Script Dragons were released on July 17, 2017, alongside Baikala Dragons.
Official Dragon Descriptions[edit | edit source]
Egg[edit | edit source]
"This egg is covered in mysterious patterns."
"Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. It’s almost disappointingly plain."
"Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. It’s almost disappointingly plain.
And look! It has grown wings! It must be close to maturing."
Adult[edit | edit source]
"Script Dragons are named for the markings along their wings and sides that look almost like calligraphy. The patterns correspond to no known language, and are slightly different on every dragon. These dragons only develop the characteristic markings when they reach maturity, and they are fairly capable with magic once the patterns appear."
Sprite Artist(s)[edit | edit source]
- TheCompleteAnimorph (All)
Sprites[edit | edit source]
|Stage 0||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Stage 5||Dead|
Encyclopedia Entry[edit | edit source]
- Lindwyrms with thick arms and serpentine bodies. Their wings each have three fingers, three elbow struts, and three ‘hip’ struts.
- Their skin is covered in fine scales, but is still soft. The scales, which are silver, ice-blue, or red in color, are slightly glossy.
- The purple undersides of their wings do not have scales, but instead have skin with a texture akin to leather.
- Scripts tend to move mostly by slithering as hatchlings, but adults will simply levitate around through magic unless they are flying in open areas.
- Script dragons shed their skin in a single piece, or close to it, like snakes.
- The two ends of their tail on either side of the webbing are flexible, and while they use this as a rudder in serious flight, it also doubles as a hand of sorts.
- Their noses are soft, and their faces are expressive—they have been known to mimic human facial expressions with varying degrees of success when they encounter humans.
- Script dragon meat is tender, with a taste and texture very similar to farm-raised alligator with a subtle bitterness caused by the mana stored in their bodies.
- Script eggs are leathery, and when healthy, their shells are subtly pliable but very tough.
- Hatching is an exhausting affair, and newborn Script dragons will eat their egg shells to regain some of the spent energy.
- As hatchlings, they have a taste for mana, and foods that contain it, but cannot use any magic, consciously or otherwise.
- Script dragons are conscientious parents, and very doting, and begin teaching their young early on.
- Until they get their wings, are quite lazy and tend to find warm, humid places to rest and do not move unless they have to.
- When their wings finish developing and emerge from the loose skin sacs that protect them, hatchlings become more social and quickly develop the personality traits the breed is known for.
- Script eggs and hatchlings will quickly die if not kept in a hot, humid environment.
- Abandoned Script hatchlings are often preyed on by just about any predator fortunate enough to find one.
- Adulthood in Script dragons is sudden: around the same time they become able to breed, they shed their skin, revealing both the red markings that are unique to each dragon and their ability to use magic, .
- Intelligent and skilled with a variety of magic, innately and through experimentation.
- Personalities vary by individual, but most tend to carry themselves with some degree of enigmatic or mysterious air around others.
- Tend to enjoy being deliberately obfuscating, playing practical jokes, or generally being frustrating to deal with.
- Scripts aren’t antisocial, but are fine with living alone.
- Some Script Dragons are actively malevolent, while others are friendly and will help others—after they get a joke or two out of their system.
- Tend to value magical potency, personality, and boldness of markings as attractive qualities when selecting a mate.
- Script Dragons do not have a mating season, and prefer to have multiple mates.
- Like to nest in caverns, favoring those with large crystal formations.
- When they are young, they are vulnerable to cold and dessication, so eggs and hatchlings are kept in the warmest, most humid parts of their home.
- Abandoned eggs only tend to survive in volcanic regions—most places are simply too cold or too dry.
- As adults, these dragons are not exclusive to volcanic regions, and can be found in crystal caverns wherever they exist.
- Young Script Dragons can sometimes be found congregating around volcanic springs.
- Script Dragons are highly possessive of their chosen cavern, but are also not averse to sharing it with other creatures.
- Use magic to protect and personalize their lairs, setting traps and perfecting the interior climate.
- Explorers have reported being lost in labyrinthine Script lairs that almost seem impossibly huge, as if the space had been magically altered.
- Omnivorous and will feed readily on plants or fresh meat, favoring plants that tend to collect mana.
- Hatchlings in particular will try just about anything offered to them, and are rather resistant to toxins in their food.
- Adults may go a week or more between meals with no ill effects, while hatchlings eat whenever food is available.
- Adult Scripts may hoard a large amount of various edible plants while fasting, and then go hunting.
- On catching prey, will drag it back to their food stash and proceed to tear apart the prey and throw it in all of their gathered plants, devouring the resulting mess all at once.
- Unless prey is especially scarce, Scripts will readily share these disgusting messes with other dragons that are willing to try it.
- While Script dragons rarely actively hunt other dragons, if they come across a freshly killed dragon they will generally seek out the parts with the heaviest mana concentration and consume them.
Additional Information[edit | edit source]
- Here are some chat logs I think y'all will be interested to see ouo
TCA: WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WANTS SCRIPT FUN FACTS??
TCA: So the Scripts were the very first concept I made after the release of the Pyralspites!
TCA: They didn't start out as the lindwurms you guys got though.
TCA: In fact, they started life as this Western sketch I was doing for fun, and kinda liked!
TCA: I made a completed sprite set based on that, but redid them fairly recently and ditched the hind legs because we have too many Westerns. The other subtle changes, like the horn color and the neck color being the same as the rest of the belly, are because... I didn't actually look at the old sprite while making the redo! I went from memory!
TCA: Anyways, Script dragons were never a super serious breed I did in-depth concept stuff for. I just wanted to make something neat. But I headcanon them as being powerful mage dragons, loving parents, kind of soft and plushy under their scales and very snuggly, but also the type to be enigmatic or frustrating just for lulz. Like, if you went to ask one for help, they'd send you on a dumb sidequest just because they could.
TCA: And be all ~mysterious~ about it. (They're totally laughing inside the whole time though.)
[other user]: I think I would have preferred hind legs but get totally why you would change them for diversity.
TCA: It also showed off their wing design better.
TCA: They have the wing design they do because I wanted to give the impression of something with six wings, but I also didn't want to give them... six wings
TCA: oh yeah
TCA: I do have one last thing
TCA: Face detail! Scribbled in MS Paint.
TCA: ok so imagine a really soft snake. like a ball python that just shed and is all soft and plushy and smooth
TCA: that's what these feel like
TCA: while I had a reference in mind, I wanted to abstract it from that reference
TCA: such that it kind of references neat fantasy script in general
TCA: instead of just being a "that character" dragon
TCA: the color scheme is the one thing that's still closeish to the original reference I had in mind
TCA: but even then I changed it up
TCA: and made it its own unique thing
TCA: The different neck color was the one design element from the first run of the Script I kinda wish I'd tried to work in, but at the same time, I love how clean and soft their neck turned out uwu
TCA: so I don't really have regrets
Also, they're totally mostly-carnivorous but do eat some amount of plants in addition, and like to accumulate a few different types of food and then combine it all into one big mess and stuff their faces until they can barely move. Any breed that is any sort of picky probably won't touch their stupid "cooking" even though they'll totally try to get them to taste it. And in terms of size, I imagine them to be, as adults, thick around enough that you can only barely have the tips of your fingers touch if you tried to wrap your arms around the bottom of their neck, and about as long as a Greyhound bus, give or take a few feet.
And because of their varied diets, heavy use of magic leading to laziness, and soft bodies, Script dragons, when dead, have incredibly tender and delicious meat, even as adults. They're hard to kill for this meat because of their ability to use destructive magic in self-defense, unless you're, like, a Cassare or something, as well as their intelligence. But they taste like farmed alligator.