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Last Post Wher FAQ
Mellody
Posted: Apr 30 2009, 11:07 PM


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How do you act around a wher?
If you're the handler of the wher, you're welcome to be as comfortable as you are on your couch. If you aren't the wher's handler, then it is best to keep your distance. Whers are much more wild than dragons, and have been known to attack people before, sometimes even kill them. Feral whers, which have existed since they were created, have absolutely no restraint at all and are the terror of the wild.

What makes their speech special?
Whers talk through telepathy the same way dragons do, but they have a much more limited vocabulary than dragons. Gold whers have the most coherent speech - they would say Davisk want the shiny thing - while greens have less control over language - they would say Dask want shiny. Whites, like any other white, are oddly intelligent, matching bronzes in their grammar. Their voices are as varied as well.

How do whers get their names?
Dragons know their names at hatching, but whers don't have names until they Impress. This is because their names are derived from the names of their handlers. The stronger the bond, the more of their name is used, and is ended by 'sk'. Hence David would Impress to Davisk or Dask, with Davisk being a stronger bond than Dask.

Strong bond? Weak bond? What is all this?
As you already know (if you've read the above questions, that is), the more letters of a wher's handler that the wher has in its name, the stronger its bond is. As to what this means, however... don't worry, a weak bond doesn't mean that your wher will go wild or die or something, although it is more probable for the bond to break under stress. Weak bonds merely mean that the pair in question is less "in tune" to each other; they are less likely to immediately pick up on each other's pain or emotions, or perhaps they'll get only the main idea, rather than a full understanding. Also, the stronger the bond, the more control a handler will have over their wher (though this is also dependent on rank and personality; a proud bronze is going to be far harder to subdue under any circumstances than a compliant blue).

Do whers 'know' when wher eggs are hatching?
In our little world they do. Like dragons- they just do. Don't bother asking, because you won't get far. And they hum, though it isn't so strong and loud as dragon humming.

What can whers do compared to dragons?
Whers are capable of gliding and limited flight; for the most part they can only fly at night, but if they try hard enough they can make it during the day, especially when the air is thick with humidity. No wher smaller than a brown would ever be capable of flying with their handler on their back, but could walk with a rider. They can go between as easily as dragons, and can chew firestone and flame. (this is our version of Pern, remember) When there was thread, they fought it at night, as often without handlers as with them.

What do wherlings eat?
When first hatched, wherlings eat a mixture of oats and blood that is like hearty oatmeal. Before too long they are able to eat meat that is cut into pieces small enough, and after a while they are able to hunt on their own in the corrals.

Can whers fly?
Yes. But only the largest can really truly fly while there's a human on their back. The smaller ranks can carry their handlers around, but to do more than glide with style they have to loose the weight. The larger ranks often have to drop their riders to do much of anything. They are also only capable of flying at night, which makes sense anyway because that's when they can see.

How do whers see?
This... is up for debate. According to Todd McCaffery, they see heat, rather than light. But based solely on the physical descriptions of wher eyes, I'm going to say that they see like cats do, only a lot better. Wher eyes are smooth, unfaceted, because nearly all of their visual receptors are the ones that work in the dark. This means that they can see miraculously well in the absence of light, but they also can't really see color. And that's how it is here.

If you have more questions, just ask Mellody. She'll add them to the list.
Mellody
Posted: Jul 17 2009, 05:51 PM


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How large are whers compared to dragons?
Good question. And to answer, refer to the following picture.
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