Icewings we know them we love them, but how does their coolest (Pun totally intended) power work, their frostbreath. At first I thought the Icewings simply stored Something like liquid nitrogen in some sort of sac inside their bodies, but this is just not very likely. Liquid nitrogen is the liquefied version of the gas nitrogen (Duh) its a clear, colorless fluid with a boiling point of -320 degrees Fahrenheit. There's a reason your supposed to wear safety equipment when handling Liquid nitrogen. its incredibly dangerous if misused. When two different temperatures meet they will try to balance out and bring the object to room temperature, and frostbite, put simply, occurs when the body temperature drops too low, and can be terrifyingly deadly, and painful. And while i do realize humans and dragons are just a tad bit different, which is true, mammals are endothermic meaning we generate and regulate our own internal body heat, reptiles, which we assume dragons are scales, forked tongue, etc., are ectothermic, meaning they have to rely on s outside factors, to keep their body heat stable, and them alive. But, suprisingly, it actually seems that Phyrria's dragons are endothermic, seeing as non of the dragon tribes are stated as having to have heat or sunlight, the Rainwings do have an entire section of their day carved out for sun bathing, but that seems to be more for enjoyment rather then for actual survival. This raises some interesting questions as to what the residents of Phyrria would be scientifically categorized as, but that's a whole other can of worms, and not what i set out to answer. It did occur to me that maybe the icewings are just straight up immune to the cold, it wouldn't be the biggest leap in logic, but no, in the abilities section for the Icewings it states, and i quote "Can withstand subzero tempretures." Notice it says that they are able to withstand, not that their immune to extreme cold. I think that the Icewings are able to withstand subzero tempretures, thanks to thick layers of blubber underneath the scales, like a seal or polar bear, but the blubber wouldn't keep the Icewings alive if there is already a freezing substance already inside of them, thus its not liquid nitrogen, or anything with similar properties. So... What is it? Well we know it cant be anything already freezing, refer to the arguments above, and beyond that, i was stumped, completely and utterly, until i came across an odd source of inspiration, the Bombardier Beetle.
This incredible bug from everywere, is probably the closest thing Mother Nature will ever give us, to dragons. Ok, Ok, yes you would be completely justified in asking me if ive drunk any mercury lately, which i would answer yes to, but its a fair comparison. When threatened this bug will turn around and squirt hot noxious chemicals at the aggressor, like some sort of nightmare skunk. It does this by mixing two chemicals inside its body, creating a biochemical reaction, from which heat is produced.
The Icewings aren't using some pre-existing source of cold, they're using their own biochemical biologics. Two sacs are located somewhere in the Icewings chest or neck, that are producing, storing, and pressurizing two reactive chemicals, when the ice dragon needs to defend itself, it calls forth the terrifying power of ice, the sacs force the chemicals into the mouth where they react, and shot out in a spray of death and ice, that immediately sucks the heat out of the afflicted object making it brittle, and if its living tissue, killing hundreds of cells and inducing deep frostbite and extreme hypothermia, killing the assailant within minuets.
I'm certain ill never look at Winter the same again, I'm also certain, Tui never intended this.
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