Modern-age dragons are physiologically anomalous from most vertebrates in that they have six limbs: a set of two forelegs, a set of two hind legs, and a set of two wings. They are reptilian in appearance, but their particular needs dictated that they become much sleeker than their ancestors and cousin-races. Thus, their bodies have become more serpentine and their bones have become honeycombed to lighten their overall weight and make for easier flight. They do not have dragging tails; rather, their tails are held erect by ossified tendons, and used as rudders in the air. Unlike larger, more lumbering and cumbersome terrestrial reptiles of ancient times, the dragons' ossified tendons do provide them with side-to-side movement, and are more hinged at the base, allowing dragons to sit on their haunches (though this is an uncomfortable position to maintain for any length of time). There are no bones at the very end of the tail, only cartilage -- this not only cuts down on weight, it gives the dragon extra maneuverability if necessary. Dragons do have visible ears, which protrude from either side of their head, and which have 270-degree rotational ability, allowing them to isolate the directionality of sound. Dragons have five digits on each limb, including their wings. Their wingthumbs are small, a tiny protrusion on the crux of the main joint from which the phalanges extend, but dexterous. The thumbs on their forelegs are functional, but smaller and comparatively less dexterous. The thumbs on their hind legs are tiny, and serve little purpose other than to assist in balance when walking or running on land. Dragons have a nictating membrane, a protective, transparent inner eyelid which they can raise during flight to prevent their eyes from drying out in the wind. The eyelid is also useful for protection in battle or underwater. Though modern-age dragons are not water-based, they are adept swimmers, using their wings as webbed propelling limbs and their tails as rudders, and they can hold their breath for up to an hour at a time due to their massive lungs and efficient oxygen-storing blood.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
A hundred-thousand years ago, the dragons were united in a hive-mind through the power of Valemagic. This hive-mind connected them all telepathically, and thus every individual's knowledge and experience became available to all their kin. All dragons are able to use this connection for telepathic communication with each other. As dragons are descended from timemagic, they are all either able to wield lightmagic or forcemagic. Of these powers, forcemagic is the rarer of the two; during the Great War, Necrovar was able to target and exterminate many dragons who were forcemagic wielders, but the bloodlines did not completely die out.
- Scientific Name
- Drachrae keas, Drachrae gravitas
- 6000 years
- Average Height
- 7 - 12 meters from ground to skull
- Average Weight
- 3 - 6 metric tonnes
- Average Length
- 14 - 24 meters
- Average Physique
- Sleek, muscular, narrow
- Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
- Dragons most commonly have natural-colored scales -- hues in the brown, green, and yellow range -- which is an artifact of their ancestral reptilian origins, when it was important for them to be able to blend into their terrestrial surroundings. As they evolved and took to the skies, it became more common to see scales in the blue and white range for blending into the clouds. As time went on and dragons grew ever more intelligent, they began to select for more lustrous scales in mates, since luster was generally indicative of health and good nutrition. As a result, the hues of scales deepened and became more vibrant. No longer intended for camouflage, now the scales were intended as a display of power. Thus, previously muted greens and browns became glittering shades of emerald and amber. Sky blue shades became sapphire and turquoise, ostentatious and showy. Yellows became bronze and gold. Some deepened to red or orange hues, but these were uncommon. Paler shades died out, since pale scales often indicated malnutrition, as it is the nutrients and minerals in a dragon's diet that gives their scales color.
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