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  1. If I had to bet, I'd bet on people just horrendously misinterpreting animals into dragons. I mean THIS is how people used to interpret crocodiles back in the day.

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    That, or finding dinosaur bones and immediately making them into monsters, which just about any culture back then would have done immediately upon finding them.

     

    Unfortunately that dino was probably a dead end, unless it somehow lost the membrane at some point. All that didn't go extinct out of the dinosaurs were the microraptors.

     

    Super cool the thing is basically a tiny wyvern though.

  2. Um - as I think someone has said - many dragons in the completed section are - not up to cave standard.

     

    How would one go about saying you can vote for this and not for that ?

    Tj could just remove them from the completed list first? I mean, if they definitely won't be released as is, why are they on the completed list?

     

    Even so, I don't think a dragon with a jarringly different sprite would win anyway so it'd probably be a non issue.

  3. I feel like there would be a predator to dragons though. Maybe like a scale-rot parasite or something that could get under their scales and eat them from the inside out. That would be cool, though unfortunate for our poor dargs :B

     

    And I'm just really into megasized earth animals so like giant bees. Giant wombats. Giant everything.

    I'll give a giant weird dragon predator a shot.

     

    I want to suggest a creature!

    Species Name: Regal Harpoonsnail

    Type: Mollusk

    Diet: Dragons and any other flying magic user

    Habitat: Plains, or any other habitat with enough space for it to move around

    Appearance: A MASSIVE cone snail. Sometimes will bury it's shell in the earth to conceal itself.

    Description: The Regal Harpoonsnail is one of the few creatures that hunts almost exclusively dragons. With an insulated shell multiple feet thick they have no predators as adults. Incredibly slow, blind, and almost deaf they would be entirely helpless, but have an organ able to triangulate creatures with a lot of magic in their bodies. They are harmless and entirely docile to creatures that are not magic users, or are too small to be picked up on their "radar". When it detects something full of magic above itself in the air, it launches a long tendril tipped with a hollow venomous barb, reeling in the immediately paralyzed victim. The strike range of a Regal Harpoonsnail can be hundreds of feet and is strong enough to pierce an iron door and tear it off it's hinges.

     

    During breeding, each female produces millions of young. The young are small gelatinous creatures attached to a gasbag that float through the air for a few years before settling and maturing. Almost none survive past this stage, leaving adults very rare. Larvae are a favorite snack for aerial dragons.

     

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  4. Figured I'd try to play with time as an element without making something broken

    I want to suggest a creature!

    Species Name: Temporal Dragonfly

    Type: Dragonfly

    Diet: Carnivorous, exclusively small flying insects

    Habitat: Rare species, confined to a few specific marshes

    Appearance: A delicate looking dragonfly with a gold and silver color scheme.

     

    Description: Time dragonflies are one of the few animals to use time related magic. With their enormous eyes they triangulate exactly what their prey is going to do to try avoiding them. Legends exist of bird sized Temporal Dragonflies who are able to travel extreme speeds by speeding up time itself.

  5. While these are all really cool suggestions, I feel like Valkemare has a lot of predators. It already has dragons, why would there need to be more? :/

    There would likely be other large predators around, but not many. Threads like this are always prone to everyone dumping tons of huge predators for whatever reason though

  6. OOp yeah, I was mostly talking about the whole "calling in others" thing. Meant it'd just fly off in the meantime. Land crocs were real, and are really cool animals. Boarcroc or armadillo croc are the coolest imo.

     

    I want to suggest a creature!

    Species Name: Spearmouth Cavern

    Type: Unknown

    Diet: Blood

    Habitat: Randomly occurs in caverns with high concentrations of dark mana

    Appearance: A fairly normal cave with a pile or two of seemingly abandoned eggs.

    Description: Spearmouth caverns most likely aren't even a proper living thing. Created under unknown conditions involving dark mana, they create piles of fake eggs. Often taken in by unknowing dragons/humans the eggs unfurl into wormlike shapes at night and feed upon blood, which seems to somehow remotely nourish the spearmouth.

    Generally harmless other than stealing blood, but if sufficiently threatened they will attempt to impale the offending party with toothlike stalactites.

    For unknown reasons, every 37 days a heavily deformed, mucous covered, pale humanoid creature crawls out of the pile of eggs before collapsing in a heap and suffocating to death.

  7. I want to suggest a creature!

    Species Name: Goldback Slicer

    Type: Reptile

    Diet: Dragons and other giant creatures

    Habitat: Anywhere land dragons live. Bonus points for other creatures.

    Appearance: They appear to be land crocodiles about 5-7 meters long.

    Description: If the dragon they try to hunt is too big for a single one to kill it screeches. More will come running to try to kill the dragon with numbers. They also have magic-disabling organs that radiate antimagic from their head. They prefer adults but have no qualms killing juveniles or eggs.

    From a biological standpoint that would be an animal that would go extinct very, very quickly. Its an active predator that would be relatively slow on land. It has antimagic, sure, but the vast majority of DC dragons could just casually fly off.

  8. This thread has my name all over it.

    I want to suggest a creature!

    Species Name: Dragon Shrimp

    Type: Parasitic arthropod

    Diet: Dragon blood

    Habitat: Dragon Hoards

    Appearance: Looks pretty similar to a slipper lobster when uncovered, normally covered in gold and whatever else.

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    Description: (Role, behavior, etc.)

    Dragon shrimp are a prevalent dragon parasite that uses hoarding behavior to their advantage. Using adhesive saliva they entirely cover themselves in gold and any other shiny objects they come across, and wait out in the open to be picked up by a dragon. Once in the hoard, they use razor sharp mouthparts to feed on small amounts of blood.

    Has a relatively slow reproductive rate, but upon discovery dragons generally prefer to throw them out of the cave instead of killing them, due to their vaguely magical sticky defensive fluids that corrode gold and other precious metals.

     

    I want to suggest a creature!

    Species Name: Cavemouth Leviathan

    Type: Fish

    Diet: Specialized towards dragons, but also eats fish and whatever else.

    Habitat: Very shallow coastal water

    Appearance: Generally remains buried in sand in clear water with only its mouth visible. Resembles a gigantic monkfish.

     

    Description: Enormous ambush predators. Their preferred habitat is shallow clear water near coastal dragon colonies. Sits with the body buried and its cavelike mouth visible. Cavemouth Leviathans have a specialized tongue used as a lure. Certain subspecies that prey heavily on dragons have lures that resemble favored prey species of fish, or even treasure.

     

    Waiting in only a foot or two of water, they wait for dragons to swoop and touch the lure before explosively inhaling them. The attack itself is purely reflex. Being entirely blind, a Cavemouth Leviathan will only strike if it's lure is touched. To compensate however, their lure and camouflage is almost entirely undiscenable from the real thing.

  9. If 80% of known species are anthropods, where are all the anthropod kin?

    In actual numbers of animals to exist though, vertebrates would be like .000000001% or something.

    Like if being an otherkin was just a weird random process by all mathematical probability there probably wouldn't have been a single mammal otherkin.

     

    Although yeah it makes sense if its like the post above where people choose to indentify as whatever, but I was under the impression most otherkin believed they -were- the actual spirits or whatever of the animal, not that they just chose to identify with whatever because it they thought it was cool.

     

    If its mostly the latter that explains everything though and its all good

     

    (also unrelated, but to the post above, its worth noting the hisser isn't waiting there to scare people, roaches don't have the mental capacity for that. Could be a little more defensive though.)

  10. Genuine question: Why are 99% of otherkin animals that are generally viewed as "cool"?

    Like, if this was a thing that happened I would assume almost every single otherkin would be some sort of arthropod but instead everyone just so happens to say they are wolves and dragons.

  11. From what i can see, that's a skeleton of another type of dinosaur.

    This dino, from what i remember, starts with a D, it walked on all fours, had a bony fill and large jaws. It lived in the marshlands and used it's jaws to eat large fish at the time, or a wayward - smaller dino who had been separated from the heard.

     

    EDIT: This is what i remember.

    No, spinosaurus was revised.

     

    IIRC there never was any evidence it had long legs, no one had ever gotten leg remains and just assumed it was shaped like most other large carnivores.

     

    My best guess is spino was just one of those animals that was awkward on land, kinda like a lot of seabirds are. I've always pictured them living soomewhat like flightless cormorants.

     

    (also you're thinking of dimetrodon, which wasn't a dinosaur, it didn't even exist at the same time as dinosaurs)

  12. Spino isn't actually that low to the ground. The picture you posted makes it appear that it is walking on all fours. :/ I've watched a BBC documentary that had them in it and they could pretty much extend their middle fingers to scrape the ground but walking as depicted in the picture no.

    Spino isn't actually that low to the ground. The picture you posted makes it appear that it is walking on all fours. :/ I've watched a BBC documentary that had them in it and they could pretty much extend their middle fingers to scrape the ground but walking as depicted in the picture no.

    I don't think they walked on their knuckes or anything, but spino was about that low to the ground as far as I know?

     

    When was the BBC documentary made, was it before the short legged spino thing was discovered or

     

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  13. I dunno. I personally dislike the idea of having -some- dragons have extra art in the Encyclopedia but not others. If it's going to be done it should be all or nothing. It's not the same with the notes because the species without notes are expected to get them someday.

     

    I just think this is a concept better suited to another site, if it's done at all, and like I said in my original reply, I don't think this idea was a terribly good one even for Magistream.

    By that logic we shouldn't even have the encyclopedia in the first place.