Of Darker Days: The Rising Moon
-Dragons: Dragons are commonly considered to be an ‘evil’ race, but they were mainly neutral in the conflicts between the other races. However, in the final wars that led to the conquering of the ‘evil’ races, the Dragons allied with the other ‘evil’ races because they saw the growth of the ‘good’ races, humanity in particular, as threatening their dominance of the land. Dragons is a loose term for a species that is subdivided many times. There are Great Dragons, lords of the skies, wielders of immense powers of magic. They were few in numbers, even before the wars, but now only a dozen or so remain, their lifespans so immense that they seem immortal by all other standards and have lived for thousands, if not tens of thousands of years. Extremely intelligent, but driven by their desires, they were easily manipulated by others to fight. In pre-history many primitive cultures worshiped the Great Dragons, until it was discovered that they were neither immortal or all powerful. They can be of many colors, their coloration seeming to correspond to their magics and power. There are five main types; Red-for fire and heat, Blue-for ice and cold, Green-for noxious poisons and acid, Black-for the manipulation of the mind to cause fear and terror, and finally White-for lightning and power over the wind itself. They were difficult to deal with as they were not equipped to speak any language spoken by the humanoid races. Great Dragons are a dying race, and they know it. Lesser Dragons on the other hand are plentiful and come from the same line as the Great Dragons. Lesser Dragons are smaller than their cousins with little magic of their own. They are also not as intelligent, fairly evenly matched with goblins for the most part. They are commonly trained as messengers and mail carriers in the modern world. They don’t share the longevity of the Great Dragons, but have similar coloring patterns.
- Physical Characteristics: Dragons Great and Lesser look similar and differ mostly in abilities and size. They are four limbed, with great wings to carry themselves through the air. They have hollow bones and lightweight smooth scaled skin. The Greater Dragons are heavily armored with scales because they use magic to help them fly, but Lesser’s don’t have that ability, and have very thin skin. While Greater Dragons may measure over 30 meters in length from nose to tail tip, Lesser Dragons rarely grow larger than a meter (though intermediate sizes have been reported in some remote locations). Their forelegs are clawed, but have a surprising dexterity and ability to grasp objects. Their tails are long and whip-like, as well as prehensile.