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Connor Flanagan

"We've always known where to draw the line. We might have put a toe across it occasionally, but we've always stopped short of causing real mayhem. Sort of..."

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a character in “Dragon Riders of Valdonia”, as played by XShishioX

Description

Name: Connor Flanagan
Age: 20
Gender: "I'm a boy. Duh..."
Race: "Just another of the regular humanfolk. I wish I were an elf though, the pointy ears are cool."
Ability: Electricity. Connor's very adept at using electricity based magic, he has a good deal of natural talent and made up for whatever raw power he lacked with hard work and mountains of home study with his mom. He can control his spells almost perfectly, and he is very adept at casting them under duress and while riding his dragon, Zephyr.
Occupation: Connor and his brother Kieran are up and coming Professional Dragon Racers. They famously work as a pair, using great teamwork to pass every other competitor until the last leg of the race, in which they finally turn their attention to each other and focus on winning.

Appearance--

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Eyes: Green
Hair: Blond
Height: 5'6
Weight: 145 lbs. He's skinny, almost scrawny, but don't let it fool you. Years of hard training for dragon racing and sparring with his brother have left him decently strong, but his main focus is on speed and agility.
Markings: A Dragon's eye on his left forearm.

Clothes + Gear--
Top: A white shirt with a red tie and a dark vest when he wants to look nice. His dragon racer uniform is a black body suit made of a breathable cottony cloth that is warm enough for high-speed dragon racing. The suit has green stripes on it. Before the race starts he wears a cloak around the promenade, as is customary. His is white and green with a golden clasp.
Bottoms: When he's not wearing his dragon racer's suit, he wears beige pants with a black belt and black shoes.
Accessories: He has a satchel in which he always carries two things: a book with all the spells he's created and a bronze cylinder given to him by his Crazy Uncle Harris. The cylinder is actually an extendable staff, it extends and retracts with a jolt of electricity. The book is full of diagrams and explanations of spells.
Weapons: Only the staff.

Personality: Connor is mischievous and childish. He often acts lazy and aloof to hide his brilliant intellect and natural magical talent. He's very whimsical and childish, but it masks a very analytic and meticulous nature. He knows that between him and his brother, he's the smarter of the two, but he doesn't like the idea of being responsible for all their plans and ideas. Instead, he loves to play pranks and to have lots of fun. That part of him is genuine, he loves to be a kid. He's never far from his brother Kieran. The pair are inseparable.

History: Kieran and Connor grew up in a simple home with their mother and father. Their father's dragon died before Connor was born, but their mother's was kind enough to ferry them around. The pair of brothers loved to run around and play pranks, they were always getting into some form of mischief. Finally, however, when Kieran turned 14, he began training with their father. Connor, on the other hand, grew up under their mother's care. He spent the vast majority of his tutelage pouring over novels and learning about the magic of the world which had touched him when he was eight. Connor has a strong affinity to electrical magic, first discovering it after rubbing his hands together and shocking his brother on the right butt cheek, from across the room. The pair grew up and trained in this manner, occasionally switching teachers until Kieran turned 18 and went off to the Academy. Connor was very sad, entering a very minor depression when Kieran left for the Academy, but he knew he'd see his brother soon, and he did. After a month the two were reunited. Connor experienced a similar occur\ence when it was his turn to leave for the Academy, but he knew it would be done soon.

Connor learned everything he needed to quickly and concisely. The only really important event that happened at the Academy was when Connor met Zephyr. Connor walked calmly and carefully into the Dragon den. He walked past a lot of the other dragons, not paying them any attention. Finally, after a good deal of walking, Connor finally found her. He walked up to her and put his hand on her neck. "I'm Connor, I like you." She seemed to chuckle, staring deeply into his eyes. After staring into Connor's eyes for a while, she finally replied, "Hello Connor, I am Zephyr. I like you too." After a little more talking, the two knew they'd be partners forever. Connor graduated the Academy with top marks and left immediately to see his brother again. After a few months, the two moved out and have been living together in their own bungalow in the Cliffs by the Sea. They've been racing in the competitive circuit for a few weeks now.

Connor's Dragon:
Name: Zephyr
Age: 10
Gender: Female
Ability: Wind. Zephyr can whip up whirlwinds and dust storms with her wings. She is also capable of breathing a highly pressurized, condensed stream of air from her mouth instead of having a breath weapon. She, along with Connor, have perfected a hybrid style called Tempest style with their combination Wind and Electric magic. They fight so fiercely and with such great focus, that the pair looks like a thunderstorm when they battle seriously.
Size: Medium. Zephyr is 19 feet long, 7 feet tall at the shoulder, and has a wingspan of 17 feet. Her neck is four feet long and her tail is eight feet. Despite her wingspan and smaller size, she's very fast and agile, able to turn on a dime and maneuver flawlessly mid-flight. Her wings beat so fast she can even hover and kick up dust storms. Because her wings beat so quickly, she is able he keep up with dragons much larger than her. Even when she is carrying a rider. Further, her wings are very powerful, they have to be to beat so quickly. They are so strong, she can even whip up whirlwinds.

Appearance--
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Eyes: Red
Color(s): Beige, green, and red.
Description of their general appearance: Zephyr has a long neck, kangaroo like hind legs, red goggle-like coverings over her eyes, and a three-pronged fan on her tail.

So begins...

Connor Flanagan's Story

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Connor and Kieran were sitting at home relaxing for their race tomorrow, when Connor gets his signature mischievous smirk that he gets whenever he comes up with yet another devious plan for the duo. Connor looks over at Kieran and says "We should totally go to the hatchery and play with the baby dragons."
"Right now?" Kieran asks.
"Of course, it's the middle of the night, whose gonna know? Plus you can't sleep before a race anyway." said Connor.
A short while later they are at the entrance to the hatchery discussing how to get through the lock.
"Relax I'll just use electricity to manipulate the lock into an unlocked position" Connor says as he proceeds to place his hand over the lock and an audible click is heard as the door unlocks, but before the Connor can open the door Kieran intervenes.
"That'll never work, hold on I'll just melt the metal." Kieran proceeds to send a small jet of flame into the keyhole melting the entire mechanism.
"You idiot!! We didn't want to get caught, and you just left CLEAR evidence that we were here." Connor exlcaimed angrily.
"My bad, oh well too late now, let's go play with the dragons!!" Kieran said, ignoring his brother.
They proceed to enter the hatchery and play with the young ones.





(**OOC I realize I took a lot of control over Connor, Shishio's character, but I did so with his permission we will posting a lot together and so we will mix control somewhat, but everything we post will be reviewed by both of us. **)

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Connor and Kieran were sitting at home relaxing for their race tomorrow. Connor was jotting down some ideas for maneuvers and spells in his notebook, when suddenly, a brilliant idea came to him. It was perfect, the best way for them to unwind right before their big race. Connor looked over at Kieran and said, "We should totally go to the hatchery and play with the baby dragons."

"Right now?" Kieran asks.

"Of course, it's the middle of the night, whose gonna know? Plus you can't sleep before a race anyway." said Connor. The two hop on their dragons and take the quick jaunt over to the hatchery by the cliffs. Sneaking past the guards and up to the door, Connor steps forwards and rubs his hands together. The lock could easily be manipulated by the electricity flowing through it to open without a key. It was perfect, that way, when they left, Connor could simply re-lock the door and no one would know.
Kieran had some notion about smashing through the damn thing, but Connor had aready thought it out.

"Relax I'll just use electricity to manipulate the lock into an unlocked position" Connor says as he placed his hand over the lock. An audible click is heard as the door unlocks, smirking his trademark smirk, Connor goes to gently push the door open, but before the Connor can open the door Kieran intervenes.

"That'll never work, hold on I'll just melt the metal." Kieran then proceeded to blast the door lock with a small jet of flame, melting the entire mechanism into the unlocked position.
"You idiot!! We didn't want to get caught, and you just left CLEAR evidence that we were here." Connor exclaimed angrily. The point of sneaking past the guards was to be quiet and not get caught.
"My bad, oh well too late now, let's go play with the dragons!!" Kieran said, ignoring his brother's legitimate concerns of safety and innocence.

The two sneak into the hatchery and are greeted by the sounds of about a hundred baby dragons snoring peacefully. Connor walked over to a little blue and teal one, gently tickling it awake and smiling as it's eyes open, not wanting to scare the poor little creature. It yawns before its eyes light up with the joy of having a playmate. It giggles and rolls over so Connor can scratch it's tummy before it lets out a few short yips, waking the entire hatchery. Connor looks over to investigate Kieran's shouts, only to find him being tackled by about half a dozen baby dragons giggling madly the whole time. Connor placed his palm on his forehead and sighed. This was going to be a good night.

The next two hours were filled with the laughs and shouts and raucous noises of baby dragons having fun. Finally, however, Connor heard Zephyr in his head, "Connor, I've been napping and I lost track of the time, but it's early now. You two should go to bed soon, you've got to get up and race in six hours." Connor sighed and nodded, "Alright baby dragons, I'm very sorry, but we have to get up to race tomorrow, you all need to get back to bed now. Sorry."

Kieran's complaint rings out loudly in the hatchery, "Connor! Do we have to go now?!" To which Connor replied, "Yeah, Zephyr wants us to get to bed, she says we have to wake up in six hours."

From around the corner, Connor hears, "Damnit! Well, I guess she's right. Sorry baby dragons." A collective sigh of disappointment is heard from all around the hatchery. Finally, after another twenty minutes, when all the baby dragons were finally tucked in Connor and Kieran left, still giggling at the success their conquest. They flew home quickly and quietly, falling into bed and sleeping as soon as their heads touched pillow. Zephyr curled into a ball at the foot of Connors bed and the pair dreamed of winning tomorrow's race.

(OOC: I have taken minor control of Kieran in this post to facilitate speed and humor. I did so with his help and consent. He loll'd.)

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Kieran layed awake in bed all night, not being able to sleep as he thought about the race the next morning. No matter how many times he races he is always too excited the night before a race to sleep. At what he guessed was around 4-ish Kieran decided it was acceptable to get up. He quietly arose from his bed being careful not to wake Connor and Zephyr who were in the bed on the other side of the room, but he would wake them in a few hours as they didn't need to be in Cadence City until around 11, because of some preliminary qualifier pushing their race back to noon.

After Kieran dressed he grabbed a burlap sack and his bow and went outside, still dark he thought it would be a great time to check his snares. After checking all 25 snares Kieran only snagged 4 rabbits. He placed them in his sack for later. Realizing that this wasn't nearly enough food, and he had plenty of time, Kieran began to track the herd of deer that live near their property. Upon catching up to the herd Kieran saw the deer he wanted. It was a large buck with a huge rack, must've been about 14 points. But he knew he would need to carry the deer back with him so despite his competitive nature he settled for the smaller 8 point buck near the edge of the herd. He aimed at the heart, knowing he wouldn't miss, as he had been doing this for years. He loosed his arrow. The second it hit the deer he set the arrow alight cauterizing the wound so as to avoid spilling any of the deer's blood. He gathers his kill throwing it on his shoulder's and walks back to the house. Based upon the sun he guessed it was around 8, time to wake up Connor he thinks. He takes the time to walk around to the back where Ashkore sleeps. Ashkore was still asleep and Kieran smiled to himself as he came up with the best way to wake him up, and proceeded to flop the fresh deer carcass right onto Ashkores snout, promptly waking him and making sure he got breakfast at the same time. After chatting with Ashkore for a while about nothing in particular and he then went inside to surprise Connor and Zephyr with some rabbits for her to nom. As Kieran entered the building he was overcome with the wonderful smell of pancakes and bacon. Silly Connor making breakfast just like Mom did when we were little. Kieran said to Ashkore, but he was too busy enjoying his fresh deer to respond.

"Got some rabbits for Zephyr!" Kieran called to Connor.
"She's still on my bed sleeping, you know how she is" Connor responded.
Kieran chuckled to himself That silly dragon could sleep all day, but the second you wake her up she's as alert and intelligent as any of them.

She does enjoy her sleep, I think Connor is the only one who could ever convince her to wake up Ashkore replied.

We'll see how she reacts to four fresh rabbits to munch on. Kieran said and walked into the room.


Kieran drops the rabbits on the floor next to the bed and attempts to shake Zephyr awake. She is resistant until he waves a rabbit in front of her nose tempting her until she wakes up and snaps it up.

There are 3 more where that came from he tells her.

Thank you Kieran, I do love a good breakfast. She said sleepily.

Kieran left her to her meal, heading into the kitchen to go see what Connor had ready for his own meal.

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Connor woke with the sun, greeted by the last vestiges of morning's chill. He looked around, rubbing his eyes, Kieran had gone out, he wasn't in his bed. However, someone who hadn't started the night in his bed now was. Connor wasn't at all surprised to find Zephyr in his own bed, snoring quietly. She always ended up there anyway. As for Kieran, Connor wasn't that worried, Kieran could never sleep the night before a race. He was probably out hunting for breakfast or something like that, just the way dad taught them. Finally throwing the sheets off of himself and putting on his robe, Connor got out of bed and walked over to their kitchen and started up breakfast.

Connor pulled out a container of mixed flour, sugar, and baking powder from the cupboard, some eggs, milk, bacon, and butter from the cellar, and a skillet. Connor then walked over to the wood burning stove and tossed some more wood into the dying embers of last nights fire. The Cliffs were notorious for their cold nights, and the wood stove was perfect for keeping their house warm through the night. Connor snapped his fingers and a spark arced from his hand to the embers and wood, igniting the fire instantly. Connor then pulled out a bowl and tossed the eggs, milk, and powder from the tub into the bowl and mixed it with a spoon until the lumps were gone and the resulting paste was smooth. By then the fire had heated to optimum temperature and was ready for cooking "pancakes" just like their mum used to make. Before he started the pancakes, Connor cooked the bacon. The grease from the bacon would ensure that the pancakes didn't stick to the oven. Then Connor cooked four eggs to absorb the majority of the grease and then went the pancakes. Just as Connor had finished their breakfast, he heard the door open and Kieran walked in.

"Got some rabbits for Zephyr!" Kieran called to Connor.

"She's still on my bed sleeping, you know how she is." Connor responded. That silly dragon could sleep all day, but the second you wake her up she's as alert and intelligent as any of them.

Kieran drops the rabbits on the floor next to the bed and attempts to shake Zephyr awake. She is resistant, an immovable sleeping dragon, until he waves a rabbit in front of her nose, the delicious aroma of fresh meat tempting her until she wakes up and snaps it up.

"Thank you Kieran, I do love a good breakfast." She said sleepily, her neck snaking down from her spot on Connor’s bed and snapping up another rabbit. Kieran headed into the kitchen, where Connor’s breakfast was just getting finished. Connor slid Kieran’s plate across the table to him. It was piled high with pancakes, bacon, and eggs. Connor knew Kieran always loved a huge breakfast before a race.

Connor finished cooking his own breakfast and set the dirty dishes in a bucket to be washed later. He walked over to the table with his own plate as well as two large cups of milk, and sat down to begin eating, ignoring Kieran’s greedy and uncivilized manner of eating. Connor picked up his knife and fork and began eating the way his mother taught him, small bites, chewed thoroughly. Watching the two, you could easily see who spent the most time with which parent. Connor was almost a perfect personification of their mother. He was cultured, intelligent, and very proper, though whimsical and childish when excited, which was often. Kieran on the other hand was like their father. He was blunt, reasonably intelligent, very excitable, and without a single spec of table manners. However, the two didn’t care about their distinctions. They were brothers till the end and they loved each other. Connor finished eating after a while and sat back in his chair, patting his full stomach,

“Delicious if I do say so myself, I’m so happy Mum taught me how to do that. Anywho, we should clean up before we leave for the race, dishes and all that, I don’t want the house to smell when we get back. We’ve got plenty of time to finish up, they moved our race back till after the qualifier, so we don’t need to be there till about noon-ish. Shall we?” Connor asked his brother.

Blegh, chores already?” Kieran asked. “Jeez, you’re turning more into mom everyday.

“Well, we can do them now so we don’t have to when we get home tired from the races, or we can wait till we’re exhausted and try to do them when all we really want is to go take a bath and sleep. Your choice.” Connor said, smirking as he trounced his brother’s complaints with cold inescapable logic.

I suppose you’re right, jeez, no need to get so serious, I was just joking.” Kieran said, feigning hurt feelings. The two smirked at each other and started laughing before getting to work, cleaning up the dishes and washing the stovetop before getting their races supplies all ready to go.

Finally, they were all done, they’d dressed up, washed up, and were ready to head over to Cadence City, they had a big race today. After that, they planned on visiting their mom and dad who still lived in the city limits. Walking outside and saddling Zephyr with her lighter racing saddle, Connor took to the sky. There was nothing like the raw joy of flying, feeling the wind blow through your hair, accompanied by the low buzz of Zephyr’s wings. After doing a few loops and taking a lap or two around the house, Connor shouted over to Kieran, his trademark mischievous grin lighting up his whole face, “Hey, whadd’ya say we race to the City? First one there gets to win the actual race!”

Come now Connor, we don’t want to make them feel too badly before their race, you know how they are, one loss and Kieran falls apart!” Zephyr interjected. “It’ll be fine,” Connor assuaged his partner, “if it looks like we’re too far ahead, we’ll just ease up and let them win.

That’s all well and good, but I want to win!” Zephyr told Connor, letting loose a battle cry that sounded like a mixture between a wolf’s howl and a bird call.

Just then, Connor’s decision was made for him. “Oh you are so on little brother!” Kieran replied to Connor’s challenge, a huge smile showing on his face. At that, the brothers took off, making a beeline to Cadence City as fast as they could go, a five minute trip usually, and a good warm up for their dragons. It’s always best to stretch your wings before an actual race. The brothers didn’t stop at just racing straight there. They wove through trees and preformed aerial combat maneuvers around each other, using their drafts to their advantage. The pair looked like poetry in flight as they raced to Cadence City, eyes set on taking the cup.