DDC Sept/Oct- Expectation vs Reality

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Joined: 08/13/2018

Let's kick this off with a bang; this month's prompt is

Expectation vs Reality


This prompt is all about deception and misdirection. Leading with flavour text or design, create a presumed idea about your dragon and then tear it apart in the second item; all while keeping it in the realm of possibility.

Some things to consider could include hidden abilities, obscured body parts, misleading colourations, or deceptive silhouettes.

Be sure to read the Rules Page for detailed explanation of this challenge, and wait for the DNR before commenting!


-  o { Female / Ace+Aro / Aussie / livin life like a prophetic fever dream } o -

I draw stuff. Trades currently closed, but commissions are open, Instagram account to see more of my art[warning for moderate language]. Further contacts and commission details listed below!

Blight Fury species available!


I write a bit. Mostly roleplays at the moment, but I will do proofreading for fics! Not currently offering help for RPs.

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I do 3D. At this point I'm able to make low-poly models, put very haphazard armetures in them, and begrudgingly apply textures. this one does not enjoy texturing, but it must be learnt.


-Contact Methods for Commissions-

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Payments will be done through PayPal, installments negotiable.

I'll draw animals, simple landscapes/backgrounds, anthro's, and low-detail mechanical. I will not draw NSFW, offensive content, or detailed mechanical. Human/humanoid characters are negotiable because I'm not as confident with them yet.

If I don't respond to you within a week, try contacting me again or through a different method.

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Judges: Lissafish, Speedyleaf


Submissions: Closed



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Submitting as either judge or contestant- hope I'm doing it right



I'm Lissa, a follower of Jesus ^^ I've been part of SoD for around 4 years; the forum for 3.

My hobbies include: 

Watching Movies

Arting, and Admiring other people's art :D

Using emoticons in every sentence xD

Writing historical fiction, Children's, and Fantasy




By Ecliptic Eight Thx she is so cute!



Pround memeber Of





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Wolf and Star
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We need gem quests back!!!


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Wolf and Star
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Art by Snow-wish, ToshiLoshi, RedHoodJason, Snow-wish (again :D), Varku, Elefthros, Frugal, Fireflash, SpeedyLeaf and VicZarSky!


To see full collection of Art by Others click here!



Signature is always a work in progress :D


Stuff I like

- Dragons (obviously)

- General fantasy creatures

- Reading (mainly Wings Of Fire)

- Creating art (check out my deviantart here!)

- The Dark Crystal (original film and Age of Resistance)

- James Cameron's Avatar

- Playing guitar

- Nature

- Potatoes :3


Find me ingame as Embalathedragonhatcher

(Also my old account on the Forum)



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Important threads and other links.


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My Fan Species




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+ Viking and Main Dragons Info +


Embala Oceanheart


Embala is a young female viking who was raised on small clan located at Scauldron Island. Once she had trained her first dragon, a beautiful scauldron whom she named Tsunami, Embala decided to move to Berk to pursue her dream of becoming a dragon trainer at the School Of Dragons. 





Tsunami is a cheeky, playful, sometimes sassy, and loyal scauldron who was Embala's first dragon she bonded with. When Embala was caught in a wild and unruly storm while out fishing, Tsunami saved her from the huge tidal waves that would have destroyed Embala's fishing boat. The two have been together ever since! (Screenshot edit by Wolf and Star)



Embala rescued Volcanus from a dragon hunter raid when she first moved to Berk to pursue her interest in learning about dragons. At first he was fierce and unruly from his life on the hunter's ship where his fire-power was used for smelting weapons, but after he and Embala bonded he turned into the equivalent of an oversized puppy. Volcanus will do almost anything for his favoutite fish; salmon. 



Indigo is fiercly protective of Embala and the rest of her dragon family. Although her personality is usually quite sharp, she does have a soft side. She enjoys long flights and fighting by Embala's side in tactics battles. 



 Iguana was found as a baby near the tropical labryinths of Impossible Island. Embala took her home and raised her until she could take care of herself, but when Embala decided to release the flamewhipper Iguana refused to leave!




Embala bonded with Juniper on a trip to Icestorm Island. When she found the young dragon wounded with dragon root arrows she took her home and cared for her. Junipers personality could be described as elegant, sweet and caring.  



+ Full Dragon List +


Adorable Pickle pixel by Aetherna ^^ 



Blazewing (Monstrous Nightmare) ♂️

Duskflap (Monstrous Nightmare) ♀️

Embershot (Singetail) ♂️

Firestalker (Monstrous Nightmare) ♀️

Iguana (Flame Whipper) ♀️

Illumina (Monstrous Nightmare) ♀️

Inferno (Monstrous Nightmare) ♂️

Pickles (Typhoomerang) ♂️

Piranha (Hobgobbler) ♀️



Amethyst (Gronckle) ♀️

Brittlespine (Whispering Death) ♀️

Gargoyle (Elder Sentinel) ♂️

Geode (Gronckle) ♂️

Groundsplitter (Whispering Death) ♂️
Holler (Screaming Death)

Kilauea (Eruptodon) ♀️

Lavachaser (Eruptodon) ♂️

Meatball (Gronckle) ♂️

Mossclaw (Sentinel) ♀️

Pebbles (Gronckle) ♀️

Snowberry (Groncicle) ♀️

Tigereye (Whispering Death) ♀️

Tunneltwister (Whispering Death) ♂️



Fleetfoot (Speed Stinger) ♂️

Quickfeather (Speed Stinger) ♀️

Skittles (Scuttleclaw) ♀️

Skydancer (Razorwhip) ♀️

Sunburst (Stormcutter) ♀️

Swordtail (Razorwhip) ♂️



Bramblefrost (Prickleboggle)

Fish and Chips (Hideous Zippleback) ♂️

Flint and Steel (Hideous Zippleback) ♂️

Fuchsia and Violet (Hideous Zippleback) ♀️

Honeydew (Sweet Death) ♀️

Lorikeet (Dramillion) ♀️

Mistwalker (Flightmare) ♀️

Rhythm (Deathsong) ♀️

Rusty (Armorwing) ♂️

Sugar and Spice (Hideous Zippleback) ♀️



Amberthorn (Deadly Nadder) ♀️

Blackberry (Deadly Nadder) ♂️

Lavender (Deadly Nadder) ♀️

Peppermint (Deadly Nadder) ♀️

Porcupine (Deadly Nadder) ♂️

Rosebud (Deadly Nadder) ♀️

Sharpthorns (Deadly Nadder) ♂️

Skittles (Scuttleclaw) ♀️

Thistle (Deadly Nadder) ♀️

Watermelon (Rumblehorn) ♀️



Clearpool (Tideglider) ♀️

Echo (Thunderdrum) ♂️

Lagoon (Thunderdrum) ♀️

Reefwrecker (Thunderdrum) ♂️

Tsunami (Scauldron) ♀️

Volcanus (Sand Wraith) ♂️



Indigo (Skrill) ♀️

Juniper (Woolly Howl) ♀️

Moonflower* (Light fury) ♀️

Nightshade (Triple Stryke) ♀️

Prickle (Deathgripper) ♀️

Ruffrunner (Night Light) ♂️

Toothless* (Night fury) ♂️

Vespa (Triple Strike) ♀️

Whiteout (Snow Wraith) ♀️

* = Seasonal exchange dragons because I usually don't have membership


You have made it to the end! Hope you enjoyed :D

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Icee Glacier
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Joined: 05/16/2014



Stop Boulder Class shaming!



Welcome to my signature.

Here's some stuff 'bout me.

I am a girl.

I'm Christian.

I like the color Blue/teal.

My favorite dragon class is Boulder Class.

 my main dragon(s) are a Screaming Death named Odin, and a Skrill named Jayfeather.

I love Doctor Who, Merlin, Chuck, Physch, Harry Potter, The Kane Chronicles, G.I. Joe, and other nerd-y things.

My favorite Httyd dragons whose names start with the letter s are Screaming Deaths, Shivertooths, Skrills, Scauldrons, Smothering Smokebreaths, Snafflefangs, Shovelhelms, Sword Stealers, Snifflehunches (+Sneezelhunches) and Seashockers! (that's alot!)

And I am usually friendly :D

In-game name is: IIicedragonII (No, not lice dragon. Those are capital i's not l's. And you simply pronounce it as "Ice dragon")

Friend code: hmm.. P.M. me if you want it. Can't take any chances o3o

And I'm a proud member of The Phantom Lords! (ROAAAAAAAAR!)

I'll probably post some bios about my dragons, but I'm too lazy to do it right now if ever.


My main viking OC, Eira Glacier, reading a book on top of her main dragon, Odin, by... oh hey, it's by me!

Lovely screenshot I got of my viking and Odin staring at the moon ^w^

Epic picture of Odin done by WutendBonfire!



Cobra, my grapple grounder, by.. me!


Picture of Roach the young Shellfire by me!

Awesome edit of Roach the young Shellfire by Midnight2558!


Picture of Spottedleaf by Tyrannosaur66!

Unglück, the disaster child Titanwing Light Fury by ZestyDragonWing!


Picture of Mage by FlamingHusky!


Amazing edit of Armakillo done by Siren-Spirit!


Great edit of Ignis my Monstrous Nightmare done by Frytha!


Corliss, the Big Bad Boophis by the ever-so-talented Varku!

Ankle-Biter, my Wocky Jabberjaw, by the skillful Chameishida!


The Acidic ScuttleSting! Idea by me and this amazing picture by NightmareRebuff!

Blight the nightfury/razorwhip hybrid adopted from Tyrannosaur66!


Picture of Graveyard discovering a new friend after waking up from a nap by Celestial Dragon!


Trenton, the mega-rad, uber tubular Whispering Death/Thunderpede hybrid, by.. me :'D

Trenton as an Animal Crossing villager, by the ever-astounding Zestydragonwing!

Wilbur, the adorably goofy Abomibumble gift I got from my friend ApertureNightfury12345!





Proud Winner (by default.. lol) of the September/October Dragon Design Contest! (Hosted by ZestyDragonWing)


Lil' short:

Jayfeather: C'mon friend, this thing won't hurt anyone!

Odin: I do not have time to mess around with strange objects.

Jayfeather: Look, just hold still.

-Seawings makes sure to not be in the shot of the camera-


Jayfeather: Aha! Got it. Ahh fish paste, my wing was in it..

Odin: Hand that over this minute! I... want to see if you got my good side..

Jayfeather: HA!

Seawings: G-guys lets just bring this thing to Ice, o-okay?




-Jayfeather flew off chuckling-

-Odin roared after him-

-Seawings whimpers and decides to follow-

(Funny picture of Odin and Jayfeather by Wutend Bonfire!)












Ha! Got ya >:D

(awesome gif of Odin by Peymae!)

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Tracking post! 


This signature is getting a makeover. Eventually. 

I enjoy a well crafted story or character, and I love a good conversation.





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23 days left in the

23 days left in the challenge!

All judge panel spots are still open, and a reminder that to apply you must send me a PM; applying through comments do not count.

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8 days left! (meant to post a

8 days left! (meant to post a ten day notice but got sidetracked whOOPS) So far we still have a judge spot available and 1 submission

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same situation

3 day notice!!!

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Our uncontested winner is Icee Glacier with the Murderous Mud-Wriggler!


Even though it won by default (being the only submission), this was still an excellent dragon! Easily fulfilling the prompt of deceptive design, and followed by a well thought-out flavour text explaining its ecology and behaviourisms. It fits well into the context of its setting (HtTYD universe), with a familiar silhouette that has enough unique features to make it stand out- the horizontal pupil is a nice touch that I don't see very often in creature designs.




Length: (generally) 5-7 feet for males, 7-12 feet for females.

Breath Type: A viscous, clear, slime-like substance. Enough of it can stop a full-grown Catastrophic Quaken in its tracks.

Habitat: Muddy swamps, bogs, marshlands (marshland dwelling wrigglers are sometimes called "Marsh-wigglers") pretty much anywhere very damp and muddy.

Class: It’s debated whether they should be Tidal or Boulder class, but most agree on classing them as Tidal Class dragons.

Diet: They primarily eat fish and pond scum.

Behaviours: Unsurprisingly, Mud-Wrigglers like to burrow into the mud at the bottom of bodies of water and spend their days hidden in the mud until a prey item comes by. The very tip of their tail is very thin and colored to look like a worm, and they wiggle it to attract fish to their hiding spots. Once the fish is close enough, they suck them in with their wide, round mouths, swallowing them whole.


Mud-Wrigglers use their front legs for digging much like moles or burrowing frogs do. They have hardened 'warts' (for they really aren't claws) on the undersides of their feet to make pushing aside dirt and mud rather easy for them. These warts are hard and blunt, perfectly made for digging, but not much use against predators.


When they aren't hunting for food, they hide in the mud along the banks of their river/pond/lake and scare away anything that wanders too close to their territory.


Mud-Wrigglers display a form of defensive mimicry, in that their colorations and behavior are very similar to whispering deaths. They mimic the same whispery noise a Whispering Death produces as it moves through the ground, however they accomplish this by blowing air through their mouths rather than any type of movement. If something happens to walk over where they're buried, they will spring up very suddenly and strike at the thing before retreating into the ground again. Even their spiky appearance is a fake. The 'spikes' along a mud-wriggler's body aren't actually spikes at all, but fleshy 'balloons' (for lack of a better word) that they can inflate when they feel threatened. They stick out like spikes, and are red-tipped to match the venomous spikes of a whispering death, further building upon the illusion. A Mud-Wriggler's 'spikes' are in fact harmless, though they are filled with a vile-tasting liquid in case something happens to bite them.


Almost everything scary about a Mud-Wriggler is bluff. While they are terrifyingly quick, and it's very frightening to get your foot stuck in one's mouth, a Mud-Wriggler can't actually do you much harm unless it tramples you. They have no teeth aside from four small ones located at the very back of their throats, they have no claws, and they have no spikes. Mud-Wrigglers are far more afraid of you than you are of them, and if they find that their scare tactics aren't working, they generally take to fleeing and finding another pond to live in.


Mud-Wrigglers in the wild have been documented as being very skittish/defensive dragons. When they aren't trying to prove to you that they are extremely dangerous and that you shouldn't get any closer to them, they're likely running away.

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Icee Glacier
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Joined: 05/16/2014
"Your little ssscience experiment iss DEADER than DISCO."

Awwwww! Such kind words aaaaa. Thank you <3


Kinda sad there were no other entries. This was fun to do though! I highly suggest anyone who's interested participate in the next one! Maybe you'll win by default too- XD


I will proudly display this in my siggy heeheeeee

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Joined: 02/12/2017
You deserved it!

Meant to respond to this sooner sorry ^^


Anyway, you deservered this. I really thought when I saw the dragon that it would be very aggressive- and it turns out its just a defense mechanism. This is such a real and vital part of defense for many kinds of wildlife and I loved that you utilized that while using a creature that exists in the world you were designing this one for, the Whispering Death. This is exactly the kind of work they do over at dreamworks and I said it before but will say it here too- I almost certainly would have picked your dragon for staying true to the prompt, HTTYD world, and taking inspiration from real life animals. Congrats Icee!

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Icee Glacier
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Joined: 05/16/2014
"That man hasss the consstitution of a VENDING MACHINE..."

Aaaauwwuwwuw. Thank you! <3