Not every species of dragon has a written script, some being more dexterous than others, but the more handy dragons can learn to read and write a text exclusive to their species.
Faes write in a sort of braille, series of dots in specific patterns to indicate letters and emotion, and may sometimes include depth to indicate emotion. This text must be felt, not read.

Coatls write in a sequential grid, similar to music sheets, with notes and tones that correlate to the coatl’s natural way of speaking. Some coatls must sing out their messages, essentially reading out loud, out of a lack of ability to hear the songs in their head.

Snappers don’t write books, as they have zero ability to hold a pen or quill, but they do write messages across the stretches of land that their journeys take them across. A snapper can perform a slow dance, placing their feet in a certain way to indicate happenings in the clan. This method allows snappers in the future to learn the histories of other clans without ever having encountered them, simply by reading the footprints.

Wildclaws, Spirals, Skydancers and Nocturnes all have similarly dexterous forefeet, and have all adopted the same method of writing, using strokes of brushes to make simple letters, similar to English. This shared language makes these species best suited to interclan trading.

Tundras and Mirrors are too forgetful or too impatient to properly learn to write, but they often learn the Trader’s Language (above) just so they don’t get duped.

Guardians, Imperials and Ridgebacks are all too large to use conventional methods of writing, instead hiring scribes to write down their thoughts and then reading them over to confirm accuracy. Imperials on the smaller side may learn to use their tail-tips or beards as a brush; these dragons often have permanently black-stained manes.

You’d be lucky to find a Pearlcatcher willing to let go of their pearl long enough to sit down and write.

NGC 7714 is a spiral galaxy at 100 million light-years from Earth - a relatively close neighbour in cosmic terms.

The galaxy has witnessed some violent and dramatic events in its recent past. Tell-tale signs of this brutality can be seen in NGC 7714’s strangely shaped arms, and in the smoky golden haze that stretches out from the galactic centre.

  • Artist: Janine Johnston
  • Card Name: Smallpox
  • Card Number: no 131
  • Card Text: Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
  • Community Rating: 4 to 4.99
  • Converted Mana Cost: 2
  • Expansion: Time Spiral
  • Flavor Text: “Great losses often bring only a numb shock. To truly plunge a victim into misery, you must overwhelm him with many small sufferings.” —Ratadrabik of Urborg
  • Mana Cost: [Black][Black]
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Types: Sorcery

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 1/29/15 — NGC 891

Meet NGC 891: a picturesque galaxy found about 30 million light-years from Earth in the Andromeda constellation. Even from this edge-on point of view, we can clearly tell that it’s spiral in nature. In fact, it would probably resemble our galaxy (minus a central bar, which may or may not be present in this galaxy) if we were looking at it from a much more distant vantage point. Both are also roughly the same size (about 100,000 light-years across).

That aside, NGC 891 is quite remarkable. It has a large central bulge and a thin galactic disk, with interstellar dust so prevalent, a number of star forming regions have been rendered invisible at optical wavelengths (it also significantly diminishes the galaxy’s overall brightness). We can, however, still see the pinkish light emanating from H II regions: places where ultraviolet radiation from young stars has excited the gas surrounding them, causing it to glow brilliantly.

In addition to the lanes of dust in the galaxy’s central region, NGC 891 has long lines of it that span hundreds of light-years above and below; astronomers believe this material was ejected from the disk toward the halo by a combination of star formation activity and supernovae explosions.

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Image Credit: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U. Arizona

spiral-seeker asked:

Synthiel and Luce for the deity thing :3

Synthiel was a Goddess no man or woman built temples too, she was a natural deity who represented birth after flame. Attributed to Phoenixes and Forest Fires, she was worshiped in the ash and burnt down woods where he arms reached and fingers left nothing but earth for seeds to be planted. Some regarded her as the reason man and woman even have a hearth in their home, a tribute to the Goddess whose righteous fury could scour away whole nations with a sweep of her hand. Many feared and loved her, for even though the flames could kill you or bring ruin- the wake after the fires brought whole bounties of fertile land and even precious minerals.

Some scholars found texts that she was the lighter of candles and uncovered numerous books to sightings or interactions with the fiery Goddess. Her rituals were dances often enacted with special oils so the dancers themselves could be bathed and unharmed by the fires, the Goddesses own secret she shared with them.

Some feared the story of how the Goddesses temper equaled her flames, quick to ignite and then to burn out, a tale told to young children to prevent rash action. It was said that after she walked the earth for a many number of years Synthiel sided with the mortals during a war and gave her favored troops a means to crush the very enemies they fought. The gods and goddesses of war were offended after she overstepped her boundaries and favored the side against the flaming one. Her troops fell and she was conquered, punished to reside in the very heart of a mountain, they thought her prison would hold her but Synthiel’s rage turned to flame and seared the stone.

Volcanoes were born from her imprisonment and she was sentenced to stay until her temper abated. The Goddess of Fire and of Volcanoes sits now, still waiting, in the very heart of her prison.