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The Logistics of Flying
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Post: #21
Re: The Logistics of Flying
It has been said that faeries have hollow bones to account for our ability to fly. (scrunches up nose) but also our wings flutter quickly like that of a humming bird's.

(shrugs) I know my wings (all three sets) sit right on my shoulder blades. Is that where they should be mechanically? I don't know, but that's where they are.

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2008-01-23 21:07
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Post: #22
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Faeries are also by nature highly magical beings aren't they? Thus, physics alone wouldn't need to apply to them.
2008-01-23 21:15
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Post: #23
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I second that, Shiari, Faeries being magical beings it is likely that the rules of physics didn't necessarily apply to them... magic could be envolved in part of the process.
2008-01-23 21:55
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Post: #24
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I agree with a lot that has already been said along the lines of some beings don’t actually use their wings to fly but rather as a symbol or statement.

As far as my being a dragon with wings that were meant for their function, there are several different explanations that I came up with or stumbled across that make up for an excuse as to why.

So I could go on about the wing structure, hollow bones, specialized muscle groups, gas pockets that help create lift, having been on another planet so obeying different laws of gravity, or even the cop-out excuse of magic.

Instead I’ll bring up a fun earthly creature fact:

Quote:According to all known laws of aviation,
There is no way that a bee should be able to fly.
Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground

The bee, of course, flies anyway

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2008-07-29 10:09
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Post: #25
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I've spent a lot of time thinking about this - I went through a phase in high school when all I read about were "real" winged animals, and all I would meditate on was flying and how it *felt.* I think I have a pretty comprehensive theory.

Gryphons are closely enough related to birds that this one's easier for me than most, even in terms of physics...I have huge wings, with primaries that stretch down as far as my hips (and muscle and membrane that stretches back nearly as far). Also, like birds, gryphon wings are hollow and lightweight - in pure mass, we may look like we should be at least 800-1,000 lbs, but I would guess the actual weight of a gryphon is closer to 400 lbs. Still a lot, but with a good running start (or a nice high cliff to jump off) we can get into the air.

When flying, like eagles and other large raptors, most of our time is spent gliding from one air current to the next, so our hardest tasks while flying are hunting, or specialty tasks like those required in building or fighting.

Of course, we're still very heavy as a race, and most of us would be unable to carry a significant amount of weight for any distance; we may be able to catch a human in mid-fall, for example, but we would only be able to carry him or her long enough to get them safely on the ground.
2008-07-30 14:12
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Post: #26
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Interesting topic, and it sheds some light on why Archaia's wings are so frickin' large.

Her wing attachments begin a little ways below where the shoulderblade would end, and end just above the hip. On a human being, that doesn't seem *too* impressive but her species has a very long torso, and long legs (which I believe work well for steering the way a tail would). I'm unsure of her exact height, but if she were 8 feet tall, her wingspan would be about 20 feet tip to tip.

And somehow, being the spindly creatures they are, they manage to be powerful fighters. They cheat using energy ^_^
2008-08-06 18:09
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Post: #27
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How is using energy cheating?
2008-08-07 0:14
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Post: #28
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WhiteFox Wrote:How is using energy cheating?

Well, it's not really until you consider that human fighters normally use the strength and/or skill of their bodies - sometimes energy, but energy alone doesn't work. (Or does it 0_0)
Archaia's race is ridiculously tall and skinny and could be snapped in half if they didn't have the energy skills to compensate.

Then there's the whole, using magick to fight is cheating (copout - you cant kill me, I have l33t magicz!)
2008-08-07 1:36
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Post: #29
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Spanky Wrote:
WhiteFox Wrote:How is using energy cheating?

Well, it's not really until you consider that human fighters normally use the strength and/or skill of their bodies - sometimes energy, but energy alone doesn't work. (Or does it 0_0)
Archaia's race is ridiculously tall and skinny and could be snapped in half if they didn't have the energy skills to compensate.

Then there's the whole, using magick to fight is cheating (copout - you cant kill me, I have l33t magicz!)

It's only cheating when the other side isn't as able with it as you are.

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2008-08-14 1:44
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Post: #30
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Kreyas Wrote:It's only cheating when the other side isn't as able with it as you are.
I can see your point there...but on second thought, that's no more "cheating" than it would be for a blackbelt in karate to kick the ass of some street fighting punk who's harassing him.

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2008-08-14 13:52
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