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Awesome design! I love how

Awesome design! I love how you mixed the dragon with folklore, and the science you put into it!

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Thanks!

Thanks! It's one of my favorite things to do, match up myth and actual creatures such as prehistoric ones. For example, the pheonix in legend is a fire bird that dies and rises from the ashes anew, so in my fantasy I draw the pheonix as an archeoptyrx with bright red, orange and yellow plumage. Every year they molt and lose all their plumage, so they fly to volcanic mountains where it's warmer and make dust baths out of the ashes. When someone is walking by the ashes they might startle one of the birds out, and what had looked only weeks ago on the brink of death now took to the sky with new plumage and new life

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Oh that's a really cool idea

Double post, sorry

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Oh that's a really cool idea

Oh that's a really cool idea to explain the origin of this legend! As it turns out, there are phoenix-like birds all over Asian myth, so I think there could be an element of truth to it. The Russian version is the firebird, and it had nothing to do with fire--- it could glow with fiery colors, and its feathers would keep glowing after being shed. A similar legend is the ercinee of the Black Forest. If these legends are true or at least parts of them are true, then there could be a way for some sort of bird to glow with the mechanism in its feathers instead of in its body directly. I haven't figured out what kind of mechanism that would be, but it's something I use in developing my fantasy creatures and believable versions for my historical fiction/fantasy.

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Whoa...

I had no idea about the glowing. Bio-luminscence! YEEEESSSSHHHH. 

 

 

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OMG, I love how you incorperated folklore, I'm an ABSOLUTE NERD when it comes to folklore! Wendigos are among one of my top favorites, with Alps coming close behind. Tikbalans are pretty interesting too. *Runs around in circles* Goodness, I am so glad I stopped by your thread. Yeeee!

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Nice!

In every story there's an eliment of truth, I often wonder what started so many of the strange and... well... scary legends that we have today. Sometimes I wonder if it wasn't something simple, like an animal that people didn't know much about or at all and the story snowballed into tales of terrible monsters, or maybe a natural phenomenon like the bermuda triangle. So many theories to explore...

 

Now you'll have to forgive me but I can't remember what an Alp is. Is it something like a yeti? The only thing I can think of is the yeti-like creature on the Matterhorn Mountain ride in disneyland :P ^^

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That's alright; Alps are that commonly known when compared to other monsters. I made an online quiz about folklore, so I'll just copy my reserch from it onto here for you ^-^

 

Name(s): While Alp is traditionally a male title (plural: Alpe, Alpen), the terms Mara and Mart were used if such creature was feminine, but this was rare. This creature is also known as Trud, Mahr, Schrat, and Walrider.

 

Name Translations/Etymology: The word “alp” itself is a Common Germanic word translating to “elf.” An alp attack is called an “Alpdruck” or “Alpdrücke,” and was the reasoning behind the German word “Alptraum” (“elf dream”), which means “nightmare.”

 

Home and Origin: Originating from old German lore speaking of troublesome elves and spirits, they quickly spread throughout neighboring countries, but under different names and superstition.

 

General Appearance: Most alpe are male, with rare accounts of a female alpe. There is not a true description of an alp because of their shapeshifting powers to transform into either a cat, pig, dog, snake or a small white butterfly. Sometimes, an alp may be all human who doesn't realize they are changing to such a creature just like a werewolf. They are also known to were a hat or other piece of clothing (called a “Tarnkappe”) that they channel their powers from, as well as giving them the ability to turn invisible similar to a cloak of invisibility.

 

Powers and Abilities: Preying mostly on females and attacking only at night, they were the early explanation for sleep apnea and sleep paralysis by sitting upon the victim's chest. Slowly, they will become heavier to a crushing weight and will not move until the dreamer wakes up (if they hadn't been suffocated). They are also known to enter dreams, control them, and create horrible nightmares. Alpe also possess an "evil eye" whose gaze will inflict illness and misfortune. Removing or damaging this eye also removes the Alp's malicious intentions.

Weaknesses include iron horseshoes and crosses, mirrors, daylight or any other source of light in general, and, oddly, lemons.

 

Other Information: Alpe are know to reflect their past elf-side by souring milk and re-diapering a baby with the previous soiled one. They tangle hair into “elf knots,” chew and twist horse tails, ride said horse into total exhaustion, crush small farm animals like geese and ducks to death, causing minor illnesses, and milk cows dry due to their love of milk. Quite the list!

 

AND here's an popular painting made by an artist on how he saw what the Alp looked like:

(it's not the horse. . .)

 

:D Tada, that's my spill of the day.

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Ahhh, now I remember reading about these. I thought it interesting that they're name means elf- I usually think of elves in a more posative light (LOTR, lol) and forget that in lore they're usually troublesome.

 

So... just a thought, but it looks like nightmare is the femanine term for the elf? nightmare- Nightmara? Also I think that the horse (who is not the alp) looks like a white version of the night mares in The Guardians which is probably not a coincidence. Those eyes D:  

 

Anyway thanks for sharing Andrea this was really interesting. You put in a lot of work and research into that quiz! 

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Thank you! I'm glad to share!

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Oh gosh!!! Absolutely beautiful!!

Wow!! The East Windagos look so beautiful!! They look so detailed, and perfect!!! Especially the East Windagos in ice armour! Love your creations!!!!

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Glad you like them! ^^ The ice armor was hard :P It's kind of like Elsa-how to I make it look natural and designed at the same time? 

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Wow, that's one sweet dragon!

Whoa, that's really cool! I love the tiger and ferret influence! It makes for a very adorable dragon.

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Cuteness overload

Yeah once vikings new more about them they really learned to love these sensative creatures. I love the way ferrets run and play it's so cute I just had to do something with that ^^

I've got a bunch of sketches and a drawing I forgot to upload with the windago's bio, maybe I'll post those too

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Also love the new Windago! I actually haven't seen any tiger fan dragons yet but I'm so happy to see one. Tigers are my favorite animals in real life. :)

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Oh wow, thanks Snowflake! This is so cool! :')

You did an amazing job and I feel at loss for words that you made this for me. Thank you <3

 

Yesh tigers be amazing :D

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Tigers and dragons <3

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Mr. Sparrow!

Jack. Ya gotta love'im

 

...he would be an awesome addition to the viking world, come to think of it

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Oh, boy. Hiccup, move over. there's another sassy sailor in town.

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The Grypheonx

 

 

The

Grypheonx

 

 

It’s a Phoenix! It’s a Griffin!

It’s a Dragon.

The Great Grypheonx is an exception to the hot-headed stoker-class rule. These dragons are even tempered, noble rulers of their domains. They have a calming affect on the other species of dragons living under them and treat them with respect and dignity.

That’s not to say the Grypheonx is a docile creature. On the contrary, a Grypheonx that has been moved to anger is terrifying to behold. They will burn down fortresses and entire islands in their explosive fury.

 

 

Size:

Length: 120-30ft (tail included)

Height: 30-35ft

 

General Description:

Males: Two talon-like forlegs, two reptilian hind, two wings, long tail with large, sharp plates on both sides. Long neck covered in spikes (i.e. Bewilderbeast), beak like snout with teeth, large eyes.

Females:

Same minus the neck-spikes and tail plates

 

 

 

Color:

Fiery red, yellow, and orange, and occasionaly coal black

 

Male and Female Examples:

 

 

Inspirations:

 

Phoenix

Lion

Eagle

Bewilderbeast

Monstrous Nightmare

Monarchy (the good kind tho XD)

 

Glossary:

The King (Alpha Male)

The Queen (Alpha Female)

Omega (Male subordinate- often adolescent)

Maiden (Female subordinant)

Pride (Group)

Cub (Hatchling)

 

 

Class:                    Stoker

Ability:                 N/A

Attack:                 10

Speed:                 6

Armor:                 7

Shot Limit:          3

Venom:                0

Jaw Strength       5

Stealth                 0

 

 

 

Fire Type:

Nitroglycerin

 

 

Offense: Spitting nitroglycerin over their enemies and igniting it from a safe distance

Defense: lighting their manes, tails and wings on fire, clawing with their talons, whipping their sharp, plated tails into the offender

 

 

Courtship:

A male searches out a female. Grypheonxes are not common so they will travel hundreds of miles in search of a mate. When he finds one, he approaches cautiously, not landing until she gives the ‘ok’ to his presence. When he lands he begins to flirt, clacking his beak, shimmering his wings, teasing and romping. Such immature behavior is usually below a fully grown Grypheonx, but love makes them feel like young and foolish.

If she’s impressed she’ll bob her head, and take to the sky. He’ll fly after her and up above the clouds they’ll lock talons. Together, wings flapping idly in the wind they’ll careen down towards the ocean or ground and a split second before crashing- disengage and fly back up. After this the male will lead her to his volcanic home  

 

Challanging:

For a Mate:

Because suitors come from hundreds of miles around there’s almost always a challenger for the Maiden’s hand… or talon. Gryheonxes battle savagely for their mates, sometimes to the death. They live shorter lives than the females due to battle wounds.

The fight begins with a tossing of their fiery manes and circling. They wave their tails in the air too, showing how sharp, who many, and how long their plates are. If neither back down the Grypheonxes battle talon to talon, tooth to tooth, and tail to tail. They never use their firepower in a battle over a mate

For Territory:

Battles for territory are not something you want to witness because more than likely you’ll be part of it. It starts when the Alpha King is away; perhaps wooing a female, hunting, or simply observing a new group of creatures arriving in his territory, and an Omega forcibly takes over.

This is one of the few things that triggers the King into a state of fury- especially if he has a mate. These battles do involve firepower and in a blind rage a King may destroy his entire territory in order to flush out and k.ill the intruding dragon. The battles, with very few exceptions, end in death of one or the other.

Incidentally the same deathmatch will ensue if a Green Death attempts to take over the Grypheonxes’ territory. The Green Death usually wins, being the bigger dragon, but the Gryphoenx alpha is more apt to have his wits about him and draw the bigger dragon away for the battle, keeping the territory intact and giving his mate a chance to flee.

 

Hunting/Diet:

Scauldrons are a Grypheonxes’ favorite food among other large marine creatures. They’re like giant fish to them. Lava Louts make good snacks too… taste like tater tots to the Grypheonx XD all in all they’re not picky eaters which in the long run is very good for the eco system.

 

Poison:

None

 

Natural Enemies:

The Green Death.

 

Hatchlings:

Hatchlings are playful, curious, and bold. They enjoy chasing the Lava Louts and pushing their luck with the occasional Howlian.

Eggs:

Eggs stand about three ft tall, they’re fiery red and yellow. The eggs need warmth but can’t be exposed to the lava itself so the mother has to sit on them.

 

 

Fun Facts:

The Grypheonx live in and near volcanos. They can swim in the lava.

They’re ok with sharing territory with a Howlian; one of Chameishida’s fan dragons. But an Eruptodon makes a volcano crowded. Lava Louts are fine because if there gets to be too many of them the Grypheonx will just eat them.

They don’t normally drive said dragons out of their nests, preferring to find an unclaimed volcano, or dig one out than pick a fight.

They can dig out and activate dormant volcanos, and even sniff out ones that haven’t yet breached the surface.

An Eruptodon that accidentally attempts to move in to a Grypheonxes’ home while they’re away will be harassed but not fought. The Eruptodon will realize it’s mistake and move on.

Most Grypheonxes either live in solitude or with one mate, because most volcano’s cannot support a full-fledged pride. This forces the young to leave home and find volcanic activity elsewhere. However, an inland chain of Volcanos is ideal for a big family and a well-established monarchy can live and grow in such a place for decades

The Queen and Maidens help each other out with the hatchlings, whether or not they have their own.

The King is forbidden to meet his offspring until they are half a year old because the female doesn’t trust him not to harm the young

Kings are usually very gentle to their offspring. They even romp and play with them.

A mating pair will raise 1-3 hatchlings every 10 years.

The oldest Grypheonx recorded was 489 years old. They average 300 years for a female and 200 for males

They take a long time to grow, and are very trainable/ridable between the years of 10-50

A males’ mane and tail excretes similar gel to the Monstrous Nightmare and can ignite.

They are called “Great Grypheonx” for their massive size

 

 

 

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Wow...

They sound absolutely terrifying. And they're HUGE!!

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Yeah!

Yeah! Them's big uns. But for their size and carnivorous diet they can be surprisingly gentle. They'll even protect other dragons/animals and even people on occasion.

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Gryphoenix

I WANT ONE! If you put these up for adoption, you better tell me! 

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These will

I started a digital piece with just wanting to showcase the difference between genders and it snowballed into the fully customizable product you see above, so some time soon I will put five of these up for adoption :D

 

Not this week though. My sister is getting married in three days and I has no time for dragons :P ^^

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save me a spot!

Send me a PM when they're up and SAVE ME A SPOT! I WANT ONE SO BAD! I didn't get an Aurora during the drawing so i still want one of your larger dragons! You should also put those foxlike dragons up for adoption. I want one 

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Beautiful!! They look

I can't believe how much I adore these guys!! Absolutely beautiful! I think mixing in the looks of phoenixs and griffens look perfect! I'm also so excited for when you put them up for adoption, I've seen your old griffen adoption pages and I've longed for one for so long!! I'll be checking in everyday now whenever I can so that I'll be one to get these majestic beautys! Just the timezones are concerning :/

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Thanks Valor! I'll probably put them up next monday or tuesday.

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Yay!! ^^

Oh thanks for letting me know!! I'll be in the corner of my room Monday and Tuesday, refreshing my page every half an hour to make sure I get one, lol.

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Ooh, fiery!

Wow, they're so pretty! I have a thing for fiery colored dragons (Or ice colored... But I think shades of red and yellow and black look a little better together) I really like that black and red male at the top!

I can't wait for adoptables! :D

(Yes, I'm still working on the story... I just hit a little writer's block... :l  *whimpers*)

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I understand

I understand writers block. I get it every time I write :P 

Feel free to take as much time as you need!

 

Funny thing about the black one- those were the base colors I started with just so I could tell which layer was which but I liked the way he came out so much I just left the colors that way ^^