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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)

Gender table

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

Arancaytar | Send Reply! --- That is not dead which can eternal lie... 02:42, 20 January 2006 (CST)

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.