacity to change colors. This mechanism for changing color only comes about, though, if the Drakelet has difficulty finding food. Some Ximax students who take the creatures as pets use this to turn their Drakelets more exotic colors, though these variations are less common and tend to take a lot of care to attain. Drakelets also shed their scales once a year in late fall, at which point their scales, regardless of color, turn dull and unappealing, and flake as they become brittle as autumn leaves.

Special Abilities: Drakelets’ only moderately interesting ability is that which allows them to change the color of their scales. They have neither the agility nor the intelligence of their larger cousins; being rather clumsy and awkward, and cannot perform magic, breathe fire, shapeshift, or any of the other talents befitting dragon and dragon kin. Some people joke that the Drakelets must be magic, because only through magic could they have survived as long as they have. Their small heads make for small brains (Sorry for the nitpick, however, I believe a comma shouldn't be used before and if it can be helped.) and it shows. They have very poor sight, and while it is assumed that can tell color, they commonly get things mixed up. Observers tell a myriad of stories about how a female Drakelet, mistaking the eggs of a bird for her own after leaving the nest to hunt, hatched them and even then mothered them for a short time before realizing her mistake, somehow unable to tell the difference. Though they can easily be domesticated and trained to follow their master, they often get confused often will begin following the wrong person.

Territory: Drakelets live almost exclusively in Ximax, and are rarely found in other locations. They have found suitable places both in the forests, in the mountains, and down around the coasts. (Both? I see more that two places listed here. lol I suggest simply removing both.) Some believe that their sole location in Ximax is due to their attraction to the magic generated there, even if they can’t use it themselves.

Habitat/Behavior: Drakelets tend to live, for the most part, in peace, without a sense of territory (or really, a sense of anything). The only skirmishes among them are over food. They tend to drift in and out of different locations aimlessly looking for food. All Drakelets can fly, giving them a necessary advantage over prey that would otherwise be more nimble and clever. Drakelets living in the foothills of Ximax tend to keep to the trees, blending in to the canopy and keeping their beady eyes out for motion on the ground. Those in the mountains are similar, tending to reside on higher parts of the mountains looking down the hill for movement, while those near the coast patrol the surroundings from cliffs and wave-worn crags. When they see a mouse or lizard or crab, or anything looking in the least bit edible, they dive. Though they have sharp beaks, most tend to use their weight (How much does the average Drakelet weigh?) to crush the creature with its round body before quickly swallowing it down. Sea Drakelets, will at times use their beaks to try to spear fish, but typically crabs make up the majority of their diet.

Drakelets shed their scales once a year in late fall, at which point their scales turn dull and flake off, leaving them bony-winged and leathery. During winter, they hibernate in groups anywhere they can find, including barns and chicken coops. During this time, their scales re-grow and they emerge in spring with new, bright scales and a hungry appetite. (Quick question. How can one adopt a creature that sleeps a quarter of the year away? Just me being curious.)

Although Drakelets have no natural predators, they tend to be timid of creatures larger or even equal to their size. This includes humanoids, dogs, and even some cats. Though dim-witted, they can be trained to follow a master around, and can be domesticated to some degree. While technically not allowed in the towers, the younger students of Ximax Academy will sometimes take the creatures as pets, thrilled by the thought of owning a dragon-like creature, though many soon discover within a couple months how frustrating the creatures can be: not only are they difficult to train (to relieve themselves outside, for example), but once a year they shed all their scales, leaving a mess wherever they can find to scratch their scales off. (Me being a nitpicky English major again. Roughly half, maybe more of this paragraph reads as one run-on sentence. If you broke it down, it'd be great and contain a lot of facts. Sorry, but I have no suggestions for how this may be accomplished. If I do come up with one, I'll make a seperate post.) Typically, within a year of the student acquiring their Drakelet, they try to pawn the creature off to someone else.

Drakelet stupidity is famous around Ximax. The Ximax rats are infamous for playing a variety of tricks on them as the dumb reptiles try in vain to catch one as a snack. They are easily confused, and have little or no sense of direction. Their antics have generated insults such as “Dumb as a Drakelet” or “Drakelet brain,” even “feather-brained as a featherdrake!” Students also generate insults derived from their clumsiness: “You waddle like a Drakelet;” “Graceful as a Drakelet.” (Very well developed idea. Kudos.)

Diet: Drakelets eat almost anything smaller than themselves; from rodents to lizards and insects in the mountains and crabs and sometimes fish near the coast. They will even eat birds, if they can catch them, and eggs. While it would seem chickens would be good game for these creatures, they tend to stay away from these birds, easily confused and surprised by the screech and mass of feathery bodies that tend to result from an attempted raid of the chicken coop.

Domestic Drakelets will eat most anything, even fruits and vegetables, though all Drakelets require meat in their diet. They can be fed any meat, from chicken or turkey to cow to sheep. Though they seem to prefer it raw, they will also eat it cooked. Because (Again, my opinion it is the worst sin in our beloved language to start a sentence with "and" "but" or "because".) their scales change without adequate food supply (an adaptive mechanism for ensuring survival no matter their location), some students purposely cut back the food to make their drakes change. This is a long process, sometimes taking months or, at most, a year. However, if kept in an environment of the desired color and denied food, a Drake will eventually, and most certainly, change to the color they see around them.

Mating: Drakelets mate once a year in late summer or early autumn, attracting each other though warbling and chirping noises. When two Drakelets find each other, they will mate, and then typically separate to seek out other mates. This behavior continues for several weeks, sometimes as long as a month. The gestation period for females lasts until early spring, soon after waking from hibernation. They build nests our of whatever is around, sometimes rocks, sometimes leaves, sometimes seaweed, and lay usually 6 or 7 eggs. The leathery eggs, about .7 or (How about you word it that they measure "Almost a full palmspan"?) .8 palmspans long and gray, don’t require any type of incubation, though the mother will typically watch them, protecting them from any potential predator.

Young Drakelets hatch in early summer, and though the mother will usually stay with them for several weeks while they learn to catch food, they are essentially independent from the time they break through their shells. Leathery and without scales when born, they develop quickly and are fully scaled within a few weeks after hatching. They typically mate after one year. The average lifespan for Drakelets is often difficult to determine, but most agree that they live between 7 and 10 years if no acts of stupidity cut their lives short.

Myth/Lore/Origin: The specificity of the Drakelets’ territory has generated many myths concerning its creation, all relating back to the magic of Ximax. Some believe that the Ximax Orb somehow created the creature, though this has often been criticized for not explaining why the Drakelet has no power. Others say it was merely some sort of magical accident—a lizard and a bird being melted into each other by one of the huge explosions which occurred early in Ximaxian history. Still others have offered that it was the work of a great mage who tried to create a good pet, but seeing the result of is meddling, abandoned the creature to the wilds.

Usages: The Drakelets provide companionship for any willing to withstand stupidity and clumsiness. Drakelets have all the potential, it would seem, of being loyal pets, but their small brains make them easily confused and always in need of being cleaned up after. Their scaly skin, which seems as though it would be useful to make armor or protective gear, turns dull and brittle soon after the creature dies. The meat of the Drakelet is edible, but stringy and often bitter.

Lovely read, Rayne! A few errors aside, this is a great idea and wonderful read. I wish you all the best, fellow Dreamer.

Sincerely,

Lorek Sarnif


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 24 November 2009, 09:55:26
Rayne appears in the thread in little flickers of flame.  She sighs, slightly exasperated at the 'English major' employing nomenclature unfitting to the referent: particularly the use of "run-on sentence." This term, after all, cannot be haphazardly assigned to any long sentence. A run-on sentence is one in which two independent clauses are thrown together (sometimes joined by a comma, hence the term "comma-splice") instead of being connected. In order to demonstrate WHY the sentence mentioned above is NOT a run-on sentence, she diagrams it:

While technically not allowed in the towers, [Dependent clause: "while" is a subordinating conjunction, making this a subordinate clause]

the younger students of Ximax Academy will sometimes take the creatures as pets, [Independent clause]

thrilled by the thought of owning a dragon-like creature, [Dependent clause, specifically what is termed a "free modifier"]

though many soon discover within a couple months how frustrating the creatures can be [Dependent clause: "though" is a subordinating conjunction, making this a subordinate clause]

: [colon, used to indicate an illustration or elaboration of the last clause, and CAN be used to link two independent clauses. In fact, it usually is.]

not only are they difficult to train (to relieve themselves outside, for example), [Independent clause]

but once a year they shed all their scales, [Independent clause joined to the last by the conjunction "but"]

leaving a mess wherever they can find to scratch their scales off. [Dependent clause, specifically a "free modifier"]

It is also pertinent to note that the use of "because," or any other conjunction, to begin a sentence is NOT incorrect, nor does it defile the beauty of the English language; it is used (very frequently) in the highest literature English-writing authors and poets have ever created. The myth about not beginning a sentence with a conjunction stems from occasional misuse by inexperienced writers, who do not use them properly and end up with fragmented sentences. This is not the case in this entry.

The little elf glances at the time--and without another minute left to spare, takes her leave---but might caution Lorek: be careful using your status as an "English major" to justifying your terminology and nitpicking, as you never knows when you may end up using them incorrectly to comment on an entry by an English masters student.

With a smile and a little bow, the little elf vanishes once more.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Valan Nonesuch on 24 November 2009, 10:15:21
Not to put to fine a point on it, she just Rayned on your parade Lorek.  :P
And I believe the point about the decimals still stands.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 24 November 2009, 10:48:46
Quote from: Valan Nonesuch link=topic=13933.msg174993#msg174993
And I believe the point about the decimals still stands.


They are rarely larger than 2.5 peds or shorter than 1.5 peds.
http://www.santharia.com/bestiary/mephguour.htm
 --Entry by Artimidor and T'olar

The wall is about 1.5 fore thick.
http://www.santharia.com/magic/water_spells/3_frost_shield.htm
--Entry by Fox

Level 5: 1.5 peds
Level 6: 2.5 (peds)
Level 7: 4.5 peds

http://www.santharia.com/magic/water_spells/4_area_of_frost.htm
--Entry by Silfer Darkflare

They become 3 peds tall with their shoulders 1.5 peds wide, the same as their chest which tapers to 1 ped at the waist.
http://www.santharia.com/people/true_vision.htm
--Entry by Tarquet Galbar

To further represent this, the Pillar is wider at the base (1.5 peds in diameter) than the top (0.5 peds).
http://www.santharia.com/places/pest_pillar_nyermersys.htm
--Entry by Viresse

Being one of the smallest human tribes, the Eyelians are only about 1.5 peds, thought not quite as small as dwarves.
http://www.santharia.com/tribes/humans/eyelians.htm
--Entry by Capher and Lady Tiaa

The diameter of a Sunflower head is 0.2 peds across wild.
It has smaller, thinner leaves and a slightly smaller growing habit, reaching no more that 1.6 peds in height.

http://www.santharia.com/herbarium/sunflower.htm
--Entry by Wren

Erron Ratdweller was thin in build and short of stature, standing about 1.6 peds in height.
http://www.santharia.com/people/erron_ratdweller.htm
--Entry by Azhira El'rosse

The Doimo are quite short, around 1.6 peds tall, slender shoulders and with long limbs compared to their bodies.
http://www.santharia.com/tribes/humans/doimo.htm
--Entry by The Akorn

Most of them don't exceed the height of 1.6 peds and 1.8 peds is already considered extremely tall.
http://www.santharia.com/tribes/orcs/rhom-oc.htm
--Entry by Koldar Mondrakken

Xarl Bluestride was approximately 1.8 peds tall, and weighed an unknown amount
http://www.santharia.com/people/xarl_bluestride.htm
--Entry by Xarl

Their height is average (1.8 peds) in human standard for the male, while the female are about 0.15 peds shorter.

http://www.santharia.com/tribes/humans/ice_tribes.htm
--Entry by Curgan

The common Kanapans average 1.8 ped in height and are slender in build.
http://www.santharia.com/tribes/humans/kanapans.htm
--Entry by Drogo


NOTE: The writers mentioned above are or have been some of the most prolific and influential writers that have ever written for Santharia. They are mentioned, not to shed a light on their "misuse" of decimals, but to illuminate a standard in entry description that seems to have been overlooked by proscriptionists.

This is an extremely condensed list.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Valan Nonesuch on 24 November 2009, 11:11:48
Once again, not to put too fine a point on it.  half of those entries are what could be termed "older than sin". I don't deny the fine writing skills of these folks, but standards change. Otherwise we'd likely still be counting out bits of gold,

We could likely argue this all day though, so I imagine waiting for a response from on high would be the best thing to resolve it.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 24 November 2009, 11:35:35
The little elf winces to hear some of the best-loved and most respected entries on the website spoken of as "older than sin." But then again, the elf is a lover of classics. Aristotle wrote thousands of years ago, and yet his philosophies are still referenced as the basis of rhetorical theory and thought, and his terms still employed in scholarly literature. Many of these entries are old, yes, but they are certainly not out-dated.

So here's the bargain: convince the elf that a system of "one ped, two fores, one palmspan, four nailsbreadth" is a better, cleaner, clearer, more efficient way of communicating dimensions than saying "1.8 peds," and she will gladly change the entry.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Valan Nonesuch on 24 November 2009, 12:26:43
I think this might have gone in a slightly different direction from what I intended. I'm not for the endless stream of smaller units that wind up looking like some convoluted set of nested dolls. I prefer to avoid preciseness to be perfectly clear about.

I'm honestly more of a "roughly" and "approximately" person myself, for precisely the reason that things don't fit neatly into 1 ped 2 palmspans and 67 grains. "On average" is a nice turn of phrase as well. A hard figure makes it look like there's not a chance for variation, be it a decimal or an unending stream of smaller units. Approximations. Runts and giants alike need them.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Fox on 24 November 2009, 13:38:45
Although I vastly prefer decimals, I believe it's been authoritatively decided that they haven't been invented in Santharia yet. (those older entries were just written before that decision was made)

"Honestly, down to one decimal place is quite an acceptable level of accuracy, considering Santharia has yet to invent the decimal..." - Bard Judith (http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,12194.msg160837.html#msg160837)

Decimals thread (http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,8895.0.html)


I personally think it's extremely annoying, but sadly that's the way it is. :(


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Kalína Dalá'isyrás on 24 November 2009, 14:44:59
I had no intention of trying to start an argument. Rayne, you of all people should know me to be above such things, I just was under the impression the site as a whole (both RPG and Dev) were trying to move away from Decimals since a converter was accessible for exact measurements, and they can look a bit tacky when put into eloquent writing.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Ta`lia of the Seven Jewels on 24 November 2009, 22:28:54
I think the link (http://www.santharia.com/dev/index.php/topic,8895.0.html) Fox posted makes it clear, that we came already to a decision.  


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I'm against decimals - this is scientific syntax of a different age.

Quote Artimidor in that thread, and he spoke for many.

Of course there are many older entries which still use them, or newer, where it slipped through. Marvin's comment, that it was already used by the Arab's does not really contradict that. I won't do a wiki search now, how widespread the use was. We just 'defined/agreed' (most of us), that it is not yet invented. I'm glad there is one thing we have already decided. Maybe we should write it in some forum monsterthreads - if it is not already there.

Rayne, your entry will only get better, if you avoid them.  :heart:


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 24 November 2009, 23:19:51
The little elf flips open a (non-Santharia) encyclopedia and flips to John Napier, generally understood to be the inventor of the decimal point (as well as logarithms!) and checks his dates:  1550 - 1617 AD. This would correlate to 1550-1617 A.S. in the Santharian calendar. So, it would seem (logically) that decimal points have been in existence for probably over 50 years now.

And even the Bard herself has used decimal places in the past (from the RPG Board): The Bard is a human woman, about thirty-five Sorren years, 1.8 peds tall, buxom and full-hipped,  with cropped brown hair and cool green eyes.

The little elf smiles and vanishes away, decimal points still in place. She does not agree that the entry would be better without them, but is still open to persuasion!


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Ta`lia of the Seven Jewels on 25 November 2009, 00:14:29
Little elf, that entry from Judy is as old as the other ones you mentioned! I would try to persuade you with the promise to paint this drakelet for you, but I still have to do the Gynnia...   I'll post what I would have in mind later if I ever would come to do it. Though, my tablet is getting hot in the moment ;)

*looks at where the sun is standing in the sky and could be used as a measurement of time  if it would not rain and runs*


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Lorek Sarnif on 25 November 2009, 00:21:25
Thank you, Miss Rayne. I've just always been taught starting a sentence with a conjunction is wrong. I still believe that, but it's your entry and ultimately your decision. I'll swing through later to give another complete read-over.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Seeker on 25 November 2009, 03:09:21
Lorek, hasn't anybody ever told you to never correct an English Major's grammar.  :grin: :badidea:  You will just a get a grammar rule book quoted back to you which seems to reverse anything you ever learned in your elementary years.

at tleast that's my experience.  :shocked:


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Coren FrozenZephyr on 25 November 2009, 03:40:09
Well, that is a bit like quoting the law to a lawyer. We do get paid to argue that white is black, after all.

Personally, I am with Rayne on this one. Decimal points - imho - do look more elegant and succinct. HOWEVER, it WAS decided that decimal points should not be used. And I too had to change quite a few (new) entries to comply with that.

Rayne, dear, I guess we should play by the rules. Why waste your energy debating a procedural point? I would much rather see you working on one of your glorious poems. Every little helps ;)


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 25 November 2009, 04:37:59
Unfortunately, little elves with highly logical minds and very non-conformist attitudes are rarely persuaded by the bandwagon argument. If the arguments put forth are reasonable, well, that is something entirely different, but arguments consisting of "This is just the way it is," especially since the way it "is" happens to be a relatively new state of affairs, fails to convince the rational mind.

I've just always been taught starting a sentence with a conjunction is wrong. I still believe that...

As a warning, it would be better not to speak this too loud or too forcefully. There is the unfortunate circumstance in academia that opinions are generally transposed on to character, and proscriptionists/traditionalists are generally looked upon poorly. As an example from literature:

Since language is a a product of culture, these views reflect opposite pictures of cultural standards as well. As a consequence, questions of good and bad language are part of a much broader debate between those who advocate in recognizing and promoting just a single cultural tradition (traditionalists) and those who advocate the value of competing traditions in language, the arts, history, and literature (relativists).
--Edwin L. Battistella, "Bad Language: Realism versus Relativism."

It might also be appropriate perhaps, to look at some writers such as Geneva Smitherman and Rosina Lippi-Green, who generally see the promotion of a 'standard language' as alienating social minorities. While there is a great amount of literature about how many of the grammatical conventions are mere myth ("This folklore about because appears in no handbook, but it is gaining currency. It probably stems from advice aimed at avoiding sentence fragments..." --Joseph Williams, Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace), these are more than likely readings you will end up reading in your college courses. Just a word to the wise: know how what you promote portrays your character and ideology.


Rayne smiles at all who have come to participate in the thread (and blows a kiss to Coren, for whom she is terribly fond). With the US holiday approaching, she bids all farewell to all, and dissipates from the thread for the long weekend.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Kalína Dalá'isyrás on 25 November 2009, 04:46:08
Rayne, I don't know what you are exactly looking for in terms of an argument for or against decimals. Does Arti have to come and lay down an ultimatum before this entire thing is brought to rest? Must it really come to such a stance when it would be such a simple task to do as everyone has already requested and brought forth the Board's Ruling?

You will quickly turn everyone off to reading your entries, if such an attitude is portrayed by you when people attempt to give you direction on how the board works now. You aren't as active as you used to be, so even you must get used to new rules and regulations put into place in your periodic absence. We aren't ganging up on you, but merely trying to explain to you "things change", and even oldies need to accept it. Change happens, and exceptions aren't exactly made just because "I started here before ya'll" and "I remember these entries which are 10 years old". It isn't fair to those around you for you to try to make yourself an exception to the rules.  

I love reading what you bring to the boards, but I don't like reading pages upon pages of what this is turning out to be, especially over such a little aspect of the entire world.

One must ask: Is it worth it?


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Eldor Delrossa on 25 November 2009, 12:58:37
Very cute entry! ^^


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Azhira Styralias on 26 November 2009, 04:21:53
If the only thing holding this perfectly acceptable and worthy entry from being integrated is a silly decimal point, then I object!

(http://www.sympato.ch/smileys/m_objection.gif)

Let her have the decimal. It seriously does not curtail any of my development whatsoever.

If this entry is allowed to sit and rot in the unfinished status because of silly debate over a decimal, then that is a huge disappointment.



Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 26 November 2009, 04:31:37
Yep, it's unnecessary energy spent. With or without the point, the entry is what counts and should be checked. Nobody is likely to get imprisoned, tarred and feathered, banned or whatever for using a decimal point methinks.  :cool:


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Kalína Dalá'isyrás on 26 November 2009, 04:49:25
I believe why this was being discussed in length was because of consistency, but if you guys don't care, then no point in discussing it further. Feel free to throw all the discussions relating to the topic out the window and people can do as they please.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Ta`lia of the Seven Jewels on 26 November 2009, 04:56:32
What then do we say to the next contributor who wants to use decimals? It doesn't matter? Do as you please? We won't strive for consistency anymore in this respect? And what do we say to all those, who wanted to use decimals as well and were told to change them, because the majority including our sage preferred it the other way (and I too  :buck:)

I don't think that Rayne would insist on using them.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rookie Brownbark on 27 November 2009, 18:20:06
To be honest, I do find decimals easier to understand with my modern brain, and still have to use parts of my body (a forearm for a fore) to work out how big the measurements are.  However, I still like using them more than I like decimals. Hopefully I can explain/work out why :P

The reason that's always been quoted to me about why we don't use the decimals is that they don't have a medieval feel, just like words that feel too scientific, such as "genes".  I have to agree here.  When I see an average height for a tribe of 1.8 peds, just to take an example, the decimal suggests to me that this researcher really knows that it's definitely 1.8 - that he/she has gone around a group of 50+ randomly selected individuals and measured them all and then calculated the average.  An average of 1 ped, 2 fores and a palmspan, however, makes me think they've just sized up all the people from that tribe they know and made an assumption, which is probably more likely.  I'd probably change this to "about, on average, a couple of palmspans under 2 peds", because it sounds less like a list but you still get that less accurate, more medieval feel.

Another thing against using decimals is why would the general population think in tenths of a ped when they split this measurement into 3 fores, then split this into 3 palmspans. It seems to me that they're more likely to round it to the nearest 3rd of a ped (i.e. nearest fore) or to the nearest 9th (i.e. nearest palmspan).  So decimals seem a bit counter-intuitive. 

I also think that making people use the measurements system actually forces them to get to grips with it.  It's very true that peds and fores and stuff don't make a lot of sense until you've really spent a whole afternoon trying to visualise what size of mount would be able to carry a 15 nailsbreath brownie (or the logical equivalent).  Decimals are easier for most people because that's what they've been taught in school, but they come with all those maths memories too, all that calculus and rounding errors and blah blah blah.  Your average medieval guy isn't going to think in them, he's going to be much more familiar with the measurements system.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Kalína Dalá'isyrás on 28 November 2009, 03:13:28
On a completely different note than the current discussion:

I did a quick read through and have a couple of thoughts to share.

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In additional, they do not have nearly the intelligence of drakes,

I am hoping to be able to revise the draconic aspects a bit on the site,  and with the recategorization of the drakes/dragons, I am not sure how well this particular statement may stand. I have no qualms with it, but the ideal would be drakes =/= dragons, and some drakes would be quite "low" on the intelligence chain. Just something to keep in mind. :)

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Along each of the branching bones are layers of fingernail-shaped scales, slightly larger than many of the other scales that cover the dragon’s back and head. The dragon has only a bit of skin connecting one branching bone to another, though the scales cover it well and, in doing so, give the wing the appearance of being feathery.

Going back to part of my previous comment of my hopeful revision of the draconics on the site, drake and dragon would hopefully not be so interchangeable, and would be different. Granted, this may not make much of a difference with this entry, as you are merely stating appearances, but something to think about. :)

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They have very poor sight, and while it is assumed that they can tell color, they commonly get things mixed up.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 30 November 2009, 12:50:59
A little elf appears in the thread in a whirl of mountain leaves and ladybugs. Content at having spent a relaxing four days up in a cabin, where she productively wrote one essay, three term papers, and read a book along with a few intriguing articles, she wanders in refreshed and ebullient.

Rayne, I don't know what you are exactly looking for in terms of an argument for or against decimals. Does Arti have to come and lay down an ultimatum before this entire thing is brought to rest? Must it really come to such a stance when it would be such a simple task to do as everyone has already requested and brought forth the Board's Ruling?

You will quickly turn everyone off to reading your entries, if such an attitude is portrayed by you when people attempt to give you direction on how the board works now. You aren't as active as you used to be, so even you must get used to new rules and regulations put into place in your periodic absence. We aren't ganging up on you, but merely trying to explain to you "things change", and even oldies need to accept it. Change happens, and exceptions aren't exactly made just because "I started here before ya'll" and "I remember these entries which are 10 years old". It isn't fair to those around you for you to try to make yourself an exception to the rules.  

I love reading what you bring to the boards, but I don't like reading pages upon pages of what this is turning out to be, especially over such a little aspect of the entire world.

One must ask: Is it worth it?

Seeing that the discussion related to decimals has thus turned personal, with explicit and implicit attacks directed at her person as opposed to her arguments, she disappears from the thread. These, after all, are not the kinds of discussions in which this little elf takes part. No hard feelings, of course--just personal preference.  :heart:


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Ta`lia of the Seven Jewels on 30 November 2009, 19:00:06
*drags the little elf back, though with tender and loving hands*

Rayne, my dear,  :heart: :heart: :heart: snap out again (if that is an understandable expression, freely translated from a German colloquial wording) and  give you ok to the non-decimals! Please don't act like a offended child, you are too old for that now. Acting like this means you lower yourself on the level of those you think have offended you.  Come on and let us finish this submission for good. I promise to try to get a picture of that drakelet!
:hug:


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 30 November 2009, 21:04:22
(That's a perfectly good english expression Talia)

While i see the logic of Rayne's arguements, i would personally agree with Rookie's point of giving a more mideval feel to an entry if decimals are avoided whenever possible.

As a result, i don't allow decimals in any plant entries i come across, and instead advise the writers to make the measurement less definite, rounding up or down to the nearest ful or half unit, or to change the used unit to one that can be fitted in without decimal points (thank the gods for nailsbreadths!)

And realy Rayne, it's just a decimal point... don't let it hold your brilliant little dracoids down!


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Azhira Styralias on 01 December 2009, 01:52:56
And realy Rayne, it's just a decimal point... don't let it hold your brilliant little dracoids down!

One might say the same thing to you and others arguing against the decimal! I am a believer in that the author's opinions should have priority in their entries (within reason of course...). If she wants the decimals, let her have them. Is it really going to kill the Dream for everyone if the Drakelet entry has a decimal or two?

You tell Rayne its not worth the argument, yet I would like to ask everyone else, is it worth it to you? This is the kind of thing that halts creativity and keeps things from getting done: debate over minutia.

And it drives people away. Let it go. Blarrow this already.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Ta`lia of the Seven Jewels on 01 December 2009, 01:57:43
Azhira, please answer my questions above.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 01 December 2009, 02:14:48
Note: I might have preferences on certain issues, which I've stated, but I'm also among those people who don't take the Dream as seriously as others do. And if I cannot convince someone not to make a decimal point for the sake of man- and elfkind it doesn't lead to any sleepless nights for me.

So yep, once I see that insisting on something leads to a whole row I better back off and weigh what is more worth for me. Decimal points aren't worth it for me to make a fuss out of it. I can also live with the attribute "inconsequential" or "inconsistent". If I see minor cases like this I prefer that people are happy with what they contribute rather than some members being happy that the site is more perfect the other way.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Lorek Sarnif on 01 December 2009, 03:12:38
My final thoughts are I can ignore the decimals if everyone else can. While they arne't appreciated by many, they don't annoy me too badly. Doesn't really make a difference, I'll just keep this little fact in mind. Also, I'll keep in mind what you said about conjunctions starting sentences. Maybe I can use it to give my professor a heart attack. ;)

Val, that joke was in very poor taste. If you'll also note, my other points were correct and one is presently being needlessly debated. I wish I never would have mentioned the change.

In conclusion to Lady Rayne, my echoing applause to a well-done entry. Very happy to have you back around the boards. Some acquaintances of mine on here speak rather highly of you.

~A choir of volcanoes screams his name as the gates to the abyss spring from the ground to welcome him. His muscular form crosses into the fire's glow as he departs from this topic. Once inside the portal, he turns with a fang laced smile, winks, then shuts the door behind him with a quiet click.~


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Ta`lia of the Seven Jewels on 01 December 2009, 03:15:51
Art, that is all correct, but you didn't answer the questions either what to say to those who "obeyed" the "requirement" not to use decimals. Because they now look silly as we do, who tried to tell those former contributors to write according to the habits of the dream. A habit which you supported and we tried to bring across convincingly, because you said, you preferred not to use decimals.

It would be nice to know, when consistency is wanted on the site and when not. I recall well a time when it was very important to you. In this case it would be very easy to handle.

I don't  think, that it was Rayne's wish to be the cause of such a discussion.  She said she would be open to persuasion, and Rookies post was excellent. Azhira's post and yours did not assist this case.

Edit: Looking at Lorek who posted while I wrote I see just one thing: It is a very small and tiny thing, but it gives me the impression, that it goes downwards with the Dream, if we are not able to agree in such minor things. It is not really necessary or important, but it shows  .. lacking teamspirit? Persistence in minor things just to be right after all? I don't know how to express my feelings correctly, but they are not very positive right now.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Artimidor Federkiel on 01 December 2009, 03:22:31
What I say to them? Please don't use decimals, I guess they don't fit into a medieval world.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Kalína Dalá'isyrás on 01 December 2009, 06:20:50
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And it drives people away. Let it go. Blarrow this already.

I don't think she addressed the issues I mentioned in the first post of the third page, ones which had nothing to do with decimals.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Eldor Delrossa on 01 December 2009, 08:05:33
Please. My God people! This discussion is driving me crazy. I implore you all to see the reason in the fact that having this discussion is no help to anyone. All it is people finding a reason to argue. I am not naming names, I would just like it to stop. You all are respected members and webmasters of the Dream. Please, be an example for us lowly Apprentices. If we see all of you fighting over something as petty as decimals, it leaves a negative impression on us, and makes us feel as if such behaviour is acceptable. I personally hate to see others argue, especially when said others are friends striving toward a common goal: to Dream. I realize I am only an Apprentice, and it may not be my place to say such things, but come on. Let's act mature here, and have fun. Arguements such as this are not what one would call 'fun'. Plus, it may deter newbies who may be visiting the site and thinking about joining. All I ask is that we stop the arguing and just go with the flow. Make up, be friends. I hope I am not offending anyone, but that's just the way I see things.

@Rayne: Lovely entry. Your writing is very excellent and holds my attention well. I do ask that you please return and finish it though. It'd be a shame to see this not go up on site. :heart:


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 01 December 2009, 08:34:39
Rayne makes a slight gagging sound as she's pulled back into the thread. Like a cat forced into doll clothes or made to take a bath, she looks slightly discontent, locks of her dark hair falling over her disgruntled eyes. This, of course, doesn't stop an ebullient little paper bird from fluttering out of her robes and landing on Talia's head, warbling.

In general, Rayne finds arguments that have turned personal generally stay personal until tempers have cooled enough to bring the discussion back to a more logical, rational plane--out of pathos back into logos, so to speak. She doesn't see leaving a conversation of the emotional kind to be lowering herself, but rather removing herself from the heirarchy completely.

The little elf takes this point to reflect: after all, she has written a great number of entries on the board in her time, and read many more than she has written. The notions of consistency is an important one. Unfortunately, that's not the issue here: tens if not hundreds of entries use decimal points to give dimensions and weights.

For as long as Rayne has been writing on the boards, people have been referring to the medieval period to launch platitudes against certain terminology and innovations. But, in the last ten years in Santharia, great many artists have created a plethora of songs, poetry, stories, paintings, etc. New organizations have propped up. The dark-haired elf regrets to tell those who have invoked the term "medieval" that, practically speaking, Santharia has moved out of the medieval: it has launched full-force into its Renaissance. The community as a whole needs to decide what it will allow to stay medieval and what it will allow to come out of the Middle Ages.

In addition, as mentioned before, Rayne is not fond of hierarchies. She is fond of Artimidor (and here she blows him a kiss--he is so wonderful), but Artimidor, for this little elf at least, is not above questioning. The "It must be so because Artimidor said it should be so" is not a convincing argument. Authority does not replace logic (arguing from such a standpoint is actually an ethical fallacy). Neither is the argument, "Everyone else is (now) doing it" (this is an emotional fallacy).

On team spirit: whether or not the members of Santharia agree on a decimal point, at least to Rayne, reveals nothing concerning team spirit. The allegiances built on this site did not come out of complete agreement, but, in fact, in considerable DISagreement. Rayne has been in a multitude of arguments with not only Silfer and Mina concerning magic, but also Talia and Artimidor (and Artimidor can surely relate the frustration of these arguments, and here she blows him another kiss--he is terribly patient). This little elf does NOT sacrifice her beliefs or ideals--and in this community, she has never had to: she could debate her ideas, and no matter how different her ideas were from any one else's, somehow, both parties could always find a common ground, and recognize that both sides were debating, not out of malice, but from a common love for this project, a common desire to make it better.

And it is that commonality that creates team spirit. Not agreement on a decimal point.

Just a note: Rayne has not changed the entry at all since it was posted. She is not ignoring anyone's commentary, but is rather lazy (and unsure how this whole decimal point issue will be resolved)--and has final projects due in her classes, which complicates the whole matter significantly.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Miraran Tehuriden on 01 December 2009, 18:49:50
Oddly, i'm reminded of Remaom now.. that is, i believe is was that particular little blemish on our project that argued that he should not have to change his own opinions for the sake of others. (He was right, by the way, under the premise that he'd leave other people alone.)

How awfull a concept to associate with Rayne.. (damn it Elf, you messed up my writing style! It's not supposed to be all flourishy! ;))


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 02 December 2009, 08:44:47
Rayne appears to gesture to the changes she has made in her entry. She hopes that her solution to the decimal point dilemma will be accepted. She bows, and vanishes.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Kalína Dalá'isyrás on 02 December 2009, 15:06:19
Was only the decimals changed? Or were other changes made?


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Kalína Dalá'isyrás on 04 December 2009, 03:07:06
Hey Rayne! I'm back, and taking a break from the tedious revision of draconic categorization to read this little joy.

Shouldn't be too much to pick out, but anything found will be in blue.

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Drakelets (Draeklets), featherdrakes, whelplings, hatchlings

Drakelets are small, drake-like creatures approximately the size of a cat or small fox: a little less than two fores (1.7 fores) at full length, not including a tail of about two palmspans to one fore (.7-1 fore) long. Because of their size, they are often confused for young drakes, hence the name “whelplings” or “hatchlings.” They are reptilian creatures, yet their scales are arranged in succession down the plethora of bones located in the wing, giving their wings a feathery appearance, thus lending them the name “featherdrakes.”

The size and behaviour of Drakelets has led many drake researchers to dismiss the common assumption that these creature belong in the drake family, despite the few features they have in common with the Feathered Wyvern. They are completely unmagical creatures of an unacceptably small size. In addition, they do not have nearly the intelligence of drakes, nor the strength and prowess common to this reptile class. Some adamant scholars have even proposed that Drakelets are more closely related to Dragonfly lizards, though few have accepted the theory. Although scholars have continually tried to find a more acceptable name for this beast, the term “Drakelet” continues to be widely used.

Appearance: The Drakelet looks like a small drake, with scales the size and shape of fingernails that [I am not sure of your stance on the word 'that', but I was personally taught to either remove or replace it with something else if possible. I know you are more learned than I when it comes to such things, but I  have found this tip to make my works more eloquent and professional.]  cover it completely, to the tip of its feather-like wings. Its pointed head ends in a slight curve, giving it a kind of elongated beak that can deliver a painful bite. The eyes are always a flat black, and constantly give it a clueless expression—as though an orc could be standing over it yelling with mace in hand, ready to clobber it, and it wouldn’t take the slightest notice. It has small protrusions at the back of its head, as though its structure feebly attempted horns, which not only are small (only a nailsbreadth at most in length) but are hopelessly blunt, like small nubs.

The Drakelet has a moderately slender neck leading to its rounded body, which has the appearance of being bloated. It has four short legs[comma] each ending in four sharp claws, with a fifth claw protruding from the back of each leg. Its claws have the potential for being fairly dangerous, but are rarely used.[Why is this? Is it because they simply don't think to use them?] Its tail extends from its body about two palmspans to one fore (.7 to 1 fore), tapering to a point. Two large wings extend from just below the shoulder blades of its front legs—wings which can spread to nearly two and a half fores (2.5 fores) across. From the main bone of the wing protrudes a copious amount of longer bones, giving the wing its shape. Along each of the branching bones are layers of fingernail-shaped scales, slightly larger than many of the other scales that cover the drake’s back and head. The drake has only a bit of skin connecting one branching bone to another, though the scales cover it well and, in doing so, give the wing the appearance of being feathery. The broadest scales on the drake run from the base of the neck to the base of the tail, along the belly; however, though larger, these scales are no where as tough as those on its back, and have a leathery quality.

Drakelets come in several different colours depending on location. The Drakelets that dwell in the foothills of Ximax tend to be more green or green-brown, blending in with the trees that grow under the mountains. Those that dwell near the coast tend to appear more teal or dark turquoise, sometimes a dark sea-green. Those living in the more mountainous regions tend to have a bronze colour, sometimes with flecks of silver or red. Drakelets are fairly adaptive with colour, and if their environment changes, they have the capacity to change colours. This mechanism for changing colour only comes about, though,[The 'though' isn't really necessary here.] if the Drakelet has difficulty finding food. Some Ximax students[comma] who take the creatures as pets[comma][I have noticed a similar pattern of sentence style throughout the entry. This bothers me, as they tend to read a bit awkward, since many feel as if they need additional commas to portray the natural breaks which occur in them. I am not a huge fan of the excessive use of commas, but the lack of them with how a sentence is setup, can make the piece read unevenly and erratically. Your opinion on this is encouraged.] use this to turn their Drakelets more exotic colours, though these variations are less common and tend to take a lot of care to attain. Drakelets also shed their scales once a year in late fall, at which point their scales, regardless of colour, turn dull and unappealing, and flake as they become brittle as autumn leaves. [This is an uncommon trait, especially for the scholars or people who believe them to be a descendent of the Drakes. Is there any particular reason why they shed their scales?]

Special Abilities: The Drakelets’ only moderately [Perhaps 'somewhat' instead of 'moderately'? The double 'ly' doesn't read real well.] interesting ability is that which allows them to change the colour of their scales. They have neither the agility nor the intelligence of their larger cousins, being rather clumsy and awkward, and cannot perform magic, breathe fire, shapeshift, or any of the other talents befitting dragon and dragon kin. Some people joke that the Drakelets must be magic, because only through magic could they have survived as long as they have. Their small heads make for small brains, and it shows. They have very poor sight, and while it is assumed that they can tell[Perhaps 'see' instead of 'tell'?] colour, they commonly get things mixed up. Observers tell a myriad of stories about how a female Drakelet, mistaking the eggs of a bird for her own after leaving the nest to hunt, hatched them and even then mothered them for a short time before realizing her mistake, somehow unable to tell the difference. Though they can easily be domesticated and trained to follow their master, they often get confused often [Change 'often' to 'and'] will begin following the wrong person.

Territory: Drakelets live almost exclusively in Ximax, and are rarely found in other locations. They have found suitable places both [Remove 'both'] in the forests, in the mountains, and down around the coasts. Some believe that their sole location in Ximax is due to their attraction to the magic generated there, even if they can’t use it themselves.

Habitat/Behaviour: Drakelets tend to live, for the most part, in peace, without a sense of territory (or really, a sense of anything). The only skirmishes among them are over food. They tend to drift in and out of different locations aimlessly looking for food. All Drakelets can fly, giving them a necessary advantage over prey that would otherwise be more nimble and clever. Drakelets living in the foothills of Ximax tend to keep to the trees, blending in to the canopy and keeping their beady eyes out for motion on the ground. Those in the mountains are similar, tending to reside on higher parts of the mountains looking down the hill for movement, while those near the coast patrol the surroundings from cliffs and wave-worn crags. When they see a mouse[comma instead of 'or'] lizard[comma instead of 'or'] crab, or anything looking in[remove 'in'] the least bit edible, they dive. Though they have sharp beaks, most tend to use their weight (which averages 2 hebs) to crush the creature with its round body before quickly swallowing it down. Sea Drakelets, will at times use their beaks to try to spear fish, but typically crabs make up the majority of their diet.

Drakelets shed their scales once a year in late fall, at which point their scales turn dull and flake off, leaving them bony-winged and leathery. During winter, they hibernate in groups anywhere they can find, including barns and chicken coops. During this time, their scales re-grow and they emerge in spring with new, bright scales and a hungry appetite.

Although Drakelets have no natural predators, they tend to be timid of creatures larger or even equal to their size. This includes humanoids, dogs, and even some cats. Though dim-witted, they can be trained to follow a master around, and can be domesticated to some degree. While technically not allowed in the towers, the younger students of the Ximax Academy will sometimes take the creatures as pets, thrilled by the thought of owning a dragon-like creature, though many soon discover within a couple months how frustrating the creatures can be: not only are they difficult to train (to relieve themselves outside, for example), but once a year they shed all their scales, leaving a mess wherever they can find to scratch their scales off. [This last sentence is quite long, and could easily be broken into 2-3 smaller sentences, even though it is grammatically correct. My suggestion is for readability.]Typically, within a year of the student acquiring their Drakelet, they try to pawn the creature off to someone else.

Drakelet stupidity is famous around Ximax. The Ximax rats are infamous for playing a variety of tricks on them as the dumb reptiles try in vain to catch one as a snack. They are easily confused, and have little or no sense of direction. Their antics have generated insults such as “Dumb as a Drakelet” or “Drakelet brain,” even “feather-brained as a featherdrake!” Students also generate insults derived from their clumsiness: “You waddle like a Drakelet;” “Graceful as a Drakelet.” :heart:

Diet: Drakelets eat almost anything smaller than themselves: from rodents (including mice, rats, and young rabbits) in the forests, to lizards and insects in the mountains, to crabs and sometimes fish near the coast. They will even eat birds, if they can catch them, and eggs. While it would seem chickens would be good game for these creatures, they tend to stay away from these birds, easily confused and surprised by the screech and mass of feathery bodies that tend to result from an attempted raid of the chicken coop. :lol:

Domestic Drakelets will eat most anything, even fruits and vegetables, though all Drakelets require meat in their diet. [Why do they 'require' meat?] They can be fed any meat, from chicken or turkey to cow to sheep. Though they seem to prefer it raw, they will also eat it cooked. Because their scales change without adequate food supply (an adaptive mechanism for ensuring survival no matter their location), some students purposely cut back the food to make their drakes change. This is a long process, sometimes taking months or, at most, a year. However, if kept in an environment of the desired colour and denied food, a Drakelet will eventually, and most certainly, change to the colour they see around them.

Mating: Drakelets mate once a year in late summer or early autumn, attracting each other through warbling and chirping noises. When two Drakelets find each other, they will mate, and then typically separate to seek out other mates. This behaviour continues for several weeks, sometimes as long as a month. [How many mates do they have on average during this time?] The gestation period for females lasts until early spring, soon after waking from hibernation. They build nests out of whatever is around them, sometimes rocks, sometimes leaves, sometimes seaweed, and lay usually 6 or 7 eggs. The leathery eggs, almost a full palmspan (about .7 or .8 palmspans) long and gray, don’t require any type of incubation, though the mother will typically watch them and protect them from any potential predator.

Young Drakelets hatch in early summer, and though the mother will usually stay with them for several weeks while they learn to catch food, they are essentially independent from the time they break through their shells. Leathery and without scales when born, they develop quickly and are fully scaled within a few weeks after hatching. They typically begin mating after one year. The average lifespan for Drakelets is often difficult to determine, but most agree that they live between 7 and 10 years if no acts of stupidity cut their lives short.

Myth/Lore/Origin: The specificity of the Drakelets’ territory has generated many myths concerning its creation, all relating back to the magic of Ximax. Some believe that the Ximax Orb somehow created the creature, though this has often been criticized for not explaining why the Drakelet has no power. Others say it was merely some sort of magical accident—a lizard and a bird being melted into each other by one of the huge explosions which occurred early in Ximaxian history. Still others have offered that it was the work of a great mage who tried to create a good pet, but seeing the result of is meddling, abandoned the creature to the wilds.

Usages: The Drakelets provide companionship for any willing to withstand its stupidity and clumsiness. Drakelets have all the potential, it would seem, of being loyal pets, but their small brains make them easily confused and always in need of being cleaned up after. Their scaly skin, which seems as though it would be useful to make armour or protective gear, turns dull and brittle soon after the creature dies. The meat of the Drakelet is edible, but stringy and often bitter.

Final Thoughts: I love this creature, and it was well written. Much of what I coloured in terms of grammar, is up for discussion (unless it is misspelled or missing words). The reason I went through and changed your spelling from US to European, is the fact you started with the latter, and ended with the former. I know it is generally encouraged to use the latter, but consistency is the key either way.

Well done! And hope to see this up soon! :D


P.s. If you could color the major changes/additions, it would be helpful. :)


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 04 December 2009, 04:35:38
Rayne pops in, and pulls out the entry from the image back into its glowing letters. She takes most of the changes suggested--though she would like to note that most of the changes suggested are not grammatical changed, but stylistic ones. Grammar suggestions are easy to make. However, suggestions of style can only be made by a reader sensitive enough to find them. And for this, Rayne is very grateful.

She did not take all the suggestions. For example, the use of the polysyndeton (mice or lizards or ...) is a stylistic feature contributing to a feeling of compounding, and she rather fond of this. While some suggestions weren't taken, she has tried to find other ways to address the problems brought up.

And concerning the color vs. colour [US vs European], Lorek mentioned that old-style spellings were the vogue on the boards now. Is this the case?

As for changing changes made in color--it takes so long! [And colors in text is actually something that, when Rayne herself comments, she finds extremely difficult, wishing that no one colored their changes, though she understands why]. While she did not make changes in color this time, she will try very hard to do so in the future.

 :hug:

P.s. If you could color the major changes/additions, it would be helpful. :)
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Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Kalína Dalá'isyrás on 04 December 2009, 04:39:15
I meant more of actual content additions, Rayne, not grammatical or stylistic adjustments. Colouring of the grammar and spelling fixes is indeed a pain, especially if minor. :)

:hug:


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Ta`lia of the Seven Jewels on 04 December 2009, 04:46:03
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And concerning the color vs. colour [US vs European], Lorek mentioned that old-style spellings were the vogue on the boards now. Is this the case?

'Colour' being British = sounding older is favoured. (means Talia tells all to write it this way  :buck:)

And old style spelling as well, if you know how to do it! I am always glad to find a word in my dictionary which is titled 'archaic'.

Btw, if you think sometimes my language sounds somehow wrong - it is not so, Altario had the perfect explanation - it is my Shendar dialect!  :D



Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 04 December 2009, 11:06:57
Btw, if you think sometimes my language sounds somehow wrong - it is not so, Altario had the perfect explanation - it is my Shendar dialect!  :D


 :lol:


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Ta`lia of the Seven Jewels on 04 December 2009, 20:58:59
Just skimmed over the appearance, to see, if her little Onyxia has distant similarities and could be used as a reference for the drakelet. (Feathers, colour and stuff can always be added/ changed)

My eye fell onto this as well:

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Territory: Drakelets live almost exclusively in Ximax, and are rarely found in other locations. They have found suitable places in the forests, in the mountains, and down around the coasts. Some believe that their sole location in Ximax is due to their attraction to the magic generated there, even if they can’t use it themselves.

Ximax is mostly the city, I thought, should it not be Xaramon?

And here is my Onyxia, does it look remotely like you have envisioned the Drakelet? It is not the best screenshot though.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 05 December 2009, 16:59:25
Rayne pops in for a quick edit to territory, and glances at the picture. So cute! Perhaps it could be made a but plumper, and its wings a little more feathery?

Poof!


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Ta`lia of the Seven Jewels on 07 December 2009, 22:15:14
Of course, as I said above, more feathers..but only after I have finished my current project.

Errm,

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it could be made a but plumper

'a bit plumber' or is this a use of 'but' I did not know and it means less plumber?



Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 08 December 2009, 01:11:52
Of course, as I said above, more feathers..but only after I have finished my current project.

Errm,

'a bit plumber' or is this a use of 'but' I did not know and it means less plumber?

"More plump" would probably be a better way for me to say it. A little fatter.  :buck:


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Decipher Ziron on 09 December 2009, 06:28:29
Would you say this is warranting of its last look-over with the aim of receiving a blarrow if I dont find any issues?


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 09 December 2009, 06:49:40
Would you say this is warranting of its last look-over with the aim of receiving a blarrow if I dont find any issues?

We may want to wait until the decimal thing has been resolved. As is, the decimals are still in the entry. If we all decide that decimals should be done away with, this entry will get rid of them.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Decipher Ziron on 09 December 2009, 06:52:40
This is getting a bit silly, in my opinion.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 09 December 2009, 06:57:28
The entry as it is represents my compromise on the decimal issue. I am happy to have it go up as is. However, I don't want to step on anyone's toes.

EDIT: I have made some changes to the entry in attempts to remove most (not all) mentions of Santharian measurements. This is ready for your edit, Deci.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Kalína Dalá'isyrás on 12 December 2009, 11:43:09
I thought I had posted about my thoughts on the measurements before they seemed to have been completely edited from the entry beyond the coding.

I miss them giving us an initial idea of how large (or small) the creature is, and would think it would be preferred to have them back in the entry itself as they were. (I feel it is extremely silly that 'measurements' is still the main issue holding this creature back from integration)

As being the unofficial leader of all things Draconic, I am happy with the entry and it has my :thumbup:


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 12 December 2009, 13:15:35
Kalina, there are still parts of the entry I refer to the Drakelet as a "drake." I'm not certain what changes you're planning for the differentiations between dragons, drakes, and draconoids, but should I change the mentions of "drakes" to "draconoids"? ... Is there a less heavy-sounding name we might be able to use?  :noidea:


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Valan Nonesuch on 12 December 2009, 13:18:27
"Dracoid" is the typical category assignment for creatures that resemble drakes and other generally draconic things, but obviously are not. Winterdrakes, Falserock Lizards and a few others fall under the purvey of the section, and I imagine drakelets would fit nicely.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Kalína Dalá'isyrás on 12 December 2009, 13:21:46
Referring them to a small "drake" does not bother me, as they have several similarities to the category. Dracoid will simply be the place they are put in the compendium, just as Valan said.

They are basically "mini-drakes" to an extent, so this is fine. :)


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Rayne (Alýr) on 12 December 2009, 13:24:29
They are basically "mini-drakes" to an extent, so this is fine. :)

Ah, good.  :) Then perhaps Deci will glance over these sometime soon, though I imagine he's probably busy with my comments on his long tribe entry.  :lol: Oh well. If not this update, perhaps the next.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Kalína Dalá'isyrás on 12 December 2009, 13:28:12
Indeed! Perhaps you could get someone other than Deci to ok a Blarrow, since it is basically ready.


Title: Re: Drakelet
Post by: Decipher Ziron on 10 January 2010, 03:18:23
Such a shame this was not addressed earlier, it seems its been blarrowable for some time! *guilty moderator face*

Blarroed deservingly.