Pearls of Atricis

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Pearls on Atricis: Awakening
Pearls are a dragonkin featured here on Atricis: Awakening that we designed specifically for this site to add some more variety for bondable creatures. They are highly bondable like dragons, whers, and Day Whers, but also have their own behaviors, appearance, and colors. We chose the name Pearls because unlike the dragons and whers being named by people, Pearls named themselves. Whether or not they are distantly or not at all related to dragons, whers, and day whers is left up to debate though it is obvious they are not closely related considering the environments the Pearls live in is so very different.

Pearls of the Ring Sea
The Pearls were not known to those of civilized Pern until a phenomenon caused them to leave their natural homes in the Ring Sea and around the Western Continent. There are few that know of the Eastern Ring of Islands, mainly the riders, dead and alive, who have had to deliver a criminal convicted of banishment to one of the small islands closest to the eastern coast of Northern Pern. There are none that know of the Western Continent, so beliefs of what familiar bonds the Pearls have to the dragons, whers, and day whers are as scattered as the islands they come from.

Pearl Eye Colors
Our Pearl eye colors are based off the information gathered by AMCAlmaron, we try to leave some room for player interpretation.Like dragons, Pearls sport multifaceted eyes. Just as dragons use their eyes to spot thread faster and easier, Pearls use their eyes to spot prey faster and easier. Their inner eyelids are made of a thick, but clear tissue that protects their eyes during their long dives. Like the day whers it appears that the Pearls can see equally in both lighting conditions, day or night. Their eyes also reflect with colors that indicate their moods. These colors tend to swirl and speckle in their eyes, with different color combinations capable of meaning various different emotions in the dragon. How fast the colors swirl can also indicate the intensity of their emotions at that moment. Generally, the basic colors are the same across all dragons, but due to the variation in how some dragons express themselves, some color combinations can have some slight variation from one dragon to the next. Overall, knowing a dragon personally makes it easier to interpret their more intricate, more subtle emotions. Below, however, are the basics:
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Green & Blue
Keywords: Content, Nautral, Happy, Love
Generally, Green tends to represent Contentedness, and tends to be a general shade for neutral emotions, but still positive. Blue, on the other hand, tends to mean more Joy and Elation, Love, and even positive excitement, making it more of an "extreme" end of positive emotions. Combinations of greens and blues are common, and indicate varying combinations of Neutral/Content and Joy/Love emotions.
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Yellow & Red
Keywords: Fear, Anxiety, Battle, Threadfighting
Yellow represents Fear and Anxiety, though some riders say a disapproving dragon may adopt yellow eyes as well. Yellow can also indicate more negative excitement. Yellow also combines with red during battle, suggesting a combination of anxiety and hostile anger is felt during a fight.
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Red & Orange
Keywords: Rage, Hostility, Mating, Irritation, Hunger
Red tends to be the overall color for Anger/Rage and Hostility. Orange tends to represent Irritation, but there is a lot of overlap between these two colors, suggesting that the amount of red in the eye could indicate how close to full Anger a pearl may becoming. Full red eyes also tend to indicate Hunger, and is the color when dragons Rise to Mate, reflecting both their anger and hunger when they Rise. Hatchlings also tend to hatch hungry, meaning they usually show red eyes up until they Impress.
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Purple & Lavender
Keywords: Worry, Concern, Stress
Purple is one of the more specific colors, usually showing during times of Worry of Concern. Lavender, on the other hand, tends to indicate stress, perhaps from a mixing of Purple and White.
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White & Gray
Keywords: Terror, Dread, Worry, Sickness, Pain, Sadness
White tends to indicate Terror or Dread, but can also indicate severe Worry. Gray can have similar meanings, but it usually indicates Sickness, Pain (physical or emotional), and Sadness.
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Rainbow
Keywords: Impression
While not common, rainbow is considered important because it denotes Impression. Because of this, the rainbow colors are only seen once in a Pearl's life, but are deemed amazing and important enough to be included here.
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Overall Appearance
At first glance, it is absolutely obvious that Pearls are different from the other dragonkin of Pern. They are so obviously different, in fact, that the first contact with them did not go well at all. Many mistook the Pearls as the rumored and barely seen monsters of the Crying Mountains deep in the Southern Continent. The most obvious difference that is noticed, beyond the fact they are water-dwellers, is their body shape. Their bodies resemble more of a tunnelsnake shape than dragon, wher, or day wher. Some referred to them as sea serpents which is an apt description.

Second major change is their limbs...or lack thereof. Pearls’ front limbs are short and stumpy looking and may seem as if they serve no purpose. That is far from the truth. In fact, those short flippered and clawed limbs are what help the Pearls to get around on land when they are not in the ocean. For all their shortness, they are made of solid muscle which is key in helping them to “walk” on land. They are decorated by almost quill looking fins that help to make them appear larger. Their back limbs are even smaller than the front, but they serve the same purpose.

Being water-dwelling creatures there are no need for wings at all. Instead of wings they have fins that are rather spread out and help the Pearls’ to maneuver through the water at top speeds as they can. Those fins appear to take up the same area as the wings use to….which leads many to think that they are far distant relatives that have gone unknown for many turns. Their tails widens out at the end to act as a propeller which allows them to speed through the water quickly. While they are water-dwellers, they do not breathe water. They have to hold their breaths like other air breathing creatures, but their lung capacity is great. Because of this, they can dive to a very deep depth in the hunt for food. The average amount of time a Pearl can stay underwater is 90 minutes.

Their heads is the closest feature that compares with dragons, whers, and day whers. There are a few differences, of course, but the overall shape is draconic in nature. Pearls’ headknobs are unique in that they don’t actually have a knob at the end. Instead, they end in a point. They work in the same method that other headknobs work, despite looking like they could be used as a weapon. One theory as to why they are without the knob is because it makes them a tiny bit more streamlined in the water. Another feature they have that the others don’t is whiskers. These long, thin tendrils are sensors to help the Pearls find objects and other animals in the water.

The last big difference between the Pearls and other dragonkin is their hide. Pearls do not sport the soft suede hide like the others, instead their hide is hard and thick and scaled. It’s as if their entire body is covered in armor plating. For all their rough hide, Pearls are very sensitive to touch. This is due to tiny bumps that appear all over their bodies. These bumps are touch sensors that allow the pearls to feel pressure and vibration better.

For information on colors, see below.
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General Behavior
Just as their appearance is vastly different from dragonkin, their behavior is unique itself. Despite the fact there are many different shades of Pearls, color does not denote position within the Glint. In a reverse of dragons, males hold the leadership within the glint. Generally, the largest and strongest male is the leader. A group of Pearls, called a Glint, can consist of anywhere between 5 to 20 Pearls. A very social creature, it is not uncommon for Pearls to be born into one glint and never leave it. They are very family oriented.

A glint has a similar social structure as a day wher pack does. However, instead of there being an alpha male and female, the glint is led by one male. The leader is determined by challenges of dominance. Pearls prefer to not attack each other outright, so a challenge is started by just using vocals. If one male or the other can prove themselves better just with their voice, then the victor is declared and the loser accepts the fact. Most often a challenge ends with the two males butting heads until one male subsides to the dominance of the other. Occasionally, the losing Pearl will be so embarrassed they will leave to join a new glint.

Other than the leader's position, there are not any other formal position, though it’s not abnormal for the leader to have a few special others that he relies on to make sure his glint is doing what they are suppose to. Interestingly, however, clutching females, likely due to their rarity and importance to the glint, are highly respected by the glint, and because of this often appear to act as "advisors" to the glint and sometimes even to the leader of the glint himself. Clutching females (as well as others selected by the leader) will often help the leader judge the worthiness of new pearls coming into the glint. This is a common occurrence. Young pearls, either male or female, will sometimes decide to leave their family glint and move to a new one. While family is important to pearls, if one wishes to leave they are not prohibited since it is good for the glints to gain new blood.

Pearls are very close to each other. While there is an overall loyalty to the species as a whole, a pearl will always put their glint first and foremost. A pup can be born in one glint and stay in that glint for its entire life. Like dragons, the death of a pearl is mourned by all others.
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Mating Behavior
Like the dragons and whers of Pern, pearls mating habits are similar. Neither by ground nor by sky do the females race, but through the blue waters. Females pearls, like dragons, are very possessive of the males chasing her and will fight any other female pearl daring to try and steal her males away from them. Females tend to stick to a common schedule once they experience their first mating race.

Males can sense when a female is about ready to mate and will try and sway her choice before the race ever begins. They do this by bringing her gifts, bringing her meals, gently rubbing against her. Since pearls are very sensitive to touch the last one can either do a lot to help a male’s chances or completely ruin them. Blooding is not something done by either male or females before a race starts. The males are not overly aggressive with each other, but they do compete by breaching, tail slaps, and singing. A male’s mating song can be harmonious and beautiful.

Females will always choose who gets to mate with them. For a male to try and force a catch is considered a horrible offense, one that could end with the male being shunned for several weeks to them being forced out of the glint. Unlike dragons, whers, and day whers a female pearl may feel so inclined to pick more than one mate per race. While this isn’t a common occurrence, it can and does happen on occasion. This decision can be made for various reasons that are up to the individual, but overall it is to ensure that the clutch will be the best possible.

Once a female has chosen the male, or males, worthy of her they will go off away from the group to a place of the females choosing. Most mating races last anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes long, but the actual mating can last for several hours, with the pearls mating several times to ensure a clutch is produced. If more than one male is involved it can last longer and the female will choose when which male gets to mate with her during these hours. The mating males do not argue with each other or question the female’s choice.

You can find more specific information on Mating Flights Here. Too be added soon...
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Clutching Behavior
Clutching for pearls is rather different than that of dragons, whers, or day whers. Regardless of their color, most females are born sterile. Only around 2% of the female population is born fertile and able to clutch. A fertile female is marked with a gem in the middle of their foreheads that is a brighter color of whatever overtone they possess. This gem doesn’t appear until around the same time their overtones do. A fertile female’s internal gestation last three months, with the female’s belly becoming heavier and heavier with the growing eggs. When it is time to clutch, the female will find a suitable beach where she digs a large hole and lays her eggs into it where they will continue to harden and develop over the next six weeks.

Mother Pearls are extremely protective of their clutches, not leaving their side unless it is for dire reasons. Since they do not leave even to hunt for food, food is brought to them. However, it is the other females of the glint that will take care of a clutching mother instead of her mate. Depending on the clutch mother, the father may be allowed to visit her and his children, but his welcome is often short lived.

Because there is no color hierarchy the size of the clutch is not determined by the overtone of the female or the male. A fertile pearl can clutch anywhere between 3 - 30 eggs depending upon the needs of the glint. Like whers, it is not uncommon for there to be several duds in a clutch. These dud eggs are disposed of by the mother by her gently scooping them up in her mouth and swimming out towards the deep where she will drop them.
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Pearl Impression
Similar to day whers and whers, Pearls are not necessarily inclined on impressing to someone upon hatching their shells. Some may choose to bond to a person and others may not. What makes a Pearl decide to impress is as broad as it is wide, but one thing is for sure the bond that connects a Pearl to their chosen is as strong as the bond between rider and dragon. Speculation has it that since these creatures have not been around humankind until recently, that the ability to not impress and survive occurred. Now with Pearls and humanity working side by side it is speculated that the pups will all eventually start to impress if there are plenty of candidates available. However, it is of interest to note that adult Pearls, while they can Impress to humans, it is very rare, and appears to only occur in serious or dire situations. The best chance for a Pearl to Impress is when they are a newly hatched pup.

Impression to a Pearl is as mentally tiring as it is to impress a dragon. Most candidates feel mentally exhausted after the initial euphoria and excitement of Impression wears off. Impression exhaustion can continue for a while as the partners get used to each other, so it can be a bit of a bumpy road in the beginning. Those with the ability "Brekke's Grace," however, may or may not suffer from the same amount of exhaustion as their peers. Because of this, at Atricis at least, Hatching Feasts don't occur on the same day as the hatching, and usually occur the day after at the earliest. That way, the lucky ones to impress can attend.

As far as the type a candidate a Pearl bonds to is highly dependent on the Pearl itself. There are no gender specific impressions, it would seem, and certainly no sexuality based impressions. It depends solely on the mind and personality of the person being chosen. This means that a fertile female very well may chose a male to impress to. It also means there is no age restriction on impression either. However, once hatchings start the suggested beginning standing age will be 10 turns old. Since Pearls are largely aquatic creatures, it is imperative that anyone wishing to try and impress one is comfortable in the water.

A pearl knows their own name at birth, similar to dragons. However, their names do not end in -th. Instead, there is a gender difference in pearl names. The female white pearls names end in -vas and the male black pearls names end in -vis.

Because Pearlriders are considered part of the glint, and therefore are Pearlkin, Pearls will add -vas, -vis, or -vos to their rider's name (vas for female, vis for male, vos for nonbinary if preferred). Pearls will also always pick the suffix that their rider is most comfortable with. Riders do have some control of this, and may choose to shorten their name to accommodate the addition to their name. For example, a rider with the name Tristan may become Tristan'vos, Trista'vos, or even Tri'vos.
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Pearl Speech
Like all the other dragonkin, Pearls are not capable of physical speech. While they do communicate through sounds like trills and croons, their main speech is like that of all dragonkin, telepathic. Most say that Pearls have a distinct voice that is their own that they can ‘hear’ when being spoken to. They also are rather articulate in their speech, speaking in full sentences just as dragons do.

While Pearls are not against speaking to others, it is honestly hard for them to speak to anyone that isn’t impressed to a Pearl of their own or is indeed a Pearl themselves. To those that aren’t impressed to a pearl, their speech can sound choppy and broken, though those with Dragonkin Charmer may have an easier time understanding them.
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Pearlrider Life & Jobs at Atricis
Pearls and their society are quite different than that of dragons and whers. Dragons claim the skies as their domain, the whers the ground, but the pearls domain is the vast and rich oceans of Pern. There is very little known about the oceans of Pern besides the fish that is normally caught and eaten and of course the dolphins. However, very little contact has been kept with the dolphins by the fisherman so the majority of Pern does not know that the dolphins are capable of working with people, let alone able to speak a little. Thanks to Pearls impressing the way dragons do, it is now possible for the people of Pern to learn more about their oceans and in doing so, learn more about their planet in general.

That being said, there are still multiple jobs that a pearl and its rider can do to help make Atricis strong. Most obvious is fishing. Pearls are the most intelligent and capable hunters in the oceans, working together with people will help to ensure that there is no shortage of fish. Another job is helping trade ships cross back and forth between the north and south. Squalls can come up at any moment which can result in lost ships, supplies, and lives. With the presence of pearls tagging along there is more of a chance of supplies and lives being saved. Another job that the pearls and their riders can have is simple exploration. There is a lot to learn about the oceans.
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Flotilla Leadership
Like their wild brethren, the Pearls of the Flotilla choose their leaders through dominance displays. These displays are done dominantly with their voices, with the males singing above and below the water to intimidate each other and impress the rest of the Glint. Sometimes dominance displays will end with the males headbutting for a few minutes until one submits, but that is the most violent they get, with neither male leaving with significant injury. However, dominance displays in the Flotilla Glint appear to have shifted and changed to better suit the humans they can Impress to.

Due to the need for consistent leadership, dominance displays have been relegated to one day out of the turn. Every turn, the eligible Pearls gather to challenge the current leadership. Females will often serve as moderator to the proceedings, making sure the fights go in an orderly manner and don’t escalate too far, they also make sure general rules and etiquette is followed. Dominance season is only a single day in the middle of summer where the Flotilla is filled with the sounds of male Pearl singing.

Basics to know about Dominance Day:
  • Dominance day is only a single day each turn in the mid summer season.
  • Only Pearls with riders who have received an “invitation” to dominance season for that turn can participate, Pearls who break this rule will be barred from the next turn’s dominance.
  • All the males gather together in the ocean to challenge the current leading male by singing. If there will be headbutting, it will only occur between the final two males.
  • Pearl dominance displays are non-violent, they sing until they either back down or can’t anymore, as they also must swim the whole time, so males with less stamina have a harder time lasting the whole display.
  • The overall winner of dominance displays is either the last one to back down, or if need be, the one that impressed the rest of the Glint the most, though usually the former occurs more than the latter.
  • Displays are to decide the Pearl Leader of the Flotilla, with the Flotilla Leader already chosen by the previous Flotilla Leader. From there, the Pearl Leader and Flotilla Leader can each choose a Second to aid their work.
  • Invitation to a Dominance Day is based (IC) on if current leaders see potential for leadership in the rider, or if they have held leadership positions before.
  • A Rider must also be 18+ to be invited to Dominance Day.
How Dominance Season is Run (OOC)
  • Isilsk will begin a thread in the Weyr Yard for dominance season. In the thread will be a list of the Pearls allowed to participate and who is being challenged that turn.
  • Challengers intent to participate respond to the thread, generally within a week unless otherwise stated, so we know who is participating.
  • Once given the go ahead by Isilsk, all the challenging males can post, with the defending male responding to them all. Isilsk will post who the two top winners of the dominance display are and those final two post another round of dominance displaying. The winner and new Pearl Leader will be announced.
  • In the end, the staff decide who wins the fights due to the winner(s) gaining a very high rank in the Glint. (Staff dominantly looks into player activity overall and with that character specifically)
Average Pearl Sizes
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Female Pearls: 35 feet
Male Pearls: 45 feet


Calculating approximate Height
To calculate the approximate height for a pearl is very simple. Take the length of the pearl and divide it by 6.1 and that will equal the approximate height of the pearl in feet.

Example: 40 ft / 6.1 = 6.6 ft (So approximately 7 feet in height)
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Pearl Colors
Pearls vary greatly from the other major dragonkin as far as their colors are concerned. While they come in a variety of colors, they are only broken down into two gender-based colors, White and Black. On top of the two base colors, there are five different shades of overtones, similar to how real pearls are. A special note: Pearls do not get their overtone color until three months after hatching. And the fertile females do not receive their head gem until the same time as their overtone.

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White Pearls
First Found in 2043
Gender: Always Female
Size: 30 - 45 feet
Impression: Any
Clutch Size: 10 - 30

Female pearls have a base hide color that varies anywhere from an almost pure white to a light-medium gray color. They are generally a little smaller and more slender in shape than what the males are, most notably in the head and chest area.

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Black Pearls
First Found in 2043
Gender: Always Male
Size: 35 - 50 feet
Impression: Any

Male pearls have a base hide color that varies anywhere from a medium-dark gray to black color. They are larger than the females, often times tending to be bulkier and more solid. Their heads and chest are generally broader.

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Overtones
Note: This is not an exhaustive listing of potential shades and intensities in overtones. These are just some key examples to help give a basic idea.
Rose
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Gold
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Blue
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Silver
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Green
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Size Classes

1. Slender Class
30 - 40 feet
Speed: * * * * * * | Stamina: * * * * * *

2. Bulk Class
41 - 50 feet
Speed: * * * * * * | Stamina: * * * * * *

3. Legendary Class
50 feet - larger
Speed: * * * * * * | Stamina: * * * * * *
Pearls By Size
Pearls listed from largest to smallest
Update: NPCs will no longer be included on this list


..::Legendary Class::..
White - Gold Cetovas - 73 ft.
Black - Blue Viathvis - 72 ft.
Black - Gold Ukamevis - 55 ft.
Sport Keahivis - 53 ft.

..::Bulk Class::..
White - Rose Ramlahvas - 49 ft.
Black - Rainbow Dalfonvis - 47 ft.
Black - Green Panlovis - 47 ft.
White - Gold Nessivas - 45 ft.
White - Green Nymvas - 42 ft.

..::Slender Class::..
White - Rose Nimuevas - 38 ft.
White - Blue Fulgervas - 35 ft.

Updated Aug. 13, 2018
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