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Does mana have a physical as well as incorporeal 'energy' form? Like for instance, all these mana crystals we collected over the holiday. When you use the mana, do the crystals vanish, or do they become spent and turn into simple nonmagical crystals? And can they be 'recharged' from a source? It'd be really cool if they retained physical form, they could make excellent magical foci.

 

If they do become physical, maybe the crystals are formed from a certain concentration of mana, so the fact that people find sources of mana and tap into it prevent the crystals from forming. And if they can be recharged, each one is only capable of storing energy from their original type of mana, so trying to collect from a different source wouldn't do anything.

 

It's more likely a dragon would be able to come into possession of one due to their very nature as magical creatures, and I doubt any dragon would willingly part with such a thing. Therefore, the chances of a human or other being collecting/finding one is slim. Dunno about anyone else but I don't think I'd want to fight a dragon for a mana crystal!

It does have a physical form, but it's intrinsically tied to the energy it provides. Mana can be found in all three states of matter (liquid, solid, etc), but using it means it is no longer physically there.

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I'm not sure which element of mana would be thematically most likely grant shapeshifting abilities. Perhaps Magi/neutral Change.

 

Half-dragon humans that are actually half-dragon? Probably not. Humans that have some dragon-like qualities thanks to mana? That's possible, but under my current view of mana transformation, each type of mana causes a certain  set of qualities to be expressed. So one would have to be able to come up with a combination of them that results in a reptilian appearance.

 

Unless I allow unique pairs of mana to have distinct effects from the individual elements. e.g.  earth mana = thick skin, stockier build; water mana = gills, fish tails; water + earth mana = something completely different.

Aww, there goes my hope of a dragon shapeshifting into a human to seduce a human for a night and creating half/half babies.

 

Ok, but I read your reply as "yes, shapeshifting is/could be a thing on Valkemare." Please correct me if I am wrong. Apart from your view of mana transformation which I understood as the result of prolonged exposure to raw mana I thought shapeshifting as something "usual" - considering it's a magical fantasy world.

In my personal canon I thought a DC being - be it human, dragon or another creature - could take mana (cast a spell) and shapeshift.

In case of a human wanting to turn into a dragon, maybe combining Change, Destruction & Creation elemental mana (because I'd imagine you'd need several forces to transform, I also imagine it would be painful) as energy to power & something of the being you want to transform into. A scale from a Gold dragon and BOOM you turn into a shiny Gold dragon.

Needless to say, turning into a dragon should be one of the difficult tasks and "rare" as getting scales etc. could be rather dangerous.

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Aww, there goes my hope of a dragon shapeshifting into a human to seduce a human for a night and creating half/half babies.

*pokes suggestion forum and whispers* Succubus/Incubus dragons.......

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Hmm. Oh! Question! Do you think you have a place in DC lore? Say, maybe you are some creator or God or something? Or are you not there at all?

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Is Valkemare as large as the Earth? Considerably bigger/smaller? Are the days and nights the same amount of time as they are here? And for that matter, how do the people of Valkemare measure time?

 

Do they have their own name for the Galaxy they live in? How many planets orbit their sun?

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My guess is that the Valkemare year is about 1.5 to 3.5 earthly days long, considering that "hatchlings change quickly, maturing to their full forms in only 2 years" like every adult's view page says biggrin.gif

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Is Valkemare as large as the Earth? Considerably bigger/smaller? Are the days and nights the same amount of time as they are here? And for that matter, how do the people of Valkemare measure time?

 

Do they have their own name for the Galaxy they live in? How many planets orbit their sun?

Size of the planet hasn't yet been decided. I think it's a function of how much stuff I want to put into it; the visible map is only a small portion of the world, so what else should there be outside of Galsreim?

 

I'd say the day is probably slightly longer (25 or 26 hours), and the year is also longer. This is arbitrary, based on random whims and not any sort of justification.

 

Given that humans didn't really know what a galaxy was until we had advanced enough telescopes to be able to see other ones far far away, I don't think the concept of a galaxy is understood, which puts naming out of the question.

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*pokes suggestion forum and whispers* Succubus/Incubus dragons.......

Mondat used forum search function, but nothing happened!

I do not visit the dragon sprite part of this forum...at all actually lately/half past year?

Still, while a specific shapeshifter breed would surely be nice for my scroll - I have my headcanon for the world story. I like to think that the shapeshifting ability is for every being that has a considerable high understanding of magic and how to use it. But don't mind me, everybody ninja.gif

 

Will think about other things I can ask later.

 

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@Dewdropmon: I see! I thought you wanted me to take a look at an already existing dragon. Still, what I wrote above^ still applies. My focus when I talk about dragons who seduce humans/humans who have a dragon as parent is more on the DC world and folklore (my headcanon) - this thread is for the DC lore overall. I did not have a particular dragon breed in mind.

I'll never suggest a dragon at dragon request (=publicly, for getting opinions) I am afraid. The only thing(s) you'll ever see from me is when TJ already released it xd.png

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Mondat used forum search function, but nothing happened!

I do not visit the dragon sprite part of this forum...at all actually lately/half past year?

Still, while a specific shapeshifter breed would surely be nice for my scroll - I have my headcanon for the world story. I like to think that the shapeshifting ability is for every being that has a considerable high understanding of magic and how to use it. But don't mind me, everybody ninja.gif

 

Will think about other things I can ask later.

I was actually hinting that maybe you should suggest such a thing if you really want dragons that seduce humans.... ^^;

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Perhaps the different continents of the world have different beings like was mentioned. (Orcs, elves, etc) that the people evolved into due to the presence/absence of certain types of mana. It'd make a lot of sense if some continents had more of various kinds than others, and the continent we know of is one that has a good balance, so people are 'normal'. I bet it'd be more likely through evolution than 'Oh hey! You were born human, but then you MUTATED OMG.' Put orcs on one continent, elves on another, so on so forth. Except probably not orcs or elves because uh... better to make own species, yes?

 

Other continents could also explain why some dragon species are just discovered. They developed on other continents, and only recently started showing up on Galsreim. Pokemon Region Syndrome I'd say. wink.gif The first 151 pokemondragons were the native species, the ones after that migrated.

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Aww, there goes my hope of a dragon shapeshifting into a human to seduce a human for a night and creating half/half babies.

 

Ok, but I read your reply as "yes, shapeshifting is/could be a thing on Valkemare." Please correct me if I am wrong. Apart from your view of mana transformation which I understood as the result of prolonged exposure to raw mana I thought shapeshifting as something "usual" - considering it's a magical fantasy world.

In my personal canon I thought a DC being - be it human, dragon or another creature - could take mana (cast a spell) and shapeshift.

In case of a human wanting to turn into a dragon, maybe combining Change, Destruction & Creation elemental mana (because I'd imagine you'd need several forces to transform, I also imagine it would be painful) as energy to power & something of the being you want to transform into. A scale from a Gold dragon and BOOM you turn into a shiny Gold dragon.

Needless to say, turning into a dragon should be one of the difficult tasks and "rare" as getting scales etc. could be rather dangerous.

No, I don't think dragons pulling a Zeus on unsuspecting people is a thing that happens.

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Oh good. I'm glad my dragons aren't being Zeus.

 

Don't be Zeus, guys. That always makes things worse.

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Perhaps the different continents of the world have different beings like was mentioned. (Orcs, elves, etc) that the people evolved into due to the presence/absence of certain types of mana. It'd make a lot of sense if some continents had more of various kinds than others, and the continent we know of is one that has a good balance, so people are 'normal'. I bet it'd be more likely through evolution than 'Oh hey! You were born human, but then you MUTATED OMG.' Put orcs on one continent, elves on another, so on so forth. Except probably not orcs or elves because uh... better to make own species, yes?

 

Other continents could also explain why some dragon species are just discovered. They developed on other continents, and only recently started showing up on Galsreim. Pokemon Region Syndrome I'd say. wink.gif The first 151 pokemondragons were the native species, the ones after that migrated.

Like I said, I don't think there are other non-human humanoids. Though the mana-transformed humans probably do live in their own semi-isolated communities in some places (I mentioned that there are factions that dislike dragons; it extends to a general dislike for mana as well, so transformed people are generally separated in those regions).

 

But yes, other continents are opportunities to add a bunch of variety to the world. I haven't put much thought into anything not on the map.

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Hey there! I've got a couple questions I've been wondering about for awhile now.

 

1: When we obtain a bred egg, how do we all of a sudden know its lineage? Does the past owner leave a sticky note with a sketch on the egg? xd.png that'd be cute.

 

2: What would be the reason for domesticated dragons only laying 1 egg at a time, and during Holidays laying up to 4?

 

Thanks in advance smile.gif

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Hey there! I've got a couple questions I've been wondering about for awhile now.

 

1: When we obtain a bred egg, how do we all of a sudden know its lineage? Does the past owner leave a sticky note with a sketch on the egg? xd.png that'd be cute.

 

2: What would be the reason for domesticated dragons only laying 1 egg at a time, and during Holidays laying up to 4?

 

Thanks in advance smile.gif

Neither of those are things that I think really happen "in universe." The whole concept of a pile of abandoned eggs sitting somewhere in the wilderness doesn't really make sense.

 

But the breeding thing is probably a property of the holiday breeds themselves, since it only ever happens when a holiday dragon is involved--which happens to be during the Holidays.

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Since dragons are able to send their thoughts directly into a recipient's head, would they need to learn a human's language to understand that human talking to them, or does it translate in their heads?

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Since dragons are able to send their thoughts directly into a recipient's head, would they need to learn a human's language to understand that human talking to them, or does it translate in their heads?

No, telepathic communication is more beaming thoughts directly, so there's no "middle-man" of going through language processing.

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If dragon codes are canon, are they considered a dragon's 'true' name, or is it more like an ID humans write down in order to classify them? But then, what if they have a cool code? Are they just unnamed?

And do sentinent dragons accept human-given nicknames as their name, have different names for each other or do they just recognize an individual automatically by coloring, personality, etc.?

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If dragon codes are canon, are they considered a dragon's 'true' name, or is it more like an ID humans write down in order to classify them? But then, what if they have a cool code? Are they just unnamed?

And do sentinent dragons accept human-given nicknames as their name, have different names for each other or do they just recognize an individual automatically by coloring, personality, etc.?

Actually. smile.gif

 

I kind of like the idea of the code being the dragon's 'true name' (Inheritance Style).

That is... a dragon's given name can be changed any time, but the code cannot.

 

I presume that dragons are able to recognise each other as individuals ( Just as we humans do) BUT I would also assume that they have names of some sort for each other. I would also suppose whether they accept human bestowed names or not would depend on their association with humans. THAT would explain why wild dragons never have any name other than their code. AGAIN, I am thinking sort of along the lines of inheritance, here, where wild dragons' names weren't in 'language' as we would think of it... Again. That is assuming, as you say, that codes are canon at all.

 

The Bossman may correct me if my ideas about this are off base.

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This might have been asked already, but I didn't see it in the thread when I was looking through.

 

How do the new dragon releases tie in with lore, would it be like "A new dragon breed was discovered"?

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Actually. smile.gif

 

I kind of like the idea of the code being the dragon's 'true name' (Inheritance Style).

That is... a dragon's given name can be changed any time, but the code cannot.

 

I presume that dragons are able to recognise each other as individuals ( Just as we humans do) BUT I would also assume that they have names of some sort for each other. I would also suppose whether they accept human bestowed names or not would depend on their association with humans. THAT would explain why wild dragons never have any name other than their code. AGAIN, I am thinking sort of along the lines of inheritance, here, where wild dragons' names weren't in 'language' as we would think of it... Again. That is assuming, as you say, that codes are canon at all.

 

The Bossman may correct me if my ideas about this are off base.

I personally think codes are just one of those game mechanics disconnected from RP, but I've read descriptions where codes are like tagging an animal, and I think I like that idea best, personally. "True name" doesn't make as much sense for me because, uh, I don't know how to pronounce a lot of codes. =p

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I personally think codes are just one of those game mechanics disconnected from RP, but I've read descriptions where codes are like tagging an animal, and I think I like that idea best, personally. "True name" doesn't make as much sense for me because, uh, I don't know how to pronounce a lot of codes. =p

AND perhaps the Bossman specifically left that one open for us as individuals to decide for ourselves. Dunno

 

It is true that most codes are pretty unpronounceable.

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If dragon codes are canon, are they considered a dragon's 'true' name, or is it more like an ID humans write down in order to classify them? But then, what if they have a cool code? Are they just unnamed?

And do sentinent dragons accept human-given nicknames as their name, have different names for each other or do they just recognize an individual automatically by coloring, personality, etc.?

I don't dragon IDs exist in-world. That'd be a bit...bizarre.

 

That said, it's likely dragons have names for themselves that are unpronouncable by humans, so the "names" you use for your dragons might not be their real, actual names.

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