How Different Are Your Dragons?:
- Dragons: big, bad, four-legged, and mean. Used by the Draconian Empire, which is named such because it was founded by a dragon rider's crusade against orcs, ogres and goblins approximately a thousand years before this story took place. Though smaller than their long-gone wild ancestors, modern dragons are massive and fierce. Though they possess massive natural magical reserves in the form of their high-energy souls, dragons are typically unable to tap most of it—only enough to breathe fire and sustain their flight—and usually simply allow their riders to use the majority of it. Dragons have deviated from their old mating patterns—in which a single matriarch would have dozens of male consorts who would impregnate her and guard her roost—to monogamous, lifetime mating standards. When a dragon's mate dies, the dragon will mourn them for around a decade—with or without their rider—taking refuge in the great mountains of the north. After returning, official Imperial policy is that dragons whose mates have died are no longer to go into combat, and are allowed to retire to the Hall of Serpents: a vast underground vault in the Imperial capital of Arcadia where a literal army of servants tend to those dragons who have served out their terms of service with the Empire. Similarly, dragons only ever take a single rider—usually around the dragon's fiftieth year—and when the rider is killed, they likewise are retired to the Hall of Serpents to live out their days. Dragons are not immortal, but they can live for upwards of a thousand years, and riders bonded with a dragon can go up to three hundred. They are intelligent and reasonably cunning, but rarely hostile to non-riders unless warranted.
- Wyverns: Smaller—compared to a jetliner-sized dragon—creatures, wyverns are insect-like serpent creatures, with thin—if magically-reinforced—wings, compound eyes, and almost elephant-like, tough, leathery skin. Wyverns do not have souls, and thus rely on "natural magic," a separate, less powerful energy source which powers their small ability set but is not able to be passed on to another through soul sharing. Wyverns cannot breath fire, but they are naturally venomous and have many sharp spines across their body. They can fly, though they don't have separate arms and wings, and thus must land to use their forearms in battle. Due to their relatively small size—about the same size as an American F-16C fighter jet—they are not able to go toe-to-toe with other riding animals, such as rocs or dragons, but they are still used by the elves as light skirmishing units and scouts. Wyverns are not particularly intelligent, but they are far from stupid; one could draw a rough comparison between dolphins and wyverns, in terms of intelligence levels.
edited 3rd Dec '11 9:36:09 PM by USAF713
edited 6th Dec '11 3:09:50 PM by KSPAM
edited 6th Dec '11 3:27:21 PM by JHM
- The dragons are known as Wyrms and are a Mons elemental type in the Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors of the story. Depending on the other elemental type that they are mixed with, the appearance of a Wyrms can vastly vary. For example, if mixed with a Mechanic type (Essentially a steel type), they can have the appearance of a robotic dragon. If they were to be mixed with the Abyss type (Equivalent to the water type), they would look like a draconic sea serpent. Some can talk, but more can communicate telepathically and a majority can fly. Depending on the type, the Breath Weapon will vary. Some of them get really freakin' big, up to the point of the danger of the Wyrm eating it's holder increases. Wild ones do go out and eat livestock and some are actively malicious, a few are sadistic enough to decide to burn an entire area on the whim.
EDIT: removed them, since the two "true dragons" aren't all that diffrent (for parody purpouses) and nobody seemed to be reading it
Someone mentioned the naga-ish dragons from Skyward Sword; would posting my nagas here be OK? I am going to post the different drake species (including wyrms, wyverns, and slamanders) sometime soon. Some of those get really weird - weirder than my true dragons, anyway. Also, I should mention that my protagonist is a dragon. It's part of the "parody" aspect.
edited 14th Dec '11 6:23:55 PM by Umbramatic
- a Fire Dragon who loves to attack settlements, eats/barbequed sentient races, play tricks, or talk to them and share some knowledge/wisdom.... THEN eat them. or kill them. why? he's bored
- a non-malevolent High Dragon residing in a swamp. Have the personality of a Cool Old Guy with great wisdom but is quite the sloth. Also have plant bodyparts and when he sleeps, he turns the swamp into an Eldritch Location
- a Blood High Dragon who is borderline Eldritch Abomination (what else do you called a being made out of bones and blood?). Share the knowledge of Blood Magic to the races in my story. Could also be classified as a Dracolich
- a sun elemental High Dragon. Friend to All Living Things. Might call her Amaterasu
edited 8th Aug '13 8:59:38 PM by MoodyXander