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Chapt 22 of Wrath of the Warchief

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 10, 2014, 8:17 AM
I am happy to say that we are getting close to the end of Wrath of the Warchief...

And I've got this chapter for all to read.


It gets a little tear-jerky at last bit of the chapter.

Calia is coming next chapter.



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Jcbq Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Poor squishy... hey, does anyone have a large enough security blanket we can give him?

Nel is trying hard to at the very least create a lasting peace between the races. Although it doesn't seem like it's going to go as fast as nel wants it to. But finally having nel and kalec start To understand each other.
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Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
But yes, do feel free to give that guy a decent talking to.
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Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

No, poor Squishy.

 

It's so sad!  He needs a little comfy bed and a blanket to wrap up in and someone there to just pet his head and say everything's gonna be alright, poor Squishy poo.

 

 

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Darasmera Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Mmm...what a dismal chapter this is. Echoes of Theramore's destruction, reminders that the Dragonmaw Clan still holds some of the Black Dragon Flight under their thrall, many of those who are free are sent into what is effectively exile, and Neltharion's reaction to the chamber is a little haunting...

And things are not looking to get any better any time soon...
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Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
There is a theme among my sequels.  

And this is something people really noticed about the Halo stories.  It's a little noticeable in the Kiryuu stories, more so in the Halo stories, and BIG TIME now in the Warcraft ones.

Is that they grow darker and darker and darker.  And even with endings that are endings, they are often bittersweet, and...at times a bit dark as well.

I have a habit of pretty much destroying characters psyche.  Though Kiryuu and Telek are the ones who can seem to get above it, Neltharion, well...god damn it, I feel so fucking sorry for him!

Neltharion has to send his flight into exile in Deepholm so they can remain safe.  There's like 20 of them left on Azeroth.
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renndor Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014

Only 20?!


Wow, that's much worse than I was fearing. And all of the ones we've met so far are direct decedents of Nel (Serinar, Dannathion, Siderion, Nameria, Ruthian).


It's probably even worse than this: the Red Dragonflight waged a genocidal war against the black dragonflight, specifically targeting all potential broodmothers. Wrathion also participated. So even assuming the remaining individuals are fully unrelated (unlikely) there are probably only a couple females tops in the remaining 15.


With 2 females there are only 26 potential reproductive pairings between unrelated dragons. Throwing in Nel only raises this to 28. There are also only 92 potential non-reproductive pairings that could improve social stability among these (hopefully) unrelated dragons.



Even with the help of genetic recombination and chromosomal crossover, this is a rather bleak picture in terms of genetic diversity.

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Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No, you see why the homosexual bit can't play out at this time until Neltharion feels the flight has reached a stability where such a thing is called for.  Meaning, no-homo for now.
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renndor Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014

I'm confused. The population model in the other journal showed how even in a species with binary gender, same-sex attraction isn't necessarily an issue even in fairly dire circumstances.


However, the binary gender model doesn't appear to apply to the Warcraft dragons at all, so even that isn't an issue. Since dragons appears to be culturally, instinctively, and biologically capable of handling multiple mates & consorts, a non-reproductive relationship doesn't come at the expense of a reproductive relationship. There no need to wait for "stability", as there's no cost to these interactions, only benefits in terms of stronger bonds within the flight and stronger offspring in general.


Ultimately, Nel's problem is even bigger than just the fact that his species is on the brink of extinction. A dragonflight was more than a species— it was a community, a culture, a civilization.  He needs whelps badly, but he ultimately need more than whelps. He needs broodmothers and broodfathers, teachers, healers, historians, fighters, warders of the earth, etc. He needs a strong interconnected flight that trusts and can rely on each other, which can confront the enormous challenges they face as a unified force.


Having offspring is necessary, but not sufficient: the offspring must survive, they must learn to be true black dragons, to avoid the corruption, regain their culture and fight for their place in the world. This requires a strong flight. This requires strong bonds between the remaining dragons, in addition to the need for more offspring. So anything that starts to repair the mate / consort bonds, engender trust, and strengthen the relationships is a step in the right direction.


Of course, this is all pretty much a moot point for Neltharion and the Black Dragons we've seen so far. All of the ones we've seen are closely related to Neltharion and to each-other, so they're all probably culturally, biologically, and instinctively ineligible to be mates or consorts to each-other regardless of gender, for rather obvious reasons.

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Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
20 black dragons, man.  About 5 of those are old enough to mate.

Until the population is stable, no homo.
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renndor Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
The black dragons we've seen are all closely related to each-other, so i wouldn't expect there to be any mating of any kind, regardless of gender. They need to find some unrelated dragons, stat. 

As discussed, it doesn't seem like the whole gay/straight divide applies to the dragons at all. So I'm kinda unclear as to what your concern is from a social or population dynamics perspective.
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