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Glowback Pygmies were released on July 21, 2019 alongside Luminox Dragons.

Like other pygmy dragons, their eggs cannot be bitten by Vampire Dragons, and can only be bred with other pygmy breeds.

Official descriptions[]

Egg[]

This tiny egg gives off a colorful glow.

Hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. Its back is covered in small luminescent hairs.

Mature hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. Its back is covered in small luminescent hairs.

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

Adult[]

Sociable and small, Glowback Pygmies are very caring towards other pygmies’ young. They tend to be nocturnal, lazing in the sun or resting in the treetops during the day, while at night they dance in the dark, their backs glowing brightly due to a bioluminescent chemical they produce in the hair-like growths on their backs. These hairs may shine in many colors; some individuals hold a solid shade across their back, while most gleam with a multitude of different hues. They have a love for shiny objects, often taking them back to their nest and leaving something from their home tree in return.

Sprite artists[]

Sprites[]

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

Egg sequence[]

Stage 0 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Dead
Glowback Pygmy egg Glowback Pygmy crack 1 Glowback Pygmy crack 2 Glowback Pygmy crack 3 Glowback Pygmy crack 4 Glowback Pygmy crack 5 Glowback Pygmy dead

Retired sprites[]

Temporary event sprites
Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
April Fools' Day 2020
Female
Glowback adult female AF 2020
April Fools' Day 2020
Male
Glowback adult male AF 2020
April Fools' Day 2022
Female
Glowback adult female AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Male
Glowback adult male AF 2022

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Appearance/Basic Anatomy

  • Adult Glowback Pygmies are approximately the size of an average house cat.
  • Their body is a dusky blue, growing darker on the wing membranes.
  • Skin-like hairs run along their backs and the tip of their tails. These give off the brilliant and colorful glow the Glowback is named after.
  • The tendrils are originally a pale blue colour; their iridescence is due to a bioluminescent chemical produced from their rich fruit diet.
  • The sunlight absorbed during the daytime enables them to shine all through the night.
  • It is said no two individuals have the same pattern of light across their backs.
  • Glowbacks have long digits on their hands and feet, with sharp claws to help them latch onto the sides of trees and cut through the skin of certain types of fruit.
  • Oftentimes mistaken by humans for pesky fairies or wisps.

Hatchling Behavior

  • Glowback hatchlings are lively and cheerful.
  • They only develop the ability to produce their signature bioluminescent chemical some time after hatching.
  • As the bioluminescence manifests, a hatchling commonly chases its own tail, startled by the sudden radiance.
  • They are social and friendly from a young age, easily accepting orphaned Glowbacks and adopted pygmies of other breeds to their group.
  • They are fed by adults in the colony, but start trying to forage for food once their wings grow in, following the adults out of the nest.
  • When they are excited, they chatter with chirps that do not actually make sense.

Adult Behavior

  • Glowback Pygmies are nocturnal. Elusive and quick for the most part, they are at their most playful at dusk.
  • Love objects that shine and shimmer, regularly stealing them and leaving something behind in return, such as a token from their home tree.
  • All the dragons in a colony work together in order to thrive and survive. Adults will take turns watching over the hatchlings and eggs, older Glowbacks even take in orphaned eggs.
  • Mating rituals are playful and nonviolent. To attract mates, males will perform dances in the sky, creating patterns of light to attract attention and outdo their rivals.
  • Once a female has chosen a mate for life, the two partners perform one final dance together in the night sky before returning to the male’s nest, which will become their new home.
  • Although they might tease other dragons at times, Glowback Pygmies will do almost anything to draw perceived threats away from their home.
  • Will let out loud screeches to warn the colony if they fail. The nesting dragons will quickly begin moving the eggs and hatchlings to a safer location until they can find a new home.
  • Glowbacks hibernate during winter months, piling up around the eggs and hatchlings to keep them warm.

Habitat

  • Glowback Pygmies are a social breed, often living in colonies of up to thirty.
  • They make their homes in treetops, as well as any other high places suitable for settling.
  • It is believed that a tree inhabited by Glowbacks will live for a very long time, thanks to the symbiotic relationship they establish.
  • The nests of Glowback Pygmies are richly decorated with found or stolen treasures.

Diet

  • Glowbacks mostly forage for food; their diet consists mainly of fruit and greenery, such as the leaves of their home tree.
  • They will occasionally eat insects for protein—this behavior is mostly seen in females around their mating season and in growing hatchlings.
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