The Dragon

General Information;

One of the most populous species in the Realms' plethora, dragons are a unique species of powerful reptile, split into a variety of breeds and subspecies. They have little in the way of defining, strict characteristics, and abilities range across the board. Dragons are the most powerful race found in the Realms, created in the shapes of their reigning Greater Gods.

A variety of offshoot breeds related to dragons exist, including the terravyrn, Yorijian dragon, and Circadian dragons.

Statistics;

Name:: Dragon

Average Lifespan:: Immortal

Average Height::N/A; depends on breed

Average Weight::N/A; depends on breed

Location Found:: Abroad.

*all statistics based on averages; extremes in any direction, or found in odd locations, are always allowed.

Notes;

On Conformity;; What you see here for the types of dragon is simply examples of what the basic structure of these creatures can be. However, all dragons are different, save for the subspecies listed below. A dragon may have a second set of wings; vestigial or functional. They may have feathers, frills, manes, extra tails - you name it. But each falls under a distinct category, based around their arms, legs and wings. A dragon who does not fall into this category may be named a 'mutant', or unclassified sub-breed, an oddity to not only dragonkind but all others who look upon the great dragons with any amount of knowledge, and may also be mistaken for demons or other such shape-changing creatures.

Dragonriders;; Dragons may take riders at any point in their life. A dragon at hatching is free - it needs no rider to survive, and usually for the first twenty years or so, it gives no thought to even taking a rider. A dragon and rider will forge a bond sometimes out of going through extreme danger together, emotional stress, or merely a compelling urge for one or the other to protect their mental counterpart. When a dragon and rider bonds, their minds are connected and nearly unbreakable. If this bond is severed, it will cause great pain to both sides.

When a dragon dies, even if the mental bond is still intact and unblocked, the rider survives. But if the rider dies, the dragon is not constrained to his partner's fate. If the mental link of a dying rider is severed or blocked, the dragon will survive. However, if the link remains intact, the dragon will die.

Lunar, Solar and Celestials;; Once long ago, there existed many dragons with celestial alignments; those who called their power from the sun, moon and stars. Very few are left now, so few that they are thought to be extinct.

Lost dragons (Celestial, Lunar and Solar) and Gemdrakes are limited store species; please do not make one unless bought. Thank you!

Gallery;;

Credits;

Species info credited to Blazeh/Verridith, Skyeh, Lypten, and Entity.

In-Depth Information;

As this is the most widely known species in BTACD, and the most diverse, this page will list some guidelines instead of strict appearance, tactics and abilities. It will span the basic types of dragon, barring rarities and other breeds (such as the terravyrn or souleater). We also have a section of sub-breeds, such as the Desert Gold.

Basic Breeds;

APPEARANCE;; All dragons vary greatly in coloration and build. Below are listed the guidelines to the appearance and basic body structure of each.


Western-
[average height:] 10 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The traditional, or western, dragon has four legs with one set of wings, very rarely two. Most are scaled, but they can have fur, feathers, skin or hide. Can most often fly, unless wings are too vestigial to sustain flight. Adults range in size from a horse to very nearly a mountain (the ancients only), barring special circumstance.


Amphithere-
[average height:] 12 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

Amphitheres are generally dragons without limbs, only wings. They may have a single pair of flight-sustaining wings and sometimes a smaller, shorter pair near where the hind legs would go. Wings can be feather, fur or hide.


Wyvern-
[average height:] 9 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The wyvern is a dragon with two hind legs and a pair of wings, though multiple wings have been reported. Usually colored to their element and, like the amphitheres, they may have scales and hide, fur and feathers, or a combination of all.


Cavewyrm-
[average height:] 3 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

So named for their originating as dragons living too long underground, the cavewyrm is a serpentine dragon with no limbs whatsoever. It is like a snake, or snakekind, and has no wings or legs. The way they are told apart from serpents or the snakekind kin is that they usually have elaborate horns atop their heads, and can speak in the common tongue without the hissing sibilants of a snake.


Hexadragon-
[average height:] 14 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The hexadragon, or hexadrake, is a western that has developed a third pair of legs. These six-legged dragons are rare in any Realm, and tend to live away from other dragons due to their 'mutation'.


Runnerdrake-
[average height:] 6 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The wingless dragon, or runnerdrake, is a dragon with four legs and no wings. Usually built like a raptor, these dragons are known for their speed and stealth in catching prey.


Groundrake-
[average height:] 7 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

A ground-based runnerdrake, often called a groundrake, is a quadruped version of its wingless cousin. Walking on all fours like a cat or dog, some have retained the slender shape of a runner whilst others have become bigger and bulkier, more suited to walking great distances and moving heavy boulders, as many of the mountain-kin do carving caves from solid rock.


Sea Serpent-
[average height:] 10 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The sea serpent, or oceanwyrm, is a finned dragon of the sea. They may have wings and four limbs, like the western, but in addition to their western qualities they have gills and webbing between each claw. They also tend to be smaller than most, having to navigate the ocean waters and eat smaller prey than land dragons do. The common oceanwyrm, however, is a short-limbed dragon without wings, with large frills and a fan-like tail.


Eastern-
[average height:] 15 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

Eastern dragons differ greatly from westerns in both appearance and physical ability. Many are smaller than westerns, longer and slimmer in build. They have four limbs - sometimes six - and five talons on each paw. Very few have wings. The reason that these dragons are called 'easterns' is because the breed originated in the Demon Realm, after some dragons transferring to Felnova from Millirand got transported there instead, and were changed by the reiatsu of the Realm itself. They populated the eastern region of the Demon Realm for thousands of years before returning to Felnova, where they were hailed as miracle survivors by the Ancients of Millirand. With their newfound wisdom, these dragons spread out through Vystriana and the other Felnovian lands, teaching the young and old alike.


Serpynt-
[average height:] 10 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The serpynt is a long, snakelike dragon with lizardlike legs and flightless, vestigial wings. Their scales are much less brightly colored than traditional westerns or easterns, and they tend to live near sources of water.


Lindworm-
[average height:] 5 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The lindworm is a long, serpentine dragon with no wings and only one set of legs, either hind legs or arms. Most are quite bad-tempered, and many will join enemies of their brethren to get revenge. The reason for this is that many westerns tend to have low opinions of their smaller cousins, and many have jokes about both their winglessness and size.


Hydra-
[average height:] 52 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The hydra is classified as a dragon - any of the breeds - with more than four heads and very dull scales. They are less intelligent than normal dragons and live in packs or prides, much like wolves. However, despite their lack of intelligence, the mastery they've gained over whatever element they control can be nearly one hundred times that of a simple western. Luckily, the hydra is very rare and the world is in no danger of being destroyed by their magic. Note that dragons with normal intelligence levels and more than three heads are not considered to be a hydra.

TACTICS;; Unless stated above due to the various nature of the different breeds, dragons are as diverse as any human. They can be evil, compassionate, greedy, arrogant, shy, kind - anything in the grand scheme of life. They can be as complex as the stars, or as simple as a newborn child. Anything and everything is possible.

ABILITIES;; Dragons of any breed have many different elements and magics they may call upon, each depending on their physical build and strength as well as mental ability and the intensity of their spirit. Westerns have the most diverse range of elemental magic and ability, while others specialize in one area or another. Easterns, for instance, are wonderful in elemental magic but very rarely hold mastery over reiatsu. Serpynts are weak physically and cannot control the elements, but have strong magical abilities such as healing or other various aura powers. Hydra, as mentioned above, is infinitely better at mastering the elements than a western or amphithere. The spectrum for these abilities is wide, and we encourage creativity.

Subspecies;

Here we will list the various sub-breeds of dragon along with their location, as well as links to the other major dragon breeds.


Albino-
Classification: western or wyvern. Location: widespread.
[average height:] 9 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The Albino, or Blackbone, dragon is a unique dragon subspecies with varying shades of white scales, sometimes white fur, and hard black bones. Some have manes or frills, the hair and web always white, rarely translucent and clear. Their horns and claws and black, as are their bones, and they have a connection to the Sight and many may see visions of the future.


Celestial Dragon-
Classification: very rare dragons infused with the light abilities of the cosmos. Location: abroad.
[average height:] 7-9 ft ;; [average weight:] varies;;

A dragon of the heavens, with a connection to the sun, moon, and stars. Great dragons of generally light coloration, strong creatures created by the gods from the energy leftover from the creation of the royals, and infused with the energy of the Light Realm. Very nearly extinct, very powerful dragons who's abilities focus on the sea of stars and the celestial bodies within the Realm that they are currently in. Celestial dragons are usually gifted in the Sight and the element of light and healing, though other abilities are always possible.


Cosmic Dragon-
Classification: very rare dragons infused with the dark abilities of the cosmos. Location: abroad.
[average height:] 7-9 ft ;; [average weight:] varies;;

A dragon of the heavens, with a connection to the sun, moon, and stars. Great dragons of generally dark coloration, strong creatures created by the gods from the energy leftover from the creation of the royals, and infused with the energy of the Dark Realm. Very nearly extinct, very powerful dragons who's abilities focus on the sea of stars and the celestial bodies within the Realm that they are currently in. Cosmic dragons are usually gifted in the Sight and the element of darkness, though other abilities are always possible.


Desert Gold-
Classification: western. Location: Exodus Desert, Vystriana.
[average height:] 12 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The Desert Gold is a dragon of the desert with varying shades of gold scales, and a thick white mane usually running from their brows down to their tail. Many, if not all, have white markings - usually bands or stripes - that vary with each individual dragon. Many have bi-colored eyes, and darker gold, sometimes orange, points around the feet and wings. The Desert Gold is also known for its efficiency with fire magic, and the creation of strong barriers.


Gemdrake-
Classification: any dragon type. Location: widespread.
[average height:] 7-9 ft ;; [average weight:] varies;;

Small, generally western-based dragons who's scales begin to hyper-mineralize as they grow older. Gems will begin to form inside of their scales, making them look veined in crystal, before the scales are overtaken completely. Usually, mineralization begins on the chest, back and head. Then it grows to encompass the legs and tail, before touching every scale on the dragon's body. Very old gemdrakes will look made entirely of living crystal.

Gemdrakes shed their gem-scales once a year in the springtime, in which new scales will grow in their place. Mineralization in these new scales is very, very quick, and the gems may return within a week of the initial shedding. These shed scales are gemstones, usually of a variety of color, and can be used in a multitude of magical workings, or jewelry.

These dragons generally hatch with pale, almost pure white scales, which begin to take on the colors of whatever minerals they consume. Gemdrakes who abstain from consuming minerals may develop pearl-colored gem-scales. While they most commonly look like western dragons, variations can and do occur - any subtype is possible, from the wyvern to the groundrake, though these are much rarer.


Gurtha Dragon-
Classification: western, wyvern or amphithere. Location: Felnova, Evylon, Millirand.
[average height:] 45 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The gurtha dragon, also known as the gurtha drake or gurthannar' dragon, is a dragon who has risen from the grave in skeletal form. Leaving their masters, they have taken back their own standard of living and have been released upon the Realms, their extreme control of reiatsu making them fierce enemies to whomever decides to cross them. Large, these are usually western, wyvern or amphithere dragons who have lived thousands of years, with great wisdom and experience. They are skeletal with just enough wing webbing to keep them aloft, strong - often visible - aura cracking between their bones giving them a glowing significance. These dragons have been known to take the form they've had before death for short periods of time as well. Though rare, they may interbreed with living dragons in this way.


Heartwoodian Gold-
Classification: western. Location: Heartwood Forest, Evylon.
[average height:] 15 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The Heartwoodian Gold, or Evylon Gold, is a western dragon with gold scales. They are large and slender, with eye color ranging from yellow to green to a deep blue. Frills flank their faces and fan their tails; their wings have some of the largest wingspan of all the Heartwoodian dragons, most of which are horse-sized or little larger. The web can range from the gold of their scales to a dazzling white, as can their horns and claws. They are one of the few dragons that have befriended the elves, and will often visit with those of weaker races, fighting the Blacks and Greens who wish to devour them. These Golds are dragons of light and fire.


Heartwoodian Black-
Classification: western. Location: Umbar Mountains, Evylon.
[average height:] 8 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The Heartwoodian Black, or Evylon Black, is a western dragon with scales or hide that may be any shade of black, darker or lighter markings of deep greys (never silver) often present. They have sharp features and often many spikes, as well as tails tipped with poisonous blades. Their faces are sharply defined and they have no fewer than four crooked horns, smaller spikes lining their chin, as well as their wrists and heels. Their fangs are covered in scaled hide and seem to be a part of their mouth, holding a deadly poison that paralyzes upon penetration. Their mouths and inner flesh, from eating creatures changed by Evylon's reiatsu, glows softly red, the same color as the acid they spew at opponents who face them.


Heartwoodian Silver-
Classification: wyvern and (rarely) western. Location: near Shimmering Elera and Heartwood Forest, Evylon.
[average height:] 14 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The Heartwoodian Silver, or Evylon Silver, is a beautiful silver dragon with either western or wyvern qualities. They are about the size of Heartwoodian Golds, with white accents and mirror-like scales. These dragons have plated armor on their brows, shoulders and thighs, as well as down their necks and backs. They have slanted eyes that range across a variety of blues and greys, and have frills that frame their beaked muzzles. Ridged spikes run from the middle of their forehead down to their tail, ending in a spade. These dragons hold power over lightning and electrical currents.


Heartwoodian Green-
Classification: wyvern. Location: Heartwood Forest, near Abel, Evylon.
[average height:] 5 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The Heartwoodian Green, or Evylon Green, is an almost-awkwardly built wyvern with emerald scales, large frills and lighter, jagged markings. A small breed of wyvern with a birdlike face and long, slender wings, the Green has the temperament of a discontented badger. It will attack needlessly and for sport, and gets irritated at the smallest things. Luckily, this strain of Heartwoodian dragon is rare, and its poisonous breath is easily avoided.


Heartwoodian White-
Classification: wyvern. Location: Northern Evylon.
[average height:] 10 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The Heartwoodian White, also called the Evylon White or Evylon Frostdrake, is a snowy white wyvern found in the northernmost mountains of Evylon. The White is a long, slender wyvern with two sets of wings - one main set, white-webbed and touched with either creamy or rosy hues; and a smaller pair set just beneath where the main wing arms are. This dragon's face is very narrowly built, frills extending from its chin to connect to the length of its main horns, web stretched taught and thin. These dragons love to terrorize elves and, more often, frighten animals from their homes, freezing them in their tracks as soon as they flee from their holes. They delight in using their frosty breath whenever possible, and have been known to coat entire forests in ice.


Heartwoodian Red-
Classification: western. Location: Western Heartwood, Evylon.
[average height:] 13 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The Heartwoodian Red, also known as the Evylon Red or Magmadragon, is a red-scaled monstrosity known to live in the volcanoes in Evylon's far western reaches. They are very rare and only leave their volcanic homes when hunting or provoked. Great creatures that are varying shades of red and orange, covered in sharp scales and many spikes; black scales in round or rocklike patterns adorn their backs, necks, shoulders, and tails in various ways, much like volcanic stones. They are masters of fire and lava, and relish the heat in which they live.


Heartwoodian Indigo-
Classification: sea serpent. Location: far South of Heartwood, rarely seen in the seas below Deathstar, Evylon.
[average height:] 9 ft ;; [average weight:] __ ;;

The Heartwoodian Indigo, or Evylon Indigo (also sometimes referred to as the Elven Sea Serpent) is a serpentine sea serpent colored in shades of deep blues, teals and greens, with varying markings of all three colors. They are a rare breed and are seen in the oceans south of Heartwood, beyond Glory and Deathstar.


Lunar Dragon-
Classification: rare dragons aligned with the power of the moon. Location: abroad.
[average height:] 7-9 ft ;; [average weight:] varies;;

A dragon of the heavens, with a connection to the moon. Once were very common, a subvariant of Cosmic and Celestial dragons, almost altogether destroyed by the Celestial Wars. Though Lunar dragons are much more common than both Celestials and Cosmics now, they are not nearly as powerful, and draw their magical strength from the moon's silver light. In the daylight, their power wanes, and at night, it is strongest.


Solar Dragon-
Classification: rare dragons aligned with the power of the sun. Location: abroad.
[average height:] 7-9 ft ;; [average weight:] varies;;

A dragon of the heavens, with a connection to the sun. Once were very common, a subvariant of Cosmic and Celestial dragons, almost altogether destroyed by the Celestial Wars. Though Solar dragons are much more common than both Celestials and Cosmics now, they are not nearly as powerful, and draw their magical strength from the sun's rays. At night, their power wanes, and in the full sunlight, it is strongest.


Void Dragon-
Classification: Very rare dragons infused with energy of the Void. Location: Stroen'na.
[average height:] 10 ft ;; [average weight:] varies;;

During the great magestorm that create Stroen'na, several dragon eggs were sealed away to protect them from the storm's terrible energy, and were subsequently carried into the Void for many decades, safely in hibernation. However, they were altered by the mysterious energies of the Void, and developed a strong connection to it. Crystal orbs formed within their chests, visible for all to see. These crystals carry within them the memories of not only the dragons themselves, but their ancestors as well, granting them great insight into the past and the experience of ages, despite their relative youth as a species. Their hides are typically dark, although the exact shade varies, and their eyes are the same color as the crystals within their chests.