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Dec 29 2017, 11:46 PM
For a version of this guide with pictures included: Phoenix, Official Guide
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Phoenix


Two hundred years after the gods had finished (and failed) at cleaning up the mess involving dragons left behind by Leaslinte (god of Horizons), Ghrian (god of the sun), decided that he too wanted to create a fantastical creature – one to rival that of Lealinte's dragons.

He created the Phoenix.

Granting the birds immortal life, carrying the fire of the sun within their orange-red bodies, and possessing the ability to heal any injury sustained to their bodies with the very same flames. He took it further still; if an injury was too great, the phoenix would die, its body dissolving into ash, before the bird would be, quite literally, reborn from the ashes of its former existence.

Ghrian was pleased with his work. But something troubled him. If he released these fiery birds into the world of mortal men and fae... how long before they caused problems, like they had with the dragons. It had taken centuries for the gods to fix that mess, and they were unable to fix it completely anyway. He did not want to face the same consequences as Leaslinte.

The god sat and pondered how to avoid such an eventuality. It was his wife, Gealach (goddess of the moon) that came up with the solution. No two phoenixes could come in close proximity to each other, otherwise they would die a permanent death. Grateful to her genius, Ghrian allowed Gealach to create her own version of the phoenix: the exact opposite of his own fiery version.

Gealach's phoenixes were white in colour, shining brightly like the moon that she ruled over. Tiny sparkles of light even fell from their wings as they flew, and when they died their bodies would dissolve into a shimmering stardust before they too are reborn.

And thus the Sun Phoenix and the Moon Phoenix came into existence.

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Sun Phoenix
A danger to any forested areas, the Sun Phoenix was created by the sun god Ghrian himself. They are said to carry the suns fire itself and to attack one of these god-created birds will bring the wrath of the sun god upon you.

Color: Their bodies are shaded a rich mixture of red and orange. It is not uncommon to see a sun phoenix with markings that resemble that of burning flames. Yellow can also be found on the very outer feathers of their wings.

Defining trait: Small sparks of fire can be witnessed falling from the feathers of a Sun Phoenix whenever the bird flaps their wings. These sparks can also be used to set any grassy area on fire (either intentionally or by accident).

Diet: Sun Phoenixes are birds of prey. They will hunt for lizards, snakes and rodents hiding within the rocky landscape that they make their home. The larger the phoenix, the large the prey that they can take down.

Temperament: Sun Phoenixes can be quite 'hot headed'. They are highly emotional birds, and can be quite aggressive. Taming a Sun Phoenix will take time and perseverance, as they will not trust you one ounce to begin with. Just getting near one will result in angry screeching, and flapping of fiery wings - a visible thread to 'get back'. However, these birds also admire determination and you will eventually be granted enough trust to get close. From there, the sky is the limit.

Habitat: Found in rocky locations where there is not much plant life. Typically in hot arid places, such as the desert and volcanoes of Sgaithte. Though some can be found in Steppes of Allta of Foirfich.

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Moon Phoenix
The sight of a Moon Phoenix is said to be a blessing. They were made by Gealach, with the beauty and mystery of the moon in mind. The goddess is quite protective of her birds, but it is not her wrath you will face for harming them - it is that of her husband, the sun god Ghrian.

Color: A Moon Phoenix is white in colour, with pale silver feathers mixed into their wings. Pale blue markings around their eyes are also common, though not all possess such markings.

Defining trait: Whenever a Moon Phoenix flies or flaps their wings, small twinkling lights of starlight can be seen falling from their wings, and even trailing from their long tail feathers. Some Moon Phoenixes are seen to have an almost ethereal glow to their bodies.

Diet: Moon Phoenixes have a combination diet of vegetarian and insectivore. They prefer to eat seeds and grains, small fruits, and insects such as moths, grasshoppers, and cicadas.

Temperament: Though cautious, a Moon Phoenix is far more readily trusting compared to a Sun Phoenix. They possess a gentler nature, and a sense of curiosity. They are especially gentle towards young children. That being said, the moment that a Moon Phoenix feels threatened or betrayed (even by people that have befriended them), they will fly away and never return.

Habitat: Unlike their sun counterparts, Moon Phoenixes have a preference for colder climates. They can typically be seen around the bases of the snow covered mountain ranges to the north of Eacharnach and Gaothaidh, but it not uncommon to see them in the snowy regions as well. Moon Phoenixes also make their home in Teumnach.

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Size:
  • Young - The smallest of the phoenixes, comparable in size to a Macaw parrot (3.3 feet from the head to the tip of the tail feathers). The term 'young' is abit of a misnomer; while it can refer to the youngest of the phoenixes, there are birds that are hundreds of years old that fit into this range.
  • Mature - The midrange of the phoenix birds in terms of size. Averaging around 8 feet in length from head to tip of the tail. Much like the 'young' size classification, the term 'mature' is a misnomer as phoenixes that are only around 10 years old can be classed as 'mature' in terms of size; but most often this range is used to class phoenix birds that are hundreds of years old.
  • Titan - The titans are the oldest and largest of the Phoenixes. In terms of size, they are around 12 feet from the head to the tip of the tail feathers in length. There are only four in the world: two Sun Phoenixes and two Moon Phoenixes.
Reproduction: You will never find two phoenixes nesting together. You will not even find one sitting on a nest with an egg. No, getting in close proximity to one another, regardless of whether the other is a Sun or Moon phoenix means instant death for these birds. The only way for a new phoenix to enter the world is for Ghrian or Gealach to create one.

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  • Species © Swords of Speirling (written by Kel)
Dec 29 2017, 11:14 PM
For a version of this guide with pictures included: Dragons of Speirling, Official Guide

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What's the deal with the dragons?

Our dragons are not like the dragons of Pern or Eragon. They are more like the dragons in the How To Train Your Dragon movies. Think of them like horses or dogs; intelligent enough to make their decisions and they have their own personalities, but they don't talk to their owners. There is no magical bonding ritual, however, it is possible that a dragon and their rider become bonded the way someone is bonded to any other pet or animal familiar.

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DRAGON


The word 'dragon' derives from draconem (nominative draco) meaning "huge serpent", and drakon (genitive drakontos) meaning "serpent, giant seafish". And the citizens of Speirling have spent their entire history learning just how accurate that word can be.

In some cases the origin words 'Draco' and 'Drakon' have come to be used as identifiers of a dragons forme, as judged by the definitions of the words themselves. Draco, has been tied to some of the dragons with a quadrupedal body and two wings, while Drakon, has been associated with those that reside in the waters of Speirling's oceans, rivers and lakes.

During the First Age, Léaslínte, God of the Horizons, created a pair of dragons, male and female, and gifted them to the God of the Sun to pull his chariot. Back then, they were intelligent beasts who could talk and they possessed magic. Then, early in the Second Age, Léaslínte fell in love with a sidhe and he wanted to help her and her people in their war, so he took the dragon pair he had created and lent them to the sidhe. The sidhe were greedy and bred the dragons and the hatchlings grew into adults, resulting in more dragons than for which the sidhe could account. At this point, the humans and the lesser fae took their chance and began stealing dragons until they had more than the sidhe.

Meanwhile, in the heavens, the gods, who were already angry with Léaslínte for lending the dragons to the sidhe without permission and once everything got out of hand, they punished him by taking the power away from his dragons: making them dumb, mortal beasts. Léaslínte was able to whisk his lover away to the nearby continent of Cynwyr, but the gods punished him further and turned his body into that of a dragon. His mind remained his own, but his body was forever stuck in that of a beast. After that point he lived on Cynwyr with his lover and their children, the “dragonbourne”, until the continent sunk beneath the sea. Léaslínte is now residing somewhere in Ianor.

In an attempt to clean up the mess left behind by Léaslínte, the gods gave the now water bound dragons a slight shove to venture from land into the waters, by changing their diet until the species could only survive on food found underwater. The gods also took one entire species and shrank them in size until they were no bigger than birds, and thus the Pocket Dragon came into existence.

What the gods did not anticipate was the eventual existence of the aptly named Companion Dragon. While the deities were busy manipulating other species to clean up Léaslínte's mess, the humans were busy manipulating their own dragon species. Through selective breeding of small dragon members, over time a dragon the size of a hound was created: a dragon that could be kept as a pet.

In addition to the numerous species that now exist as descendants of Léaslínte's two dragons, there are also three other species also created by him that he forgot about entirely. These three species are not dragons at all, but many still believe them to be. Thus, they are known as the 'False Dragons', while the other dragons are known as the 'True Dragons'.

Nowadays people began to associate classifications to the dragons that are trained to have a rider, much like one would with horses (though fewer). Unlike with horses, the classifications are based on the size and training of the dragon itself, rather than the particular breed. The classifications are:
  • Destrier - the war dragon. Typically the largest of a species, they are bred for their size, strength and agility. Being highly prized as a battle mount, the destrier type of dragons are very expensive and can only be afforded by the most wealthy.
  • Courser - the racing dragon. Bred for their speed and agility, they are commonly used by messengers. They are slightly less expensive than destriers and some knights prefer riding them into battle because of their speed and agility.
  • Jennet - a light cavalry dragon.
  • Charger - interchangeable term for all war dragons.
  • Palfrey - these dragons are finely bred and typically used for 'pleasure riding'. These dragons are smaller in size to the Destrier type, sleek and well trained for everyday use.


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  • Initial dragon creation by gods © Pip
  • Species © Swords of Speirling (written by Kel)
Dec 17 2017, 02:34 AM
Slow internet?: Phoenix [Text-Only version]

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Phoenix


Two hundred years after the gods had finished (and failed) at cleaning up the mess involving dragons left behind by Leaslinte (god of Horizons), Ghrian (god of the sun), decided that he too wanted to create a fantastical creature – one to rival that of Lealinte's dragons.

He created the Phoenix.

Granting the birds immortal life, carrying the fire of the sun within their orange-red bodies, and possessing the ability to heal any injury sustained to their bodies with the very same flames. He took it further still; if an injury was too great, the phoenix would die, its body dissolving into ash, before the bird would be, quite literally, reborn from the ashes of its former existence.

Ghrian was pleased with his work. But something troubled him. If he released these fiery birds into the world of mortal men and fae... how long before they caused problems, like they had with the dragons. It had taken centuries for the gods to fix that mess, and they were unable to fix it completely anyway. He did not want to face the same consequences as Leaslinte.

The god sat and pondered how to avoid such an eventuality. It was his wife, Gealach (goddess of the moon) that came up with the solution. No two phoenixes could come in close proximity to each other, otherwise they would die a permanent death. Grateful to her genius, Ghrian allowed Gealach to create her own version of the phoenix: the exact opposite of his own fiery version.

Gealach's phoenixes were white in colour, shining brightly like the moon that she ruled over. Tiny sparkles of light even fell from their wings as they flew, and when they died their bodies would dissolve into a shimmering stardust before they too are reborn.

And thus the Sun Phoenix and the Moon Phoenix came into existence.

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Sun Phoenix
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A danger to any forested areas, the Sun Phoenix was created by the sun god Ghrian himself. They are said to carry the suns fire itself and to attack one of these god-created birds will bring the wrath of the sun god upon you.

Color: Their bodies are shaded a rich mixture of red and orange. It is not uncommon to see a sun phoenix with markings that resemble that of burning flames. Yellow can also be found on the very outer feathers of their wings.

Defining trait: Small sparks of fire can be witnessed falling from the feathers of a Sun Phoenix whenever the bird flaps their wings. These sparks can also be used to set any grassy area on fire (either intentionally or by accident).

Diet: Sun Phoenixes are birds of prey. They will hunt for lizards, snakes and rodents hiding within the rocky landscape that they make their home. The larger the phoenix, the large the prey that they can take down.

Temperament: Sun Phoenixes can be quite 'hot headed'. They are highly emotional birds, and can be quite aggressive. Taming a Sun Phoenix will take time and perseverance, as they will not trust you one ounce to begin with. Just getting near one will result in angry screeching, and flapping of fiery wings - a visible thread to 'get back'. However, these birds also admire determination and you will eventually be granted enough trust to get close. From there, the sky is the limit.

Habitat: Found in rocky locations where there is not much plant life. Typically in hot arid places, such as the desert and volcanoes of Sgaithte. Though some can be found in Steppes of Allta of Foirfich.


Moon Phoenix
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Artist Credit: Phoenix © Kagaya
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The sight of a Moon Phoenix is said to be a blessing. They were made by Gealach, with the beauty and mystery of the moon in mind. The goddess is quite protective of her birds, but it is not her wrath you will face for harming them - it is that of her husband, the sun god Ghrian.

Color: A Moon Phoenix is white in colour, with pale silver feathers mixed into their wings. Pale blue markings around their eyes are also common, though not all possess such markings.

Defining trait: Whenever a Moon Phoenix flies or flaps their wings, small twinkling lights of starlight can be seen falling from their wings, and even trailing from their long tail feathers. Some Moon Phoenixes are seen to have an almost ethereal glow to their bodies.

Diet: Moon Phoenixes have a combination diet of vegetarian and insectivore. They prefer to eat seeds and grains, small fruits, and insects such as moths, grasshoppers, and cicadas.

Temperament: Though cautious, a Moon Phoenix is far more readily trusting compared to a Sun Phoenix. They possess a gentler nature, and a sense of curiosity. They are especially gentle towards young children. That being said, the moment that a Moon Phoenix feels threatened or betrayed (even by people that have befriended them), they will fly away and never return.

Habitat: Unlike their sun counterparts, Moon Phoenixes have a preference for colder climates. They can typically be seen around the bases of the snow covered mountain ranges to the north of Eacharnach and Gaothaidh, but it not uncommon to see them in the snowy regions as well. Moon Phoenixes also make their home in Teumnach.


Size:
  • Young - The smallest of the phoenixes, comparable in size to a Macaw parrot (3.3 feet from the head to the tip of the tail feathers). The term 'young' is abit of a misnomer; while it can refer to the youngest of the phoenixes, there are birds that are hundreds of years old that fit into this range.
  • Mature - The midrange of the phoenix birds in terms of size. Averaging around 8 feet in length from head to tip of the tail. Much like the 'young' size classification, the term 'mature' is a misnomer as phoenixes that are only around 10 years old can be classed as 'mature' in terms of size; but most often this range is used to class phoenix birds that are hundreds of years old.
  • Titan - The titans are the oldest and largest of the Phoenixes. In terms of size, they are around 12 feet from the head to the tip of the tail feathers in length. There are only four in the world: two Sun Phoenixes and two Moon Phoenixes.
Reproduction: You will never find two phoenixes nesting together. You will not even find one sitting on a nest with an egg. No, getting in close proximity to one another, regardless of whether the other is a Sun or Moon phoenix means instant death for these birds. The only way for a new phoenix to enter the world is for Ghrian or Gealach to create one.


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Disclaimers:
  • Species © Swords of Speirling (written by Kel)
  • Artworks : All credit remains with their respective artists.
Aug 25 2017, 10:54 PM
Just need a place to store the codes I've come up for my plot page and thread tracker. They are always a matched set.

If anyone would like to use these for their own usage, that is fine... just keep the credit tag in place.
Jul 9 2017, 05:34 AM
Slow internet?: Dragons [Text-Only version]

What's the deal with the dragons?

Our dragons are not like the dragons of Pern or Eragon. They are more like the dragons in the How To Train Your Dragon movies. Think of them like horses or dogs; intelligent enough to make their decisions and they have their own personalities, but they don't talk to their owners. There is no magical bonding ritual, however, it is possible that a dragon and their rider become bonded the way someone is bonded to any other pet or animal familiar.

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Dragon


The word 'dragon' derives from draconem (nominative draco) meaning "huge serpent", and drakon (genitive drakontos) meaning "serpent, giant seafish". And the citizens of Speirling have spent their entire history learning just how accurate that word can be.

In some cases the origin words 'Draco' and 'Drakon' have come to be used as identifiers of a dragons forme, as judged by the definitions of the words themselves. Draco, has been tied to some of the dragons with a quadrupedal body and two wings, while Drakon, has been associated with those that reside in the waters of Speirling's oceans, rivers and lakes.

During the First Age, Léaslínte, God of the Horizons, created a pair of dragons, male and female, and gifted them to the God of the Sun to pull his chariot. Back then, they were intelligent beasts who could talk and they possessed magic. Then, early in the Second Age, Léaslínte fell in love with a sidhe and he wanted to help her and her people in their war, so he took the dragon pair he had created and lent them to the sidhe. The sidhe were greedy and bred the dragons and the hatchlings grew into adults, resulting in more dragons than for which the sidhe could account. At this point, the humans and the lesser fae took their chance and began stealing dragons until they had more than the sidhe.

Meanwhile, in the heavens, the gods, who were already angry with Léaslínte for lending the dragons to the sidhe without permission and once everything got out of hand, they punished him by taking the power away from his dragons: making them dumb, mortal beasts. Léaslínte was able to whisk his lover away to the nearby continent of Cynwyr, but the gods punished him further and turned his body into that of a dragon. His mind remained his own, but his body was forever stuck in that of a beast. After that point he lived on Cynwyr with his lover and their children, the “dragonbourne”, until the continent sunk beneath the sea. Léaslínte is now residing somewhere in Ianor.

In an attempt to clean up the mess left behind by Léaslínte, the gods gave the now water bound dragons a slight shove to venture from land into the waters, by changing their diet until the species could only survive on food found underwater. The gods also took one entire species and shrank them in size until they were no bigger than birds, and thus the Pocket Dragon came into existence.

What the gods did not anticipate was the eventual existence of the aptly named Companion Dragon. While the deities were busy manipulating other species to clean up Léaslínte's mess, the humans were busy manipulating their own dragon species. Through selective breeding of small dragon members, over time a dragon the size of a hound was created: a dragon that could be kept as a pet.

In addition to the numerous species that now exist as descendants of Léaslínte's two dragons, there are also three other species also created by him that he forgot about entirely. These three species are not dragons at all, but many still believe them to be. Thus, they are known as the 'False Dragons', while the other dragons are known as the 'True Dragons'.

Nowadays people began to associate classifications to the dragons that are trained to have a rider, much like one would with horses (though fewer). Unlike with horses, the classifications are based on the size and training of the dragon itself, rather than the particular breed. The classifications are:
  • Destrier - the war dragon. Typically the largest of a species, they are bred for their size, strength and agility. Being highly prized as a battle mount, the destrier type of dragons are very expensive and can only be afforded by the most wealthy.
  • Courser - the racing dragon. Bred for their speed and agility, they are commonly used by messengers. They are slightly less expensive than destriers and some knights prefer riding them into battle because of their speed and agility.
  • Jennet - a light cavalry dragon.
  • Charger - interchangeable term for all war dragons.
  • Palfrey - these dragons are finely bred and typically used for 'pleasure riding'. These dragons are smaller in size to the Destrier type, sleek and well trained for everyday use.
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For Dragon rider information: Dragonriders, Official Lore Guide

[dohtml]<hr>[/dohtml]Disclaimers:
  • Initial dragon creation by gods: Pip
  • Species © Swords of Speirling (written by Kel)
  • Artworks : All credit remains with their respective artists.
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