There was an unusual determination in his eyes. Aster mentally filed that one away; maybe he could do a little more with that. But for now, he focused on the task at hand.
“Alright then. Grunty, breathe fire.”
It was amazing how well this worked. Grunty took a little longer to gather his breath, but when he let it out this time, a veritable torrent of flame came out, and neatly immolated the ever-loving stuffing, so to speak, out of the shabby wooden dummy. “Wow,” Aster said. He had been right to steer clear of it. Even at a distance, he felt a little hot.
There, said Grunty, sounding particularly satisfied. That’ll show him.
“It sure will,” Aster said. Nevermind the fact that the half breed might well be resistant to fire if it could breathe the stuff itself. “Let’s have you try again. This time I’m not going to make a dummy, you’re just going to think of him yourself, alright?”
“Great. Now, breathe fire,” Aster said. Grunty took another deep breath, and loosed a long tongue of flame. It wasn’t quite as big as the last one, but it was plenty big enough; certainly bigger than what he had been doing previously. It made Aster wonder just how much animosity Grunty actually harbored, hidden away under his placid exterior.
Well, at least it was useful right now.
“Let’s do it a few more times,” Aster said.
They did less practice with this than they did with the smaller flames, partially because at first the idea was just to get Grunty used to breathing fire period. But the larger breaths also took more out of him, and Aster didn’t want Grunty to over-exert himself. Besides which, there was only so much ground they could char before Aster began getting seriously concerned. The area was only sparsely covered with grass, and he wouldn't exactly miss it, but still.
They did practice the big breaths over the course of the next few days, at which point Grunty’s reaction speed improved again, but the first day had laid the groundwork for his getting the concept down, and the rest was all just ironing out the details. It was still good practice, especially in terms of getting him ready for a theoretical confrontation where speed might be an issue, but no one expected a Thundergug to be real fast.
And Grunty hadn't, by some miracle, managed to burn anything down that he wasn't supposed to in the intervening time. To that end, Aster's plan was a wild success, as far as he was concerned. Hopefully now that he knew how to do it when he wanted, he could also... not do it when he didn't. That was how these things worked, right?
Well, he had a fire breathing Thundergug now. Wasn’t that a terrifying thought.
Darky: Does anybody remember how those breedings worked? Were they just bought of USD or was it like a special offer thing Spirit did?
Oct 17, 2019 8:44:23 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Maybe if they had been bred more, there might have been a few mixes of it. :3
Oct 17, 2019 8:39:02 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I hadn't checked that yet, but that sounds similar to the Kairfuryoo in that only a few where able to get mixed colors from them.
Oct 17, 2019 8:38:17 GMT -6
Renathan: Yeah, them dragon-oaks are pretty grand. It looks like dragon oaks didn't have offspring that were between colors on the parents though, those are the exact colors of the parents. /checked them out on the genealogy thread
Oct 17, 2019 7:26:19 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Aww, I like the little Dragon-Oaks, they remind me of the Draconics in how the babies looked in the past. <3
Oct 16, 2019 23:47:25 GMT -6
fieraferella: also holy cow ashe, that image gallery is massive!!! thank you so much for showing it to us!
Oct 16, 2019 19:56:04 GMT -6
fieraferella: Oooh, I remember the new egg hype! That was always the best- i was so excited to see what they'd turn into!
Oct 16, 2019 19:07:57 GMT -6
Morgan: *Folks: Save your posts for a bit. The site is derpin'.
Oct 16, 2019 19:02:00 GMT -6
Darky: And even if some things are completely lost, we have enough material to remake missing bits by reusing linearts and files with a little colour fiddling~
Oct 16, 2019 18:16:32 GMT -6
Renathan: I miss it too. x3 Hopefully someday we can find a way to restore more of what was lost a little at a time.
Oct 16, 2019 18:14:57 GMT -6
Darky: This is just another huge step closer to getting the base files in order, to the point we can start filling in Stat pages with actual examples again~
Oct 16, 2019 18:12:39 GMT -6
Ashe: I miss the excitement. Spirit would post eggs, we'd go crazy, they'd hatch, we'd level them all up asap just in case lol
Oct 16, 2019 18:07:52 GMT -6
Renathan: I'm glad it was easier than expected though! Just... Kinda makes me realize how much we've lost over the years in site functionality? Makes it even sweeter that we've got some of it back.
Oct 16, 2019 18:06:03 GMT -6
Ashe: I'll have to do some organizing, and I'll add stuff if I find more, but I'm glad I finally got to share these. I was at a loss; it would be a TON to add to PB, and I'm not familiar with many sharing methods. This was easy peasy
Oct 16, 2019 18:03:17 GMT -6
Renathan: Those little dragonoaks and the jackaroos are just -scream- cute.
Oct 16, 2019 18:02:22 GMT -6
Renathan: Thanks for showing us them, Ashe!
Oct 16, 2019 18:02:06 GMT -6
Flare: The mussimander babies are SO CUTE
Oct 16, 2019 18:02:00 GMT -6