Mother: Bessie (Lake Erie Monster)
Species: Loch Nexian
Place of origin: East Rock Territory
Description: A muted rock-red sea-dragoness with smooth hide, a long tail
and powerful flippers.
Size at hatching: approximately 4 inches from keel to shoulder,
32 inches long.
Size at Reproductive Maturity (2 years): approximately 3 feet
from keel to shoulder, 24 feet long.
Size: They will continue to grow at the rate of one foot of
length per year (1.5 inches at the shoulder).
Proportions: 30% neck, 30% body, 40% tail. Their height from
keel to shoulder is 1/8th their length.
Personality: Sforzando seeks freedom and solitude without being a complete
hermit. She likes spending time on her own but also likes to stay in the
loop. Like the musical element she was named for, Sforzando stays hidden but
jumps out at you at unexpected times.
*Extra large lung capacity
*Musical vocalizations and perfect pitch.
Sometimes, the Nexus picks up beings from one
place and deposits them another. Or moves them from one time to another.
Sometimes it makes dragons and other creatures out of nothing and sets them
free in the world. It is not unheard of for dragons that physically match
certain hatcheries or specific clutches to appear, but be wholly unrelated
to the others that hatched from it.
In this case, the Nexus merely brushed two places together. A gravid cryptid
crossed between and found herself in an unfamiliar lake. Her fright caused
sudden and premature labour, and she laid her clutch in the shallows of a
lake in East Rock Territory and fled back the way she’d come. Earth-born
witnesses said she looked like the Loch Ness monster, and so the eggs became
known as LochNexians.
One of these eggs hatched into Sforzando. She vocalised her name as a soft
thrill that ended with a bang and then died out. She grew up without much
incidents, cared for by local sponsors. After two years, when she'd reached
maturity but was far from full-grown, Sforzando decided that it was time to
look for her own lake to go inhabit.
Something in her genetic make-up made her look for solitude and cold depths.
To sink deep below the surface and observe from a distance. To be free and
elusive. She asked for passage to a world where there were more sea dragons,
hoping to hear from them for likely living places.
She was dropped off at Lantessama where the Nekrats and Atcydia welcomed her
without reserve. She soon knew however that Syl'Neriss wasn't the place for
her. It was too crowded. She wanted some company, but not this many of her
kind to share the waters with.
It was then that one of the nekrats invited her to their secondary home, a
small settlement on a planet that had no draconic species of it's own.
Surely she would be able to find a place for herself there? The Nekrat,
Chunyon, was bonded to one of the settlement's leaders and very
Sforzando agreed to take a look and followed Chunyon when they teleported.
She would not be able to travel on her own, but there were enough nekrats
present to help her go somewhere else if she wanted to. But Gremyne was nice
indeed. The sea was deep and had plenty of fish. The humans were ignorant
and easy to fool. But most of all, she had leagues of space to call her
LochNex dragons are a sexually dimorphic breed. Males have a long eel fin
type crest from forehead to the tips of their tails. Females have no crests.
Other than this they are the same. Their hides are muted greens, blues, and
greys, and they have opalescent eyes like Old World dragons. Their forelimbs
are strong flippers. Their upper forelimbs are short, which causes the keel
of the dragon to be only a few inches above the ground. Their rear limbs are
longer, and also have finny feet.
They cannot speak verbally or telepathically. They can make a wide range of musical
vocalizations and can communicate among their kind with these sounds.
They can understand a large number of languages, and can answer yes/no
questions. More complex discussions can be had with pre-determined codes,
but that is still very time consuming.
A strong telepath can ‘read’ words and concepts from their minds, if the
LochNexian is willing. If they bond a dragon with telepathic speech, the two
will have no difficulty communicating.
They cannot fly but are expert swimmers. They are supremely graceful
in the water but ungainly on land.
They do not have teleportation or breath weapons, but are accomplished
spitters. If they have a mouthful of water they can spit a long distance.
This trait might be useful to their progeny.
These dragons are genetically malleable, moreso than other breeds.
This may be due to the interference of the Nexus while they were eggs. They
will blend easily with any other dragons, aquatic or otherwise.
If the eggs are kept wet (as these were in the shallows of a lake) the
hatchlings will be aqruatic. Eggs kept warm and dry will hatch terrestrial
with somewhat longer legs and long clawed toes rather than fins. Eggs kept
in warm and humid conditions will hatch more amphibious.
As these are the first known LochNexians, they were given into the care of
Sponsors to make sure they got what they needed to thrive. It is generally
thought that they would be ok on their own given that they are sentient and
very smart, but loneliness could be a problem. Once they are grown, they can
go off into the Nexus to find their own places. They do not require bonds,
but probably would like company of some sort.
It is unknown if LochNexians will have any issues with inbreeding.
Names: As LochNexians are not capable of humanoid speech, their
chosen names can be more conceptual and musical – Glissando. Staccato.
Arpeggio. Forte. Telepathic readers can pick up what the dragons call
themselves. Their humanoid and dragon companions can translate these, or may
have given the hatchling a name or nickname that isn’t related to their
chosen names. Some will want to be called by their chosen names. Some will
be fine being called Frank or Nessie or whatever their friends decide to
Bonding: LochNexians do not bond naturally. They can be bonded to by
a hatchling, or can have a bond forged with another through magical means.
Preferred Habitat: Lakes, rivers, oceans, bogs and fens maybe? Just
so long as they’re deep enough to swim in, because the premier LochNexians
Diet: Fish and water plants are preferred, but they are omnivorous
and can eat all plants and animals generally considered edible.
Resistances: Unknown. May or may not be susceptible to poisons and
toxins. Let me know what you find out.
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