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Floofy Dragons

The deceivers

I'm telling you, don't let those creatures deceive you! They're not to be messed with. True works of evil I say!
 

Folklore

It is commonly thought that the Floofy Dragons, sometimes simply called Floofs, are deceiving creatures, bringing bad luck and causing accidents wherever they go. Exactly how they are associated with evil differs depending on who you ask, but the most popular theories are that either they're created by demons, or are demons themselves.

Sightings

Whenever a big accident happens, you can always find several eyewitness accounts of Floofy Dragons moving in the area just before or after the incident. They don't seem to take an active part in what happens, but the countless connections have made people certain they cause it. The most famous example was the assassination of King George the Third. A substantial amount of both guards and civilians had spotted a Floofy Dragon walking along the castle wall. When guards tried to chase it away it seemed to disappear into thin air, moments before the news of the King's assassination came out.

Shapeshifting

Due to their many different sizes and ability to move around unnoticed, it's been rumored that the Floofy Dragons have the ability to shapeshift. Even if no reliable eyewitness has claimed to see one change form, it is now an accepted truth.

Feathers

Despite the belief that Floofy Dragons bring bad luck, finding a feather from one is considered to bring you good fortune. Its color decides what kind of luck it brings. A black or grey feather protects against evil forces while a brown feather brings good health. If it has the lighter brown tip it is said to bring material wealth instead. Giving a feather you've found to another person is seen as a huge gesture of goodwill, whether it be to a friend, family member or romantic partner. There have been attempts by less superstitious people to hunt the Floofy Dragons and sell the feathers, but there is no evidence that anyone has succeeded in hitting one.

 

Physical characteristics

The Floofy Dragons are of varying size, with a height from about 25cm up to 45cm. Their brown colors help them blend into most environments.

Bodyshape

All Floofy Dragons are feathered, four-legged creatures with a set of wings and a tail. At the end of the tail you can find a collection of longer feathers, sometimes called a tail poof, which can both be unfolded and used to steer while flying as well as being a great pillow. An adult Floofy Dragon can be anywhere from 25 up to 45cm in height and 90 to 170cm long including the tail.

Bones and muscle structure

Underneath their feather coat, the Floofy Dragons are much thinner than you may think. This allows them to fit through small gaps or holes in a similar way to mice. Their largest muscles are found in the Floofy Dragons wings. Another notable trait is the hollow bones, reducing the overall weight of down making flight easier. To compensate for the resulting more common fractures their blood can harden around the fractured bone to make a sort of makeshift cast. Their healing is also quicker than it is for most animals.

Colouring

The feathers of males and females are fairly similar in markings, the main difference being that the males have a light grey on their backs and a darker brown than the females. Both sexes have a light stripe going from their eyes, across the cheek and ending by the neck. A stripe of the same color runs along their wings, with two black stripes at the end of each wing. The black stripes are usually visible even when the wings are folded up. Their light stomach and paws make the Floofy Dragons harder to spot while flying against a bright sky.

 

Behaviour

The Floofy Dragons are curious creatures, often drawn to busy places. They find humans fascinating, even though they've had to be more careful around them recently. They have close ties with their pack, and usually get along with others from their species.

Intelligence

Floofy Dragons seem to possess an intelligence that lets them both plan and communicate ideas with others of their species. Exactly how far it goes is unclear, but they have outsmarted most other animals they've come in contact with, even some humans.

Communication

The Floofy Dragons use a wide range of chirps and peeps, and even sometimes purrs when talking. These noises are mostly used while flying, however. On the ground, body language is much more important, using the tail, wings, and ears to express moods and intent. A pack can hunt together completely silently and yet fully coordinated by signaling with the body.

Food and hunting

The Floofy Dragons are omnivores, eating both meat and plants. Their favorite food is all kinds of fruit, but they also eat some leaf plants, nuts and roots. When they hunt it's usually for rodents or sometimes small birds. The most common hunting technique is moving through the treetops and gliding down to catch unaware prey. Families of Floofy Dragons can sometimes be found hunting together. Working together, they can set up traps where some herd the pray towards the other waiting to ambush. They have also been observed mimicking the sounds of baby birds or rodents to lure concerned parents closer for the catch.

Nests

Despite their ability to fly, Floofy Dragons dig out burrows underground for their nests. They vary in size depending on the location, the number of Floofy Dragons and even which individual Floofy Dragons live within it. You usually find either one or a pair of Floofy Dragons living in a nest.

Breeding

No one has ever observed the Floofy Dragons mate, which serves to reinforce superstitions about their origins. The young either grow up very fast or, as some claim, gets summoned fully grown.

Sprig
A female Floofy Dragon

Quick guide


Rarity

Uncommon

Lifespan

10-15 years

Habitat

Boreal forest

Size

25 up to 45cm in height
90 to 170cm long including the tail

Notable markings

Light patch from eye to cheek
Light stripe along wings, two black stripes on the ends

Communication

Chirps and peeps, sometimes purrs
Bodylanguage

Breeding

Unknown

Comments from people unaware of the Floofy Dragons' reputation

Very good, would pet
— 27
Oooh, that's a very nice floofer
— Milladamen
it's adorable!!!!
— Ninne
Agreed, tis cute
— Tikal
Yeah, it's cute
— Dark Hobbit
I wanna scratch it behind the ears
— Gextroll
That is the cutest dragon I’ve ever seen
— Bloodclaw
I would boop that snoot
— Revyera
Who could resist those eyes?!
— Merve
oh gosh that dragon is shaped like a friend
— Arty
Just shut up and give me 10 of those Floofers!
— Endrise
Oh my! It's so floofy! I want to scritch it's head!
— BK Bass

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Author's Notes

This article was made during WorldEmber 2018. It is made withing The Molten Idea Pit, a world where few things are linked and concepts are tested out. This means some things mentioned might not exist, nor will exist, outside this article


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21 Dec, 2018 20:17

Its so floof! :D

21 Dec, 2018 20:23

Floof indeed

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24 Dec, 2018 13:25

Oh this is such a cute and adorable little dragon, I want ten of them! The art is adorable, the information given makes it almost mythical and the fact they're bad luck bringers is, interesting. Have people actually ever tried to "hunt" a feather of a Floofy Dragon? Like shoot the beast out the air to get luck?

24 Dec, 2018 13:33

Thank you so much for the comment! Someone less superstitious might have done it to try and sell the feathers, but anyone believing in the rumors would think seeing it is bad luck, and therefore it would be impossible to get a hit on them. No one has ever succeeded at least.

24 Dec, 2018 16:20

Very nice article, although you should watch for spelling and grammar errors, and maybe use the @link feature to link to King George the Third.

24 Dec, 2018 16:28

Edit: Was there any actual connection to the king’s assassination and the dragon?

24 Dec, 2018 19:29

Any particular errors you can point out?
And I don't actually have an article for the King, as this is in my random ideas world. Things are rarely linked and honestly at the moment I have no idea who King George is outside of being murdered :P
As for an actual link, who knows? Haven't actually decided how much is true yet ^^

24 Dec, 2018 21:32

If you want some specifics, I’ve got “some claims”, which should be “some claim”, “The healing should be “their healing”, and “the young grown up very fast” should be “grow up very fast”. I hope this helps

24 Dec, 2018 18:53

I know I should resist, but I feel a dangerous compulsion to pet them endlessly!

24 Dec, 2018 19:31

Surrender to the Floof, let it's softness calm you and fill you with happiness and contempt

24 Dec, 2018 19:54

I love this so much! I keep thinking about the Killer Rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and imagining these people have heard of that movie, and are reacting to this thing like they think it's that. Is that the case, or is it truly more than meets the eye? Have people ever tried hunting these things before? If they're not dangerous, can I have one?

24 Dec, 2018 20:20

Thank you! I haven't decided exactly how much of the rumors are true yet (the wonders of being vague :P ) but some it's true the Floofs aren't normal animals... I briefly mention hunters under the feather category, so I'll quote it here "There have been attempts by less superstitious people to hunt the Floofy Dragons and sell the feathers, but no one has ever succeeded in hitting one."

24 Dec, 2018 22:49

This is a wickedly clever idea and you've executed it well. I'm going to be more critical than usual, because I think that if you address some key points, you'll have a killer concept that could easily be the basis for a whole series of novels.

  You absolutely need to add quotes to this article. There are too many great places where you say that there are no reliable witnesses or that there are "reports". Sharing a few quotes from unreliable sources and some offical-sounding reports would go a long way here.  

Three Questions

You say that they may be either demons or the creations of demons. For what purpose might they have been created? Alternately, if they are demons, of what nature might they be?

If the feathers bring good luck, perhaps selling, trading, or giving them away might bring very bad luck. Is the luck transferable or does it only work for the original finder?

Do Floofy Dragons have any natural predators? It seems as though they should have a natural opponent, just to balance things out.

 

Sideways Observation

The Floofys are too good just to be window dressing for a world. They need to have a major part of it. You are vague about the intelligence, but I hope that you secretly envision them as at least human levels. A possible approach might be that they are not portents of evil events, but rather observers of it.   They could be on the side of good, monitoring evil acts, which would explain why their feathers are lucky. Or they could be on the side of evil, ensuring that events transpire as planned. This would be especially useful for observing deeds by mortals who have "contracted" to undertake specific acts (such as assassinations of kings).   I'm going to throw in a second sideways observation that their feathers provide a mechanism for "shapeshifting". By fluffing or laying flat particular feathers, a Floofy could easily double or halve its size. Perhaps it would be interesting to have Fluffies of different colors, or to give them the ability to change their colors to allow them to blend in.   When I read this article, I couldn't help but imagine someone glancing up on a grim rainy day and asking a companion, "Have there always been seven gargoyles on the north side of the temple? The other sides only have six."

25 Dec, 2018 18:05

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Thank you so much for the kind words!
I had somehow completely forgotten about the possibility to have quotes in the middle of the text, thanks for reminding me :P
I haven't gone that in depth on exactly how evil (or good) they actually are because... I have no idea. Still developing that part of their story, as well as their origins. I could expand the rumors around it a bit, but at the same time don't want to clog the Folklore part too much, might make more specific beliefs their own articles... Either way, I'm gonna address it more ^^
I touched a bit more on the feathers in a child article, but probably should include either a mention of it or a link to the article her too... In it the luck is transferable and it's a big gesture giving it to someone, but it's an interesting idea that it might bring bad luck, gonna have to consider changing that....
The current ideas I have for the Floofs doesn't really lend well to there being any predators for them, but once again something I haven't thought of and will have to consider.
You can be rested assured that my Floofs are not just some mascots, and will have a big role if this world kicks off properly (currently we're in my idea world). As said before their true morality isn't decided, and therefore won't be reveled just yet. They are most likely going to be some kind of observers though...
Once again I've left it open for the possibility depending on where I want to take it next. I am thinking actual shapeshifting isn't something they do however, so any or all of those ideas could be really interesting!
Once again thank you for an awesome comment! You've given me loads to ponder!

27 Dec, 2018 17:54

This is a great concept and adorably executed. Well done Jonil, I see what it has been so well received. I love the myth behind it of it's bad luck, and it reminds me a bit of what made the Udan so popular.   I do wonder how much they interact with people? It sounds like the floofs avoid people at all costs, but with such a reputation it feels like they must have some sort of exchanges with the people who witness them. Does anyone actually manage to study them? Has anyone ever tried to tame one? Are they receptive to offerings or attempts to tame them?

27 Dec, 2018 19:58

Thank you so much <3 Both I and the Floofs are honored to be compared to the great Udans :D
With the increasing superstition, they have taken on much more of an observer role than actively interacting. Of course, they're still very curious about humans, and if a human approached with the intention to interact, I'm sure they would be happy to. With the general beliefs, Floofs just try to leave whenever they are spotted though to not cause trouble.
Since I'm still working on their actual origins and morality, I can't answer exactly how much human interaction there have been or will be. They can definitely be friends with people if given the chance, but I wouldn't say taming one is a possibility much like taming a human isn't. Food is always appreciated obviously :P
These are things that are not yet set in stone though, so we'll have to see where the Floofs end up and I'll be able to answer them more definitely ^^

24 Jan, 2019 11:32

I really like you article. I'm a Dungeon Master and would like to use the floofy Dragon in one of my Sessions. Can I? :D

25 Jan, 2019 06:55

I’m glad to hear you liked it!
And of course! Go ahead! I’d love to hear how it goes ^^