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How big is the average dragon/pygmy/drake egg? Are they small enough that dragon keeers could carry a few around in a bag or something? How are some of the larger eggs even carried away?

Given that one of the pygmy breeds is described as a hatchling as fitting in the palm of your hand the pygmy eggs should be small enough to carry a few about at once I'd guess.

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Well, consider that even large dinosaurs had relatively small eggs. The largest known dinosaur eggs that I'm aware of are about the size of a large football, which is pretty small when you consider what they grow into. I'd imagine that DC dragons have a similar thing going on.

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How do you fog a cassare without it dispelling the fog?

I would think, and maybe I am wrong, that when they are eggs and hatchies, their powers are weaker than they are when they are adults.

 

Maybe an adult Casarre could banish our fog, BUT a baby cannot.

 

ALSO! Their descrip for their breed says that their abilities are useful against HOSTILE magic. PERHAPS the dragon's body instinctively can tell that when we fog it, we are helping or try to help? Dunno there?

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How do you fog a cassare without it dispelling the fog?

Magic is "weaker" around the hatchlings, but doesn't dissipate entirely (according to their hatchling flavor text). Presumably this is because their ability to nullify magic isn't fully developed yet, so our magic can still fog them until they're adults, at which point it's no longer needed.

 

@Silverswift: People use their scales for protection when fighting against magic, which of course would be HOSTILE magic, but the scales aren't made specifically just to suppress magic of that type; they suppress all magic. The adults also say the ability isn't conscious, so I don't think they can repress it.

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Magic is "weaker" around the hatchlings, but doesn't dissipate entirely (according to their hatchling flavor text). Presumably this is because their ability to nullify magic isn't fully developed yet, so our magic can still fog them until they're adults, at which point it's no longer needed.

 

@Silverswift: People use their scales for protection when fighting against magic, which of course would be HOSTILE magic, but the scales aren't made specifically just to suppress magic of that type; they suppress all magic. The adults also say the ability isn't conscious, so I don't think they can repress it.

Good point. BUT the hatchie's abilities would still be weaker than the adults. ^.^

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Will the smaller continents be developed to contain extra biomes - either completely new ones or something like "Jungle 2"?

How is it possible for new breeds of really big animals to turn up every once in a while? (I know we do occasionally find new big animals in real life - like the giant squid or frilled shark, and others are still only rumored to exist (like the marozi) - but not on a DC-like scale.)

Why do holiday dragons only exist in the wild for a short time, then go back into non-existence (only to be bred in captivity)?

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Will the smaller continents be developed to contain extra biomes - either completely new ones or something like "Jungle 2"?

How is it possible for new breeds of really big animals to turn up every once in a while? (I know we do occasionally find new big animals in real life - like the giant squid or frilled shark, and others are still only rumored to exist (like the marozi) - but not on a DC-like scale.)

Why do holiday dragons only exist in the wild for a short time, then go back into non-existence (only to be bred in captivity)?

Personaly I think that newly discovered breeds wander in from as yet unexplored (undeveloped) areas sometimes. As for the holidays......maybe the wild ones die off?

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Will the smaller continents be developed to contain extra biomes - either completely new ones or something like "Jungle 2"?

How is it possible for new breeds of really big animals to turn up every once in a while? (I know we do occasionally find new big animals in real life - like the giant squid or frilled shark, and others are still only rumored to exist (like the marozi) - but not on a DC-like scale.)

Why do holiday dragons only exist in the wild for a short time, then go back into non-existence (only to be bred in captivity)?

You have to keep in mind that magic is real in this universe, which makes things possible that would not happen in ours.

 

The simplest non-magical explanation for the large-critter-discovery thing though is simply that the game only covers one continent so far in a larger world. The new discoveries could simply reflect species that never before existed in Galsreim moving over and establishing a new breeding population due to selective pressures forcing them out of their original habitat on some other continent that we don't have access to.

 

As for holiday dragons, that one really does come down to magic and magic alone. Holiday dragons are less "magic-having animals" like most dragons, and more like "embodied magic". In Werewolf the Apocalypse they'd be described as spirits that can only manifest physically during the right time of year and live the rest of the time in the spirit world. I don't know where they spend the rest of their time in the DC universe, but they only come out during holidays because they literally ARE the holiday to some degree, or at least they represent it in a very fundamental way. They're not just mascots for the holiday, its energy is intimately combined with theirs. The descriptions for Christmas dragons, at least, imply that the dragon literally IS the manifested spirit of Christmas.

 

Heck, perhaps the wild ones only EXIST around that time of year and when the energy that supports them fades away, they vanish. That would also explain neatly why CBs of a given species only appear once - that was the form the holiday energy took that year, and it differs every year because people grow and change, stuff happens, and so forth, so that the energy is a little different each year. The captured ones stick around because we're using our magic to make it happen or else because the focused attention of a human can sustain them.

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Could you explain how freezing works a little more? And maybe reviving? I think somewhere in this thread you talked about how humans don't really have a lot of magic, but I think "reviving" is quite a powerful spell considering that you are reanimating something to possess life again. And considering that certain dragons have very strong magical properties, why don't they revive their fallen companions? Is there like some kind of magic block or something or is it just like, a forbidden practice for them to tamper with the laws of life?

I actually said the opposite. Humans are quite capable of using magic.

 

Reviving is a powerful spell, and I'd say most failure cases are not having enough mana to provide the needed energy, hence either nothing happens or it doesn't fully happen. (on that note, the revive flavor text probably needs changing).

 

But I'd say it's also culturally taboo to interfere with nature too much.

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Fair point.

 

In that case, how does a scroll owner live long enough to raise hundreds and hundreds of dragons? Do they die and then pass on the scroll to a relative?

In all likelihood, they don't live long enough to raise hundreds and hundreds of dragons. I think I've addressed that somewhere in pages 2-5.

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Game Logic℠

 

To repeat what I've said earlier: A lot of things that are game mechanics directly contradict what actually makes sense. But it's okay to do that for the sake of a game, because the alternative doesn't make for a very interesting experience.

 

So if you're looking to resolve some of the logic holes in "DC the game," that's unlikely to happen.

Another possible answer for this, just FWIW, is to say that it depends entirely on how you interpret it. I always assumed that even though the game mechanics have it be MY choice, that what is actually happening "in character" are the dragons mating amongst themselves by THEIR choices. Rejections and 'nah not right now' results reflect one dragon getting flirty and the other either being massively offended or being open to the idea generally but not currently in the mood. No-egg results reflect a pair mating but no pregnancy resulting which is perfectly natural. You could also see it as the dragons being slaves and being forced to breed by the slave-owner's choice. Or the human might be acting as a sort of cultural matchmaker whereby the dragons trust the human to make wiser choices for their own reproductive decisions than they themselves could. (And if that sounds weird, it is actually a thing in various forms in some human cultures. A lot of human cultures do not mate for love and where practical considerations are important, it only makes sense for your marriage to be arranged by older, more experienced people who understand the social/political/financial/whatever at stake).

 

By the same token the relationship between the human and the dragons would vary as much as that between any other beings. On my scroll my character functions in a variety of roles ranging from 'zookeeper/pet owner' for the less sentient species up to 'respected teacher' for the more sentient ones, and in a couple of cases (such as the vampires) their relationship is best described as 'prison overseer/trusty'. ;p

 

Also, in response to the question about how we're all raising so many dragons, I personally assume that my character is not actually personally raising every single dragon - I have descriptions which note that, for example some of my black dragons were raised by other black dragons I have. A few of my dragons don't even live in the same area the others do. Also in some cases I imagine my dragons as semi-wild; they live away from 'the Breedery' (as I call the central living area for many of the dragons), but still within the lands owned by my character, so they're "wild" but still under oversight, protected by the black dragon patrols, et cetera. But they weren't raised by my character or any dragon at the Breedery IC. Their egg was on my scroll because they grew up in Breedery territory but that doesn't mean my character had any more involvement than that.

 

In short, the game mechanics CAN be made to make sense to some degree at least, but it's up to individual players to interpret the game and decide what's happening for them and what the relationship between dragons and players is.

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Will the smaller continents be developed to contain extra biomes - either completely new ones or something like "Jungle 2"?

How is it possible for new breeds of really big animals to turn up every once in a while? (I know we do occasionally find new big animals in real life - like the giant squid or frilled shark, and others are still only rumored to exist (like the marozi) - but not on a DC-like scale.)

Why do holiday dragons only exist in the wild for a short time, then go back into non-existence (only to be bred in captivity)?

There aren't that many really large dragons out there actually. I believe Royal Crimsons and Frostbites are the newest of the 'large' dragons, and it could just be that they weren't discovered in the Volcano/Alpine region until recently due to the general inhospitableness of the regions. Perhaps they migrated to where humans could survive, or perhaps humans developed magic that enabled them to explore the region better. I highly doubt that every inch of Galsreim has been explored, I can think of several reasons for each biome.

 

Alpine - if there's a region where there's lots of blizzards, wind, up high on mountaintops, middle of glaciers, etc. Frostbites are also large dragons, it could just be that their region was previously unreachable, plus their own natural camouflage.

 

Coast - Oh, tons of reasons why. Deep under the water, located only on tiny islands way out in the middle of the ocean, only available in sheer cliffs, so on so forth.

 

Desert - Depends on the type of desert, really. There's the sandy dunes of the Sahara, rocky scrub with thousands of canyons and rock formations of the midwest, salt plains with dry cracked soil that used to be an ocean floor billions of years ago... 'desert' doesn't really cover anything specific.

 

Jungle - Don't think I really need to explain much about this one, they're STILL finding new species in the Amazon despite their best efforts to destroy it. THE JERKS

 

Forest - This might be the only one where it's a little iffy that new large species of dragon could still be discovered. But again, it depends on the type of forest and said forest's location. If it's a forest on mountains, there could be a niche system in place where dragons can be found.

 

Volcano - Can be super inhospitable, discouraging exploration. If there's dragons found only in the middle of volcanoes or whatever, I can see why they wouldn't be easy to find. Explains Royal Crimsons.

 

Along with all this, it's possible some dragons might have natural camouflage suited uniquely to hiding themselves. Take vines for example, the dragons live underground with just their plants exposed.

 

And last but certainly not least....

 

MAGIC! As an example, if, say, a dragon is capable of turning invisible, you certainly can't see it, right? biggrin.gif

 

As for valentine/halloween/christmas, I like the explanation for them embodying the season for that year only, except a slight problem with the 'vanishing' thing because you still keep your captive ones year round. If they vanished, you couldn't have them on your scroll or breed them with your dragons. Having a human bond keeping them anchored to reality, however, sounds awesome. biggrin.gif

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Would it be feasible for giant potatoes to grow near large deposits of Life mana?

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There aren't that many really large dragons out there actually. I believe Royal Crimsons and Frostbites are the newest of the 'large' dragons, and it could just be that they weren't discovered in the Volcano/Alpine region until recently due to the general inhospitableness of the regions. Perhaps they migrated to where humans could survive, or perhaps humans developed magic that enabled them to explore the region better. I highly doubt that every inch of Galsreim has been explored, I can think of several reasons for each biome.

 

Alpine - if there's a region where there's lots of blizzards, wind, up high on mountaintops, middle of glaciers, etc. Frostbites are also large dragons, it could just be that their region was previously unreachable, plus their own natural camouflage.

 

Coast - Oh, tons of reasons why. Deep under the water, located only on tiny islands way out in the middle of the ocean, only available in sheer cliffs, so on so forth.

 

Desert - Depends on the type of desert, really. There's the sandy dunes of the Sahara, rocky scrub with thousands of canyons and rock formations of the midwest, salt plains with dry cracked soil that used to be an ocean floor billions of years ago... 'desert' doesn't really cover anything specific.

 

Jungle - Don't think I really need to explain much about this one, they're STILL finding new species in the Amazon despite their best efforts to destroy it. THE JERKS

 

Forest - This might be the only one where it's a little iffy that new large species of dragon could still be discovered. But again, it depends on the type of forest and said forest's location. If it's a forest on mountains, there could be a niche system in place where dragons can be found.

 

Volcano - Can be super inhospitable, discouraging exploration. If there's dragons found only in the middle of volcanoes or whatever, I can see why they wouldn't be easy to find. Explains Royal Crimsons.

 

Along with all this, it's possible some dragons might have natural camouflage suited uniquely to hiding themselves. Take vines for example, the dragons live underground with just their plants exposed.

 

And last but certainly not least....

 

MAGIC! As an example, if, say, a dragon is capable of turning invisible, you certainly can't see it, right? biggrin.gif

 

As for valentine/halloween/christmas, I like the explanation for them embodying the season for that year only, except a slight problem with the 'vanishing' thing because you still keep your captive ones year round. If they vanished, you couldn't have them on your scroll or breed them with your dragons. Having a human bond keeping them anchored to reality, however, sounds awesome. biggrin.gif

I also like the idea presented about the Holidays. smile.gif

 

I also agree with the logic of how species can stay hidden.

 

Remember! It is believed that there are still plenty of undiscovered animal and plant species on our own planet... I think Valkemere would be similar.

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How do the dragons not notice when humans steal their eggs? And wouldn't they be mad if humans take away their children? Also, if dragons are sentient beings, why do they abandon eggs that are 'tainted' by human touch? They should be able to recognize their eggs wink.gif

 

If there are so many dragons and each of them powerful and wise, then why isn't Valkemare or Galsreim ruled by dragons? Do dragons and humans ever get into fights? I just find the co-existence rather unbelievable as most dragons live so much longer and are so much more powerful(magic-wise and melee-wise); plus humans steal eggs from dragons, they would be really pissed about that rolleyes.gif

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Do you "exist" in the DC lore universe? If so, what are you? Just another "dragoneer" or someone who speaks with a booming voice in the sky and is never physically seen?

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Would it be feasible for giant potatoes to grow near large deposits of Life mana?

No one can convince me this isn't possible.

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let us have giant wombats in DC.

 

This is less a question than something I find a bit odd, but when you abandon an egg it says that you put it back where you found it. Is this just that the text is kind of off (I realize it came from pre-biome era) or are there canon-ly different abandoned piles? It's actually pretty odd that you take eggs from all biomes and just dump them in one ambiguous pile, seeing as some come from hot and cold places and now I'm just overthinking it.

The text actually varies. In some cases it says "a familiar" cave or something like that.

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Where do the new dragons come from? It seems unlikely that we just suddenly discover entire species that turn out to be extremely common.

There is no one "the alpine." Not all alpines are the same. Not all alpines have the same alpine-suited dragons. So you can think of it as humans exploring new regions of the world. A new forest that hasn't been charted before.

 

Alternatively, given what I said earlier about DC the site having no explicit concept of what is "right now" in the history of the world, one could instead believe that the new breeds that are released aren't really dragons that were discovered in some sequential order.

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Questions:

- Do humans have a currency or it's all done via trades?

- Do humans in the DC world live longer than real life humans?

- Are humans and dragons the only sentient species? We don't get other humanoid races like orcs, trolls, elves o *maybe* Qunari?

 

Edited since I finally read all the answers.

Humans totally have currency. I haven't decided exactly what it is, but the usual usage of rare materials fashioned into currency as a form of distilling value comes to mind.

 

DC humans probably live longer than the average human in the equivalent time period of Earth's history because the ability to heal things via mana probably solves a lot of the sickness-related deaths that plagued medieval times.

 

Well humans are the only actual humanoids (which I think is a good thing, really; a lot of canons use up most of their sentience "budget" on humanoids-that-aren't-human, which seems like wasted potential), but I've already mentioned that there are "variants" on humans thanks to raw mana exposure, so that's where your orcs would come in. There are likely other sentient species. See my other post about not being creative enough to come up with things from scratch, though.

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I have only read the full up to page three so if it was answered after that don't mind me...

 

What does death mana do to the body?

I haven't solidified any of the mana-warped sub-races yet, but I can imagine whatever death mana does to the body, it probably isn't pleasant.

 

Necrosis and decay come to mind.

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Does DC have rings? Planets with rings = win

something something if you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it?

 

Uh, science says unlikely. Most of the planets with rings tend to be gas giants, and IIRC the rings in our solar system are mostly ice, which wouldn't be possible on a planet close enough to its sun to be habitable.

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