Dragons are the oldest of the Fae Races, and one of the few to achieve Actualization – the change into an actual physical race.
Common Locations: Anywhere in the Faelands.
Faeries love to imitate physical beings, usually with their own personal touches like wings and fire breath. The first forms that the ancient Fae copied were dinosaurs and lizards. They bred with the mortal animals and produced Changeling offspring that retained much of the Fae parent’s attributes.
Fae will still take on dragon form, but it is a rare occurrence. This is because the dragons have taken on the attitude that they will not allow a false dragon into their clans. Without family support, a Fae dragon Glamour avatar will often unravel shortly after it realizes it really isn’t real.
Varieties of Dragons
The form that that most are familiar with is the classic Germanic form of dragon. It consists of the head on a long neck, thick, body, wings, four legs, and a long tail. Many of them can breath fire.
Firedrakes are the largest of the dragon breeds. Intelligence ranges from Animal to Genius. The theory is that the older a drake is, the smarter it becomes. However, it is also possible that they can survive longer simply because they are smart. Attempts to interview the old drakes has met with failure since they don’t want to give up family secrets.
Magic is part of the blood and bone of the firedrake. It is what allows such a heavy creature to fly and breathe fire. Their thick armored hide provide them with excellent protection from weapons. Other races have hunted Firedrakes to near extinction despite these advantages. Young drakes often make themselves a nuisance by raiding the herds of local farmers, requiring their extermination. There are also warriors that seek to bathe in dragon blood to make themselves or their armor invincible.
The head is on a serpentine neck with the tail of a snake, wings and only two legs. Experts believe the Fae copied the basic form from pterosaurs, with elements of other predators mixed in. The Wyvern is the smallest of the breeds. Some consider it not to be a true dragon at all, but some lesser cousin.
This breed does one thing exceptionally well — fly. The hide is lightly scaled, along with a variety of fins and barbs along its back. Its appearance is aesthetically interesting, so the wyvern is a favorite subject for artists. Wyverns are not as intelligent as the other breeds. They cannot speak or cast magic. Poison is their primary weapon. They inject venom into their victims through their bite, and sometimes the barbs on their tail.
A sea-dwelling variant dubbed the sea-wyvern has a fish tail in place of the barbed dragon’s tail.
The head is on a long serpentine body, and may have no limbs at all or have stubby legs. Wyrms commonly live in large bodies of water.
Wyrms prefer to kill their food by constriction or taking small prey directly into their mouth. They can breath out a poisonous cloud of gas.
Though western wyrms are usually unintelligent, eastern wyrms are not only intelligent but also possess powerful magic. Eastern wyrms are able to fly by a means of levitation, and appear to swim through the air.