Man hat den Schulabschluss geschafft und denkt: Jetzt bin ich erwachsen und es geht los in die große Welt und man sollte sich eigentlich mega gut fühlen. Aber irgendwie kommt dieser Moment einfach nicht.
The peluda, (pellanguis velues) is a porcupine among dragons. Also known as the Shaggy Beast or La Velue (French for “hairy one”), it isn’t hard to see why; this lindworm is as bristly as they come. These long, thick hairs also function similarly to porcupine quills, and can be easily lost when sufficiently embedded in something else, such as flesh.
Peludas are also capable of swinging their tails with devastating force, by some accounts sufficient to fling the spines at the tip like arrows. The tail, conspicuously naked of spines except at the end, is also considered the only weakness of the peluda in folklore. However, it is quite penetrable at any point barring a thicket of foot long quills.
As a last ditch defense mechanism, peludas can also spit up their own concentrated stomach acid as a fine mist to burn the eyes and skin of threatening animals. This ability is thought to be ancestral to all dragons, though not all extant species display the behavior.
The peluda is found only in southern France and parts of Italy, but is thought to have had a more northerly range before the Middle Ages. They are Highly territorial for most of year, but during the spring mating season, males leave their territories and wander the countryside searching for females in distant rivers and ponds. During this time the males grow spectacularly long quills both to protect themselves on their long journey and to impress potential mates. It is likely one of these lovesick males that became the subject of the legend surrounding these beasts, as well as that of the tarrasque. They cannot run quickly, and therefor defend themselves viciously if confronted.
Peludas possess several basal traits not seen in other surviving wyrms, such as powerful hindlimbs suited for walking and a small, nonvenomous rat’s tooth. However, they do have the distinctive arrow shaped tongue and feed mostly on fish and birds.
An incomplete list of things I appreciate about the Old Kingdom trilogy:
Casual matter-of-fact reference to menstruation
When guards, soldiers, community leaders, sea captains etc are mentioned in passing as side or background figures, they’re just as likely to be women as men, without any extra comment or explanation
I’m pretty sure there was just a Disney reference (in Sabriel ‘that’s what he did, it’s what he lived for’, in Little Mermaid ‘that’s what I do, it’s what I live for’—deliberate or not it’s cracking me up this morning)
He doesn’t spend a lot of time describing his female character’s bodies unless it’s practical mentions of hygiene or wounds
But also he doesn’t dance around the word ‘breasts’ when it’s the appropriate practical description of anatomy
Lirael has depression and suicidal ideation and is a badass heroine, Sammeth has PTSD but is still a badass hero, Nicholas the quintessential know-it-all white guy gets humbled and is the vulnerable character who needs rescuing
Mogget and the Disreputable Dog and their impatience with anything approaching YA drama tropes
The romantic elements that are so *mimes swoon* but also so subtle and also rational and drama free? I mean.
There’s even bits of domestic fluff in the middle freaking action adventure stories, I MEAN.
The political stuff in Lirael and Abhorsen is relevant, wow
Characters admitting that they’re afraid, including (especially) male characters
Books you need to read right now so some books, like Percy Jackson or Raven Boys have big happy fandoms and thats GREAT but here are some books I feel are just as good but never seem to have gotten the love they should
The Half Bad Trilogy (Half Bad, Half Wild, Half Lost) Bisexual main character, epic gay love story, Harry Potter by way of Raven Boys, go read them, cry.