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Solstice Dragon

Solstice adult
Release date December 25, 2013
Rarity Rare
Color Blue, purple, pink, gold and light gray
Nicknames Sugar Cookies, Sugar Reindeer
Habitat None - Breedable Only

Solstice Dragons, also known as Christmas Dragons '13, were released for three days starting Christmas of 2013 and ending on December 27th (23:59:59 pm), with a limit of two per scroll. They are a female-only breed of dragon. They dropped in all habitats.

They can only reproduce the week surrounding Christmas Day, though they can still breed with other males and produce the male's breed of egg during the rest of the year. The only time you can get a Solstice dragon egg is during Christmas time when Solstice dragons will be able to be bred again. They are classed as rare.

Wing pattern breeding times:

  • Blue wing: Egg is bred between 6:00 EST and 17:59 EST.
  • Colorful wing: Egg is bred between 18:00 EST and 5:59 EST.

While TJ's eggs were hatching, all the images of the egg cracking sequence were broken. He fixed the images but seemingly the sprite of the 2nd cracking stage was still broken, resulting in the egg turning "invisible" on a user's scroll. The egg became visible again as soon as it reached the 3rd cracking stage. All images of the egg cracking sequence have been fixed by now.

There were several ungendered stage 2 hatchlings ("gender unknown"). However by now all concerned hachlings were replaced with female hatchlings. See images below.

When sorted by "Breed" they are listed as "Christmas 2013 dragon" on a users scroll.

Official Dragon Description

Egg

"This egg emits a soft, heartwarming glow."

Hatchling

"Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. It’s very festively colored."

Mature Hatchling

"Aww... It’s a cute baby dragon. It’s very festively colored. And look! It has grown wings! It must be close to maturing."

Adult

"Holiday dragons are a very mysterious breed. They are only seen during winter, and even then it is hard to catch a glimpse of one. They are responsible for the general cheer that spreads during the holidays. In essence, they are the “Spirits of Winter.”"

Sprite Artists

Sprites

Series Egg Hatchling Mature Hatchling Adult Special
Solstice
Christmas 2013
CB/Night version

Solstice egg Solstice hatchi Solstice mature hatchi Solstice adult Female only breed.
Can be obtained when the egg is bred between 18:00 EST and 5:59 EST.
Day version
(2014)

Solstice adult bred Can be obtained when the egg is bred between 6:00 EST and 17:59 EST.
Spriter's Alt


Odeen's
and
JazianCo's
Spriter's Alt

Solstice egg Spriter's Alt Solstice hatchi Spriter's Alt Solstice mature hatchi Spriter's Alt Solstice adult -
Old Sprites


Old Dead Egg

Old Solstice dead egg

Egg Sequence

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


Additional Information

Right after they grew up Odeen revealed their name in the news thread:

They are called Solstice Dragons. I'll post a more appropriate level of detail about them tomorrow afternoon. Thanks TJ, and thank you all!

Odeen


Odeen shared more in depth information on the Solstice dragon in the news thread:

Solstice Dragon concept


Height: 1.5m (5ft) at the withers
Length: 5m (16.5ft)
Wingspan: 6.5m (21.3ft)
Weight: 500-550kg (~1100-1200lbs)
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Basic Anatomy: Solstice dragons' hides are soft, supple, and covered with tiny iridescent blue scales, and they give off surprising warmth in spite of their wintry appearance. Their bellies are counter-shaded with the same pale frosty color that freckles their wings and spine like snowflakes. Their whiskers help them sense wind currents and impending weather as they fly. As a Solstice dragon matures, she grows a dense mane of white fur along the underside of her neck and chest as well as a brush at the end of her tail, and some of the scales along her back and wings will turn brilliant, glittering gold. Seemingly all Solstice dragons are born with a crown of branching, antler-like golden horns which are never shed and grow very slowly throughout their lives. An orb of pure, warm light shining from the center of a Solstice dragon’s crown marks her transition into adulthood.
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Behavior: Solstice dragons prefer to live alone or in small, tightly knit sororities of 2-5 individuals. They vocalize little, communicating mainly through a dragon’s innate telepathy and voicing their moods with soft crooning sounds, trills, and chuffs.

The orb of light burning between a Solstice dragon’s antlers has a calming effect upon any creature the light touches, and basking in its glow can lift one’s spirits even from the deepest depths of despair. These wise and affectionate creatures have been known on occasion to follow strangers that have gotten lost in winter storms, shielding them from the wind and curling up with them to keep them warm until the storm subsides.

For one week a year around the Winter Solstice, when the nights are longest, Solstice dragons will take to the sky at sunset and not land until dawn, their crowns shining like beacons in the darkness as they cavort among the stars. Many who look upon the spectacle find renewed hope, knowing that with the flight of the Solstice dragons the days will soon begin to lengthen and warmth and light will return to the world with the changing of the seasons.

When a Solstice dragon dies, the orb of light will come loose from her antlers and slowly disperse into the sky.
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Habitat: Wild Solstice dragons actively seek out areas with colder climates and open skies and thus are found most easily in high mountain basins, but during winter months they will fly and mingle almost anywhere.
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Diet: Omnivorous. Most of their diet consists of berries, tubers, and stripped tree bark, but during lean times or when preparing to breed they will scavenge from other dragons’ kills or hunt live prey for the extra protein and fat that it provides.


Odeen talking about the new bred Solstice version on the forums:

The original Solstice Dragon had blue wings. That was how I envisioned the breed, and the sunrise wings were only added very late in the design process on a whim and originally intended only to appear on the spriter alts. Jaz and I decided to submit both the colored and blue versions to TJ to decide which of them he wanted to release because I liked both equally; he liked both, too, so we came up with a way for both to be used. I want to make it clear that the blue is not a "stripped down" version of the CBs. It is what the Solstice dragon was meant to look like: a wintry blue sky with creeping frost, snowflurry markings, and a crown of warm light promising an end to the cold. The CB version is not a souped-up version of the blue, either. I like both equally, or I would not have offered both.

Odeen on the forums


Trivia

In 2014 the blue-winged sprite was at first introduced as the new sprite for all bred Solstices. (Meaning only CB Solstices were intended to have the colorful wing color.) But since many users were disappointed to find that the colorful wing pattern was no longer available for non-CB dragons, TJ and Odeen (spriter) came up with a solution which made both sprites available again.

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