Dragons are semi-mythical gigantic winged lizard-like sapient beings with extraordinary abilities. These abilities include flight, breath weapons that vary among the different sub-species, and (according to The Wise) the use of Arcane Magic by older individuals. Indeed, most mages believe that Arcane magic was originally discovered and developed by Dragons, and the mystical language that is used by Arcane casters is commonly referred to as "Draconic".
Dragons are considered very rare in Kementari, though the cognoscenti feel that the presence of dragons has become more noticeable over the last couple of centuries. There have also been rumors of Dragons manifesting Clerical magic, but these have not been accepted as credible by any serious Magisters.
Anatomy & Morphology
A dragon is a reptile-like creature, usually winged, with magical or unusual abilities.
All true dragons gain more abilities and greater power as they age. The size of a particular dragon varies according to age and variety. Although goals and ideals vary among varieties, all dragons are covetous. They like to hoard wealth, collecting mounds of coins and gathering as many gems, jewels, and magic items as possible. Those with large hoards are loath to leave them for long, venturing out of their lairs only to patrol the immediate area or to get food. For dragons, there is no such thing as enough treasure. It’s pleasing to look at, and they bask in its radiance. Dragons like to make beds of their hoards, shaping nooks and mounds to fit their bodies. By the time a dragon matures to the age of great wyrm, hundreds of gems and coins may be imbedded in its hide.
Genetics and Reproduction
Like most reptilians, Dragons lay eggs and have to incubate them until hatching. Gestation times and environmental requirements for hatching vary by sub-species.
Growth Rate & Stages
Dragon Age Categories
This lists the general age categories of true Dragons.
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Ecology and Habitats
Different "colors" seem to prefer different climates and environments. White dragons seem to prefer cold, arctic climates, such as Nifidor. Black dragons have only been reported in swamps and bogs. Green dragons appear to enjoy forests. Reports of Blue and/or Brass dragons have been exclusively in deserts (like the Wrathful Desert) and vast plains. All accounts of Red or Silver dragons place them in Mountainous areas. Bronze Dragons have only been seen along coastlines. Copper dragons are only reported in hilly regions south of the Monissme Mountains. Finally, Gold dragons appear to be the rarest of the sub-species, but have been reported in all climes and terrain.
Dietary Needs and Habits
A dragon’s metabolism operates like a highly efficient furnace and can metabolize even inorganic material. Some dragons have developed a taste for such fare.
Dragons do not truly hibernate, but can sleep for long periods, especially after large meals or really heavy exertion. They are not truly cold-blooded (even White Dragons), as they can be active even in low temperatures (especially White Dragons).
Social structures among dragons vary by sub-species. Many of the Metallic Dragons will mate for life, while some chromatic dragons often will have several relationships at a time.
All dragons are sentient, so "domestication" is a very relative term, and with older Dragons- it can be debatable on who has domesticated whom...
Uses, Products & Exploitation
Dragon scales are very desired for armors, and various dragon ichors and parts are desired by alchemists and mages for a variety of magical uses.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Dragons can be found in almost any environment in Kementari, but the particular sub-species will depend on the environment and the sub-species preferences.
Like most other dragon characteristics intelligence varies by size and sub-species. Small white dragons are little better than wolves or any other large predator. However, Gold Great Wyrms can be extremely intelligent, and have subtle plots within plots to accomplish their goals.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Dragons can pinpoint creatures within a distance of 60 feet. Opponents the dragon can’t actually see still have total concealment against the dragon. A dragon sees four times as well a human in shadowy illumination and twice as well in normal light. It also has darkvision out to 120 feet.
Civilization and Culture
Major Language Groups and Dialects
Dragons first entered the chronicles of the Demi-Humans shortly before the The Fall of Minyabar and Khazad-Gathol. Since then, they have appeared in various myths and legends, and have occasionally been seen, but they have not ever been recorded as interacting with anyone in any verifiable way.
Interspecies Relations and Assumptions
- Scientific Name
- Varanus Sapiens
- Average Weight
- Average weight depends on age and sub-species. Their weight can range from 60 lbs. for a small hatchling to well over 125 tons for a large Great Wyrm.
- Average Length
- Average length depends on age and sub-species. Their length can range from a few feet for a small hatchling to well over 100 feet for a large Great Wyrm.
- Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
- There seem to be two main subspecies, Chromatic and Metallic. Chromatic dragons have been cataloged in colors of White, Black, Green, Blue, and Red, and seem to have generally Evil dispositions. Metallic dragons have been reported in colors of Copper, Brass, Bronze, Silver, and Gold, with supposedly more benevolent attitudes toward other creatures, though they are still NOT to be trifled with.
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