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Toril Njordhagen
Toril Njordhagen

Dragons


THE DRAGON WAR was a pivotal point in Human history. From the perspective of human-kind these were hostile monsters that had asserted themselves at the top of the food chain, existing outside of the natural order as established through the planet's evolution. These creatures threatened the entire ecosystem, and it was impossible for such creatures to co-exist alongside modern man or even 'altered-man'.

 

When they emerged shortly after the Resonance there was no question as to how it would all end. It was either them or us. These were hardly the romantic depictions of intelligent dragons from popular lore. These were cunning animals that saw Humans and every other creature on the planet as one thing... food.

 

Among them existed other types of dragons. Highly intelligent, magical, titanic and powerful. These were like gods, invulnerable to the weapons of man but thankfully there existed another faction of these beings and they wiped each other out. The majority of the beasts, however, were cunning animals and it was these that forces of humanity were able to finally hunt down to extinction, or so they believed.

 

The Dragon Waylands — KEEP OUT!

 

Some may yet live, perhaps hibernating or in hiding. Whatever the truth, Dragons haven't been seen since the end of the Dragon War (2013) and people want to keep that way. This is why scavenging in the Dragon Waylands of the United Kingdom is prohibited and enforced. It simply isn't worth the risk of disturbing one of these creatures and setting it loose on the world.

 

THE 'COMMON' DRAGON

 

The Common Dragon is a large lizard like animal akin to the ancient lore of the lands stretching from the United Kingdom to Scandinavia. They have no language and cannot use magic other than their 'breath weapon'. They vary in size and form, ranging from the smaller Wyvern, a sub-species, to colossal behemoths towering up to ten stories (a rare few even larger). With time, some species continue to grow.

 

There are two types of dragons: Winged and Flightless.

 

Winged Dragons, contrary to popular belief are not long range flyers. Depending on their size, these creatures can cover longer distances but they still tire quickly. Fortunately, like their flightless kin these beasts are also amphibious. Able to gracefully swim through the sea, but on the surface of the water are indeed vulnerable to attack. It takes these creatures hours in the sun to dry their wings to the point in which they can fly again as their pours take on several litres of water.

 

Some of these beasts possess wings like a bird, others have four appendages plus wings on their backs.

 

Flightless Dragons are amphibious, dextrous on land and in the sea. They are equally at home in arid environments as they are in the water, not unlike toads.

 

ABILITIES

All Dragons possess a BREATH WEAPON, that is they can blow out an elemental attack or spew a chemical. A Dragon's breath weapon defines their resistances and their nature, for instance, a Dragon able to spew a super-cooled jet of frost would be adapted to colder environments. They would also most likely possess white scales allowing them to blend into snowy backdrops.

 

A DRAGON'S SCALES are very hard and resistant to harsh elements, more so against their own specific element as denoted by their breath weapon.

 

Dragons have KEEN SENSES, a strong sense of smell and exceptional vision. Both types can see into the infrared spectrum and are thermally sensitive, able to see great distances not unlike a bird of prey.

 

There a variety of SPECIALIZED SPECIES such as those that are exceptional diggers. Dragons possessing powerful front limbs with massive claws, some able to actually 'eat dirt' by using powerful jaws and gills that discharge the waste. Some dragons can also camouflage, changing the colour of their scales to blend into their environment.

 

BIOLOGY

Common Dragons have incredibly long life spans. It is surmised that they can live for hundreds if not thousands of years but this longevity is reliant upon lengthy sleeps. They hibernate, sometimes for up to a century, which is why if in fact any dragons remain, they are most likely 'slumbering', and they could do so for a very long time. It is upon this hypothesis as well that people fear prematurely waking these creatures and thus steer clear of their lands.

 

Their intelligence can be compared to that of a raven or wolf. Cunning hunters and able problem solvers. Able to make a variety of sounds they do in fact have a rudimentary 'language' allowing very basic communication.

 

Dragons are often loners but they will, out of necessity band together to form what is traditionally called a 'Weyr'. A social group headed by either a dominant male or female, sometimes a mated couple.

 

Dragons can only mate once a decade, and only the two most dominant females in a 'Weyr' will be able to ovulate. The female will then lay from three to seven eggs which both parents will nurture and protect. In a Weyr, other dragons will assist in the rearing of the offspring.

 

THE DRAGON WAR VETERAN / SURVIVOR

You may wish to make your character a veteran of the 'Dragon War' or perhaps a survivor. In either case please concentrate more on the 'bestial' dragons of which the combined military power of the world was able to wipe out. The Dragon War existed on two levels, a highly intelligent, ultra-powerful species of Dragons impervious to the military might of man and the lower species defined here as the 'Common Dragon', accepted as the main definition of the species.

 

Of the 'Higher Dragons' there were two kinds, one good, one bad. It was only due to their clashing that both wiped out the other. Humans were entirely inconsequential in this fight and thus those who were a part of the war would have dealt primarily with 'Common Dragons'. Any who would have come across a 'Higher Dragon' would not have survived and we do not want characters obtaining any form of higher wisdom or magical powers from the benevolent version of this species.



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