This article contains severe mistreatment and slavery of sapient beings, in this case Dragons. Be aware that this article can be hard for some to read.
Every advanced nation is at some point bound to find newer and more efficient power sources. In the current era fireshrooms seems to be used more and more over the Elemental Crystals. The Raitin took quite a different direction by using Dragons as their powersource.
With the dawn of the Progressive Era lots of new possibilities arose thanks to the increased understanding of the world. Elemental Crystals (Falls) had been the main method of powering devices up until this point. The limit to these Falls was that they often needed to be recharged by magic users. At some point after 1100 AE the Raitin Gnomes discovered that the Cloudcrystals were the most efficient as a powersource for various devices thanks to their ability to generate electricity.
They started using the Cloudcrystals more and more but wondered if they could become more independent of casters to recharge them. One of the Raitin came with the idea of using electrical dragons.
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Electric Dragons can be found in various places in Niorath but they are most common in Oneraga. The Raitin Dragons are of course bred and kept by the Raitin themselves.
A normal Electric Dragon is often able to become several thousand years old but the Dragons kept by the Raitin are often killed before they turn 100.
The first generation of Dragons that the Raitin started using were actually bought from the Dragonborn nation of Verakinon. Even to this day Raitin and Verakinon regularly trade Dragon eggs in return for slaves or technological devices.
The first generation of Electric Dragons that hatched was still treated decently at first. Since Dragons are sapient beings and able to communicate at an early age they were easy to convince to use their electric powers to recharge the Cloudcrystals. This worked well for quite some time until the Raitin started to expand their uses for the Cloudcrystals.
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With the increased use came the increased need for regular recharges. This became especially prevalent when the Raitin made their first Airships. These airships needed a regular resupply of charged Cloudcrystals and bringing the needed amount along on the longer flights would take up too much space and would weigh too much. For this reason it was decided to bring Dragons along on airships to regulary recharge the Cloudcrystals.
In current times the Raitin have a large fleet of airships which are able to travel to other continents. Before bringing Dragons along onboard this was not possible. But the Dragons did not like to stay around the ship and often started to rebel by flying away at regular intervals. The Raitin eventually decided to chain them up and only bring the small Dragons along to recharge the ships.
This marked the start of the mistreatment of the Dragons the Raitin used. While being used on airships they were confined to small chambers and muzzled. They were only freed from their muzzle to eat or recharge a crystal. The Dragons were not keen to help them recharge the Cloudcrystals so the Raitin often forced them to use their lightning breath with sharp sticks. This pratice even gain rise to a Raitin saying.
Well it is time to poke the Dragon.
A saying which refered to the poking off the Dragons in order to make them recharge. This saying became common as a way of telling people to hurry up.
What most people don't know is that the largest of the captured Dragons are used to power the largest technological achievement of the Raitin, the Citadel. Deep inside this flying city several large Electric Dragons are chained and forced to recharge the power supply that keeps the city afloat.
It is uncertain how many Dragons are trapped here and how long they have been there already. Those that know about it also wonder what they will do if they would die shortly after eachother since the Raitin don't likely have a lot of older Dragons to their disposal.
The Raitin are believed to keep several older Dragons in the Citadel for breeding purposed of their own. The are most likely not plentiful since most Dragons of the Raitin are killed before becoming to large since they are less easy to keep under control.
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