Lazarus thread has arisen! The Dragon kidnaps the princess because of an inferiority complex brought on by his more loved brother.
Obviously it's because the princess is the most likely person to be wearing shiny things.
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Every film should end with a Deus T. rex MachinaI'll have to search around for it, but another thread suggested writing an amusing reversal where a princess kidnaps a dragon and it's up to the knight to save him. Or a princess kidnaps a knight and it's up to the dragon to save him.
I hear it's amazing when the famous purple stuffed worm in flap-jaw space with a tuning fork does a raw blink on Hari-Kiri rock.
The only theory I have got is the dragons like knights as a challenge and know that your run of the mill peasant girl is just not going to cut it.
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Who Am I?The dragon is being controlled by a sorcerer, who is someone close to the princess (her father, or her mother, or the court magician) who wants to see the princess and/or the knight dead due to jealousy.
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
Eggsactly as plannedI've been thinking of ways kidnapping princesses could play into the natural lifecycle of a dragon (intelligent or otherwise);
Dragons like lean meat. They live in places that are hard to get too. Therefore, they kidnap princesses. Knights are sent to save the princesses. Only the leanest and healthiest knights can make it to the dragon's lair. Consume, rinse, wash, repeat.
You do realize the being a common farmer is hard work back in the day of knights and will make you lean too right?
Yes. Please note a great deal of what I post is tongue-in-cheek.
Perhaps to disorganize a kingdom? If the king were rational and skilled he'd probably be able to organize an army and develop a strategy to drive out or outright kill a young dragon, so the dragon takes that which the king treasures most in order to enrage him. Not only would this prevent the king from behaving rationally in his quest to reclaim his child, but it would bring his capacity to rule into question. What kind of ruler cannot protect his own child? Enemies of his kingdom would be quick to take advantage of the disorganization and if the princess was his only child then I expect a full on war would break out between enemy and ally alike in the scrabble to reestablish the line of succession. His enemies would be watching to take advantage of any attempt he mad to gather a force and march out to face the dragon. If the dragon was smart enough to keep the princess alive to use as bait he could easily use his superior mobility to travel between fiefdoms and kingdoms, drawing the kings forces out so that some other force could invade, only to nip back and cozy himself down to watch the war unfold. Which ever way you spin it, the dragon wins.
Pronounced YAK-you-lussHaving the heir to the throne under your power can be a useful way to gain political leverage and dictate the future course of a kingdom. It's been common practice in real-world politics for centuries, if not millennia, and a dragon (depending on the story) would have more than enough brainpower and physical might to ensure his or her own safety after having his or her demands met (taking custody of the heir's firstborn after she becomes queen might be an idea). This could wind up being a really tricky situation for a crusading hero to navigate their way through, especially if the dragon's captives start developing (and the dragon themself starts encouraging) Stockholm Syndrome.
edited 22nd May '13 3:06:26 AM by Iaculus
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The Dragon never kidnaps the princess. The princess is always in love with the Dragon. Big, Powerful, wise and rich. Why wouldn't she be? Dragons can usually change their shape too. Dragons carry the princess off, and it is the knights that come to get her back, mostly against her will. Dragons never kidnap a princess that didn't want to be taken in the first place. Any princess who was ever "Taken by force and eaten" in any story. This was just how the people wrote it down wanted you to remember it.
That sounds disturbingly like rape apologism.
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