Sadaiya, we were won over by your sense of humour, your originality in scenes, and your enthusiasm for and dedication to the game. We’re very pleased to welcome you to Ista Weyr as a full-time resident with your gold Jivayath. We can’t wait to see what sort of variety and activity you’ll continue to drum up in the area! - Lanti, D’baji, Sin


Gonoherpesyphillchlamaids Egg

A quite pleasant golden-tan provides the base color of this misshapen ovoid. Marring the once-perfect surface are stains of crimson that smear from various wounds of maroon. Bulbs of pale yellow scatter like infected stars across the very base of the egg, while stripes of an irritated scarlet scratch down a the side. On the narrower top appears to be a patch of unblemished buff surface, although slight shadows of bronze hint to a subsurface malignancy.

Hatching Message:

Gonoherpesyphillchlamaids Egg has been scorching here long enough. Those crimson stains start to crack into spinnerweb-thin fissures, allowing the faintest sheen of egg goo to ooze onto the sands. The fissures suddenly explode as a golden amber paw punches through, the tiny talons more than sharp enough to create an exit for the dragonet within.

Just Walk It Off Gold Dragonet

A lady is she, clothed in pale, rich amber; it gleams across her fair-built frame from delicate-boned face, across the proud arch of an elegant neck and the wicked sweep of powerful wings, all the way to the tip of her perfect-pointed tail. Melty, molten gold dapples a merry, marvelous path from ‘round headknobs, down the sides of her neck and under shoulders. The bones of her wings are silver-wrapped; the trailing edge of ‘sails argent-limned; at full extension, they are a wide and sweeping arc - while there is delicacy hinted at elsewhere, here is a focal point of power.

Public Impress Message:

Just Walk It Off Gold Dragonet isn't about to waste time sniffing at each and every candidate. There are far more important things to do, and she's already made her choice. Bypassing one child after another, she slows until she's standing in front of that Southern Boll doll and reaches her muzzle forward to gently touch her hand.

Private Impress Message:

A pleasant chill like the cool side of a pillow brushes your mind with a delicate touch. Faint traces of jasmine incense diffuse through the filaments and fibers of your senses while sparks of cinnamon warm the edges. « Sadaiya. » Her voice is warm but commanding, the feminine timbre accentuating both qualities with unequivocal resolution. « I am Jivayath. Let us not dally over details. I am hungry, but we can converse while I eat. »


Tom Jones - She’s a Lady

Well she's all you'd ever want,
She's the kind they'd like to flaunt and take to dinner.
Well she always knows her place.
She's got style, she's got grace, She's a winner.
She's a Lady. Whoa whoa whoa, She's a Lady.
Talkin' about that little lady, and the lady is mine.
Well she's never in the way
Always something nice to say, Oh what a blessing.
I can leave her on her own
Knowing she's okay alone, and there's no messing.
She's a lady. Whoa, whoa, whoa. She's a lady.
Talkin' about that little lady, and the lady is mine.
Well she never asks for very much and I don't refuse her.
Always treat her with respect, I never would abuse her.
What she's got is hard to find, and I don't want to lose her
Help me build a mountain from my little pile of clay. Hey, hey, hey.
Well she knows what I'm about,
She can take what I dish out, and that's not easy,
Well she knows me through and through,
She knows just what to do, and how to please me.
She's a lady. Whoa, whoa, whoa. She's a lady.
Talkin' about that little lady and the lady is mine.
Yeah yeah yeah She's a Lady
Listen to me baby, She's a Lady
Whoa whoa whoa, She's a Lady
And the Lady is mine
Yeah yeah yeah She's a Lady
Talkin about this little lady
Whoa whoa whoa whoa
Whoa and the lady is mine
Yeah yeah She's a Lady
And the Lady is mine.

(This was just too appropriate: Jadzia + Tom Jones)


Egg Inspiration

So the alternative name to this egg was 'The STI's T'ab would have if they existed on Pern' Egg, but that seemed a little specific so I went for the broad range of sexually transmitted diseases/infections. Luckily on Pern we don't have to worry about them, but they are awful and unfortunate afflictions that often stick around for a long time (often forever). Some even aren't obvious to the naked eye and sneak around mischievously until it is too late. I feel like bathing in bleach just thinking about them. -T’ab

Name Inspiration

One of the things you brought up when we were asking you about your dragon was the concept of an old soul, because really, the passing of the symbiote from Trill to Trill is just a form of reincarnation. We started looking up words like ‘rebirth’ in all kinds of languages, and when we found the Sanskrit verb ‘jiivayati’, meaning ‘to restore life to’, it worked in so many ways: it has a transitive verb feel (it takes an object), so it’s not just Jivayath who’s being reborn, but who is also ushering in a new life for Sadaiya; it has (we hope) the pretty, flowing sound you were going for, without being so flowery it’s powerless; it got a fair bit of symmetry with Sadaiya’s name; and, of course, the ‘j’, ‘i’ and ‘a’ are reminiscent of ‘Jadzia’.

We pronounce it with a short ‘i’ at the beginning, the middle vowel sound coming as ‘eye’ or a long ‘a’, and the last, a simple ‘ah’. ji-VIE-ath, or ji-VAY-ath.

P.S. - We did have a look at Klingon words, but they just weren’t pretty enough for this lady.


Physicality

Some dragons are at home only in one element, be it on earth, in air or in water; Jivayath is not one of their number. Anywhere you put her, she is right at home - she is a dragon who owns her physical form like no other, and knows it. From the acrobatic glory of flight to the sashay-swagger of movement on the ground, Jivayath (at least, once she’s full grown) will be fully in control, each step and wingstroke almost meditative - except that she won’t really have to think that hard about it.

This self-awareness won’t kick in right from day one, of course. Like any little dragon, Jivayath will have lots of growing to do. After every growth spurt, you can expect a brief period of awkwardness - a sort of system’s check, until she has things figured out. She might feel a little frustrated or exposed during these times; you wake up one day and know exactly where your feet are, and the next you trip on your way out of the couch. It can make anyone a little cautious. This is in part a reference back to Jadzia’s younger days. While it’s the confident, outgoing side of her that we used mostly for Jivayath, it seemed unfair to give her only this. Like young Jadzia, she will have to deal with some self-doubt from time to time in her youth.

When she becomes agitated, or feels especially playful, or challenging, or like showing off (which she’ll want to do especially in her youth, as she’s coming off an awkward stage) Jivayath will fan out those bat’leth wings of hers - as much peacock as Klingon in the demonstration. She might even start trying to work out a way to flip them around, all impressive-like. Just like Worf, except that for her, they actually are a part of her, it’s not just a metaphor. Of course, during her awkward stages, this may be more embarrassing than impressive. Like when her wings knock together instead of fanning about in an impressive pattern.

As much as she can be strong in her motions, Jivayath will also be able to be delicate. Scientists sometimes require a light touch, and when showing affection to you, or in relaxation, you might notice some careful motions with her forepaws, and nosing with her muzzle. These delicate moments will completely disappear in proddiness and mating flights (beware), replaced by shoulder-checking and rough physical interaction, only to resurface once she’s actually on the sands and tending her young. (See ‘Flights’ for more details on that.)

When she gets particularly excited, Jivayath may begin to gesture around - with her wings, with her forepaws, with her tail. You’ll have to remind her to stop talking with her limbs, especially as she gets older, and you might notice a habit of hers to place one foot over the other, or to wrap her tail ‘round one of her hind legs, to prevent the habit once she’s been reminded. (Just like Leela Dax had to learn to keep her hands back when she worked with the symbiosis commission, and Jadzia unconsciously picked up the same trait.)

Finally, when she’s relaxed, or in need of reassurance, Jivayath will like nothing more than having oil massaged into those Trill-spots of hers down her neck and shoulders; she’ll also like to have those looking especially shiny. Besides which, her colouration is based on two of your pieces on Etsy; she will be aware of Pretty, and while it won’t consume her, given the choice she’d rather look put-together than otherwise - except, perhaps, when proddy. Jadzia certainly had a taste for adornment, so why shouldn’t Jivayath?

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Personality

"After 356 years and seven lifetimes… I still lead with my heart."

- Jadzia Dax (DS9 6.7, “You Are Cordially Invited”)

Jivayath is a dragon of heart, in every sense of the word. She is energy and enthusiasm, love and friendship, sensuality and flirtation, humour and loyalty, confidence and intelligence, courage and strength.

Her explosion out of her eggshell is pretty indicative of how she's going to live; Jivayath will always be goal-oriented and will always put every effort she can manage into achieving what it is she's trying for. Jadzia was the only Trill tossed out and re-admitted by the Symbiosis Commission, and she'd earned a bunch of degrees alongside that. She practices Klingon calisthenics, she plays a mean game of tongo, she deals with Worf… These are the aspects we picked up on most for Jivayath.

Jivayath will never be a dragon who drifts through life, content to let the winds take her where they will (except, perhaps, when she's pursuing a leisurely flight with you). Just as her home-remedy based dragonet name suggests (because home remedies was the theme), she will find health in physical activity, and not just gently wafting on thermals; we're talkin' roughhousing with Raeklith and Kzydnth, digging with Kehemath, or surfing with Kotoceth. This is not the sort of dragon you subject to the diplomacy wing, no matter what mental thrill there is to that. Jivayath will be happiest in Guard or as an active member of the Search and Rescue/Exploration group, just because of the more active lifestyle those will allow. You might be hard pressed to keep up with her at first, but she'll get you trained up proper, don't fret.

A need for movement shouldn't be misconstrued as a lack of focus, however. While the physical activity will be necessary for her health, both of mind and body, it's not because she's got anxious energy to burn. She'll have the same drive and intensity when she does go after other endeavours; she'll make you practice between points over and over to be sure she arrives in just the same spot above whatever Hold or Weyr you're heading to, she'll be a stickler for formation and positioning during the weyrling drills with the rest of your clutch, and as soon as she's done something or seen it done, she'll be offering advice or pointers - at least to you, but most likely to her clutchmates as well, if half-teasingly. When you join a wing, she'll want to learn everything, right now. And when you start getting super special goldrider training, trust her to be hanging over your shoulder mentally, if not actually nosing her way into the council room (at least, when she's still a bit younger).

Once she's mastered one thing, she'll be on to the next. Don't be surprised if by the time she's got twenty turns on her, you're a guard-search-and-rescue-weyrwoman-dragonhealer-journeyman. Her focus, however, will be on new experiences rather than on rank or other trappings of power. Anything that is truly new to her will find her enthusiasm almost doubling, though she will also proceed with a bit more caution than her usual.

The word 'new', by the way, should come with certain caveats. Although it's impossible for a dragon to have had several past lives, Jivayath is certainly an old soul. It goes a bit beyond simple wisdom, though. She'll insist that there are certain things she's already done, certain dragons she's already met. And while you know there's no way she'll have flown before her first time up in the air on the weyrling training grounds, Jivayath is intelligent and observant enough that she'll probably be able to pull it off pretty well. Enough of these moments, and you might start to question just what was happening with her before she hatched.

She'll also have a habit of deciding at random that she knows other dragons, even if it's her first time meeting them. This won't be a hugely regular occurrence, and when it does happen, it's likely that she's found something about a certain dragon that she absolutely loves. This is where all her guards will drop from her mindvoice, and she'll be just as earnest and what-you-see-is-what-you-get as she is around you, Sadaiya. Chances are good she'll pick a dragon who is likely to play along (she has a good 'feel' for that sort of thing), but if she should ever be rejected, it will be a crushing blow.

« Kzydnth… Kzydnth! » A gust of wind sweeps through the muted jasmine incense, replacing it with a strong puff of juniper and eucalyptus perforated with tickles of roasted klah bark, while her voice is suddenly awash white-capped, deep ocean blue. « Old friend, how are you, after all this time? »

Jivayath's observant nature and boundless energy cannot but make for a strongly competitive dragon. Think Jadzia doing Klingon martial arts with Worf, and then apply it to… almost everything. Things will start as games, but her competitive edge might push some other dragons beyond their thresholds. It's not that she won't back down once she realises this, and try to make light of it if someone gets really offended, but there's likely to be several occurrences of her going too far before she tries to make amends - and this probably won't really change, even as she gains experience and maturity. She'll be competitive with herself as well, always trying to outdo her last performance, always pushing for more.

Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax: [ ordering two holo-bat'leths for herself and Worf ] I thought you might be tired of fighting holograms.
Lt. Commander Worf: It would not be a fair match.
Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax: I'll go easy on you.

DS9 4.1, “They Way of the Warrior”

We didn't forget Jadzia's love of the hot springs on Trill, though. She'll pursue relaxation, when she's decided that the time is right, with the same enthusiasm that she turns on other activities.

Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax: Worf, my love - let me make this very clear: I do not want to spend my honeymoon climbing, hiking, sweating, bleeding or suffering in any way.
Lt. Commander Worf: All right, what do you want?
Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax: Room service.
Lt. Commander Worf: Room service?
Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax: Room Service. I want to be pampered. I want a staff to cater to our every whim. I want to be embarrassed by the size of our room. I want a balcony, with a view that would make you want to break down and cry from the sheer beauty of it all. And I don't want to spend one moment of our honeymoon suffering from anything except guilt about our complete self-indulgence.

DS9 6.16, “Change of Heart”

Other things she’ll do to unwind will involve making bets on various things (if only dragons had Tongo!), or gossiping with the girls. Both are ways of removing herself from her own intensity, as it were - though that’s not how she sees it. Jivayath will just know that she loves playing odds or guessing at statistics, almost as much as she loves catching up on what’s new in the love lives of various folks around the Weyr.

Dax: Are you saying that you've never had a female friend?
Odo: I consider Major Kira a friend.
Dax: That's not what I meant. I'm talking about an intimate friendship.
Odo: That's a very personal question.
Dax: I'm sorry, but after seven lifetimes the impersonal questions aren't much fun anymore.

DS9 2.16, “Shadow Play”

[ Major Kira starts having one of her sneezing fits ]
Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax: [ counting ] … two… three… I say she stops at seven.
Captain Sisko: I say eight. Mr. Worf?
Lt. Commander Worf: Ten!
[ Kira stops after eight sneezes ]
Major Kira: I hate being pregnant!
Captain Sisko: I win!

DS9 4.25, “Broken Link”

There will be times when her only goal will be a good, long soak in a sun-warmed pool (even if she can only fit a foot or her tail or something), or soaking up Rukbat's rays on her ledge (or better yet, some private island like South Point - since Pern doesn't have a Risa). She'll love to have you (or any minions you can drum up) oil her and tell her how beautiful she is. Even better if she can get a male dragon singing her praises. Jivayath knows full well she doesn't need these things, but she'll love the attention. She won't take the praises of most seriously, and even if someone actually does mean them, she'll probably laugh them off. But she will delight in leading Tyroth on with contrived flirtations, or making Nverath uncomfortable with the occasional advance, or having Injolnith show off to her only to show him up with her own strength or some witty remark.

Chief O'Brien: It's funny - I've served on half a dozen ships, and none of them have had cloaking devices except the Defiant. Now that we're not using it I feel… naked.
Lt. Commander Worf: It is disconcerting, to say the least.
Captain Sisko: Gentlemen, I feel the same breeze you do.
[ Dax smiles to herself ]
Chief O'Brien: What're you smiling at?
Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax: I don't know, I guess it's just being in the same room with so many naked men.

DS9 4.25, “Broken Link”

She won't be beyond using her wiles for more than just amusement. If there's something she wants, or a dragon whose attention she needs who will only respond to flirtation, Jivayath will be able to wield her femininity with the best of them. There may even be times when she'll need it, but like a Trill symbiont, she won't stay tied to the same creature for long, with the exception of maybe throwing the occasional flight a favourite's way. Even so, she'll never be a monogamous dragon, and will only take her flirtations seriously when she's proddy.

[ Bashir admits his infatuation for Dax, which is not quite returned ]
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: Julien - you are a wonderful friend.
[ Bashir moans in torment ]
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: I enjoy the time we spend together!
Doctor Bashir: Stop! You're driving a stake through my heart.
Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: [ preparing to leave ] Try a high-pitch sonic shower; it'll make you feel better.
Doctor Bashir: No, it won't.
Doctor Bashir: [ to himself ] I've already tried it.

DS9 1.15, “If Wishes Were Horses”

As you may have been able to gather by now, Jivayath will deal with a fair number of situations with humour. She'll always have a smart comment at the ready, and you'll hear them all.

Captain Sisko: All right, we'll make a quick survey. But if all we detect is some fungus, we're not beaming down.
Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax: What if it's smart fungus?

DS9 5.22, “Children of Time”

Humour is more than just a means of forming bonds, though (and you’ll notice she will joke muc more with those she’s more fond of). Jivayath will also use it as a means of defusing situations that are getting out of hand. She is a very pragmatic dragon, especially in times of crisis, and one of the most natural ways for her to tell someone they’re being stupid is to place it in a witty or sarcastic remark; an attempt to lessen the blow while still showing the truth of what she’s saying. These remarks will very seldom simply be mean; Jivayath will always include something useful in them. It takes a lot to upset this dragon, and more often than not she’ll look for a solution rather than lash out at a serious problem. It’s only if she finds her humour isn’t working that she’ll go entirely serious, and throw the mental weight of the queen dragon behind her comments. Think of how Jadzia deals with Kor and Worf when they look for the sword of Kahless - eventually, someone has to come in and say things for what they are, kindergarten teacher style. She can do this, she just prefers to have more fun with it if she can get away with. Flat comments will be a sign of stress.

Dax: [ annoyed ] This AQF sequencer is always giving me problems.
Lenara: Maybe it doesn't like you.
Dax: How could it not like me? I'm adorable.
Lenara: That is a matter of opinion.
Dax: I'll have you know that the word adorable is used three times in my Starfleet personnel file.

DS9 4.5, “Rejoined”

As to when the crisis is something to do with her? Just like Jadzia trekking through the jungles with an injury, her first instinct will be to keep pushing on. When things become dire, it will come to making self-deprecating comments to try and ease the tension for those around who are concerned about her welfare.

For all that Jivayath is sincere and compassionate, there will be very few who will ever truly be part of her inner circle, aside from her lifemate. She’ll be charming, she’ll be adamant, she’ll be genuine, but those guards of hers will only entirely disappear with you.

I've lived seven lifetimes… and I've never had a friend quite like you.

DS9 4.5, “Rejoined”


Mindvoice

When Jivayath touches another mind, it will be a distinct, unique experience every time. Her mind will be vibrant and alive, ever changing and yet entirely consistent. With both the Trill and the Klingon influences, it seemed natural to give Jivayath’s mind a clear and yet scent-filled quality, which brought incense to mind. Not that heady, chemical laden stuff childlike university students use, but the real incense. The kind that brings forth the very essence of its origin, sharing itself with you without drowning you in smog.

At all times, Jivayath’s mindvoice will carry that same essence, sometimes strong, sometimes faint, changing from circumstance to circumstance, but always there, lingering and caressing the senses. Her most customary scent will be one of jasmine, often accented by hints of citrus and tropical flowers native to Ista. It is a sensuous scent, but calming and entirely self-aware, much like the dragon herself.

At other times, the scent may take on something more akin to sandalwood when she wants to help you or another dragon shed the worries and stresses of the day, or lavender when it’s time to let go and just relax. More invigorating scents like eucalyptus and lemongrass may help spur you on, perhaps with dashes of rosemary to get your attention.

Surrounding this ever-present bouquet will be a world of colors and light. Like an artist with an infinite palette, Jivayath will illustrate her mindvoice with uncanny skill, her visions so alive and real, it may be difficult at times for others to separate reality from her portrayal of it, particularly when speaking with you, her lifemate.

One of the perks of telepathy, however, is the ability to more fully understand just how intertwined everyone’s lives are, and Jivayath will be a pro. She won’t really be the town gossip, but she’ll definitely be the Weyr confidant for the other dragons. There’s just a way about her, something about her voice - something that inspires others to come to her with their thoughts, ideas and worries.

Maybe it’s the way she calls the other dragons (and their riders) by name, or the ability to infuse her mindvoice with just the right tone, touch, scent, a walking, talking, flying aromatherapy dragon.

While she’s not entirely adverse to bespeaking other people from time to time, it would probably only happen with great need or purpose. There might be one or two over the Turns where she feels a particular affinity, but even at those times, her mindvoice will be little quieter, more subdued, more subtle. She understands the need for communication, but the humans are not really her concern, not like her lifemate and her fellow dragons.

Finally, there’s her audible voice. The one she can use to be as comforting, commanding or demanding as she likes, in full control of her words, enunciation, pitch and timbre. She can breathe any emotion into a single word. Amusement, rage, passion, respect. It’s all right there.

Remember Grilka? She was in “House of Quark” in Season 3 and ends up married to the Ferengi for a brief period of time, then reappears in "Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places" in Season 5. That’s originally what D’baji and I had in mind when tossing around ideas for this part. I was disappointed there are only those two episodes, then I thought, “Well, Na’Toth from Babylon 5 is pretty darn good at that sort of voice, too, and there’s lots of her.” Wouldn’t you know it? The same actress who plays Grilka also played Na’Toth in Season 2. (And with great amusement I discovered her name is Mary Kay. Thought you might like that part.)

Okay, so this wanders away from Deep Space Nine a bit, but it’s the same genre, and that voice just seemed so perfect. However, I think Na’Toth’s original actress in Season 1 is a little closer to what we had in mind as far as her voice goes. (Plus, the writing for Mary Kay’s Na’Toth in Season 2 wasn’t nearly as good.) The original actress’s name is (Julie) Caitlin Brown, and she actually also shows up in Deep Space Nine, but as Ty Kajada in “The Passenger” (Season 1, Episode 8). (See this YouTube clip, starting around 5:45)

Na’Toth, meanwhile, is very much a warrior woman, the Narn version of an Amazon. In the show, she works for G’Kar as his diplomatic attache, but that seems to only be a minor detail. She is fiery and strong, completely sure of herself and yet fully capable of showing compassion and sorrow. She is cunning and sticks to her own agenda but doesn’t let her ambition get in the way of the bigger picture.

G'Kar: That hurt,
Na'Toth: Ambassador, it was the only way to disable the pain-givers, I had to hit them as hard as possible, as often as possible and still make it appear as if I was beating you into another incarnation.
G'Kar: And you didn't enjoy it in the least.
Na'Toth: I didn't say that.

B5 1.5, “Parliament of Dreams”

Na’Toth: Ambassador, it is not my place to speculate on how anything gets into your bed.

B5 1.5, “Parliament of Dreams”

G'Kar: What do you believe in?
Na'Toth: Myself, Ambassador.
G'Kar: Too easy an answer. We all believe in something greater than ourselves, even if it just the blind forces of chance.
NA'Toth: Chance favours the warrior.

B5 1.12, “By Any Means Necessary”

Couldn’t say it better myself.


Flights

Proddiness will happen pretty quickly for Jivayath. You might notice, a day or so before she really gets into it, that her senses become heightened. In this preliminary stage, she’ll be more aware of other dragons (male or female), of particularities in the herdbeasts she hunts, of timbres in the voices conversing in the bowl.

She’ll go to sleep like this, wake up, and it’ll be full-on proddy. For Jivayath, this means she’ll be fiercely primal, launching physical challenges to the males to test them, and physical challenges to the other golds to convince them to back off when an interest is present, and she’ll rip into those herdbeasts all the harder, and she’ll flash her bat’leth wings more frequently… think Klingon courtship, and there you go. And Jivayath will know exactly what’s happening, exactly what she wants, and exactly how to get it, and she’ll immerse herself in it, and love every minute.

When it comes to the actual flight, she will continue in the Klingon way, but with more of a recognisable Jadzia influence. On the one hand, Jivayath will be thoroughly enjoying the tests of strength, the challenge of escaping her pursuers, of weeding out the weak ones. On the other hand, she’ll be more her own self, and will find all sorts of humour in the whole pursuit. As Terry Farrell put it, when speaking to the Charlotte Observer in 1994:

"To her [Dax](sic), it’s like they’re children because even fifty is nothing to her. I’d think that someone as old as Jadzia would find it rather irritating if she didn’t find some humor in all of it. Jadzia must be frustrated out of her mind sexually. It doesn’t seem to be in the writer’s minds, but it seems to me that it’s got to come up sooner or later.

Hal Schuster, quoting Farrell’s interview with The Observer in The Trekker’s Guide to Deep Space Nine: Complete, Unauthorized, and Uncensored (USA: Prima Publishing, 1997), p. 60

So even while she’s testing, Jivayath will be throwing taunts out to her chasers - those she’s impressed with, and those who have no chance alike. In the end, though, the winners will be those who have impressed her. Jivayath isn’t looking for fancy fliers or pretty poetry (not even Klingon opera, in fact) - what will win the day is a show of strength. Worfs, not Bashirs. She won’t be interested in a dominant mate, though. Jivayath, true to form, will be drawn to challenge - someone who can push her to new levels, not someone who will only take her over bring her down. While the flights will be a bit rougher, they will rarely cause serious injury. However, there is that possibility (which could come in handy for a TP or something down the line).

Chief O'Brien: Don't hit it too hard. You could shatter the control panel.
Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax: Don't worry, I have a light touch.
Doctor Bashir: Not according to Worf…

DS9 6.14, “One Little Ship”

Mostly, Jivayath will be compelled to take on different browns or bronzes in her flights. (Part of that whole Trill ‘new experiences’ thing.) However, if there’s a chaser who has caught before, and with whom she really gets along, or for whose rider you have certain hopes or feelings, she just might throw the flight that way as she begins to tire. Like we said, Jivayath is a dragon of the heart, and following her heart will, in the end, be even more important than whatever sense of duty or rightness has her looking for variety.

“Everyone's trying to… look out for us. Protect us from ourselves. But in the end, all that matters is how we feel… and what we do about it. Because either way, we're the ones who have to live with the consequences.”

Jadzia Dax, to Lenara Kahn, a past lover in previous lives
(DS9 4.5, “Rejoined”)

It can never be forgotten, though, that Jivayath is a dragon and doesn’t have nearly the memory of a human, let alone a joined Trill with seven lifetimes. Her ‘romances’ in flight will be pretty rare, and even if there is a dragon she favours, she’ll have to remember it at the time. That is to say, she’ll probably derive it from you, and it will have to be a strong enough emotion that it reaches her. With these ‘romances’ being so circumstantial, Jivayath will never truly be a monogamous dragon. But at least the two of you will be able to sample many sands-partners and gossip about them.

After the flight and before the sands, Jivayath will be back to her old self. Which means that as she gets egg-heavy, she’ll be frustrated beyond all reason at her reduced duties and inability to leave the Weyr. (Almost as frustrated as she was when you wouldn’t let her leave the Weyr during her proddiness - but at least here she won’t have that whole angry Klingon thing going on.)

Your actual sands experience with Jivayath will be a complete 180 from her proddiness, flights, and impatience. Instead of channeling Curzon (or maybe it’s more Grilka?), she’ll flip right on over to Audrid Dax. You remember… the one Quark became in ‘Facets’ (ref: this video, go to about 4:34 in the video playback), who brushes Jadzia’s hair and talks about her children. Jivayath will become a doting mother, turning each egg over with love and affection, maybe even settling down next to her favourites and ‘holding’ them a moment before she shifts them. She’ll tell anyone who will hear her about how wonderful motherhood is, how she could take care of them forever, etc. And she’ll probably refer to those anyones as ‘dearie’, ‘sweetheart’, or other such adorable diminutives. If she will have been caught by a bronze or brown who shirks his duties as clutchfather, you will be privvy to all the harsh scolding she gives him. (It’s a good thing she doesn’t have fingers, or they would be shaken at the offending male. Tsk!) And when those eggs finally hatch, you might just be in for some mental happy-crying.


Credits:

Egg desc: T’ab
Dragonet desc: Sin
Messages: Lanti
Name: D’baji, Lanti tweak
Puppetted by: Lanti
Inspiration: D’baji, Lanti, Sin


Sadaiya's Gold Jivayath
Harper's Tale: 57th PC Clutch
Ista Weyr
Pippa's gold Jeyth and I'no's bronze Raeklith
July 30, 2010


Clutch:

A'ru (Andru) and blue Kotoceth
D'rani (Dorian) and Injolnith
Ei'es (Eilem) and green Sarezith
Sadaiya and gold Jivayath
Sienna and green Kehemath
T'sei (Taliesin) and bronze Xhiyanth

NPCs:
Olivia and green Laetith
J'az (Zamaja) and blue Cilioth
P'shel (Pushel) and bronze Shoveth
A'live (Aliver) and blue Neardeth
T'uft (Tuffnut) and brown Snotlouth
Ruft (Ruffnut) and brown Gobberth

Logs

Title OOC Date Cast Summary
The Birth September 23, 2013 Sienna, W'rin, Sadaiya, Spawn Sienna gives birth! Gross!
A Sweep Gone Sideways, Part II December 8th, 2013 Kyara, Sienna, K'ane, O'ell, K'vvan, Sadaiya, A'lory, various dragons Continued from Part I. Things escalate quickly once Sienna finds herself held at knife-point. The outcome is far from pretty.
The New Senior Queen December 16, 2013 Sadaiya, S'kyre, Mayte, W'rin, Sienna, D'ymi, Sara, A'dan; Jivayath, Latmianath, Zalmarath, Atsuath, Valiuth, Narloth Jivayath rises, this time the uncontested Senior. It's messy.
A Gather SURPRISE. December 18, 2013 SO MANY. Keroon's gather experiences Masqueradus Interruptus as Thread decides to crash the party.