Dragonlords of Dumnonia
DRAGON BREEDING MANUAL
So you've Bonded with a Breeding Male or Female and completed your Training!
Congrats! You are now a full Dragonrider, and there are a few things you need to
know as the Bond Partner of a Breeding Dragon. This means your dragon gets to mate
(to fertilize eggs, not just for fun), lay clutches, and run some extra risks that infertile
Dragons don't have to worry about. Here is a quick summary of the information that
you need to know.
WARNING: If a Breeding Female mates with a non-Dragon, fertile male while
in her humanform, she will become pregnant and will be stuck in her humanform,
unable to shapeshift for twenty-five years. If a Breeding Male mates with a
non-Dragon fertile female while in his humanform, the non-Dragon will become
pregnant, and the Breeding Male will be stuck in his humanform, unable to shapeshift
for twenty-five years. We are playing real time here, so all such encounters require
BOD approval (to make sure that you really understand the consequences <g>).
The only exception to this is that if a Breeding Female is carrying fertilized eggs or if
the non-Dragon female is already pregnant, then the magic will not trap the draconic
member of the mating pair.
- A Dragon, like a human,can mate whenever he or she feels like it. The Breeding
Females are fertile from the age of sixteen onward, but they risk dying from
the strain of carrying and laying eggs if they breed while they are too young. One of
the primary duties of Dragonriders with Striplings is to ensure that Breeding Females
do not come into contact with a Breeding Male too soon. But your Dragon is "of age"
since he or she has been allowed to Bond with you, so you don't have to worry about
that unless you acquire a fertile Stripling.
- When your Dragon wishes to mate, let your BOD know if the choice of mate is a
fertile Dragon of the opposite sex, so they can schedule the events that will ensue.
Two fertile Bronzes have a 100% chance of conceiving if they mate on the first day of
the rotation. The chance is decreased at a rate of 5% per day until the middle of the
rotation, then increased 5% per day until the end of the rotation. So if your Breeding
Female mates on the eleventh day of the rotation, there is a 50% chance she will
conceive. (A fertile Bronze who mates with a fertile Dumnonian always has a 100%
chance of conceiving, but that's a special case that will be taken up in a moment.)
- When Dragons mate, they engage in a "mock" battle on the dunes outside any
camp. It is highly inadvisable to have more than one Breeding Male present. It is
also an extremely bad idea to allow either the Male or the Female to consume a love
potion prior to the Breeding attempt unless this is a forced mating, against the will of
one or both partners. If a love potion is used, extreme caution is advised.
- During the "battle", the Bond Partners of the Dragons will experience their
Dragons' amorous feelings. The Partners are not at the mercy of those feelings.
While most Bond Partners choose to retire to the Mother's Tent or their own quarters
at such time, it is possible to remain present at a function, such as a Feast, with little
more than a tell-tale blush spreading over one's face. Riders are familiar with such
"inconveniences", and it is considered highly rude to call attention to any Rider whose
Bond Partner is "on the dunes."
LAYING AND HATCHING DATES
These are pretty straight forward for a Dumnonian Bronze. The female lays precisely
20 days after she is impregnated. The eggs hatch precisely 20 days after that. Most
Breeding Females try to indulge themselves around the first of a rotation or while on
leave so an inconvenient pregnancy won't interfere with their performance on the front
HAVING A CLUTCH
The Breeding Female carries her eggs for 20 days, then lays them in a nest, which
she carves out of the whaleback dunes at the entrance to the Valley of Ancients.
After laying one (which would be a mutant) to five eggs, the Breeding Female reports
back for duty. All eggs have a leathery shell that hardens in the heat of the desert
sun. Pure bronze eggs are light bronze in color. Mutant eggs are speckled with the
colors of the various types of dragons that the mutant will combine.
To determine a clutch for a Breeding Female, roll two six-sided dice. Add the
numbers together, and look up the result on the following chart:
2-3=1 egg (must be a mutant)
For the number of mutant eggs in a clutch larger than one, roll two six-sided dice and
consult this chart:
The Hatchlings pass into the Ruler's care from the moment they break their shells.
The draconic parents should have no contact with them at this or any other time until
the dragonettes are mature. (Shashtah's a little lax about this rule, but a traditionalist
will still follow it to the letter.)
If you have any questions/comments about these instructions, contact Dragonlord
Krin at Legend@malcor.com. Enjoy your Bond
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