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Tundra Dragons

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Published: August 15, 2012
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The Tundra species originated from the Snowsquall Tundra.. Though not the the brightest of creatures, this hardy breed survives by virtue of their toughness and ability to eat almost anything that grows. Their constitution allows them uncontested domain over harsh, barren tracts of land that other dragons are pleased to avoid.

Physical Attributes
The most striking feature of the Tundra dragons is their thick, shaggy coat of fur*. As winter approaches their coats become incredibly dense and spreads to cover the entire dragon. Flight with a full winter coat is difficult and only undertaken in times of need. During the summer season tundra dragons shed their winter coats, leaving their body covered in a much finer coat of fur, the hindquarters and lower wings exposed.

Tundra dragons who join flights in warmer climes never see their winter coats, (Though their summer coat is more than enough to cause heat exhaustion in locations such as the Viridian Labyrinth, Ashfall Waste, and Shifting Expanse. Tundra dragons possess impressive canine teeth used for combat. The majority of their jaw is set with flat, wide molars, perfect for grinding up scrub.

Tundra dragons form deep bonds within their family groups, and are loathe to leave their birth clan. They are not a chatty species, though they enjoy the company of others. Companionable silence is welcome, as is simply listening to other dragons tales.

Tundras have difficulty remembering names, faces, and specific details about dragons that they have not seen in over a season. Despite this, their olfactory memory is excellent. "You smell like a friendship." is a common greeting between tundra dragons who have not seen one another in years, the names and details of their association forgotten. When encountering a dragon who smells like friendship, tundras typically attempt to become friends again. This "friend-again" may present an awkward situation for a dragon of a different species. The tundra treats the relationship as if they were meeting for the first time, introducing themselves and asking questions that have likely been rehashed many times before.

In the same manner, tundra dragons remember individuals who wronged them by smell alone. "You smell like an enemy." can result in feuds between clans that span centuries, the exact reason for their squabbling long-forgotten.

Tundras are natural burrowers. In warmer climes the burrow presents a cool refuge from hot winds and beating sun. These burrows are elaborate underground mazes, with interconnected chambers created for each mated pair or family. The chambers and passages of the burrow are shored-up with branches and trunks stripped clean of their foliage. (a delicious but difficult undertaking!)

Tundra dragons graze daily during spring, summer, and autumn. The flock travels great distances each day to find fresh feeding grounds, taking great care not to overgraze any particular stretch of land. A small number of dragons remain behind to oversee the lair and any hatchlings too young to make the journey. These individuals rotate their duty day-to-day so that all members of the clan have a chance to feed. A few unruly hatchlings in every clan use this "changing of the guard" to their advantage, making all manner of mischief against their unwitting guardians.

Tundra dragons go to great lengths to avoid combat, shrugging off blows and readily agreeing to get out of the way; however, if a member of their clan is in true peril the flock will cluster together presenting a unified front. Breath attacks are the favored weapon of the Tundra. Flocks instinctively coordinate their breath attacks in perfectly timed waves, leaving few gaps of time in which the air is not filled with a wall of their element.

* The summer coat is pictured.
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Love them, they are beautiful, love the fur.
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Rp-Heta-RussiaHobbyist General Artist
(I have always tried wanting to learn how to draw this particular dragon but there are no refferences on how to start. TT ^ TT)
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Awwww that little baby is so cute. Btw are baby tundra dragons called chicks or pups?
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SkylCianHobbyist Digital Artist
you draw with a tablet or digitizeror mouse ?
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StillnessTollsHobbyist Traditional Artist
"You Smell like a Friendship." XD that's perfect!
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Well, I´m still waiting for the next registration window..But I already now that my first Dragon will be an Tundra Dragon x3
I really love her fulffy Coats and this gentle Eyes..They are such beautiful *-*
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BampireHobbyist Digital Artist
my favourite fluffy cutes.
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BlueFluffyDragonHobbyist Writer
I love this breed a lot! This one and the Imperial breed are the only dragons I breed on Flight Rising! They are my two favorite breeds!
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mungorumtumStudent General Artist
Love the Tundra Dragons! I only have Guardian and Fae Dragons at the moment. Really want Tundra and Skydancers! <33
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DragonGirl1314Hobbyist General Artist
There pretty and totally awesome
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huppyleonHobbyist Digital Artist
OMG!!! i love this one @_@

fluffy wings <3
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Aww, they're so fluffy. Awesome dragons. :D
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I want to cuddle all of them! ^.^
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If you chose the Plaugebringer and had a Tundra dragon would the Tundra dragon lack fur?
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Apologies for the delay in a reply, I missed this!

In terms of the game, the only differenciation between the elements in the dragons visually is the eye color. Lorewise if you want to roleplay it, some plague dragons exhibit boils, sparse hair, loose scales, and patches of necrotic skin. MOST are non-symptomatic carriers, so you could have a perfectly fluffy little disease vector if you like!
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WhiteCroeHobbyist Artist
No problem!

Thank you very much, this helps a lot!
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ThisLittleBluebirdHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh hey I remember seeing one of these in your how to draw books! I always loved that little guy, so I'll definitely want to get a few of these beautiful dragons <3
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I want to pet their fur!!!
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ScootaloosbiggestfanStudent Traditional Artist
like the basic look but the muzzle looks weird
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Very cool dragons!!
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whoa, thats good! You are like, my favorite artist! I use your books to learn and ive learned alot! i posted one of them if you wanna see.
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