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»How can one imagine anything more magnificent than ... a dragon, the paragon of creation?«--- Bheilorveilthion, Red Wyrm (Source)
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Dragon are among the most powerful and dangerous inhabitants of Toril. They may resemble giant reptiles with large wings, but they shouldn't necessarily be referred to. Dragons are creatures, permeated by strong magic, mostly extraordinary intelligence and enormous longevity.
Anatomy Edit source]
External appearance [edit | Edit source]
Dragons have a very muscular body, hard, almost impenetrable scales, a thick neck, a horned head with a sharp-toothed mouth. They walk on four strong legs (or like the wyvern on two legs), balance their bodies with a long tail, and often have huge wings with leathery skin. Aside from resembling reptiles, they also have feline characteristics. Her eyes are provided with a very large, vertical iris and glow in the dark with the smallest incidence of light.
Dragon eyes [edit | Edit source]
When a dragon says: “Look me in the eye, little one!”, The specialty of these unique creatures becomes clear. Your eyes have several lids. The outside is leathery, while the inside are soft and pliable membranes. The innermost lid is transparent and serves to protect the eyes from the wind, or water and during fights. The other two eyelids are usually only there to keep the eye clean and of course to close properly. They are also more or less transparent, so that dragons can close them and thus almost completely prevent their tell-tale glow. The real complexity, however, is what makes the eye itself. If you look closely, you will notice that a dragon has a second iris and pupil within the first. The outer lens has the same functions as with any other being. The inner lens is a transparent muscle cord that can polarize incident light. In addition, it serves the dragon to enlarge what he sees and enables him to have phenomenal foresight. His retina is not much different from normal beings. The special thing is a reflective layer behind it. This throws incident light again onto the retina above and thus ensures that the dragon can still see perfectly even in low light. At the same time, it also creates the apparent glowing effect of the dragon's eyes.
Skeleton Edit source]
The bones of a dragon are enormously strong, but still very light. In cross-section, they appear hollow, like those of birds. The walls are provided with small chambers between which blood vessels and the medulla run.
Organs Edit source]
A dragon's brain is immensely large, even when measured in relation to its body it is larger than that of most intelligent beings. The vocal cords are very finely developed and allow a dragon excellent control over its voice, so that it can speak shrilly or with a deep growl. The lungs fill much of the chest and are similar to those of most mammals. Nevertheless, one of the main differences and probably the most famous ability of the dragons is partly based here. The breath weapon is usually caused by special chemicals that are deliberately pressed into the lungs by the dragon while exhaling. These are usually formed in the digestive tract, which is therefore also connected to the lungs. The digestive tract itself is well developed and can digest food extremely efficiently and quickly convert it into energy, which the dragon needs in large quantities. The special thing is that his digestive system can cope with almost all matter and not only decomposes what has been eaten and chemically filters out small parts, but completely converts the pulp into elementary energy. Its muscles are again very similar to those of cats. However, they are much more pronounced and stronger, especially on the tail, hips and neck. Of course, the enormous flight muscles on the chest and shoulders are of great importance. Smaller muscles are located on the wings themselves and serve to vary their shape in flight and thus increase maneuverability in flight. However, it should be noted that dragons are generally very clumsy due to their size.
Locomotion [edit | Edit source]
On land they usually move on their four strong legs. They can run amazingly fast, although few look particularly agile. Many kites are also capable of swimming and diving. Probably the most obvious form of locomotion for most kites is flying. But they are also able to dig in very well and quickly. Some use this quite naturally, others build a suitable shelter for themselves, or expand hoards that are too small. It is precisely the locomotion in the earth that some types of dragons have made their normal movement and do so like a giant worm.
Diet [edit | Edit source]
Dragons are considered carnivores because they feed almost exclusively on them. Nevertheless, they can basically eat anything and will also do so when there is a need. However, some species also feed on unusual things, such as soil and minerals, as brown dragons do. You can easily eat half of your own weight, much to the regret of all neighbors, but you can also get by without food for months and slumber in your burrow. Enviably, a full diet would not harm them either. They do not get fat, but convert food into elemental energies instead of storing it as fat. They consume a large part of this elementary energy through their breath weapon and through the growth spurts they go through in life.
Fight [edit | Edit source]
Dragons fight in very different ways, depending on the individual, but also different from species to species. Still, they have some things in common. Every dragon has very tough scales, sharp claws and teeth, a very strong tail and natural resistance to magic and some elements. This makes them very good hand-to-hand combatants who can tear their victims apart, hurl them away, trample, devour, or simply crush them. Their natural ability to use a breath weapon also gives them the power to attack at greater distances. The damage and the type of damage depends on the type. Some spit poisonous clouds, others spit lightning and quite a few fires. As an additional power, they can use magic. In addition, dragons naturally have certain abilities to release magic by themselves without actually attending a kind of magic course. Furthermore, in the course of their long lives, many also learn how to master magic like normal spellcasters and how to use spells. The older he is, the more experienced he will be. An adult dragon can also rely on the fear of dragons and make opponents freeze in fear with its sheer appearance.
Weaknesses Edit source]
Some, if few, weaknesses also have the greatest dragons. Many are susceptible to very specific elements and related magic. Mostly these are those who are opposed to their own strengths and immunities. They are also vulnerable to some of the divine powers used by clerics. Otherwise, perhaps one or the other trait can be used against them.
Language [edit | Edit source]
The language of the dragons is one of the oldest languages of all. Regardless of which subspecies they belong to, they have nevertheless developed a common language. However, there are some dialects and variations of the common language. Proud representatives of the Chromatic Dragons in particular have developed their own languages. Except for the species themselves, most of the others cannot do them and only a few outsiders from non-dragon peoples even know of their existence. Red dragons are of the opinion that only they have a common high-level language, which they only pass on to conspecifics.
Curriculum vitae of a dragon Edit source]
Eh, ei, ei, what's next? [Edit | Edit source]
Dragons are known to lay eggs. Their size varies considerably depending on the species. The type of kite can often be recognized by the color of its eggs. They are very resistant, often against those elements and adversities that the finished kite can withstand without any problems. Female dragons can produce eggs from young adulthood and remain fertile through old age. You can theoretically lay two to five eggs once a year, but only after they have mated. Usually dragons are very caring parents and take care of their eggs and young. However, some species hide their eggs and leave them to their own devices.
Wyrmling [edit | Edit source]
A dragon is considered a wyrmling for the first five years. He is born fully developed, like a miniature version of his parents. It is usually twice the size of the egg. So their size varies from species to species. It is ready to fly after an hour, although most people do this much later. Compared to the old animals, wyrmlings sometimes appear strangely disfigured. The proportions are often not quite right, the head is too big, the legs too small, and the like. His job is to learn what a dragon is. The learning list therefore says how to find food, where to build a good kite and what skills the little one has. If parents are there, they will of course learn a lot from them. Otherwise, a dragon will generally spend a lot of time meditating, testing its skills by scuffling with siblings, or often spending hours hunting and attacking monsters. Good kites often teach their youngsters for decades and they visit each other even later. But evil dragons also take care of their young conspecifics, even strangers, because they know that youth is important for species conservation. The relationship between young and old dragons will always be one of great respect and, in some cases, fear of the greater power of the adult.
Very young dragons Edit source]
By the age of six to fifteen, dragons are considered very young dragons and have outgrown the wyrmling stage. It is now twice as big as it was when it was born, but the proportions are still not right. Often they have to look for a more suitable building.
Young dragons Edit source]
From the age of sixteen they are considered young dragons. Now is the beginning of a new growth spurt for many. Some are already as big as adults, but with oversized heads so that they can be recognized as young animals. It is at this age that they feel the need to build a well-known, treasured dragon's den for the first time. You are now more intelligent, more experienced and begin to develop your special magical abilities. Many are moving away from their parents now at the latest in order to find their own territory.
Youthful dragons Edit source]
The real youth begins at the age of 25. Now they're almost as powerful as an adult, but still in strange proportions. Some dragons are now developing their magical abilities.
Young adults Edit source]
Dragons are considered young adults between the ages of 51 and 100. They are now fertile and fully grown, even if many species still have several growth spurts. The scales now reach a strength that normal weapons can no longer penetrate. Only magical weapons are now able to damage the dragon armor. At this age at the latest, the last will leave their parents' home.
Adults [edit | Edit source]
At 101 they are now adults. The growth spurts are now rarer, but the dragon is now stronger, healthier and more powerful than ever. Many dragons are now looking for a long-term partner to share a hoard with and raise young. You will now acquire more magical powers and begin to master them.
Mature adult Edit source]
From 201 to 400 years of age, dragons are considered mature adults. All magical and non-magical powers become stronger one more time and physiognomic properties often change as well. You are confident, thoughtful and no longer have to prove yourself. At this age they made a name for themselves and are certainly well known in the realms. Therefore, they often expand the defense of their hoard to stop thieves and make it more difficult for other dragons to break in. Their interests are long-term, their intrigues and plans patient.
Ancient dragons Edit source]
Dragons also live to be between 401 and 600 years old. Therefore they are now not weaker, but rather more experienced and their magical abilities increase considerably. In most cases, however, growth stops if they don't find other ways to do it. You can also see the first signs of age on them. Scars from countless battles, scales become a little paler and splinter at the edges. The irises of the eyes often become blurred, making the eyes one single glowing appearance.
Very old dragons Edit source]
Old, very old dragons are those between 601 and 800 years old. They are now particularly resistant to physical damage and the ability to do magic goes far beyond that of the most powerful archmages. Most female dragons can now only produce two eggs.
Old men [edit | Edit source]
At 801 to 1000 years, the females become sterile. Many now focus only on mentoring younger dragons. They now have little to fear anyway and their skills are remarkable. Their wisdom and experience are correspondingly great and they have acquired knowledge that makes them quite interesting for historians.
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