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Return by PidgeonToe Return by PidgeonToe
He had found her in these very plains two decades ago, an infant, swathed in fur beside her brother, whimpering quietly and eyes frozen shut with tears. The dragon told her how he had found her father first--her real father, surfeit with frostbite and missing his tongue and teeth. The dragon told her, quietly, how he had torn the man to pieces. She had no recollection of the dragon from that time, but she knew him now, and knew that he had changed. Over time, he had turned into a fool.

When she had asked him how to kill a dragon, he had told her. When she had asked if she could touch this precious weakness, he had not hesitated to open his mouth and bare the pulsing mass in the back of his throat that had run him all these years. What a foolish thing to do. It was like a man saying, "If you cut my neck then I will die." And upon being asked, "May I put a knife to your throat?" guilelessly saying, "Yes." Smiling, as if he did not understand that there was no other reason to put a knife to a man's throat than to kill him.

He trusted her. He was loyal to her--like a dog. He did not think she would ever hurt him, because he would never hurt her. Apparently, a thousand years of living had not taught him to know when he was being betrayed. So as she reached between his teeth and tore away the pulsing mass and killed him, she never feared at all for her own life. And as blood poured out from the little wound, as it filled his mouth and leaked past his teeth, she had the sense that he used the very last of his waning strength to keep his jaws apart long enough for her to escape them. Even though she had unabashedly murdered him, he loved her still.

So she sat beside his corpse in the cold plains of her birth, as she had sat beside him on many starry nights before. She had once enjoyed listening to his voice as he recounted the tales of all the constellations; he had filled her thoughts with sky. Now she thought of earthly things. She pondered with near mathematical detachment what she could do with the magic in his teeth and scales, with his blood and flesh. She thought of weights and numbers and logistics. There was no heaven in her now.

Goosebumps rose on her bare flesh, but she did not cover herself. She wanted the cold to seep up into her, to fill her up, to turn her very soul to ice. Behind her, the dragon's once bright scales greyed as death set in and his flame went out.

It was fitting, she thought. He had stolen her fate from this snow twenty years ago, when he had saved her life and taken her in. The snow had not forgotten; it had remembered the vague shape of a soul that had been taken from its grasp, and it had waited. And now, finally, it was sated, for after twenty years, the dragon's death marked its return.

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It took me a while to hash out in my mind which characters would do what if they were the opposite of what they are now, and after a little while, I realized Bodicca's reaction to being turned 'evil' was the most cut and dry. Thercerus (the dragon) is her adopted father, and she has nothing but respect and adulation for him. Even though there are some things he's done and failed to do that trouble her, there's really nothing that would ever drive her to hurt him. Likewise, Thercerus adores her and would do anything for her. It's why, when they're in the same picture, I tend to draw them together. They have a very good relationship.

However, dragon bodies have numerous special properties, and so I suspect an 'evil' Bodicca would take advantage of her father's love for her to betray him and use the properties of his body to do all sorts of nasty, vengeful things. In the usual story, she's a pretty spiteful person and has had numerous bad experiences that have made her distrust and dislike the outside world, but she never acts on those feelings because she loves Thercerus too much, and she knows he would never support her in a pursuit like that. Plus, Thercerus considers emotions like spite and the like somewhat petty, and it would kill Bodicca for him to regard her that way and she just never admits to anything she's feeling. I guess this would be the version where she lets all her pent up emotions get the better of her and allows her love to falter--maybe her love even twists into resentment for all the years she's tried living up to her father's unspoken expectations on what a strong individual should be. This incarnation of Bodicca I suspect would just go gutting people who'd upset her in the past with her new draconic powers, acting on grudges she pretended not to have now that she doesn't have Thercerus expectations and care acting as her restraining bolt.

Bodicca and Thercerus in previous deviations, though their designs have changed a bit over time: fav.me/d4mehk2
fav.me/d6hke74 heronfoot.tumblr.com/post/3993… fav.me/d4kmpzy
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StatsMann Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ouch.
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JurLLu Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nuu / Crying
 
 
...so, wait, is the dragon's heart in his throat or something? I get the impression she crawled into his mouth..and ripped out his heart(/large vein or artery)?? Or is there some other kind of "pulsing mass" of an organ "in the back of his throat"???
 :-? (Confused) 
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PidgeonToe Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for reading that little drabble! Yeah, the mass in question is something like an artery that pushes up in a mound in his throat and is somewhat exposed. That probably makes zero sense in real world anatomy but whatever fantasy ya know...
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JurLLu Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ok that makes sense now! haha. :)
- And actually, scifi- and general science-nerd that I am, it does seem rather odd that a dragon (or any organism, for that matter) would have an exposed artery, but I can actually easily think of a way that it could make sense too: Exposing blood vessels would cool the blood, and ultimately that could be used as a means of thermoregulation-- like when we sweat, or a dog pants, with such an artery in their throats, a dragon could potentially open their mouth and expose the artery to help cool the blood and therefore essentially cool-off their whole body. Larger organisms have an even harder time cooling-off/maintaining proper body temperature, due to to their high volume compared to surface area, so even though this dragon already lives in a cold environment (or at least I assume, since snow was mentioned), judging by his size he'd still need plenty of ways to keep cool, thus the artery in his throat. Also, since it IS in his throat and you'd have to get into his mouth just to get at it, and considering most things in the mouth of a dragon would not leave alive, it wouldn't have been any sort of natural/evolutionary disadvantage to have an exposed artery there, since really, it's NOT exposed--it's protected by the mouth/teeth, which are usually quite sufficient at keeping potential murderers away during normal circumstances, no? ;)
(^ Sorry about all that, probably way too in-depth, but I couldn't help myself! lol)
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PidgeonToe Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not at all, that was awesome to read! I always try to reason why things happen to and in made-up worlds the way they do, but since I don't have a lot of factual knowledge of physiology or physics, rather than demonstrating my own ignorance by making up an explanation that flies in the face reality, it's easier not to explain things too much and leave them to the imagination of the audience. But I'm so glad you worked through the workings of Therce, seriously, it was very cool and very insightful. Thank you :)
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JurLLu Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^ (Also, I tend to ramble on a lot and write waaaaayyyy too much. That's another personal quirk of mine, haha sorry about that!)
Speaking of all this though, if you ever want help trying to figure out science-sounding explanations for something with one of your stories or characters, I'd be happy to help however I can! I don't usually go TOO deep into any hardcore science, and particularly tend to lean more towards biology stuff since I'm ironically not as confident or skilled with physics and anything requiring calculations (I can definitely do the calculations, I just avoid them when at all possible, which is most the time as far as stories go). So yeah...if you're ever looking to bounce an idea off someone, or searching for a way to make something possible or trying to find a way to explain something, by all means let me know! :)
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JurLLu Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh good, glad you weren't totally irritated by my nerd-analyzing, haha! ;D
Feel free to use that explanation if you like-- you don't need to credit me or anything, I'm just happy to have come up with something useful. I'm by no means a scientist myself, so half the time what I do come up with is probably totally implausible and I just don't even realize it...but I still can't help myself from creating some sort of science-y explanation for almost everything. It's fun for me--like a challenge, solving a puzzle--but also somewhat a curse, in that it limits the types of stories I can touch myself. By needing to explain everything, I'm forced to stick with more science-fiction than fantasy. I actually really love science fiction so that works out most the time, but sometimes I wish I could just say "SCREW IT. IT HAPPENS THAT WAY JUST CUZ. **MAGIC!**" rather than having to do hours of research on, say, the light spectrum of a red dwarf star, just to make sure an alien species could still reasonably evolve eyes that see colors. - Basically, I love coming up with scientifically-sound justifications for fictional characters/worlds, but I can get worn out by it sometimes because I HAVE to, it's like a compulsion and I can't just enjoy things for what they are. Lol, the gift and curse of being hyper-analytical! ;P
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Neonfluzzycat Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
Aw the story is so sad :c
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PidgeonToe Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for reading it :)
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