a quick chart of vark and his siblings, done primarily to try for diversity in dragon shapes, as well as to figure out their designs.
originally draconan genetics on kenah were going to be a grab bag - you never knew what kind of kid you might end up with. i figured that was a bit too implausible, but i didn’t want to have a nest full of identical dragon subspecies, so i went for a middle ground where relatives, especially siblings, all tend toward the same type.
in the case of vark’s nest, this meant i was going with the following rules:
- generally long and serpentine bodies
- four legs and two wings
- nothing dramatically curvy besides maybe necks
- straight horns going back from the top of the head
- wings with fingers (as opposed to all spines, which can be seen in some dungeons & dragons designs)
- centred around a green colour
these aren’t necessarily their final colours. here’s a bit about each! they’re in order of age from youngest to oldest.
Vark: the main character explored out of these five. the odd egg of the bunch, he doesn’t really agree with the teachings of his parents while his siblings did. he flew the coop as soon as possible to get away from their influence. he loves book knowledge in a world where books must still be copied by hand.
Lefeka: caring at heart, but taught the ways of the Followers by their parents. she’s very clever and not above a little trickery. she spent the most time with vark when they were all younger. has a keen interest in mineralogy.
Shilo: probably the least morally concerned of the bunch, he will do anything to get his way, but has a certain charisma about it. he’s quick-witted and has a way with words. he can tell the name of any herb or flower at a glance.
Zerres: a study in grace and power. she has a commanding voice and stance, but her favourite pastime is swimming with sea mammals. and lulling them into a false sense of security before eating them.
Uryzas: taciturn, even for a dragon. he was often made to look after the others, but they mostly handled themselves, so he’d just sleep or memorize constellations. he can scare the shit out of them when necessary, though, and has the physical strength to back him up.
aha. i made a bunch of that up on the spot. zerres turned out to be my favourite design of the bunch, though vark has my favourite overhead silhouette.