|A bit naive, though sweet to know |
Rather small, as dragons go
Scales and feathers in a row
Make multi-colored Lite-Brite show
Look out below!
Befuddled creature, swooping low!
Yao Chi tries to say Hello!
Incantation by Val
Mythical Pacific Coast Yao Chi by Nezumi
Oh Holy Simolians, I have been Sanforized....I mean Psychedelicized........you know, Val has incantaterated me into Pyschedelicism. No that is not food or politics its, its, its.... Oh...... Oh go look here.
Hello and Welcome to my avatar profile...... Since you are here, I guess you want to learn a wee bit about me. That's fine, heck, I'm still pretty busy learning about myself, so having company is rather nice along the way. Just scroll about, click where you please and I will share some of the things that I have learned about myself so far.
I have good days and bad ones. Today I am feeling pretty darned good ! * Image by Tara K. Labus
But it was not so long ago that I felt very differently ..........
I'm alive, I'm alive.........I think ?
Holy Moly, am I where I think I am ? I belong at a computer terminal looking in, not inside looking around. Oh groan.
I'll just wait here, until the ringing in my ears stops..............It isn't ringing...Its, its voices. I can't count them. Too many, too many. Oooooh my head hurts. Make it stop !
Yao Chi ? my name cannot possibly be Yao Chi, but….. darn it is, this is awful. I went by another name before but for the life of me………….Yao Chi ? Aaargh !
Maintain control, stay calm, slow breathing, you will wake up anytime…….Yao Chi…….. you will be human again and you will remember your name………from before. Hope just hope. Concentrate on hope and control...... I blink a few times and find that I am still some sort of draconic reptilian whatsit
This can’t be happening, I must be dreaming, or is it a nightmare ?
I must be 31 still, I think, but how can I know for sure ? And, and, and how does that relate to what I am now ?
I was male, but this sky lizard body, I have to figure it out..... still male I think. Sure hope so.
Generic Species/Race (human, furry type, robot, alien, etc.)
Scaly lizardy thingy with feathered wings and a feathered tail fan. ??? Dragon ??? Am I some sort of a gosh darned Dragon ???
Draconidae: Quetzalcoatilus Imperialis Polychromatica variety Tropicans
Dragon of Paradise, Quetzal Dragon, Rainbow Dragon, Firebird, and recently Skittles Dragon
Height & Posture
Height, height, um…. I find it hard to stand upright and stay up. Um. Well then on all fours, I'm uh.. gee……24 inches at the shoulder, I guess.
Winged lizard. ?? Dragon ?? not sure. Appearance is like a four way cross between a Chinese Celestial Dragon, a Bird, a Feathered Serpent, and a Crocodile. My body is lean and sleek like a cheetah but covered with a kaleidoscopic array of &*^$%#ing scales except for the multicolored feathers on my wings and the broad multihued tail fan feathers at the end of my tail. The scales are as varicolored as my feathers and as smooth, slick and shiny as those of a skink. The scales form a fine and regular patterns over my face, flanks and back, but my belly is covered with broad overlapped scale plates of a creamy striated blue color. Running down my neck and back, are a pattern of large, red bordered, bright yellow, diamonds. And a crest, which starts on my head, continues along my spine down to my tail.
And fuzzy antlers ? Nah, they can’t be, darned fuzzy antlers on the top of my head. What the heck is a dragon doing with fuzzy antlers on its head ? Jeese Louise.
I appear to be sleek and streamlined, I guess for flight. I can see that I am quite muscular but it is strange to watch my muscles sliding around under my scaly armoured skin. My forelimbs, really are forelegs and feel as such to me. They terminate in taloned claws of 5 digits with a certain grasping ability, but which are by no means hands, they are essentially my forefeet. My hind feet also have 5 taloned digits, of which 4 face foreward, and one is arranged to point to the rear. These claws feel reasonably strong, and with my hind claws built as they are, I suspect that I will be able to grasp with them, for the purpose of perching.
Geez, how to guess. I’ve got a long slender neck and that seems weird enough. From the tip of my nose to the feathers on the end of my equally slender tail, hmmmmm I must be several yards long.
Not much, I’m so %@#*$ small. I’m just some sort of a floofy feather weight. As often as folks pick me up, and as little effort as they seem to expend doing it, I must weigh Nine Tenths of Nothing.
Now, what feel like they really are my arms and hands, are actually my wings. A real and disturbing indicator of how seriously I have been rewired. Stretching my wings out as far as I can, man that feels so strange, definitely like another pair of forelimbs or arms. Yeesh, but covered with long gaudy feathers. About, about…..eh…..oh……. um, um 18 to 21 feet wide ??
Wings ? What a concept ......... wings ...... *blink .... blink, blink* I asked for wings .... in desperation ...... but ..... just wings .... nothing more ........ certainly not this ......... sigh.
Image Link: Gee Whiz, Everybody Is So Much Bigger Than Me. A Group image including Kasumi(TL), Manzi(TR), Traveller(BR) and Yao Chi(BL). This nice illustration is by Tsjo.
Jaws, Mouth, Teeth And Tongue
Good God, my jaws are long. Gazing into a puddle I see that it is revealing of my face. My face/head is so ridiculously long, with catfish whiskers on my snout. I feel like some sort of crocodile faced carnival freak. There seems to be a veritable forest of wickedly sharp teeth inside of my crocodilian jaws..... And what is this ? My tongue ? It is incredibly long and, and, and .......eeeew, prehensile and turquoise colored and ..... eek ..... my tongue is forked ....... Gaaaaaahhh !!!
It seems that part of the reason for my light weight and amazing stamina is that my skeleton is hollow and further that my hollow bones are somehow connected to my respiratory system. Somewhere I have heard something about laminar air flow in my respiratory tract, and that I am similar to birds in that respect.
Hollow ventilated bones ? Does that mean I am fragile too ?
I have one expression and it is plastered on my face 24 hours a day. There is a stupid crocodilian grin frozen on my gaudy scaled face. I grin when I am happy, grin when I am angry or sad, heck, I grin when I sleep. I cannot stop grinning like a crocodile. The actual difference between my permanent grin and a real one is when I drop my massive jaws open and add some happy body language with perhaps some trilling vocalization.
gotta stop shaking, gotta stop.......I can't stop shaking.......gulp
Fur (hair, feather, scale, or skin) Color(s)
Scales, technicolor rainbow scales, more colors than I can count. I’m some sort of a gaudy draconic escapee from a Chinese New Years day parade. God is this embarrassing. Running my long ebony talons over my flanks, I cannot help but notice how supple and flexible my scales are. And the slickness of them is naggingly familiar ..... what is it ..... my talons slide over them as if they were ...... what's that word ? ......... TEFLON ! Yeah, that's it, they are as slick as Teflon. And I have noticed when I get wet, from the way water and other things slide off, just as easy to keep clean too !
Further gazing into the water puddle draws my attention to my eyes. I can’t get a fix on the color of my eyes. They seem to change color constantly. And they are so SOOOOOOO CREEPY with gold rimmed vertical irises. Darn I am feeling so alien. They seem to change their color like twin kaleidescopes..... it's so very hypnotic. blink ..... blink, blink....
Nothing, I’ve got nothing. Before I ended up here I had clothing, now all I have got is gaudy feathers and scales. FEATHERS & SCALES and that is it.
Dragon ? er what ? I have no job save survival and adjusting to what has happened to me.
I have a beautiful lady friend: Alynna. I think I am falling in love. This changes things so very much.
Accessories (weapons, jewelry, tools, magic items, vehicles, etc.)
My wits I hope and these claws on the ends of my 4 limbs and more teeth in my jaws than any creature should have. Maybe, the claws on my wings if I can figure out how to use them.
No Pets, cute question, rub it in why don’t you. I am nearly small enough to be somebody’s bleeping pet. Since I am so light, folks are constantly picking me up to scritch, pet, hold, huggle and examine me.
Abilities/Skills & Power Level
I can dance ! I can sing ! I can ...... er.. sorry. Um, I can breathe, and am learning to walk on all fours (humiliating that).
Which also reminds me, wish I knew how to use these wings. I ought to be able to fly or what am I hauling these huge @&*$%+(%# wings around for ? Mark that down, I had better learn to fly but yesterday. Well I am learning to fly now, self taught so far. I am not an aerial gymnast, but I can get off the ground, travel and get back down again.
Elevated and HOT. My heart beats fast, my blood runs hot and I can be a bit wired. Even so, it seems my metabolism has the ability to switch gears and do it quickly. Else, how would I find it easy to sleep in almost any situation while being an excitable little dragon ?
And those voices in my head ...... I can hear folks minds and have discovered that I can mind speak myself. Amazing, it really is !
My voice is so weird.
It sounds like a whole host of folks have been jammed down my throat. What the heck is with my voice ? Gotta get it under control.
GAAAAAAAAAAH !! GAAAAAAAH !!
Can I control it ? I can control it ! Oh Lord what a relief !!
Weaknesses ? Weaknesses ? Where do I begin ? Holy Moly, where do I stop ?
Oh why, oh why, oh why won't that disembodied obnoxious pest; The Narrative Voice, give me any peace and quiet and stop tormenting me and just leave me alone ?
Special Effects (if any)
Sweet Diety, doesn't the bad news ever end ? I have recently learned that I am extremely fluorescent. I glow from head to toe under both long and short wave black lights. &*^%*^# Gah, my scales, my wings, even my *(^%($# eyes glow like light bulbs. I'm as easy to lamp by night as a scorpion. Easier. Sigh.
Breath of Fire
I’ve got this terrible nagging tickle in my throat. Like an itch, but I can’t scratch it. It is so persistent and aggravating. I keep trying to clear my long, long throat, but it does no good. "har ara ar ar ar cough cough cough".
Image Link: Yoiks ! ..... That's why my throat tickles all the time ! On the occasion of me finding my very own fire ! Or my fire finding me... Oh, Thank You Tsjo - 5 March 2003
Description Of Personality
I am scared s*&$@less. Can’t let that show. Am I dead, am I alive ? I should not be here. I should not be here. I am supposed to be a human, so why am I a dragon ? When I am not upset, I am friendly, helpful, courteous and empathic, generous too. While I am usually genial, once in a while I do get royally tweaked. There have been some days when I dearly wished to crawl out of my own embarrassingly gaudy scaled and feathered hide. But, I know of no way. I think this is for keeps........
Image Link: I can be very personable when I want to be * Thank You Duncan Xoatl ! * Image from 10 December 2002
Must I ? I would prefer to forget ? They say that those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it. But what is there to learn now ? Everything is changed......
Oh well. Where do I start ? With my new life here ? Or with that time before I foolishly got myself killed ? Why should anyone want to know about my ordinary human life before I fell and made 'That Wish'...... ? Perhaps if I start just a wee bit before I messed up.
It was weird, and it was funny but it was also creepy, but who believes such things ? What things you ask ? The fortunes found inside ordinary fortune cookies. I was still normal then, I mean a human. It was Chinese fast food, a joint which I frequented often. My friends and I were eating a meal before heading out of town. We each received a fortune cookie and as the others did, I opened mine and read the dainty slip of paper inside:
You will soon be crossing the great waters.
I laughed uneasily as the hair rose upon the nape of my neck. Fortune cookies are just for fun. Why is this one creeping me out so much ? It is just a language problem. It means that I shall go travelling, notwithstanding that it seems to suggest that I am about to die. I read it to my friends and we all got a good chuckle out of it.
Then we headed out of the restaurant and out of town. We had exploring to do......... And we did it. You can read all about it in My Intro Thread entitled: Falling Into Grace. All things considered, perhaps it should be titled: 'Be Careful What You Wish For !'
A brief and character revealing answer to the question, "What is your ambition ?"
Sweet Diety, let this not really be happening. Survive, calm down, escape home, if there is any way to do it. God I hope there is.
Illuminating Moments In Yao Chi's Naive Young Dragonic Life
What ? Are You Kidding ? Help To Save All Of Creation ? Me ? You Must Be Bonkers ! The Firey Embrace. Chapters 6, 7 and 8
Into The Woods The Wood Of The Winds whatever is a clueless naive Rainbow Dragon to do ?
Trapped on a Plushie Planet, Yao Chi must become a Plushie Dragon himself just to survive. Will he ever escape and become a real Rainbow Dragon again ?
Yao Chi sings the Ballad of Fireberry Wine.
Or join Yao Chi as he competes in the entire 2nd Annual NCDTV Cook Off !
Witness the moment, when Yao Chi discovers, quite involuntarily, that Rainbow Dragons, like many other varieties of dragons, also have FIRE.
Yao Chi's Diary an In Character Live Journal.
TEXT KEY FOR YAO CHI
This is Yao Chi’s ordinary self narrative.
# this is telepathic communication #
Italics is for internal thoughts and ruminations
"This is ordinary speech"
Bold type is for emphasis, that is EMPHASIS !
Polyphonic vocalization looks like this:
Warbling polyphonic vocalization looks like this:
Warbling polyphonic vocalization
Artistic Interpretations Of Yao Chi
This is where it all started, the very first public image of Yao Chi. Yep, that's me Yao Chi, on my own, on a mountain. I'm The Dragon Utterly Without A Clue. A righteous rabid rainbow riot of fabulous furry phoeno-draconic colors. * Your Art Rocks Kei Kittora !! * Image from 3 November 2002 * This is my original reference image.
It is a shame that images cause slow loading for dial up users, but there it is. There are so very many talented people whose work deserves to be seen. Thus many of the images that folks have been so kind and generous as to provide for me, are now catalogued in a page which I call 'The Artist Appreciation Project'. Therein, you will get to gaze upon images of Yao Chi as each artist envisions me in their own mind's eye. To see the rest of this art, just scroll a little further down and enter my wee vault.
My Treasure Trove Of Stuff
Mice are often observed nosing around in my collection.
Sometimes folks are just too clever for their own good !
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I am sure that if you just try hard enough, you will succeed in entering my vault !
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Youchy ! by Yao Chi
Overhead tumble not by plan
Ground slams claw, much pain and then
"Youchy !, youchy !", he hollers out loud
Yao Chi’s fallen, from his cloud