Dragons

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Adult dragons are fearsome predators.

Dragons are species of large reptilian fae sharing distant common ancestry with the Drow.[1] Like the Drow, they are native to the surface, but have emigrated to the Underworld in the aftermath of the devastating surface wars. Selective breeding has resulted in a great diversity in breeds, each designed for specific traits and abilities. Though dragons formerly possessed wings and were capable of flight[2], all underworld dragons have lost these (save occasional vestigial examples, as can be seen on Cahal). Modern Underworld dragons are as well-adapted to their environment as the various drow races. Properly trained, they are fearsome mounts and a symbol of wealth and prestige. Sharen war-dragons are one of the premier symbols of Sharen might and authority, as are the smaller Nuwa variety displayed proudly on the Jie'yen clan's crest.

Physical

Key Points

  • Sharen variety dragons have large and long reptilian bodies, with powerful jaws and tails, but have their stunted wings cut off at a young age. The wild Nuwa variety in particular utilizes thumbs on its wings to grab and hold items[3].
  • Dragon skin color is highly variable, with shades of grey, green, brown, and even white. Nuwa dragons possess unique glowing scales along its spine and underside.
  • Dragon eye color is similarly variable, sharing many of the same potential eye colors as Drow.
  • Dragons have horns of varying size and frequently possess prominent crests.
  • Intelligence varies by species and location. Sharen dragons lack the intelligence of the smaller Nuwa dragon, but make up for it in sheer power and ferocity. The surface-dwelling Nuwa dragon is lithe and quick--making it a constant nuisance to travelers looking to keep their valuables.

Physiological

Key Points

  • As a fae species, Dragons possess auras and are capable of possessing an affinity[4]. Similarly, they are as vulnerable to demonic possession and tainting as the Drow races.
  • Dragons are an egg-laying species, with young hatching well developed and self-sufficient.[5]
  • As befits their size, Dragons consume a relatively large amount of food, making them expensive to breed and retain. Most are carnivorous, but some have been bred to be omnivorous.
  • Some dragons have a limited capacity to verbalize basic words.[6]

Psychological

Though beasts, dragons are quite intelligent and possess individual personalities and temperaments. With proper training, they can be taught to understand vocal commands and are well suited to serving as mounts, a fact the Sharen readily exploit.




This article reflects events up to chapter 52.

Sources:

  1. World Setting Archive
  2. chapter 2 page 63
  3. Vaelia Path, page 19
  4. News post by Kern
  5. chapter 4 page 2
  6. chapter 30 page 32