Earth dragons are generally the largest, with rough hides and strong stocky
bodies. They often
oversized front limbs and claws to allow them to dig and build more easily, and
may have smaller wings in order to squeeze into their tunnels. Getting into a
fight with an Earth dragon is not a good idea: they’re physically very powerful
and have incredible stamina. In some
parts of Earth’s territory there are dragons who have spent so many generations
underground that they’ve lost much of their vision and skin pigment, rendering
them nearly albino. These dragons navigate by touch or by sensing vibrations.
Nature dragons rarely grow to any great size, as being too large in the jungle makes
it difficult to hunt or flee. Despite their smaller stature Nature dragons are
plenty dangerous, as many have developed poison glands and some even exude
toxins directly from their skin. It’s very common to see Nature dragons born in
camouflaged patterns and colors that allow them to blend into the forest,
though many are born in bright warning colors. Most Nature dragons have well-developed
claws suited for arboreal life as well as large eyes that function equally well
at night. Very magically attuned dragons will sometimes grow plants directly from
their mossy hides.
dragons can be a little startling to those who have never seen them before.
Their bodies are compact and bulky in order to conserve heat, and even
non-tundras have been known to develop full or partial coats of fur. Like
Nature dragons they have large talons to grip the ice and some have specialized
horns on their heads designed to break through thin ice to reach air or water. Some
are capable of developing thick layers of blubber underneath their scales,
giving them a roly-poly appearance.
dragons don’t have very many distinguishing features due to their rather
undemanding environment, but they are known to have a more elegant appearance
than other flights. Light dragons tend to have slightly longer necks and limbs
and walk with a smoother gait, but have comparatively little stamina and don’t
last very long in fights. Their wings and tendrils, if they have any, are very
long and sensitive to temperature and pressure changes. It’s rare to see dark-colored
Light dragons in any significant numbers. They tend to be slightly more
intelligent than other flights, in a “book smart” sort of way.
Arcane dragons are smallish in size and often spindly in appearance, mimicking
their deity. They are not known for physically being very strong but compensate
with deeper and more powerful magic reserves. Like Shadow dragons, they are
frequently bioluminescent but have less control over it, and some Arcane
dragons are downright glittery. Arcane dragons are by far the most likely to
experience mutations and it’s very common to see dragons of this flight with
extra limbs, wings, tails, and even heads. More monstrous mutations are present
in clans located deeper in Arcane territory. Some barely look like dragons at
all. All Arcane dragons have large, sharp-sighted eyes suitable for stargazing.
dragons are known for being the best fliers and have smooth, streamlined bodies
as well as powerful wings. Many have developed sails and fins to help them
better navigate treacherous air currents, and their lungs are able to function
at much higher altitudes than other flights. Some Wind dragons can fly for days
or even weeks without landing, eating and sleeping on the wing and gathering
moisture from clouds. Their wings display a much greater variety in shape than
those of other dragons: broad wings for soaring, short wings for rapid
takeoffs, curved wings for tight maneuvering. To assist with flying Wind
dragons have large airsacs that make them lightweight, and coincidentally very buoyant.
Most are sadly unable to dive without great effort.
Long, low bodies are characteristic of Shadow dragons, giving some of them a
weasel-like appearance. Shadow dragons are the most acrobatic and flexible of
the flights to better survive in the brambles of their home and have tough,
almost rubbery skin. They are very frequently bioluminescent and can even
control the patterns they display, flashing glowing eyespots to frighten enemies
or going completely dark in order to sneak up on prey. Some Shadow dragons
possess chromatophores that allow them to change color completely, which they
often use for pranks. Even the largest of Shadow dragons are able to move in
near silence, and breeds with feathers have structures similar to owls that
allow them to fly extremely quietly.
Unsurprisingly, Water dragons are suited for aquatic life and many come ashore
only rarely, if at all. Fins and flippers have replaced limbs in many Water
dragon clans and wings have adapted to be more useful for swimming, sometimes
taking on a manta ray-like appearance. Every Water dragon is born with gills as
well as lungs, though some lose the ability to breathe air after several
generations and require spells to survive on land. It’s quite common to see
dragons with large fins on their tails, with some even losing their hind limbs
entirely in a mermaid-like fashion. In the deepest trenches of the Sea of a
Thousand Currents dragons have begun to resemble deep-sea fishes, complete with
glowing lures and mouthfuls of jagged teeth.
Plague dragons are built for wasteland living and are very thin, sometimes
appearing to be starving to outsiders. They have long limbs and broad
vulture-like wings suited for soaring on the desert currents and have powerful
jaws designed to crush bones. Despite their emaciated appearance Plague dragons
are quite strong, and their bites deliver fatal amounts of bacteria to their
unlucky prey. Some have even developed the ability to spray acid from glands in
their mouths and throats. They are generally dull-colored to blend in with
their environment but can boast streaks of bright colors. Plague dragons have a
more feral and animalistic appearance than other flights and often have extra
horns, spines, and rougher scales as well as exposed teeth.
Lightning dragons are capable of storing electricity in their bodies and
releasing it on command through a series of specialized muscles similar to
those of electric eels. Their bodies are long and sleek with coats of jutting
spines that allow them to gauge air pressure and nearby currents. Like Plague
dragons they are adapted to a desert environment and can survive on little
water and food for long periods of time. Curiously, they are much better able
than other flights to handle prosthetic limbs and artificial implants and
experiment freely with these sorts of additions.
Capable of withstanding far higher temperatures than other flights, some Fire
dragons are even able to bathe in lava with no ill effects. Their skin is very thick and rough and
impervious to most damage. Fire dragons are very brightly colored despite their
sooty environment and tend to have compact, armored bodies.
So I made some little sidebar images from the background sidebar art for each Flight! These are just a few examples, I have every single flight done over on imgur, both in 400px height and in its original much larger height.
(Tumblr does some weird stretching and resizing sometimes, so I didn’t want to upload all 88 images here lol).
There’s two versions of each sidebar, one with the original black edges and one without the black.
Use them however you like! If you need a particular size, I’m happy to resize it for you, if you don’t have an image editing program or can’t do it yourself.
Mass paranoia hit
Sornieth late Wednesday night when an Immaculate Tablet 7 reportedly exploded
midair. This being the third instance of detonating tablets, dragons from every
region have begun leaving their devices at home, and as far away from them as
SamSun, a tech giant
located in the Sunbeam Ruins, initially declined to comment on the matter,
stating only that “one defective spell is no cause for alarm. Our tablets are
perfectly safe.” Two ‘defective spells’ later, it seems CEO Steve Daubs has had a
change of heart.
“We here at SamSun understand
that this is a serious issue. We’ve pinpointed the flaw to a faulty spell
malfunctioning at high altitudes, and are working to fix the problem.”
Social media was not
impressed with the explanation. Popular bloggers coined the term #sunburst to
describe the incident, and the tag is now trending all over social media. An
additional flame was lit beneath the popular tech industry as Arcane dragons - known to
live and work in high places - were particularly vocal, taking to their social
platform, Spacebook, to complain.
Tech engineers at SamSun
have promised that they are working to fix the issue, but in the meantime
advise dragons to stay safe, and away from their Immaculate Tablet 7s.
“I cannot apologize
enough,” says Steve Daubs. “and in the meantime, we advise users switch to the
much safer Blackberry. Thank you for your patience.”
Updates on the issue of exploding Immaculate Tablets will follow as news breaks. Until then, this is The Sornieth TImes.
Yeah, this has probably been done before, but the idea
happened and I had to share it.
I made a post about possible Beastclan languages a while
back, and in thinking about it today I realized that there is absolutely no way
that every dragon in every part of Sornieth speaks Draconic the same way. There
must be dialects or at least minor differences. Again, I am no master linguist, and I’ve made little effort
with pronunciation, but I’ve done what I can with what might be possible
regional quirks, divided by flight.
Light is easiest.
They’re concerned with truth and knowledge, so their variation of Draconic
would probably be closest to the worldwide standard. Most books are probably
published in Light dialect. Older Light clans may come across as pretentious,
as they often insist on “correct grammar” from others they encounter. Language
snobbery isn’t exactly uncommon, especially if they don’t like you.
Shadow is almost
identical to Light, owing to the physical nearness, except that Shadow slang
contains a whole ton of double-meanings to really common words and phrases that
means they can make truly fantastic (and awful) puns or speak in code and only
another Shadow dragon will really know the difference. Bonus points if slang
varies by region and a Forum dragon can say a joke that becomes an entirely
different joke to a Brambles dragon. Do not let a Shadow dragon talk unsupervised to an old-school Light dweller. Just. Don’t.
probably speak in metaphor a lot (typical oracle trait). They probably never
give a straight answer if they can help it, because nothing you say can change
destiny… Unless destiny changes itself. Also maybe pirate slang? Why not? They’re fond of nicknaming different currents, too (because oracles and kennings), so a novice navigator in the Sea of a Thousand Currents has a lot to learn. Many
clans that are either entirely or mostly underwater would also probably adopt
Maren as a second language, so phrases and pronunciations might creep in from
time to time.
Earth has barely
changed in millennia. It’s really hard for modern dragons to understand some of
the more isolated Earth clans, actually, which makes it less a dialect and more
a separate language. Earth Draconic is almost dragon-Latin or the equivalent of
Anglo-Saxon English; very rarely do new phrases get added. Kin-terminology is
super complicated. They don’t have the phrase “great-great-uncle,” they have a
distinct word for that. Yes, I know it’s a stereotype, but Earth dragons also
probably speak very slowly, and rarely. It’s like Entish. It takes a very long
time to say anything in the Earth dialect, so they never say anything unless it’s
worth taking a very long time to say. Kennings might also be common here.
Ice dialect is
formal, logical, and clear-spoken. No room for linguistic frippery here; this
is a realm of archivists and jailors, sometimes with very little distinction
between the two. They also are fond of jargon, but rarely explain it if asked.
Like Earth, they don’t speak often, unless it’s something worth saying.
Wind is a flight of travelers who ride the gales around the world,
so Wind dialect is probably more like a pidgin composed of words, phrases, and
pronunciations from all parts of Sornieth, from Draconic to Coatl to even a
variety of Beastclan (especially Harpy/Talonok). New concepts are added pretty
much daily by excited explorers. Among older clans, especially ones with
familiar migration patterns, this might even grow into a proper creole as
hatchlings naturally incorporate what their parents learned.
Fire is weird. On
one hand, Draconic is generally accepted everywhere and so they have to know
Draconic to get any trade done. On the other, coatls are native to Fire and
have their own language. Either a Fire-raised dragon is likely to be bilingual,
or the two languages have formed a creole. There are probably some concepts
that Draconic cannot express well, and same for coatl; a Fire dragon might
switch freely between the two to get an idea across without realizing it.
Vocabulary is often full of forge jargon and metalworking terms, sometimes
applied to non-forging activities or creatures in their slang.
usually shouted. Have any of you seen Stormcatcher’s twitter? No inside voice.
It’s short and to the point; a busy workshop leaves no room for metaphor, and
analogy is only useful when explaining an idea that a diagram can’t convey.
Absolutely loaded with jargon, too, though a Lightning dragon might be more
willing to explain than an Ice dragon.
Nature is the Lorax
and it speaks for the trees. No, really… there are probably dozens of words for
each and every variety of tree, shrub, and grass that are found nowhere else in
Sornieth because those plants are found nowhere else. Also full of plant-based
metaphor and nicknames/slang, though it’s not often they indulge in more poetic
discussion. Survival of the fittest does not mean the best speaker most of the
Plague strikes me
as the sort to adopt anything that can improve their survival, so a Plague
dragon’s vocabulary is probably a hodgepodge of other languages and dialects,
especially from bordering areas. If a word for something is shorter and more
efficient than its Draconic counterpart, it usually replaces the Draconic. They’re
also prone to laughing at strange moments.
Arcane is the
hardest to categorize, primarily because of the nature of Arcane dragons as
curious and ever-exploring, but they usually fit into two main types. The first
is the jargon-nut, who uses very complex terms for almost anything. You know
the sort: the absentminded professor who always uses scientific names. The
other sort speaks perfectly normal, plain Draconic, until that moment when they
use a turn of phrase that’s so totally bizarre that it takes a while to realize
what’s wrong and then kills all conversation as their partner just kind of
stares at them.
SO. I propose to you: months. For measurement or journals or whatever. The months are calculated by full moons.
So - January - Month of the Gala / Month of Frost February - Month of Trickmurk / Month of Long Shadows March - Month of Mistral / Month of Zephyr April - Month of Wavecrest / Month of Rain May - Month of Greenskeeper / Month of Foliage June - Month of Brightshine / Month of Sun July - Month of Thundercrack / Month of Storm August - Month of Flameforger’s / Month of Heat September - Month of Starfall / Month of Stars October - Month of Riot / November - Month of Rockbreaker’s / Month of Ancients December - Month of Silence / Month of Moons
“Me and middoe had a conversation a few nights ago about our FR dwaggins, and basically she brought up how her Oriana, who’s usually a total bitch, would be absolutely doting and overprotective of my Aurelius, who’s her son. She talked about how her mate Toren would come home one evening after gathering and bartering and Oriana would run up to him in a panic, saying that she couldn’t find Aurelius, so they’d start looking and then they’d just find him with his fat little butt in a jar, and Oriana would just cry for like half the night while cradling him. So naturally, I had to draw this. It turned out adorabru.
Yeah, look at us making up stories about dragons. How dare we be imaginative.“