Re: Dragons' gender
Slartucker, I remember you were trying to research the dragons' propensity for switching genders throughout the game trilogy. Have you found anything yet? :) Arancaytar | Send Reply! --- That is not dead which can eternal lie... 19:32, 19 January 2006 (CST)
Here's what I found:
Motrax Pyrog Sulfras Athron Khoth Exile 1 m m m m f Exile 2 m m f m/f m Exile 3 m m f f m Avernum 1 m m m/f f m Avernum 2 m f f f m Avernum 3 m m f f m
"m/f" indicates that both pronouns are used (sometimes by the same speaker!). Also, E/A1 sometimes refer to Pyrog as "it", but presumably that's just because he's evil. Finally, note that I have not checked BoE/BoA for the Za-Khazi Run (Khoth's in that, isn't he?) let alone any non-canon stuff.
Basically, it looks like Jeff decided to switch genders of Sulfras, Athron, and Khoth after Exile 1 but goofed some Exile 2 references, then goofed again in converting Exile 1 to Avernum 1, and overcompensated while converting to Avernum 2. So the E/A3 genders can safely be considered canon. The only real story significance is that Athron talks about his brood in Exile 2, and the game refers to him *in that whole dialogue* with male pronouns. So brooding (hmm, mayhap not the best verb here) is not restricted to females.
I did consider writing up an elaborate theory (if Athron impregnated him/herself it would explain his/her unwillingness to reveal his/her mate) but I think I'll save my energy for the rakshasi... --- Slartucker 21:01, 19 January 2006 (CST)
Now that's a weird image... o_O
Gender Table Update for Avernum: Escape from the Pit plus other things.
Jeff has changed their genders once again.
Motrax | Pyrog | Athron | Khoth | Sulfras M | F | F | M | F
Also Motrax calls them all his brothers; though he acknowledges that; 1. Some are actually female 2. They are not actually related. Motrax was born in the caves 1000 years ago and the other guys are newcomers.