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Jokey Pony (s6e15) by pradera Jokey Pony (s6e15) :iconpradera:pradera 3 0 The quality of art reflects quality of pun by pradera The quality of art reflects quality of pun :iconpradera:pradera 0 0 The Year of the Pony by pradera The Year of the Pony :iconpradera:pradera 0 0
De Draconibus
The following is an excerpt from an Appendix on Dragon Breeds and Races, Dracology Handbook Year One, Llambed Academy of Mystic Arts.
Metallic (Ladon's Breed)
The Ladon's Breed is one of the oldest and most diverse breeds of dragons in the West. Bred first on Trinacria, they were the dragons of choice for the Roman Legions until the Sun Priests came to power and banished all dragons. Having escaped destruction of the Great Cull in select hidden pockets in the Alp valleys, their breeding was picked up after the Age of Unbridled Fire by the Midgardians and the Helvetii.
Savoy Bronze
Known for their speed and agility, the Bronzes bred in the highland of Savoy come from the eggs secured by the Helvetii and have served a great part in the Duchy's wars of independence. When Savoy was annexed into Breizh, the Bronzes became a desired choice fo
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(elements of this story had been incorporated into the upcoming Volume Three of my "The Year of the Dragon" saga, "The Islands in the Mist")
It was a tiny speck on the horizon at first but, as soon as he had seen it, Otokichi knew he was saved.
   He lost count of months since his ship, a simple cargo boat bound for Edo, had gotten caught in a terrible storm. The winds had pummelled and battered the vessel for days. The mast and rudder snapped away, half the crew had been swept off the deck. By the time the winds had eased, they found themselves in the middle of the vast Eastern Ocean, drifted aimlessly by the relentless currents, moving ever eastwards, away from land, away from hope.
   Days turned into weeks, and these into months. With nothing to eat but raw rice and salt from their hold, one by one the men succumbed to madness and disease, worst of all – the dreaded scurvy.
   He was the one who had thrown all their bodies ov
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Father Saturn
The shattered shells of the eggs, like shards of broken basalt, lay abandoned in the lightless alcoves of the Hatchery. The vast, underground amphitheatre of the Hatchery stretched for half a mile, its oval arena illuminated by a myriad of evertorches hovering under the dome of raw granite. In the middle, glistening, black, coiling wyrms writhed ceaselessly, snarling and biting at each other, agitated by boredom, irritated with each other's presence. Hellish roaring, screeching and hundredfold growling of countless throats reverberated throughout the cavern.
Once in a while one of the beasts stood on its hind legs and spread its leathery wings and neck frill as wide as it could, menacingly. Then another did the same and they loomed upon each other for a time, until one of the two either gave up and dropped back to the ground, or started spewing fire and lightning from its maw. A fight broke out that soon spread throughout the Hatchery floor as other dragons joined into the fray, and it
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The Twitching
I arrived at the hide just after ten. The ferro-concrete, armour-plated interior was refreshingly dark and cool, compared to the scorching June sun outside. There were already about a ten of them in there, all laden with impressive amounts of optical gear of all sorts and sizes.
  With just a tiny glimpse of gloating satisfaction, I removed my camera from its bag, to the gasp of a bald man standing beside me with a pair of old military binoculars.
  "Is that..." he whispered, awestruck.
  "Japanese", I nodded, "The last they ever made"
  "Where did you get that?"
  "My Dad worked in the recovery crew at Kanto plain. They've found a container of them, unscorched. The lens is original, too."
  I let a few other people ogle the camera before mounting it on a tripod and pointing in the general direction of the marsh.
  June mornings like this one were, in general, rather uneventful around here. There were a few mud lizar
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The Shadow of Black Wings - Prologue
Unchanging the river flows, and yet the water is never the same.
In the still pools the foam now gathers, now vanishes, never staying for long.
So in the world are men and their dwellings.

A single gear whirred and clicked into place. A valve opened, letting out a thin plume of grey steam with a quiet hiss. A gold-plated dial moved by a notch. A tiny mallet sprang from its compartment,
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The Birkenhead Drill
It came out of the fog.
            An old ghostly Bataavian man-o-war, glowing crimson, its tattered black sails full even though the sea was silent for miles. Gunports open wide along the broadside, cannons primed and ready to fire. And not a soul of crew on board.
            The look-out was the first to cry the words everyone knew and dreaded in these seas, south of the Cape: 'The Flying Bataavian! Straight ahead!'
            The sailors, always prone to superstition, fell into disarray. The captain and the officers tried to stem the chaos, but it was too late. Panic spread like wildfire. The helmsman, deaf to orders, turned the Birkenhead to the starboard, trying to evade the wraith of a ship coming towards them.
            A terrible sound o
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A Proud Mare by dSana A Proud Mare :icondsana:dSana 1,793 303 The Last Alicorns by ThisCrispyKat The Last Alicorns :iconthiscrispykat:ThisCrispyKat 4,395 237 Summary of Art 2016 by dSana Summary of Art 2016 :icondsana:dSana 46 15 Jade by FlyingViperArt Jade :iconflyingviperart:FlyingViperArt 175 17 The Shattering Wave by IcedWingsArt The Shattering Wave :iconicedwingsart:IcedWingsArt 120 7 Prince Charming by dSana Prince Charming :icondsana:dSana 1,007 224 A Toymaker's Creation Page 14 by dSana A Toymaker's Creation Page 14 :icondsana:dSana 13 5 Five A.M. by dSana Five A.M. :icondsana:dSana 882 162 Forget by dSana Forget :icondsana:dSana 539 37 Stainless Key (OC) by dSana Stainless Key (OC) :icondsana:dSana 35 11 A Toymaker's Creation Page 5 by dSana A Toymaker's Creation Page 5 :icondsana:dSana 23 5 Cocoberry and Tiger Pi (OC Request) by dSana Cocoberry and Tiger Pi (OC Request) :icondsana:dSana 21 5 Strawberry Parfait (OC Request) by dSana Strawberry Parfait (OC Request) :icondsana:dSana 17 0 A Toymaker's Creation Page 4 by dSana A Toymaker's Creation Page 4 :icondsana:dSana 16 3 A Toymaker's Creation Page 3 by dSana A Toymaker's Creation Page 3 :icondsana:dSana 17 9 Today I've Learned... by dSana Today I've Learned... :icondsana:dSana 488 41



James Calbraith
United Kingdom
Current Residence: London
Favourite genre of music: Prog rock
Operating System: Android 4.0
Favourite cartoon character: Pyza
Volume Three, "The Islands in the Mist", with excellent cover by ~daekazu is now on Amazon:…

Volume One, meanwhile, is still holding on to the best seller lists :)


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Lyzaid Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Just finished reading The Shadow of Black Wings today. Really great! Starting now on The Warrior's Soul...
pradera Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you :)
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Somm Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
Nonono, anime-pl się mnoży na DA :]
Kordelia Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Dzieki za devwatch
Ailinon Featured By Owner May 10, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Te 6mld ludzi na swiecie to Matrix i propaganda ;)
irbis Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
riziak Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005
wow, pradi-chan, dziomki za watcha *^^*
hihi, zaszczyt mnie kopnal *_*
*mac, mac* :3
dSana Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
moj boze wies spiewa i tanczy na DA sadzac o tym ostatnim wpisie. biedne dziecko, ktore ma wiecej kasy niz rozumu i 15 latek :/
h0len Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004   Writer
Haha. Your comments hurt me, i feel like dying. Like i should give a shit. I'm happily living with the thought that you're older than me and will die before me, your life is halfways to the end and you haven't accomplished shit at all. "That's life."
So just keep on attacking other people's writings and "art" for no reason whatsoever. You're still fucked. Bitch. :)
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