History OurDragonsAreDifferent / Literature

14th Mar '18 7:45:09 AM Alcharisi
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**Quigutl are a much smaller subspecies of dragon. They are scavengers, and rather more emotionally volatile than full-sized dragons. They have a cylindrical tongue out of which they can shoot a controlled jet of flame that works like a welding torch. This means most Quigutl are [[GadgeteerGenius highly gifted and inventive artisans]]. All Quigutl are intersex and actually undergo several sex changes throughout their lifetimes. For various reasons, Quigutl are mistrusted and marginalized by both full-size dragons and humans.
4th Feb '18 9:51:02 AM nombretomado
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* Lynn Flewelling's {{Nightrunner}} series includes dragons who become more sentient as they age. Their bites are also poisonous. The most commonly seen are small finger-sized baby dragons, which are largely harmless. Dog-sized dragons are considered extremely dangerous because they aren't old enough to be able to communicate, but are big enough to kill you with a bite. The first and only fully sentient dragon seen thus far (sixth book) is very ancient, quite intelligent, capable of speech, enormous and cannibalistic.

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* Lynn Flewelling's {{Nightrunner}} ''Literature/{{Nightrunner}}'' series includes dragons who become more sentient as they age. Their bites are also poisonous. The most commonly seen are small finger-sized baby dragons, which are largely harmless. Dog-sized dragons are considered extremely dangerous because they aren't old enough to be able to communicate, but are big enough to kill you with a bite. The first and only fully sentient dragon seen thus far (sixth book) is very ancient, quite intelligent, capable of speech, enormous and cannibalistic.
21st Jan '18 7:41:12 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'':
** The fire-breathing monster Cacus is rendered in Dante's imagination as a centaur with a small dragon on his shoulder who defends his host. Notably, Cacus and his dragon are both subject to the same punishment as human thieves, implying they have souls equivalent to that of a human's.
** A dragon appears briefly near the end of ''Purgatorio'' to rise up from the ground and sting a chariot (representing the Church) with its venomous tail, which apparently is like the stinger of a wasp.
17th Jan '18 5:25:18 AM Derkhan
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** ''Literature/TheCrippledGod'' also gives us [[spoiler:the Otataral Dragon, Korabas]], who is a WalkingWasteland (well, flying wasteland) because Otataral is AntiMagic and life is magic, meaning that wherever she goes, destruction follows. Notably, she isn't really portrayed as particularly villainous; it's not as if she [[BlessedWithSuck asked to be made the way she was]]. Indeed, she's actually portrayed as wishing to create something for once instead of destroying it. Regardless, she's required to be chained for the good of all other life, whether she likes it or not.

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** ''Literature/TheCrippledGod'' also gives us [[spoiler:the Otataral Dragon, Korabas]], who is a WalkingWasteland (well, flying wasteland) because Otataral is AntiMagic and life is magic, meaning that wherever she goes, destruction follows. Notably, she isn't really portrayed as particularly villainous; it's not as if she [[BlessedWithSuck asked to be made the way she was]]. Indeed, she's actually portrayed as wishing to create something for once instead of destroying it. Regardless, she's required to be chained for the good of all other life, whether she likes it or not. As it is explained, she only exists because when K'rul made his bargain with the Eleint to make them into embodiments of magic, an Eleint embodying AntiMagic was needed to preserve the balance.
17th Jan '18 5:21:21 AM Derkhan
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** The Eleint, also known as Pure Bloods or Ancients, stem from Starvald Demelain, reportedly the first realm, and are descended from T'iam, the mother of dragons (also known as "the biggest whore of them all"). They seem to be a mix between western and eastern dragons, are sentient and are said to be utterly feral, and when more than a couple gather in one place, their respective blood lusts re-inforce each other and they form a Storm, each individual member having lost its identity to the hive mind. Too many in one place, and T'iam herself comes to crash the party. The Eleintfly by and breathe chaotic magic, not fire. They also tend to have their own personalities when not part of a Storm, but run mostly on selfish instinct and whatever catches their fancy, which got quite a few Eleint imprisoned for being power hungry nuissances.

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** The Eleint, also known as Pure Bloods or Ancients, stem from Starvald Demelain, reportedly the first realm, and are descended from T'iam, the mother of dragons (also known as "the biggest whore of them all"). They seem to be a mix between western and eastern dragons, are sentient and are said to be utterly feral, and when more than a couple gather in one place, their respective [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder blood lusts lusts]] re-inforce each other and they form a Storm, each individual member having lost its identity to the hive mind. Too many in one place, and T'iam herself comes to crash the party. The Eleintfly by Eleint fly on and breathe chaotic magic, not fire. They also tend to have their own personalities when not part of a Storm, but run mostly on selfish instinct and whatever catches their fancy, which got quite a few Eleint imprisoned for being power hungry nuissances. Additionally, due to a complicated bargain the Elder God K'rul made with the Eleint, many of them embody one of the [[FunctionalMagic Paths of Magic]] accessible to humans.



** ''Literature/TheCrippledGod'' also gives us [[spoiler:the Otataral Dragon, Korabas, who is a WalkingWasteland (well, flying wasteland) because Otataral is AntiMagic and life is magic, meaning that wherever she goes, destruction follows. Notably, she isn't really portrayed as particularly villainous; it's not as if she [[BlessedWithSuck asked to be made the way she was]]. Indeed, she's actually portrayed as wishing to create something for once instead of destroying it. Regardless, she's required to be chained for the good of all other life, whether she likes it or not.]]

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** ''Literature/TheCrippledGod'' also gives us [[spoiler:the Otataral Dragon, Korabas, Korabas]], who is a WalkingWasteland (well, flying wasteland) because Otataral is AntiMagic and life is magic, meaning that wherever she goes, destruction follows. Notably, she isn't really portrayed as particularly villainous; it's not as if she [[BlessedWithSuck asked to be made the way she was]]. Indeed, she's actually portrayed as wishing to create something for once instead of destroying it. Regardless, she's required to be chained for the good of all other life, whether she likes it or not.]]
16th Jan '18 9:33:55 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'': Creator/RaymondEFeist's Riftwar books have dragons which are unintelligent beasts for most of their lives, only becoming sentient in their final (gold) stage of life. Most dragons never make it that far, as they tend to get killed by humans long before then because they're giant flying fire-breathing pests. No one has seen a gold dragon for years, but this isn't because of the hunting: they gain ShapeShifting at the same time as intelligence, so they've all simply started living disguised as humans.
** Not to mention that they can travel to other worlds and universes with magic.

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* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'': Creator/RaymondEFeist's Riftwar books have dragons which are unintelligent beasts for most of their lives, only becoming sentient in their final (gold) stage of life. Most dragons never make it that far, as they tend to get killed by humans long before then because they're giant flying fire-breathing pests. No one has seen a gold dragon for years, but this isn't because of the hunting: they gain ShapeShifting at the same time as intelligence, so they've all simply started living disguised as humans.
** Not to mention that they
humans. They can also travel to other worlds and universes with magic.
14th Jan '18 1:59:10 AM jormis29
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* In ''DragonCharm'' by Graham Edwards, only dragons make up the character cast. Specifically, the large flying lizards which are your "Natural" dragons with no special traits and the "Charmed" dragons which can use magic as they see fit and tend to modify their appearance to suit their needs.

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* In ''DragonCharm'' ''Literature/{{Dragoncharm}}'' by Graham Edwards, only dragons make up the character cast. Specifically, the large flying lizards which are your "Natural" dragons with no special traits and the "Charmed" dragons which can use magic as they see fit and tend to modify their appearance to suit their needs.
26th Nov '17 2:17:24 PM Malady
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* In ''ImagineSomeday'', "true" dragons died out a long time ago, but wyverns appear in the story. They don't like being mistaken for their four-legged cousins and unlike many of the other examples here have no magic powers to speak of.

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* In ''ImagineSomeday'', ''Literature/ImagineSomeday'', "true" dragons died out a long time ago, but wyverns appear in the story. They don't like being mistaken for their four-legged cousins and unlike many of the other examples here have no magic powers to speak of.
19th Nov '17 11:49:36 AM Drakos25
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* Festus in ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''.

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* Festus in ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''. ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' is an automaton dragon made of [[MagicMetal celestial bronze.]] Though there are other examples of real dragons through out the series, such as Peleus, the young dragon that lives at Camp Half-Blood and guards the golden fleece that currently resides on the property. There are also drakons, which are a separate species from dragons and implied to be even more fearsome. What distinguishes a dragon from a drakon is that drakons are an older species, are longer, more snake like and typically lack wings or fire breath, but do have scales tougher than titanium, spit/breath acidic venom that can corrode metal, and eyes that can paralyze people with fear. A drakon's only weakspots appear to be its eyes or inside its mouth, making killing one no easy task.
25th Sep '17 4:22:20 AM azbyc15243
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* Dragons in ''LightNovel/UnlimitedFafnir'' are NighInvulnerable monsters that are essentially living natural disasters, and all of them are different. [[GravityMaster Leviathan]] resembles a giant whale, [[FromASingleCell Hekatonkheir]] a humanoid giant, [[DisintegratorRay Basilisk]] a giant lizard with diamond scales, [[SoulPower Hraesvelgr]] a giant bird, [[ShockAndAwe Yggdrasil]] a giant tree, [[ImaginationBasedSuperpower Vritra]] a black Western dragon (being the only one that actually has the traditional appearance), [[{{Antimatter}} Kraken]] a giant cephalopod made of metal, and [[spoiler:[[TheHero Yuu]] and [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Charlotte]]]] are indistinguishable from humans. It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:they are actually "counterdragons", created by the world itself as a defense against "true dragons". True dragons are defined as any disaster which threatens the world, and they're even stranger than the counterdragons. For example, two of the true dragons are Atlantean civilisation and modern human civilisation.]]
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