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Tundra Dragons by neondragon Tundra Dragons by neondragon
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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mech126 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2018
Love them, they are beautiful, love the fur.
EsmeMarion Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018
Rp-Heta-Russia Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist 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)
Flipperturtle80 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017
Awwww that little baby is so cute. Btw are baby tundra dragons called chicks or pups?
SkylCian Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you draw with a tablet or digitizeror mouse ?
StillnessTolls Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"You Smell like a Friendship." XD that's perfect!
Forest-Witch-Crimson Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
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 *-*
Bampire Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my favourite fluffy cutes.
BlueFluffyDragon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist 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!
mungorumtum Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Love the Tundra Dragons! I only have Guardian and Fae Dragons at the moment. Really want Tundra and Skydancers! <33
DragonGirl1314 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There pretty and totally awesome
huppyleon Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG!!! i love this one @_@

fluffy wings <3
KatiraMoon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, they're so fluffy. Awesome dragons. :D
AldebaranJewel Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013   Digital Artist
I want to cuddle all of them! ^.^
MADHATTERforlife Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Phalpalus-the-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WhiteCroe Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
If you chose the Plaugebringer and had a Tundra dragon would the Tundra dragon lack fur?
neondragon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
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!
WhiteCroe Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
No problem!

Thank you very much, this helps a lot!
ThisLittleBluebird Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist 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
jakrocker17 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I want to pet their fur!!!
Scootaloosbiggestfan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
like the basic look but the muzzle looks weird
B81996 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Very cool dragons!!
DrakenBlade Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
neondragon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Sure, I'll take a look!
SpiritOfSakura Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
They're so cute and cuddly-looking!
They make me think of Banthas from Star Wars...or Appa from Avatar (the animated series, not the movie with the blue people).
FluffySharkk Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I LOVE fluffy things, so I'm definitely going to have one of these in my clan! I love their horns and round face, they make the dragon look very gentle and kind. The hatchling is so cute with its tiny wings :3

Wonderful work :)
UmaNekoRyuu Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Aaw, it's the furry dragon from the third book!
JarODragon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh my something between a sheep dog, a yeti and a shire horse. X3
I love your designs of dragons. They are awesome. Have I mentioned that they are awesome?
Anyway, beautiful sharp skill. I have tried on numerous occasions to be clean-cut, especially in cell shading. But my cells always turn out edgy and messy, so I return to my grungy smooth shading. XD (Any advice or hints you could give, program-wise?) Also, your anatomy is always so solid, chunky but yet smooth. It's something that I've always admired about your work. And colours; very nice and balanced selection. These male/female/baby sheets are very cute and informative without requiring words.

Can't wait to see this within the game. Great work! :D
neondragon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I'm using Adobe Photoshop and working at 300dpi if that helps any!
JarODragon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Heheh, not quite. XP I was more wondering about what tools you use (lasso then gradient, for example?) within the program. I should have worded that more clearly, sorry. XD
roguecyborg Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is the most adorable baby dragon i have ever seen... ever!
MonicaOrange Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is really cool because I feel like its a completely new twist on dragons. Very nice.
Nightmare060 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
I've been needing a few ideas for a short story on maintain dragons I'm gonna write. Thanks for this! These are just perfect. Consider yourself followed :).
FierceFantasy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are my inspiration!!! And this one is just to darn cute!
Quiet-Eternity Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You could design Drabbits; the little puppets you see at Ren faires. These are awesome and would look so awesome sitting on someone's shoulder, wagging their butts and nodding their heads!
DarknessFalls-1519 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Sooooo cute!
akitawolfmon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow fave dragon
GoldenEyedDragon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
So fluffy!! XD Love the design!
Bonesy-the-Ish Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome design, but may I suggest there be a summer version as well? I live in the tundra and I can tell you, it is all red, brownish, and bits of spring green. The dragons have the right adaptations, as it is windy and cold, but you would be able to spot them in no time flat.
neondragon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Noted! Yeah, these guys are in a winter coat.

All of the flight rising dragon species come in a variety of colors. For this particular image I posted some of the ones in whites, silvers, and greys, but autumn or even pink tundra dragons are possible! One of the goals of the Flight Rising game is to breed the different species and produce interesting color combinations. :-)
Bonesy-the-Ish Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
That sounds pretty awesome. Do you have a story behind these?
neondragon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
There's a story behind the world in general as well as some detailed information about each species, but this species does not have a particular story/novel/comic. :-) They're a part of the Flight Rising world.
abbeysonic Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Another successful masterpiece.You rock! :#1:
DMBlueDragon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cale-DV Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
They're adorable:3
Huskylover4200 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
neondragon rules!
SonaLover Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg they are soooo fluffy ^^
love it :heart:
DMBlueDragon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Drangelu Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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