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Love Under the Moon by Shadow-Aspect Love Under the Moon by Shadow-Aspect
Argo Study Trip, Entry 33
Day 62: Love Under the Moon

Only eight more days before the end of our study trip, and we still had yet to find the last two dragons on the list. We were running out of time, so I insisted that we needed to take care of everything fast, but Stash said that we needed to approach this carefully from here on out. I would have wanted to argue further but I respected his love of his home planet, so...
Anyway, our next destination was the mountains up north almost to the border of Tas, where it meets the subcontinent Gotas. This was reportedly one of the habitats of another rare dragon, the Dotron, prior to its numbers dropping due to poaching and habitat loss. As of late we have been reporting fewer and fewer sightings. Supposedly, Wendell had reported a male sighted, while Lizzy spotted a supposed female heading towards the opposite direction. I wasn't exactly eager to camp out in a snow-covered alp like we'd done the last few times, but since Dotrons mated and raised their young in the snowcaps to avoid predators, my best course of action was to suck it up and hope for the best.
A while earlier we had tagged a captive-bred young male, named Noctus, probably the same one Wendell mentioned. When we arrived at the mating grounds where the last few Dotrons were gathering, I was surprised to find that he had scored lucky, the first time an individual of the species had done in a while. The young wild female he had attracted had lost her parents due to an Anatheman attack, and she was lonely. The captive-bred Dotron was her ideal source of company but they had been separated due to occurrences we had yet to determine. Now, however, they were reunited, and this time, I was pretty sure it was for real.
Aside from Noctus and his mate, however, there were only less than a dozen other males courting in the snow, with even fewer females. I could see two males fighting over the same chick on several occasions. Considering that this gender imbalance has resulted in disastrous consequences for other species, it's no wonder that Sensei Stash is becoming increasingly worried...


Drawing 11 of 12 for ~The-Great-Stash. This was another simple-background one that I figured I'd finish now that finals are complete (I'll explain soon enough). I had the hardest time coloring the mane of the male... I shouldn't have made it so fluffy but, well, it was what he wanted after all. ^^;

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Alma1129 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student
Wow...full of love
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The-Great-Stash Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
DUUUUUDE!!!!:love::love::love::love:
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Shadow-Aspect Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it. Of course, there has to be something we can do about the conspicuous lack of female Dotrons, otherwise the genetic diversity bottleneck could put the species even more at risk... :o
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The-Great-Stash Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Wel its a good thing i have spare captive females. what im surprised is that there are even any wild males and females to begin with.;)
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Shadow-Aspect Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wild ones were a surprise, but if you want you can send out more captive females. While I'm not sure if it will positively affect the Dotron gene pool, I still think it's for the best of the species as a whole. :pat:
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The-Great-Stash Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
I plan on sending only 3 or 4 captive females IF i have any extras that havent been paired with a captive male on teh moon of Entinez. Also, thanks for reminding me, theres one important act i left out on the note- there are absolutely NO wild Wyns on Argo, not even on their maind home of Idgris. I saved the last of the individuals, and they have increased in numbers. Also, thei is veyr important- while i take care fo them, i have made NO DIRECT conact with them. I wish not to tame them (with a few i kept for myself, of course), be cause i want them to keep their original or "natural" morph. U see, in teh past, Archeans once kept them as pets, and truly domestic Wyns were soon selectively bred to make different morphs like hwat you see in birds like parakeets or cockatiels. But to save time, the Wyn picture should help describe it better so u can know the Wyn's natural look, and not the domestic variety. So basically, i kept the Wyn in a truly wild state by not getting ot close to them and only limited contact.
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Shadow-Aspect Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see. Are there still domestic Wyns out there? Much as I want to preserve the species, I'd still love to have one of those for the aviary back at the Warrior's Dojo...
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The-Great-Stash Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Im sorry, there are absolutely NO WYNS in Argo. And im also sorry, but i must keep the species in it's true, pure, wild form.

However.....
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Shadow-Aspect Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes? Is there something else?
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