Here Be Dragons (Or At Least Discussion of Them)

Oya everyone!

Dragons are cool.

I mean that’s kind of an obvious thing to say, but like, they are really cool. I love reading books with dragons in, I love writing books with dragons in, they’re just so versatile and fun. There’s so many different ways you can write them.

I love the How To Train Your Dragon franchise. It was such a creative way to take the concept of dragons and make it unique and entertaining. In one book I read, dragons are common but domesticated and small. They’re like chickens.

I’m using that somewhere, somehow, you just watch me.

I don’t think I’ve ever told you guys about my dragons, the ones in Embers Burning and such. So I think I’ll do that. Because why not? Some of you guys enjoy my worldbuilding rambles.

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Okay so my dragons are proper dragons, meaning they have four legs and two wings. An average adult is between fifteen to thirty feet from nose to tail and can be anywhere from five to eight feet tall at the shoulder, so they’re not MASSIVE. Males are generally bigger, and stockier, while females are built more slight and have longer necks and tails and a larger wingspan. Males have square-ish heads and muzzles, and spines down their back and tail.

Their lifespan is similar to the humans of the world, approximately 80-100 years. They age similarly, too, having five stages; hatchlings until two years of age, tumblers from two to five, fledglings from five to twelve, wingers from twelve to twenty, and then from twenty on they are considered adults.

Dragons are omnivores. Domesticated ones eat mostly grain, wild ones subsist on meat and occasional plant life. The difference between wild and domesticated dragons is actually not that big, but domesticated ones tend to be bigger and healthier since they’re well-cared for and don’t have to fend for themselves. (Mistreating a dragon is something even the worst villains won’t stoop to.)

(Okay maybe not the worst villains but those are spoilers for later, shush)

The fun thing is that in this world, dragons are more common than horses. Like, horses are the rare ones, the pets that only the very very rich can afford, and most normal people haven’t ever even seen one. But most normal families have a dragon, sometimes more than one.

There are eight different breeds, they have proper names but nobody uses them, instead referring to their color. The different breeds are each native to one of the seven countries (with the exception of Grays, which can be found anywhere, including outside of the continent proper) and each has their own little ability, sometimes similar to the abilities of the humans that live in their country.

(It’s kinda cringe to list them in color order, but that’s how I have them written down so whatever. I’m cringe anyhow)

Reds are the most like stereotypical dragons, they’re aggressive and they are the only ones that hoard. Mostly they take a liking to shinies and treasure, but some will hoard random objects like potatoes, or feathers, or weapons. Their hoarding instincts also carry over to living things, and they are extremely protective of their owners and families, and any animals that they consider part of their pack. Their fire is the hottest out of any dragon, but they have to draw heat from themselves or from their surroundings to create it. (Which is IMPORTANT to the PLOT because of REASONS) As a result they usually nest near volcanoes or hot springs or other naturally warm places that are common in Magnus, both so they have plenty of fire at their disposal and to keep healthy. They don’t do well in the cold.

Oranges are relatively chill, usually on the smaller side, and they tend to have smaller wings compared to the other breeds. They mostly live in the many caverns and tunnels in Everly instead of on the surface, so they have strong eyesight and can see well in the dark. In addition to that, they also have extremely sensitive hearing and often rely on echolocation in the deeper tunnels where no light can reach, and their chirps are adorable. Oranges are the easiest to tame and even wild ones will hang around villages peaceably. They don’t hoard but they do like to decorate their nests with shiny rocks or jewels.

Yellows are skittish, and don’t form packs like the other breeds. They nest in sand dunes in Raefiya, and burrow in the sand to wait for prey to come to them like stingrays. Taming a wild Yellow is considered a significant victory, especially if you aren’t bitten in the attempt. They are the only venomous dragons and absolutely will not hesitate to bite someone if they feel like it. Their scales are reflective, and if they don’t feel like fighting a threat they can flare their wings and send a blinding flash of reflected sunlight into its eyes.

Greens are, in general, the largest breed. They nest in secluded swamps and forests of Ehren,and have a particular affinity for climbing giant Myrth trees. They are quick to tame and more on the vegetarian side than others, rarely threatening livestock. Where Reds are protective of possessions and packmates, Greens are territorial. To protect themselves from rival dragons and the occasional ambitious predator, Greens have the ability to almost completely camouflage themselves in any environment.

Blues are, likely predictably, very comfortable in water. They aren’t quite amphibious, but they can hold their breath as long as any water mammal and have webbed claws and streamlined bodies to move quickly through the water. Blues are the most playful breed, and will often steal things for the fun of it, they don’t even care if the item is shiny or not as long as they get a funny reaction from the owner. They are very pack-oriented and will stay with their families as long as possible, and will treat owners and their families the same way. They especially love playing with kids and will bring them ‘gifts’ like crows do. They nest in sea caves on the coast of Talya if possible, and are always soothed by the sound of waves.

Purples are fast. They’re built for making tight turns and rapid swoops. If there are ever dragon races (at season festivals or national events) the only logical competitors are Purples. They are the most vocal dragons, constantly chirping and growling and purring and clicking. Their eyesight is incredible, as they mostly hunt like falcons, stooping from dizzying heights to pounce on prey that doesn’t have a clue what’s coming. They nest in the cliffs in southern Aetharia, and only people with a craving for adventure stronger than their self preservation ever try to climb up to a Purple nest.

Whites are cool because they live in Elesmerkan, a snowy arctic tundra. Right off the bat, snow dragons, they’re cool. Whites are built stocky, strong, to withstand the bitter cold. Instead of being different shades of their color like the other breeds, White dragons actually have almost clear scales that allow them to blend in perfectly with the snow, like polar bears. Also like polar bears, they’re vicious fighters and hunters, which makes them the perfect companions for the northmen of Elesmerkan. They do not breathe fire, instead they spit acid. Their acid-spitting range is actually quite impressive, as is their aim. They don’t get attached easily, but once they do they will not hesitate to utterly destroy whatever threatens the packmate they love.

Then there are the Grays. Grays are the rarest kind of dragon, and they are not native to any country in particular. Only a few packs still roam around, though legends say there used to be many more, years ago. They are very very rarely tamed, and not much is really known about their temperaments and abilities. People do know that Grays can accurately imitate any sound they hear, including voices, which is kind of creepy. They are also very tiny, too small for most people to ride, the biggest usually barely reaching four foot at the shoulder and ten feet from nose to tail.

There are a lot of fun facts about dragons and their relationships with humans and each other and deep backstory lore and stuff that I would LOVE to ramble about for ages but . . .

Spoilers.

-sigh-

Anyhow, those are my dragons and I love them quite a lot. I hope you enjoyed. Goodbye!

~Ace

(p.s. how the heck do you end a blog post idek man)

3 thoughts on “Here Be Dragons (Or At Least Discussion of Them)

  1. Wow! Epic! As Tolkien says, it’s not fantasy without the dragons. And yours sound so awesome! I can’t wait to read Embers Burning one day 🙂

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