L’yei’s Not Quite A Monster Bronze Fwaaslaath

Don't Call Me Guppy! Egg

Roly-poly ridiculousness is coaxed reluctantly into an uneven oblong, awkward and disproportionate. Eye-searing yellow extends from one nubby-stubby end to the other, interrupted by wide, jaunty stripes of nautical blue; four of them smeared across one side by fat and metaphorically childish fingers. Funny, finny fans frame either end of the ovoid, bright blue against brighter background, raised and ridged but not yet released.

Hatching Message

Don't Call Me Guppy! Egg continuously shakes in one spot, causing the sand around it to fall away from the mound it once was. It doesn’t take long before it falls over on its side, now quivering with such force that the egg begins to twirl around and around. Without warning, the shells breaks into two halves, leaving a little bronze upside down in its wake. His first view of the world is quite confused, but it only takes seconds before he is righted and seeing everything as it should be!

Not Quite a Monster Bronze Dragonet

Is he bronze? Is he brown? One thing’s for sure, and that’s that this poor dragon got beat with the bad end of the ugly stick. Muddied khakis swathe his hide in dirtied camouflage colours; kalamata olive, taupe and copper, though there’s a definite metallic tint to each shade. His head is block-like and big like the rest of him, defined with haphazard smudges of black across his cheekbones, his overshot upper lip blushed with - oddly enough - chartreuse, which can also be found beneath his eyes and along his odd-sized headknobs. The tips of each jagged ‘ridge running down the length of his massive body are tainted with tarnished bronze, which spreads out over his too-small, patchy wings. There’s something up with one of his paws, too – his front left one is silverish, from the claws to the first joint, while the others each have over-sized cherry red talons that melt into mud-spattered bronze.

Public Impression Pose

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Private Impression Message

There’s an odd itchy, grating sort of feeling in your mind, which may make you wish you could scratch at it. A little whiny, a little persistent, accompanied by the scents of crushed grass and wet earth, swirling hues of olive and muddy browns. «Hey, lifemate. I’m Fwaaslaath. You’re L’yei. We’re going to be together for a long, long time…»


Egg Inspiration

This is what happens when I watch 'The Little Mermaid,' log on to HT, and discover the egg theme to be 'Under the Sea.' There are probably going to be more along this vein, but so far: Flounder, from Disney's 'The Little Mermaid.' Ariel's erstwhile companion, Flounder is sort of funnily egg-shaped to begin with, so it was the first thing to come to mind.
– Tian.

Name Inspiration

Fwaaslaath. Fwaaaaassslaaaath. When I came up with this name I looked at it and thought, 'What the heck is that?' Then I said it. And the love began. I’m pretty sure you'll have said it out loud yourself by now, and hopefully you'll find it as deliciously fun as the rest of SearchCo did! We've all got our own pronunciations of it. I say it as 'Fwaaaah-zlaaaath', with really long, drawn out 'aaaah' sounds – like saying 'ah' for the dentist. Other pronunciations were 'Fwaaah-slayth' and 'Fwaa-slaaayth', but this is your dragon and your name, so your pronunciation goes! So where exactly did we get a name like this? You said you wanted something awkward, but not too hard to say. Check. Odd consonant combination. Check. Doesn't lend itself to cool nicknames. Check. And you also said that you were a sucker for names with odd meanings. Check!

Fwaaslaath was created from a quote from Buster Bluth – "Why are you hitting yourself?" This quote was taken and dropped into an online translator and churned out into all number of languages. "Waarom slaat u u zelf?" came out in Dutch, though exactly how accurate that is I don't know! Basically, I then jumbled around a few of the letters and voila – Fwaaslaath was born. From the moment I saw it, it had the reaction that you asked for, and we've all grown to love it.

Mindvoice

Fwaaslaath’s voice is rich and varied - though it’s rich in the way that it’s varied, rather than in the way that it actually sounds. Because sound-wise, while it may be quite soft, there’s a grating, often irritating tone behind it that you’ll find it hard to put your finger on, accompanied by the plinky-plinky noises of a ukulele being plucked. His actual words can seem a little stunted, like the short notes that accompany his words, particularly the letters D, T and P.
Particularly when he wants something – be it attention when he’s upset or hurt, or just someone to rant to – his voice takes on a whiny, clingy tone, that’s almost child-like.

As far as colours go, he uses a very limited palette of mostly dark, earthy browns and greens. It’ll be rare for him to use anything brighter, but it’s not impossible for him to do so. And scent-wise, there’ll be the scent of freshly scuffed ground that delicious mix of fresh, damp earth mixed with bruised grass, which will vary in intensity depending on his mood.

Physicalities

It’s surprising how hard fugly is to desc! But we tried our very best with your Fwaaslaath, L’yei, so you can be sure he’s not the prettiest dragon in the Weyr! Actually, there’ll probably be a few out there hoping that he never, ever catches a gold, in case there are any resulting babies that look like him…

As the theme for this clutch’s hatchlings was marine creatures, we scoured the deepest, darkest depths of the oceans to find something that would fit. And we found the lancetfish. The colours were just perfect for what we wanted to do, and while it’s not the ugliest fish out there, it was ugly enough to use as a base. Here is an example of what a lancetfish looks like, to get a good idea:

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The colours Fwaaslaath sports are mainly military camouflage ones, like those worn by Buster Bluth when he went to Army – imagine him as being draped camouflage cloth and spattered with mud, but since he’s a bronze, he has to have /some/ shine in there. This comes mainly through the coppery patches he has, though each of the other colours will glint metallically when looked at right. This colour’s pretty much the same all across his body, with a few exceptions.

While he may be blocky and roughly hewn (it’ll make people wonder exactly how he can get airborne with those apparently too-small wings, but more about that later), his head is the biggest, blockiest bit of all. There are these black smudges on his cheeks that look like they’ve been slapped on haphazardly by someone not looking what they’re doing, similar to the black paint used by soldiers. Then there’s his overshot upper lip, which, admittedly, was to make him look a bit geeky – his front most teeth will be visible, nestled against his lower jaw. And the chartreuse. You asked for a splash of ‘eww’ colour, and that is exactly what this is. Sadly for your Fwaaslaath, though, it just seems to draw attention to his mismatched jawline and the way that one headknob is slightly bigger than the other.

If you’ve not guessed this next bit, then shame on you! :p We’re talking, of course, about his silvery left front paw – a tribute to the claw that Buster wears after his incident with a loose seal, of course! Oh, and there’s cherry red talons in there too, simply because it’s a purty colour.

Buster: Mom, I'm half machine! I'm a monster!
-Arrested Development

Now, flying. We already mentioned his too-small wings. They just don’t seem in proportion, so it may leave you wondering just how, exactly, he’s going to be in flight. But you needn’t worry, because Fwaaslaath is a dragon, and dragons are born to fly! He may prefer to drop into the air rather than launch himself like a lot of the smaller, nimbler dragons.

Once he’s up there though, there’s no stopping him. He may not be the quickest, but, considering his size, he can turn on a dime and will often demonstrate this ability to you. But, to be honest, that’s about all he can do – he’s no aerial acrobat, though he will like to try and push his limits, just to show you, and himself, what he’s capable of. Just be sure you’ve got a tight control over him, because he may sometimes suggest doing stupid things – and while there are no seals on Pern big enough to bite off his paw, you just never know…

Personality

Oh, Alyeis – L’yei – how your poor character will suffer with this dragon. Not only does Fwaaslaath have that (albeit funky-sounding) weird name, and that weird-coloured hide and overshot top lip and everything, but he’s not even a ladies’ dragon underneath it all.

He’s really quite a lovely boy, Fwaaslaath is. He just happened to draw the short straw in the looks department (like a few other dragons in his clutch!). Yet beneath that muddied camouflage exterior there’s a heart of gold, a dragon who means well, who tries his best, and who has an odd passion for his mother. But more about that later.

Perhaps the Don't Call Me Guppy! Egg was nestled too deep in the Sands, or was near a hot spot or something, because it almost seems like Fwaaslaath was a little overcooked, shall we say? Mind-wise, that is. He’s not quite all there at all times, and he’s definitely not the sharpest tack in the box. Everything seems to be done slowly for him – thinking, especially. It’s probably just as well he’ll never have to deal with Thread in his lifetime, because there may have been a few concerns about sending him up there!

Lucille: Buster. Thank God you're back. There's no shame in being a coward.
Buster: A coward? I'm not a coward. Would I coward have THIS?
[holds out a stuffed seal]
Lucille: What the hell is that?
Buster: These are my awards, Mother. From Army. The seal is for marksmanship and the gorilla is for sand racing.
-Arrested Development

Fwaaslaath is slow to learn things. It may frustrate you a little through weyrlinghood when the other dragons are picking up the formations and so on that are still being drilled, because Fwaa will always be two steps behind where he’s meant to be. He tries his very best, bless him, though really he’s just not quite with it at times.
While he may appear rather dim, he’s not like that /all/ of the time – he has his moments of glory, few and far between though they may be.

«My weyrling training tells me that this is going to be a hot mission.»
“What? A hot mission?”
« Yes. I create a diversion, and you grab the meatrolls and go. We need a name for it…. Maybe ‘Operation Hot Meatrolls’? »

He’ll use references to his weyrling skills throughout his life, as if proud to say that he got through the training, even though every other dragon does it.

One thing you’ll find that never goes away with Fwaaslaath is that he’s incredibly clingy. It’s especially with you – you will not be allowed out of his sight while he’s awake for a lot longer than the other weyrlings and their human partners… he’ll most likely even try to follow you to the latrines. A firm hand will stop him, though he’ll be there in your mind the whole time, ensuring that you don’t go /too/ far.

And while he’s clingy with you, he’s almost as bad with Cadgwith. For most dragons their parentage means nothing, but for some reason, Fwaaslaath has a fascination with his mother, bordering on obsession. It’s not necessarily a pervy one, but you’ll find that in his mind, she’s the ultimate of everything, and he’s going to do whatever he can to stay on her good side, to keep her happy, and he’ll do everything she’ll ask of him. This may irritate her and Pyrene, but he doesn’t care. If you don’t know him, then you’ll probably think he’s a little… weird, but to those who do they accept him.

George Sr.: I really don't know. Maybe it was the eleven months he spent in the womb. The doctor said there were claw marks on the walls of her uterus. But he was her "miracle baby." And I-I was just too burnt out on raising you guys to care. So… he turned out a little soft, you know, a little doughy.
-Arrested Development


Buster: And I'm going to continue dating, Mom.
Michael: It sounds a little bit like 'dating Mom'.
Buster: It's starting to feel a little like it.
-Arrested Development

You’re going to have to play the big brother role, L’yei, because your dragon will need guidance throughout his life. Fwaaslaath isn’t so good at making decisions, as his common sense just seems to have been left behind in his shell. It’s not that he can’t fend for himself, he’ll just sometimes need you (or Cadgwith) to give him a push in the right direction, and he’ll rely very heavily on you to provide that direction to ensure that he doesn’t end up in trouble, even though he may not be looking for it!

Buster: No mother, I can blow myself. You've interfered for the last time.
-Arrested Development

Just to add to the oddness of your dragon, he’s got a definite penchant for aquatic foods, even though he can’t ever get enough to fill himself. Specifically he likes spiderclaws and other shellfish, shells and all. He does, however, have a voracious love for hunting regular dragon-food.

Flights

If there’s one thing that Fwaaslaath is totally hopeless with, it’s the girls. Green or gold, he just doesn’t know how to approach them in a romantic sense, and if, by some miracle, he’s approached by them, he’ll find himself unable to say the right thing – you might find he’ll be asking you for your advice in how to chat them up.

Instincts will take over though when one of the girls rises. He may not chase every single dragon that goes up, simply because he’s not quite got enough confidence in his catching abilities, but you’ll find that if there’s one dragon he’ll try constantly to chase, it’s his dam, Cadgwith.

Michael: Shouldn't Buster be spending his evenings with women that aren't so much … his mother?
Lucille: He's a beautiful boy…they don't appreciate him. It's his glasses…they make him look like a lizard…plus he's self-conscious.
Michael: Gee, I wonder why.
-Arrested Development

When he does choose to participate in a flight and your minds merge, you may feel a loss of confidence, but a sense of determination. Speed is beyond him, and acrobatics aren’t his forte, so Fwaaslaath has to rely on luck and chance for the most part when it comes to that final, entangling capture.

Hopefully we’ve captured what you wanted in your Fwaaslaath! We had a theme of marine animals, and your delightfully fugly dragon is based on the rather icky lancet fish. And since you asked for Buster Bluth (and the research of this character has actually made Liza dream of him), we’ve tied in as much of him as we possibly could have done, from his hatchling name to his desc to his adoration of Cadgwith!

Credits

Name: Liza
Egg Desc: Tian
Dragonet Desc: Liza; Shazi, Pyrene tweak
Messages: Tye
Puppeteer: (N/A)
Inspiration: Liza, Rianna, Xayna

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