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Babylonian Dragons and Other Such Ruins:

 1 Ninjaxenomorph, Mon, 24th Sep '12 8:25:48 PM from Texas, Texas, Texas Relationship Status: Non-Canon
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Ok, for the fantasy book I am writing, I have two ancient civilizations that left a bunch of ruins. One, the oldest, biggest, and most prominent were the Shades. The Shades had architecture based on Mayincatec, but with Magitek machines and golems. They are found throughout Melahawk Sea, the central region that the world takes place in.

The other civilization I have is the Draconian Empire, which was located in the northern-most continent. I look to base it roughly on the Babylonians, at least aesthetically. Maybe a mix of that and Nordic ruins. My question is how can I make this feasible? Pretty much the basis for this entire line of reasoning is dragons in giant Chaos Dwarf-style hats and armor.

edited 24th Sep '12 8:26:20 PM by Ninjaxenomorph

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What problem are you having making it feasible?

Have you decided what ruined these civilizations?

 3 Ninjaxenomorph, Fri, 28th Sep '12 5:10:59 AM from Texas, Texas, Texas Relationship Status: Non-Canon
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Well, it's dragons, as a civilization that I believe is unrealistic. Them living in houses, farming[[hottip: Well, that is what they probably make slaves do]], and being roughly normal. And yes, these are normal, four-legged, large, fire-breathing reptiles with wings. As for how their civilization disappeared, the dragons just were gone one day, leaving their buildings and relics and degenerate cousins.
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 4 Belisaurius, Fri, 28th Sep '12 7:12:17 AM from Big Blue Nowhere Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
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Dragons may just want roosts to take off from. Going into a power dive at take off is way easier than clawing your way into the air. A roof is always welcome to keep food stores dry and sturdy walls can keep treasures secure.

The remaining stone structures aren't a good bench mark of how the mayans and the inca lived. Rather, they are the only structures that survived. It's like you went into town and leveled anything that wasn't reinforced concrete.

 5 Ninjaxenomorph, Fri, 28th Sep '12 7:16:45 AM from Texas, Texas, Texas Relationship Status: Non-Canon
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Well, the Shade's ruins are very, very old. They currently live as nomads. The Draconian empire is just long gone. I can see them having several Tower of Babel -type structures initially built as takeoff points, though.
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 6 Belisaurius, Fri, 28th Sep '12 7:24:14 AM from Big Blue Nowhere Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
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As for why the draconic empire broke up, are dragons territorial? Shoving so many in a city would be difficult.

Also, golems would be a whole lot like modern cranes in terms of construction. Shades are going to be able to do a lot more with less.

 7 Ninjaxenomorph, Fri, 28th Sep '12 11:45:51 AM from Texas, Texas, Texas Relationship Status: Non-Canon
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Yeah, the Shades were the current servants of the god of creation. They were actually building the current landmasses. As for the dragons, these were warlike, proud, and vindictive, but not wild and territorial. Plus, there would not be a whole lot to begin with, probably several thousand per city. It also had their human slaves.
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