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!
Out of the corner of his eye Haikal saw Imp step away from them. He would have fully looked over at the Creation if not for the dragon in front of them lunging with teeth bared. His grip tightened on spear and he took a step back to strengthen his stance. But the attack never came.
The dragon phased through the two riders and stole his breath away. Next to him, Tam cried out and he felt her brush against him. As he gasped for air, instinct took over and one of his hands snapped out to catch her. She turned a moment later, his help unneeded.
Haikal took several controlled breaths and glanced over at the dragon. It was acting like an eager puppy wanting to play. Imp voiced his thoughts at the same time. The rider's head snapped to the Creation and his eyes narrowed at Imp's laughter. The Creation knew and hadn't told them. He knew. That's why he hadn't seemed concerned earlier. The distrust he had felt earlier grew again.
He glanced to Tam before he loosened his grip on his spear; his lips barely moved and it morphed back to a staff. "We don't have much time to waste," his blue gaze went back to Imp, "remember?"
~~~ Not at all, Sam! He's still kinda stuck the distrust of Imp he's had from the beginning.
Imp had regained his composure and was delighted that at last, the humans seemed to have loosened up. He looked at Jonathan. The male Rider did not seem pleased. Oh well! The Death creation looked at the ghost dragon, who had straightened up.
"No, this ghost can't talk but he does understand us," Imp said, answering Lucinda's question first because she was at least nice. Then he turned his attention to Jonathan. "So you've said. I may be a Death creation but I can't call up ghosts anytime I feel like it. This dragon may have been a Lesser Elemental at one point, attracted to you humans or just a little lonely and wanting some company. In case you didn't know, Death isn't the most popular destination for anyone."
The ghost dragon listened intently to Imp speak and then paced slightly back and forth, seeming to float above the ground. He still looked menacing with his size and red glowing eyes but the air that came from him now was mostly one of indecision.
"I'm guiding these two to the border, if you care to come along," Imp said, gesturing to Lucinda and Jonathan as he addressed the ghost dragon.
This seemed to interest the ghost dragon and he gave two light hops in the direction they had been heading in when he showed up.
Ah, so it is a ghost. Tam nodded vaguely as she listened to Imp's words, but then something in particular jumped out at her:
"A Lesser Elemental?"
How would you even tell? Perhaps as a Death Creation, Imp had some special affinity with the dead. From the creature's behaviour so far, that seemed reasonably likely. The idea didn't sit too well with her.
"Joanathan's right, though," she continued, after a moment's pause. "We do need to get going. But we'd be delighted to have you with us, dragon."
Delighted is an overstatement. She didn't take her eyes off the creature- huge, imposing and with that odd ethereal shimmering which made it difficult to focus on. Nonetheless she set back out in the direction they'd been headed, albeit more cautiously now and, if possible, even less of a concern for those around her. They needed to get to their Elementals and deliver that news. That was it. With any luck, there would be no more hold ups...
As if on cue the ghost flickered and flashed past in front of her, faster than her eye could follow, and she was momentarily shocked to a halt. This was...not ideal. She'd much preferred it when it was just the two of them, even if Haikal did have that thing with his leg.
"No, really? I had no idea." The sarcasm dripped from Haikal's response to Imp.
He looked over at the ghost dragon. Well that's just great! Haikal had always wanted a ghost to follow him around. No, no not really. For some reason, being haunted by a dead Lesser Elemental just didn't appeal to him. But, it was certainly was interesting, and despite his misgivings he had to admit that.
"Yeah, you're welcome to join," he added his somewhat grudging agreement to the others'.
Tam started walking again and the young man fell in step behind her. The ghost darted past, causing Tam to stop in her tracks. "It can't be too much longer now," he murmured to her, hoping it was an encouragement.
Imp traipsed along, cheerful at this turn of events. This was far more like it! He could see that both of the humans were now rather disgruntled and this was normal for others in his company. He had no idea where the ghost had come from but he was also pleased with it...no, him. He would range out ahead, randomly disappearing from sight and then reappearing, sometimes next to one Rider, then the other.
Yes, Imp's theory that this was a Lesser Elemental seemed to really be concrete. The ghost paid Imp almost no mind, except to give him a curious glance every now and again.
"Is it just my imagination or does the conversation around here seem really dead to you?" Imp said with a chuckle.
Tam glanced at Haikal. "Let's just hope we don't run into anybody else," she murmured back. It was nice to have somebody on the same page as her, even if everybody else seemed determined to make a mockery of the entire situation.
The ghost was especially offputting- one moment it would be walking beside her, eyeing her bow with almost aggravating curiosity, and the next it would appear by Haikal. It was in no hurry. Imp was in no hurry. She and Haikal were in a hurry, and all this flickering about and getting in the way was just slowing them down. She took a deep breath, glancing over her shoulder at Imp as the latter spoke.
He's enjoying this!
"That might be because one of us actually is dead," she said, pulling momentarily back from the ghost dragon as it stuck its head in her face. "And we just need to reach the border."
This was annoying. Very annoying. The ghost was bounding around, disappearing and appearing, and was a factor as to why their pace was slower than before. But hey, not his fault this time!
Imp spoke and Haikal had to stop himself from rubbing his forehead in exasperation. Instead he rolled his eyes and huffed quietly. Of course the dragon would find humor in this. He and Tam did not. Haikal glanced over to his fellow rider as she replied to Imp. She wasn't too thrilled by the circumstances either.
Please tell me we're almost to the border.
Haikal stepped closer to Tam as the ghost suddenly appeared at his shoulder. He sighed. There would certainly be no excursions to the Death lands for a good while after this. At least, not without Astraeus.
Imp cast a glance back at the two humans. "What's the rush? You want to get to the border but it's not like it's going anywhere. The dragon you're meeting with-if it really is that important-has to wait on you. So, take your time I say."
The ghost dragon leaped playfully at Imp. Had he been a flesh and blood dragon, he would have crushed the small creation flat. Instead, the Death creation merely shook the ghost off. Suddenly, the ghost paused, looking very much like a hunting dog on point. His gaze was riveted to the horizon.
Haikal felt his jaw clench, words ready to be spat out at the Death Creation, but Tam beat him to it. Her gaze then went to the ghost. It had stopped and was looking at something. Haikal turned his eyes to the horizon. That couldn't be... could it? The border?
"Imp," he called to the Creation, "Is that the border ahead?"
Imp grinned, red eyes gleaming with delight. Now this was more like it! He pranced lightly ahead as the ghost dragon continued to range around their small group. Perhaps it had just taken a simple comment get them to react. Imp noted that for future interactions with humans.
"Perhaps I would, Lucinda, if I did know," Imp replied as innocently as he could manage before turning his attention to the male Rider. "Nope, Jonathan! That is simply a mirage. It happens in the Death territory, rather more frequently than one would think." The Death creation let his words sink in for a moment before chuckling. "Of course it's the border ahead! What else could it possibly be in Death?"
Tam snorted at his behaviour, but was too relieved by the sight of the border to truly be bothered by Imp's attempted diversion. Finally! From there, Haikal would hopefully be able to track down his Elemental, and they could begin to work out what that strange creature from the tunnel actually was. It was too dragonesque to be a mere cavebeast, but too...un-dragonesque...to be an actual Creation.
"Thank-you, Imp," she said, somewhat grudgingly and with a sideways glance at their less-than-helpful spirit companion. "Take care of yourselves."
Here, she looked over at her fellow Rider:
"Jonathan, is there anything you'd like to ask our most helpful guide before we depart?"
ooc: Last dialogue may seem a bit out-of-the-blue, but I needed her to address Haikal and am too tired right now to think of something better. Apologies, hope this works.
Haikal shut down the impulse to cast a glare towards the Creation. Instead he echoed Tam's thank you with his own half-hearted thanks. Right now he was happy to be seeing the border, the possibility of getting out of the Deathlands lifted his spirit. So close--oh so close!
"Hm? Oh." He thought for a moment."Nope, I've got nothing to ask him." He glanced over at Imp. "Thanks, again for your help."
"Oh, a dismissal, is it? I didn't realize you had any authority over me. Riders you may be but not of my Elemental. Besides, I've decided that I enjoy traveling in this direction. Not to mention, I'd really like to meet this dragon that is sure to be waiting for you," Imp said, a wicked grin on his face.
The moment was ruined when the ghost once more seemed to completely ignore his presence by walking through the Death creation. The small dragon snorted, wishing the ghost would finally shove off. He usually wasn't bothered by ghosts but this one seemed undeniably attracted to his companions. Until they left Death, this ghost seemed to be willing to stay with them. At least that wouldn't be for much longer...
"That's...fine," Tam replied, not trusting herself to say any more than that.
So close. Now that they could actually see where they were going, the sense of urgency was replaced by concrete purpose. She allowed their pace to slow a fraction, as Haikal would know the way from here and she had no desire to wear him down entirely before they reached their destination.
Imp wanting to follow them was another issue...if Astraeus was close by, that wouldn't be so much of a problem. But if not...perhaps Haikal had friends near the border, and he could persuade one to pretend they were a Lesser Elemental just long enough to get free of Imp? She glanced over at her fellow Rider, but in the current situation they were obviously unable to openly discuss this, and so Tam sighed and turned her gaze ahead and prepared to let Haikal take the lead.
*** ooc: 27th- Ooh, I suspect you have some interesting ideas as to who this ghost actually is? Given that it's oddly attracted to Tam and Haikal...am I correct in thinking you have plans in that regard? Very excited if so! =D
Torin I'm still not sure what Tam will think of Astraeus, but it's going to be fun regardless! I think she'll admire his floofiness. =P
I have no idea how close they are to the border, assuming they're still a little while off. If Imp departs we can start a new thread for the next section of the plot and, if not, I guess we'll just decide that as a group. Given the name of the thread, it may be good to continue it until the end of the meeting with Air.
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