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9th Mar '17 2:55:59 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Dragons have four limbs, with wings attached to their forelimbs. They breath fire and are very closely associated with fire and magic. Their blood is so hot that it burns, and they only eat cooked meat. Their existence makes fire and blood magic more powerful. When born, they are little larger than cats, but they never stop growing and can live for at least 200 years. The largest dragon yet known could swallow a mammoth and cover a town in its shadow. They lay colorful eggs that match the markings of the dragon inside, but they're a OneGenderRace that reproduces by parthenogenesis. Newly-hatched dragons can survive on human breast milk. They seemingly have similar intelligence to that of great apes. The series also has stories of ice dragons, though they are as yet unconfirmed.
* G. R. R. Martin's short story "Literature/TheIceDragon" contains a depiction of an ice dragon that breathes frost.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Dragons have four limbs, with wings attached to their forelimbs. They breath fire and are very closely associated with fire and magic. Their blood is so hot that it burns, and they only eat cooked meat. Their existence makes fire and blood magic more powerful. When born, they are little larger than cats, but they never stop growing and can live for at least 200 years. The largest dragon yet known could swallow a mammoth and cover a town in its shadow. They lay colorful eggs that match the markings of the dragon inside, but they're a OneGenderRace that reproduces by parthenogenesis. Newly-hatched dragons can survive on human breast milk. They seemingly have similar intelligence to that of great apes. The series also has stories of ice dragons, which are supposed to be made of living ice and live in a frozen waste beyond the northern seas, though they are as yet unconfirmed.
unconfirmed. The ironborn also have legends featuring marine monsters known as sea dragons.
** There are also creatures related to dragons mentioned here and there in the series. Firewyrms, which breathe fire but have no wings and can tunnel through soil and stone, inhabited the volcanoes of Valyria before the doom came, and lived there long before the Valyrians and dragons. There are also wyverns, which resemble dragons but cannot breathe fire, which inhabit the swamps and jungles of Sothoryos. There is speculation in-universe that the Valyrians may have bred dragons from wyvern stock.
* G. R. R. Martin's Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's short story "Literature/TheIceDragon" ''Literature/TheIceDragon'' contains a depiction of an ice dragon that breathes frost.
8th Mar '17 5:34:23 PM nombretomado
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* Another MercedesLackey example is the ''Literature/DragonJousters'' quartet, which is set in something like AncientEgypt. These dragons come in two Western-style types. One is the crocodilian "swamp dragon" which likes water, the other is the more brightly colored, larger "desert dragon". They're established to be as smart as a bright dog (and able to [[EvilDetectingDog sense evil]]), can't breathe fire, and they imprint. Dragons taken from the wild as fledglings are forcibly trained to accept riders who treat them like flying chariots and have to be drugged; dragons raised from the egg are tame and fussed over by the ones who raise them. Riders mostly use them for patrols in which they make the enemy cautious and "joust" against enemy riders, knocking them out of the saddle to fall to their deaths. It's a major plot point that tame dragons can be trained to catch a falling man, and that another use is to pick out a human, snatch him up into the sky, and drop him.

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* Another MercedesLackey Creator/MercedesLackey example is the ''Literature/DragonJousters'' quartet, which is set in something like AncientEgypt. These dragons come in two Western-style types. One is the crocodilian "swamp dragon" which likes water, the other is the more brightly colored, larger "desert dragon". They're established to be as smart as a bright dog (and able to [[EvilDetectingDog sense evil]]), can't breathe fire, and they imprint. Dragons taken from the wild as fledglings are forcibly trained to accept riders who treat them like flying chariots and have to be drugged; dragons raised from the egg are tame and fussed over by the ones who raise them. Riders mostly use them for patrols in which they make the enemy cautious and "joust" against enemy riders, knocking them out of the saddle to fall to their deaths. It's a major plot point that tame dragons can be trained to catch a falling man, and that another use is to pick out a human, snatch him up into the sky, and drop him.
21st Feb '17 6:51:25 AM Kakai
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* ''Literature/NoMoreHeroes'': The Puff Dragons of Avia are gentle creatures, more like giant floating cows. They are so easy to hunt (due to being prone to explosion from methane buildup) that they are considered a protected species in their own nature preserves

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* ''Literature/NoMoreHeroes'': The Puff Dragons of Avia are gentle creatures, more like giant floating cows. They are so easy to hunt (due to being prone to explosion from methane buildup) that they are considered a protected species in their own nature preservespreserves.
* ''Literature/TheWitchlands'': Mountain bats are large, winged serpents with bat heads, large enough to bite a man in half. They're carrion eaters that can be found on former battlefields as well as mountainous caves they take their name from, but they're rare enough that many people consider them to be mythical.
16th Feb '17 11:28:39 PM ShorinBJ
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** The dragons have the same powers as your average Western dragon (apart from the ability to perform, at times of emotion, magic capable of turning sandstone to diamond and shattering the BigBad's magical hold like glass) , and like many modern dragons they're highly intelligent. They can psychically talk to their partners (or in [[BigBad Galbatorix's]] case, masters) and are quite friendly to humans.
** The wild dragons are intelligent, but have no civilization. They had a peace treaty - and strong friendship - with the elves. And then [[DracoInLeatherPants Galbatorix]] [[MoralEventHorizon wiped them out]]. Hardly wild beasts (although the elves mistook them for that at first). However, a magical contract exists between the dragons, the elves and the humans. The fortunes of all three races are tied together. Also, some dragon eggs are enchanted so that they only hatch when they contact the person who they will [[MentalFusion bond with]]. A bonded dragon becomes gentler and more civilized, even as the rider becomes more fierce. (Not to mention becoming [[SuperStrength super-strong]], [[TheCallTwinksYou magically powerful]] and [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld immortal]]. Woot!) Said dragons also have a type of [[spoiler: SoulJar named Eldunari within their chest]]

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** The dragons have the same powers as your average Western dragon (apart from the ability to perform, at times of emotion, magic capable of turning sandstone to diamond and shattering the BigBad's magical hold like glass) , glass), and like many modern dragons they're highly intelligent. They can psychically talk to their partners (or in [[BigBad Galbatorix's]] case, masters) and are quite friendly to humans.
** The wild dragons are intelligent, but have no civilization. They had a peace treaty - and strong friendship - with the elves. And then [[DracoInLeatherPants Galbatorix]] [[MoralEventHorizon wiped them out]]. Hardly wild beasts (although the elves mistook them for that at first). However, a magical contract exists between the dragons, the elves and the humans. The fortunes of all three races are tied together. Also, some dragon eggs are enchanted so that they only hatch when they contact the person who they will [[MentalFusion bond with]]. A bonded dragon becomes gentler and more civilized, even as the rider becomes more fierce. (Not to mention becoming [[SuperStrength super-strong]], [[TheCallTwinksYou magically powerful]] and [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld immortal]]. Woot!) Said dragons also have a type of [[spoiler: SoulJar [[spoiler:SoulJar named Eldunari within their chest]]chest]].
15th Feb '17 10:34:07 AM Theriocephalus
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* Literature/HicSuntDracones has a much darker take on the idea of dragons, making them outright [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] and serve as [[GodOfEvil evil gods]] and [[BigBad primary villains]] of the setting. Their very presence causes things around them to [[TheCorruption mutate]] if not [[WalkingWasteland kill them outright]]. They are worshiped by madmen and served by [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]] with the latter being sentient chunks of their own flesh. Dragons also possess a powerful [[HealingFactor Healing Factor]] making them very difficult to kill. The only way to effectively kill a dragon is by damaging its [[AchillesHeel heart]] which will prevent it from regenerating.

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* Literature/HicSuntDracones ''Literature/HicSuntDracones'' has a much darker take on the idea of dragons, making them outright [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and serve as [[GodOfEvil evil gods]] and [[BigBad primary villains]] of the setting. Their very presence causes things around them to [[TheCorruption mutate]] if not [[WalkingWasteland kill them outright]]. They are worshiped by madmen and served by [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]] with the latter being sentient chunks of their own flesh. Dragons also possess a powerful [[HealingFactor Healing Factor]] making them very difficult to kill. The only way to effectively kill a dragon is by damaging its [[AchillesHeel heart]] which will prevent it from regenerating.



* In the ''Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium'' there are five known individual dragons: [[Literature/TheChildrenofHurin Glaurung]], [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Ancalagon the Black]], [[Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth the Beast of Gondolin]], [[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Scatha Scatha the Worm]] (mentioned in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'') and [[Literature/TheHobbit Smaug]].

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* In the ''Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium'' Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium there are five known individual dragons: [[Literature/TheChildrenofHurin Glaurung]], [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Ancalagon the Black]], [[Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth the Beast of Gondolin]], [[http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Scatha Scatha the Worm]] (mentioned in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'') and [[Literature/TheHobbit Smaug]].



** Although not an official classification, Tolkien also makes a textual distinction between "Great Dragons" such as Smaug and Ancalagon, and the lesser dragons breeding in the Withered Heath. Exactly ''what'' the difference is between the great dragons and the lesser sort is never really expanded on, other than that Smaug himself was specifically described as the last of the Great Dragons of Middle-earth.
** Smaug broke from the Western tradition by being intelligent and capable of speech. This was so successful a [[TropeMakers trendsetter]] that the older mindless, animalistic Western dragon is now a decided minority (at least in {{fantasy}} {{literature}}). Tolkien, who was a fan of Myth/NorseMythology, drew his inspiration for Smaug from two famous dragons: Fafnir, of the ''Literature/PoeticEdda'' and ''Literature/VolsungaSaga'', and the unnamed dragon who fought ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}''. Like Fafnir, Smaug is intelligent and can talk, and has a softer underbelly. Like Beowulf's bane, Smaug is winged and breathed fire, and is enraged by the theft of a cup from his hoard and emerges to lay waste to the countryside. (Smaug also shows some original characteristics, like a fondness for riddles and HypnoticEyes.) Their weakpoint is their stomach/chest, which is the only part of them that is covered with armored scales. No mention is made of a desire to eat damsels, or at least they don't seem to enjoy them more than anyone else. They do have a DragonHoard, which they typically stole from someone else. This led to a bitter rivalry between Dwarves and Dragons.

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** Although not an official classification, Tolkien also makes a textual distinction between "Great Dragons" such as Smaug and Ancalagon, Ancalagon and the lesser dragons breeding in the Withered Heath. Exactly ''what'' the difference is between the great dragons and the lesser sort is never really expanded on, other than that Smaug himself was specifically described as the last of the Great Dragons of Middle-earth.
** Smaug broke from the Western tradition by being intelligent and capable of speech. This was so successful a [[TropeMakers trendsetter]] that the older mindless, animalistic Western dragon is now a decided minority (at least in {{fantasy}} {{literature}}). Tolkien, who was a fan of Myth/NorseMythology, drew his inspiration for Smaug from two famous dragons: Fafnir, of the ''Literature/PoeticEdda'' and ''Literature/VolsungaSaga'', and the unnamed dragon who fought ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}''.Literature/{{Beowulf}}. Like Fafnir, Smaug is intelligent and can talk, and has a softer underbelly. Like Beowulf's bane, Smaug is winged and breathed fire, and is enraged by the theft of a cup from his hoard and emerges to lay waste to the countryside. (Smaug also shows some original characteristics, like a fondness for riddles and HypnoticEyes.) Their weakpoint is their stomach/chest, which is the only part of them that is covered with armored scales. No mention is made of a desire to eat damsels, or at least they don't seem to enjoy them more than anyone else. They do have a DragonHoard, which they typically stole from someone else. This led to a bitter rivalry between Dwarves and Dragons.
30th Jan '17 3:36:32 AM Ashles
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* NoMoreHeroes: The Puff Dragons of Avia are gentle creatures, more like giant floating cows. They are so easy to hunt (due to being prone to explosion from methane buildup) that they are considered a protected species in their own nature preserves

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* NoMoreHeroes: ''Literature/NoMoreHeroes'': The Puff Dragons of Avia are gentle creatures, more like giant floating cows. They are so easy to hunt (due to being prone to explosion from methane buildup) that they are considered a protected species in their own nature preserves
30th Jan '17 3:35:19 AM Ashles
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* NoMoreheroes: The Puff Dragons of Avia are gentle creatures, more like giant floating cows. They are so easy to hunt (due to being prone to explosion from methane buildup) that they are considered a protected species in their own nature preserves

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* NoMoreheroes: NoMoreHeroes: The Puff Dragons of Avia are gentle creatures, more like giant floating cows. They are so easy to hunt (due to being prone to explosion from methane buildup) that they are considered a protected species in their own nature preserves
30th Jan '17 3:34:24 AM Ashles
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*NoMoreheroes: The Puff Dragons of Avia are gentle creatures, more like giant floating cows. They are so easy to hunt (due to being prone to explosion from methane buildup) that they are considered a protected species in their own nature preserves
6th Jan '17 9:16:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* One trilogy of D&D-based novels set in {{Mystara}} depicted that world's dragons as unusually civilized, with their own country, settlements, military forces, and even businesses. They also have more manual dexterity than is commonly attributed to dragons, allowing them to use scaled-up versions of books, tools, and crafted weapons ''without'' recourse to shapechanging.

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* One trilogy of D&D-based novels set in {{Mystara}} ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' depicted that world's dragons as unusually civilized, with their own country, settlements, military forces, and even businesses. They also have more manual dexterity than is commonly attributed to dragons, allowing them to use scaled-up versions of books, tools, and crafted weapons ''without'' recourse to shapechanging.
6th Dec '16 12:44:21 PM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'' has two kinds of giant lizards:
** The more common wyverns are slightly smaller than a barn, two-legged and two-winged, and somewhat sentient, though most aren't terribly bright.
** The true dragons are quadrupedal, fire-breathing, capable of shapeshifting and, when in their natural form, absolutely ''enormous'', with enough wingspan to cover an entire army - not to mention immortal and gifted with enough magical power to qualify as {{Physical God}}s.
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