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Nebula Dragon
Nebula-adult-rotator
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Nebula egg
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Release Date April 1, 2010
Elemental Affinity Light
Morphology Wyvern
Base Rarity Uncommon
BSA None
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Habitat Alpine
Desert
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Color Black with blue, purple,
red or green
Nicknames Nebbie, Star
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Spriters
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Sif,
Skinst,
Rosella Surmane

Nebula Dragons were released on the April 1st, 2010, alongside Bright-Breasted Wyverns, Hellfire Wyverns, Guardians of Nature and Sunsong Amphipteres. Exactly one year later, on the 1st of April 2011, a second set of Nebula dragons were released to celebrate their anniversary.

While the second set of sprites are not considered Alts by site standards, they function using a similar mechanism. The second set of sprites act as a variation of the first, with the different colours corresponding to a particular gender. All colours can be obtained by catching them in the cave or through breeding, and are all equal to each other with regards to rarity.

Official Dragon DescriptionsEdit

EggEdit

"This egg glows with a brilliant radiance."

HatchlingEdit

"Aww... It's a cute baby dragon. Despite being as black as outer space, it has a few bright patterns on it."

Mature HatchlingEdit

"Aww... It's a cute baby dragon. Despite being as black as outer space, it has a few bright patterns on it.
And look! It's grown wings and its scales have gained beautiful patterns on it. It must be close to maturing."

AdultEdit

"Nebula dragons are nocturnal creatures. With the best eyesight to be found, they are often seen staring into outer space. Each dragon tends to observe a particular nebula and will eventually change their colors and patterns to match it. As the nebula changes over time, the dragon changes with it. The more intricate the design of the nebula, the better chance an individual has of attracting a mate. It is said that the markings on no two Nebula dragons will be exactly the same."

Sprite Artist(s)Edit

SpritesEdit

Series Egg Hatchling Mature Hatchling Adult
Blue
Female

Nebula egg Nebula hatchi Nebula blue female hatchi Nebula blue female
Purple
Male

Nebula purple male hatchi Nebula purple male
Red
Female

Nebula red female hatchi Nebula red female
Green
Male

Nebula green male hatchi Nebula green male

Sprites No Longer In-UseEdit

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Temporary Holiday Sprites
Christmas'11
Blue Female

- Nebula hatchi Christmas 2011 Nebula female hatchi blue Christmas 2011 Nebula female blue Christmas 2011
Christmas'11
Purple Male

- Nebula male hatchi purple Christmas 2011 Nebula male purple Christmas 2011
Christmas'11
Red Female

- Nebula female hatchi red Christmas 2011 Nebula female red Christmas 2011
Christmas'11
Green Male

- Nebula male hatchi green Christmas 2011 Nebula male green Christmas 2011
Old Sprites
Old Hatchling

Old Nebula hatchi
Old Dead Egg

Old Nebula dead egg

Egg SequenceEdit

Stage 0 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Dead
Nebula egg Nebula crack 1 Nebula crack 2 Nebula crack 3 Nebula crack 4 Nebula crack 5 Nebula dead egg

Encyclopedia EntryEdit

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Appearance/Basic Anatomy

  • Females have one more wing finger than males. This does not appear to have any specific function.
  • It is entirely possible for a black and white patterned Nebula to exist, as a form of albinism via colour-blindness. This, however, is extremely rare.
  • Have yet to see two Nebula dragons with the exact same pattern, but several have similar patterns.
  • A Nebula dragon’s horns are often mistaken for ears.
  • When a nebula dragon dies or if it is killed, its scales lose their pattern in a matter of hours.

Hatchling Behavior

  • They can spend up to 18 hours a day sleeping when newly hatched. They slowly become more active as they age.
  • Their eyes are pale blue when they hatch, but seem to change color to match their wing patterns.
  • Hatchlings tend to be more restless during a double new moon, as this is the ideal time for them to observe the sky.
  • It is very easy to tell their genders apart at a young age, since female Nebula hatchlings have an extra wing finger.
  • Hatchlings will behave unpredictably during a full solar eclipse, as they do not yet understand what is going on and believe it is night time.
  • In their late adolescence years, female hatchlings will seek out high areas or deserts to make a nest for when they become adults and lay their first eggs.
  • Male nebula hatchlings during their late adolescence years prepare for adulthood by spending long hours staring at the sky, making sure their patterns are suitable for finding a mate.

Adult Behavior

  • Adults sleep during the day. They therefore dislike summer as days are longer, and are usually more active in winter.
  • Males who wish to mate display their wings to their fullest extent to their chosen female. If the female approves, she will imitate him. If she disapproves, she will fly off.
  • While they prefer to live solitary, peaceful lives, small groups can be found every now and then.
  • Nebula dragons do not mind temporary company of other breeds, and many have been found to bond closely with Royal Blue dragons, due to their shared love of starlight.

Habitat

  • Nebula dragons love to travel and find new places to observe the night skies. They will sometimes travel as far as the other side of the planet to do so.
  • Since winter is often the best time to observe the skies, Nebula dragons seem to grow accustomed to cold weather.

Diet

  • Nebulas are omnivorous, and usually hunt large mammals.
  • Enjoy bitter fruits such as lemons and grapefruit.

TriviaEdit

  • Skinst revealed on CaveCast that Nebula dragons actually form their patterns in a process very similar to photosynthesis- they are said to literally absorb light from sources in the night sky, and replicate the patterns upon their skin.
  • It was noticed on May 23, 2017, that the egg description was changed, possibly done during the recent Dragon Cave 11th Birthday updates. The old egg description read:
"This egg has a brilliant radiance coming off of it."

Additional InformationEdit

  • Regarding the Nebula's creation credits:
I did the sketches, Skinst did lines, I did black shading, Skinst did the nebula/star shading. Rosella helped with a few fixes on the male.

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