Congratulations on impressing a dragon here at Ista Weyr! We hope that he is everything that you could want in a lifemate, though this inspiration is just a guideline for how to play your dragon. You are not required to follow all or any of it. Jhakkarath is /yours/. Members of SearchCo have put many hours into the creation of your dragon, and we are excited to see how you develop the personality in your own, unique way. –-Sapha, Lzi and Asli

Dragon: Jhakkarath
Color: Brown
Name: Sapha
Egg: Tane Mahuta Egg
Egg Desc: Sapha
Dragonet: Heart of the Desert Brown
Dragonet Desc: Sapha
Messages: Lzi & Sapha (tweak)
Inspiration: Sapha, Lzi and Asli

Clutching Message:

Ryazusith doesn't stop this time, not even for a slight respite as she powers forward, thrusting talons deep into ebony grains and digging with dedication unusually witnessed in the young gold. She huffs slightly, body racked with contractions, yet continues to dig, apparently, until the site is worthy for one of her offspring. She shifts, accommodating the arriving egg, gently settling it in the just-created hollow.

Tane Mahuta Egg:

Rough nutty brown shoots from loamy bottom to pierce an apex of leafy green, broken only by a gentle filtering of gauzy afternoon gold. Around the shell patches of bright color weave an avian counterpoint to the earthy melody of the forest colors. With only a slash of bright yellow to betray it's presence in the shadows, the barely discernable fuzzy grey shape that is perhaps the most precious of them all.

Hatching Message:

Tane Mahuta Egg begins to disintegrate with every single shake, the slivers in its shell becoming deeper and longer, pulsing vehemently. A fissure appears near the apex, a small snout poking its way out, smelling out the new world. Soon enough, Heart of the Desert Brown Dragonet pushes the rest of its head and whole body out of its warm home, stretching languidly with a low croon. Egg pieces stuck to his body aren't bothered with at the moment, since he has something more important on his mind: FOOD!

Heart of the Desert Brown Dragonet:

Gusting from sulphur tipped eyeridges to rust laden tail, unrelenting ochre dusts his length with a pervasive tenacity. Inescapable, the fierce brilliance of his hide only dims in the midnight iridescence of his redoubtable talons. He is wrought by harsh and unforgiving angles as sharp as his coloration, unusual in scope and surprisingly prominent. From the dune-like expanse of his spine, spiky bleached ridges create a distinctive silhouette against the sunset sails and skeletal spars of his wings. Spitfire eyes nestle darkly with in a craggy face, shadowed in umber as if etched by the wind itself.

Impression Message:

Heart of the Desert Brown Dragonet looks languidly around the sands, appearing uninterested in most of the candidates his big eyes observe. After taking a few distressing glimpses on all sides of him, a compassionate-looking girl is spotted, and in next to no time at all, he's on his way head first towards her with surprising speed. Unfortunately for him, he stumbles and falls multiple times in his journey to the blue eyed girl, so that now both pasted egg shell and sand cover his dirty brown hide. Upon arrival, his croons become more loving than wistful, nuzzling up against the blonde haired woman's legs as his eyes meet those belonging his new best friend, Aylara.

Personal Impression Message:

Large splotches of mud are flung playfully into your mind, accompanied by faint traces of a sandy breeze. Spirals of ruddy browns mix with terracotta scents to paint a beautiful picture of a far off land. « I am your Jhakkarath » floats into your mind, erasing the landscape with small rainbow bubbles that pop with a high-pitched childish laughter. « Want to play? »

Name Inspiration:

Jhakkarath is inspired by the characters of Jane Yolen's Pit dragon series. While not an exact name from the books, I think it captures the feel and wouldn't be out of place on Austar. The double k's were a must and the Jh just adds to the character! Making the name become something that has the sound of Austar, with faint echo's of Australia. We've been saying it Jack-AH-rath, but you can say it however you like. He is all yours!

Egg Inspiration:

Tane Mahuta (said TAHN-ay mah-HOOT-ah) is an important god in the Maori Parthenon. Not only is he the 'Lord of the Forest' (which is what Tane Mahuta means) he separated his parents Rangi nui (Rung-ee Nuu-ee), the sky god and Papa tua nuku (Pah-Pah Too-ah Nuu-coo), the Earth Mother and gave the world sunlight. For this particular egg I choose his children to represent him. Trees and birds were very important for the Maori, as they provided food and transportation; I was also inspired by the legend of the kiwi, represented by the last sentence of the description. Appropriately Tane Mahuta is also the name of New Zealand's largest kauri tree, which is estimated to be between 1200-2500 years old. And yes, I've seen him :D.

Separation Myth: http://teaohou.natlib.govt.nz/teaohou/issue/Mao45TeA/c11.html

How the Kiwi lost his wings: http://www.kiwinewz.com/html/losewing.htm

Largest Kauri: http://www.taitokerau.co.nz/cape_reinga_waitangi_stone_store.htm#Tane%20Mahuta

Description Inspiration:

When I was writing Jhakkarath's description I had a particularly strong mental image. All I could see was the brilliant azure sky that you only find in the desert meeting with the iron-red of the Australian outback. In the distance a rocky formation was visible, as well as some skeletal branches of a long dead tree. The contrast was sharp, and it was dramatically beautiful, just like your Jhakkarath is. You asked for sharp, and for fire in his eyes. We gave him this via the deserts of Austar. While perhaps not as gentle as your firelizard, he is molded with all the splendor of a Jane Yolen landscape.

Mind Voice:

Jhakkarath will sound perpetually young. His voice is infused with the pleasant higher registers of an adolescent male. Even when you both start getting a little saggy, he'll still sound as young as ever. But if 'young-at-heart' is true for anyone, it's true for Jhakk.

His predominate colors are earthy, burnt landscapes of dusty reds and browns, with the occasional muddy interruption. When he is particularly excited he will exude rainbow bubbles through out his conversations with you. Each and every single one has a different emotional connotation for you to explore.

His scent tends towards dry as well; the distinctive scents of sun-baked minerals will permeate your mind as your bond grows stronger. It will be immediately obvious on the rare occasions that he is upset; your eyes will start to tear involuntarily, as if sand has been blown into your eyes.


Your boy is going to be a very biiiiig dragon. He'll be tall and have an impressive wing-span, but unlike most browns he won't be terribly stocky. That's not to say he's all lithe and graceful either. The best way to describe his build is sharp. He's a dragon of angles and crags. He'll appear half-starved, given the fact his hide looks like it's been stretched over a too large frame. However given his rather large appetite you will know it isn't true!

His growth will be rather sharp as well. When he grows you'll notice it! There is no slow gentle molding of his body, but rather a sharp overnight increase in the size and width of your dragon. He'll shoot up suddenly and believe that he can do things that he might not be ready for.

« I am as big as Izlasth? Why can't I just go for a quick swoop around the Bowl? »

This is partly imagination on his part, and you'll have to exert your control to make sure he doesn't over do it. He will be very eager to get out there and flying, and won't understand that sometimes, those older than him really are wiser.

In the beginning Jhakkarath will have a tendency for dry, flaky hide, if only because he just doesn't have the time or patience to sit and be oiled. There are so many other exciting and wonderful things to do than just /sit/! This is not due to sheer laziness, but rather an over exuberance for life. However once he discovers the wonderful properties of mud, he'll be more than happy to wallow for hours, and perhaps if you are really lucky he'll permit you to rinse him off and oil him up afterwards.


Your brown, Alyara, will spoil you in every single way possible. If you are feeling down, he'll bring you a flower. If you are sick, he'll recruit people to bring you soup and klah to your weyr. Jhakkarath is all about making you feel special. He will do everything within his power to make your every wish and whim come true.

This, however, will have its downfalls. If you don't feel like doing early morning sweeps, Jhakkarath will try and talk you into spending a day at the beach instead and convince you that it's alright to skip out on your duties every once in awhile. After all, all work and no play make Aylara a dull girl. You will definitely have to be the strong willed one if either of you want to get anything accomplished. Your brown is a follower, and thusly, you will have to make sure that he doesn't get pressured in to doing things he shouldn't be doing.

In going along with spoiling you, Jhakkarath is definitely a cuddler. Even if you don't need cheering up, he'll be there to make you feel extra special. Think of him as a giant teddy bear. He'll be there through the good times when you are excited beyond belief, and he'll be there through the bad times when you need someone to scream at or a shoulder to cry on. No matter what, he will still love you and reassure you that everything will be all right.

Jhakkarath also has an unlimited imagination, especially when it comes to playful little pranks or tricks. During his weyrling turns, he'll almost constantly find a way to make you fall into something liquid (preferably water, but watch out while you are butchering his meals as well). Even as he matures and grows BIIIIGGER, he'll still have a gentle playful nudge for you. His sense of humor and fun is very well developed.


When the time comes and a female dragon rises to mate, your Jhakkarath will be filled with insecurities and doubts about himself. He won't want to leave you and whatever you two were doing, but his mind will pull him towards the chase. He wants to join in, but doesn't feel like he's worthy of the female. Once again, you will have to convince him to do what he wants, even if that means leaving you, and only then will he take to the skies.

If he is lucky enough and catches, he'll form a special friendship with that dragon, one that is filled with love, compassion, and respect. He'll go out of his way to do nice things for her, maybe bring her flowers, kill a herdbeast for her dining pleasure, or even give up his own sunning spot just for that fortunate female.

But, in the occasion that he doesn't catch, don't expect him to wallow in self-pity for long. Being the lovely, big-hearted dragon that he is, Jhakkarath will assure both you and himself that it just wasn't meant to be. He'll hold no grudges against whichever male caught, and as a matter of fact, he'll praise him to the highest degree. « That Bydelth deserved to catch her. It was a fine flight, and he did a good job. I'm happy for him. » However, every single flight that he loses will only make him more determined to catch the next female that rises.

Sacred Space:

Jhakkarath's sacred space is mud. It doesn't matter what type of mud, so long as it is wet, squishy and goopy. He'll appreciate mud in all its forms, from the very warm volcanic mud (which will bring out the yellower tones of his hide.) to plain old river mud. His hide reacts differently to different types of mud, sometimes the yellow is enhanced, and sometimes it encourages more dustiness. Somewhere along the line he came across the notion that mud can cleanse just as well, if not better than oil and water. And indeed in his instance it seems to soften the harsh baked colors of his hide, giving an extra special softness for you to appreciate. That's not to say he doesn't appreciate water for rinsing, nor oil for adding that shine everyone admires, just you, dear Aylara will have to adjust to getting really really dirty before you get clean. It's a lifelong habit Jhakkarath is not likely to abandon anytime soon.

Harper's Tale's 43rd PC Clutch

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