Friday Feature: Flickerwhip


Its pointed tail flicks back and forth, a glowing orange liquid dripping off the creature’s plump red body. A deep rumble, like thunder yet somehow more alive, sounds in the distance. The creature’s wings beat at the air causing small stones to shift on the ground as it hovers in place. And then, like a dog after a bath, it begins to shake itself off, liquid lava showering the nearby rockface with a hiss. Dr. Gearbox turns to Botley and whispers, “Have you ever seen anything so magnificent?” Before Botley has a chance to reply, the deep rumble in the distance grows louder and louder and suddenly, over the crest of a nearby hill, comes a torrent of lava. A molten magma river spewing forth from the crevice that had just minutes before been the site of a core-sample experiment. Dr. Gearbox turns to Botley and utters the only word he can think of at a time like this, “Run!”

Perhaps ‘Fly!’ would have been a more appropriate command, considering Botley’s mode of transport is typically via his quad propulsion rockets which allow him to soar through the air. Regardless, the creature they encountered that day was, of course, a Flickerwhip. Dr. Gearbox stumbled upon some incredible scientific marvels at his Kalapana, Hawaii-based research center before it was shuttered due to the catastrophic volcanic eruption; none more so than the elusive Flickerwhip. This seemingly gentle flying critter might look like a baby to our human eyes, but in actual fact is over 100 years old. A full grown adult would be a site to behold, but thus far none have been sighted in the region. Perhaps they’re unable to fit through the portal, or maybe they’re just waiting for an opportune moment to make their grand entrance. Dr. Gearbox believes the latter and has marked your map with the location of his first sighting with the phrase, “Here Be Dragons.”