Questions 3: Pick Your Mount

Dragonriders of Pern

An interesting question came up in Sunday’s TWUBS Chat.  A simple one too, which I’ll divide into 3 and let everyone have fun.  As usual, you can answer in the comments or on your blog with a link to here.  Enjoy.

  1. What type of magical beast would you want as a mount?
  2. What would be your primary use for it?  Work, play, errands, etc.
  3. What would you name it?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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40 Responses to Questions 3: Pick Your Mount

  1. I still want a Pegasi pack string. Do they have a mule version for all the packing? Great way to get around and still have a nice campsite.

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  2. Bookwraiths says:

    I suppose I’d have to say a dragon, just because. And I’d probably use it for everything, because if you have a dragon to ride around on why not use it. Not sure of the name. I tend to have to get to know an animal before a name comes to me.

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  3. The Latin name of Cerberus, the mythological dog with 3 heads guarding Hades, comes from the Greek Kerberos (Κέρβερος), which in turn possibly derives from the Sanskrit word for “spotted” or “speckled” (कर्बुर – karbura).

    So, I’ll pick Cerberus for the sheer fun of riding an effing three-headed killing machine that answers to the name of Spot. I would then ride him to the super market and have him devour anyone parking in the handicapped zone without actually being a handicap (pet hate of mine).

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  4. Mae Clair says:

    It would have to be Pegasus. That way I could cover land AND air. And I’d want the sheer enjoyment of fun and flying!

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  5. I’ll stay with a Griffen. I would use it for short commutes and also to swoop in on my enemies to surprise and confuse. Her name would be Thunder.

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  6. Lol ok I love the idea of Cerberus Spot, but I’ll have to go with the racing snail from Neverending Story. It would be entirely for play, I would get a lot of snail friends for him and name him Trogdor the Magnificent. He would never have be forced to race again, poor thing. We would just sit around making flower crowns for each other in the sun all day.

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  7. L. Marie says:

    I’m sorry to have missed that chat. Here are my answers.
    1. What type of magical beast would you want as a mount?

    I’d go with a unicorn, an LOTR-type eagle, a winged horse, or a dragon—but only if the dragon wants me as a mount. In my world, the dragons have been enslaved and are sick of being used as mounts. But if they bond with someone, they don’t mind as much.

    2. What would be your primary use for it? Work, play, errands, etc.

    Probably for long-distance travel and war purposes. For everyday errands, I’d go with a horse or walk. I can’t see using a magical creature every day. They have their own plans.
    3. What would you name it?

    Depends on the color and temperament and sex of the animal. I’m partial to floral names.

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    • The chat was fun, but I have to admit that the technical difficulties on my end were a pain. Constantly hitting refresh or following by searching Twitter for the hashtag made it impossible to relax for long.

      War purposes?

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  8. Probably a Toruk from Avatar (I think that’s what they’re called). I would keep the name, it being tradition and all, and fly as often as possible!

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  9. I’d rather fly on my own, but a dragon would be nice, too. A smallish one, not 100 ft long, or where would you land? I would fly everywhere. Zero emissions, you know.

    I see a “steeds r us” vignette coming.

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