where here is a Place Holder For The Name Of The World In Which Wren Happens who am I kidding, it is called, The World of Esk, be Dragons. The kind of dragons who are smart, able to use magic and have opposable thumbs in the giant claws of their front paws. Let’s talk some about them. There are eight families of dragons and a degenerated race that is not intelligent in Esk.
Each dragon has its own personality, and no families of dragons are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ by default. Each family has different survival strategies and characteristics though.
There are two kinds of Air Dragons, depending on their preferred climate and colour. Sky Dragons are usually blue. They have powerful wings and favour living on the highest mountaintops in warm climates. Their cousins the Ghost Dragons are similar but favour the coldest weather conditions – Technically they should be “Ice Dragons” but… no universe name jumping XD
Fire dragons and Volcano dragons are your proverbial fire-breathing dragons. They live in caves in tropical or volcanic areas, where it is very warm. Some of them enjoy baths in geysers and acidic pools. The fire ones are red and have wings and the volcano ones are black and wingless. Both families are considered the Ember Dragons
Sea dragons, the intelligent group in the Water Dragons, live in salt water – they are rarely found in fresh water because they prefer living in deep trenches. They love hunting marine monsters for sport and food. They actually have wings and are capable of flying short distances.
The family of the Earth Dragons is the most heterogeneous. Forest dragons are usually green, though the colour palette goes from brownish to yellowish. They usually live in forest-covered mountains in warm climates, and are known for their fondness of small smart creatures. They usually favour contact with humans, elves and trolls, and enjoy collecting gold, coins, magical objects and rich fabrics. They are known to become furious if someone tries to steal their richness but are open to negotiating and bartering. Sometimes they send wannabe barters into ‘quests’ to obtain something that the dragon wants in exchange of an object they possess.
Stone dragons are wingless. They have a long body without wings and are any colour from the earth’s palette. Sometimes they can even look metallic. They live in lairs excavated in pure rock and favour mountains with waterfalls and areas with rivers and lakes. Unlike the Sea Dragons, however, they can’t breathe underwater.
Sand Dragons live in deserts and have wings – desert humans’ legends say that sand storms are caused by Sand Dragons mating, though this is just a legend. Sand Dragons are brown or brown/red, sometimes grey, in colour. They can fly long distances and occasionally are found in caves built in mountaintops.
Dragons in general can use magic. They have an ancient language for magical spells and each cluster has its own language depending on the area they inhabit. Most of the time the languages are close enough so different dragons from opposite areas of the world would be able to understand each other if they cared to. They usually don’t since dragons are lone creatures.
Fledglings are hatched in big caves, usually per group: most fertile dragons come together for the event in an area. Females lay the eggs and males spay them. For a few weeks all of them live together in those caves, sharing habitat – and getting into each other nerves – until the eggs are hatched. Then the older generation comes to take the hatchings away for rearing. The nursery areas vary depending on the species, but usually there are remote places where the young ones are safe from possible predators. Dragons are considered adults when they reach around 50 years of age.
How the Swamp Dragons came into existence is a mystery. They resemble dragons in everything but intelligence. Surprisingly seem able to use some rudimentary magic. They don’t have wings, but opposable thumbs and are able to manipulate objects. Some theories say that they are degenerated dragons, others that they are primitive dragons that have not yet developed. As their name indicates, they live in swamps and are very dangerous creatures.
As we’ve seen, there are winged dragons and wingless ones. You can imagine the wingless dragons as the typical Chinese-style dragon:
The winged dragons are more the western style. The problem is that is not easy to find pictures of the kind of dragon I had in mind to use freely. Thus you get an awful sketch by me next (and yes, I know it’s 2D… I’m not good at drawing, mkay? (I even left you the parchment look, just imagine it’s a study by a mage or something XD)
This one to be exact is a Sand Dragon who goes by the name of Granite and who shows up in Wren. Granite lives in a mountaintop, which is not common on his species and has a huge treasure of gold, jewels, Grimories and magical objects. He indulges in beef – usually cow, which he hunts from nearby valleys. He has green eyes and quite a bit of a sense of humour. His magical strength is among the highest due to his age – he is very old… but I can’t tell you more ^_~
My poor drawing skills don’t show it, but the Sand Dragon’s body is based on a Velociraptor mongolensis [link]. The front paws have opposable thumbs so the dragon is able to manipulate objects, and the rear legs are clawy like an eagle’s. The body is short and packed with muscle, and the wings are leathery like a bat’s, sustained by hollow bones like birds have.
For now this is all I’ve thought about dragons, albeit summarised.
Have I ever mentioned I like dragons? Cause I do.