Dragon Cave Wiki
Advertisement

Thousand Wish Dragons were released on May 21, 2024 as part of Dragon Cave's 18th Birthday celebration, alongside Archelonian Dragons, Caihong Dragons, Chaliuba Dragons, and Zarafauri Dragons.

Official descriptions[]

Egg[]

A serene calm washes over you as you approach this navy egg.

Hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. The sprouts around it are lively and sparkling with fresh dew.

Mature hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. The sprouts around it are lively and sparkling with fresh dew.

And look! It has gotten bigger! It must be close to maturing.

Adult[]

As winter ends, Thousand Wish Dragons emerge from the deep depths of the oceans to head towards the extensive forests and fields of Valkemare, where new life has begun to sprout. The rain they bring forth is rich with Life mana, growing flora and healing ailments, while their lightning strikes down intruders, reducing them to ash for the soil. This develops verdant environments—with flowing raw mana reserves and flourishing inhabitants—in which they may feed and live in comfort. Their life-giving rain and protective lightning have led to worship in many agricultural villages, where they tie colorful strips of fabric to their oldest trees to send up their respect and wishes to their draconic deity. Though not possessing true divine powers, Thousand Wish Dragons do their best to look after the people who trust them during their stay, until the time to return to the ocean arrives when the harvest ends and the branches grow bare.

Sprite artists[]

Sprites[]

Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Thousand Wish Dragon Thousand Wish egg Thousand Wish hatchling Thousand Wish mature hatchling Thousand Wish adult

Egg sequence[]

Stage 0 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Dead
Thousand Wish egg Thousand Wish crack 1 Thousand Wish crack 2 Thousand Wish crack 3 Thousand Wish crack 4 Thousand Wish crack 5 Thousand Wish dead egg

Encyclopedia entry[]

Show/Hide Entry

Encyclo title bar

There are no notes available for this breed. Check back later; new information will be added periodically.

Additional information[]

Finally, adults!

As many of you guessed, this year's theme is the East Asian Five Passages/Five Elements matched with the four auspicious cardinal beasts and the kirin, each tied to one stage/element. The elements represent the five stages of change that they say all things in the universe go through, beginning with Wood that represents birth/creation and ending with Water that represents death/preparation for a new life, then cycling back to Wood.

I suggested it because I thought it would be fitting for Year of the Dragon from the Chinese Zodiac, another widespread Asian culture, and I'm very happy the other artists went along with it! Many countries have different animals for some of the years, but it's the Dragon this year in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam afaik.

-Thousand Wish Dragon

I dug a bit deeper for their concept, partly because I'd been interested in the Five Elements for a while and had done some research beforehand, and partly because the base animal for Wood/East is literally just dragon. xD

Life affinity was an obvious choice, for Wood and the birth it represents. As the first out of five stages Wood is connected to spring, they return to the surface at spring, the season of new life.

I added Lightning affinity because Wood encompasses lightning/thunder and air according to the 8 Trigram. (For reference, fire belongs to Fire, water belongs to Water, sky and swamp belong to Metal, and mountain and ground belong to Earth, though as incorporating this into the dragon was an optional choice made by me, the other birthday dragons won't necessarily fit into this.) I thought it was fitting, because lightning causes some nitrogen fixation when it strikes, which is good for plant growth, and can cause fires that'll create nutrient-rich ash. It was also a good elemental affinity for rain.

Them living in the ocean during winter stems from Eastern dragons' affinity to water and tales of dragon kings that rule the sea, and also alludes a bit to Water's keywords - winter and end of a cycle, which then flows back to Wood.

The shoulder ornaments were inspired by the shoulder decorations on the blue dragon of the East mural and flag from ancient Korea -
Gangseodaemyo Blue Dragon
Joseon Dynasty Blue Dragon

The shoulder ornaments on the Lihnseyres originated from the same thing too, actually. I love the shoulder stuff on traditional dragon art.

The trees in the description that villagers tie fabric on their branches with their wishes comes from the wish trees in many different cultures, and is the reason for this dragon's name. I imagine the tradition to be a long-standing one, with the same dragon returning to the same village for many, many years. The tree would be equally ancient and colourfully adorned with numerous wishes.

Here's the sketch:
Thousand Wish concept art

The antlers have a gemstone-like core that is covered by a wood bark-like substance. It's been simplified in the sprite since the antlers are only 1 pixel wide, but the gems are revealed at some of the tips where the casing splits apart, and light can be seen seeping out from the cracks near the points of the antlers.

Additionally, Pinus densiflora(a.k.a. Korean red pine / Japanese red pine) was the general vibe aesthetic I had in mind when designing and concepting them.
Korean red pine
I love the mystical feel of the winding and twisting trunk and boughs.

I don't have a definite size for them atm but imagine them to be a little shorter than Lihnseyres in height and less bulky but around the same length, maybe longer - they are loong.

They are benevolent and have been known to advise villagers who come asking for their wisdom. They don't live inside the villages, typically, but they will descend from the sky or their resting place - usually an ancient, giant tree - in the forest.

I don't know if the encyclopedia will be released right away, but I did write it up, so hopefully you guys will be able to read them soon!
SkyWolf25 (Forum Post)
Advertisement