[*]Rank Gender .:. Female only
[*] Golds only ever Impress to females. Females capable of matching a gold are rare, and must be strong enough to keep up with their dragoness, even controlling them at certain times such as keeping them from eating during a mating Flight or lashing out during a Touching, as well as being capable of leading, or helping lead, a weyr. Not every queen and rider will actually lead the weyr they belong to, most will in fact be support for the senior leadership, but every Gold is highly valued for their abilities, such as calming the injured, gathering and leading their weyr in a crisis, and less valuable but still prized to this day, their ability to lay large clutches.
[*]The hide of a Gold is always, always metallic, with hatchlings having just the barest sheen which grows ever more vivid until full maturity, only dulling due to extreme old age or illness, and the color ranges most commonly from bright, buttery yellow to greenish gold. Other shades include nearly white, rose, and copper gold, with the absolute rarest shades bordering on silver or brown-gold. Golds are very unlikely to display color mutations, and when they do it usually is a direct result of cryostasis.
[*]Golds are, by far, the largest and heaviest of any rank, not just females being, 50-58 feet long. They are not as overtly muscular as some of the high male ranks, but they do have enough to keep them in the air, though they also combine that musculature with sensual curves, including very deep chests and wide hips, for longer Flights and better clutching ability. Golds are semi likely to display size mutations, being either far larger than they should be or far smaller, and very, very rarely do they display other major physical mutations.
[*]With personalities just as large as their actual physical size, its no wonder Golds have and always will be known as the one true Queens, dominating their weyrs with their sheer presence alone. From sweeter, more motherly and attentive Queens to the fiercely bold and outgoing ones, most if not all are known crave control and, for many, power as well and will throw their weight around when needed, and even the nicer ones will only let insubordination or disrespect go so far. Mothers and guardians through and through they protect their young and their weyrs to the death, with even the meekest and mildest of Golds showing a clear caring, protective streak over not just their clutches or bondmates, but their mates and friends as well, extending out to include the entirety of the weyr.
[*]Rank Gender .:. Male only
[*]Impresses to males only. The rider of a Bronze must be willing to take on a position of leadership, or else be ready to have it thrust upon them should their dragon ever catch a Queen, or they are given the leadership of a wing. Due to the headstrong nature of most Bronzes, their riders must be capable of handling and directing that energy into more positive avenues. Of course some Bronze riders are just as big a playboy as their dragons are, and thus this rank's riders have gained quite a reputation.
[*]Bronzes are always metallic, though some may be so dull that they almost do not register as such, especially when they are freshly hatched, with their colors ranging from typical shades of olive and copper bronze to the more unusual shades which may include grey, green, or rust tones. Very rarely they may take on fiery golden hues, making them almost look like Queens, or be so dark that they appear shadowy, near black. Bronzes are somewhat likely to display small color mutations.
[*] The largest and heaviest of the male ranks and coming in second in size overall, being 47 to 54 feet long, sometimes the largest bronzes can come close to outweighing Golds due to their musculature, which is usually heavier/more solid than the female's, especially in their chests and wing muscle areas. Bronzes tend to appear pretty lumbering while on ground, and they are far from the most graceful dragons in the air, but their stamina is quite extensive, impressively so. They are highly unlikely to display size mutations, but can have muscle mutations, including double muscling or 'hump' muscling in their shoulders. They very, very rarely displays major physical mutations.
[*]Bronzes are Lords of the realm, or so they so often like to believe of themselves, leaders who run at the front of the pack, charging into the fray with a bellow instead of pulling the strings from behind the curtain or staying safe in the guarded embrace of the weyr. Proud and headstrong, they try and get their way and may have to be put in their place or corrected, something which may occur quite often in their youth especially, and their arrogance can be used against them. They are good leaders in spite or maybe because of this, however, usually thinking of the bigger picture and wanting to make sure everyone is safe, though always seeking glory at the same time. A Bronze rider may have the hardest time getting his dragon to listen to their words, but at the same time there are fewer dragon ranks more capable of charismatic leadership.
***More Ranks To Be Introduced As Play Continues