anonymous asked:

How do you think Fireworms work? Are the small ones the males? Non breeding females? Both?

There is so much we have to guess about Fireworm social structures. As far as we know, dragons are born with their assigned sex and do not change sex over the course of their life (as some fish, etc. can do). So we can throw lots of fish social structures out of the way for theorizing. Since Fireworms act so much like bees, I will relate them to bees and suggest maybe they live in that way. I will ignore the fact that dragons are not closely biologically related to bees and instead will simply focus on how the social structure of Fireworms seems somewhat analogous to a beehive.

The first thing to indicate that analogy may work is the presence of the queen Fireworm. She is enormous compared to the other Fireworms, clearly suggesting some biological process has occurred in her which has not for others of her species. Queen bees, which are adult females specially fed to become sexually mature, are larger than any other in the hive, although admittedly the size difference isn’t anywhere close to the size difference between the Fireworm queen and the other Fireworms. But I do think this suggests that the Fireworm queen is the one sexually active female Fireworm in her hive and that she is the one who lays most if not all the eggs in the hive. Maybe she grows larger over time due to a special biological process that kicks in when she becomes sexually active. Maybe she lives a long time and continuously grows during her lifespan. Maybe a combination of things like this.

The small Fireworms are going to be a combination of males and females by this analogy. In bees, the males are drones; their primary function in the hive is fertilization and reproduction. The females are worker bees who will do things like collect food. I would not be surprised if the Fireworms who live close to the queen in the main nest are the males, and that the Fireworms we see scattered abroad an island far from the nest are females. This would allow for males to be around for the queen to reproduce, but the females don’t need to be as closely attached to the nest since they are not reproducing. 

We haven’t seen any sign of the dragons really coming and assisting the queen. I don’t know if the males and/or females provide for the queen as we see bees do. It’s possible, and if so, maybe the females do return to the nest from time to time with food and provisions.

If others have different theories, I would love to hear them!


I got tagged by Max and Brittany to do my 9 favorite records. This isn’t quite a 9 of all time because there are a few of those I don’t own. But these are 9 records I listen to over and over.

1. blink-182 - Untitled
2. Box Car Racer - Box Car Racer
3. Dangers - Anger
4. Fireworks - All I Have To Offer Is My Own Confusion
5. Give Up The Ghost - We’re Down Til We’re Underground
6. Motion City Soundtrack - Commit This To Memory
7. Crime In Stereo - Is Dead
8. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
9. Transit - Keep This To Yourself

(National Geographic)  Marine worms

Spawning Fireworms

Fireworms, like those seen here gathering to spawn, boast an array of toxic bristles. These bristles have hollow tubes filled with poison, which break easily when touched to discourage predators. They also inflict a painful rash on any human who handles them. Fireworms are carnivores that feast on corals, snails, or other worms. They surprise and snare such fare with hidden jaws concealed inside an innocent-looking, rounded front end.

jose-bote asked:

Yo, so I stumbled upon your blog and loved it immediately. So I though I'd ask, if the setting shown is northern Europe's equivalent, can we assume that those dragons are native specifically to that region? And what do you think dragons of the other continents' equivalents would be like, especially in regards to their relationship with humans? My brother and I thought of an African continent where dragons are actively worshiped by a number of tribes in exchange for protection. What do you think?

Ah, thank you so much!

I definitely believe that all the dragons we see in the HTTYD world are native to Northern Europe. Even though the dragons would have the ability to fly long distances, we do not see too much evidence of migration, nor do I think that would be the easiest task for a reptile to accomplish. The Fireworms migrate from island to island according to “Reign of Fireworms” in RTTE, but that’s not very far. So I think that all the beautiful species we see in How to Train Your Dragon are simply those species which live in Northern Europe.

It could be the case that dragons are not a Genus that lives across the globe, in which case there wouldn’t be North American dragons or Australian dragons or Southern African dragons. But I think I am much happier imagining dragons in every landscape out there! I would love to postulate what dragons of other continents might look like and how they might interact with the natives.

I think I am in love with you and your brother’s idea about African dragons. Frankly, there is so much we could explore with African dragons because the continent is enormous and exploding with so many different and unique cultures! 

Early Medieval Egypt was a time where Arabs converted the area from predominantly Christian roots to Islam. Can you see dragons within a land of bazaars, tea shops, and Egypt’s first mosques? It would be an incredibly different environment than the world of Norsemen, and a culture very interesting to explore in regards to their relation with living fire-breathing reptiles. Sea dragons swimming in the Nile or the Mediterranean Sea. Sand dragons that know how to burrow in the Sahara and burst out from hiding to prey on camels. Dragons that look like cobras with venom in their teeth or prance like gazelles or climb in the mountains alongside ibex or store food in humps on their back or have adapted long ears like the Fennec fox to hear their prey from even underground.

If we dropped back in time to Ancient Egypt, would the dragons be worshiped and painted on the walls of pharaoh tombs?

We could enter the Ethiopian Empire, Abyssinia, which began around the 1200s and lasted several centuries. Or the Kingdom of Ghana, which was just about to end at this same time. That kingdom was said to be immensely rich; the burly digging dragons would be involved in the gold mining processes and other large, swift dragons would fly across Africa in Trans-Saharan trade. Royal dragons would wear golden collars and sleep on plush carpets. Some dragons would be treated with uttermost reverence, while perhaps other dragons might balk at the work they do to keep the kingdom running.

We could hop into the world of smaller tribes. I would enjoy a world like you painted: dragons actively worshiped by the peoples. Dragons protecting the people. Humans and dragons living in a beautiful symbiosis. I think that this is a great and viable idea, one that could be creatively explored in great depth and with lots of beauty. This would be such a culture.

If we put dragons in the savanna, they might be swift to chase prey like cheetahs, or be a little thicker of size and hunt in packs like lions. A random vegetarian dragon might have a long skinny neck like a giraffe. Other dragons would look like the rhinoceros and charge boldly like one, too. They would dwell in the waters like crocodiles with flat bodies but long, toothy jaws… and they’d have the extra danger of being able to fly out of the water after their prey!

I am no expert of African history, culture, or geography by any means, so I think I will stop there before I unintentionally demonstrate my regrettable ignorance on this wonderful continent and its peoples. Someone please tell me if I ever make a mistake in my discussion of a culture.

So yes! Yes yes yes yes yes! African dragons! Dragons in Madagascar or the Kingdom of Mapungubwe or the Songhai Empire or the Kilwa Sultanate! Dragons with the Bantu and Afar and Zulu and Amhara and Berber and Mandika!

And then we can charge off all around the globe. One time deepfathom came to me with an enchanting idea about what a life between dragons and Native Americans might look like. As I ranted and raved excitedly about in that post, we could have dragons wearing feathered war bonnets alongside their Cheyenne human tribesmen. We could have Mayan dragons residing beside the pyramids. We could have dragons chilling in the stone houses of Mesa Verde with the Anasazis. Or Inuit dragons sheltering themselves in igloos or out hunting seals. Or Paspehegh dragons meeting English settlers for the first time in Jamestown. Or, in a later period of history, Sioux dragons fighting alongside their human brethren in the Great Sioux War against the United States military. What I really want to see in a world of North American dragons is the dragons living in an integrated society where they are treated as equals alongside the people… some of the dragons might even be the rulers and chiefs of a tribe! 

I imagine that the European colonists in North, South, and Central America wouldn’t understand dragons and try to hunt them and chase them away. You could imagine the sort of conflict that would come to. Settling Jamestown would be all that much harder where you have to worry about fire-breathing or acid-spitting reptiles in addition to the weather.

Or what about Asia? I especially love thinking about dragons deep within the Kingdom of Lo in Tibet, hunting with the nomadic Kazakhs in the mountains of western Mongolia, or sweeping above the great Hindu and Buddhist temples of Cambodia during the great Khmer Empire. I imagine the dragons would be well-regarded by these peoples and treated with extreme respect. Dragons through many Chinese dynasties of course are a must to explore, too.

A HTTYD-like story with hoards of dragon species could pop up into any area of the world with any culture and be an enjoyable tale. They might fight with the Greeks and Romans during the ages of their empires, or live in a very comfortable lifestyle with the Chinese in the Ming dynasty. I like the idea of dragons being revered by some African people groups or living with equal rights with some of the tribes in North America. There’s so much to be explored everywhere.

Ever since that moment, I lost my fascination with fireworks . It just fucking hurts everytime I remember that moment. And all other fucking moments that haunt me up to now

anonymous asked:

I'm not sure if this is to be taken note of but during the Death Song, Toothless seemed to be slightly immune to the Death Song. During the time of the Fireworm problem, Toothless didn't seem to be "bothered"/ "irritated" by the smoke (I think this was the part when Astrid, Hiccup, Fishlegs and Snotlout and their dragons were all in the "fancy dungeon" waiting for the twins to make a decision). There was also the Rumblehorn episode, where the dragons except toothless reacted to his warning....

Always fun to hear peoples’ notes! What others observe is really fun to hear. I do think Toothless has some advantages that other dragons don’t, but I think that his strengths balance out his weaknesses and he’s not any more invincible compared to other species. Every single dragon has its own abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.

I hope you don’t mind that I disagree with you about Toothless and the Death Song. I believe that Toothless seems just as susceptible to the Death Song as Stormfly, Meatlug, Barf and Belch, and Hookfang. During “Imperfect Harmony,” you can see three times Toothless becomes attracted to the Death Song call. I imagine he’s just as susceptible to the dragon call as any of the others rather than slightly immune.

The first time Toothless gets attracted to the Death Song is when all the dragons leave during the night. The youths wake up in the morning to see all their dragons have gone. Toothless likely found the Death Song’s call just as interesting as the other dragons; otherwise, he would have stayed with Hiccup, because Hiccup means more to him than tagging along with Stormfly or Meatlug.

The second time Toothless gets attracted to the Death Song you see on screen. The youths get attacked by a Thunderdrum while Hiccup is flying in the air. He has to yank Toothless multiple times to turn his Night Fury around. Hiccup and Toothless battle for which direction to fly, Hiccup saying, “Nope. No, bud. This way!” Toothless’ eyes are narrowed while you can hear the Death Song calling in the distance. This Night Fury is so attracted to the call he’s fighting Hiccup and wanting to approach the Death Song rather than save the Vikings!

The third time it happens, Hiccup again has to grab Toothless and yank him back. The Death Song makes a call, Toothless’ eyes narrow, and he starts to step toward the Death Song rather than stay in hiding.

I think the times we see Toothless able to fight the Death Song and not get “lured in” are when the Death Song isn’t actually makings its call. So this means Toothless isn’t immune to the Death Song like Thunderdrums are. I know you only said slightly immune, but I suppose my own perspective is that there’s no difference between his immunity and that of, say, Stormfly. I really like that. I like seeing the fact that Toothless is a dragon just as “flawed” as the next.

Now as far as your other two points, I think they’re fun and interesting, too. It’s fun to discuss. I haven’t watched dragons’ reaction to smoke too much, but I think in general they don’t have much reaction. I think it’s not just Toothless, but all species. Perhaps dragons, as fire breathing creatures who are around flame a lot, have physically adapted to smoke. They won’t be as prone to coughing when they inhale it.

Now onto the Rumblehorn episode, “Crushing It”! The other dragons - against their riders’ will - launch into the sky as soon as the Rumblehorn begins roaring. The reason the dragons launch into the air isn’t any means of coercion, though, so it’s not a matter of immunity or immunity. It’s a matter of listening and understanding Skullcrusher or ignoring his message.

It is really interesting that Toothless doesn’t seem to launch into the sky after the other dragons. You do see him look up when the other dragons fly into the sky, but it’s hard to say what he’s thinking. Toothless might be wishing he could fly into the sky (but he’d need Hiccup’s cooperation on the saddle) or he might be confused about why the others are flying away. My belief is that Toothless understands the Rumblehorn’s message. If Skullcrusher can communicate with Zipplebacks, Nadders, Night Terrors, Nightmares, and Gronckles, then I imagine his message would come across to Toothless, too. My guess is that Toothless stays his ground because he cannot fly without Hiccup unfurling his tail in the saddle, and because Toothless is going to follow Hiccup’s lead in this issue. But it is very interesting that all the other dragons heed Skullcrusher immediately but Toothless, cooperating with Hiccup, simply stays on the ground.