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An Overview of Whers

Whers, otherwise known as watch-whers, are an intelligent, draconic species whose members range in size from that of a large dog to that of a horse. They were created by Kitti Ping's daughter in an attempt to further her work with dragons. Though deformed and stunted compared to their high-flying cousins, whers are loyal companions and excellent guards of home, hearth, and herd.

Nocturnal and photophobic due their lamp-like reflective eyes, whers have a terrific sense of smell and superior night vision. Their thick hides protect them from the elements. Each of their feet end in four gnarled digits, two long and two short; the majority of their considerable bulk rests on a single pad on each foot. Like firelizards and dragons, whers have jewel-like multifaceted eyes. Large and sensitive, they swirl in a series of colors that reflect their owner's emotions.

Under ideal conditions, whers are capable of flight, but they are largely limited to short, nocturnal glides. They are also capable of teleporting via between with proper guidance from their handler and a dragon; wild whers do not seem to be able to utilize this ability. At night, they are capable of combating Thread and can flame if allowed, but they more often simply act as guards and assist ground crews in cleaning out burrows.

Though all whers tend to be territorial and act more on instinct than intellect, whers are very much like dragons. Same as their larger cousins, they are capable of Impressing to only a single handler. Like firelizards, they are more motivated by food than personality. However, a blood bond, where the handler allows their wheret to taste a small amount of their blood, strengthens the bond between handler and wher to an extremely intimate level. A handler can only have one wher at a time and a wher will do anything in their power to protect their bonded from danger if given proper care.

Whers are also similar firelizards in the sense that they aren't required to Impress in order to survive. Wild whers tend to be more vicious and unreliable than bonded whers, handlers seeming to cultivate more intelligence, compassion, and loyalty in their partners. When a wher born to a Weyr or hold fails to Impress to a human at birth, they are typically killed to keep them from injuring anyone or becoming a problem to the community later in their life. A third group separate from wild and bonded whers also exists: whers who are bonded to a hold. These whers are typically bonded to the Lord Holder's family as a whole. They are the true watch-whers of the world, but they are often kept chained if other whers and handlers do not exist at the hold.

Unlike dragons, who know their names at birth, and firelizards, who are named at the whim of their owners, whers take their names from their handlers and add -sk to the end. A wher who Impresses to someone named Sarah would be Sask, Sarsk, or Sarask and a wher who Impresses to someone named Jessica would be Jessk, Jessisk, or Jesk. Whers who are owned by holds take their names from what they guard. For example, a wher of Nerat would be Nerask or Nesk and a wher of Fort word be Fosk or Forsk.

Due to their shared genetic heritage, whers follow the same rough color hierarchy as dragons and firelizards. For further information, see Wher Colors.

Female whers reach maturity at roughly two turns of age. In order to mate, they run rather than fly like dragons and firelizards. The run lasts either as long as it takes for the strongest male to catch up with her or for her to make her decision. Should the suitors who fail choose to linger, she and her chosen mate will drive off the other males. In some cases, the run will result in severe injury or even death if there is unrest about the chosen male. It is not uncommon for runs to dissolve into brawls.

All female whers are capable of clutching, but most clutches, even those of Queens, contain dud eggs. Wher clutches are significantly smaller than those of dragons and firelizards. The clutching usually occurs three months after the run and the eggs hatch five sevendays after they are laid.
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Wher Colors
Queens, Kings, Sub-Queens and Sub-Kings



QUEENS
females - large - clutch healthy eggs consistently - flame - one percent of population



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Personality: The traditional rulers of the whers, golds are the largest members of their species as well as the largest females. Prideful, dominant, and dangerously possessive, golds are hunters and leaders. They are strong-willed but loyal and strategic as well. They can be extremely aggressive, especially when preparing to run. At Dalibor Weyr, their handlers traditionally hold the rank of Alphahandler or Betahandler and can act as either prideleaders or prideseconds within a pride.
Occurrence: They make up 1.0% of the total population of whers.
Size: They range in length from 8.5 to 9 feet and are roughly 6 feet tall at the shoulder.
Appearance: Possessing large, powerful bodies, golds are powerhouses with metallic hides that range from light to dark yellow or pale orange.
Sexuality: Reaching physically maturity at eighteen months, they reach sexual maturity at twenty-six to twenty-seven months. When they run, they are typically caught by irons or bronzes due to their size, stamina, and aggression, though browns aren't uncommon. They clutch between six to eighteen eggs.




KINGS
males - large - catch any female - flame - four percent of population


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Personality: Stoic and calm for whers, irons rarely speak, but they are strong of presence. Though neither prideful nor angry, they are commanders and can become aggressive if their authority is questioned. Ironhandlers typically act as prideleaders or prideseconds.
Occurrence: They make up 2.0% of the wher population.
Size: The larger of the two Kings, irons range in size from 8 to 8.5 feet in length from nose to rump and stand roughly 5 feet tall at the shoulder.
Appearance: While metallic, their hides tend to be dull and gray in color with hints of orange, green, and blue. Bulky and thick, they are massive creatures of muscle and wrinkled skin, though they are gentle giants as whers go.
Sexuality:Reaching physical maturity at eighteen month, irons reach sexual maturity at twenty-one to twenty-three months. They are capable of mating with any female wher, but they typically only succeed in catching golds and reds due to their size.


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Personality: Bronzes are creatures of action. They are leaders, noble though prone to fits of passion. They tend to be vain, ambitious, and competitive. At Dalibor, bronzehandlers typically act as either prideleaders or prideseconds.
Occurrence: They make up 2.0% of the population.
Size: The original King color, bronze whers are the second largest males and range in size from 7.5 to 8 feet in length from nose to rump and stand roughly 5 feet to the shoulder.
Appearance: Built for strength and stamina, their bodies are stocky and muscled. Their hides are metallic and mix shades of brown with hints of green.
Sexuality: Reaching physical maturity at eighteen month, bronzes reach sexual maturity at twenty-one to twenty-three months. They are capable of mating with any female, but they most often only succeed in catching golds and reds.




SUB-QUEENS
females - large - clutch healthy eggs consistently - flame - four percent of population


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Personality: Oranges tend to be possessive snobs, with a decided view of their own superiority. Few are outright lazy, though their ambition and desire to lead can take many forms. Though they tend to be more traditionally ladylike than many other female whers, they are just as capable of violence and aggression as others of their species, given the right circumstances. At Dalibor, orangehandlers act as prideleaders, prideseconds, and priderunners as well as occasionally Alphahandler or Betahandler when qualified and needed.
Occurrence: They make up 2.0% of the population.
Size: Oranges are the fourth largest wher species and range in length from 7.2 to 7.7 feet, roughly 4 feet in height, though they tend to be noticeably larger on average than reds.
Appearance: Their hides can be any shade from cream to more burnt tones. Though more elegant and graceful than most whers, they are still powerfully built.
Sexuality: Reaching physical maturity at eighteen months, they reach sexual maturity at twenty-seven to twenty-eight months. They are typically caught by irons, bronzes, or browns, though blues do win on occasion; they produce one to five eggs. Though their clutches are rarely entirely healthy, like all whers, they do tend to produce on average slightly larger clutches than reds, similar to their draconic brethren.


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Personality: Vicious apex predators, reds are out for blood. They are aggressive, impatience, fiercely jealous, and often irrationally protective. Without a handler who can keep them in check, they will destroy anything they view as a threat or who draws their ire. When guarding their eggs or approaching a run, they will allow no one near them or what they consider theirs. At Dalibor, redhandlers act as prideleaders, prideseconds, and priderunners as well as occasionally Alphahandler or Betahandler when qualified and needed.
Occurrence: They make up 2.0% of the population.
Size: The original lesser queen color for whers, reds are the fifth largest members of their species and range in length from 7 to 7.5 feet from nose to rump and are roughly 4 feet in height.
Appearance: Built to be solid and heavy, reds pack a punch. Their hides range in color from crimson to maroon.
Sexuality: Reaching physical maturity at eighteen months, they reach sexual maturity at twenty-seven to twenty-eight months. They are typically caught by irons, bronzes, or browns, though blues do win on occasion; they produce one to five eggs.




SUB-KINGS
males - large - catch any female - flame - ten percent of population

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Personality: Stable and calm, browns are less aggressive than most whers and tend to be very steady compared to their brethren. They are loyal and willing to listen. At Dalibor, brownhandlers are most often placed as prideseconds or priderunners.
Occurrence: They make up 10.0% of the total wher population.
Size: The original and only lesser Kings for whers, browns are fifth largest members of their species. They range in length from 6.5 to 7 feet in length from nose to rump and stand 4 feet tall at the shoulder.
Appearance: Browns are sturdy and thick in build, typically equipped with thick tails and short necks. Their hides range in color from light, sandy shades to dark, russet tones.
Sexuality:Reaching physical maturity at eighteen month, browns reach sexual maturity at twenty-one to twenty-three months. They are capable of mating with any female, but they typically only succeed in catching reds and greens.
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Wher Colors
Male/Females



SPORTS
females or males - small - flame - two percent of population


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Personality: Extremely intelligent for whers, whites are capable of remembering far more than most of their brethren. They also tend to be more playful and sweet than other whers, especially when compared to reds. They like to talk and can typically manage sentences. They love to explore. Whites have a heightened awareness how time passes. Whitehandlers typically act as priderunners at Dalibor, though they can be prideseconds.
Occurrence: Whites make up 1.0% of the total wher population.
Size: The second smallest color after grays, they range from 4.5 to 5 feet in length and stand roughly by 2 feet at the shoulder.
Appearance: Their hides are not white, instead being a pale mixture of pink, blue, green, cream, violet, and yellow. They are small and more slender than most of their kind.
Sexuality: Reaching physical maturity at eighteen months, they reach sexual maturity at twenty-eight to twenty-nine months.


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Personality: Dour, quiet, distant, and aloof, grays keep to themselves. They tend to be moody and temperamental but are also highly imaginative. Grayhandlers typically act as priderunners.
Occurrence: Grays can be biologically either male or female and make up 1.0% of the population.
Size: They range in length from 4 to 4.5 feet in length from nose to rump and stand at roughly 2 feet at the shoulder.
Appearance: As smallest whers to currently exist, grays have strong but light frames. They typically come in stony shades ranging from near black to dove.
Sexuality:Reaching physical maturity at eighteen months, they reach sexual maturity at twenty-eight to twenty-nine.
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Wher Colors
Fighters



MALE FIGHTERS
males - small - catch any non-Queen female - flame - thirty percent of population


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Personality: Blues are calm, loyal workers. However, they can be stubborn when they feel they are right and most are more than willing to lash out at perceived threats to those they know. Bluehandlers within Dalibor Weyr most often act as either prideseconds or priderunners.
Occurrence: The original male fighter, they make up 15.0% of the population.
Size: Blues are the fifth smallest whers and range in size from 6 to 6.5 feet in length while standing roughly 3 feet at the shoulder.
Appearance: Built along solid lines, blues are designed to pack as much strength and power as possible into a small, gnarled frame. Their hides tend towards temperate or darker shades of blue, but they can range from navy to sapphire to cornflower.
Sexuality: Reaching physical maturity at eighteen month, blues reach sexual maturity at twenty-one to twenty-three months. They typically catch greens, though they can whites, grays, and reds.


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Personality: Blacks are quiet whers and prefer to keep keep out of the way for the most part. They move silently and talk little.
Occurrence: The smallest of the fighters, they make up 15.0% of the population.
Size: Blacks range in size from 5 to 5.5 feet in length from nose to rump and stand roughly 3 feet at the shoulder.
Appearance: Blacks are built long and light in all respects, lankier and swifter than any other color of wher. Though their hides can bear slight tints of color such as brown or blue, they generally a uniform shade of jet black.
Sexuality: Reaching physical maturity at eighteen month, blacks reach sexual maturity at twenty-one to twenty-three months. They catch greens, whites, and grays. Qualified blackhandlers are typically priderunners within Dalibor Weyr.



FEMALE FIGHTERS
females - small - clutch healthy eggs inconsistently - forty-nine percent of population

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Personality: Cyans are curious creatures; they seem to share little in common with each other, save for a driven nature. Even if their goals may appear ridiculous to an outsider, a cyan will consistently choose to work toward something, in their own fashion. They may not be the brightest creatures, but whatever their personality, they share a dead-set certainty about what they want.
Occurrence: Though cyan whers are still very new, at full strength they will make of 24.5% of the wher population.
Size: They range in length from 6 to 6.5 feet and stand 3 feet at the shoulder; though noticeably larger than greens, they tend to be a bit smaller than blues.
Appearance: Their hides are glossy, setting their many blue-green hues apart from their siblings on either side of the color spectrum, and they tend to be a bit stockier than greens.
Sexuality: Reaching physical maturity at eighteen months, they reach sexual maturity at twenty-three to twenty-four months of age. They produce one to three eggs per clutch; on average, their clutches are slightly larger and slightly more healthy than green clutches, though they still produce many duds. They are typically caught by blues and blacks, though irons and bronzes aren't uncommon.


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Personality: Greens are instinctual, emotional whers. Impatient and energetic, they can be both flirty and vicious. Most are not afraid to take on enemies several times their size. When close to one of their run, they can be snappish. Greenhandlers most often act as priderunners.
Occurrence: The original female fighter, greens make up 24.5% of the wher population.
Size: They range in size from 5.5 to 6 feet in length and stand 3 feet in height.
Appearance: Built for agility, they typically have lanky, lean bodies, filled with wiry muscles. They can be any shade of green from lime to forest to spring to hunter to kelly.
Sexuality: Reaching physical maturity at eighteen months, they reach sexual maturity at twenty-three to twenty-four months of age. They produce one to three eggs per clutch, but most are duds. They are typically caught by blues and blacks, though irons and bronzes aren't uncommon.
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Wher Size Chart
All wher sizes throughout growth periods can be found At this GoogleDoc

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Average length by color measured from nose to rump.
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Watchwher Clutch Charts

Male partner color has no effect on color spread or clutch size in whers.

KEY
FINITE: 0.01 to 0.09% of eggs.
LIMITED: 0.1% to 1.9% of eggs.
RARE: 2.0% to 5.0% of eggs.
SPORADIC: 5.1% to 9.9% of eggs.
COMMON: 10.0% to 14.9% of eggs.
ABUNDANT: 15.0% to 20.9% of eggs.
PLETHORA: 21.0% to 24.9% of eggs.


OFFSPRING Gold Orange Red White Grey Cyan Green Gold limited -- -- -- -- -- -- Iron rare rare limited limited -- -- -- Bronze rare rare rare limited -- limited finite Orange sporadic rare rare limited -- limited finite Red sporadic sporadic rare limited limited rare limited Viridian sporadic sporadic sporadic rare limited rare rare Brown sporadic sporadic sporadic rare rare rare rare White limited limited limited sporadic sporadic finite finite Gray limited limited limited rare rare finite finite Blue common sporadic sporadic sporadic sporadic abundant abundant Black common common sporadic abundant sporadic plethora plethora Cyan abundant abundant abundant sporadic sporadic plethora plethora Green abundant abundant abundant abundant common plethora plethora

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