New Species: Drygmies (and the World of Moiwei)
^^The World of Moiwei- Map^^
The world of Moiwei…a place much like Earth but much smaller and it had two moons. Here we find can find magical creatures relying on each other in order to survive…but today we are talking about a very tiny creature: The Drygmy.
I first ran across the Drygmy as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed. It’s not uncommon to see a new species pop up, but something about these creatures really caught my eye. I have been in the fandom a very long time, and, when I see something resembling an insect, I am instantly drawn in. Not that I am a huge fan of Bugge characters, but one thing for certain is that they are rare and very unique. Something about the Drygmy appealed to me…they were just too darned cute.
So, on impulse, I contacted the creator of this species (TheMonsterMoxie -FA) and asked if I could have an interview…or, at least make a post about this species on my blog. Luckily for me, the creator agreed, and so I am proud to bring you this new and interesting species called the Drygmy!
As with any interview that I do, I try and keep it simple by asking a set of questions that break down what the species is, how it was created (or imagined), and etc. So lets get down to it:
- What inspired you to make the Drygmy?
I made the species a long time ago, but my original inspiration was a literal take on “dragonfly” as in a dragon, insect hybrid. As I was making the character, I made her fuzzy and randomly added mushrooms on her back. I thought it made the design more interesting. And thus the first Drygmy was born. The name “Drygmy” is also inspired by this being a combination of the word “dragon” and “pygmy”
- What are your wants/dreams/expectations for this species?
When I first created the species I was really into the deviantart closed species scene. On dA, closed species adopts can sell for hundreds of dollars on the virtue of them being a closed species. I was a young artist, and at the time I really wanted to species to be as popular as some of the other ones. But I was impatient, and as I saw that they weren’t gaining popularity, I pretty much just dropped them. As I grew older and became more mature, I learned to love sharing my ideas for the sake of it. I always loved the Drygmies and I felt bad that I just left them in the dust because they didn’t get popular immediately. I was just immature back then. So I picked them back up, and revamped them with a shiny new ref sheet and tons of lore. I decided to keep them an open species, because nowadays the most important thing to me is sharing them with the community and using my idea to help breed creativity in others. If a young artist can be inspired by my species, than I know I’ve achieved something great.
- How do you feel the Drygmy stand out against other species?
I think they stand out because they have unique anatomy. Insects and insect-related characters are few and far between in the furry fandom, so I think they stand out just on that alone. Other aspects such as their growths are also interesting, as it allows for tons of creativity while creating them. I will admit I’m pretty proud of their lore too. I put a lot of time into deciding how Magic would work in the world of Moiwei. I didn’t want it to be typical elemental Magic, so I came up with a “yin yang” style system instead, by having the two primary categories be Passion and Tranquility Magic, and then having several subcategories. It makes it more interesting to me and allows for a lot of room for development in the world.
- How have the Drygmy developed and changed over time?
They haven’t really changed much since their creation, other than a few small design quirks. The main difference is that they now have a very in-depth lore and completely original fantasy world. I’ve put far more effort into them now than I did when they were first created a few years ago. But the original idea is still there, and I’m just working to make it grow, with the help of the wonderful furry community.
^^More about Drygmies – art by TheMonsterMoxie^^
—Magic does indeed exist in the World of Moiwei, but unlike in most cases, magic is not tied to the elements in this realm. This place runs on its own set of magical rules: one called “Passion” and the other known as “Tranquility”. Each one of the two major categories has subcategories…and sub categories can be mixed and matched to use spells. However, combining Passion magic with Tranquility magic is forbidden and is considered the “dark arts” of this world. It is said that if a Drygmy were to use the dark arts…then it shows a toll on their body, specifically in their growths. An example of magics listed in categories are: offensive magic and day/light magic is in the category of Passion. Its opposite: night/dark and defensive magic is listed as Tranquility. A Magic chart can be found in the official goggle docs for this species.
- Drygmy Culture:
—Drygmies use magic often…and it is encouraged since magic can actually keep the Drygmies young and can make them stronger. It is said via the official google docs that Drygmies use magic in their everyday tasks. Drygmies do engage in combat, but this is often just for sport. Moreso, Drygmies do have jobs/professions…but they live in more of a barter society and will trade for the things that they need. Also, it is shown that due to their size, Drygmies will ride on the backs of other creatures. It is a symbiotic relationship between the two, and the Drygmy will eat insects of harmful substances off of its host! Nice, right?
Drygmies are independent creatures and fly alone until they find a companion. They are Asexual ad lack any reproductive organs. Baby Drygmy are actually grown! Via seeds or Pollen spread by adult Drygmy, that is how their species continues on! ALL DRYGMY HAVE SOME SORT OF GROWTH!
^^Bandit- my personal Drygmy / Art-species by TheMonsterMoxie^^
- How to make your own Drygmy:
—It really is as simple as joining the facebook group! Because Drygmies are an open species, anyone is free to make their own so long as they credit TheMonsterMoxie as the creator. You have a few options for making a Drygmy: you can either request a custom base from the creator herself OR you are free to draw your own. There have also been adopts in the group being sold which means that if you can’t and/or don’t want to design one yourself, you can buy one!
I requested a custom base which allows one to design their own Drygmy from several options. You get to choose everything from the shape/design of its eyes, to the snout: you choose the wings, the growth, the antenna, and even the tail! There is also the choice of making a feral or anthro base! All of this provided for free by Monster Moxie herself 😀
So I made Bandit, and I love this little guy.
While approval for a design is not necessary, the group rules do encourage it!!!
- Combining with the Mochling Dragons to create the World of Moiwei:
When I first began putting this blog together for the Drygmy species, I had to take a break because of life (and an upcoming convention). But, it’s a good thing I did because when I came back to finish what I had started, I realized that the Drygmy Group had changed it’s name to the “World of Moiwei”.
In my absence, a new species had been added to the group via another creator. This species was the Mochling Dragon (maybe something to talk about in the future?) and together with the Drygmy they started to develop this magical new land. The link to the group will be listed down below.
But Moiwei is much like Earth but a lot smaller. It is also warmer than Earth so there are not very many cold areas…and because of all the water and precipitation, there are not many deserts either. There are two moons on this world which control the tide and they pull it in a circular motion which affects how the land looks…and I feel like even more details are to come as the group continues to grow.
I will say that the Drygmies continue to interest me because I have started to see the World around them develop. I see that a lot of time and effort has gone into this species, the lore around it continues to evolve, and there are now new creatures which only deepen the details of this species even further. Besides, they are just so darn cute!!!
So, if you have been looking to make something unique and something special…then look no further than the Drygmy. The group is still relatively small which makes it all the more open for stand-out designs. Also, the creator has stated that even though the Drygmy have their own world and lore…no one is bound to follow it. MonsterMoxie encourages creativity and plugging Drygmy into your own settings and etc so long as credit is given where it is due.
So tell me what YOU think? What do you personally think about the Drygmy? What do you like and what do you dislike? Do you have any plans of making a Drygmy in the future? Maybe you already have one? Well, if you end up making one, please feel free to show them to me in the comment-section down below. Also, lemme know your opinions as I am always interested in hearing them. Let me know if you want me to do a section on the Mochling Dragons as well!
Thank you all so much for reading, and as always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉