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Watch-wher Anatomy Sheet by rag-chimera Watch-wher Anatomy Sheet by rag-chimera
Here it is! ^^

Before somebody asks: Yes, Watch-whers (and the Pern dragons) have green blood, ergo green/grey flesh.

Art(c) me
Watch-whers (c) Anne McCaffrey
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Erilmadith-Everyoung Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Watch-wher, watch-wher,
In your lair,
Watch well, watch-where!
Who goes there?

Love the detail.
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Zebra-X-Dimar Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Watch-whers are cool! You have a really good representation of them, I think- not as pretty as dragons, but still wicked awesome-looking in an alien sort of way.
-Dimar
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Charanty Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Hmm...I would say that although they are called ugly in the books, probably they may not be such in reality. I think it comes from dragon = beautiful, non-dragon but dragon-looking = ugly.
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Cattwo28 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Writer
From all the watch-wher designs I've seen this is possibly the closet to my picture of them and by far the best. It brings in the ears mentioned in the first book, and gives an elegant, yet feral and harsh look to the whers we don't see in dragons. I absolutely adore this. <3

It also gives the whers a big enough wing span to actually pull of their flying stunts of the night lawl.

Would you mind if I posted this on a Pern rp site I'm creating for reference to the watch-whers later on in the game?
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rag-chimera Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
I'm fine if you'd like to use it, as long as you give credit back to me.
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Cattwo28 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Student Writer
Welcome. ^^ And awesome, thank you very much. o3o
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0ArmoredSoul0 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Best watch-wher!! :D
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tibetador Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Yay for wher-love, but Todd still can't write for beans IMO ;)
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MadameDommage Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aren't watchwhers supposed to be quite ugly? And I think they have larger eyes as they're nocturnal animals...
Yours are too cute! ;-) I like them a lot, but to get more details right you might want to check out the newer Pern novels by Anne and her son Todd, they're full of watchwhers...
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BuenoExcelente Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
I always imagined them being closer to the ground. Stubbier legs than dragons and fire lizards. Also, their wings are clipped, I imagine just behind the "hand" bones on that appendage. Another thing...they are nocturnal creatures, as opposed to their other distant relatives. They are smelly and quite disgusting creatures according to the books.

I have often wondered how the watch-wher's reproduce or get replaced once one passes away...as in the Ruathan watch-wher in Dragonflight.
Are the whers dragons that are not impressed? Dragons that are stunted at hatching? Or are they distinct creatures that each hold makes sure to breed at times to keep the line going?


Great artwork by the way! Wish I had a glimmer of that talent!
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ShadowToxin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Watch whers reproduce through runs, which are much like a dragon's flight accept it is run on the ground.
Whers are their own species and are not dragons that have not impressed. Dragon hatchlings that don't impress commit suicide by betweening.
Generally whers are used as night time guards, and are far more aggressive and instinctive than dragons.

What I've come to see, as I'm a wher lover myself, is that whers are 'disgusting' due to most of the pernese people having a dragon-superiority, and that the whers are smelly because they usually aren't taken care of properly. Poor dears!

Hope that helps ^^ And sorry for butting into a comment XD; I just love the things!
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BuenoExcelente Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
That is great! Thanks for that info!
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OneSmartChicken Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Sorry, I sort of...happened to see your post and thought I'd be my wher-loving self and add a little to what ShadowToxin said.
Anne McCaffrey changed her views of watch-whers at some point. When she originally wrote about them, it was with notable dislike for them. However, she wrote a short story about a wherhandler at one point, and from the wherhandler's point of view they were as useful as dragons in their own way, if less clever and not quite as pretty. Not only did they serve as guards, they were used in mineshafts to sniff out deadly gasses and even potential landslides and cave-ins. They are capable of re-Impressing and even switching handlers without their first handler dying. They are not stupid or even exceptionally aggressive except when guarding, and are even portrayed as being fairly smart and very affectionate in the short story and even a rewrite of the original Lessa encounter Anne wrote relatively recently.

It should be noted of course that fans have chosen to make them more intelligent for the purpose of roleplaying, storytelling and general adoration of the species. =)
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BuenoExcelente Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
Excellent thank you.
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Azhdarchid Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Aren't "Runs" a fanon invention? They have mating flights in the Toddbooks, and I thought that was the only mention ever given to their reproduction in an "official" source.
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OneSmartChicken Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Sorry, replying to an old comment but whatever--whers are widely accepted as being incapable of flight. Frankly I have read only one of Todd McCaffrey's books so maybe he's changed things, but as far as I know the only way that makes sense for them to mate would be "runs".
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elfdemon23 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Watch Whers can fly in the Book DragonsBlood, they help fight thread, because of things that I won't tell you because of spoilers. The book goes into the whole genetics used to make the dragons and whers, very insightful.
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OneSmartChicken Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Really? Aha. Well, I'm afraid I never read DragonsBlood, clearly. Thank you for the information though.
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elfdemon23 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome.
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AutumnLegacy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
this is really helpfull thanks :)
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Tigers-Shadow Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Student General Artist
certainly better looking than most make them.
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rag-chimera Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Student Digital Artist
thank you!
Well, they are described as ugly creatures, but I refuse to draw them ugly. xD
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Tigers-Shadow Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Student General Artist
hehe I know the feeling
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Gambitgirl1974 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
i am currently reading Dragonheart and was wonderign WTH watch-whers looked like...this is a nice design!
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animal-lover-koto Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Love love love Anne McCaffrey.

Wonderful Watch-wher
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rag-chimera Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist
thanks! :D
I like the books too, but I have not read all of them yet.
Right now it's "Dragonsdawn". ^^
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animal-lover-koto Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, I've read a very small portion of them as well. I'm reading "Dragonseye" at the moment. I started with Dragonflight and fell in love.
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sylvanite Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm always terribly torn between having the muscle structure of the "wing shoulder" in front of the front leg's "meat" or behind. Your approach kind of puts them on one hunk. I'll have to give your idea a try sometime.
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Flameses Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Very nice, I love the way you draw the watch-wher. Awesome! :D ^^
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rag-chimera Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Student Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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Flameses Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
np!
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LadyDarkKitten Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
I like the way you interpreted the Watch-wher, do you have a Dragon lovers guide to Pern? Also the reason indigenous Pern Dragons/Watch-wher/Firelizards have ichor as appose to blood is because they arent carbon based they are silicone based.
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BuenoExcelente Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
See. I have heard/read boron based.
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Silicon would make sense too as it would probably lead to lighter dragons (for flight).
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rag-chimera Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
thanks ^^

No, I don't have a Dragon lovers guide, but almost all books of the Pern series.
I thought their blood is copper based though, that's why its green, but ichor? xD
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LadyDarkKitten Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
The base metal that is in their blood is copper (unlike carbon life which has iron)instead of plasma the blood cells of a Pern dragon are suspended in a silicon compound, rather than plasma. The prime reason for this difference is that the life forms indiginous to Pern are silicon based. ^_^ That's what the DLG says anyway and I've read most of the books, I havent read them in a long time but its still bumping around in there (knocks on own head) lol
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rag-chimera Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Student Digital Artist
ah, now I get it, thanks for explaining! ^^
I haven't read all books yet... their waiting in my book shelf to be read :3
I'll soon finish "the white dragon" though.
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LadyDarkKitten Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
I love that book, I named my first dog after Ruth and you're welcome, I don't mind sharing my useless knowledge with other fans. =^_^=
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Gaaraisking Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"Useless Knowledge" is one heck of an oxymoron in my opinion! Anybody who knows a bunch about Pern has very useful knowledge!

I say that because I'm trying to isolate the genetic code of the fire-lizard...But still!=)
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LadyDarkKitten Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
If you ever get that fire-lizard genetic code isolated let me know I'd be willing to pitch in for developmental research that would lead to me having a fire-lizard.
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Gaaraisking Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah,sure! Hopefully I'll be able to isolate the formula for mentasynth too, so that Impression is possible! I'll let you know.

I've been trying to make the code for a boron-silicate struture, but I might have to revert to our carbon-based structure since the lizards wouldn't be able to isolate boron from meat. Think I could try something like bats for wings and bones and some kind of lizard for almost all the rest? Skin and eyes are a bit more complicated, but I'll figure it out!
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rag-chimera Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Student Digital Artist
useless knowledge? That doesn' exist, in my opinion ;P
knowledge can be dangerous, for example, but useless?
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LadyDarkKitten Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Well I guess your right, this isn't the only context I use this information in, I do use biology factors in my writing and my art so I guess its not useless. Just seems that way at times.
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Fyirri Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009   Digital Artist
very nicely done oO; do you plan on doing one of the pern dragon and firelizards too?
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rag-chimera Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! =)

Yes, I'm still working on the sheet for the dragons... I've drawn the outlines so far, but forgot about the picture because of other things... but it's on my to-do-list :D

Don't know yet if I'll make one for flitters as well
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Fyirri Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009   Digital Artist
oh I do hope so ^^ -slapped- hehe I guess You have a new fan in me =3
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FlyQueen Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:D wow...die flügel und Kö;pfe sehen toll aus!
Und irgendwie so eine weiche colo...genial!
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rag-chimera Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Das nennt man 0815 Schmuddelcolo! :P
Danke für's Kommentärchen! :D
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FlyQueen Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
*dich hau*
Du ei XDDD
Schmuddelcolo ist was gaaaanz was anderes *G*
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Thalo-Ryder Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just wonderful; I do love The dragons of Pern.
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rag-chimera Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Student Digital Artist
thank you! =)
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