so after you have created your new hatchling, you pop out on the landing port pad for the dragon tutorial area, skalkaar island. it is here where newbies to the world of istaria will learn how the various controls work. i will not be covering things (for the most part) for new players - i am always assuming you get the concept of using arrow keys to move, etc. i will be covering construction and killing and a couple other things particular to horizons.
anyway, as i was saying, your finished creation enters the world on the skalkaar island pad. the movement tutorial window pops up, so you can follow the links for a brief but in depth version on movement. i, of course, am much familiar with movement, so i did not follow this - but feel free!
there is one thing that (i believe) the tutorial will not tell you (unless this has been corrected in the remod) - hatchies, while not being able to fly (take off, gain and lose height, and land), they can glide. on blight, we have had many gliding parties - finding the highest safe accessible peak and jumping off.
anyway, let me show you how to set your options to glide rather than drop when you fall. you can do it anytime, but you get more fun out of it if you do it as soon as you can!! lol
first step is to click the blue gem and open the game menu. choose options. in the options function, choose the options tab. scroll down to the 'start to fly or glide when falling' option and click the box. make sure you click apply then you can exit out. then find the the highest safe spot and jump off (use the 'q' key for a little extra distance [q is the jump button]), then use the movement keys to steer. if you want to land early, you can hit the down arrow button to stop gliding and drop to earth.
the landing pad is located in the middle of the skalkaar forest, so you will see grulets wondering in the distance off the road. you will also see spitfyre, the hatchling emmissary. greet him and listen to his speeches, which give you some background about dragons and their place in the world.
spitfyre will also point you toward your first big adventure, which i will tell you about soon!