Herpy.nu will close down in January 2018 - will be replaced by something new and better.

Herpy has had a good 13 year run and will never be forgotten for those of us who experienced it. Sadly the site is today unappealing and is no longer fit for the audience of 2018, and years of smear campaigns have given us a reputation that has been hard to shake. We therefore made the choice to close the site and move on to a brighter future. While the forums will be archived as a memory of times of past greatness, new funds have been raised and new admins have been recruited to start working on a entire new community far away from Bad Dragon and any association with that company. The gallery will remain operational in the meantime. You can follow me on Twitter for further developments. We also have a Discord server which has become the heart of the community. If you wish to join it, send a PM to Valcyrie.

Herpy have always been my little lovechild since I joined over a decade ago. But he grew up, and as he has aged with dignity its time for his hatchling to take over. A fresh start for a new generation in a new era.

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Post by Valcyrie » January 27th, 2017, 9:15 pm

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Valcyrie wrote:Hmm... I'm actually not sure. Many dragons are portrayed in ways I don't like in most books.
I'm a little curious on some of these portrayals you aren't very fond of in books. And what would be a few things you do enjoy dragons being portrayed as? I know you mentioned Smaug as a good example, but I'm wondering if you can describe what it is you like to see in dragon portrayals.
Well, mostly dragons are portrayed as either mindless beasts or they are subjugated into mere mounts. "If the dragon dies its human rider lives on, but if the rider dies so does the dragon". It's stuff like that that really irks me. I mean, if we take a logical look at survivability, I would cast my vote on the great and ancient magical beast and not the pink meatbag <.-.<

However, I like dragons like Smaug. Intelligent creatures with a personality who makes choices. They are incredibly mighty with weapons in the shape of flame breath and magic combined with a armor strong enough to resist any handheld weapon of its time. Such a beast could lay waste to nations if it wanted to, but it chose not to. Smaug of all is evil, but a kind of delicious evil that I kind of like... <.-.<

I like how dragons are portrayed in Dungeons & Dragons. Some of them even live in working societies.
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Post by Xasin » January 28th, 2017, 12:06 am

[quote="Valcyrie"
Well, mostly dragons are portrayed as either mindless beasts or they are subjugated into mere mounts. "If the dragon dies its human rider lives on, but if the rider dies so does the dragon". It's stuff like that that really irks me. I mean, if we take a logical look at survivability, I would cast my vote on the great and ancient magical beast and not the pink meatbag <.-.<[/quote]

Interesting ... But definitely a notion I can agree with.

However, what do you think of the portrayal of dragons in that aspect in the Eragon book series?
There, neither dragon nor rider die when the other does - but due to their connection it does severely impact the other one. It's definitely different to the rider/mount relationship talked about in the quote, so I'm curious to know.
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Post by Valcyrie » January 29th, 2017, 12:12 am

I've only read the first book, where it was stated that the dragon dies but the rider survives. Overall it also felt like the book was more appealing to a younger audience, so I didn't follow the series anymore after that. However, if the realtionship between dragon and rider changes later on, then all for the better. But I don't know enough about it to say anymore, really.
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Post by Draco Solis » February 1st, 2017, 7:06 am

Valcyrie wrote:
Draco Solis wrote:
Valcyrie wrote:Hmm... I'm actually not sure. Many dragons are portrayed in ways I don't like in most books.
I'm a little curious on some of these portrayals you aren't very fond of in books. And what would be a few things you do enjoy dragons being portrayed as? I know you mentioned Smaug as a good example, but I'm wondering if you can describe what it is you like to see in dragon portrayals.
Well, mostly dragons are portrayed as either mindless beasts or they are subjugated into mere mounts. "If the dragon dies its human rider lives on, but if the rider dies so does the dragon". It's stuff like that that really irks me. I mean, if we take a logical look at survivability, I would cast my vote on the great and ancient magical beast and not the pink meatbag <.-.<

However, I like dragons like Smaug. Intelligent creatures with a personality who makes choices. They are incredibly mighty with weapons in the shape of flame breath and magic combined with a armor strong enough to resist any handheld weapon of its time. Such a beast could lay waste to nations if it wanted to, but it chose not to. Smaug of all is evil, but a kind of delicious evil that I kind of like... <.-.<

I like how dragons are portrayed in Dungeons & Dragons. Some of them even live in working societies.
Ahhh. Well, I gotta say that I feel the same way. x3
Also, funny how you use that quote from the Eragon movie. I actually read the original book a long while back and that whole "rider dies = dragon dies" detail was not in it. I remember it said that the death of one could have devastating effects on the other due to the sudden severing of their mental link (which could drive the survivor to madness or suicide whether it was the human or the dragon, but it didn't necessarily mean the other died as a result).
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Post by Valcyrie » February 12th, 2017, 8:30 pm

Huh, I have read the book but it was translated and I think they used something similar to "tear apart" which I did interpret as die.
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Post by Rex » February 23rd, 2017, 7:46 pm

Ever read the Temeraire books? I'm making my way through them. So good.

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Post by Valcyrie » February 24th, 2017, 1:18 am

Rex wrote:Ever read the Temeraire books? I'm making my way through them. So good.
No, I have not. I have so many books that I need to read <.-.>
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