Shoyrus vs. Scorchios
For as long as there have been different species of NeoPets in Neopia, there
have been debates between their owners. For example, is the Wocky a cat or a
fox? Should Lupes be allowed to hunt Chias? But there's one debate that I'm
very surprised hasn't gotten much attention. Scorchios vs. Shoyrus. They're
both dragon-type NeoPets, fiery, and friendly. So why are these species so similar?
How did they develop?
The current most popular of the two is the Shoyru, also the most popular NeoPet
of all. Most of the Shoyrus I've come across were painted in one of the ten
awesome colours they're offered in. (Only five for Scorchios, not counting invisible
and the cheap Christmas.) When Shoyrus became available in rainbow, the price
for a rainbow paintbrush SKYROCKETED to unbuyable. Not only are Shoyrus adorable
in their many fashions, but they're easily trained! Hardly do I see a Shoyru
below level three! On the other side of things, most of the Scorchios I've seen
are level one and in the adoption center. How could the Shoyru be so favourable?
I, myself, am witness to this phenomenon.
My first pet was a Scorchio, but she has long since moved on to a new owner,
and I now proudly own four Shoyrus total. It's something about their large,
intelligent eyes. They just seem to say, "Love me! Train me!" Either that, or
they have some hypnotic power and are planning to take over Neopia, but I'll
save that theory for another day. You would think that Scorchios would shine
over Shoyrus in the Battledome, but that's not true! If you examine them closely,
you'll see that the Shoyru has larger, stronger wings and a slim and quick body.
Huge advantage over the pudgy and slow Scorchio. Also, Shoyrus have quick temper
and get attached to their owners, which is PERFECT battling temperament. Since
Shoyrus put so much trust in their owners, they're great companions and hardly
My theory on how it all came to be this way dates back to medieval monarch
Neopia. Back then, not all NeoPet species had been discovered yet, and there
was only one dragon-type. This species looked more like the modern Scorchio,
with small wings that prevented it from straying from it's volcanic habitat.
This was a time for legends and fantasy, and so many stories were made up about
Scorchios being fierce and burning down villages. Since nobody dared find out
the truth, all the stories were believed. Soon, in the mind of a medieval Neopia,
the Scorchio was so large it could swallow an entire army and use the king's
castle turrets as toothpicks. Then one day in the volcanos, a baby Scorchio
was born with large, floppy, wings--much different than the small, compact wings
of his species. As he grew up, developed a definite talent for flying. He'd
soar over the volcanos, pumping his strong wings and doing flips and turns.
This, however, made his fellow Scorchios jealous. They stopped letting him play
with them, and told him his flying talent was "foolish." Sadly, the little Scorchio
decided that this wasn't the place for him, so he left his homeland in search
for where he belonged. He traveled from land to land without stopping, which
was easy when you could go by flight, but soon he got so tired he felt as if
he would collapse. Seeing a nearby castle in the dark of night, the little Scorchio
flew in through the window and laid down on a bed to rest his weary wings.
Wow, what a good sleep, the little Scorchio thought as he stretched and opened
his eyes. When he saw where he was, he gasped. Of all the castles he could have
stopped at, and all the windows he could have flown into, he had found his way
the king's bedroom. He tried to tiptoe off the bed to escape through the window
before the king woke up, but it was too late. The little Scorchio shook with
fear of being thrown into a dungeon as the king looked him over. But instead
of calling for his guards, the king held out his hand. In it was a morsel of
food. Starving, the little Scorchio eagerly took it, and since then he became
the king's faithful pet. The king loved the friendly little dragon and offered
a reward for any others of his kind found. To the little Scorchio's surprise,
soon another was reported! A female with the same floppy wings he had! Naturally
a perfect match. This new species was named the "Shoyru." Since they were castle
pets, Shoyrus no longer needed their claws and spikes, and so they slowly disappeared
as the Shoyrus were bred. However, the people refused to believe that these
adorable companions were the Scorchios legend told of, and so the fear had not
disappeared. Shoyrus were trained to be lookouts, thus the development of their
large eyes, and castle guards, thus the development of their fighting spirit.
Soon, they were clearly independent from the Scorchio species.
And so, the Shoyru became the intelligent, strong, and adorable companion it
is today. But don't forget the Scorchio! Living isolated in the volcanic regions,
Scorchios have developed tough skin and even a little magic in their heritage.
Scorchio or Shoyru? Which one do YOU train?