Welcome to Dragons of the Elements, a fantasy roleplay site. First established in December 2007, the site has since been relocated twice. Take flight as a powerful Elemental dragon, one of their Creations; or even their human or elven Rider! If you need anything feel free to contact a member of staff. Besides that, make yourself at home, and enjoy your time here at DotE!
Dates formatted as: Day/Month 11/02:February Activity Check. 07/08: The island's residents don't know of it yet, but they will soon enough! Introducing The Caverns of Infinite Night. 16/05: We farewell Pine, our dedicated staff member of over five years, and wish her luck in her future endeavours. 23/01: Character spotlight added to the sidebar! Up first is Shydra- prophet of the Dragon Mother, Vaseera.
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Sons & Daughters
Criss, son of the Water and Fire Elementals, is an angry and conflicted young dragon with a buried heart of gold. While many dragons are most at home in the sea or the sky, Criss prefers to keep his feet firmly planted on the ground, thank you so very much. But if he could only embrace his Water heritage, he would find that he can breathe underwater just as well as he can breathe air!
When saddled onto Talbot's back it made her have the most amazing feeling in the world. Through the mountains she had seen so many times as she spread her arms through the wind blowing through her long black hair. Talbot moving with his usual speed and powerful wing driving him along the currents like the fabulous prince he would believe himself to be. The girl with a idiotic smile on her face made a small laugh before placing her hands closer towards his neck. Feeling the trembling vibration of his wing muscles as the dragon made a place for himself to land in a field. Ivy then dismounted him and leaned against him with one hand on the left side of his leg.
"Five minutes, new record for your flight speed." Ivy noted patting him before she left a mild sigh from her lips and stretching. Talbot rolled his eyes his tail coming to her side as he looked straight towards her.
"Remember that's with you on my back." he noted as she smiled pushing on his nose. He uncomfortable sniffled smoke rising from his nostrils for a moment as he shook his head.
"I am well aware Talbot, you just over worry as usual." Ivy rolled her finger in the air before sitting where she had stood on some of the flowers. Talbot removed himself from blocking her view where she could see the land fully from here in the mountain. The amazing view gave her shivers down her spine slightly, as she felt the wind blowing lightly. She would never get over this, as a human, how beautiful the land was that these beasts lived in. It was nearly too surreal that this was her home.
"Tivialous, we passed that same mountain five minutes ago."
"I'm quite sure I know my way around my own territory, my dear Tam."
She stuck out her tongue; even though she well knew that, from her position atop his back, she was completely invisible to the dragon of Light. The mountains whizzed by below, the wind tousling Tam's hair and making her gasp for breath whenever she raised her head. Even so, she enjoyed doing it. It somehow heightened that feeling of exhilaration, which was naturally starting to fade now that she was growing used to travelling atop Tivialous' back. Once, the sheer process of soaring through the air had made her cry with joy. Now, it was all becoming so familiar. She missed that initial thrilling buzz, her happiness at encountering something so wholly unfamiliar.
She felt Tivialous turn his head, ever so slightly; but Tam followed his gaze. Far below, on the grassy hillside, a familiar red dragon and the smaller figure of a human girl were clearly visible. Tam couldn't help by smile.
"Again? Your son doesn't travel much, does he Tivialous?"
"Talbot Arkem has his reasons, and naturally I find his decision agreeable."
Tivialous' body twisted and his wing-beats slowed as he began to descend. Tamara pressed her knees tightly against his neck, quickly ran one hand through her hair (although it was obviously futile) as the figures grew closer. She didn't know if they could see her yet, but she suddenly felt compelled to shout. Also to leap from Tivialous' back and tackle them, but she managed to resist this temptation. It likely would not end well.
So Tam settled with rising up as Tivialous came in to land, cupping her hands around her mouth, and shouting at the other dragon and Rider:
"Hello, comrades! Lovely day for a chinwag."
Chinwag? Oh god, where did that come from? I sound like my grandmother...
Every time Talbot's father showed up it always made Ivy nearly duck for cover. You would think by now she'd be used to giant creatures but really Talbot prevented her from getting out often unless she managed to sneak away. There really was no way for her to protect herself on her own so as he saw it it was his responsibility to protect the human girl. As such when the dragon came to land she covered her head black hair flying up with the wind he conjured up. Talbot backed up a bit his white wings slightly shifting. When Ivy noticed Tam was with him she breathed a little sigh of relief though the words that came from her mouth made her laugh the chuckle unable to be masked as she raised a hand to her lips.
"Father, it's nice to see you." Talbot greeted warmly as he usually did. Though his body was still croaked with a dominant feel to it as Ivy stood up from where she had been standing. Stretching her neck a bit to look at Tiv before her attention turned back towards Tam her hands outstretched to either side nearly like a child.
"Chinwag....what's that?" she questioned with a smirk. While she didn't really know Tam that well Ivy would still consider her a friend. She couldn't be bad being Tiv's rider after all. Ivy simply had a hard time associating herself with humanoid kind since of her past. The people she knew who were good either died or were murdered by those who were bad. Giving herself, not a very good impression of the human world that she had been immersed in before.
Tivialous inclined his head toward Ivy and his son, in turn.
"It's good to see you too, my son. You look well."
The sun reflected off his scales as the golden creature shuffled, folding his wings tightly against his wiry form. From beside him, Tam stepped towards Ivy and returned the girl's smirk with a confident one of her own. Ivy was one of the few humans she considered as a friend nowadays, and it was always nice to see one of her own kind. Dragons were wonderful, but they did tend to ask a lot of questions. Why are you so small?Can you breathe fire? Are you a human or an elf? My friend told me humans come at night and steal your treasure- is that true? It all got a bit irritating.
"Chinwag is like this," she said humorously, and moved her jaw from side to side. She probably looked like an idiot, but she didn't really care. It was only Talbot and Ivy, after all. And Tivialous of course, but he knew she was weird, so it didn't really matter.
The dragon in question watched her for a moment, before looking up at the Lesser Elemental before him.
"So Talbot, what brings you here to the mountains? I always fancied you as more of a plains dragon, myself."
The last line was said playfully, the small-talk of one acquaintance to another. Tivialous was not as close to his son as he had once been, and this saddened him, but at least they were on good terms and able to see each other regularly. The same could not be said for Kohaku, his daughter...
Shaking the thought aside, Tivialous smiled pleasantly. It would not do to dwell on what couldn't be changed.
Ivy let another chuckle leave her throat though she meant no harm with it. She had grown up with a younger sister, and since she herself was a bit childish it was no stranger to her. She ignored Tiv for the time being, seeing as she really did need to get along with more people. She rarely even spoke with other dragons, Talbot wouldn't let them within inches of her usually unless he really trusted them. Which it was hard for the two of them to trust others really. A hard habit that would be even harder to break right now.
"It's like a cow, chewing it's cud." she said, that word cud, such an odd and funny word she probably just liked saying it.
"I've been well, things have been quiet for me as per usual." Talbot liked the quiet if he had to say so himself. Ivy wasn't running around like a five year old she oh so yearned to act like half the time. "Ivy was tired of the plains so she wanted to see the mountains. Plus, she was timing my fly speed." he said, his eyes going towards her as the striped beast then turned his attention back to dad. It felt nice to have a conversation with him for once.
"Say Tam, one day you need to kidnap me away from Talbot while he's not looking. He never let's me go anywhere." she whispered towards her. It got annoying really fast, and sneaking around was the only way to enjoy herself sometimes. It was funnier when Talbot threw a fit over nothing.
"Maybe I am a cow. Moo. I'm sure some of the other Riders probably think so. But oh well."
Tivialous had by now tuned out his Rider, and was entirely focussed on Talbot. The large red dragon seemed like he'd been doing well, and he and his Rider were as close as ever, which was heartening to see.
"Timing your speed, eh?" he said, with a chuckle. "I should get Tam to try that some time. She'd probably lose patience, though. I'm glad that you've been well, Talbot".
Tam, meanwhile, was having to strain to hear Ivy whispering to her (Tivialous had timed his speech very well, it seemed). She paused a moment to work out what had been said, before smiling slightly and stepping closer to her friend.
"It would be my honour, Ivy. Perhaps you should just ask him if you can come with us some time, though? I don't think I've ever run into trouble in this territory, if that's what he's concerned about. The dragons here seem to really respect Tivialous."
That was true, for the main part. A few of them could be a bit snarky, and she'd heard one of them call Tivialous "immature", but surely they meant that in the nicest possible way. And it wasn't true, anyway. Though she supposed it would be sort of difficult to act your age, when you were goodness-knows-how-many millennia old. It hurt just thinking about it. ****
Ivy cringed her face for a moment, convincing Talbot was like trying to get a mole off your face. That's how it had been as of late anyway, ever since she got threatened by a dark creation when she went off on her own Talbot had refused to let her leave his sight for some time. If anyone had to ask her, he was over-reacting just a tad bit. She softened though giving a mild sigh, "If you can convince him maybe. He has been moody with my whereabouts as of late, like an over protective father." if only she knew that feeling.
Ivy shifted slightly placing a hand on her hip, it was times like these she had to keep forgetting she left her stuff back at the cave. Hoping no one would steal her precious weapons, though Talbot seemed to think it was a better idea to leave them where they were. "A dark creation wasn't so friendly last time I went out on my own, so Talbot's been worried." she explained crossing her arms.
Talbot's tail flicked from side to side as he gave a grin to his father speaking about Tam and her impatience. A small grumble grew in his throat from happiness not of anger. "She seems to have all the patience in the world to me, but Ivy sure does have remarkable patience, sometimes she'll spend hours starring at fish just to memorize the way they move so she can catch them later." he thought about the hours she spent starring into a pool of water. Though she probably day dreamed half the time.
"Maybe I keep too tight of a leash on her.....seems a bit stupid." Talbot inquired curiously. Trying to debate of what he was doing was really the right thing for her. He wasn't her father of course, but he tried his best to keep her safe as he had promised her when he had been around her and her family of course.
Suddenly it all made sense. Tam looked at Ivy, her slight frown disappearing as she nodded in understanding.
"Ah, yes, not all dragons are as charming as our companions, I must say. Still, I know a lot of the dragons here. I could introduce you to some. There's this one Creation, Libra- she's Tivialous' Ambassador- she really likes books. Practically hoards them. It's fascinating really, I've never met another Creation who enjoys books quite like she does."
Out of the corner of her eye, she noted a flash of gold as Tivialous flicked his pointed tail. Light had smiled when Talbot complimented his Rider, and felt that he should return the gesture.
"Ivy is a wonderful young woman, and I don't think you could have found a better Rider. I'm not sure whether or not you keep "too tight of a leash". In any case, I would worry more about whether or not she is happy. If she is, then you're doing something right. If she's not, then perhaps you should discuss it with her? But really, you make a fine pair. Just make sure to take her feelings into consideration, and I'm sure things will stay that way."
Tam, meanwhile, had sat down on the grass near Ivy, absently pulling at daisies with one hand. They could be here a while, she might as well stop standing around. Riders spent enough time on their feet as it was, and her legs were already sore from so much time wrapped around those blasted scales. Flying was lovely, but she'd been doing rather a lot of it lately. And always Tivialous! Perhaps oneday she would get to fly with Talbot, or even Kession, but the latter could be a bit...much.
Ivy loved to fly, and if she had to say so herself she was damn good at it with Talbot. She had gotten used to his movements, and made him a saddle so that it was easier to stay on when he was doing acrobatics. The thought of doing it with another dragon, was well, odd. She had spent nearly her entire time here with Talbot studying his movements, learning how he moved how she should move when around him or on him. It had taken such an effort that if she was thrown on someone else it might as well be a roller coaster that she could fall off of. But she had never tried, so she wouldn't really know would she?
As Tam sat her attention turned towards Talbot for a moment, she could pretend like she didn't hear their conversation. But she had always been good at listening around her, to avoid getting hurt. As she wind blew through her hair her hand would come to cup over her eyes as she looked outwards. How her sister would have loved this place, loved these dragons, but fate had a odd way of playing things out. Ivy was glad, she knew Talbot would not force her back into society unlike all the others if she had gone back. "Books, maybe I can have someone read the ones I have written after all" she commented with a smirk. She was always a vivid writer, what else to do in a place where technology was lacking.
"What about you, what have you been doing on your spare time?" Ivy asked as she sat down near the other girl her arms coming to rest in a cross. It nearly looked like she was grumpy half the time with those red eyes of hers. Though it was easy to tell if she was pissed, it was one side someone didn't really want to deal with.
"I have to remember she's not a pet." Talbot chuckled, he had known her for three years let alone the couple of months he had taken her on as a rider. He had been like a family pet for a little while which had uplifted his fear of humans since Jax's death. Ivy was sure different though, she had her problems, and he liked the way she had dealt with them. Instead of becoming weak and depression ridden she took on the burden to continue forward. Though it had sadly made her more fragile than he would have hoped for anyone.
"How long have you known Tam, Father?" he was curious to know. After all, not getting out much mainly to avoid his mother made from lack of socialization. Specially considering he nearly dirt flat hated every other creations and dragon in this world unless they were already close to him.
"You write?" she asked, clearly interested. "I used to write a bit, back on the mainland. It wasn't really my thing, though. I did like to draw."
She hesitated, only now registering Ivy's second question.
"Oh right," Tam said. "Well, sometimes I go hunting with my dragon friends. You can sort of forget how powerful they are, until you see them up close; tearing into a rabbit or a horse. It's...well, fascinating, I guess. I wander a lot too, but not usually into other territories. It's a bit far to make it there and back in one day and still have time to look around, you know?"
She shrugged. "Anyway, there's still plenty to do here."
The girl looked around. Somebody had said her name. Talbot, it seemed. None too subtly, she listened to Light's reply.
Tivialous saw Tam move, but thought little of it. He tilted his head to the side slightly, nodding towards Talbot. Proper respect for mortals was something which Kession and Prism had yet to learn. Perhaps he should get his elder son to teach them a thing or two, some time.
"Yes, it's always a good thing to keep in mind. It took me a long time to understand that, myself. I've known Tam for about a year now, I would think. I was on the lookout for a new Rider, and there she was. I brought her back there and she's been my companion ever since."
He hesitated. Tivialous suspected that Talbot had known Ivy for quite some time before bringing her to the island, but he couldn't be sure. And he had never asked. Well, today was as good a time as any, he supposed.
"And how long have you known Ivy?" he asked, softly. "When I first met her, you two already seemed close."
Ivy gave a nod of her head to the inquiring about her writing. It had been her only scapegoat for years now. After being hospitalized for her wounds, and even more so emotionally recovering her stories were something she took pride in. Most were fantasy centered, but so was her life now with all these dragons. Making up stories of kings and queens, of kingdoms and friends family and more was always something she had been keen on. If not something she had been born with from the start.
Ivy nodded a little, "I usually hang out in the plains, I bring my notebook and write there watching the horses. One day I'll catch one and tame it I swear, flying is fun but I've never really ridden a horse before. Where I grew up, it was all city no one had horses. Unless they lived in the middle of nowhere." Ivy inquired. She remembered the little house she lived in cram packed with tons of others, going to school, walking there and back there was always someone on the street. Until of course her house was bundled up with police tape.
Talbot seemed a little surprised, he found it awkwardly funny how he had known his rider longer than his father had known his own. But, regardless it wasn't like he and Ivy were buddies right off the start. It took a bit for him to get used to Ivy, her sister and their foster father acting casual that there was a dragon in their backyard. "Nearly three years I'd assume, she just turned sixteen when I met her. I started coming nearly every night after some heavy convincing. I never thought I'd hang around a family of humans so much." he would not delve any deeper since it was none of his business to say so.
Talbot lied down on his legs tail curling making a small circle around Ivy. As the girl naturally leaned back on the thick reptile's tail like a pillow. At least it was much more comfortable than his chest plates.
"Where I lived, lots of people had horses. You could go down to the beach and watch them ride along it. I never got to ride one myself, but I could see why you'd want to. Though I've got Tivialous now- I don't really feel like I missed out on much."
She supposed it would be nice to ride a furry animal, though. Tivialous' back was hard and scaly, and not exactly comfortable when he was attempting more adventurous manoeuvres. She cast her mind back to the last Gathering, in the Air lands. Did Astraeus have a Rider? If so, she almost envied them in some ways. The Air Elemental was so soft looking. Being on his back must be like flying on a cloud.
Tivialous, meanwhile, had settled back on his haunches while he listened to Talbot's reply. Gazing up at his son, he nodded in acknowledgement. It was strange, this gesture. He usually did it these days without thinking about it, but it was not wholly draconic in origin. The Elementals had picked it up from their contact with mortals, and the Creations from them. Cultural diffusion, one of his Riders had called it. He couldn't remember now which one.
"Tam was sixteen when I met her, too," he said. "It's nice that our Riders get along so well."
He smiled at the two young women. Tam was sitting cross-legged, unashamedly running her gaze over Talbot's tail as Ivy leaned back against it. Talbot's tail was somewhat thicker than Tivialous' own, and shorter, but he undeniably resembled Tivialous more than his serpentine mother. Which was a relief, Light supposed. One Izett was more than enough.
Ivy smiled listening as Tam spoke, the conversation was running a bit dry though. Then again, she had never been good at small talk even though Talbot said her speeches were considered the best things in the world. Though mentioning the beach made her shiver a bit, she hated the beach. "Ughh, I hated the beach. And the lake we lived close to it but my sister would always drag weird sea creatures out like crabs and snails." she said. Remembering when Nina brought a sea slug to her, dropping it on her lap and running.
"Ahh, you will have to take me hunting sometime though I would really like to try it other than fishing." Ivy looked towards Talbot. "That's alright with you isn't it?" she asked with a grin as the dragon turned his head towards her. Talbot gave a short thought with a soft rumble.
"Fine, but if you get into trouble don't come crying that I wasn't there to help you." he said lifting his snout like he was a grumpy parent. Ivy patted his tail lightly and nodded her head.
"Right right, always listen to what mommy says." she mused.
"Actually it might me safer not to listen to mom." Talbot said, leaning his head to one side just thinking about his mother. She would probably gobble Ivy up if she ever met her. It nearly sent shivers down his spine.
Tam was quiet for a moment. She didn't reminisce much, but when she did, she always surprised herself with the things her brain chose to remember. The smell of their dog, salty and wet; and the gritty taste of sand between her teeth. Standing atop a rock and laughing as the waves crashed past, her mother scolding her and telling her to come back before she got swept away.
"Hmm," she said. "Well, my sister is very smart. She would often stay at home studying, especially in recent years. Even when it came to fun, though, we had different tastes. I think she was the more social one."
Light's Rider blinked as Ivy spoke again. Hunting? Well, if she could keep up...but Ivy seemed more than capable, and it would probably be a good experience for her. She could get out there and explore, see the dragons in their element. As long as she wasn't squeamish.
As Talbot and Ivy talked, Tam shared a secret glance with Tivialous. Children, his merry eyes seemed to say; and Tam smiled back. She forgot how young Talbot was, by draconic standards. He seemed so big and imposing. Beautiful in an alien way, as all dragons were, but vastly intimidating at times.
As Talbot finished speaking; Tivialous rose to his feet and stretched out his legs. He was impatient, she could tell. He wanted to be moving. But he kept his gaze calm and steady as he nodded at his son.
"You are probably right. Now, might I make a suggestion? Would you like to fly together some way? Prism and Kession are returning to my care soon, and I want to enjoy my freedom while I can."
He chuckled, clearly amused at some secret thought; and Tam sighed and shook her head. She gestured towards Ivy, still seated nearby.
"You should come hunting some time, though. You'd probably enjoy it. Way more exciting than fishing, and I can vouch for your safety. I've yet to run into trouble with my friends around."
Ivy grinned, the memory of her sister was a good one. It was a painful ache, but a good one. Her smile radiated nearly like the sun, making Talbot blink for a moment at her. She hadn't sincerely smiled in a while, it made the end of his tail slightly twitch. Maybe hanging out with his fathers rider was not a bad idea, Ivy was so delicate she got hurt so easily. Always forgetting it was okay to depend on others, not everyone was as strong or powerful as the elementals, or dragons alone. "Nina was mature for her age, she was always lecturing me whenever I didn't get school work done. And being four years younger it sort of made me laugh that she payed more attention to important stuff than I did." that girl had been too smart for her own good at times.
"But if you do introduce me to that one creation the one who likes books remind me to bring some of my own. I would really like to see if they are willing to read them." Ivy said as she got off her butt and stood up. Standing there, she didn't seem like much but she had trained nearly for two years for fighting. She didn't look muscular but she knew enough to knock someone out, though she preferred to use her steel enforced claws those could at least cause some damage to a dragons scales so they made for her favorite thing of self defense.
Talbot's snake like tail would come to rest behind him again as the striped dragon turned towards his father who was shifting on the land. Well he was indeed right, staying and chatting was fine but if you did it too long it would make your brain numb. His wings would outstretch mildly as he settled himself down. Ivy automatically would hop onto his back with ease.
"A nice flight would be nice, it's been a long time since we've had any time together." Talbot inquired happily as Ivy came to rest on the saddle that was on him though his wings folded had been hiding it before. She easily grabbed on looking to Tam who spoke about the hunting again.
"Ahhh, certainly would, maybe after I should try to figure out how to make traps. Roasted rabbit sounds like a fine meal." she said as Talbot backed up waiting for his father to take off before he did. Always being the careful one with Ivy on his back.
Samantha: And Paradox was amazing Dae! I enjoyed writing Adutaine opposite them. =)
Apr 23, 2018 12:02:57 GMT
Samantha: I get that Blazeh, no worries. <3 The site is pretty dead, it was just me and 27th and we couldn't keep it going on our own.
Apr 23, 2018 12:00:45 GMT
DaeSiggil: Oops, I know I haven't often helped by disappearing as I did. But still thinking about this place! <3
Apr 18, 2018 16:11:08 GMT
Verridith: Hey hon, love you guys but haven't seen anything happen since 2017 ;A; hope all are well! But have to remove you from BTACD's sister sites. I'm sorry! </3 </3 </3
Apr 6, 2018 12:22:38 GMT
Samantha: Exactly! It can be tricky, back home most of my friends are just from school, university or work. xD And it was lovely. They were all so lovely, the ones I was with spent the whole time talking about history, it was fun and edumacational.
Sept 30, 2017 10:02:29 GMT
27th: Wow! You got to have dinner with the authors? Making new friends is always nice. I know that struggle as I don't socialize like my peers.
Sept 12, 2017 18:00:11 GMT
Samantha: that great at doing haha (I don't like going out to parties and stuff, which seems to be the main way people my age socialise.)
Sept 11, 2017 23:11:00 GMT
Samantha: -looks at timestamp on last reply- Eeeek, apologies for the delay! But yeah it was AMAZING. My favourite author signed my favourite book, and we even had dinner with the authors one of the nights. Plus, I made some new friends, which I don't tend to be
Sept 11, 2017 23:10:37 GMT
27th: That sounds very cool! I would have loved going to something like that.
Aug 20, 2017 21:03:22 GMT
Samantha: It just means 'science fiction and fantasy.' So it was a conference for authors of these things, and scholars who study them!
Aug 19, 2017 21:10:27 GMT
27th: Glad you had a good time in Sweden! What is SFF?
Aug 11, 2017 16:08:48 GMT
Samantha: Sorry for the disappearance. I was in Sweden for an SFF conference- it was pretty cool!
Aug 11, 2017 10:48:27 GMT
Samantha: It's sad, yeah. We need more members to have more staff, we need more staff to keep the place active, and we need to have the place active to get more members. Sort of a vicious cycle. =P
Jul 31, 2017 16:46:13 GMT
Samantha: The problem is that the main person who likes to run contests, Riv, also has a tendency to disappear. xD And I don't have the time and the energy to run this place proper on my own.
Jul 31, 2017 16:45:38 GMT
27th: Yes, it is a lot of work. Though, I agree it could be worth the effort. As far as contests go, we've tried them here at DotE before. I don't know how well any of them worked but we it couldn't hurt to try.
Jul 30, 2017 5:53:42 GMT
R: Could try a contest?
Jul 29, 2017 4:40:04 GMT
shadow: Well. Yea. That also is a lot of work. It would be worth it though
Jul 28, 2017 4:12:51 GMT
27th: Well, recruitment would be key to that. Contacting the members we already have to try and get them to participate here would also be part of that.
Jul 26, 2017 15:52:29 GMT
shadow: I wonder what would happen if we tried to make it alive again
Jul 25, 2017 19:48:19 GMT