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The Dragonet Experiment

Report 01
Truthseeker

The Dragonet Experiment is one of the top secret Don't Tell Your Friends ones, so I can't tell anybody anything outside of the labs. That's why I like writing reports, because it helps me keep my thoughts more organized.

The first step in the Master Plan is to nab a RainWing egg from their nursery. Shadowcreeper is supposed to do that, and he should be back by tomorrow morning.

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Report 02
Truthseeker

Shadowcreeper returned with the egg, which has since been dubbed Subject Alpha. It has been predicted (ha ha) to hatch within the next month.

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Report 03
Truthseeker

The egg has lost its color and is now a pale, rather sickly gray. This is worrisome, as Shadowcreeper says all the eggs in the RainWing nursery were vibrant shades of every color you could think of. I went to ask permission to see for myself, so I could compare better, but I haven't gotten an answer.

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Report 04
Truthseeker

I was allowed to go to the nursery (at NIGHTTT) and there has been found to be a shocking difference between Subject Alpha and the eggs in the rainforest. It's very worrisome, so I'm trying to decide how to solve it.

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Report 05
Truthseeker

I have decided to keep the egg in the patch of trees, where there's less smoke. Maybe that will help its TERRIBLY worrisome loss of color. We want the dragonet inside to hatch healthy, after all.

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Report 06
Truthseeker

The egg has hatched a week after the predicted date. Unfortunately, the poor thing is scrawny and unhealthy, and his scales are dull. Maybe the scales will become shinier with time, but I don't think they will; I think it's an effect of hatching in a place so unlike the clean, healthy rainforest.

I named the dragonet Leopard, which Soulsearcher says is silly because it's a RAINWING, Truthseeker, and leopards are FIERCE and RainWings are NOT, but I don't care what she says, Leopard is my tiny little hatchling and he WILL grow up to be big and strong.

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Report 07
Truthseeker

Leopard is very feisty for such a small and unhealthy dragonet. He didn't want me to draw his blood, even when I told him it's to help him get better, so it was a very difficult ordeal, but I finally got the sample I needed. Of course, it's going to be used in some experiment or another, but the IMPORTANT thing is that it's missing the proper amount of oxygen, and he also needs more sun.

I have an idea for how to maybe fix that, but I have to figure some things out.

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Report 08
Truthseeker

I snuck Leopard into the rainforest. I didn't tell anybody, I just pretended I was running errands for the queen and hid the dragonet under my wing. WHICH, by the way, was easier said than done, because he was SQUIRMING the whole time like the FEISTY LITTLE DRAGONET HE IS.

Anyway, when we got through the tunnel, he perked up at the sudden change in atmosphere. He rain around looking at all the pretty colors and plants and animals, and he kept changing his scales to match them. It was very cute, and also rather interesting to see how RainWing dragonets possibly develop their camoflague.

I flew him up to the canopy on my back so he could get a view of the sun, and he very muched loved it. He made lots of intelligent sounds like GMURRGL and BLURPLRD. He rather seemed to like the warmth, as well, which feels much better when it's from the sun than it does when it's from a festering volcano that could blow up and kill you.

I think we'll do it again sometime, because I don't think I'm imagining that he was a lot more relaxed and healthy looking afterward.

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Report 09
Truthseeker

I brought Leopard out again. He didn't struggle this time, because now he knows what "Leopard CALM DOWN we're going to the rainforest" means.

He saw his first sloth, which I was going to kill and eat, but then he hugged it and played with it and I just couldn't bring myself to. He ALSO, however, found several different fruits that I didn't even know existed, and he ate them happily and the pulp ran down his chin and he got all sticky and messy and gross, and actually, I tried a few, and they were actually rather tasty. So he jumped on me and pointed up and said "SUNSUNSUNSUN" so then we were both sticky and messy and gross and I flew him up to the sun and was all very lovely.

Then it rained and he was terrified for a moment before I told him it's water that comes when the plants are thirsty. It's very fresh, too, for that matter. So anyway, we flew in the rain until we were NOT sticky or messy or gross, and then we went home.

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Report 10
Truthseeker

Shadowcreeper followed me. He found out what we were doing, and I'm in trouble now. If I don't have utterly perfect behavior, They're liable to throw me in a lava pit. I'm not allowed to bring Leopard into the rainforest, which is unfortunate, because he keeps asking me when we're going again. He was very sad the last few times we came home. I suppose that's why Battlewinner is mad that I brought him ever at all.

Leopard turned one year old a few days ago.

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Report 11
Truthseeker

Nothing interesting has happened over the last year, unless you can count Leopard losing most of the healthy sheen and relazation and happiness the rainforest gave him. He mopes a lot. Keeps crying about wanting to see the rainforest. Still not allowed to bring him. Probably will never be.

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Report 12
Truthseeker

They started the Experiments on Leopard when he turned two. They make him cooperate by telling him he'll get a brother or a sister if he does. I hate it.

Shadowcreeper stole another egg. It's a lot newer than Leopard's was. I think that's a bad idea, because that gives it a lot more time to lose color and be generally unhealthy.

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Report 13
Truthseeker

The egg has lost all color again. It seems like a more colorless gray than Leopard's was, if that's possible. It also has several black spots that look a lot like bruises. They weren't there in the beginning, and it's not nearly time to hatch yet. The doctors say the dragonet inside is probably dying, if not dead yet, and I can't say I disagree.

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Report 14
Truthseeker

The egg was moved from it's usual place when I came to check on it. I was really worried, because I thought it hatched prematurely and without me. Turns out, Leopard wanted to see his brother/sister. I scolded him. He sulked and looked sad. That made me feel bad, so I snuck out to get him a banana. That made him happier.

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Report 15
Truthseeker

The egg has hatched. Despite every fear or doubt that literally every dragon involved had, she hatched healthy. Her scales are relatively healthy, and she's strong and happy. I named her Miracle. She is absolutely perfect. Leopard loves her even more than I do, so that's a win too.

The experiments are to continue.

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Report 16
Truthseeker

Miracle is probably the happiest dragon on this entire island. I don't know what it is. She just loves everything and everyone. Most dragons find it annoying, NightWings being NightWings, but I think it's adorable and perfect. She is virtually untouchable as well, because Leopard watches her like a hawk, and he hisses at everyone who comes near her except me. He knows how to use his venom (ha ha take that evil scientist idiots) and he makes sure everybody knows.

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Report 17
Truthseeker

Miracle continues to be the most miraculous healthy dragon on the island. The doctors are baffled. Ha ha, take that. They've started experimenting on her too, though, and Leopard sulks and sulks until she's out of those particular labs, then immediately runs to hug her and whisper things to her while she trembles in his talons. I hate it.

They got another egg that's supposedly just days old. It's different. The colors are darker and more subtle than usual, even though it just got here and its health hasn't begun the inevitable decline. Also, it sparkles, which is odd, because I thought only NightWing eggs did that.

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Report 18
Truthseeker

The egg is to hatch soon. It's gotten horribly unhealthy. Very worrisome. Not as unhealthy as Miracle's was, though. It retains its odd dark subtlety and sparkles. Leopard is four years old. Miracle is two.

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Report 19
Truthseeker

The dragonet is another female, but she's different. Her scales are darker than either Leopard's or Miracle's, which could be seen as mimicking NightWing scales, but she tried to mimic a banana and she couldn't make her scales light enough. She has odd scales, too, that won't change color at all. They're gray and they don't change. Two of these are teardrop shapes at the corner of each eye. Firefly loves them, but only because she has similar ones.

I named the dragonet Shimmer. Leopard and Miracle absolutely adore her, and now Miracle is on the Protection Squad too. It's kind of funny, actually. They're just SO ADORABLE AND I LOVE THEM.

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Report 20
Truthseeker

Leopard has taken to dark blue and red scales. Sometimes it's just one color (usually blue), but more often, it's dark blue shot through with crimson. I've come to the (shaky) conclusion that RainWings take to a certain pattern of colors at around the age of five, and that's what their base color is.

This rule seems to have exceptions for dragons taken out of their home, or dragons who experience trauma. It's still very spotty (the study of RainWing scales) at best, so this rule could be proven wrong at any given time.

Leopard is age five, Miracle is almost three, and Shimmer is six moons.

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Report 21
Truthseeker

THEY'RE GONE. LEOPARD AND MIRACLE AND SHIMMER ALL HAVE DISAPPEARED. MY CHILDREN. NO THIS IS BAD. THIS IS VERY VERY VERY BAD. THEY COULD HAVE BEEN KIDNAPPED OR TRIED TO FLY OVER THE OCEAN OR SOMETHING OH NO NO. I'LL BE IN TROUBLE TOO IF ANYONE FINDS OUT

They've been gone for too long, anything could have happened to them oh no.

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Report 22
Truthseeker

We now have shaky evidence that they snuck through the tunnel, camoflagued. This is something we apparently overlooked. I've been informed that if I don't find them and bring them back in the next moon, I am to be thrown into a lava pit. Which would likely be rather painful.

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Report 23
Truthseeker

I couldn't find them. I am to be brought to the dungeons to wait until they have an opportunity to make my lava drowning public.

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Report 24
Truthseeker

They changed their minds. Instead of being burn-drowned alive immediately, I get to hunt down my precious children, murder them with my own talons, and bring back their dead bodies. They won't be persuaded otherwise.

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