The Ancient Ones
Genetics and Reproduction
Growth Rate & Stages
Dietary Needs and Habits
- Adult dragons tend to moult their feathers once a year, with hatchlings often moulting twice a year. The moulting process lasts three to four months and typically occurs in late summer.
- Most feathers moult in stages, to keep the dragon from losing too many feathers at once. However, one stage is the 'wing moult', where the dragon loses all of their flight feathers and are rendered flightless for one or two weeks.
- All of the larger Ðiotisk dragons, regardless of gender, have antlers similar to those seen on elk Their antlers start growing in their twenties and continue in cycles throughout their long lives. Antlers begin grown in spring and are shed in winter. While they are actively growing, the antlers are covered by a soft skin known as 'velvet', which is then shed by summer. With each growth, the antlers get bigger and more impressive.
- The smaller Ðiotisk dragons, the Éomarin and the Lahrin, have horns instead of antlers. Similar to their larger cousins, the Éomarin and the Lahrin begin growing their horns in their twenties and go through annual cycles of growth and shed.
- During the fall, all landed dragons grow thicker coats of hair in preparation for the coming winter. By early summer, the thick winter coat is shed - a rather itchy process for most dragons.
- The firebreathing dragons shed their scales continuously throughout the year. As scales are shed, larger and denser scales are formed in their place. Larger, older dragons will have tougher scales than hatchlings.
- Scales may be lost due to injury or illness, but typically grow back in a week.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
The Northern Dragons
With excellent long-distance vision, the dragons of the north can see minute details on the ground even from far above in the sky. They have the ability to call upon the spirits of the wind, often to aid their flight, and some skilled dragon-mages can even manipulate the weather, summoning massive and destructive storms. Their breath weapon is a roar of ice and wind, sometimes even capable of freezing the target.
The Landed Dragons
Although unable to fly, the landed dragons are no less powerful or skilled than their flying cousins. They are deeply in tune with the earth and typically wield magic that is based in nature. Many can manipulate things such as trees, plants, or even stone, a skill that aids them well in crafting. Some can communicate with plants and animals. By far their most impressive skill, however, is their sonic roar. The more powerful dragons are even capable of splitting rock with their voice alone, while others can rupture the eardrums of any listener or shatter glass with a screech.
The Scaled Dragons
The dragons of the south are perhaps best known for their firebreathing, an ability that wrought much destruction across the human lands during the many rebellions against the great Dragon Empire. That, combined with their near-impenetrable scales, capable of turning away even the sharpest blade, makes them both incredibly powerful and terribly strong. The scaled dragons themselves are impervious to fire and the more skilled mages among them can even wield flames like living weapons.
Civilization and Culture
- Éomarun, the domain of the mysterious Éomarin
- Guthia, the kingdom of the scaled Ráksigg
- Lawéra, the kingdom of the Lahrin
- Svanrike, the kingdom of the Svanling
- Dalland, the kingdom of the Daling
- Nauðheimur, the kingdom of the Nauðheiming
- Leilanda, the kingdom of the Leilanding
Major Language Groups and Dialects
- Ðiotisk, the name of the group of major dragonic languages spoken on the continent, includes the languages of the Éomarin and the Lahrin
- Svanrod, the language of the Svanling, also used to refer to the northern dragonic languages as a whole, including the Darrod, Nauðheimsk, and Leilansk languages
- Ráksisk, the language of the fire-breathing Ráksigg
Interspecies Relations and Assumptions
The Northern Dragons: 6-8 feet
The Landed Dragons: 5-7 feet (larger dragons), 3-5 feet (smaller dragons)
The Scaled Dragons: 5-7 feet
The Northern Dragons: 11-15 feet, 20-30 feet wingspan
The Landed Dragons: 6-8 feet (larger dragons), 4-6 feet (smaller dragons)
The Scaled Dragons: 7-9 feet, 13-15 feet wingspan
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