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Dragon

...run and hide it matters not. The dragon flies and breaths fire, none will escape it's wrath. There is naught any of you or I or anyone can do. No amount of arrows will bring it down, spears will not pierce its skin. We are lost, speak your prayers now and hope that it spares you, although do not hold out hope. Such is the price we pay for stealing from the dragon...
-From Wilmar's Travels (pg.432)
The dragon is a large creature found among all the major continents. They are some of the largest animals found in the world and are incredibly powerful and not to be trifled with. They are capable of killing almost every other land dwelling animal in the world, although they primarily feed upon cattle, sheep and horses. They have been known to attack groups of humans in the past as well. Arrows and spears are all but useless against the dragons hide. It can take thousands of arrows and many, many more stabs of the spear to even ground the beast. Killing it is another matter entirely. It is no wonder a dragon has never been killed by conventional means, age is the only way the dragon dies and even that can take hundreds of years.   The true Apex Predator of the world...  

Types of Dragons

  Elder Dragon   The oldest, most powerful and most deadly of the dragons. The eldest dragons have lived hundreds and hundreds of years. They are usually distinguished by their grey scales, apart from that (and of course them being the largest size dragons can reach) there is little else to distinguish them from the far more common Adult Dragon.   Adult Dragon   The most common dragon is the Adult Dragon, they are large creatures and are what many envision when they think of the dragon. Dragons are usually considered Adult Dragons after their wings and body have grown to a significant size but have not yet grown to their full potential.   Wyvern   The Wyvern is in all essence a normal Adult Dragon apart from the fact that they have only 2 legs compared to the 4 of an Adult Dragon. Therefor they are not considered 'true' dragons, by many renowned Dragon Researchers.   Drake   The Drake is similar to the Wyvern in that it is not considered a 'true' dragon. Instead of only having 2 legs like their Wyvern brethren they have 4 legs like the other types of dragon. Their difference instead comes in the form of their wings, or rather lack thereof. Drakes have no wings at all and as such can't fly like other dragons. They are also known to be about half of the size of any Adult Dragon.   Dragonling   The young Adult Dragon. Born from an egg, usually in groups of 3-4. From birth they have small wings that while barely noticeable are still larger than anything the drake has. As they grow older their wings and body expand until they grow into Adult Dragons. This is the weakest stage of a dragon's long life and is the only stage at which a spear or arrow will easily penetrate the hide. Fortunately or Unfortunately depending on your views, very few dragons are found alone at this stage, usually being guarded by the mother and father. Even in the absence of the dragon's parents, the 3 or 4 dragonlings that usually are hatched per batch of eggs are usually sufficient to ward off any small scale attacks and groups of adventurers.

Additional Information

Geographic Origin and Distribution

It is hard to properly find the exact locations of many dragons, so much so that we know of no lair that they call home. It is believed that at least one dragon inhabits each of the four major continents, with possibly many more. They are known to prefer higher peaks, so it is likely that the tallest mountains in each continent are where the dragons reside, although this is impossible to verify given the height of such mountains.

Average Intelligence

The dragon is a highly intelligent creature, comparable to the smartest of humanity.
Lifespan
Unknown, likely hundreds of years.
Average Height
2m-4m
Average Weight
~10000kg - 20000kg
Average Length
12m-16m

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