“He’s so small! Ah, I just wanna scoop him right up!”
“I hate to admit it, but he’s just downright adorable! And he hardly talks as much as he used to. I shall chalk this up as an improvement!”
Virgil opened his mouth to protest; he closed it in favor of screwing his face into an expression that was near impossible to describe, but perfectly conveyed his character.
“What?” he finally burst out. “No! We can’t keep him like this. Do you think Thomas is gonna have any idea how to do anything?”
Roman groaned, shoulders sliding into a dejected position. “Fine. I suppose you do have a point. The only thing is…how do we fix…this?”
He gestured to their current problem, which sat on the couch.
This problem happened to be a very displeased Logan, who was now reduced to the state of about a two-year-old, courtesy of a glittering crystal lake he had fallen into after being dragged along on one of Roman’s adventures.
He was small, he was clumsy, he was—
Well, to be quite honest, he was the most adorable thing any of them had ever seen.
I couldn’t resist making Echo an Orochi High student! She’s my weirdest child, so I had to draw her. @orochihigh there needs to be a huffy grounds keeper who throws things every time the arboreal or fossorial snakes have too much fun.
Echo is an odd sand boa. She can frequently be found climbing all of the school signs and trees just because she can. She may be small and getting to those bottom limbs may be hard, but it’s worth it to be a tall tree snake. She truly believes that should have been born a tree boa. An Amazon tree boa probably. They’re pretty cool.
It doesn’t matter that she’s better at falling than climbing. She dreams big for a baby worm!
But at the end of the day, nothing beats burrowing into the ground and making tunnels everywhere. Except knocking things down as she goes. That’s the best part about burrowing.
Echo’s favorite marking is the dinosaur on the top of her head. She can never decide which dinosaur it is, so she rotates through all of her favorite dinosaurs, but on Monday, it’s always a velociraptor. Next to Amazon tree boas, dinosaurs are Echo’s favorite things.
During dinner time, Echo likes to poke her food a few times. Maybe five just to be sure it’s food. She’ll pick it up and drop it in a new place just for good measure too. Once she’s ready to eat, it’s down the hatch–after doing a back bend, that is! Yes, Echo is one of those enlightened snakes that figured out how to use the ground to her advantage. Once dinner is in place, she bends over backwards and shoves her food into the ground so she can eat it faster. There’s no time to waste when there’s dirt to burrow in and things to climb!
I drew this little guy last year for @a-dinosaur-a-day’s celebration of the ornithopod dinosaur Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus. Kulindadromeus was a huge discovery, an ornithopod with feathers! Before this, the only feathered dinosaurs were from the theropod group, but Kulindadromeus shows that feathers were much more widespread across the dinosaur family tree.
This effect has been lessened a bit by the new Ornithoscelida proposal, which would make theropods and ornithopods much more closely related than previously thought, but Kulindaromeus is still an amazing milestone of dinosaur palaeontology. And it’s also adorable.
So you’re playing 3-D Dinosaur Adventure, like any dino-loving kid born in the late 80s or early 90s, and you decide to play Save the Dinosaurs. You make your way through a maze ripped straight out of an old Wolfenstein game, blast improbably large bugs (side note, how can a flea the size of a golden retriever possibly fill the same ecological niche as its normal sized counterpart?), and rescue an oddly flat cutout of dinosaur given the title of the game. You go back in for the next one, but suddenly when you turn the wrong way…
“Raaaaaawr! I’m Dromaeosaurus, a cousin of Velociraptor and just as mean! Next time you’d better watch where you go or I might just eat you! Ruuuuuuuurrr!!”
Holy coprolites! Where in the name of Raptor Jesus did that come from? A few things in this game scared me as a kid, and this is definitely one of them (the other is the 3-D dinosaur that runs right at the camera. What can I say, I was like 4 and I thought it was going to come out of the screen and eat me). But how nice of Dromaeosaurus to explain what it is and its classification before threatening to eat you.
In terms of accuracy, this Dromaeosauus has two major issues. First, no feathers, but given how old this game is, that’s to be expected. Second, no survival instinct. You’re going around saving dinosaurs from a meteor that will somehow kill the dinosaurs from all three periods (wibbly wobbly timey wimey?) and this asshole decides he’d rather stop you. Like Dromaeosaurus isn’t even on your list to save. What did this guy do to deserve being left behind? (another side note, good lord is Left Behind a bad movie. If you want a preachy Christian movie starring a contractually obligated Nicolas Cage and Lucas from One Tree Hill that shamelessly rips off the end of Con Air, check it out) I really want to know the Dromaeosaurus’s backstory. And for that matter, who is telling me to save the dinosaurs and gave me the technology to do so? This is well before Nigel Marven tried it, so I really want to know.
All in all, Dromaeosaurus is a neat little obstacle in an otherwise easy game for kids, and in my opinion his terrifying nature is part of the charm. I feel like everyone who played this game has a memory of being scared by him. And he’s certainly more interesting than those snakes and monkeys that pointlessly try to stop you in the NES Noah’s Ark game, so there’s that.