werewolves stink like wet dog and shed all over your furniture and are probably really really needy around a full moon and wake u up all the time with questions about morality but on the other hand vampires are like “øh hëllö thêrę vøuld yoü lïke to help me örganise mai evening vear closët for the third time this veëk :)” so really you cant win
The Skull Face Drake is the smallest of the Jack-O-Lantern genus.
While most of this genus display their jack-o-lantern pattern’s via their inflated throat pouches, aside from the Pumpkin King Drake, the Skull Face must inflate it’s entire body to reveal the trademark smile.
Despite the impressive defense of a Jack-O-Lantern smile, the first line of defense is to be as in inconspicuous as possible. The Skull Face will release a fowl oder, should provoked, and remain still to give the impression that it is a decomposing corps. Should this not deter a predator it will then inflate as a last ditch effort.
While quite buoyant when inflated, flight can become quite cumbersome do to the distended underbelly.
Humans will often only be able to migrate to fully grown islands under atrocious circumstances, such as seeking refuge from war or famine, as fully grown islands are very cautious of newcomers and can usually tell when a person has come to stay for reasons other than dire necessity.
Young islands may be assigned a keeper for emotional support if a parent doesn’t return to raise them in the wild. Keepers are highly respected in society and always begin work as children. This is because magical bonds between children have been proven to be many times stronger than those of adults.
The keepers themselves are fully incapable of all magic after naming their island charges. To forge the bond that will (with luck) allow keepers to remain alive for the 500 years necessary for an island to reach adulthood, keepers give up their own names and go without for the rest of their lives.
Can the Keeper speak with the Island, or is it like a person with their pet? Is the magic that gives up the name able to let them speak?
They can’t speak with eachother in the most traditional sense, but they’re significantly more attuned to the emotions of living things in general after the naming ceremony, so grown islands who have had keepers in the past are more willing to lend a hand to those in need
Does the Island get the name that the keeper had, or is it chosen by one of them?
It’s traditional to give the island a name with the same amount of letters as the keepers previous name, but newer keepers have started naming them after loved ones
yo but mermaid monster hybrids though
- vampire mermaids who prey on their own kind — when they get bitten, their scales fall off, their tails turn a slick and fleshy grey, a dorsal fin begins to sprout from their spine, and suddenly there’s six rows of teeth where once there was only one
- mermaid medusas who’ve got eels for hair and it’s not their gaze that can turn you to stone but their song
- fairy mermaids who’re born of spite and mischief — they’re small, the size of seahorses, and they speed through the currents causing mayhem and sometimes destruction
- were-mermaids who turn into huge, hulking great whites when the full moon filters through the deep waters, who cannot be restrained because what shackles can you find in the deep?, who leave blood and guts in their wake
Let’s go deeper
- Mermaid dryads tied to a whole kept forest, fins and hair perfectly camouflaged with their natural habitat. They drift serenely through their gardens until it is threatened, when the whole kelp forest turns on the attacker and drags it down to its death.
- Elementally aligned mermaids – air-aligned mermaids leap joyously from the water and glide on tough fins, punching through the surface of the water like tiny spears of silver-blue. Fire-aligned mermaids drawn to deep volcanic vents, blind and sickly-white with teeth that fit together like a sieve.
- Kraken mermaids.
““In Elven society caring for the children is considered a task for the menfolk,” said Elliot, sighing and wondering why nobody ever bothered to read a book.
“Of course it is,” said Serene. “The woman goes through the physically taxing and bloody experience of childbirth. A woman’s experience of blood and pain is, naturally, what makes womankind particularly suited for the battlefield. Whereas men are the softer sex, squeamish about blood in the main. I know it is the same for human men, Luke was extremely disinclined to discuss my first experience of a woman’s menses.”
Luke stared ferociously into the middle distance, obviously trying to visualize himself somewhere else, having an entirely different conversation. Serene patted him on the back.
“Perfectly all right, I should have had more respect for you delicate masculine sensibilities.”
“Thank you,” said Luke, sounding very far away.
“What, you people expect a woman to tear apart their bodies and then go to all the bother of raising the children? That takes years, you know,” Serene remarked sternly. “The women’s labour is brief and agonizing, and the man’s is long and arduous. This seems only just. What on earth are men contributing to their children’s lives in the human world? Why would human woman agree to have a child?”
“The more she talks the more sense it all makes,’ said Elliot. “Has anyone else discovered this?””
— Sarah Rees Brennan, In Other Lands
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