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What is the difference between a hatchling and a whelp

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Re: What is the difference between a hatchling and a whelp

Post by Saphira » August 24th, 2016, 11:18 pm

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Personally, I think a hatchling is a dragon that has just hatched up to a dragon that has lived for a year. A whelp has lived longer than that.

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Post by Nabalazs » August 27th, 2016, 12:13 am

Saphira wrote:Personally, I think a hatchling is a dragon that has just hatched up to a dragon that has lived for a year. A whelp has lived longer than that.
Something like how humans call them newborn and baby? Seems logical!
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Re: What is the difference between a hatchling and a whelp

Post by Ziea Ebbon » August 30th, 2016, 7:07 am

I have to agree there with welp being a baby dragon and hatcling being just born.
Though personally I have found it... More comfortable to call them just baby dragons

I dont know why... Tipically cause in my mind they can only be classified as a hatchling for the short while after they break out the egg.

Welp? Yea I might refer to them as such when they habe grown up a little.

Though what word would you use for a "teenager" dragon?

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Re: What is the difference between a hatchling and a whelp

Post by Dragonhunter4321 » September 2nd, 2016, 4:40 am

Again, teenage dragons up to adult are drakes :)
Wyrm are fully grown adults
D&D actually calls teenage dragons juvenile.
And child dragons wyrmlings.
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Re: What is the difference between a hatchling and a whelp

Post by Rendrassa » September 3rd, 2016, 6:01 am

Ziea Ebbon wrote: Though what word would you use for a "teenager" dragon?
Fledgling is what I call them. My mate says adolescent.
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Re: What is the difference between a hatchling and a whelp

Post by Drakkir » September 7th, 2016, 11:27 pm

My personal opinion is that drakes are entirely different than dragons. (also wyvern and wyrm as well)

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I would personally keep Drake, Dragon, Wyrm, and Wyvern separate. My opinion of course :)

To stay on topic, here are some other terms I have found:
Hatchling
Dragonette (miniature dragon)
Dragonlette (variant of dragonette with no official definition)
Fledgling (only if they grow feathers though)

But of course this depends on personal opinion. Mine is hatchling, dragonlette, adolescent, adult, patriarch/matriarch.
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Re: What is the difference between a hatchling and a whelp

Post by LokiDragon » September 8th, 2016, 9:49 pm

Actually a dragonette is a miniature dragon, about the size of a large fruit bat. The word was used to describe pterodactyl fossils by medieval folks who made up several legends about them. Think of them like a dwarf wyvern, subspecies!

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Re: What is the difference between a hatchling and a whelp

Post by Drakkir » September 8th, 2016, 10:30 pm

I updated my previous post. My mistake :)

Though a lot of books on dragons do call baby dragons dragonettes. (Temeraire Series)

It wouldn't be a bad term to use, though I still prefer dragonlette.

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Re: What is the difference between a hatchling and a whelp

Post by Barroth » September 29th, 2016, 11:38 am

The term "Hatchling" just refers to a animal recently born from an egg; birds, snakes, fish, and other reptiles. Whelp is any newborn carnivorous mammal. What Deadalus said.

I second this.

Drake is a term for a male duck, but it also means "Dragon" though not specific on gender. So using that to refer to male dragons is something that I'd assume was picked up by media and sort of stuck. (Deadalus)

But I have a question about the term ''drake'' I know it's widely accepted among this fandom that a drake is a male dragon. What do you mean with pickup by the media?
My logic would be: Classical western dragon, 6 limbs, male or female. Wyvern dragon: 4 limbs, male or female. Wyrm: serpentine dragon, x limbs... male or female. And the drake: usually 4 limbs, male or female, but unabe to fly, wingless, or with small wings which it can't fly. I've seen these ''drakes'' in multiple videogames and pictures and were labeled as drakes. (I'm sure there're more types of dragons, but these came to mind)
If one would disagree with this, what's a wingless dragon called?
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Re: What is the difference between a hatchling and a whelp

Post by Drakkir » September 29th, 2016, 6:42 pm

A noodle :D

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