Terrestrial Dragons

Terrestrial Dragons, usually just called Dragons, are the Dragons that live in, on or close to The World That Is. This distinguishes them from their much larger cousins: the Galactic Dragons.

Within this group further subgroups can be identified, relating to the element in which these creatures move. Thus you have air/fire dragons (“normal” dragons as everybody knows them), water/fire dragons (also known as scions of the deep flight) and earth/fire dragons (a rarely seen subgroup associated with volcanoes, they have refined temper tantrums to a catastrophic art).

All Dragon species were originally created when some the Ancient Gods combined with the base element Life. As such they are closely related to the New Gods and the Titans (see Creation). Unlike either of these, however, the Terrestrial Dragons learned to reproduce.

Life Cycle

A Dragon child (called a drageling or whelpling) hatches from an egg after an incubation period that varies wildly (between mere months and centuries). For the rest of its life, a Dragon keeps growing and accumulating knowledge.

Since they can control the Void inside them, most dragons are immortal in the sense that they do not die or even weaken from age. They can be killed, but unless the dragon is very young or you have a very strong army … don't try.

As they get very old, usually after several thousands to ten thousands of years have passed, Dragons grow melancholic and slowly succumb to the grind of life by going insane. Many of them prevent this from occurring by taking their own life before this can happen. Some others are hunted and killed by other Dragons.

Appearance

Though a certain variety exists (especially between species), Dragons tend towards a Lizardlike appearance. This is certainly no coincidence although scholars disagree whether the first Dragons formed their shape after lizards they met in the World That Is, or rather that lizards were created by dragons in much the same way the New Gods created humans. Their size is primarily dependant on age, with a newborn drageling measuring roughly the same as two adult cats and an ancient wyrm measuring roughly the same as a small castle. It is unknown just how large a Dragon can become although celestial dragons (not native to The World That Is) are often mistaken for galaxies.

Air/Fire Dragons

The best-known Dragons, these resemble large winged lizards. Usually they have four legs and two wings. While their hind legs are usually very muscular, allowing them to jump in the air to facilitate lift-off, the front legs are more precise and could often be considered arms.

Flying and Breathing Fire

Physiologically, air/fire dragons have a very lightweight build. Their bones, scales and in fact most of the rest of them, are made from very light (but strong) materials that do not form naturally but only through fire magic, which dragons have a great deal of, since their primary element is fire (if you read the creation myth you know that the first dragons derived from the ancient gods, as such they are in fact brothers and sisters to the World That Is and contain elements the latter does not). Their natural affinity towards fire and fire magic gives them a great deal of control over this force which they can use, amongst other things, to combust air (breathe fire).
Dragons also have very big lungs (the better to fry you with, dear) and they can superheat the air in there to make themselves lighter yet (like a balloon). This brings their weight/density within the range that they can use their wings to fly. On top of this, dragons will sometimes use magic to improve their speed and manoeuvrability (dragon magic is strong, and gets stronger with age).

It should perhaps be noted that the whole firebreathing thing is a side effect of flying. The main use of it is to expel the super-heated air from their lungs so they can go down (like a ventile on a balloon). However given the usefulness of being able to fry anything, many dragons have evolved a second, much smaller air chamber where they can compress or store the hot air so they can breathe fire without losing altitude (and vice versa). Flames from this second chamber tend to be a lot more violent due to the compression.

Water/Fire Dragons

Found in the oceans at any depth, these Dragons do not require air for .. well, anything. They are made from similar alien materials as their air/fire brethren except that in their case weight was not as much an issue. Since they have no compressible gasses in their physiology, they can change their depth much faster than nearly any other living creature.

Physically they resemble air/fire Dragons minus the wings and with far less pronounced legs. They usually have long fins that traverse their entire bodies which they use to swim at incredible speeds. In fact swim is not a correct word, as their high body temperature boils the water around them, allowing them to “fly” in the water vapour. Due to the shape of their bodies, his water vapour provides an extra propulsion force.

Earth/Fire Dragons

Living underground, very little is known of these rarely seen creatures. Usually their presence is only found out about when they suddenly blow up, causing widespread carnage to the lands.

 

 

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ParseTag('a',' href=""','the raven',true, 'dragons')what the?!? ohyea first comment again im on a roll! people, start talking!!!!!
ParseTag('a',' href="http://www.hoopsandyoyo.com"','Mogget's Little Sister',true, 'dragons')Wa second.
But finally! one on dragons!
ParseTag('a',' href=""','Dryg0n',true, 'dragons')Blow up??!
ParseTag('a',' href=""','BurnedMuffins',true, 'dragons')Why do they go insane if they can control the Void within them???
ParseTag('a',' href=""','Jynx',true, 'dragons')eep! Imagine Fieht meeting a dragon the size of a galaxy...
ParseTag('a',' href=""','dragonqueencr',true, 'dragons')BOOM!
ParseTag('a',' href=""','halfdragon_mage',true, 'dragons')some people think that dragons are evil, i definetly dont think so
ParseTag('a',' href=""','Halfcat',true, 'dragons')BurnedMuffins lets see if i can explian why i think they go insane. as they grow older they gather more knowledge as it was said earlier. Now after about 10,000 years of this time doesnt mean much to them. seasons go by in a blink of an eye. you see the rise and fall of many things. you cant really become attached to anything due to the knowledge that you will out live it. and after 10,000 years of gathering knowledge they probably know everything. they probably become very bored after knowing and doing everything there is to do. they also probably become very loney with everything dying around them and the fact the would outlive anything they could be friends with. boredom and loneliness over "long" periods of time is enough to cause a human to insanity and it probably has the same effect on dragons as well.
ParseTag('a',' href="http://hkmaly.matfyz.cz"','hkmaly',true, 'dragons')Know everything ? I don't think so ... they may think they know everything but I suppose that they still don't know nanotechnology or computer cryptography ...

... “fly” in the water vapour ... - hey, thats an idea ! But wouldn't it be uncomfortably when they want to stop and look at something ?
ParseTag('a',' href=""','minou',true, 'dragons')i wonder what the tast like lol
ParseTag('a',' href=""','TelcontarJack',true, 'dragons')"Usually their presence is only found out about when they suddenly blow up, causing widespread carnage to the lands."

I LIKES that quote. Especially the last part. Call me crazy...but if the only way people found out about me were my blowing up, I'd be kinda cool with that, as long as I could blow up more than once.
ParseTag('a',' href=""','...',true, 'dragons')Why does the dragons go *BOOM*? LOL maybe they hit a heat pocket and the gases inside the dragon explode... or they might being a little emo that day... xD
ParseTag('a',' href=""','Goldenear777 ',true, 'dragons')I think that when it says "blow up" it means the dragon loses its temper and has a big temper tantrumn
ParseTag('a',' href=""','NN1',true, 'dragons')hkmaly: If you introduce an ancient Wyrm to nanotechnology and provide the means to entertain such pursuits, then that might entertain a dragon enough to hold back sanity for a bit, but that's only if the dragon finds it interesting. There is just a point where a being has done everything it wants to do, knows everything it wants to know, and has lost everyone it wants to live with. To have great power and no goal that matters on the geologic timescale that becomes one's point of view would be maddening. Even great works would appear to be rehashes of those attempted centuries before. The greatest empire would seem like a temporary boom destined for collapse.

Even if a dragon was able to shift his mind to this kind of timescale, his thought processes and values would become so alien that, to an outsider, he could be considered quite insane indeed.
ParseTag('a',' href=""','Stardrake',true, 'dragons')You know, this makes me wonder about the Galactic Dragons. If a dragon figures out a way of surviving the voids between the stars, then exploring the universe then becomes a means of gathering new knowledge even after learning everything that The World That Is. This would allow such dragons to stave off insanity as they have the chance to seek out strange new worlds and civilisations (sorry, Star Trek) and the longevity to observe events on the galactic scale as they happen rather than the momentary snapshot that is all the human lifespan grants the opportunity to see of all but the fastest of such events. Thus, the Galactic Dragons might not be intrinsically a larger species, but a species that has escaped the fate of insanity suffered by planetbound dragons, making the average galactic dragon possibly orders of magnitude older than the oldest of living dragons on the World That Is.
ParseTag('a',' href=""','Zevm',true, 'dragons')I want a galactic dragon...
ParseTag('a',' href=""','Me',true, 'dragons')So... can the Water/Fire dragons breath fire or is it just for swim-flying?

 

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