Turpentine Dragons were released on April 25, 2012, as part of "The Turpentines" release.
Originally, the eggs of this dragon dropped in the alpine biome but this was later changed to the desert biome. The reason behind this was explained by the spriter, Nectaris, who divulged that this dragon was created and taken off the forum's Completed List long before the existence of biomes, resulting in the spriter never officially choosing a biome for this breed. They did post in the release thread however, that they were surprised to see it released in the alpine biome and thought the desert was more fitting. It is speculated that TJ09 saw the spriter's biome preference, and changed it as a result, but the spriter cannot be sure as they were too shy to contact TJ09 about the change.
When bred to Lumina Dragons, the Turpentine's oily coating causes Luminas to shed their scales and temporarily change their sprites.
Official Dragon Descriptions[edit | edit source]
Egg[edit | edit source]
"This egg smells strongly of turpentine."
"Aww... It's a cute baby dragon. It has a strong odor of turpentine, and your hand burns when you touch it."
"Aww... It's a cute baby dragon. It has a strong odor of turpentine, and your hand burns when you touch it.
And look! It's grown its wings! It must be close to maturing."
Adult[edit | edit source]
"Turpentine dragons are named for the oil that covers their scales. This oil resembles turpentine in odor and is mildly toxic; it will not kill but it burns to the touch and will cause illness in anyone who ingests it. Turpentine dragons roam in large packs, often stealing food from larger dragons, though they are able to hunt for themselves if necessary. Many other breeds consider turpentine dragons to be pests, so they primarily breed among themselves."
Sprite Artist[edit | edit source]
- Nectaris (All)
Sprites[edit | edit source]
Sprites No Longer In-Use[edit | edit source]
|Temporary Holiday Sprites|
|Old Dead Egg
|Stage 0||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4||Stage 5||Dead|
Encyclopedia Entry[edit | edit source]
- Small and nimble, they are built a lot like a lean dog, with small, dog-like paws to aid in speed and maneuverability.
- Their bodies are black, while the head and feet are yellow, as well as the body. They have a line of yellow spots that run from their head to their hips.
- Their wings are fairly large, with two main wing fingers as well as an elbow-strut. They are black, with the edge yellow, and large yellow spots.
- Their eyes are blue, with slit pupils. They also have a pair of small horns that are slightly turned upwards.
- They are drawn to their own kind.
- Only turpentines raised without other turpentines will play with other dragon breeds.
- Somewhat puppylike, will chew on anything.
- They can create their own toxin around halfway to adulthood.
- It is hard to earn their trust, particularly if you are not another turpentine, but they are loyal to those they do trust and take breaking that trust seriously.
- They can use magic, but rarely do so. Most do not have the patience to do so, those that do learn it though tend to be highly valued.
- They form large packs, usually between twenty and forty individuals.
- They will form alliances with neighboring packs, often against rival packs.
- They are great hunters, using highly coordinated strategy, using their agility and speed as well as numbers to catch prey that is larger and stronger than them.
- They are not above stealing from others, however. They will avoid stealing from those they have alliances with.
- Live in grasslands, savannahs, or at the edge of deserts.
- A source of water is a must and will be fought over.
- They create shallow dens throughout their territory, visiting each in a cycle.
- Older and larger packs have more elaborate homes.
- They eat meat, hunted or scavenged.
- Will eat fruit occasionally when available.
- Nuts are a favorite if they can have them shelled by others.
Additional Information[edit | edit source]
- Regarding the rumors of planned features with Vampire Dragons:
- I know I had no plans on any relation with the vampire. The eggs in all technicality do not produce the turpentine oil, it is the mother who rubs her own oil onto the egg to protect it from predators. Theoretically, if the mother was not around to object, you could clean off the egg and it would be perfectly safe to handle.
- Regarding Turpentine's toxicity levels:
- It would only hurt them if it reached the skin underneath the scales, or any unprotected area, like the mouth or eyes. Their poison is not that strong, usually it just produces a burning sensation, and maybe a painful blister on those who are more sensitive.