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The First Sighting

A dragon's appearance in the background of a Midwestern news broadcast proved to be the hinge upon which TheChanges swung.

Event Information

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996 Location: Omaha, Neb., U.S.
Also Known As: As this was the first positive sign the world worked differently, many people use this event interchangeably with TheChanges; e.g. "it was Christmas a week after The Changes." Others, notably including CharacterDennisRedwing, argue that The First Sighting itself was a symptom and not a cause.
Major Characters: CharacterDennisRedwing* (see notes and his character page)


For an event that would have such profound and lasting effects, the actual sighting was brief, perhaps 15 seconds. The dragon stepped around a corner into view of the camera; smiled and waved; and then leapt into the air, flying away in a broad arc before disappearing behind some nearby buildings.

Immediate Reaction

The biggest on-scene reaction to the sighting was a car crash as an awestruck motorist stopped paying attention to the road. Reaction to the videotape of the encounter, though, was far more dramatic.

Hearing about the dragon sighting set the imagination of many would-be theris afire, but it wasn't quite enough. Once the proof that the world had somehow Changed reached them, however -- in the form of the video, or of other theris made instant media stars, or of seeing one in person -- it gave many the power to effect a similar change in their own forms. Within 24 hours, tens of thousands had transformed nationwide and worldwide.

Magic use, likewise, sprung up as news of the First Sighting spread. However, most mages had no immediate agenda -- as opposed to the theris, most of whom had been aching for their new forms for years or decades. Magic's first big moment in the news would thus be the EventLosAngelesRiots.

Public reaction among the unchanged ranged from wonder to awe to fear; although the number of therianthropes was tiny compared to the population at large, the phenomenon transfixed the world. See EraDragonInTheStreets for a closer look.


On one level, the aftereffects of The First Sighting are all of TTU.

On another level, the event itself was quietly lost in the roar of everything that followed worldwide. The vigil attendees had mixed reactions to the disruption, with some reveling in their 15 minutes of fame as witnesses and some trying to put the whole thing behind them. (One would later become a Second Wave theri.) The driver who caused the car accident saw his life spiral downward in the sudden wave of public attention. The reporter on the scene used his newfound name recognition to land a job at a major network, but faded back into obscurity some years later.


All times are local (Central)

Further Reading

Story/Character Appearances
The following 19 page(s) belong to EventTheFirstSighting

CategoryEras [Eras of TTU]
CharacterDennisRedwing [Characters: Dennis Redwing]
CharacterDennisRedwingQuotes [Dennis Redwing Quotes]
EraDragonInTheStreets [Era: Dragon In The Streets]
EraPreChanges [Era: Pre-Changes]
EraTheShockSettlesIn [Era: The Shock Settles In]
EraWinterOfDiscontent [Era: Winter of Discontent]
EventLosAngelesRiots [The Los Angeles Riots]
EventTheMissingMoment [The Missing Moment]
StoryButTheGardenHasNoApples [Stories: But The Garden Has No Apples]
StoryFirstFlight [Stories: First Flight]
StoryLegendOfHero [Stories: Legend of Hero]
StoryNotesFromTheEnd [Stories: Notes From The End Of The World]
StoryOpeningNight [Stories: Opening Night]
StoryVoiceInTheWilderness [Stories: Voice In The Wilderness]
StoryWardC1012pm [Stories: Ward C, 10:12 p.m.]
TheChanges [The Changes]
TheWednesdayRule [The Wednesday Rule]
TomorrowlandsGlossary [Tomorrowlands Glossary]

Story Excerpts
"He remembered the way his heart leapt the first time he saw the video clip. The bleeped-out ejaculation of the cameraman. The reporter bravely ignoring it, pushing through another half-sentence, then turning around and losing his composure.
The sheer beauty of that creature of legend. The casual thumbs-up that the distant, blurry form seemed to give the camera, then the way its muscles tensed as it leapt into the air, wings spread.
The car crash in the background as some passerby took just a little bit too long to gawk. Everyone in the room had laughed at it; it was the tension breaker that made the rest of the clip just surreal enough to appreciate." - StoryButTheGarden

Other Information


Writing Tips

The First Sighting seared itself into the minds of a generation. Virtually everyone alive can tell you what they were doing when they heard of the dragon's appearance. (Of course, since it happened on a weeknight, most folks were either at home watching the news, or at work the next morning.)


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