The Time Has Finally Come - I Need Your Help
So here's the rub.
I, Owlsbane, have finally created a viking character that is true to me and one that I love out of the many from the past. Sadly though, through all of my characters I've had a flaw - dragons. Out of all of them, from the movie franchise to the Rise of Berk game I've never been able to pin down one that just says 'Hey - I'm yours let's go on an adventure'.
It's difficult you see, to be a dragon-less viking in a world that now is filled with the magnificent beasts, so I've come to you with one question.
How do you find your dragon?
There are many great OC's with many great stories of the bond between human and beast and I want that for my own. If it's the personality that's the trick, here is my viking.
Personality: Confident in who she is, awkward in many social situations but free with her animal family, adventurous, cunning, curious, mysterious, charming, loyal and silly. More intelligent then she gives herself credit for, if she has a goal in mind she goes after it. Stubborn in her way of doing things but not unwilling to change to accomplish tougher tasks. Protective of her friends and family, independent and hard working.
Strengths: Always up for new things, uses her sharp wits to see the easiest route, elusive but can hold her own in a fight.
Weaknesses: Can get ahead of herself and temporarily loose focus, dances around big problems instead of tackling them, headstrong, not much of a leader, has trouble with following authority.
Hobbies: Drawing, Writing, Exploring, Weapon's Practicing, Playing with her dragons, wondering about the meaning of life
Favorite Season: Winter
Weapon of Choice: Sword
Favorite Dragon Class: Strike and Sharp
Favorite Dragon: Night Fury
Favorite Animal: Fox
Other then that I'm stuck in what to do. If more questions are needed to be answered I'll be happy to.
This is appreciated.
What i did for Glacierstorm, my Woolly Howl, is used an event from my life to create my dragon training backstory. My cat, Oscar(RIP), was free outside of Safeway, in a crate with his three sisters. He was really sick, but we took him in since no one wanted him, they only wanted the pretty kitties. He was a beautiful orange and white calico, and he had a really bad eye infection. I still remember the first night I had him, he was so sick that he had to sleep with his mouth open since he couldnt breathe through his nose. He fell asleep in my lap on the couch and i fell asleep with him. He ran away about 6 months ago, and he (in all honesty), saved me from cutting... and killing myself. Ive been really depressed since i lost him, and so has Taliah (his rider). DNR i will edit this later
I'm sooooo sorry to hear about your cat, Archery and Dragons. I can't imagine how I'd feel if my dogs or cat ran away.
However, that's a very clever way to make up your dragon's backstories, Archery and Dragons. Maybe I should try doing that with one of my dragons. I usually just make up random backstories, but one problem with that is that if you have lots of dragons (which I do), then most, if not all, would be similar to one another. If you were to use my way of doing it (making up random backstories), then it really depends on your imagination and how big it is. If you have a big imagination, you'll be able to come up with more of your own unique backstories. My only advice is to try to be as creative as possible when it comes to creating backstories!
I hope this helps you, even though it probably won't! ;D
It's unrelated, and I hope this doesn't sound stupid, but what happened to Shadow and Owl? I took a hiatus a bit ago so I missed some things and I think that might be something I missed ^^; Sorry about the weird question!
And to answer your question, I... honestly don't know. For me I guess I just grew attached to Ash and our bond sprung out of that. Wait, no, that isn't really it. I can't really explain what I mean very well, sorry :P But I guess I just... knew. Idk, it sounds weird, but I can't really put it any other way.
I'm sorry, that wasn't much help, was it? ^^; Hopefully someone else can help c:
So not sure about Remain yet, eh?
I do feel your instant connection with Vale all those years ago was telling, and your old connection with Shadow was as well. ...Just something to contemplate, I suppose.
Your struggle is like the one I had about my Patronus, and that took various journeys and about 5 years before I was sure on it. But despite that journey, I don't know how to tell you with this. You've heard my story of finding a many times, and I don't think I can be of further help.
However, maybe I'll add a little more...beyond the ice dragons.
So just to catch up anyone else reading this, my dragons are entirely decided by whether or not they breathe ice. That's my weird fixation. Before the Bewilderbeast, I had a hard time picking a dragon to favorite. I thought I'd like a Night Fury like everyone else, but I would have been just as happy with another dragon. When the Bewilderbeast came out, it was my instant favorite, but that was hardly a personal riding dragon, now was it? So I was still just going off personality quizzes, which had placed me with a Stormcutter.
Then the Woolly Howl was released in Dragons: Rise of Berk in the fall of 2014. In terms of my HTTYD fandom life...this changed my life. It was a rideable ice dragon...Strike Class, on top of that, and with a fur-like appearance, something no other dragon had and made it seem more mammalian and therefore welcoming to this real=life dog-and-horse trainer. It was an instant love. I like to think I had the very first Woolly Howl OC because I made Winterwind the day the Howl was released (though back then her name was "Frostfur"...very original, I know. Glad I changed it.)
As more ice dragons were released, my love for them hit just as intensely, and I ended up having to weigh them against the Woolly Howl to decide if I wanted another dragon. The ultimate was the Snow Wraith, the most wintry of the dragons and forever my favorite, but that dragon was untrainable in canon, and so I didn't even contemplate it further. (The personality was wrong anyway...which is why it's untrainable.) As for the others...my choices there were influenced by a real-life event.
One thing that happened in my real life was that I had my real-life Toothless...a horse named Jetta. She was my world, and she happened to have passed away that year. Well, I wanted my dragon to be an ice breather first and foremost but be Jetta in dragon form, even going so far as to make her backstory similar, so I picked the ice dragon I thought was most like Jetta. The Shivertooth was a trickster, nothing like Jetta, so that was out. The Prickleboggle was actually too gentle for my fiesty and adventurous girl. The Groncicle fit personality-wise and remains one of my favorites - some days rivaling the Woolly Howl (the Groncicle IS the ultimate ice dragon) - but it's gluttonous and lazy, whereas Jetta was energetic and an extremely picky eater, not to mention the Groncicle's sensativity to heat limited my and my dragon's exploration. That left the Woolly Howl and eventually the Windgnasher. The headstrong Windgnasher would work, but as a Strike Class dragon, the Woolly Howl had the energy and intelligence I associate with Jetta (this is the horse who regularly untied herself and undid locks, as well as worked through problems I couldn't figure out).
So...Winterwind remained a Woolly Howl. She's been the same since 2014, and I think it would take a pretty detailed ice dragon, or a lot more details to the Windgnasher, to ever make me change my mind on that. She is my dragon. If I were to design a dragon, I would openly rejected the stubby salamander look of the Howl or the Night Fury or the Sand Wraith...but I admit, I love everything else about the Howl, from the curved boar-like tusks to the little tuffed goat beard on its chin! Seeing pictures of canon-colored Woolly Howls now takes my breath the same way pictures of horses who look like Jetta do.
But you, Owlsbane, know all of this. You know I belong to my Howl. But because it took 4 years for my dragon to come to the franchise, I'm constantly wondering...what if it had never come? What if there had been no ice dragons, or if the Bewilderbeast had been the only one?
I know what my dragon would be then, Owl. I'm certain. It would be a Timberjack. And that's the story I personally want to tell you, as that decision doesn't hinge on firepower or looks or even what dragons are rideable or trainable.
Back in 2013, I made a quiz for my friends and I to take, using all the available dragons of the time to decide what dragon we matched personality-wise. I originally got Night Fury, second-choice Deadly Nadder. When more info on the Stormcutter came out and I added it, I got the Stormcutter. But for a reason I can't explain, I always liked the Timberjack. I liked the forest connection. Nature has an almost spiritual pull for me (I'm a wildlife biologist, after all), and so it just seemed fascinating. There was a deer-like quality to it that I couldn't explain my pull toward until later. But so little was known about the Timberjack's personality at the time that there was really nothing in it in my quiz. By the time I had updated the quiz to include the Timberjack's more detailed personality, Rise of Berk was starting to churn out dragons like mad, and soon the quiz would be overwhelmed and useless and the Woolly Howl would be released so I wouldn't care. But I took the quiz again just for fun with dragons that did have enough info to be considered.
The quiz was set up to match you with a dragon based on personality first and foremost. You're given a number of questions to evaluate your personality, and then I drew up a description that's meant to correlate with matching you to a pet (dragon, horse, dog, whatever) based on the answers. Then someone - me or the tester or anyone else - compares that description with unnamed, numbered personality descriptions. The one that matches best ends up being your dragon. That way there was no bias. (One friend was really upset to get a Gronckle...though Gronckles are so sweet that I thought it was a compliment to her personality.)
The last time I took this test, I got the Timberjack. Gentle, peaceful, proud, skittish but protective, active but calm and level-headed, a solitary creature that is still kind toward people and just as much a part of the forest as a wildlife biologist like myself has been allowed to become.
I went back to the dragon to review the idea and...I wasn't sold immediately, but over time, I knew it was right. Take out my winter love - practically winter obsession, really - and the Timberjack was everything I wanted in a dragon before looks. And its looks aren't bad. I prefer a dragon with legs, but the head, large wings, and long neck and tail of the Timberjack is paricularly delightful to me. The Timberjack just felt...right. If no rideable ice dragons had ever been put in the franchise, I know I'd just be brimming with love for my Jetta-styled Timberjack. It's my favorite non-ice dragon and...well, finding it was like coming to live in the right location or finding my Patronus.
But it took something pointing me directly at the dragon for me to even see that, and even then the dawning realization was slow, and we don't all get something directional like that. But I'm also a pretty oblivious person. Now I am decisive, which I think is something you have some trouble with. But you're not oblivious. You just listen to your gut and follow it. If it leads you back to Shadow or Vale or stays with Remain or goes off somewhere else, go with it.
Edit: Picture of Jetta and I. Perhaps it helps to have had a "real" dragon.
That's an amazing story, Whisper!
This really inspired me to write a story about how I met my dragon :p
My OC Aelyras (actually it's my only OC) tamed Ghost Light when she was trapped on a dragon hunters ship. She and the dragon tried to escape together and then they stayed together forever. (this is the story really short)
I don't have many reasons why the Flightmare is the main dragon of my OC, it just felt right. When I saw the specie, I fell in love with it and never changed it.
I'm not sure if you mean this, but if you want to find your type of dragon you need to look at the specie's class and personality. If it matches your (OC'S) personality it's a great dragon to be your (OC'S) main dragon. You also have to look at the rarity and tamebility (I know, that's not a real word XD). There are no Night Furies except Toothless (for now) and a dragon like a Changewing is, according to the series, untamable. You should also look at how "convenient" your dragon specie is to be a main dragon. A Bewilderbeast for example, is waaaaay to big to fit into your hut and stable. Plus, a really big dragon like that Bewilderbeast needs to eat a lot. One meal and Berk ran out of fish... Next, what are you and your dragon going to do? Are you going to race a lot? Take a fast dragon. Are you going to explore islands for unknown dragon species? Take a brave dragon. Are you going to fight a lot? Take a strong dragon with good firepower.
Maybe that's not what you meant, but this is my guide for if it actually is. XD
Changewing's aren't untrainable. Not only does the Book of Dragons short claim all dragons it discusses are trainable, including the Changewing, but also Hiccup trained a Changewing named Phantom in the Dragons: Riders of Berk comic "The Legend of Ragnarok." The TV show - which is already un-canon on a number of things - claims that Hiccup isn't very good with Changewings, but he's also not very good with Whispering Deaths, either, and we know they're trainable. Same with Speed Stingers; heck, they almost trained one in the series. Even the Green Death gets trained in Rise of Berk. So far, the only dragon species in the franchise that have been given a clear "untrainable" status are the Snow Wraith and Smothering Smokebreath (though I do wonder about Death Songs, too; so far, there's been no success there).
Some dragons are trickier than others, though. The Skrill, Whispering Death, Scauldron Typhoomerang, Razorwhip, Scuttleclaw and Devilish Dervish are examples of dragons that are considered very wild and very difficult to train, compared to something like a Gronckle, Deadly Nadder, Hobblegrunt, or Sliquifier. (Most of the "hard level" dragons are hard due to aggression, but with the Scuttleclaw, it's more due to energy level, attention span, and being too stubborn to take orders.) Monstrous Nightmares are medium-level in terms of being "in-tune" with their rider. Hideous Zipplebacks have been shown to need two riders.
Which all reminds me, Owl, if you ever want to look at my self-compiled Dragon Manual, just let me know. I have one that contains canon information and only canon, with my sources listed at the end of the document. Maybe you can read or skim through to see if a dragon pops out at you?
I wish I could give you some advice. But I'm actually quite bad at giving advice for this type of thing as I'm one of those people who just kind of makes characters without knowing exactly how. The only thing I can tell you is to just play with stuff in your head for a while and see what you like though I know that's probably not very helpful and you've probably already been trying that. Really the only thing I can do here is show up and say I hope you find your character. All I can offer is emotional support. I do wonder why you decided to move away from Shadow though. I remember you once did it because you felt pressured to do so. I hope this time it is your choice and not someone elses.
Hmmm, this is a tough one. I'll fully admit that I actually have a few top favorites which I can't quite decide between, so the stories of my Viking characters have been indivivdually crafted to suit a particular dragon - Sharq Byte has Ripsurge the Shockjaw, and a Skrill names Scensoredtrike who was adopted by Sharq and Ripsurge when she was found as a lost baby; Khestrel has her Stormcutter, Galestride, who was freed from an aristocrat wanting to keep the dragon as a vanity pet; and then there's Quihnn with her Raincutter, Rainridge, who actually found a stranded and amnesiac Quihnn, and after a few misunderstandings and getting to know each other, the two escaped the island they were on before what seemed like a terrible natural disaster wreaked complete havoc on it.
There's reasons I like the dragons I like - I will admit that largely that goes by appearance, but also the dragon's animations which altogether convey a particular type of personality to me. For example, even though a lot of people seem to dislike the Raincutter's animations, I, for the most part, adore them - they convey a sort of happy-go-lucky, if a little bit goofy, personality to me - and the fact that their little arms are so mobile makes me giddy with joy. Shockjaws just plain look laid back and chill with everything, even if they currently don't have their own animations. Skrills look like they're ready to take on any adventure. Stormcutters are cool weirdos with all that odd head-tilting and four-winged action. And Shovelhelms, another favorite of mine, convey a friendly, adventerous but steadfast personality to me.
Then again, though, my tastes seem to be pretty unconventional - a lot of my favorite dragons have them big jaws, which people seem to hate for some reason. :[
Sofar, the Shivertooth seems to be sticking with you, but you say you're not sure...how about looking the dragon over and seeing what kind of personality it's conveying to you? It can be tough trying to find "the one". And sometimes, you just need to take the good with the bad - after taking my Shovelhelm, Bruiser through the racing tracks and being surprised at how well he did (seriously, at one point he was catching up to Toothless and a Snow Wraith), I thought about making a Shovelhelm Quihnn's main as I originally planned. And yet, whenever I looked at Rainridge again, I decided against it - not only were quite a few quests done with her already, but dagnabbit, she's a gorgeous dragon and giving her up ended up seeming like a stupid idea. I just liked her too much. Same thing with Ripsurge at one point. Shockjaws are pretty impoerfect, and the SoD team goofed up a lot - with how their colours and patterns should be, the lack of a thick neck, and their darn hero skin, for crying out loud. It's supposed to be a more sea green with blue, not purple. But I digress. I had thought about replacing him with my Windwalker, Riptide as my main. And yet, I couldn't do it. I was just too sentimental, and looking him over again, he was a darn fine dragon, warts and all. So, I kept him without the hero skin, adjusted his blues to my tastes (and a little closer to his original colours), and decided he's not going anywhere. He's the main on Sharq Byte and that's final.
Khestrel is a different matter though. She's still a WIP, and had another dragon standing in for a fan-made species. I ended up ditching that concept, and moved a lot of her and her dragon's elements over to Sharq Byte and Ripsurge, where they worked out a LOT better. So it's iffy to count her in this right now.
Anyway, that's my thoughts on the matter. I hope that maybe it can help you out. Excuse any brainfarts, it's late at night.
I just wanted to say, you're Snoggletog edits in your signature look fantastic!
Heh, thanks! I do think Galestride and Khestrel's ended up looking the best, but then again the spot I chose for them seems to be the best for Snoggletog screenshots...such hogs. XD