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!
"That seems a little at odds with her element," Tam said, focussing on Imp for the moment. "To the best of my knowledge, death comes for people whether they're expecting it or not."
She realised as soon as she'd said it that she'd made a minor error- literally using the word for "people", or "humans", rather than the more flexible term for sentient beings as a whole- but it wasn't that important and would hopefully be overlooked. Regardless of the terminology, her mind was drawn to thoughts of the dead dragon from the tunnels- the one they'd just left there. Had he- or she?- seen death coming? Or had it been a sudden, quick attack? Based on what Tam knew of the strange creature they'd encountered, she doubted it was capable of being that efficient...all the more reason to find Astraeus and sort out how to deal with the unfamiliar beast.
ooc: aiiiii have a quick reply. Probably my last until Friday, essays and all that, but hopefully it's enough to go on! I realise I've given absolutely nothing for Torin to work with- hopefully you got enough from 27th, but please let me know if not.
Imp chuckled at the foolishness of this human Lucinda. Though, this was a typical response of almost anyone who did not know Death or have experience with her. The poor human would learn. Most likely not today but someday in the future. Perhaps far off, perhaps not. It wasn't like he kept up with his Elemental when she decided to take someone.
Imp had decided that, instead of heading directly for Air, he would meander through Death until he reached Earth's border. The jungle and forest of Earth were not known for their friendly inhabitants so it would be interesting, to say the least. After that, perhaps he would take the two Riders directly to Air...unless he thought of some fun to be had in the meantime.
"Have the two of you been Riders long?" Imp asked conversationally.
The Death creation had already guessed the answer to this question but it was always best to get one's ideas confirmed.
"Long enough," Tam replied vaguely. Perhaps it was the Death territory messing with her mind, or maybe the local Creations just happened to have particularly strange customs...whatever the case, she didn't feel as if this dragon needed to know any more than that.
"What about you?" she asked, glancing at Imp sideways to gauge his reaction. "How long have you...existed?"
He had an eager and blunt nature about him which made him seem quite young, at least by the standards of dragons. Tam regularly associated with one of the very oldest dragons alive but, that aside, it usually wasn't too difficult to tell the younglings from those who had passed a century or two. The older dragons seemed more...cunning maybe wasn't quite the right word, but they were certainly more practical. And austere. Or perhaps that was merely those of Light. No, this Imp couldn't have been around for more than a century, at most.
Haikal shrugged. "Depends on what you mean by long." Certainly time was different to everyone. What he may consider a long time would be short to Elemental or some other long-living creation. Unfortunately, by anyone's means, he had not been a rider long. He was the newest one on the Island. Or at least the newest rider for the Elementals.
He turned his thoughts to Tam and Imp. How long had Imp been alive for? He didn't have a clue. Probably one of the younger Creations if he had to guess. But... eh. Haikal didn't care that much about the matter.
~~~ Meh, Haikal still isn't cooperating and being talkative. *pets* You'll be in some other territory soon, Haikal; it's okay.
Imp mentally sighed. He really wished these two humans would be more cooperative. When they refused to talk, the Death creation had to entertain himself and that could be really great for him and really bad for someone else. So, really, they weren't doing themselves any favors by being so vague. He would just have to make the best of it...
"I have existed for at least a century. Though, its not like I keep track," Imp said airily, matching what he believed were the Riders' brief responses.
No need to go into any more detail. It was a bit complicated to be a Death creation. To explain something to someone that you don't understand yourself just never went well.
So he was a little older than she'd expected- provided Imp wasn't outright lying.
Tam wondered whether the Death Creation had wanted to know how long they'd been riders, or just how long they'd been alive. Some dragons got confused about that sort of thing, or even seemed to think their species was called 'rider'. She'd had some interesting discussions with draconic friends on that account.
"Well, got a while ahead of you then," she said, forcing a smile. "How far to the border? I'm very eager to get there."
She tried to steer the conversation, and their motion, back on track. Their pace had slowed somewhat, whether due to her own negligence or Imp's talking she could not tell, and that was an inconvenience at best. They had to find Astraeus, somebody needed to know about what had happened in the caves below.
The Death Elemental was closer, but that didn't seem like the most practical idea. They needed to find somebody...trustworthy.
While they had been talking, their pace had slowed. Just a little. For that Haikal was grateful; hopefully it wouldn't pick up again. He just didn't want to have to ask for them to slow down. That would be an embarrassment. Here he was, supposed to be some great rider and he couldn't even keep up with everyone else. Pathetic.
Oh stop, he chided himself. My strengths are in other places. What does it matter if I can't keep up? Astraeus chose me out of anyone else he could have.
He turned his attention back to the others when Tam asked how far they were from the border. Not far he hoped. He was ready to be back in familiar territory instead of in this gloomy place. He was ready to tell Astraeus what had happened in the tunnels then rest and wait to see what would happen. Air would certainly know what to do.
"Aren't we all?" Imp replied airily to Lucinda, casting a glance at Jonathan.
The Death creation had gotten rather adept at judging others' strengths and weaknesses. He had noticed the slight hitch in the Rider's gait and tried to gauge how well the male human would travel over a long distance. He had no desire to kill either one of them. That would be no fun! So, reluctantly, Imp changed course to bring them nearer to their goal.
"That depends on lots of things. I really can't say. Running, for me, I could be there within half an hour. For us, walking...Regardless of whether you're very eager or not, it has nothing to do with me but your ability to reach your destination in a suitable condition," Imp said.
Tam clenched her teeth. How fast could this dragon run? Surely...she squinted into the distance, where those misshapen trees seemed to grow closer together. Surely their passage wouldn't take more than a couple of hours, but it was true that she hadn't walked across whole territories before- preferring rather to fly with her Elemental when that need arose. But assuming this land was of a similar size to that of Light, it should really be no more than a couple of hours before they reached their destination.
Even so, that was considerably longer than she would have liked.
Imp's glance in Haikal's direction did not go unnoticed. The male Rider was the slowest among them, that much was obvious, and even if it wasn't entirely his fault it was certainly inconvenient. Every moment they wasted was a moment more that creature had to stalk the tunnels, attacking unwitting Creations, or perhaps even her own friends...
She was confident that Talbot could fend for himself. She wasn't so sure about Ivy, given all that the other girl had been through. Surely Karma would have told Icarus about the creature by now, right? Icarus would be able to make the tunnels safe.
The Rider wasn't so sure. She'd met Icarus. His influence over the shadows was potent, but... he didn't entirely act like an ancient dragon of almighty power.
Tam increased her pace slightly, watching Haikal out of the corner of her eye.
"Do you have any friends nearby, Imp? Perhaps they would be able to help us."
Even if he did, there was no guarantee that they would be of the right size, or that they would take kindly to unknown humans wishing to treat them as Elementals.
Imp's last comment was aimed at him. Sure, he could ignore the glance from earlier, but the comment made him frown--it wasn't like it was his fault! He wanted to go faster. He wanted to run... but things never went the way one wanted them to. So the Creation's words stung just a little. The frown lasted only a moment, quickly replaced by a neutral expression as his face rearranged itself.
Haikal breathed a silent, resigned sigh through his nose as Tam started walking faster. She knew, she knew very well that he couldn't keep up. They all did. But he wasn't about to complain. He wasn't going to fall to that level. Besides, and more importantly, they needed to get to his territory faster and their previous pace, though easier for him, was slower. The rider lengthened his stride to keep up with her.
His blue eyes went to Tam's face. He wasn't too keen on the idea of riding a Creation almost like they were their Elementals, but if they wanted to get to the border sooner... He took a breath, pulling in the thick, still air into his lungs, and coughed. He still felt like he couldn't breathe properly. Getting out of here sooner rather than later would be rather nice.
~~~ D'awww. <3 I'm glad you think he's awesome. But, please, don't feel bad. xD You will! I have a thread in the works that takes place after this one and he's in a much better mood.
BIC: "Me? Friends? I have only one friend and he certainly would not help you. We aren't on good terms at the moment. There are Death creations around but none that you'd like to meet," Imp chuckled darkly at the thought.
The stone grey Death creation was disappointed that Jonathan had not responded to his comment except to quicken his pace. That wouldn't do. If only they had something to distract them...As if reading his mind-which, for all Imp knew, they could-a flicker of red seemed to appear out of nowhere, then a disembodied cackle that seemed to echo around them before a wispy figure appeared before the trio. It was a dragon, twice as tall as the humans, with gaping, slavering jaws and burning eyes.
Yes, a ghost dragon would do quite nicely...
OOC: Feel free to control the dragon ghost and do with him what you will.
Tam didn't have a lot of time to consider further options. The very land itself seemed to cackle, although with hindsight she realised the sound likely actually came from the strange red glow in front of them. Then the strange red glow grew into the figure of a dragon, a rather hostile looking dragon at that, and Tam couldn't help but freeze in place a moment. Where did that even come from?
But it was only the briefest of moments, for every Rider knew what to do when faced with a hostile dragon. Tam shifted closer to Imp and fit an arrow to her bow, levelling it at the newcomer.
The dragon came closer. It snapped its jaws. Tam moved back, wondering why Imp seemed so unconcerned.
"Imp! Are you blind?"
tag! Torin27th Torin- I shall look forward to reading that, then!
I wish I hadn't picked a bow ergh, I created her before Hunger Games became so popular, but they're still annoying to work with. xD
Haikal had noticed the red glowing only a moment before the sharp laugh sounded. Well wasn't this day just getting better and better. First some creature down in the tunnels and now this: a dragon that came from nowhere. Justgreat.
His staff went up, spearhead forming in seconds. His blue gaze flicked to Tam then Imp. His eyes narrowed before they went back to their new, and unwanted companion as it snapped at them. The Creation at their side hadn't moved, hadn't turned defensive at this unexpected threat. Tam shouted at Imp.
He stepped closer to Tam as his grip tightened on the haft of his spear. Half of his attention was on the dragon in front of them, the other half was on the dragon beside them.
"No, are you?" Imp responded, clearly unconcerned as Lucinda stepped closer to him.
This the Death creation did not like. He hardly trusted this Rider, especially now that she was armed and dangerous. He did not have much experience with human weapons but he understood that they were just as formidable as any dragon. Casting a glance at the slavering ghost dragon, Imp sidestepped some more. He wanted to get a clear view, eager to see what would happen next.
The ghost did not disappoint.
The red-eyed wraith lunged forward, jaws gaping, showing wicked pointed teeth. As Imp fully expected, the ghost went right through the humans without harming them. It's eyes gleamed and it suddenly dropped it's large forelimbs to the ground, as if bowing. It looked at the other three expectantly, as if waiting for a reaction. Imp was the first to realize that he had seen a similar look and stance before, especially in younger dragons.
"He's trying to play with you!" Imp burst into uncontrolled laughter, falling to the ground in trembling grey heap.
Tam should have moved. She would have under ordinary circumstances, if she'd been able to register the dragon's advance, but...the creature didn't so much move towards her as blur through her form, with a swiftness which should be physically impossible. Fire seared her blood and she cried out, weapon falling from her grasp, her shoulder grazing against Haikal as she staggered forward.
Tam rose and spun about. The fire had immediately receded into a tingling sensation, less painful but still far from pleasant. The dragon was looking at them...playfully? Tam had enough draconic friends to know that look. Her brow knotted.
"It wants to play?" she said, over the small Creation's hideous laughter.
She stooped to retrieve her bow. "It has a funny way of showing it."
Would this dragon be able to help them reach their Elementals? It didn't seem entirely trustworthy...or tangible...
Was it some kind of ghost? This was the Death territory, she felt a little silly for not thinking of that sooner.
"Can you talk, dragon? Do you have a name?" she asked, not taking her eyes off it as she cast about for a stick or something else to throw. Some of the dragons back home enjoyed fetching things. They enjoyed running, mainly, but she wasn't fast enough to keep up with them and so the game was a worthy substitute.
ooc: Not sure if physical contact with Haikal is assuming too much about your next post, let me know if it's not okay Torin and I'm remove that section. =)
You said they were unharmed but I am in love with the idea of spirits causing strange sensations when they pass through people, which still technically leaves them unharmed, so...yeah, added a thing, hope that's okay. Or perhaps it only affects some people, who knows. I like the idea that the experience would be different for different peeps too.
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