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Amalthean Dragons were released on May 21, 2020, as part of Dragon Cave's 14th birthday celebration. This is a hybrid breed, produced by crossing White Dragons and Undine Dragons.

Official descriptions[]

Egg[]

This pristine egg sits in a clear pool of water.

Hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. It never leaves your side when you’re unwell.

Mature hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. It never leaves your side when you’re unwell.

And look! It has grown wings! It must be close to maturing.

Adult[]

Wary of all strangers, the elusive Amalthean Dragons cloak themselves in mist to avoid detection. The water sources they live near are astonishingly clear and pure, and have been found to contain medicinal properties. These dragons are known for their ability to cure any disease, wound, or poison, as well as the purification of any water they come across. A blessing from an Amalthean Dragon is said to increase longevity, though they are very selective of who they will heal. An Amalthean’s horn grows from the same wood as a White Dragon’s staff and is highly sought after for its ability to channel and store potent life magic.

Sprite artists[]

Sprites[]

Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Female Amalthean egg Amalthean hatchling Amalthean mature hatchling Amalthean adult female
Male Amalthean adult male

Egg sequence[]

Stage 0 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Dead
Amalthean egg Amalthean crack 1 Amalthean crack 2 Amalthean crack 3 Amalthean crack 4 Amalthean crack 5 Amalthean dead egg

Retired sprites[]

Temporary event sprites
Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
April Fools' Day 2022
Female
Amalthean adult female AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Male
Amalthean adult male AF 2022

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Appearance/Basic Anatomy

  • Tall western dragon with willowy limbs and moves with a fluid grace.
  • Their manes are always flowing, as if perpetually caught underwater. Unless the Amalthean is close to dying, this fur never lays flat. The texture is like liquid silk.
  • Their wings contain a natural sweet-smelling dust. This combined with their downy feathers allows for the Amaltheans to fly silently.
  • The golden wing markings reflect light as though made of metal.
  • Adult female Amaltheans tend to have horns that curve. Adult males have straight horns.
  • Despite their vegetarian diet, Amalthean Dragons have sizeable fangs that are assumed to be used in defense or to pierce hard-shelled fruits.

Hatchling Behavior

  • Newborn hatchlings remain in the water where they are born in order to keep safe. They will not venture onto land until they are strong enough to run.
  • Hatchlings stick close to parents once they’re capable of being on land. If a hatchling cannot keep up with adults, it either hides in whatever water source it can find or curls up like a fawn might until its guardian returns.
  • An Amalthean hatchling’s horn does not grow in until they are close to maturity.
  • Hatchlings make a melodic trilling noise until they are capable of utilizing telepathy.
  • Sometimes hatchlings are possessed by a bout of energy and will race in exuberant circles around their nesting area, usually with an invitation for other hatchlings to chase them.
  • Though naturally curious, young Amaltheans startle easily.
  • These hatchlings form incredibly strong bonds with their caretakers that last all throughout their life span.

Adult Behavior

  • Adult Amalthean Dragons are somewhat solitary creatures. They don’t make a habit of staying in large groups unless it is a family unit caring for young ones. Once offspring mature, most parents separate but remain close friends.
  • While they don’t necessarily desire company, they will not object to sharing their territory. Many Amaltheans have territory that overlaps aside from where their nests are located. Those who share territory are usually good friends or relatives.
  • They will claim territory by rubbing their horn against the bark of trees along the perimeter of their chosen land. This also sharpens and maintains their horns, as it is always growing and requires ongoing maintenance to be kept at manageable lengths.
  • Amaltheans only cure or purify those which they believe deserving of the service. They cannot be bribed once they have decided on their judgement; trying so ultimately leads to violence.
  • Amalthean Dragons choose their mates through ritual play. A male will approach and invite a female to frolic. If she accepts, they will play together until she decides to invite him to stay in her nest, where he remains until their offspring are grown.
  • When an Amalthean approaches their terminal age, they grow restless and eventually leave their forests to venture to sea. There, the Amalthean will vanish into the waves and never return.
  • These dragons travel in fog if they feel a strange or unfamiliar presence in their territory. They will only drop their cover if they feel comfortable around visitors.

Habitat

  • As these dragons depend on water sources, they cannot live in arid environments like deserts or tundras. Forests and jungles are the most likely places to find these dragons, since they require tree cover.
  • They do extremely well in tropical environments due to the variation in available fruits and the richness of the flora.
  • These dragons do not create traditional dens. Their nests are called “groves,” since an Amalthean will either claim an existing grove of trees as their nest, or create a new one in a desirable location.
  • These groves are established close to freshwater sources such as creeks, rivers, pools, lakes, and waterfalls. The chosen body of water is astonishingly clean and crystal-clear. When startled, Amaltheans can vanish into this water.
  • Groves of female Amaltheans will always have some sort of water source directly in it. This is where eggs are laid.

Diet

  • Amalthean Dragons have only ever been observed to eat plants and fungi. Most of their diet consists of fruits, tubers, and mushrooms.
  • They appear to favor fruit with hard, difficult shells, like coconuts and mangosteens.
  • Bitter-tasting foods are actively avoided. Some Amaltheans have developed a taste for spicy peppers.
  • Poisonous foods are neutralized in their stomachs, thus they cannot be poisoned by toxic foods.

Trivia[]

  • The Amalthean dragon is a reference to Lady Amalthea from The Last Unicorn. [1]
  • In general, the name means "noble goddess".[1]
  • In Greek mythology, it is the name of the she-goat that nursed the god Zeus when he was an infant.[1]

Additional information[]

''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).
hazeh (Forum Post)
''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.
hazeh (Forum Post)


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