Fang The Dragon

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Here Be Dragons

(Just my personal background canon for Fang. You don't have to use it but you're allowed to if you want to. Best regards.)

DRAGONS

Dragon Species:

Fire Dragons: Are the most ruthless of dragonkind. They are neither the smartest nor the strongest dragons but since they share spot 2 in both categories with Ice Dragons they combine enough mental and physical power to come up on top of most opponents. Whatever is stronger than them gets outwitted. Whatever is smarter than them simply gets overpowered. But it is their vicious attitude and willingness to do everything to win that let them become not only the most numerous but also most dominant subspecies of dragonkind. They are born with red scales which become darker and ever more vibrant with age eventually leading to almost black highlights. Their breath weapon is pretty straight forward, a stream of superhot fire that can easily melt steel. The feuds between Fire Dragons and Ice Dragons are the stuff of legend and there is no hate bitterer than that between those species. Whole countries get entangled and destroyed in the machinations of their eternal wars.

Ice Dragons: Are ironically the most kind of dragonkind. And that has cost them dearly. They are as strong and as smart as Fire Dragons but have a nature that seems so contrary not only to their enemies’ but also to their assigned element. Ice Dragons are the heroes of dragonkind defending those weaker than themselves at any opportunity. And that is what regularly gets used against them. Their numbers are dwindling and it looks like the Fire Dragons are going to win that war through sheer ruthlessness. Like Wind Dragons they are pure white but as they age they tend to get blue highlights and some of their scales fuse ultimately giving them an appearance of living ice as Elder Dragons. They are the only dragons to have two breath weapons at the same time. They can either produce a burst of super cold air filled with extremely sharp ice shards or a line of massive ice. Fire Dragons are their hated nemesis and the two species have been working hard to eradicate each other for as long as dragons exist.

Earth Dragons: Are by far the largest of dragonkind. Their strength and durability are legendary even for dragons. Often they are one and the half size of other dragons of their age category. As they age their scales usually begin to grow together to form even better protection. This leads to them looking rocklike in appearance at higher age, some truly ancient Earth Dragons even get a metallic cover of steel or another metal. On the downside they are the least mentally agile and often get tricked by other dragons. The most unlucky even have problems coherently expressing themselves through speech which they try to compensate with their physical prowess. Their breath weapon fluctuates more than those of other dragons. Some exhale magma, others acid, others steam and at least one is known to project a storm filled with sharp rocks from his maw. Although not very fond of all smarter dragons an inborn hatred for Wind Dragons makes them attack those at sight.

Wind Dragons: Are known to be the most elegant of dragonkind. Whole poems have been written about their slender looks and how graceful they glide through the air. Their connection to their element lets them perform impressive feats in midair and that is what they usually use for their defense as well as offense. Their scales are usually very bright and pale, often ebony or pure white, and grow almost translucent with age. Very old Wind Dragons are sometimes also called Star Dragons because they sparkle like diamonds in the sky. They tend to be not as big as other dragons but the difference is negligible since they compensate body mass with length. As an oddity of dragonkind they do not have a breath weapon per se. Instead they rather use a sonic attack. They hate Earth Dragons with a passion but usually refrain from attacking them because of the power disadvantage on their side.

Lightning Dragons: Are the most intelligent of dragonkind. They usually have a very witty and bright personality and are known for their jokes and jests. For dragons they are small, in fact the smallest of the pure dragons and although agile they are physically inferior to all other dragons. Their scales are usually mid-blue. Female’s scales often brighten with age so that the older often get confused with Wind Dragons by the uninitiated what they use for their advantage. Males are unmistakably identifiable by their vivid aquamarine to dark blue scales at an older age. Their name is quite telling about their breath weapon as they exhale bolts of lightning. They do not have a specific antagonized dragon type but the usual rivalry between dragonkind lets them not without enemies, at least in the long run.

Wood Dragons: Are the most withdrawn of dragonkind. They live in woods or other areas with heavy vegetation and do not care much about other dragons in general. Instead they are content living in peace with nature and enjoying its beauty. Sometimes other dragons try to invade their territory but the advantage on their home turf usually quickly decides that encounter in favor of the Wood Dragon. They tend to be passive in character, more wise than intelligent, and do not even collect hoards. Their scales start as light green and darken with age. Elder Green Dragons display a beautiful emerald green that lets them perfectly blend into their preferred surrounding. In size they lie between Wind Dragons and Fire/Ice Dragons. Their breath weapon is quite enigmatic and can hardly be considered a breath weapon in the traditional sense. They “call” to nature and it responds in its own way, from plants entangling the foe to storms breaking out to the earth opening up and swallowing the opponent whole. They do not have a designated enemy type and other dragons usually tend to let them alone.

Black Dragons: Are literally the black sheep of dragonkind. But as egocentrical, spiteful and sometimes unfoundedly malicious as dragon society can be at times they are not outcasts for no reason. Something seemingly drives Black Dragons to be antagonistic, even evil sometimes. Where a dragon of different kind might sometimes decide to let another dragon just be another dragon Black Dragons actively seek out other dragons, lay waste to their domains, slaughter everything in sight, try to steal hoards and are generally as destructive as possible including killing the resident dragon if possible. Smaller Black Dragons are simply a pest but older ones are a threat to be feared. The path of a Black Dragon can usually be followed pretty well by just focusing on death, destruction and decay. Their evil intent does not stop at other dragons, they seem to hate all life and dedicate their existences to extinguish it. They come out of the egg pitch black and this does not change as they grow older. Elder Black Dragons often display a glossy sheen though. They are roughly as smart as Fire/Ice Dragons which makes them a threat to be reckoned with. Black Dragons and other dragons usually attack each other on sight if the power difference is not too great in which case they usually flee to fight another day. In size they are similar to Wood Dragons. It is their breath weapon that gives them an edge in a fight since it rapidly decays everything it touches. Even other dragons are not immune and suffer greatly from this effect.

Hybrid Dragons: Come in all forms and sizes. Given the outright hate that rules between many dragon species it is surprising that they are pretty numerous. They come into existence as crossbreeds between different dragon species. Contrary to the hybrid vigor rule they are usually smaller and weaker than their parents but combine traits of both to their advantage. Only few ever reach Elder Dragon status and even then they are not considered peers by the true dragons. The most successful Hybrid Dragon species seem to be “Storm Dragons”, a mix between Wind and Lightning Dragons. But others like Magma Dragons (Earth/Fire), Mountain Dragons (Green/Earth), Inferno Dragons (Fire/Lightning) or Blizzard Dragons (Ice/Lightning) among others are not unheard of. There are no known cases of designated enemies producing offspring and there is not a single Black Dragon Hybrid of any sorts to exist. Hybrid Dragons are capable of interbreeding with each other and true dragons although the emerging offspring tend to be weaker than the original Hybrid Dragon on his part.

Lesser Dragons: Not even the true dragons know where the Lesser Dragons stem from. A very popular theory states that they originated from continued and unchecked crossbreeding. After some time more or less stable subcategories came into being and started reproducing with each other. Whatever be the case they are numerous and only generously identifiable as dragons nowadays. Examples include Hydras, Lindworms, Multi-Headed Dragons and other semi-dragons. Dragons usually consider Lesser Dragons as pets at best and as vermin at worst. An exception seem to be Wyverns which are regarded as the draconic equivalent to primates.

Age Categories:

Wyrmlings: Fresh from the egg or only several decades up to one or two centuries old Wyrmlings are the children in dragon society. They enjoy neither protection nor care nor any other benefits. In fact other dragons do not even recognize them as their kind and leave them to fend for themselves. The death toll in this age is high since their scales are still hardening and their elemental breath is nothing more than a nice special effect. Their claws and teeth might be strong but that offers not as much defense as one might suspect. In size they range from small dogs up to horses. Dragons who survive this period may have made their first steps into true dragonhood but still have a long way to go. A sharp mind is a necessity in this age.

Younger Dragons: Younger Dragons are the equivalent of teenagers of dragonkind. Only a few centuries old they hold no rights whatsoever and rank among the most endangered members of dragon society. They still pose a serious threat on the physical level but are far from the monumental power of an Adult or even Elder Dragon. This means that a lot of dangers are out there to get them and make sure they do not rise to their full potential. Size wise they can grow up to the size of small houses. Strong if not exaggerated activity without even knowing what they want is a strong factor in this stage. The dragon is forced into activity and sometimes questionable actions by an internal abundant energy. The consequences are usually not considered beforehand and wipe out a lot of Younger Dragons when they cross the paths of older, more experienced dragons, dedicated enemies of dragonkind or predators or get killed by other dragons of their age.

Adult Dragons: If a dragon has reached the status of an Adult Dragon he is already several centuries old, if not more than thousand years. He is still growing and has not reached his physical maximum. At this point dragons are considered to be part of actual dragon society and can claim the according rights. Thanks to the somewhat Darwinian nature of dragon society the Adult Dragon can still be attacked and slain by other dragons without the killer having to fear any repressions but it can call on any dragon court for matters of possession or territory if not regulated by personal combat. Adult Dragons often have the size of big houses and bigger. In this stage the dragon is usually already preparing for future Elder status and begins to eliminate enemies and amass wealth as much as influence.

Elder Dragons: These are the oldest and most powerful of their respective species although they are rarely encountered since they are so rare. They are usually millennia old since the draconic gestation circle works so slow. At this point the dragon has withstood everything the world threw at it. Predators, treasure hunters, other dragons or natural disasters, Elder Dragons survived everything and now are truly the top of the food chain. They can reach the size of whole strongholds and still grow larger.Hardly anything poses a physical threat to them anymore and their thousands of years of experience do their share to make a truly terrifyingly dangerous creature even more lethal. Elder Dragons do not only enjoy the advantages of their pure size, in dragon society, as loosely connected as it might be, their kind holds considerable status.

Primordial Dragons: This is not so much an age category but more a separate category of dragons. Primordial Dragons are truly ancient. They are indeed the first of their kind. They are gigantic dwarfing even Elder Dragons and more akin to a force of nature than a dragon. As a manifestation of the elements they are the first of the dragons. No one exactly knows where they come from, instead it is theorized that they were a byproduct of the genesis of the universe. Although draconic in appearance they consist purely of a single element. They are certainly highly intelligent but even other dragons seem to be unable to communicate with them. Sometimes they are worshipped as gods without them showing interest in any reverence. Only two or three exist per element, sometimes less. Seemingly there is no way for a dragon to become a Primordial Dragon, no matter how old he may become.

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