I don't really agree with what Drake's saying. The system is riddled with problems, both practical and moral, some of which will become apparent later on, but it's what Drake was raised on, and the whole lack of dead babies is a strong argument in it's favor.
The little dragon in the last shot is Drake's little brother (you saw him in human form on the cover). He's got the multiple horns and spots typical of southern families from Drake's mother's side, but still has the dominant coloring of the southeastern families that they belong to.
re Mr.Blackbird: ah, but human men aren't supposed to fight women because in generaly women at a physical disadvantage. This isn't the case with all speceis. Female dragons are bigger and more vicious in general than the males. If anything she's picking on him.
re Imola: thanks for catching that. learning human fighting was important because it could be more suited to cramped spaces and other situations. The only thing they didn't learn was cavalry work since horses aren't good around them.
re Neko with a Katana: thanks ^_^
re teurastaa: indeed it it.
re bloomygirl31: nope, looks like his education left that out.
re stevebarns: yup, Sparta was one of my models when designing the system.
re trenton_dawn: It's not a continuation of a sentence in the prexious text block, so it's not so much grammaticaly incorrect as just ...awkward. Thanks for pointing it out. I think I need to go and rework the word flow on the whole page at some point.
re TheDemonDragonCat: thanks ^_^
re Onasaki: I mean Drake's been one for millenia now.
re doom Bubbles: As Drake says, the barrier for them is much greater now that the eldest (and for dragons age=power) is backed by a dedicated fighter, which is a huge detterent. The family dynamic also changes so that protection of siblings becomes a key value, which also cuts down on plotting. Since firstborns are rarely dieing now thirds aren't raised with the expeaction of ruling that they might have had when the mortality rate was higher.
re comic king: thanks ^_^
re sarall: thanks, i spend far too much time thinking about all things dragon.
re Mythee: I blame their increased muscle mass on all the american comics I've been reading recently.
re tricorn5: no, reptilian reproductive organs aren't as apparent as they are in mamals. There are other physical difference between male and female dragons, but, while dragons can tell the difference (good thing too, otherwise relationships would be all sorts of confusing) it's subtle enough that there aren't going to be any clear givaways for us. In general the females tand to be larger and have proportionaly larger wings.
re BatsAreFlyingRats: there are other colors, but they're from different mythical traditions and each group tries to mind its own busness, so Drake doesn't have much to do with them and they won't enter into the story much.
Drake is so cute as a baby, I want to hug him forever!!!
He's teen in the bottom panel, I presume? He's adorable! I shall abduct him and make him MINE! And li'l bro is precious. Question, though: Why do you usually depict them in human form? Do they normally take on human form and stay that way or are they mostly lounging around in dragon form at home?
Ohhh! I just realized: the tattoo of Drake's is a drake thing, too, isn't it?
Yeah, we could see that cavalry work when Drake and BeauBeau first met... Love at first sight!
"I' m a result of the system after all!" .That' s something Joan will hold against the system. But point proven, Drake definitely is no zombie.
At what age is a dragon puppy/kitty able to transform into human the first time? When do they start practicing, when can they fully do the trick?
If it varies too much, I' ll be very content with statistics of an average, or the statistics of Drake!
I'm also thinking of vampires where their only form is humanish so even then women are still at a disadvantage. However some women make up for thjat superbly by being smarter. Such is the petty balance of this world...
The system hurts my head. *can't seem to follow any of this* I get that they trained the second borns, and the first borns were the heirs, but what did they do to the later children? I can't follow that bit.