Anatomy & MorphologyWhile drakes do vary wildly compared to others, they still have some unifying features that tie them together. Their body structure is similar to lizards and birds, some having more traits of one than the other. Some may have feathers, scales, Scaethers, wings, six limbs, or multiple heads.
All drake have horns, flame sacks, similarly shaped heads, and long tails. Their horns bud just after birth, growing to full length as they reach maturity. After they reach maturity, their horns grow “branches” for the rest of their lives, looking as leave less trees.
Their wings, for those that have, are as birds have, but their “feathers” are quite different. Their “feathers” are layered flaps of hide, cartilage, and muscle, taking the shape of leaves. And their flame sack, located just above their lungs, is used as an auxiliary means of catching prey or fleeing. They collect the energy in the air, building up a storage, letting out old musty flame from their nostrils. Most drake breath fire, yet there are still some who breath sharp gusts of wind, toxins, and other.
Dietary Needs & Patterns
They spend most of their times lazing about, hunting about once a week. When they do hunt, they take themselves high into the sky to dive on their prey, grasping them in their talons and/or jaws to breath fire (or whatever their family breaths) on their pray to incapacitate and kill them more swiftly. For those Drake who live in bodies of water, they take a similar approach: they dive as low as they can to rapidly surface pinning their pray in their jaws and/or claws.
Most drake are accurate enough to catch their prey within the first try. But if they are unlucky enough to miss or to go after a prey that fights back, their breaths will help both defend them and weaken their prey.
Mating Rituals & Family
For a drakes nest, there is one head female, a chosen male, and the males harem of lesser females. The head female can chose at any time to “banish” her male suitor or any in his harem when she pleases, as she holds all the power. Likewise the male can “banish” any in his harem. If the head female banishes the male for any reason, she can choose to keep his harem, them no longer permitted to mate with him nor any others that the head female blacklists. They act as nursemaids for the rest of their time.
These lesser females could try to leave, but the hormones they produce alert others that they left their nest behind, and thus would have a hard time either creating or joining another harem. The children are bound to their mothers, the firstborn female often taking the role of head, while her sisters often become her harem.
It is typical for the head female to lay between three and seven eggs, taking about 50 years for the newborns to mature to adulthood. During their growth, each of the male's harem takes guardianship of one or more of the hatchlings, with the head female choosing her own first. The head female also has the right to first breed, allowing the others by her discretion.
Male dragons hoard as a show of their worth to potential mates. What items a drake keeps in their hoard is whatever they consider to be "wealth", whether that be money, knowledge, flowers, or something else.
Bathing: Drake use sand or ash to cleanse themselves. If there is no sand near, they burn close vegetation until it is ash and roll around in it, scrubbing their scales.
Etc.At one point, dragons were considered royalty and ruled most of the Humi and others.
Royalty of royalty, black and white drake were families of the ruling class of the drake. It didn’t matter what race they were, as long as their scales were onyx or silver. Royal drake also have power over all drake they meet. A drake is compelled to do whatever the royal tells them, unable to resist.
To add:For the horns (I can’t believe I hadn’t added this to WA, but I will put it in my notes to do) their for fighting other drake. Their horns grow like trees through their lives (that’s why it was so odd to Ellis as they looked more like antlers than horns but they still had the same texture as horns)(and yes I also know horns don’t work like that but there's a lot of stuff that doesn’t work like the real world). As older drake horns have more branches and are more impressive, it gives them a better chance to fend off younger drake, making for their time with the males to last longer.
Dragons could create fire without their flame sacks, but it is not only harder to do but more exhausting as well. And they don’t burn themselves from the mucus in their mouths (also something I need to add to the article.)
Warm, a common disease for Drake where there flame sack gets infected, making their whole body hot.
A drake showing their happy is standing up straight with their neck curved back, chest out For drake, the alpha female is the one who stays in the nest and primarily takes care of the hatchlings. Alpha's are both the most prone to leadership (good at arguing as well (or most aggressive in other cultures, etc)) but are also most "motherly".
Drake are matrilineal. So last names used to be "[parent name] daughter". (rather than feildson, or son of field)
Drake deflate their flame sack when crying. fire comes out of their nostrils slow (ember smoke).
Their major Reln is mur.
- Genetic Ancestor(s)
AppearanceHas six limbs, four legs they walk on and two giant wings they fly with
Very thick and tough scales
Much thicker torso and abdomen than serpents or wyverns with shorter tails than both and shorter necks with larger heads
5-70 meters from snout to tail tip (above 30 meters are extremely rare)
Original Ecology & HabitatLive in hilly and grassy lands, often on the outskirts of steep mountain ranges.
AppearanceA Keuh that doesn’t have wings but has many fin like structures on their limbs and bodies
Their tail splits and widens at the end, making it look like a thin dolphin-like tail
Have rudimentary gills as well as lung to be underwater longer
Slightly longer and thinner bodies than Keuh
Original Ecology & HabitatLive in lakes and rivers. They have semi-developed gills to stay underwater for weeks on end.
AppearanceA Keuh with no wings, only four limbs they walk on
Very short necks and tails
4-70 meters from snout to tail tip (above 30 meters are extremely rare)
Original Ecology & HabitatLive near rocky coastlines, mountains, and cave systems.
AppearanceSimilar to the wingless dragon but with necks having the length of half an entire serpent. Also very long tail
Multiple heads with one conscience
12-80 meters from snout to tail tip (above 40 meters are extremely rare)
Original Ecology & HabitatReside under the ground.
AppearanceHarder scales than serpents but not as hard as dragons. Have four limbs (two legs and two wings)
30-40 centimeters from snout to tail tip
Original Ecology & HabitatMake their homes in mountainous forests
AppearanceSimilar to the wyvern but have feathers rather than scales
Their wings are feathers rather than skin flaps
Slightly larger than wyverns because they grew to fly over the treetops
30-50 centimeters from snout to tail tip
Original Ecology & HabitatLive in deep forests, jungles, and swamps.
AppearanceLong snake like creatures without horns and have four to eight small limbs
7-30 meters from snout to tail tip
Original Ecology & HabitatSpend most of their time flying through the sky, stopping to rest and making their nests in chunks of floating earth.
AppearanceSerpents where rather than claws or fins they have wings
These wings can either be feathered or skinned
7-30 meters from snout to tail tip
Original Ecology & HabitatSpend their whole lives aloft in the air.
AppearanceJust like Lehs but have fins rather than claws
They also have gills and softer scales than serpents
7-30 meters from snout to tail tip