The Immortal Game
Dragons are THE creatures of legends. Massive, intelligent and all too often malicious in their dealings with lesser creatures. With the strange powers and the most ungentlemanly ability to shrug off all but the mightiest of wounds. All dragons have a very special place in myth but the facts are often the hardest to cut from bard as it were.
Dragons come in two types the European Wyrm and the Asian Confucius. Both types can be found in every corner of the world. Typically all Dragons are “snake-like” body with arms, or legs, or wings accenting the torso. DO NOT confuse dragons with hydras, coatls, or lindwurms, all these creature are Chimera and not Dragons. While some dragon, typically the Wyrm, can and will breath fire not all dragon do, more often dragons have access to the legendary abilities we, the span of the Gods, have.
The most interesting part of the dragon is the head, it has similar characteristics to mammals. While Lizards, snakes and other reptiles have bird like properties it is the Dragon that is closing looking to mammals. The most powerful of dragons even share the facial features of humans. Another way to differentiate them from Chimera “cousins.”
All dragon can talk and speak in a dragon language some have learn this language, more often than not the dragon know the common tongue of the area. I understand there is a writing system for their language but as such I cannot find it or it is produce in a means that cannot be seen by human eyes.
Typically in the east and the surrounding orient, dragons are often guardians of people, place and a thing that brings luck and good fortune as long as they are worshiped with the proper formalities. The reality might just be the dragons are smarter knowing a hard days work is better than an angry mob. In China, the dragon is the most powerful and highest ranking “animal” in their hierarchy, being the symbol of emperors and dynasties alike. Indeed the power some of them command is enough to dwarf some gods. The Japanese dragons are most often water deities who are if they are not friendly are usually benevolent, usually. Their are tales of Dragons being a force of evil. Most notably the force know as Yamata no Orochi. These Eastern dragons are a contrast to their western cousins.
The Western Wyrm dragons are more often than not extremely malevolent creatures that have an eye for the finer things in life, well an eye for every thing really. It should be surprising that dragon have come to represent sins in the Atum Cults . Western Dragons often are greedy, prideful, waithful, lusty sloths who over indulge themselves and envy even the birds. Many a treasure seeker has died trying to pry a dragon from his horde. However much like Eastern there are example of Dragon being guardians of the People. The two most famous of Western Dragons are the Welsh Red dragon and the Saxon White Dragon while there name has been lost to the ages, both lead armies and wage war for the people they lead.
Dragons are for the most part are ageless. That does not mean they cannot be killed, it just means they do not age like a normal animal. Killing a dragon though is a problem because of the nature of the dragon is a whole. Most dragon are incredibly intelligent. The easiest way to slay a dragon comes from Myth both the Welsh and the Japanese advocate this manner so it is true for both dragons. The tactic is so brilliantly simple it is difficult to understand why it doesn’t come up more often. Step one is get the stupid things drunks, super drunk, like “why do you need drown the entire Queen’s Navy in liquor?” drunk. When the beast passes out decapitate at your leisure, or bury alive, depends on how vindictive you are feeling that day. (Reminds me, piece of advice, never go drinking with a Welshman.)
If you want to fight a dragon and not simply kill it well I can talk about that. (I don’t know what wrong with getting wasted and murdering someone while they sleeping.) The main issue when fighting a dragon is the scales, more often than not the scale are magically and hardy. Dragon’s scales have been know to dull Steel that has struck against them. Meaning you need a very large force of very fine blade to cut into a dragon. Often scales sealed together by some kind of resin that has been harden into some kind of glass making nearly impossible to pry the scales apart, this resin does not limit or slow the creature down however. Dragon that are know to horde have large collection of coins, jewels and swords that have grown into this resin making their underbelly harder. Mean fighting them in a Melee has become extra complicated as what is in reach is actually harder. Unlike normal reptiles I might add.
In the Medieval times, it either took a large number of men or an extremely crafty individual to take out a dragon. Most often, soldiers would try to lure a dragon out of it’s cave in a grave mistake to make the fight easier. Considering that dragons can fly and usually breathe some kind of areal weapon, this was a very foolhardy notion.
The main way to slay a dragon who is at range and in flight is much the same way you would slay hawk or duck. Wait for it to come at rest and attack it on the ground or fight it at range. Thus over the centuries, men have developed new methods and tactics to defeat a dragon. In today’s modern age, firearms and explosives have become the, oh what’s the word I’m looking for, the easy as cake method of elimination. (I got the phrase from an American author friend of mine. Wanted to write a book about a man who bet on jumping frogs. Those Americans.) As technology improves, which it most certainly will do, I believe that tactics will also change to allow the most efficient use of the most recent advances in weaponry.