General Info: One day, a genetic scientist stood on the hatching grounds to Impress a dragon, hoping to discover a wholly new variety of the beasts, to rewrite history! Yeah, whatever. In short, he didn't Impress, and he got quite angry and stormed off to go create his own version of dragons, only cooler. Well, everyone knows that dragons are already ultimately cool, so some original, wild dragons got really mad and ate him after the first clutch was created.
Serpens grow to about 7-10 ft long, and are born in a (rather large) egg from which they are 1-3 ft long already. They live in swamps or bodies of water. They have long, serpentine bodies and two long, very powerful arms that look rather lean. Their 'wings' are actually fins, and are set on the sides of their bodies akin to the fins of some eels. Their legs are short, attached to a second set of flippers, acting as stabilizers. Serpens are blindingly fast. Their tails are long, and they fork at the end. Each fork of the tail has a poisonous barb. Their faces are the most interesting, with snake like heads, covered by a bone 'helmet-mask'. They have a beak-like lower jaw, and long venomous fangs coming from the roofs of their mouths.
Serpens can breathe underwater as well as they breathe on land. They have eyes adapted to see in the dark, underwater as well as above. While not photophobic, their vision is about as good as a less than average human's in the daylight. Their eyes are multicolored like a Dragon's, but always dark shades. They swim using their fins to propel themselves, but they can slither on land, where they can snap like a snake.
They tend to be dark and dismal in their thoughts, and while capable of thought speech, they spout doom and gloom, and are pessimists who don't care if they cause trouble. In fact, Serpens go out of their way to cause trouble. This is only made worse by the fact that Serpens seem proficient in the manipulation of the Planetary Illogical Field (aka PIF). Luckily, this ability takes some time to develop, or else it would be one terribly interesting hatching. More so than usual. They do not have any semblance of 'control' over it, however — they can, on occasion, convince the PIF to randomly drop something of a particular type their direction. This often doesn't work at all, and even more often when it does, it drops either something unrelated to what was requested or something that fits into the category but is purposely useless. If a Serpen catches the PIF on an off day, they are apt to have a washing machine dropped on their heads. Nonetheless, this is enough to drive most sane Planetians (and a good majority of the insane ones too) annoyed out of their minds.
Mating Info: When Serpens are ready to mate, their eyes will turn blindingly white, glowing, and they will announce themselves. The entire chase will take place underwater, called a Dive. They will be brutal, and are not above attacking each other during a Dive, especially a female against a too-close male. Luckily, Serpens are immune to their own venom, but can still be badly injured during a Dive. Due to the deep link to their humans (or humanoids), this can prove bad for the bonded, some of which can end up hospitalized after a Dive, though more commonly just really, really sore. It's just another example of how Serpens are totally unabashed about abusing the link between them, and even use the PIF on occasion to get the bondeds to fight. Strangely, the Serpens only transmit aggression from a Dive, not passion. Which may actually be a good thing.
Bonding Info: Female Serpens will watch their eggs jealously, up until they are hatched. The only problem? The eggs are underwater. Eventually, the mother will push the eggs out of the water, where they are either on dry land, or are only partially submerged. She only does this when they are about to hatch, though, so it leaves very little warning for people to stake out the clutch. As soon as the eggs are obvious, it's time to Impress! Young Serpens look just like the adults, only smaller. They are every bit as venomous, and even more agile. Serpens like to swim around the Candidates, and playfully snap at them, testing to see who flinches, or banding together to push people into the water. After they've had fun tormenting the candidates, then the Serpen young will Impress upon those whom they chose, never really sticking to one type of person. Then, they will continue to torment them, for the rest of their lives. That's the purpose of this bond right? Wait, love each other? You've been watching too many chick flicks.
When being named, they demand the inclusion of 'ex' somewhere within their names. They claim it has some super secret significance, but in reality, they just think it sounds cool.