Anatomy

Basic dragon anatomy is something that you should know as a weyrling. They have four limbs and two wings, plus the capabilities to breath fire (except golds, but we'll get to that later). The wings are translucent membranes that are stretched over the bones of the wing, much like that of a bat. Despite the fragile look, your lifemate's wings are very durable and can withstand the rigors of flying and fighting Thread.

From the time your lifemate's wings have dried, he or she has the ability to fly. However, the weyrlingmasters don't allow you and your lifemate to fly until your dragon is fully mature in order to prevent any straining on the wing.

On the back of your dragon's neck is a line of ridges that start from just behind the headknobs and continue all the way down to the shoulder muscles of the wings. This is where you will anchor your straps when it comes time to ride your lifemate.

The multifaceted eyes are protected by prominent eyeridges and three sets of eyelids. The eyes are what express your lifemate's mood, ranging from red, which signals anger or extreme pain; orange signals worry or pain; yellow signals panic or alarm; green expresses content or happiness; blue shows sleepiness or relaxation; purple or violet signals love or lust, and hunger would show up as tinges of orange or red. Depending on how alert your lifemate is, all three eyelids can be open or just one. It all depends on how sleepy your dragon is. However, when your lifemate hunts or swims underwater, the transparent eyelid covers and protects the eye from anything that might be in the water.

Your lifemate has neither eyelashes nor ears. The eyelids protect the eye much like our lashes protect our own eyes. Most of your lifemate's communication is telepathic, which lessens how much they depend on their ears. The headknobs act as their auditory receptors for the sounds they can hear.

Dragons are warm blooded and bleed a substance called ichor. Ichor is dark green in appearance and based on the element copper, which gives it the green color. Beneath the soft hide, their skeletal system is made up of flexible plates rather than bones, like us, which helps prevent breaking.

Your lifemate's capacity to intake air is huge. They can inhale enough to increase their ribcage's to twice their normal size. This is definitely an aid when it comes to fighting thread.

Your dragon's skin is soft and hairless. They do not have scales. What determines the color of your dragon's skin is the amount of base elements located in the makeup of the hide. These elements are: nickel, cobalt, and iron.

Color Range
Gold Pale yellow to dark, antique gold
Bronze Golden-green sheen, but some can be nearly as dark as a brown
Brown Tan through dark chocolate
Blue Shimmery and show nearly all variable shades and tints of blue
Green Shimmery and show nearly all variable shades and tints of green

Now obviously some license has been taken with these colors to come up with the dragon colors that are played here on HT. This is just a general guideline, giving you an idea of what kinds of colors to expect.

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