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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!

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Nyightingale

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Nyghtingale is my in-game character. She takes on my own personality because... she is literally me. During quests, Nyghtingale loves to muck around and try to break the system by utilizing glitches- just for laughs, but she always produces reliable results. She is a fair Viking and she never uses glitches for her own personal gain. Some of my profile info will be listed below:.............

 

 

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Sasha

 Art was done by DuskDayBreak

She prefers to be called Lynx . She hates her real name. Lynx is bold and loud. She is like Luna Lovegood in the sense that she is rather... odd. Loud, shameless and spontaneous (not to mention immature). Lynx enjoys being flashy, showing off her skills. Once she sets her mind to something, she is naturally good at it. The problem is that she loses focus easy and doesn't like setting herself to standards. She craves adventure and can grow bored easily. Lynx love to talk... a lot. Often times, you cannot get her to shut up about this and that. Combined with her ADHD, it is extremely difficult to keep track of her conversations. She is particularly fast on her feet but has low stamina levels. She is strong and tall for her age. Lynx is stubborn and laid-back most of the time. She does not like to follow orders. Some of her skills include: being double jointed, the ability to be able to climb almost any surface, very good at mimicking animal sounds and is EXTREMELY good at sneaking around. However, there is a side to Lynx that she does not show very often. She is very lazy and selfish at times.

 

.Lyra

..Art was done by Chameishida

Lyra is more a kick-butt-now, ask-questions-later type of gal. She is brash and ruthless, quick to resort to physical violence to solve issues... and she is good at it. Really good. She is not a woman of many words, preferring to speak through her actions than words. Of course, if you get her mad, be prepared for the worst verbal... and physical lashing of your life. Lyra is hot-headed and slightly cocky about her fighting prowess, although it is justifiable. Lyra likes to keep to herself, preferring to quietly read a book or beat up some practice dummies than actual human interaction. As a result, she can come off as edgy and mysterious... and she likes it that way. She is a serious cynic and comes across as standoffish and brooding. Not that she really cares. Darker topics interest her and are sometimes the only way to get her make an actual conversation, beyond 1-worded sentences. Again, she likes to communicate through actions, not words. She has less academic smarts across find more street smarts. She is an amazing rider with a need for speed and showing up the competition.

 

 

 

 

Claudia

 Art was done by DuskDayBreak

One of Claudia s most defining traits is her cold and sarcastic attitude towards everything that breathes. Her sarcasm is different, though. It is much more subtle and soft-spoken. Typically, she poses her insults as a compliment, that after careful consideration, turn out to be insults. She delivers them coolly, directly and apathetically with a calm and collected demeanor, giving no indication in her voice or face that she is, in fact, being sarcastic. She is brutal when giving someone a verbal lashing, not because she raises her voice or her fists, simply because her insults are sophisticated, shrewd and complex. She is the type of girl who does not have to do much to stand apart from the crowd. However, Claudia is no way an extrovert, the reason why she puts herself in social situations is purely one of two reasons, the first one being is that she wants to go people watching. Where she sits in some corner and watches people, how they react and their social cues. She just observes them, untangles their motives and finds their interests. The second reason is that she wants to show up the competition, along with being stubborn, Claudia is a show-off. Just, not in the physical sense. Claudia, at her core, is an intellectual, preferring to beat her foes either brain as opposed to brawn. Of course, she is willing to get in a tussle, if absolutely necessary. She finds it beneath her. Claudia is highly observant. She pays extreme attention to detail, nothing escapes her keen eye and flawless memory. Due to her observant nature, she can glean a crazy amount of information about a person simply by looking at them. She is pretty much a walking encyclopedia, filled with tins of random and oddly relevant facts for any given situation. However, with her great intelligence, comes great social anxiety. Claudia buried this under layers of brashness but, this insecurity can be sorted out by the way she avoids social and emotional get-togethers entirely. It is not often that another emotion aside from apathy spreads across her facial features. She hates any kind of affectionate contact with another human being, be it a hug or a simple handshake. Due to her inability to express her emotions, Claudia finds herself at a lack of friends. She usually plays this off as her not wanting any friends but sometimes, when a dragon is your only friend, you can get lonely. The result, she makes a lot of enemies. Usually because of her showoff-ness and unforgiving attitude, and sarcasm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aeryn Night

 Art was done by Tosilohi

No one knows who Aeryn is. Not truly. They only know the persona she puts forth for them. This is why Aeryn is such a difficult character to write for and describe. She has multiple different personalities and will switch through them at the flip of a light. In a sense, it is quite similar to the multifaceted personality disorder, only, Aeryn recognizes her many personas. She chooses not to show anyone her true colors due to some insecurities. She switches personalities to shield herself from emotional damage as well as hiding away any insecurities. She starts off as a blank canvas every time she meets someone new. She observes them, analyzes them. She untangles their motives, figures out their personality, what they like, what they don’t like, then she tailors herself to become the person they would like (or hate, depending on how she wants to be perceived) the most. Her distressed youth explains why she feels she needs to conform, as well as shine, in every situation. With Aeryn, you never know if her reactions are genuine or just part of her charade. Her real personality is unpleasant to say the best. She is highly judgemental. She looks down on those around her. She is very apathetic towards others and everything she does has some ulterior motive. She is a queen at manipulation. Nearly everyone word that she utters is sugar coated in some way. She has the world wrapped around her fingers. Aeryn is very skilled when it comes to reading both people and animals. This is because, in her youth, she would sit in some corner and watch. Observe how people react, body language and their social cues. She views it as going to a zoo to watch funny animals. Yes, that is how lowly she thinks of everyone else. Not that you could tell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gail Cirek

 Art was done by Katarile

Gail is adorable. She is short, cute and very softspoken. A lot of people think she is innocent, will try to protect her. Gail does not like attracting much attention as people have a tendency to stare. She is very insecure about her face (since it is severely deformed on the left side) and does her best to conceal it. She gets very annoyed if someone asks about it. However, with this silence comes the ability to listen. She observes the world around her and is able to spot even the tiniest of details. This silent brilliance has made her a stellar judge of character. She reads body language very well and has a certain flare of stubbornness about her. Still, she is very dark. Generally, when she speaks, most people cannot hear what she says, which is probably a good thing because what she does say is usually pretty dark or gory. She often says random and slightly disturbing things and speaks extremely softly anyone can barely hear her. Gail seems to be pretty timid but is generally ruthless. She is a bit of a pyromaniac.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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             Windracer

 

 

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STOKER CLASS

Blazewing (Monstrous Nightmare) ♂️

Duskflap (Monstrous Nightmare) ♀️

Embershot (Singetail) ♂️

Firestalker (Monstrous Nightmare) ♀️

Iguana (Flame Whipper) ♀️

Illumina (Monstrous Nightmare) ♀️

Inferno (Monstrous Nightmare) ♂️

Pickles (Typhoomerang) ♂️

BOULDER CLASS

Amethyst (Gronckle) ♀️

Brittlespine (Whispering Death) ♀️

Gargoyle (Elder Sentinel) ♂️

Geode (Gronckle) ♂️

Groundsplitter (Whispering Death) ♂️

Kilauea (Eruptodon) ♀️

Lavachaser (Eruptodon) ♂️

Meatball (Gronckle) ♂️

Mossclaw (Sentinel) ♀️

Pebbles (Gronckle) ♀️

Snowberry (Groncicle) ♀️

Tigereye (Whispering Death) ♀️

Tunneltwister (Whispering Death) ♂️

SHARP CLASS

Bramblefrost (Prickleboggle) ♂️

Quickfeather (Speed Stinger) ♀️

Skittles (Scuttleclaw) ♀️

Skydancer (Razorwhip) ♀️

Swordtail (Razorwhip) ♂️

MYSTERY CLASS

Fuchsia and Violet (Hideous Zippleback) ♀️

Rhythm (Deathsong) ♀️

Rusty (Armorwing) ♂️

TRACKER CLASS

Lavender (Deadly Nadder) ♀️

Peppermint (Deadly Nadder) ♀️

Porcupine (Deadly Nadder) ♂️

Rosebud (Deadly Nadder) ♀️

Sharpthorns (Deadly Nadder) ♂️

Thistle (Deadly Nadder) ♀️

TIDAL CLASS

Echo (Thunderdrum) ♂️

Lagoon (Thunderdrum) ♀️

Reefwrecker (Thunderdrum) ♂️

Tsunami (Scauldron) ♀️

Volcanus (Sand Wraith) ♂️

STRIKE CLASS

Moonflower* (Light fury) ♀️

Nightshade (Triple Stryke) ♀️

Toothless* (Night fury) ♂️

Vespa (Triple Stryke) ♀️

* = Seasonal exchange dragons because I currently don’t have membership :D

 

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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!

AMAZING picture of Odin by Frugal!

 

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!

 

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

 

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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-

-click-

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?

Odin: GIVE ME THE PICTURE!!

Jayfeather: YOU'LL HAVE TO FIGHT ME FOR IT!!

Odin: GIVE IT HERE YOU EEL WITH WINGS OR AM I GONNA HAVE TO-

-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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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 ten day notice but got sidetracked whOOPS) So far we still have a judge spot available and 1 submission

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Winner!!

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.

 

FULL SUBMISSION:

 

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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"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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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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Aaaauwwuwwuw. Thank you! <3