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2020-05-21 - Dragon Cave's 14th Birthday!

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9 minutes ago, Niyaka said:

 

How fascinating! I need to know, what happens to hatchlings that are unfortunately separated from their parents, and don’t have the opportunity to inherit from the stave/horn?

 

Yes, since we raise ours from eggs ourselves, does that mean our amaltheias never get their full horn? That seems sad. Maybe other whites on our scroll can adopt them and help out?

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2 hours ago, Hawaiianbabidoll said:

Here is some of the concept art for the Pargulus Pygmy.

Pargulus_concept_art.png

 

Some trivia:

-They weren't originally going to come in multiple flavors. After testing out some palettes, I was struggling to narrow it down to one. So after asking some opinions, I narrowed it down to 3 instead.

-Their name comes from a combination of the latin words for 'little' and 'gatherer'

-Citrus trees grow well in the desert and the tropics, peaches in volcanic soil and temperate climates, and berry bushes along the coast and in valleys.

 

 

thank you for these insights! like others, i had guessed wrong on two of the biomes and was curious to know why green was in the desert and red (or peach!) in the forest. this makes total sense now! i also like hearing about the name origin, since i didn't figure it out myself (my high school latin teacher would not be proud of me...)

 

thank you for the sharing the supercute art, and thank you for keeping three variants! the citrus is my favorite (coincidentally my favorite of the fruit choices too), but i'll be collecting all three of these avidly. 💚💙

 

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35 minutes ago, Capricornus said:

So many lovely dragons this release. ❤️ I absolutely adore the Amaltheans, and I'm so happy they're hybrids; a perfect excuse to create more deadlines.

 

I was doing mockups of potential checkers with dragons I already have 2g deadlines of, and Carina/Amaltheans look absolutely gorgeous with either gender combo:

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Both the poses and colors look fantastic together imo. Really looking forward to doing these. Blunas, Setsongs, and Avatars of Change/Creation are really pretty too; there's so much potential with these guys!

My Carina babies! After hearing about the White x Undine hybrids being Amaltheans I got hit with a crazy amount of nostalgia and knew I would have to breed them like crazy. 😁

  Definitely going to have a Carina x Amalthea lineage sometime!

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11 minutes ago, tjekan said:

 

Yes, since we raise ours from eggs ourselves, does that mean our amaltheias never get their full horn? That seems sad. Maybe other whites on our scroll can adopt them and help out?

An in universe adopter could just buy/be given a piece from a white/amaltheia/whoever, learn the magics involved to make a wooden staff like the whites and make one for their dragon-child's sake (or commission a practiced mage to do it for them). Or maybe the amaltheia could do what some whites do and make their own from an elm tree, it might take more work but it probably would be possible considering that one of their parent breeds can do it. Even if they couldn't they could still just wait until they're able to fly and then use that flight to travel around and find someone who could help them out, whites are pretty common in game and probably in-universe so i'm sure if they asked around they could find one pretty easily.

 

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These adults are all so amazing! I'll never be able to pick a favorite. I just hope I'll be able to collect my scroll goals in a reasonable amount of time!

That card is great, too. Thank you spriters!

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2 hours ago, Hawaiianbabidoll said:

Here is some of the concept art for the Pargulus Pygmy.

 

 

The S1 hatchi looks exactly like I imagined the Weasley twins' Pygmy Puffs. :wub:

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Here's the concept art for the pink alcedine: https://sta.sh/0cjxgdcg6rg

 

they were originally going to be m/f dimorphic set but the blue ended up appearing so much visually larger that I ended up deciding they'd be alts, so there's no separate concept art for the blue one (just a color mockup on the same base as the pink alcedine's concept art). blues were originally going to have longer, branching antlers but this ended up too complex with the mane texture right there as well owo 

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Wow what a great release! I totally forgot about the anniversary so I'm glad I happened to log on by chance and grab some of these guys. All of the adults are amazing, great job artists!

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Sapo, latin for Soap. Not very creative there =P

axolotl similarities and betta fish similarities

I love their smiles, whiskers and gradient.

I enjoyed the concept of the fins becoming more vibrant as they aged.

Oh yeah, these dragons are THICC. Think seals ;)

 

colors + single pose = trans

( I noticed this similarity as I was picking out my colors, and the fact that if it only had one pose, then it would continue the thought into a sentence. We are all precious.)

image is the painting in progress~

 

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i love reading all these posts about how the dragons started out and changed into what we see on our scrolls.  and i love the original art, too!

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You amazing artists are spoiling us with your effort, skill and all around displaying the early and final phases of such glorious eggs. Don't ask me to pick a fav, because I can't. Not this time. Each one of them are amazing. :wub:

 

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15 minutes ago, Nakase said:

Sapo, latin for Soap.

It's also Spanish for 'toad', which confused me at first. My Latin's a bit rusty. :blush:

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All these guys are so gorgeous! I didn't anticipate how pretty the Sapo would be! And the Cloudplumes are so fluffy looking! I just wanna cuddle them. 

 

They all look so good!

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Wonderful dragons!! I especially love the lore for the Jesters, that their behavior is an inspiration for comedy, rather than the other way around.

 

I find the Sapos very fun. Soap dragons! Love the puffy, wispy design of the Cloudplumes and those subtle beans. Still want to know why Alcedines are all female (parthenogenic?) and what causes the different forms (lore-wise)! Shading on the Labradorites is really cool and I can't wait to try breeding them with Xenos and Omen Wyrms. Pargulus pygmies are adorable little squirrel dragons.

 

Weirdest implication is that a White dragon's staff is produced by their body. :blink: Confusing description aside the Amaltheans have beautiful colors, the luster of their hair and wing markings is really well-done.

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21 minutes ago, cbussiere said:

Wonderful dragons!! I especially love the lore for the Jesters, that their behavior is an inspiration for comedy, rather than the other way around.

 

I find the Sapos very fun. Soap dragons! Love the puffy, wispy design of the Cloudplumes and those subtle beans. Still want to know why Alcedines are all female (parthenogenic?) and what causes the different forms (lore-wise)! Shading on the Labradorites is really cool and I can't wait to try breeding them with Xenos and Omen Wyrms. Pargulus pygmies are adorable little squirrel dragons.

 

Weirdest implication is that a White dragon's staff is produced by their body. :blink: Confusing description aside the Amaltheans have beautiful colors, the luster of their hair and wing markings is really well-done.

Alcedines can be influenced, so they don't appear to be exclusively female. The horns of Amaltheans were explained by Hazeh a little while ago:

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Since I've seen the question floating around a little, I'll clarify here: the horn is made of both wood and bone. As a hatchling, a piece of the stave from their White parent is removed and bonded to the hatchling as their power comes into being (in the case of Amaltheans with Amalthean parents, it would be a piece broken off from one of the parent's horns). This wood fuses to the dragon's bone and integrates into the neural and magical network of energy in the dragon's body. The wood is still alive, and grows as a tree generally might, thus they have to constantly sharpen and file their horns down on trees or stones in their territory to keep them at manageable lengths. Texture-wise it's a bit harder than natural wood, similar to fossilized wood, because of its fusion to the bone (which acts like antler bone, though the horn itself is never fully shed). 

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24 minutes ago, cbussiere said:

 

Weirdest implication is that a White dragon's staff is produced by their body. :blink: Confusing description aside the Amaltheans have beautiful colors, the luster of their hair and wing markings is really well-done.

2 hours ago, Niyaka said:

 

How fascinating! I need to know, what happens to hatchlings that are unfortunately separated from their parents, and don’t have the opportunity to inherit from the stave/horn?

 

I'm not sure where the implication that white dragons grow their own staffs from their body comes from 😅. Their encyclopedia says they take branches off ancient elms and staffs can be passed down through the generations. Amaltheans simply absorb a small piece of that staff and grow that piece for the rest of their lives as part of themselves. 

 

For those who are separated early enough from their parents, they would likely find a branch from a tree they are most fond of and use that as a substitute. I imagine their magic would not be as strong this way, though, since a lot of the potency comes from the magic imbued by white dragons into the wood. 

 

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1 hour ago, Nakase said:

colors + single pose = trans

( I noticed this similarity as I was picking out my colors, and the fact that if it only had one pose, then it would continue the thought into a sentence. We are all precious.)

image is the painting in progress~

 

sapo.jpg

 

when i saw the colors and pose of the s2 hatchies, one of my first thoughts was that they looked kind of like non-binary silvers, so this is very cool to read.

 

i love the sapos' smile! makes me want to start a spiral lineage with all the smiling dragons. :)

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1 hour ago, cbussiere said:

Wonderful dragons!! I especially love the lore for the Jesters, that their behavior is an inspiration for comedy, rather than the other way around.

 

I find the Sapos very fun. Soap dragons! Love the puffy, wispy design of the Cloudplumes and those subtle beans. Still want to know why Alcedines are all female (parthenogenic?) and what causes the different forms (lore-wise)! Shading on the Labradorites is really cool and I can't wait to try breeding them with Xenos and Omen Wyrms. Pargulus pygmies are adorable little squirrel dragons.

 

Weirdest implication is that a White dragon's staff is produced by their body. :blink: Confusing description aside the Amaltheans have beautiful colors, the luster of their hair and wing markings is really well-done.

 

The encyclopedia claims that they take a branch from a very old elm tree and whittle it into a staff by rubbing it on trees and rocks, which sounds pretty contradictory to the idea that it comes out of them. The Amaltheans just use their own magic to make the piece grow over their horn, or at least that's how it sounded to me.

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Wow, quite an ensemble.  And that's cool how they're all themed.

 

Though my favorites are the Pargulus Pygmies.  I just want to cuddle them!

 

I'm currently stalking the AP in the hopes of snagging a Jester or Amalthean egg.

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Well, I get a 1/2 days late start, but all in all, I'm pleased with the number Dragon Eggs that I was able to get, so again

 

Thank you to All the Soriters involved in thes and TJ as well...

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 

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Stunning! It's a parade of all-stars.  Thank you to the creators, the magic makers, artists and dreamers, all.  🎈Happy Birthday beloved Dragon Cave :iraptor:

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Wow, the AP eggs are as low as I've seen them without days of a one-breed wall first in ages!  I think it's because this release is so great--everyone is full up on new eggs!

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14 hours ago, Infinis said:

Yeee adult time ~ Alcedines are based on kingfishers! Common kingfisher and south Philippine dwarf kingfisher. 🙂

 

14 hours ago, spatio said:

For everyone wondering if there was any theme method to our madness, this release was intended as a care package.  A big thank-you from all of us for being an awesome community; we're right there with you and together we're gonna get through this.  I hope you all enjoy the release!

 

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- This is so sweet. Thank you all!

 

14 hours ago, SkyWolf25 said:

Adults!!

Here's the sketch I did for the Cloudplume, with a few edits made to accurately represent the final sprite:
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Squishy toe beans. Yes.
 
Some tidbits:
-They'd love plushies. Hatchlings especially would absolutely adore them. I guess it'd be a stuffed doll in canon DC setting?
 
-The tail plumes and the two pairs of large feathers on their backs faintly shimmer with iridescence when the dragon is full of mana. It's a sort of surplus magic. I wonder if you can see a hint of it on the sprite?
 
-Their actual body is not really fat or bulky; the thick feather coat and air magic provides enough warmth, so they don't have much need for extra body fat.
 
-Always happy to provide snuggles for their friends. They love snuggles.
 
-This is what I imagine their size to be. It's a size chart for all of my released breeds.(pls excuse the doodle-ness)
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(all sizes can be changed in the future depending on changes to average DC dragon sizes or if I change my mind)
They're big enough to bury your hands in the feathers, or bury yourself in their floofiness. 
 
Finally, here's a portrait, in three different versions since floof shading is haard and I wasn't too happy with the result x'D
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Feel free to ask me questions regarding the Cloudplumes! I love opportunities for more lore. :3

 

13 hours ago, hazeh said:

WHOOOOOOOO!!!! 

Happy Birthday DragCave and well wishes for everyone during this time! 

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I haven't quite finished their official artwork yet, but have a birthday card in the meantime!! 😁 (And yes, Amalthean is definitely a heavy reference to Lady Amalthea from the Last Unicorn-- but also the name Amalthea in general means "noble goddess" and is the name of the she-goat that nursed the god Zeus when he was an infant )

 

11 hours ago, TCA said:

Hi guys, glad to see you are all enjoying the dragons! The Jesters were a fun design I came up with by trying to combine the Bauta's 'mask' aesthetic with the black and white color scheme of the Blancblacks, around the same time we decided to do a care package theme, so they fit right in as a representative for finding ways to occupy your mind and relieve stress via consuming entertainment. Wishing you all the best!!

 

8 hours ago, hazeh said:

Thank you, I'm really glad you like them!! I have loved unicorns since I was a toddler so I knew I had to jump at the chance to make these guys. I am very proud of them!

 

Since I've seen the question floating around a little, I'll clarify here: the horn is made of both wood and bone. As a hatchling, a piece of the stave from their White parent is removed and bonded to the hatchling as their power comes into being (in the case of Amaltheans with Amalthean parents, it would be a piece broken off from one of the parent's horns). This wood fuses to the dragon's bone and integrates into the neural and magical network of energy in the dragon's body. The wood is still alive, and grows as a tree generally might, thus they have to constantly sharpen and file their horns down on trees or stones in their territory to keep them at manageable lengths. Texture-wise it's a bit harder than natural wood, similar to fossilized wood, because of its fusion to the bone (which acts like antler bone, though the horn itself is never fully shed). 

 

7 hours ago, Hawaiianbabidoll said:

Here is some of the concept art for the Pargulus Pygmy.

Pargulus_concept_art.png

 

Some trivia:

-They weren't originally going to come in multiple flavors. After testing out some palettes, I was struggling to narrow it down to one. So after asking some opinions, I narrowed it down to 3 instead.

-Their name comes from a combination of the latin words for 'little' and 'gatherer'

-Citrus trees grow well in the desert and the tropics, peaches in volcanic soil and temperate climates, and berry bushes along the coast and in valleys.

 

 

5 hours ago, Infinis said:

Here's the concept art for the pink alcedine: https://sta.sh/0cjxgdcg6rg

 

they were originally going to be m/f dimorphic set but the blue ended up appearing so much visually larger that I ended up deciding they'd be alts, so there's no separate concept art for the blue one (just a color mockup on the same base as the pink alcedine's concept art). blues were originally going to have longer, branching antlers but this ended up too complex with the mane texture right there as well owo 

 

4 hours ago, Nakase said:

Sapo, latin for Soap. Not very creative there =P

axolotl similarities and betta fish similarities

I love their smiles, whiskers and gradient.

I enjoyed the concept of the fins becoming more vibrant as they aged.

Oh yeah, these dragons are THICC. Think seals ;)

 

colors + single pose = trans

( I noticed this similarity as I was picking out my colors, and the fact that if it only had one pose, then it would continue the thought into a sentence. We are all precious.)

image is the painting in progress~

 

sapo.jpg

 

2 hours ago, hazeh said:

 

I'm not sure where the implication that white dragons grow their own staffs from their body comes from 😅. Their encyclopedia says they take branches off ancient elms and staffs can be passed down through the generations. Amaltheans simply absorb a small piece of that staff and grow that piece for the rest of their lives as part of themselves. 

 

For those who are separated early enough from their parents, they would likely find a branch from a tree they are most fond of and use that as a substitute. I imagine their magic would not be as strong this way, though, since a lot of the potency comes from the magic imbued by white dragons into the wood. 

 

 

 

- A collection of all the things said so far about the dragons!


All the art is so lovely!

 

I didn't see anything for the Labradorite dragons though. (Or I just missed it.)

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Any insights/strategy in finding red Alcedines?

 

Thank you for your hard work and lovely artwork, TJ and spriters ❤

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