|Release date||December 28, 2008|
|Color||various, accordingly to the season of the year (see sprite table below)|
The Leetle tree, another non-dragon sprite, was dropped after the Yulebucks ceased dropping and before January 1st, 2009. It is classified as a frozen egg on scrolls. TJ09 coded the leetle trees to drop in between normal cave dragons rather than in mass. Combined with the excessive lag still plaguing the site at that time, very few users were able to catch one. However, they are unbreedable and unabandonable, so they became unobtainable after the drops stopped. Only one leetle tree is allowed per scroll. If a player grabbed another leetle tree, they will get the breed limit message.
Kila, the spriter, had indicated that she has further plans for them and that there may be variations on the original design. Then, in October of 2010, the trees changed into an autumn version; instead of looking like a minature pine tree, they turned into a tree with bright red leaves falling off. For Halloween's week the Leetle Tree sprite is changed again, showing a dead tree with a full moon behind. Leetle Trees cannot be killed, and display the message: "The leetle tree is too cute to kill."
Then, on December 28th of 2010, Leetle Trees dropped again: they were released in mass only during the first hour, after which they were released again between normal cave dragons. It's currently not known how long they'll continue to drop, but TJ09 has stated that the Leetle Trees will be around for "a while."
They were a spur of the moment release, resulting from a late-night discussion that occurred in the DC IRC channel.
Leetle trees are now dropped in the Forest biome along with the other eggs, but with a very low rate.
Even if the Earth Day's sprite is ready since two years ago, it was never coded by TJ and for this on 22nd April the Leetle Tree keep on showing the Spring's sprite.
"Oh my. There is a Leetle Tree among the eggs."
Sprite Artist Edit
These are the regular appearances of the leetle tree appropriate to the season or holiday during the course of the year.
|Valentine||Spring||April Fools Day||Earth Day||Summer||Autumn||Halloween||Winter||Christmas|
Sprite changed shortly after Leetle Trees were launched on December 28, 2008. Apparently, the sprite being used was copyrighted and they switched it to the one Kila sprited.
- April Fools Day - 2011: - The "Leetle Tree" turned into a broccoli for the first time during the "Carrot Cave" event. Being an egg, it was referred to as "Seed" on a scroll.
From then on it turned into a broccoli every following April Fools Day.
- Get your tree now and you will get broccoli like a special prize!
Special Leetle TreeEdit
Thanks to Hot on Fire, who had the chance to get a close and personal interview with TheDarkCynder, the full story was revealed.
Here is what TheDarkCynder had to say about the event:
Alright, well, it was a night on that chat that was fairly quiet. And about 1:00AM EST. We were discussing leetle trees, if we thought they would come back or not. TJ came in, and a few people started asking him to breed his thuweds, while the rest were asking him about the leetle trees. I said "TJ, you should really make a thuwed leetle tree" thinking if he made one, it'd be a nice joke. So there was a pause and he showed us a link to a little tree with "Kilalicious" as both parents. A few minutes later he asked my scroll name (I was on as TDC.) I told him TheDarkCynder and he said "That's what I thought." He then showed me a link with a scroll number and asked me to confirm if it was my scroll. It was. I was confused, and someone said "Congrats, TDC, if he does it" By then I was starting to think about what he was up to, and I became anxious. After a few minutes, he asked the chatroom what he should name it. He answered himself, be saying that the Syrian name for 'Leetle Tree' was Cookco Khoo. A long few minutes past, and I said that I had to go. My internet would shut off in less than a minute. Right before it did, he said "Check your scroll" I had the window up and managed to refresh before it shut off. By then it had been shut off, but the window was still there, I just coulden't click anything. I carefully scanned my scroll until I saw the leetle tree under my ice dragon. —That's the story.
Hot on Fire also asked TheDarkCynder how she felt about the whole situation and the aftermath:
My feelings about it? Well at first I was over excited, and jumping around. A few minutes later I wondered if he would take it away… Prehaps it was just a joke of the moment. I pushed the thought back, and was barely able to sleep. When I woke up, I /instantly/ jumped on my laptop. I was in another channel, telling them about the previous night. The words spread to #DC when chaos broke out. I hesitated, not wanting it to come out so fast as TJ might find that overwhelming and take it away from me, but he came on and when people asked, he said it was going to stay with me. About an hour later, a thread came up about it in 'help' and PMs on the fourms started coming in. It's currently listed under 'Trivia' in the Book of DC Records under 'Site Discussion' on the forum.
When Spring 2013 turned, Leetle trees were initally out of sync with the Seasonals (i.e. were still Winter themed when Seasonals were breeding Spring varieties). TJ was notified and within a couple of hours the trees had switched to the Spring theming. This suggests that the Leetle tree seasons have been made to match those of Seasonal dragons.