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by Alpha Coders

Name: Myst Dragons, aka mysts, aka Acanthan dragons, aka dragons

Category: Mounts

Type: Avians, Reptilians, Dragons

Size: Large

Region: Jungle mountains, specifically Chinyelu

Rarity: Uncommon

Lifespan: 40 years

Appearance

Mysts are a sub-species of dragon that grow up to 9 feet long. They have fin-shaped wings and a crescent-shaped tail that separates at either side into fluffy filaments 2 to 3 feet long. Mysts range in colour from pastel blues and lilacs to vibrant oranges and reds, but they can also change the colour of their skin according to the mood of their rider or as camouflage.

The hide is covered in tiny pores that make it feel slightly bumpy. These pores expel a mist-like vapour when the dragon feels threatened. Mysts can also choose to spurt out more of this vapour to shroud themselves and their riders within a thick cloud to mask their appearance and actions.

The mist pores are surrounded by nodules that can flash different colours and patterns, which serve to communicate their intentions and emotions to other mysts. The flashes can look spectacular and intimidating from within a shroud.

Behaviour

Myst dragons are a naturally friendly species and very social. They live in clannish groups where they sleep in piles and chitter all day long. Much of their communication is via their bioluminescent flashes and colour changes, but they are vocal creatures nonetheless.

Mysts are more self-aware than most animals, but they live on instinct more than logic and rely heavily on their riders for high-level decision-making.

Diet: Mysts are carnivores. They prefer to eat on the wing so they hunt birds and large insects, but they will also take the opportunity to snatch prey off the ground if it gets close enough.

Habitat: The myst dragons are adapted to living in the humid and misty jungles that cover the Chinyelu Mountains in Acantha, though it is possible they could live anywhere humid.

Breeding: Mysts gather for mating season at the top of the Chinyelu peaks every spring, attracting a partner by flashing colours in a pattern and combination unique to them. A month later, the female makes a nest in a clearing and lays 4`-6 eggs. She buries them and the hatchlings dig their way out two months later. Immediately able to climb trees, where they can shelter from storms and predators, they feed on small insects in the vicinity. Six months later, they begin to throw themselves from higher and higher branches until they can fly.

Bonding: Young riders are escorted to a breeding ground four to five months after mating season. They are allowed to play with the hatchlings until a dragon chooses them as a bondpartner. The empathic bond is immediate, though delicate, and the myst follows the child back to their village. For the next few years, they will rarely part but will grow up together, strengthening the bond until they are ready to fly together.

Special Information

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Strengths/Abilities:

  • Myst dragons share a strong empathic bond with the rider they choose.
  • Mysts have developed infrared vision to see through their own shrouds.
  • They are fast and agile with strong, quick reflexes.
  • They communicate non-verbally through use of bioluminescence.

Weaknesses:

  • Their bones are hollow and light so they are easily crushed.
  • They are not strong or large, so can carry only one Mystrider themselves. However, they can carry slings between two or three dragons in order to transport cargo or passengers.
  • They are less intelligent than other dragons. Bonded mysts, in particular, rely on their riders for decisions and cues.
  • Extreme heat or cold with low humidity evaporates the myst shroud and damages their camouflage capabilities.
  • In colder or dryer climates, mysts suffer from skin conditions, which can restrict their ability to change colour or communicate. If severe enough, flaking skin can also alter their aerodynamic properties and impact their flying.

Uses:

  • Mystriders have learned to bond with myst dragons for a symbiotic relationship. As a result, Myst pairs have evolved to become excellent scouts and aerial combatants.

Origin: Myst dragons evolved from the Draconi who moved to Acantha instead of Nirim? during the Great Split. They would be classed somewhere between Drach and Lesser Drach as they are more intelligent than impiti, but cannot communicate telepathically or understand verbal languages.

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Creator: Emma?, with special thanks to Captain of Sizael for her many ideas.

Creatures Acantha Mountains Jungle Mystriders Mounts Avians Dragons Reptilians Large Uncommon