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Thundersnow Dragons were released on May 21, 2022, alongside Hooded Murkling Dragons, Furor Pygmies, Astralophyne Dragons, Fanalea Dragons, Pyrrhichios Dragons and Scourgekeeper Dragons as part of Dragon Cave's 16th birthday celebration.

Thundersnows have the Breed Specific Action Adventure. Through this action, the user may select up to six adult dragons from the same release to be sent on an adventure, attempting to ally a Scourgekeeper Dragon. If successful, an adult Scourgekeeper Dragon will be added to the user's scroll and the participating adventurers will "retire", making the BSA unavailable for those dragons. A failed adventure imposes a 14 day cooldown on the participating adventurers, after which they can attempt another adventure.

Official descriptions[]

Egg[]

Cold lightning arcs out from this egg’s shell if you try to touch it.

Hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. Its wild bursts of magic leave ice crystalizing all over the place.

Mature hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. Its wild bursts of magic leave ice crystalizing all over the place.

And look! It’s grown a thick mane and can now control the surges of magic! It must be close to maturing.

Adult[]

Thundersnow Dragons are prolific magic users their entire lives, often developing this talent long before they leave the safety of their egg shell. However, these dragons are considered to be quite dangerous until they are much older, as it takes years of practice and experience before they can truly master control over the Ice and Lightning magic naturally produced within their bodies. This dedication to their craft has given way to snobbish and haughty personalities, especially for those who spend decades honing their abilities for the express purpose of defeating any and all opponents that come their way. Despite the fact that they aren’t always the most friendly or welcoming, a little patience and goodwill can go a long way to earning their trust. Those who manage to gain a Thundersnow’s companionship will always benefit from having a powerful ally to defend them, so long as they don’t mind a bit of attitude and cold weather in return.

Sprite artists[]

Sprites[]

Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Thundersnow Dragon Thundersnow egg Thundersnow hatchling Thundersnow mature hatchling Thundersnow adult

Egg sequence[]

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

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Appearance/Basic Anatomy

  • A Thundersnow’s age can be determined by the dragon’s overall size and length. The larger and longer the dragon, the older it is.
  • These dragons are covered in beautiful rounded scales with a glass-like texture. This protects them from accidental magic discharges, but are relatively fragile against physical attacks.
  • Their thick fur helps channel their magic; sparks can usually be seen coursing through their manes at any given time, which causes their fur to appear as though it is always flowing even without wind.
  • Their silvery antlers do not shed after the dragon gains maturity. These may act as lightning rods to pull in electricity from storm clouds.
  • Thundersnows have shorter snouts than most other dragons, which can sometimes be obscured by their whiskers, beards, and eyebrows.
  • This dragon is constantly in motion and tends to move in spirals, loops, twists, and sometimes erratic winding patterns. This helps them channel energy better.
  • Their eyes are always aglow, even at a young age. Only in rest or death will their eyes lose luminosity.

Hatchling Behavior

  • These hatchlings tend to be ornery and fractious when first hatched, though they seem to be more calm in the presence of others.
  • Because their scales have not hardened yet at this age, they may accidentally sting themselves with their uncontrolled magical outbursts. They can avoid this by remaining grounded until they mature.
  • When a Thundersnow hatchling grows in its mane, the random discharges of magic stops. They may still release a few zaps in expression of their mood.
  • Thundersnow hatchlings leave the nest sooner than most; this elective separation from their family is usually mutual, as Thundersnow parents don’t have much patience.
  • If a hatchling dies before emerging from the egg, its innate magic will collapse on itself in a minor explosion that incinerates the remains.

Adult Behavior

  • Thundersnow Dragons are typically solitary, electing to spend most of their time sequestered away from others as they work on mastering their magical abilities.
  • Their ice magic is conducted in electrical charges over their entire body, and is concentrated in a focal point between the dragon’s forepaws for devastating attacks.
  • When traveling, these dragons take cover in dark storm clouds. They can summon these clouds if there are none already nearby.
  • The roar of a Thundersnow is often indistinguishable from natural thunder, and is credited as a main cause of avalanches.
  • Though not dedicated hoard keepers, they do like to collect pretty crystals or magical artifacts for study.
  • They are quite agile. When threatened, they weave through the air in intricate dancelike patterns to evade attacks.

Habitat

  • Thundersnows are only found on tall snowy mountain peaks as close to cloud formations as possible.
  • Their lairs are constructed of large spiky pillars of ice carefully manipulated into a looping cavern with skyward openings. Touching the ice will grant trespassers a nasty shock.
  • Despite being cold-magic users, the interior of their lairs are surprisingly comfortable and cozy.
  • Thunder and hail storms are a common occurrence wherever Thundersnow Dragons live.

Diet

  • These dragons are omnivores. Most of their diet is composed of birds, hardy mountain brush, snowberries, yaks, mountain goats, boar, and root systems of various alpine plants.
  • Thundersnows occasionally regurgitate pellets of fur, feathers, or fibrous material from plants.
  • Female Thundersnows have been known to consume shells of aquatic animals or pure calcite minerals to replenish the calcium stores in their bodies after laying eggs.
  • When hunting, these dragons use impressive precision to shock prey out of the sky or off a mountain side with a single bolt of magic.

Trivia[]

Additional information[]

To help people better imagine the entire rpg party, I made silhouettes and the conceptors of each dragon gave me their sizes to compile into a size chart:
16th Birthday party size chart

And with the giant Scourgekeeper, our big bad evil guy!
16th Birthday BBEG size chart
(disclaimer: sizes might change in future depending on the conceptor or if the general size scope of dc changes.)
SkyWolf25 (Forum Post)


Thundersnow concept art
Thundersnows are always in motion; their electric ice magic is volatile and requires constant channeling in order to keep the dragon from literally explosive outbursts. These dragons are the epitome of self-discipline! Which means they tend to be a little cranky...
Shiny Hazard Sign (Forum Post)
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