Dragons are the creatures that probably most typifies the fantasy genre. They come in all shapes and sizes, their abilities vary greatly from tale to tale and they can be mindless monsters or gentle scolars. Also helps that they are also freakin cool…
I posted this pic on Facebook author page earlier today and it inspired me to write this blog post on everyones favourite fantasy creature.
Wikipedia describes them as:
‘A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons: the European dragon, derived from European folk traditions and ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies, and the Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan (namely the Japanese dragon), Korea and other East Asian countries.
The two traditions may have evolved separately, but have influenced each other to a certain extent, particularly with the cross-cultural contact of recent centuries. The English word dragon derives from Greek δράκων (drákōn), “dragon, serpent of huge size, water-snake’
In the first part of the Sundered Crown Saga, Heir to the Sundered Crown, dragons are relatively unheard of, they are mythical beasts that were said to have been banished by the first men to another dimension (the void, home to the god Vectrix). The cause of their banishment? The first men feared the creatures power and were afraid that they would all be devoured. After their banishment the dragons adapted to their prison, in the void they were immortal and bided their time.
The greatest of the dragons was the dragon king Umbaroth. The size of a castle with scales the colour of pure silver he did his best to guide his kind. It wasn’t until a nameless mage inadvertedly opened a breach to the void that the dragons began to hope that they would return to their original homelands. Alas, they did not have the power to do so and before they could attempt to leave the void the first wizard Aljeron sealed the breach. Millenia would pass before the void would open again, this time something came in. A great war had been waged in Esperia. It was a conflict between Zahnia the Great and Danon, the enemy of man. Danon was exiled into the void where he quickly set about plotting his escape. He tricked the dragons into assissting him, he needed their power. More millenia passed until thanks to Danon’s plotting a teenage boy named Luxon ended up in the void. He too was tricked by the dark one, and his power was used (along with the dragons) to open a portal back to Esperia. With the breach open Danon and the dragons escaped the void. Only Umbaroth had seen through the dark ones trickery. He too escaped, but not before saving Luxon.
The dragons in the saga are huge with bodies that are covered in armoured scales. Only the most powerful of magic and weapons can harm them. They are also highly intelligent with the ability to talk.
What is your favourite fantasy novel that has dragons in? Are you a writer or artist with your own take on the most favourite of fantasy creatures? Let me know in the comments section.
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