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1  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Dawn Dragon on: 15 December 2006, 13:56:11
I'll get to the changes with the overview here in a few days when I have some time. Sorry, life is getting hectic as usual.
2  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Dawn Dragon on: 09 December 2006, 15:41:21
Drasil has a point. It is currently integrated in Santharia as a Dragon. I can change it to be a drake if that's what is decided but I agree with Drasil on the fact it should probably stay as a Dragon.
3  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Dawn Dragon on: 03 December 2006, 11:49:16
I appreciate the suggestion, but really, all you did was add two words to the sentence. I'll change it if others agree I should but so far I see no reason to.
4  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Dawn Dragon on: 03 December 2006, 06:21:01
well, I made some changes and such. I'm not sure if I got everything so take a look and let me know if I missed any problems.
5  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: Uricheck? on: 29 November 2006, 11:51:01
That would be nice. She was one of the first people I was in a story with when I started in 2002 on the RPG side.
6  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Dawn Dragon on: 29 November 2006, 11:39:32
Talia, I realize this seems more like a drake. I think the same thing. I'm not the one that has it in the Great Drake Overview as a dragon though. Technically a dragon is a drake in the respect that they are also called the Great Drakes. Really, I'm not sure in terms of Santharia where it really should fall. After all, it wasn't originally my idea to start with. I just claimed it from the ideas thread.

As the the others, Understand what you are saying. I'll get on some fixes and changes a little later.

7  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Dawn Dragon on: 28 November 2006, 12:45:47
Tis cool, I'm in no rush. I know how that can be. I got grounded for the same thing often.
8  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: Uricheck? on: 28 November 2006, 09:21:16
haha, I remember Uragel doing that. She started a trend. Whatever happened to her anyway?
9  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Dawn Dragon on: 28 November 2006, 09:02:01
hey, I added a researcher section to explain how the rough measurements are known.

Lets see what everyone thinks.
10  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Dawn Dragon on: 28 November 2006, 01:43:32
I like the idea Talia. It'll explain why the actual rough size of this dragon is known as well as flesh out the entry a little more. As you said, it'll give me another entry to do as well. I'll get to work on it when I get home from work as I don't have a lot of time to do it since my lunch break is almost up.
11  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: The Dawn Dragon on: 27 November 2006, 16:01:43
Hey Talia,

first off, thanks for the comments. Kinda funny, I was too descriptive.

Ok, I removed the decimals. In fact I worded it so as the numbers were rough guestimations (to apply to the rareness). Also, I completely removed the skeletal description and made it as no skeletons to study have been found.

Added a few things here and there to add to the rareness of the dragon as a whole. Hope that's better and I look forward to more comments.
12  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / The Dawn Dragon on: 27 November 2006, 15:04:03
Overview:
The Dawn Dragon comes out in the day just after sunrise and returns to its nesting ground just before sunset. It has a grayish cast with light blue streaks starting at its eyes and continuing down its body to the tip of its tail. However, in contrast to the rest of the Dragon, its eyes are a vibrant yellow. It leads a solitary life, spending only a small portion of time with others during mating. The Dawn Dragon spends most of its time during the day in flight high above the ground where it is difficult to be spotted. During the night it sleeps at its nesting ground high up in the peaks and far away from paths in the mountains. During flight it uses its powerful eyes to spot prey as well as watch the comings and goings of the world below with no need to descend to where it can be easily seen.

Appearance:
The Dawn Dragon is grayish in color with the exception of several light blue streaks that start just at the back of the eye and run to the very tip of the tail. Contrasting with this unique color scheme, this dragon has eyes of a vibrant yellow nearly as bright as the sun. This magnificient dragon stretches roughly 9 to 10 peds from the end of the snout to the tip of the tail.

From the end of its snout to the base of the neck where it connects to the body is about 3 peds long. The Dawn Dragon's snout is beak like in that the tip of the bottom and top jaw curve down into a point with the top overlapping the bottom. Its nostrils are merely holes in the end of the snout. It has several razor sharp teeth filling its mouth designed to shred meat. Down the center if the snout is a bony ridge that runs just past the eyes where it becomes several short spikes evenly spaced and running about a quarter of the way down it's neck. Between and connecting each of these spikes is a tough, dark gray webbing. These spikes and webbing are collectively known as the head and neck frill. The eyes are set in the skull on either side halfway between the mouth and the ridges. It has several ribbed and fluted crests that sweep back from its cheeks and eyes. The ribs in these crests end in curving horns. These horns are smooth and oval in cross-section. Their color is the same dark gray as the webbing in the head frill. Notably, these horns curve in towards the spine. The largest of these horns grow from the top of the head to either side of the frill. The dragon also has smaller horns on the lower jaw that curve back and two horns on the chin which curve forward, all the same color as the frill webbing.

It's body is about 3 peds long (note that the length is the same as from snout to base of the neck), and roughly 1 ped and 6 palmspans peds wide. It's body structure is similiar to that of a cat in terms of muscle formations with the obvious exception that it is much larger and the muscles are much larger and more defined. The Dawn Dragon has wings which attach to its body at the front legs and just past the rear legs where its tail and pelvis meet. when outstretched, its wings span from tip to tip 11 peds. When folded in close to the body they only span about 5 peds.

The Dawn Dragon's tail stretches roughly 4 peds long. The tip of its tail is completely light blue where all the light blue stripes meet.

The skeletal structure is unknown as no skeletons have been found.

Note that females are slightly smaller than the males and the horns on their head, lower jaw and chin are smaller. Also, females do not have the head and neck frill. instead the ridges along the snout continue down to where the neck frill would of stopped.

Hatchlings are much smaller. Comparatively, they are about twice the size of a wolf pup. Also, they are light gray all over. The light blue stripes develop after the first 50 years of life.

Special Abilities:
The Dawn Dragon has the ability to fly for extensive periods using it's massive wings. How this dragon can remain in the air for such a long time is unknown.

The Dawn Dragon has superb vision capable of seeing great distances with excellent depth perception, and sustains no loss in vision with bright light as from a glare or staring at the sun. This is caused by secondary eyelids which are semi transparent. These eyelids act to block out bright light.

Territory:
They live in the mountain regions of Southern Sarvonia. That is to say that they nest in the mountains and on the occasion they aren't in flight during the day they can be found high up in the mountains. Other than that they are in flight in the area around their nesting area for the duration of the time they are out and active.
   
Habitat/Behavior:
These dragons come out at dawn and return to their nest for the night at dusk. More than likely if you saw one it would be in flight. They never land outside of the mountains and in the mountains they land high up and away from the paths. Due to it's coloring scheme these dragons appear as passing wisp of gray cloud at first glance. To actually know you saw one you'd have to be looking closely. They avoid flying over populated areas, and fly high enough that you really can't make out their shape for their coloring. 

They don't often stay with others of their kind or any other kind. The exception being mating. While they pretty much stay away from others of their own kind they never have hostility when their flight pathes cross or they find themselves in the same hunting grounds grounds.

Hatchlings learn to fly at 50 years old when their stripes have developed. They stay under the mother's care and join her in the flight up until 100 years old where they go off, build their own nest, and start their own flight.

Diet:
The Dawn Dragon eats animals roughly the size of wolves and goats. They have no real preference as to what animal it is as long as it's still alive when they go after it and it's not a sentient creature. Even should they need to kill a sentient being for whatever reason they will not under any circumstances eat a sentient being. They don't eat too much each day. They never eat just to eat, only when they need to replenish strength which is roughly once in the morning and once mid day.

Mating:
When it comes to mating the female is the aggressor. Should a male and female encounter each other during the day and the female is ready to mate she will show her intent by snapping at the male's tail. If the male desires to mate with said female he will join flight with the female and both will return to her nest at dusk. Each day until the female lays her single egg the male will stay with the female. Should she not lay an egg in the span of 3 months the male will leave at dawn to continue on his own. It must be noted that mating is actually rare due to their solitary nature.

Myth/Lore:
These Dragons are more myth than real. Stories suggest they were created to watch over the world during the day and that being no longer needed have since passed from the world. The truth is that nobody really knows anything about them except what is told in stories and any sightings get written off as overactive imagination or clouds playing tricks with the mind. Several stories suggest that at one time they could be seen flying across the land anywhere you stood if you look up. It should be noted that these same stories are often stories to entertain children. The validity of any story about these Dragons cannot be determined as there is no proof they really do exist or ever did besides the stories passed down through the generations.


Researchers:
Dreynis, a fairly wealthy merchant, was the one to give rough measurements for this near mythical creature. He had seen them once or twice high up in the sky and even traveled to Rimmerins Ring to try and spot one. Nobody believed he'd seen them. One day, he came across a Shendar trader with a piece of rare hide for sale. Dreynis bought it being a collector of rare things. Upon closer inspection he came to believe that it was actually hide from one of these Dawn Dragons. After long negotiations and a large portion of money spent he managed to convince the Shendar to allow him to accompany the caravan over the Nirmenith Mountains. The hard journey allowed him a close look at the corpse of one of these Dragons believed to be the Mythical Dawn Dragon. He did manage to bring back the jaw bone of the corpse, but was unable to stay for a longer study as the Shendar decided it was time to take him back across the mountains.
13  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / Re: guess I'll introduce myself on: 26 November 2006, 06:51:12
well, my particular dragon has an entry. was my first ever made way back when. Just part of the origin deals with an artifact that never got finished because it was way to powerful. I had scrapped the idea until I could rework it and never got to it. Thinking back, I have to change the info in the spirit dragon post to match or it wouldn't make much sense. Nobody would probably notice but I would and it would drive me crazy.

I was looking at the list in the ideas thread and noticed there are a few dragons on there. I will definately want to take one up (haven't decided yet). If you can't tell, dragons are my favorite and my strength in the fantasy world.

I also need to reword a small bit of the mating ritual section in my creature, the Mogliar. I didn't catch it and nobody caught it while it was being approved but there is reference to genes in it. (we know that doesn't well fit with the world even though it was kind of more for explaining things so people could understand the concept but I want to take it out. We both know that wouldn't fly and shouldn't of been allowed. Also just noticed they have a mention of evolution in there. Much worked needed to reword that one it seems.)
14  Organization and General Discussions / Newbie Information, Joining Requests and Recruitment / guess I'll introduce myself on: 26 November 2006, 06:27:40
Hey all,

yay, I can log in. First I must say I like the little frame around everyone's picture...how'd you do that?

Second and most important I like to say that I intend to do quite a bit of work in the bestiary and herbarium (and probably other areas later on). Starting off with some minor revisions to my own works, namely, I'd like to change some stuff in my Spirit Dragon entry dealing with the Fire Gem so that I can eventually create it and it fit in with the Spirit Dragon entry.

Also, I know yall are short on mentors but I'd like one whenever one is available.

Got to run. Work to be done.
15  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Shapechanger Dragon(redone) on: 26 January 2003, 10:09:00
I just started reading it.

 Fools rush into battle blindly, but who is really the fool? The fool or the fool who follows him.

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