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Description: thin; gray, purple, maroon, red, or blue scales; ruff in front of earholes; fins behind legs; long fangs; can be bipedal

Abilities: fairly resistant to disease; venom; hallucinogenic substance in their venom causes dizziness and/or illusions

Location: island just off the coast next to a far north scavenger den

Queen (Canon Timeline): Queen Jinx

Alliances: SeaWings, IceWings

Trickwing Standard 2017

Anybody can create a TrickWing, as long as they don't take credit for the idea of TrickWings.

You don't have to ask RimeTheIcewing to make a TrickWing. You can create as many TrickWings as you want whenever you want to, just ask RimeTheIcewing before making a royal figure though.

Appearance

In their natural state, a very thin grey, purple, red or blue dragon with a very large maw often in a grin. They have large-sized frills near their earholes and may or may not have horns. Unlike other types of dragons, Trickwings don't have full ears, only small ear holes behind their frills, the frills being used to channel sounds into them.

On their talons, they have small hooked claws, great for climbing and digging into their prey. Their eyes are green, yellow, purple and sometimes red, with a black or light grey sclera.

TrickWings can stand on two legs if needed. They sometimes have patterns on their scales, though such patterns are rarely complex. They have normal sized wings and the tip of their tails always darkens to black unless the dragon is an animus, where it goes to a bright red.

TrickWings have small frills on their ankles and wrists. These are mainly for show, and attract mates, but if they are folded up and pointed out, they can act as tiny blades.

A TrickWing's underbelly is often slightly deeper colored than their main bodies, and have thicker scales.

Disease

TrickWings are actually fairly resistant to disease, being scavengers regularly eating half-rotten flesh, but are prone to several common infections. The most common being venom stiffness, a regular, non-fatal condition where the TrickWing's venom hardens, often due to too much salt and not enough water in their diet. This can cause discomfort and some pain. It usually wears off in a few days.

Another common condition is Abnormal Molting Scale Disease (AMSD) or as most TrickWings call it, Blood Flakes, is a condition that causes them to bleed when shedding, an especially painful disease during a molt. The causes are widely varied, but this disease rarely kills a TrickWing on its own, and certainly never a healthy one.

Birth defects are actually quite common in Trickwings. It is one of the sole things that keeps the Trickwing population from booming, as each female can lay over thirty fertile eggs in her life. Most of these are fatal, and if they aren't, often lower the chance of the dragonet making to adulthood. It isn't uncommon to see Trickwings with only one fang, or no tail.

Powers

Can create tempory illusions, breathe weak venom and fly quite fast. They prefer to hunt in groups with their siblings to make up for their weak physical power and often drive their target to near insanity before eating them.

They prefer to attack like raptors, jabbing and clawing before retreating or going in for the kill. One of their rumored powers is causing bad luck to non-TrickWings, but this has yet to be proved.

Their illusions come from a hallucinogenic substance in their venom, which causes dizziness and mild illusions. Dragons under it often become panicked and disoriented. The venom itself can only cause temporary damage and can't kill a dragon alone. TrickWings have an immunity to the venom, except a few born defective, always seeing illusions due to their own venom. Certain skilled TrickWings, called Crowtongues, can control what the victim sees by their voices. This can be extremely useful, but not many of these masters remain.

Some TrickWings can also mimic voices, if exposed to them enough.

For more, see Trickwing Venom and Gasblows

Names:

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They often pick names related to folklore and superstition, but have also been known to have names related to luck like Four-Leaf and Rabbit-Foot. They almost always selected their own names due to many of them being born with only their sisters and brothers. If the superstition/mystic object/whatever is two words, they have a hyphen (-) connecting them.

Some example names (feel free to take):

Coin, Evil-Eye, Witch, Lucky, Talisman, Sly Slither


Queen: Jinx


History:

Long ago, the TrickWings lived on the mainland, south to the IceWings, and the two groups prospered. However, during the NightWing-IceWing war, the TrickWings refused to help the IceWings, and they were banished from their kingdom for not helping in the war.

The TrickWings, at the time, few in numbers, fled to a small island. It was cold in the winter, but lush with pine trees and wildlife. The Trickwings evolved a bipedal stance to help them forage the berry-bushes of their bright new island, and to catch the plentiful fish that roamed the seas.

Some dragons, of the original royal line, had an ability called Mist-Weaving. They could call upon and shift the mists to their will, at the cost of vital life-force.

A few years after the war, the volcano on the NightWing island erupted, and the NightWings searched for an island. The TrickWings, quite prideful that nobody could or would attack their island, relaxed and created Centera. They never thought that anybody would want it besides themselves.

However, once the NightWings discovered the little island, they wanted it for themselves, and the TrickWings couldn't do anything to stop them, as they were not prepared. As the TrickWings began to die, and the main NightWing force closed in, the queen, Queen Charm, cloaked the island in a chilling fog, and used up all her power, killing herself. The NightWing fleet, lost in the deep fog, was dragged into the ocean and picked off one by one. Only the main ship and a few scout ships made it out.

The Queen's bloodline ended, as well as all Mistwielders, yet the fog still swirls around the island, and only the most daring dragons find their way in.

Today, all Queens take the oath of Charm before gripping the crown for the first time, and she is revered as a hero. The current Queen, Jinx, has been pushing for the TrickWings to go out further into the world, eager to meet other tribes and perhaps, make off with some wealth.


Society:

They live on an island just off the coast next to a far north scavenger den, hidden by fog and illusions, forcing almost all outsiders away. Most TrickWing parents leave their children alone, as TrickWings can care for themselves at birth, like MudWings. On Centera, however, where buildings and towns are, a parent may keep their eggs in their home. Trickwings born on in the capital often take up their parent's trade.

The first to hatch will almost always be male (about 90% male 10% female), as male eggs hatch faster, and will protect the other eggs until they are ready. The TrickWings grow up in packs made of their brothers and sisters, or with their parents if they are lucky. Most packs build their own homes, often from wood or stone, though some choose the more traditional route by using a cavern.

Packs are mainly consistent of young brothers and sisters who do not have mates yet. They will stay in these packs, hunting, scavenging and foraging for food with their family. When the Trickwing finds a mate, it will go to live with them, leaving their pack behind (though occasionally, a sibling or second mate will go with them). Stealing from your pack is considered a grievous offense, and Trickwings have strong sibling bonds.

Most Trickwings cannot survive on their own, especially very young or old Trickwings, so when a Trickwing's mate dies of old age or disease, they might go back to their old pack. Usually one or two Trickwings never leave the pack, and stay single, as to provide a service for their older siblings. These Trickwings usually hunt for their own food, and are often wandering merchants, selling hides, gems or whatever else they find.

Trickwings who find mates often build their final homes on Centera or the northern coast line, out of hardy materials that can resist the cold. Their, them and their mate are expected to take up a trade, working in fields like agriculture, woodworking, masonry, military, jewelry and arts.

Trickwings are not known for being the most educated of dragons, but elders love to teach younger dragonets the tricks of the trades, and combined with their natural cunning, Trickwings are rather intelligent in gold-keeping, art, speaking to others and building. It is said that a Trickwing could turn any piece of garbage into an object worth gold, whether by lies, or by craftsmanship.

They often visit the mainland to mess around with other dragons and scavengers, earning their title but they rarely do any real harm unless attacked. They just like to fool other dragons and steal food to eat, so they don't have to go on tiring hunting trips.

Sometimes TrickWings will get infected bites like NightWings, due to their poor eating habits, but unless found out right after they got it, they will most likely infect themselves, due to their habit of licking themselves like cats when dirty. TrickWings don't use currency, but rather goods, to pay each other. TrickWings are scavengers mostly, but sometimes they will hunt live prey, and yes, sometimes even live dragons of other tribes, though it is very rare, only engaged in by the most uncivilized and remote packs.

They don't have much government outside of Centera, a trade and military city on the TrickWing island.

Loners:

TrickWings who are born without siblings, killed their siblings or are cast out of their pack are considered loners, without a pack. They have few hopes of ever surviving if they were born this way, as TrickWings are fairly weak at birth and rely on each other to gather enough food.

A cast-out TrickWing is probably unaccustomed to alone life, and find hunting and stealing harder than they thought. These TrickWings often seek risky and dangerous magical and tech ways to enhance their strength or agility. These TrickWings do tend to live ordinary lives though, if they survive to mating season and/or find their own den.

TrickWings who kill their siblings are seen as monsters, and avoided by any TrickWing who knows what they did. In fact, loners in general are feared because of this minority. These TrickWing killers are most often fully grown, and may be insane, generally cruel or mercenaries. They tend to survive on their own quite well, stealing and pillaging.

Centera:

Once they were expelled from the Icewing shores, most TrickWings settled on the larger island, Hel'Sar (Home of the Cold). with a single city of TrickWings in the middle, with scattered villages around. This city is known as Centera and is home to the Queen as well as the famous Cornucopia Festival, where food from all over Pyrrhia is exchanged.

The city is mostly made up of medieval-style wooden buildings, home to traders who can afford to live next to the palace, which is built into a small mountain range on the side of the city and is made of stone with beautiful silk hangings on the walls and ceiling, making it look as though it is always night inside.

The columns are inlaid with silver, as well as amethyst and ruby gemstones. The garden outside of the castle is filled with plants that thrive under the cliff's shadow, and elegant flowers that blossom even in the cold. The flowers are animus-enchanted to only be able to be picked by the Queen, and to never wither. Though Jinx, the current queen, prefers gems to flowers, many Trickwing queens of old have adorn themselves with the bright blue blossoms.

This city is the only place strictly governed in the Trickwing kingdom, with thieves and murderers sent to Centera Underground, a dark, damp prison recently dug out. It is full of rats and spiders, more of a caged pit than a proper prison.

The Queen

The Queen commands the army and makes deals with other tribes, in addition to making the laws. Her advisor, though not with inherently much power, carries great influence over the queen. The Kings have always traditionally served as the head of the army's top pack, as a "big brother" of sorts to the most skilled of warriors. Prince heirs may go on to become nobles, but by Trickwing law, the King must be the one who marries the Queen (so unless there's incest or a mass murder of princess heirs, no princes become kings).

The princesses often kill each other when they are young, leaving the Queen with only around 2 or 3 surviving dragonets when they reach adulthood, where, by TrickWing law, they can challenge the Queen.

However, their tests aren't ones of brute force, but of cunning, intelligence and agility. These are known as the Three Trials. The first one consists of trying to convince a guard to give you the key to the next challenge, a deed they are ordered not to do. This task is assigned to the most powerful of Trickwing Warriors, and it is a great honour to be the "Key-Bearer". Queens and challenger alike often resort to dirty tactics, finding blackmail on the bearer before the match, or outright trying to murder them during it.

The second, a simple riddle from the library of puzzles, a collection made by the first Trickwing Queen, rumored to contain 7000 riddles. This one, although the least dangerous of the trials, is often one of the longer ones, as the first queen, Silver-Tongue, had a pen quite befitting her clever speeches. Those who answer incorrectly are given a notch upon their delicate underbelly, oftentimes hundreds of notches found in the underbelly of new queens, though they light, and fade with time (though the painful memories of that library do not often fade away as easily, and many queens rarely visit it).

The third, the one which most older Queens lose, is a race with many obstacles, deadly ones, in the Hall of Royal Crimson (aptly named for the smears of royal blood staining it's many traps). The one to get to the end first wins, or if the Queen or princess dies, the surviving one. At the end of the Hall, there lies a single scroll, declaring the Oath of Charm. The one who gets there must repeat the oath out loud, for all shall hear that she is Queen.

Trickwing Military

Centera is also home to the TrickWing Military, a quite small but talented group of TrickWings sent in small packs to kill single enemies or the entire army to defend Centera or attack others.

They have developed a weapon called a VENOM, or Gasblow, a thick, short metal rod with a button on it. Pressing the button heats up the TrickWing Venom inside by igniting a flame, causing it to evaporate and presses it out and away from the group, firing a stream of highly-concentrated venom at the enemy. This is used to poison enemies from far away, and a TrickWing can refill it with their own venom. Keep in mind that the average TrickWing only produces enough venom at one time to refill 1 or 2 times.

Some Trickwings have developed their own style of fighting that involves a combination of venom poisoning, and, oddly enough, their voices. Trickwings in highly specialized military positions, known as Crowtongues, serve as specialized torturers, live in Blackmist Tower in Centera. They are used to extract information, the most powerful tool of all to a Trickwing.

They scorn the usual Gasblow, instead choosing to use their own fangs for the injection. Once their victim is poisoned, Crowtongues will hold them down, pinning them to the ground or chaining them up.

Chains, shackles and rope are often used to restrain the victim, as the Trickwing flies around their prey in a sort of combative dance. Once the victim is unable to move, the Crowtongue uses their manipulative voices to make the victim envision horrid things in their hallucinations. They whisper, all the while they fill their breath with venom. Common tactics include convincing the victim they are drowning, making them imagine they are bleeding out, or convincing them that the Crowtongue isn't a Trickwing, but something else, often an ally. They are masters at manipulating the visions their venom causes.

Crowtongues are very rare, but all Trickwings with enough venom can become Crowtongues if they train for years on end. The art of speaking is carefully controlled by the Blackmist family, who owns the tower and is responsible for interrogations of enemies. Within battle, Crowtongues can restrain enemies well, but they are rarely lethal, as the Crowtongue is not meant to kill.

They can be distinguished from normal Trickwings by the tattoo of a feather on their tongues, which is the final step to becoming a part of the Crowtongues. Any who are found practicing this talent without a tattoo is sent to Blackmist Tower to become one, or thrown in prison, depending on their wealth and status.

Fel'Sar, Home of The Elders

Trickwing territory covers 2 islands, the second named Fel'Sar (Home of the Elders, or translated literally, Elder Home). The island is the smaller of the two, and is shaped like an eye, with ridges for pupils and ancient glowing trees for irises. The trees, large in nature, have amber leaves that reflect light making them look as though they are glowing.

Fel'Sar was once a home for Trickwings who were too old to hunt/work, who rested upon its bountiful shores. Some criminals were also sent to the middle of the island, where an old prison resides at the bottom of the ridges. Most have escaped, and their families continue to live on this island. When the mist was put up, most of the dragons on this island were trapped here, unable to find their way to the mainland.

Fel'sar is now controlled and only inhabited by the descendants of the Trickwings of the prisoners from Hel'Sar, and the descendants of many lost explorers. The spires of cobblestone around the island as old and cracking, and there are many small stone farms all over the island, farming pumpkins, squash and corn.

It had only advanced in tech a little bit since the cloaking of the main island, but the lost explorers did introduce a vast amount of cultures, which sometimes clash. There are an abnormally high amount of Trickwing hybrids on the island because of all the explorers that got lost in Centera's mist and crashed here.

Alliances/Relations:

IceWings: The TrickWings still have a shaky, but somewhat nice alliance with the IceWings, but the IceWings still hold a shred of resentment towards them for the war. Ultimately though, they are allies if a time comes when they are in peril again.

SandWings, MudWings: SandWings and Mudwings are hesitant to deal with the TrickWings due to their often-cunning leaders and bad reputation with NightWings. Trickwings are known to steal from their treasures on rare occasions, often by trickery and for the more... violent Trickwings, murder. Trickwings are considered little more than criminals.

However, recently in the events of the Sandwing war, more Trickwings are being accepted as troops in Blaze's army. Jinx wasn't exactly thrilled, but she offered some of the Trickwing military for the war.

NightWings:The Nightwings once tried to take over TrickWing Island when their own island began going downhill. They have a very negative relation, with TrickWings being known stealers even from the NightWings, with as little as they had. After the move to the RainWing Kingdom, most TrickWings have no idea where they are.

RainWings: RainWings, hearing the tales from the NightWings, are a bit wary with TrickWings and every so often, one or two will fly by the rainforest, but little effort has been made for any communication with more than those occasional fliers and/or traders. Those the Rainwings have found tend to be respectful, if a bit sneaky.

SkyWings: Trickwings are deeply scared of the Skywings, but harbor enough respect for them out of those aspects alone to not steal or trick them. Most Skywings are neutral about the Trickwings.

MoonWings: The Trickwings are allies of the Moonwings, being on the same side. Surprisingly though, this alliance wasn't just about the wealth or the war, but has been going on for quite a while, with Trickwing traders and pilgrims travelling along the coast to sell goods, eventually making friends with the dragons that lived along it.

SeaWings: The Trickwings are friends with the Seawings, and have been for a long while. Before they were banished to the island, it was normal for Trickwings to fly across Pyrrhia to trade with Seawing shore merchants or see the sights. It was rumored that the first Trickwing animus came from a hybrid of a Seawing animus and the second queen of the Trickwings, Ritual. Because Trickwings can't breath underwater, most haven't seen the Seawing Kingdom in it's full glory, but most Trickwings have enjoyed their visit.

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More stuff:

On average, a TrickWing lays about 5 eggs per season, and has 3-6 breeding seasons per life. However, cases of up to 8 breeding seasons have been recorded. These seasons typically occur during the spring, where male Trickwings will fan their impressive frills to attract female Trickwings.

TrickWings are not always smart or tricky and some prefer to hunt rather than scavenge and steal. Some are legitimate and trustworthy individuals. Think of it as the stereotype of a grumpy Skywing, which while it may be true for many, is not for all.

Near the end of winter, there will be a TrickWing festival on their island, where TrickWings will come from all-around Pyrrhia to trade exotic goods. It is called "The Carnival of Fools", named for the frenzied thievery and fighting that goes on in the island during this time. This festival also lines up with the Trickwing's natural mating season, producing a wild crowd of males and females fighting for attention, doing all sorts of acts to catch the attention of others.

TrickWing packs tend to live in one cave together until they have a mate, at which point they will often leave.

TrickWing venom becomes dry and grimy as they grow older, and many very old TrickWings can't create illusions or poison foes.

Queen Jinx isn't related to the original bloodline of queens. She is instead related to an ancient family of advisors, the Whisper-Winds.

Centera Trickwings use last names when addressing formally. These family names usually have something to do with the family's business if they have one. Otherwise, it will probably relate to their appearance or any notable events in their family history. However, Trickwings that live far away from Centera, rarely, if ever, use their last name.

Tribe Members:

This is where you place your TrickWing Ocs names (if you want to).

Queen

Princesses/Princes

(Princesses are closed for now. Princes are still open though.)

TrickWing Members

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