Other than the plated scales, tough leathery skin, frilled head, horned skull anatomy and sinuous tail, mythological and folkloric dragons have very little in common anatomically with actual reptiles. They have MORE in common with the Felidae genus (cat family) and the Aves Phylum Chordata (bird classification).
Like a cat’s eye, a dragon’s eye has a comparatively large iris with a vertical pupil. This arrangement allows the pupil to open extremely wide and receive more light than that of a human eye.
A dragon’s legs are also decidedly nonreptilian, despite the scaly coverings. A dragon’s legs are positioned more or less directly under its body, in the manner of mammals. (Most reptiles’ legs tend to splay out to the sides, offering much less support and mobility than a mammal).
Lasly, a dragon’s four feet very closely resemble those of a great bird. Each foot has three or four clawed toes facing forward (the number varies, even among dragons of the same kind), plus an additional toe, also with a claw, set farther back on the foot and facing slightly inward toward the dragon’s body, like a human’s thumb.
A dragon’s resemblance to a reptile is literally only skin deep So the next time someone you know refers to mythical dragons as giant lizards, you’ll have the know-what to save a life.
Aries: Panther with fur made of actual fire, eyes black as coal. Teeth drip with lava. Can swim through lava and walk through molten earth with no problems.
Taurus: A raven large enough to fly on, matte black feathers and cold, dull purple eyes. leaves a trail of smoke when it flies.
Gemini: A white tiger with dark black stripes. silver claws and teeth that can bite/cut through any material. A roar so powerful the earth shakes. A tail almost as long as it’s main body.
Cancer: An elk with antlers made of ice. Icicles sharp sharp enough to kill drip down from them. Eyes that reflect the ocean. Fur that is as cold as snow. When it walks on water it freezes the surface.
Leo: A lion actually made of earth. It’s fur is like grass, and it’s eyes reflect the sun itself. Wherever it goes, it spreads life. It’s mane sometimes sprouts wildflowers.
Virgo: A bear made of the night sky. It’s fur contains constellations and planets. It’s eyes are stars themselves. It is a peaceful, loving creature-until one of it’s loved ones are hurt. If that occurs, they have claws sharp enough to rip through rock.
Libra: A giant bird with transparent feathers that reflect it’s environment. Eyes that glow red. when it lands, it levels out the ground beneath it.
Scorpio: A lioness made of shadow. It lurks in caves, afraid to be seen. Poison runs through it’s veins, deadly enough to kill by contact. large canines, and claws.
Sagittarius: A wolf that can outrun the wind. pure white fur and deep, sea blue eyes. Long, jet black claws and teeth. Spends most of it’s life fleeing, not fighting.
Capricorn: A creature with no defined shape nor species. Constantly turns from one to the next. They are identified with a scar, an X across their chest, that they contain in every form. iridescent fur/scales/skin.
Aquarius: A large, dragon-like lizard with matte black scales. Eats rocks, and breathes out fire and smoke. Spits up lava over it’s enemies. Creates deserts.
Pisces: A large ice dragon with scales comprised of sea ice, to resemble icicles, scales are almost clearer than glass. Lives in arctic waters. Breathes super-cold breath to create more ice. It’s wings glisten in the sky due to the little pieces of snow, it can be blinding. Very loyal to its master.
He’s carefully balancing the sandwiches and the two biggest tupperware containers he could find that both had functioning lids when the front door opens and he almost drops everything right there in front of the stupid fountain.
If that’s Derek Hale, he’s definitely not a mountain man.
Everything changes when Derek goes under while surfing, hits his head on a board, and sees a man with a tail swimming away. He wants to know who that was, and what it has to do with Beacon Hills, the one place he never meant to come back to.
In Alpine folklore, the “Tatzelwurm” is a stubby, lizard-like creature. It takes the appearance of a cat with the hind-end of a serpent with no hind legs. It is rumored to live in several areas of Europe, including the Austrian, Bavarian, Italian and Swiss Alps.
Keith and Shiro’s bond is stronger than we realize.
So after finishing season two not even 12 hours after it aired, and with many things becoming canon (aka Galra Keith), I had to go back to the first episode to watch it all again and actually understand every detail.
So we all know that Keith and Shiro were left stranded in a rocky planet full of lizard-like creatures that are not friendly at all. We see an injured Shiro, a distraught Keith and more importantly: both of them trying to desperately find each other. We see Shiro at his most vulnerable and Keith going through as many obstacles as needed: jumping across a void, running through geisers, almost dying…
He even has Shiro’s words in his mind all the time:
Let’s remember that Shiro BARELY remembers who Keith is, and their past together, in the Garrison or wherever it took place, is unclear. But Keith obviously remembers Shiro since the beginning, which is obvious since S01E01, when he rescues Shiro.
This conection, I’m positive, is bigger than what he has with Lance, Pidge or Hunk. I mean, sure, he has a bond with his fellow paladins, but hear me out: Shiro is his priority.
His connection and bond with Shiro comes from even before the other paladins even met.
Let’s start by one of the biggest moments: the Black Lion.
When Shiro is baldy hurt and in critical danger because of the alien lizards, the Lion, the one that was barely loyal to Shiro and even had an inclination for Zarkon, is still unactive while its paladin is near death. We all know Shiro had issues with his Lion that continue to develop, but what happens as soon as Keith tries to make contact with the Black Lion?
It recieves Keith. It lets Keith take control and safe Shiro. It let another paladin that had a totally different Lion hop in and take control.
You could say “yeah, Black did it for Shiro, it needed someone to control it to act and Keith was the only one, so it had no choice”, but let’s remember that Red could act without a pilot whenever Keith was in danger various times through the season. That either means that Keith has an outstanding connection to the Lions (which is totally possible, considering that he was the one to find the Blue Lion first), or the Black Lion recognized Shiro and Keith’s bond and trusted, I repeat, trusted Keith enough to control him, just as Shiro completely trusts Keith.
Which means that Shiro and Keith’s bond is gigantic, and perhaps one of the strongest within the paladins.
Also, the infamous quote:
There it is. It’s obvious. Shiro has all his trust placed on Keith, who he doesn’t even remember properly. And, oh, when did he say this? Right after he saw Keith and the Black Lion’s connection, and saw that Keith was able to lead the Black Lion without any issues, and now sees that Keith could lead Voltron.
And it’s not even a thing that happened once. It’s not just Shiro being delirious and wounded in a stranded planet with little to no hope of being rescued. He even says it again:
It is clear that this was no mistake. Shiro trusts Keith. He would place the huge duty of leading Voltron on him because he knows better than anyone of what Keith is capable, and makes sure that Keith knows.
That is the amount of trust they have in each other.
Second Moment: The Marmora Headquarters.
Now we get to see the bond from both sides: Shiro, worried to death as he sees Keith being beaten up over and over again, and Keith, still having Shiro as a predominant thought.
Shiro obviously doesn’t want Keith to go through the trials. He might die. Voltron would lose a paladin, and most importantly, Shiro might lose one of his most important conections to his past, Keith himself.
But then this scene comes up:
He smiles. There is relieve all over him when he sees Shiro coming to help him. And we know for a a fact that Keith Kogane does not smile often.
We are told that Keith is seeing his hopes and feares being materialized before him. I think the method they use is take the person’s biggest hope, and make that one hope throw all his fears at him. That would make anyone fall into despair, right?
And who is Keith’s biggest hope?
Takashi fucking Shirogane.
He is beaten up, has almost fainted, is losing hope, just wants the truth about his past and himself and where he comes from and who he is. But what does he want over all?
Edit: Shiro’s reaction during this moment.
So, yes, Keith is beaten up. He can barely stand up. He is weak, he is suffering, and Shiro, knowing he is in pain, intervenes without a doubt, and you know why? Because he knows how it feels to have your past torture you, to feel despair, to have your mind attack you, and he won’t let Keith go through that. So he forces his way through soldiers that could easily defeat him, as he is outnumbered, and places his own self in danger.
And as soon as he gets to Keith and has him with him, and he sees a soldier trying to attack Keith to take away the blade, it doesn’t even stop for a second and drops everything to go protect Keith.
To me, that’s who Shiro is: A man, broken and distraught by his past and his trauma, that will defend those he loves without doubting, even if it means that he will get hurt or die. He did the same for Matt in the Galra Prison: he placed himself in danger to save him. He did the same with Allura: he went back for her and got terribly injured in the process.
And now he does it for Keith.
Third point: Keith is growing.
This is an obvious point after he learned his Galra origins. Keith, either because of his new knowledge or because he now knows Shiro sees him as his right hand and possible future leader, becomes warmer, more open, even congratulates his teammates like Shiro does. He grows as a person and becomes more mature despite still being hotheaded:
This could be taken as him learning from Shiro, or trying to follow his advice to become a better person. Whatever it is, Keith is growing so much in a small amount of time. He is no longer a loner emo teen, but is opening to his surroundings and to new people, which we know didn’t happen before in his life since he is an orphan with almost no knowledge of his past, a loner, and a dropout.
If that is not what strong bonds do, then I don’t know what does.
Unlike Allura, who held a grudge against Keith for some episodes due to him having Galra blood in his veins, Shiro never attacked or was afraid of Keith. He knows his buddy is still there, that nothing has changed, and will still be there for him, Galra or not.
Keith is always checking, during battles, that Shiro is okay. He not only intervened in Zarkon’s laser at the end of season one so that he wouldn’t take the Black Lion, but he is, most of the time if not always, the first one to realize that Shiro is in trouble.
Shiro is the only one that says goodbye to him before their individual missions.
He is the first one and the most desperate to reach Shiro’s lion at the end of this season.
He is even placed as the focus of attention when they realize that Shiro is gone.
IN CONCLUSION: Shiro and Keith’s bond was extremely developed in this season and both characters, specially Keith, grew due to that bond. I hope that next season will give us more to this – specially the story of how they met – but this season did a great job developing both characters and making Keith not just a broody, emo boy with almost no time to develop.
Here come the last form of Random, the monster-hero. It is a lizard, capable of changing from 3D to 2D at will, like a drawing, hence his name : Art-Gecko (art deco… my bad puns have no end, unlike this project)
His 3 eyes can also bring 3 dimensional tangible objects from his imagination, though they have to be simple. It can also shoot beams, because that’s badass.
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Derek’s acting like a jealous boyfriend. The only issue? He and Stiles aren’t dating.
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“Stiles, this is the sixth time in two weeks that you’ve locked yourself out of your own room in the middle of the night and that Scott won’t pick up his phone to let you in.”
“Uh, yeah, man, tell me about it. He really needs to step up his roommate game.”
Derek seriously can’t take this anymore.
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Stiles decides that, since they’re the only two single members of the pack, he and Derek should spend Valentine’s Day together.
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The guy gave him a curt little nod and neatly sidestepped him, continuing on his way. Stiles snuck a look over his shoulder, and yep, the rear view in those tight slacks was pretty good, too. The guy stopped at the bus stop, leaning against the sign, and Stiles sighed. It was a dreamy sigh, even he could admit that.
He had a feeling he was going to become a morning person.
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Derek Hale is a Good Samaritan, okay? That’s how he got roped into helping out Laura in the first place. Helping the attractive stranger who just literally collapsed into his arms might be more fun, though. Not that he’ll ever admit it, especially since he got puked on first.
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Derek frowns, thrown off. Teenagers are confusing.
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“Your arbitrary sex rules are getting really old,” Stiles says, lipping at Derek’s mouth like a goat at a petting zoo.
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Other people might have found the name of the place off-putting. Stiles didn’t. He was actually relieved, when Scott handed him a business card that said “HALEHOUNDS” across the top, because clearly, if anybody could recognize and understand the evil that lurked within his dog’s fluffy precious body, it was these people.
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“Stiles, I’ll clear up your confusion about the position. Derek here needs someone to live with him. He’s a difficult person to live with, so I won’t sugarcoat that. But his responsibilities at the company right now make it impossible for him to actually take care of himself and his home. That would be your job,” Laura explained.
Both Stiles and Derek objected at the same time.“
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In which Derek is the grumpy neighborhood firefighter, and Stiles is a bit of a lovestruck idiot.
It’s time for the third leg of the Sheithllura dynamic. It’s hard to be really definitive about Sheith because they have a history that predates the start of the series. The reason Shallura and Kallura were easy to decipher was because their developments coincided with the unfolding of the main story. But Shiro and Keith have a backstory that the creators are saving for a later revelation. Because of this the Sheith ship is more open to a lot of theorizing and speculation. These two have been presented to have a relationship that is closer than any of the other relationships in the show (not including Allura and Coran) but the nature of their connection is purposefully being kept from the audience. And you can’t blame the writers for it. A good backstory adds a layer of depth that makes things more interesting and irresistible to watch. With all the mystery that surrounds this ship, the question to ask is…
Is Sheith romantic or bromantic?
The unknown backstory of Shiro and Keith makes it hard to get a read on what the writers’ intentions are for this pair. It’s basically a blank slate that they have created to experiment with their storytelling. They can choose to keep showing flashbacks to reveal something surprising about Keith’s and Shiro’s relationship. Until that backstory is revealed, its really hard to tell where the writers are going with Shieth. I got called out for analyzing only the straight ships of Sheithllura and while media norms may make it easier to clue in on heterosexual romances it doesnt mean I am dismissing Sheith because of it’s LGBTQ nature.
What makes Sheith different is that its presentation is not as straightforward as Shallura and Kallura. Those ships were pretty linear with their development. It had an arc as you see them develop from strangers, to acquaintances, to teammates, to good friends, to closer friends and then into something that can be much more. It all happens there on the screen along with the main story. But the story of Sheith is purposefully cryptic and mysterious.
The Rise of Voltron The friendship of Shiro and Keith was one of the first things established in the show. Keith was set-up as a mystery guy, just appearing into the story with no introduction whatsoever, and Shiro becomes the key to unlocking that mystery.
Keith going all ninja and kicking those Garrison guys’ asses sets the stage for their adventures. It also sets the stage for the Sheith dynamic - a Keith that is always looking out for and saving Shiro.
But because this is the pilot episode of an action-adventure show, I would think that there is no romantic groundwork being laid out here. Everything that happens in this episode is in service of the main story - their quest to save the Universe.
After the initial reveal of their friendship not much is shown to develop their relationship. Most of Shiro’s story development happened with Pidge and Allura. While Keith’s interactions were mainly focused on Lance in a dynamic that was being set-up to be a rivalry (that could be something more).
Most of Keith’s and Shiro’s S1 interactions were set-up as a bromance as Shiro looks to Keith as his righthand-man (or wingman) as a parallel to Red Lion being the right arm of Voltron. While Keith looks to Shiro as his trusty (but sometimes fragile) teamleader and close friend who he has to support.
It is noteworthy that Keith is the only one sensitive to Shiro’s fragility which can only be assumed is because they’ve known each other the longest. Keith’s repeated show of concern for Shiro seems to indicate that he is somehow aware of Shiro’s internal struggle.
A good example of this is when Keith suggests to not rescue Allura which many have pointed out as Keith hating Allura. But as I’ve mentioned in my Kallura post, this may have nothing to do with Keith’s indifference of Allura but more of him balancing out Shiro’s emotionality. He is playing Devil’s Advocate because Shiro is displaying an uncharacteristically rash behavior and Keith being his closest friend is the only one who can see it.
Other instances of Keith’s sensitivity was in Crystal Venom when he immediately worries for Shiro when they figure out that the Castle is corrupted. And of course in The Black Paladin when Keith is the first one to notice the struggle between Zarkon and Shiro.
So all the moments of Keith’s repeated show of concern for Shiro could indicate some yet unrevealed aspect about Shiro that only Keith knows about because of their history.
Across the Universe The relationship development for Shiro and Keith happens in what is definitely the Sheith episode of the series. Although it can also be assumed that this not a development but an elaboration of what their relationship already is.
They crash into a desert planet and Keith is immediately worried for Shiro. By this time, Keith’s show of concern for Shiro is already a hallmark of his character.
Shiro is injured and Keith is frantically calling out for him on the comms. When they make contact, there is a subtle intimacy set-up with them being apart but being together on their comms. They’re so close but so far away.
Keith crosses the desert to get to his best friend (or true love) propelled by the lesson that Shiro imparted on him - patience yields focus. Shiro is touched by how Keith has taken his words to heart. Keith confesses to Shiro of the life-changing impact he has had on him. Shiro retorts with a joke. Heartfelt confessions and banter. They’re so cute with each other!
Their closeness is on display as this is one of Shiro’s most unguarded moments. He doesn’t speak to Keith in his serious leader-like tone but as someone who is really, really close to him (Josh Keaton’s voice acting is so good here). The audience sees this in the context of their unknown backstory and so the question becomes - How close are these two, anyway?
By the time Keith gets to his location, Shiro is being attacked by the desert lizard creatures. Keith goes to Black Lion to ask for help to rescue Shiro. Keith being able to pilot Black Lion is one of those huge moments that has garnered a lot of fandom theorizing. But another thing to consider is that Keith’s feelings for Shiro may have something to do with Black Lion propelling into action. Many would dismiss this as an absolutely batshit crazy theory but Black Lion responding to Keith seems to indicate a “special connection” between Shiro and Keith which extended to the Black Lion.
After the rescue, Keith and Shiro rest by a campfire to wait for rescue. This campfire scene was obviously done to set a mood. If these guys needed warmth, I’m pretty sure the insides of the Lions have temperature control. So Keith and Shiro sitting outside, their faces aglow with firelight is meant to punch up the drama of what would happen next.
Shiro thinks he’s dying so he tries to pass the torch of leadership. Keith is in denial and it looks like his heart is about to break. This is one of the most emotional moments for Keith in the series by far and his face shows it all.
Of course this is a cartoon, so Shiro doesn’t die and they get rescued. But that sure was a sweet and tender episode.
Shiro’s Escape I’m going to call this the Sheithllura episode as it seems to show the cross dynamics of these three characters on play here.
The episode begins with Keith being protective of Shiro again as he heals in the cryopod. When Shiro awakens, he is at odds with Allura. Most of the conflict in this episode is between Shiro and Allura but it seems Keith is purposefully getting in the middle of it as he takes Shiro’s side against Allura.
Ark of Taujeer Keith is being cryptic about his suspicion of being tracked by Zarkon. Shiro immediately picks up on this and asks him about it. This time Keith is closed off, they are not as jovial and candid with each other as before. Eventhough they are close, there are things he still can’t tell Shiro yet.
Blade of Marmora After Keith’s runaway stint with Allura, the team is back to business as they look for the Blade of Marmora. This episode is one of the biggest story developments for Keith and understandably it happens with Shiro since Shiro is the key to understanding Keith.
Keith is sulky with the other Paladins for not being as serious about the mission as he is. Everyone notices Keith’s odd behavior but Shiro, being his closest friend, is the only one who can ask him about this. Keith is being evasive and secretive about his suspicions.
Shiro again reminds him of his wish for Keith to take over the leadership. Keith is still being testy and will have none of it. But this time Shiro serious. This is not some sentimental last wish of a dying man. It’s an instruction of a leader to his most trusted Paladin.
Keith undergoes the Trials of Marmora, against Shiro’s wishes. When Keith seems to be defeated, the hologram of Shiro appears as some reassuring figure for him. It is revealed that the suit reveals the wearers greatest hopes and fears, much like the 9th card in a tarot reading.
Keith is in his weakest and most vulnerable state and he longs to see Shiro. He wants Shiro to validate his cause and at the same time is afraid to lose him. When Hologram Shiro turns against him (his greatest fear becoming true) Keith bro-zones Shiro as way to cope with his emotions.
It’s safe to assume that Shiro is the most important person in Keith’s life right now. And Shiro knows it too as he doesn’t seem surprised by this, maybe owing to the fact of Keith’s confession in Across the Universe.
Keith learns of his Galra heritage and not much Sheith moments happens as the next few episodes focused heavily on the Kallura dynamic.
Belly of the Weblum They have their sweet bro hug before the team part ways to go on separate missions and they do it in front of everybody. The fact that no one reacted to this seems to indicate that this is a normal
between these two. Their private one-on-one interactions have definitely made these two closer. But they have always been touchy-feely with each other since the beginning of the series.
When Zarkon takes hold of Shiro and the Black Lion, Keith (for the gazillionth time) looks out for Shiro. He urges Shiro to fight Zarkons control. When it appears that Shiro has been disarmed by Zarkon, Keith rallies the other Paladins to keep on fighting to protect Shiro and the Black Lion. This is the beginning of Keith learning to be responsible and take charge of the team.
And so S2 ends with the disappearance of Shiro and Keith will no doubt be the one who will be hit hardest by this. With Shiro gone, Keith will have no one to look to for guidance plus he has the added burden of filling in as leader for the team.
Looking at all the
Sheith moments, it is very clear that these two care very deeply for one another. But so much mystery surrounds their relationship. How long have they known each other? How close are they? What did Shiro do that changed Keith’s life? Have they always been affectionate with each other? What is the nature of their relationship?
With so much unknown factors about Sheith, I will go into a little bit of theorizing and speculation.
First, the main thing that makes Sheith register as a bromance is thelack of tension between them. We never seen them become antagonistic towards each other. We never seen them become conflicted about the other. We are never shown the other characters react or comment on their dynamic. It’s always supportive and nice between these two.
Because we never see these two having to resolve anything between themselves, their relationship remains the status quo - an established friendship based on mutual respect, admiration and trust. Any kind of intimacy can be attributed to that close friendship.
While this is good for a healthy romantic relationship, this is storytelling we’re talking about here so some tension and conflict is expected to signal a development in that relationship. And until that is shown on screen or talked about in the script, we cannot be truly sure of what the writers intend Sheith to be.
Second, much of the affection in the Sheith dynamic is coming from Keith’s side. Shiro undoubtedly cares for Keith but most of his approach of Keith is somewhat brotherly and sometimes professional. And while Keith displays a singular devotion for Shiro, Shiro has displayed some individual fondness for other characters - Pidge, also in a brotherly fashion and Allura, in a somewhat romantically interested way. And so Sheith coud actually be just one-sided pining. The unrequited love trope coming into play.
Interestingly enough, when you look at the Sheith, Shallura and Kallura dynamics, you will see that most the affection is slightly one-sided.
In Sheith, Keith shows the singular devotion to Shiro. Shiro reciprocates the love and the care but not as intensely and his affections are not as hyperfocused on one person.
In Shallura, Shiro is the one always showing fondness for Allura. While Allura has shown that she cared for Shiro (i.e she sacrificed herself to save him) her reaction to his display of affection was somewhat vague and not very foretelling.
In Kallura, Allura explicitly showed her fondness (and maybe interest) for Keith with her heartfelt apology and hug. Keith reciprocated the hug but his reaction was also somewhat vague and not very foretelling.
So Sheithllura might actually be the Bizarre Love Triangle trope (I had to google what it was called) where Keith likes Shiro but Shiro likes Allura but Allura likes Keith. So all of their affections are unrequited and no one ends up with no one. I may have to explore this in another post.
Third, the VLD team have irrevocably shown their love and support for Sheith. It is the first ship they have promoted to the fandom outside of the actual content of the show. And while the producers and the talents have expressed a liking for other ships, Sheith has the distinct honor to be featured in their social media and have supplementary artwork from the creators themselves. From a marketing perspective, it seems highly suspect for showrunners to promote an endgame as early as the 1st and 2nd seasons, when there are 4-6 seasons still to come. Why would the producers push an OTP so early on in the series when they would actually want to build mystery to keep people tuning in on their show? So all these mentions of Sheith could just be a test to see how fans would react to it or it could be a red herring to create more buzz for the show.
So in the end, we can’t really tell what the writers want to do with Sheith. This is a ship whose story they are purposefully keeping vague and mysterious. And Joaquim Dos Santos and team are keeping their cards very close to their chest.