Dragon Rider's Flight Suit

The flight suit of a Dragon Rider on Lore is a combination of a pilot's flight suit and a cowboy's riding gear. This is, perhaps, logical given that a Dragon Rider rides a Dragon much like a horse, but with all the added dangers of flight.   The flight suit consists of:
 

History and Major Changes

The flight suits began as nearly identicle to piloting flight suits for planet-bound vehicles. However, there were several problems with the design that immediately arose.   Firstly, piloting flight suits are designed for chair-sitting pilots, though the chair or helm designs might vary widely. Dragon riders are, however, riders first. The lack of support and protection for the skin of the inner thighs and groin proved to be incapacitating on any journey of more than a few days.   Worse, the sand-filled air of the Badlands also contained extremophile fungus spores that caused infections. Sufferers of Saddle Spores were equally likely to die, become permenantly disabled, or fully recover.   Because of this, chaps and undershorts were added to the flight suit.   Secondly, the heat of the Badlands is significant, so a lighter shirt was switched out to allow for some breathability when the flight jacket is opened while on the ground. This counters much of the weight of the dragon rider. Since the atmosphere does not trap heat quite as efficiently as Earth, the excessive heat is not as much a factor during flight.   Dragon Leather itself was one of the earliest adjustments. The creation of Giant Pangolins and the discovery of Pepper Cactus peppers combined to create a durable leather without any added chafing.   The additional discovery of Iron Reeds allowed for the nearly indestructable but soft fabric for the undershirt. This allowed dragon riders to require less clothing space in their pockets while traveling.   Finally, the elimination of the parachute lead to the modern version of the flight suit. The thinner atmosphere, primarily composed of a less-dense mixture of gases, requires a larger parachute for the person using it. For a dragon rider, the amount of space taken up by the huge parachutes was too big a trade-off for the limited need they have for the 'chute.   The chances of a rider falling off a dragon in-flight is extremely low. Additionally, a well-trained dragon will likely attempt to catch their rider unless the rider has adversely affected the dragon-rider relationship. Such a rider often lose their dragon before any accidental fall - the dragon simply leaves the rider. Rarely, a dragon might remain loose long enough to become feral.

Mechanics & Inner Workings

A part of a dragon rider's training is learning how to live out of their flight suit. They always have their pockets full of their few personal and hygene items.

Significance

Only a trained dragon rider who has earned a dragon wears the flight suit.
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A Dragon Rider from the First Colonial Exodus
Item type
Clothing / Accessory
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Current Holder
Owning Organization
Raw materials & Components
The majority of the material is Dragon Leather. The rest is heat resistant metal grommets, buckles, etc.

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7 May, 2021 22:34

This is excellent sci-fi worldbuilding! You have a very practical approach to alien world problems and requirements of human needs and needs of a profession. Excellent work!

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7 May, 2021 22:49

Great article :D I really like how you explain the reason why each specific piece of the costume is worn.   " Secondly, the heat of the Badlands is significant, so a lighter shirt was switched out to allow for some breathability when the flight jacket is opened while on the ground. This counters much of the weight of the dragon rider. Since the atmosphere does not trap heat quite as efficiently as Earth, the excessive heat is not as much a factor during flight." I understand what each sentence means, but I'm not really sure about the logical link between each sentence here. What is the link between having a lighter shirt for breathability and the weight of the dragon rider? And for the light sentence, do you mean that when the flight jacket is closed, no heat can escape? I would imagine that during flight the problem is not excessive heat at all but rathe the cold at higher altitudes. Is it not the same on this planet?   " Dragon Leather itself was one of the earliest adjustments. The creation of Giant Pangolins and the discovery of Pepper Cactus peppers combined to create a durable leather without any added chafing." I see in the tooltip in the sidebar that dragon leather is made from pangolins. I think you can also state that more explicitly directly here in this sentence.   " The additional discovery of Iron Reeds allowed for the nearly indestructable but soft fabric for the undershirt. This allowed dragon riders to require less clothing space in their pockets while traveling." Why do the fabric of the undershirts mean that they need less space in their pockets? Oh – do you mean that it's the pocket of their saddle or something like that and that they would keep changes of clothes there for when the fabric of shirts would get destroyed?   Sorry to pick apart every sentence, I really like the article and how you have new specific fabrics made just for the outfits and how you explain how they are made, it's really interesting and I like how you've thought about all the implications of what dragon riders would need :D Are you going to enter the article into the challenge? I haven't seen it in the list yet.

Feel free to check my costume challenge article :D