Do you know how hard it is to articulate 6 wings????
Anyways, more info on Skyspinners, particularly Unn’s dragon!
This is Flupp. That’s his name.
Flupp is a amalgamation of “fly” and “up” - two things Unn found herself demanding when first learning to ride her dragon, so that became his name.
Unn and Flupp met when she was 14 - on a normal day of flying and patrolling with her nestmates she spotted Flupp flying and soaring in the skies over her territory. In a hell of a chase through the clouds on a Nadder, Flupp decided to finally investigate this odd creature on the back of a dragon, and the two were instantly inseparable.
Flupp and Unn’s bond is much like Toothless’ and Hiccups - brotherly soulmates. The two of them are rarely apart. Even though Flupp’s species naturally spend 90% of their lives in the skies, he sacrifices his love of the sky to spend more time with his rider on her natural habitat - the ground.
That’s not to say that the two of them don’t try to spend as much time as physically possible in the air. Flupp’s saddle was one that Unn made herself - it’s not the best, and the weak materials often break and need replacing, but it’s the best she can do. She learns to have strong legs and arms, and catching her when she falls off his back has become second nature to her dragon.
It’s not easy riding a Skyspinner. They ride the wind like a ribbon, their incredibly flexible body and multitude of wings making riding it a challenge even to the most experienced dragon rider. Flying becomes MUCH easier once the two of them have a proper saddle - something that comes later in their story.
Where Unn is hotheaded, Flupp is cool. He’s her voice of reason, pulling her out of dangerous situations and helping her keep from flying off the handle - literally. He’s wary and cautious, and it takes a lot to earn his trust, but once you do, he’ll trust you with his life.
Skyspinners are not from the Berkian region - they normally prefer warmer climates, but are known to wander in their lives in the skies. It’s hard to find Skyspinners when it’s not laying season, as the spend so much time in the vast expanse of the sky. The only time to really find them is the few months when they land to lay and take care of their young - and as soon as the babies can fly properly they’re off again.
Eventually once I get some really nice art done for these guys I’ll make another big post on the species, and what it takes to earn one as a rider. For now, enjoy my scribbles.