Hideous Zippleback: Info on The Double Dragon
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The Hideous Zippleback: Two heads, twice the cunning. The Hideous Zippleback uses its imposing figure to strike fear into the hearts of its prey. This article will take a look at this fearsome double dragon.
The Hideous Zippleback is a large dragon. Sometimes, parts of it are mistaken for a snake. Its heads each have a very long, very flexible neck, and its tail is also long and flexible. Its tail is longer than the body itself! However, the body looks anything but snakelike. This dragon uses its snakelike heads and tail to its advantage in battles.
The Zippleback’s heads are usually the most memorable of the dragon’s features. Who needs one head when you can have two? These heads are similar to twins; they may look the same or different. They usually have very different personalities, due to the fact that they have two separate brains. These brains are not linked, so they each have very different thoughts. For example, one head could be curious and dislikes fighting, while the other one could bite anything it sees. Each head has a small nose horn, but not as big as the Deadly Nadder’s, so the dragon does not have such a blatant blind spot. Each head also has two long, spindly horns on the back of the head, pointing back. These horns are mostly for fear and appearance; their position makes them hard to use in most situations.
The Zippleback has a very large and heavy body, in contrast to its long and spindly necks. This body is used for slam attacks, but is very hard to move around, which is why the dragon prefers to remain stationary. Instead of moving around to grab objects or eat, it uses its long necks to its advantage, reaching long distances without moving its body at all.
The Zippleback has laughably short and stubby legs. These legs spend most of their time simply holding the dragon up. However, there are long and wicked-looking talons on these legs, which are amazingly sharp. A Hideous Zippleback has no trouble ripping its target to shreds, provided it can hold itself up while doing so.
The wings are no more impressive than the legs. They are very short, and as such, the Zippleback has trouble keeping itself in the air, so it prefers to spend most of its time on the ground. It has the smallest wing-to-body ratio of all the dragons, excepting the Gronckle. When the Zippleback does fly, it “zips” its heads together at the neck using its unconventional spikes, which are shaped more like rounded ovals than pointy spikes. This zipping action makes the dragon more aerodynamic, which makes its flight a bit easier.
A Hideous Zippleback’s tail is one of its most fearsome weapons. Halfway down the tail, it splits into two mini-tails, each with a very large spike at the end. The tail is long and flexible enough to reach over its body, through the gap in between its necks, and skewer anything in front of said dragon. It can also use this tail as a whip to trip or lash enemies. The tail rivals the Monstrous Nightmare’s as the longest of the seven basic dragon species.
A Hideous Zippleback has no problem flushing out caves and other structures with its fire. Usually, a dragon can light its own fire. However, this dragon has its fire function “split in two”. One head breathes a very explosive green gas into a building, cave, or other structure, reaching into even the closets, cracks, and everything, and the other head produces an electric spark, lighting this gas and causing a massive fireball everywhere the gas is. This is deadly, because it can flush out a cave, house, or crevice, with every hiding place within.
A Hideous Zippleback has quite a personality, because of the sheer number of combinations possible between the two heads. In addition, these dragons are difficult to tame, because one must appeal to both heads at once, or while the trainer is feeding one head, the other head may get jealous and harm said trainer. This dragon may also be found fighting with itself, which is a very fatal flaw when in combat. It may completely stall out and even start destroying itself! Such a volatile dragon must be handled with care. These dragons’ eggs are small, green, and buoyant, floating in water.
The Hideous Zippleback is a strong Fear-class dragon, using its two heads to trap and pummel enemies. Although it might not be fast, both in the air or on the ground, it makes up for this with the presence of two heads. If you want a dragon that always has a new surprise for you, the Zippleback is the one to choose.