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Arykn Dragon (Silver Dragon)
Silver Dragons are naturally curious creatures with a deep love for all living creatures. They are oddly fascinated with humans and will show their hospitality so long as their Family is not threatened. Many Silvers across Kabola have been known to learn to speak the common tongue out loud so that their mindspeak does not harm the minds of mortals. Only one Family remains on Kabola, and none seem to know where they have hidden themselves since they departed from Silver Tail Island, their original home.
On the other two continents, Silvers seem to be just as rare. Ethos has the largest Family of Silvers, which is roughly twice the size of that on Kabola, while Fortuna seems to be lacking in these creatures almost completely.
Silver Dragons love water, and they almost always build their lairs near some sort of water source.
Appearance - A Silver dragon is the color the name suggests, bright silver scales decorating every inch of their bodies. Their bodies are long and well muscled, thickening especially around the shoulders and legs. Their heads are long and rounded, ending with two sets of silver horns, one pair straight back with the other curving up underneath. In the center of the head is a fan that stretches all the way down the back to the tip of the dragon's tail. This fin can range from the same silver of the dragon to bronze to gold and any other metal color. The same fan-like structure stretches like a beard at the tip of the chin while also stretching up and around to attach to the bottom set of horns. The differences between a male and female is usually the horn length. All Silvers grow to have at least three sets of horns through their lifetime, which marks their age, and usually rank in a Family. Females usually have longer horns than males, and thus, are treated as the higher ranking ones. However, Females are much more uncommon than males, so sighting of one has never been recorded in human history.
Combat - Even now, a Silver will refuse to fight unless it feels it's life is in danger. If the dragon feels threatened, it will generally attempt to flee by flying or swimming. However, if the lives of the dragon's Family are threatened, a Silver will attack using talons, tail, wings, and even mouth. In extreme measures, the Silver will use its breath weapon, a flame the length of the dragon's body from tip to tail, typically a bright blue or lavender color.
Ksuix Dragon (Emerald Dragon)
Emerald Dragons, also known as "Tree Dragons," are often spotted in or near a wide range of heavily forested areas. They are the closest beings to the Dalin Elves all across the world, and unlike their cousins, the Greens, they are much more well connected to the earth. They speak to it, call to it, and become it. The humans know nothing of them except in Fortuna, for when the Verian Forest in Kabola was first intruded upon, the Emeralds hid everywhere, appearing to be nothing more than strange trees, letting the Dalin take care of cleansing their homes.
Appearance - Emeralds, like their name suggests, are a brilliant shade of green, their scales shining like millions of brilliant emerald gems. They are some of the largest gem dragons, as well as the kindest. However, these dragons aren't just simple lizards. No...they are much more. At the end of their bulky tails, hundreds, if not, thousands, of hair-like roots spread out, always moving, always connecting themselves with the ground or some form of plant life around them. All down an Emerald's back will also be these hair-like roots that will grow quickly whenever the beast is "dormant," connecting them to the ground and letting the essence of Life, itself, flow through them from the ground before going back into the ground, a never-ending circle. On top of this, a crown of horns grows from their narrow, arrow tip-like heads, hatching with three sets and growing ot have at least ten reaching from the back of their head down beneath their eyes. The first three sets grow with the roots on their backs, reaching for the ground, helping the stream of Life grow. But what makes all of this even more interesting is their change in color and even texture. When an Emerald dragon becomes dormant, much like a tree in the winter, they, in essence sleep, their scales...their whole bodies changing. Upon becoming dormant, an Emerald's scales will turn a deeper shade of green, more earthy, with hints of light brown, almost like the new bark on a tree. Instead of being smooth and slick, they become rough, like bark as well. And the longer they are dormant, the deeper brown and the less green they become. However, the moment the dragon awakens, the color of emeralds returns, brighter than before, deeper, revealing the age. Determining males from females is simple, for females are much smaller, and they only have the basic three sets of horns. Also, their claws, unlike the males' dull talons, are sharp, easy for cutting and hunting. They are not high ranking in the Family, but they are the guardians that stand between the outside border of the Verian Forest, where males line, lying dormant and ready for intruders, and the Dalin clans that scatter throughout the trees.
Combat - Emeralds aren't the best physical fighters. But because of their grand size and their connection with earth, humans have learned to fear them. Where the Serana Desert now is on Kabola was once a grand forest ruled by Greens and Emeralds. But it was burned down in humans' hatred for them, and when that happened, the Emeralds retaliated, which was one of the many causes for the Great War between humans and dragons. Ever since then, Emeralds have been left alone. However, the females are grand warriors. Where the males are slow and mild, the females are quick, moving like ghosts through the trees. Their claws are sharper, and their wingspans are shorter for more flight maneuverability through the dense trees. Their tails, though still having the sensitive roots, are built to be whips, used well against foes. However, the one thing all Emeralds share is their breath weapon. To all living plant life, the gas an Emerald dragon creates is good. It makes trees blossom, even in the depths of the dry season, and it makes the forest floor green. However, to any living creature, apart from Dalin Elves, who have a natural nullification to this, it wraps around them, hardening like sap, trapping them in a prison that crushes the body and poisons the flesh.
Treyhth Dragon (Turquoise Dragon)
Turquoise Dragons, though found commonly throughout all of Partheus, can only be found in one area of Kabola. The small Family is broken up across the four islands that make up the Phoenix Isles, allowing enough space for a more solitary existence while remaining close enough for large Family matters. These dragons, much like the Moonstones, are timid by nature and not quite as straightforward with their thoughts and feelings. However, with a little work from those around them, they are loyal and can even become somewhat headstrong. Some believe that when these dragons make any sort of bond with another creature, it is stronger than anything else in the world, unbreakable.
Appearance - Being close cousins to the Moonstone Dragon, the Turquoise Dragon has a long, serpentine body shimmering with tiny scales like hundreds of thousands of tiny, opaque gemstones packed tightly together. Their bodies, from a distance, can appear quite smooth, but is much like sandpaper when touched. Their necks are long and narrow, much like the body of a serpent, ending with pencil-tip heads crowned with two distinctly different types of horns. The nose is large and angular, reaching back into thick ridges that are of a softer, more tempered version of their typically rough scales covering glowing eyes. These ridges meet at the back of the head to connect with the most prominent set of horns. The most prominent set, typically one pair for the females and two pairs for the males, is that of onyx black horns growing straight back with slight curves from the back of the head. Behind these are a crown of transparent blue and violet horns that can fan out all the way around the top of the head. These strange horns often mingle with soft feathers of the same color or even various other colors. On males, the feathers continue beneath the jaw to tip off at the chin. Because Turquoise Dragons typically remain in mated pairs, there is little known about how they determine the rank within the Family as a whole.
Combat – Turquoise Dragons are extremely sensitive to scents and can often tell an individual apart from others just by the way they smell. In combat, the dragon can often find a weakness using its nose and then play on that weakness. For example, if a Turquoise were to smell a hint of magnesium on their foe, they would then devise a way to spark a fire. These dragons prefer using their wit and smaller stature to their advantage, appearing and disappearing while using the scent of their foe to the advantage of the dragon. However, if all else fails, these dragons have a breath weapon known as the “Cloud of Enervation.” Within their breath is an odor that masks the area, causing fatigue and even loss of consciousness. After only a few seconds of being caught in this invisible cloud, one is nearly unable to lift a sword, much less attack the dragon, itself.
Hyrtikn Dragon (Sapphire Dragon)
Sapphires are some of the more water associated dragons, usually seen near the rivers decorating the world. They are usually less threatened by Varonians on Kabola, so they are seen out in the open more often than most others. They enjoy laying near the banks of the rivers, letting their brilliant scales gleam in the sunlight before dipping back under water for a swim. Though they are not considered water dragons, they are rarely completely away from water due to tendencies of drying out in the sun. However, their scales are built for more protection than actual water dragons, making them less susceptible to overheating. On Fortuna, they make wonderful companions and ferries to the Island Mountain of Fen Zhua, and they're always happy to be of service to those who need it.
Appearance - Sapphire dragons, as the name suggests, are usually the deep blue hue of a sapphire gemstone. Their scales, though slightly thin, are strong and flexible, making it easier for them to maneuver through the water but still walk on land if need be. Usually, they have small, thin webs between their toes stretching about halfway down, which helps them swim, and though their tails are not finned, they act much like an alligator's, maneuvering back and forth to propel them forward. And though their horns are small, they have up to five sets of them, wrapping around their heads like a crown each pair curving around their heads slightly to create a trident-like shape. They are rather small, being some of the smaller Gem dragons, and they are also antisocial with each other unless they are siblings or mates. However, some enjoy Varonian company, to some degree, as long as Varonians aren't mean. However, if they are, Sapphires tend to retaliate rather quickly.
Combat - Sapphires are usually gentle dragons. They aren't big fans of fighting, but when battling for a mate, survival, or territory, they tend to be some of the most aggressive dragons in Partheus. Their talons are razor sharp, easily cutting through flimsy scales, and their tails, though thick, are agile enough to whiplash if need be. To ward off enemies, a Sapphire will first puff out their chests, which are usually a brighter blue than the rest of their bodies, and spread their wings to make them look stronger. However, if it comes down to it, they will use their breath weapon, which is usually a large typhoon of water that creates a cone from the dragon's mouth and wraps around the foe like a wall before blasting the enemy away, or, if the dragon is irritated enough, drowning the creature.
Aujyrx Dragon (Bronze Dragon)
The Bronze dragons are nearly as kind as Silvers, and though they are generally smaller than the bright creatures, they have the same skill in combat. Not long after the Silvers began being hunted by humans on Kabola, these beasts went into hiding, making sure not to be seen by the dread that is known as Varonian. Even to this day, they are rarely seen, but often, in the light of the sun, they are mistaken for Golds due to the odd similarities in scale color, as well as similarities in habitat, often living in the dry plateaus off in the west near the deserts of the world. On Ethos, they are the second-highest ranking of the Ancient Ten, and on Fortuna they are revered as wonderful companions and mounts to the highly-trained dragon riders of Insonnia.
Appearance - While in color, they are often mistaken for a Gold, the Bronze dragon is much different in appearance from a Gold. Though their scales are of the general appearance to what one would say was "Fool's Gold," it's usually hard to miss the streams of turquoise running from their faces down their entire bodies like spirals on a candy cane. Bronze dragons are bulkier creatures, with toned muscles that are particularly noticeable on their shoulders, wings, and crest. Their heads are long and wide, the top rounding down to a rounded lip ending with - typically - a light beard that reaches back to a webbing on the side of the face. From behind these webbings are up to three sets of horns, the primary set reaching from the back of the head to curve towards each other and frame a web that begins at the back of the head and often travels all the way down the spine. Unlike Golds, these dragons have the typical pair of wings, the webbings ending at their rump instead of stretching all the way down the tail. Ranking is determined by stance and posture, as well as the amount of turquoise on the bodies. The more the turquoise, the higher the rank. Females are usually just as common as males, but the only way to determine the difference is by the wingspan. Usually, males have shorter wings, thus why Females are the better hunters and seen out more often than males.
Combat - Bronze dragons enjoy fighting about as much as Silvers. They are good creatures, and though they do not like to be disturbed, they will usually flee, unless protecting a nest or fighting for food and survival. When a Bronze does feel threatened, it will wield the breath weapon of what appears to be white smoke that stretches about 30 feet out. This white smoke acts like a teargas, as well as a Flash Bang, tiny explosions passing through like lightning and creating a noise so loud, a Varonian could easily lose their hearing if caught inside.
Thakzylh Dragon (Peridot Dragon)
Peridots are the smallest and most rare of all the Jewel Dragons, found only in two places on Kabola, one being the Plains of the Pilgrim near the Emero River, the second area being parts of the Verian Forest where the Jewel River enters. They are extremely rare in Ethos, only two or three total on the entire continent, but in Fortuna they are kept in their own series of temples located near the center of Insonnia. They prefer quiet, peaceful areas, sometimes digging shallow burrows to escape the noise of day. However, they also prefer the warmth of sunlight and can be caught sunning every now and then beside the running water of the rivers they reside near. Peridots are very good friends with the elves they typically live around and will often travel with both Bracchus and Dalin Elves from one point to another. They are very chatty, very childish creatures, yet at the same time, they are as wise as even the Emeralds. Their favorite thing in the entire world is moss, and often their bodies will be covered with it, making them appear almost like elementals, hiding their scales and keeping their bodies cool and comfortable in the sun.
Appearance - A Peridot dragon is very small, only slightly larger than a large horse, and appears like the juvenile of any other dragon, its features young and childish, no matter the age of the dragon. It's scales, when not covered in a thick layer of moss, are a vibrant green, light and translucent in appearance, like thousands of peridot gems. They are small, only the size of a child's hand, and layered thickly over the dragon's extremely sensitive skin. However, they have little value when it comes to protection in a fight. The only thing these scales are good for is appearance and sunscreen. The Peridot's tail gives the appearance of a whip, long and narrow, constantly moving and flicking with the enthusiasm of the dragon. However, this tail is deceitful in appearance, for when threatened, what looks like a fan nearly the size of the dragon spreads halfway down the tail to shield the creature's body. This fan mimics the tip of a peacock tail feather, giving the bright, vibrant colors to contrast with the usual green of the rest of the dragon. Males tend to have more vibrant colors, as well as a larger fan, than females, as it is used as a mating mechanism. There are no other ways to really tell between males and females, other than the face, which is slightly less childish than females. Both males and females can have up to three sets of horns, growing like roots on either side of their heads. These horns usually don't grow past eight inches long, and they tend to spiral around each other, growing only inches apart from the pair ascending them. Apart from the tail, the only other color on the dragon is its eyes, ranging from black to white to bright shades of blue, hazel, gray, and even amber. The claws are blunted naturally, for they rarely fight physically, and the wings appear almost like thick tree roots wrapped tightly together with thick, strong, peridot green skin webbed between and veins of moss growing on both the inside and outside.
Combat - Peridots rarely fight, even during the mating season. However, because of their small size, they are often hunted for sport on Kabola. Because of this, they have adapted to the ways of magic, dabbling heavily in the source and growing a strong connection with the world, itself. Any spell, whether destructive or healing, a Peridot can cast; nonetheless, they do not cast destructive magic unless absolutely necessary. They never fight with each other, and they will usually defend themselves using the fan on their tails. Don't be fooled by the skin that spreads out, for even though it appears just as transluscent as the rest of the dragon, it's harder than any mortal weapon and is reinforced with the magic they often cast. Physically, they have no attributes going for them, but magically, they are some of the most powerful dragons on Partheus. They only have one breath weapon, a green flame as translucent as they are without the moss that, instead of destroying, helps grow green life around them.
Alkzar Dragon (Blue Dragon)
Blues are some of the wittiest dragons ever known on Partheus. From the beginning, the only thing they liked to do with Varonians was mess with their minds. Blue dragons, like any other, have the powerful ability to enter the thoughts of almost any creature and make them see anything they want that creature to see. Unlike other dragons, however, Blues usually don't care about morals or ethics. They do, however, respect boundaries, and upon noticing a Varonian ill or lost in the deserts in which the Blue dwells, the dragon will generally help the human for the most part. Blue dragons are also very silly in nature, pretending to be stupid or gullible to gain the trust of fair-minded game. They often enjoy playing with their breath weapons, creating electricity where there is none. And though most Blues tend to have bad tempers and morals, they are very good in heart, and unlike the Browns that they generally have to share territory with, they will help if they deem the creature worthy.
Appearance - A Blue dragon is very distinct in appearance, the most prominent feature being a horn or sorts beginning halfway down the dragon's bulky head to the tip of the nose, appearing to be more of a jagged razor blade than an actual horn, usually a bronzed color reminding one of the color of sand. The dragon's body is considered "short and stocky," its legs shorter than most other dragons' but also much thicker with well-honed muscle made for digging, running, and climbing the vertical "mountains" of the world's deserts. A Blue dragon's body is completely covered with brilliant, shimmering blue scales that are long and thick, acting as more a plate armor than the traditional scales of other dragons, flexing easily over every thick, bulky muscle across the dragon's body. The underbelly is a bronzed color, as are the underwebbings of the wings and the bottoms of the feet. The talons are a midnight black, and the teeth are a bright white, ragged much like the horn on the dragon's nose. The structures of the dragon's wings are tipped with horn-like ends as sharp as razors and made for both offense and defense, the tail is thick and bulky, made to be more of a bludgeon weapon than anything else, and the eyes, a deep, rich gold with slitted pupils, are made to help grasp weaker minds and distort them into anything the dragon wants. The dragon has naturally large feet to help with walking on sand, and fan-like ears that will close to keep anything from entering. From the back of the head, the dragon has a single pair of bulky horns, only stretching a foot and a half back. There is no real import to this, apart from the slight curl forward on the females to help judge attractiveness in a mate. Apart from this, discerning male from female is particularly easy, as females are much more slender and typically found without the horn on their noses. Also, males will not always have a pair of horns on the back of the head.
Combat - Blue dragons are usually better as escape artists, able to wit their way out of a fight with any other creature. However, a Blue dragon is well equipped for fighting. Though on the smaller side of the Chromatic dragons, Blues have strong protection in their scales, as well as many sharp areas on their bodies, including their talons, wings, and head. On top of this, they are some of the more strong-minded of the dragon race, thus able to enter the thoughts of many other dragons for a short while and make them see the Blue where it isn't, giving an opening to escape. If none of this works, though, a Blue dragon can and will revert to the breath weapon, a single, powerful bolt of blue lightning stretching twice the length of the dragon, itself, and having enough wattage to kill practically anything - if used long enough. This ability to use lightning developes while the dragon is still in the egg, and at an early age, the dragon will learn to control the power that tends to "zap" everything around it. Most Blue hatchlings are unable to control the lightning until about six months after hatching. Until this age, the hatchling tends to zap anything and everything around it with small bolts of electricity. Nothing that will kill, but enough to stun. This is more of a protection mechanism than anything else. After the hatchling learns to control the power, the constant shock will go away.
Silhilyas Dragon (Amethyst Dragon)
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Amethysts, though rarely seen, are a common gem dragon within the shadows of the world. Even before the coming of humans, they buried themselves deep within the mountains, residing with the dwarven clans. They were always known as dark creatures, and to some degree, they are, but not as horrible as they are perceived. They are not necessarily...good...but certainly not evil either. They simply are. And that is the way it is. They are the closest dragon to the god of shadows, Muar, and they are wonderful companions to all dwarves and sometimes even the Myzra Elves.
Amethyst dragons are gem hunters, having a natural ability to sniff out precious stones, particularly those having the same hue as the dragon, itself. Dwarves often befriend these dragons in order to gain their aide in the search for stones, which can be used in jewelry crafting or sold for profit. Most often, the dragon will agree to a partnership where they get a certain amount of the profit as well as being able to keep stones of their choosing, as Amethysts love sleeping on a bed of gems.
Appearance - Amethyst Dragons are covered with the deep, rich violet hue of amethyst gems, sparkling over a pale violet flesh with a somewhat stony texture. Their scales are thick and somewhat opaque in areas, oftentimes colliding together and chipping away to create a more stone-like appearance. From their heads to their tails, these dragons are bulky and made primarily for strength in the legs, tail, and neck with less emphasis on their wing capabilities. Their heads are rounded and layered with longer, thinner scales of a lighter shade of violet than those that cover their bodies. The jaw is thick, rounding out at the front for a flat nose that rises into jeweled spikes that reach back to create almost a mask. Determining the differences between males and females is rather easy, for the females are usually much smaller, and they are also hornless, where the males have one set of large horns that curve down to frame their faces. Ranking is determined by the length of the horns, thus making the females the lowest rank by default.
Combat - Amethysts will fight for life and territory, but that is it. They are peaceful with the dwarves and are often seen in their company. However, when in need of a fight, they do, in fact, put one up, lashing with their tails and batting with their razor sharp talons. Their breath weapon is rather odd, though. Unlike the gasses and smokes, or even flames that the other dragons create, the Amethyst dragon fires a giant capsule that's about five foot in diameter, somewhat oblong in shape. This capsule is a brighter color than the dragon, but usually has the same amethyst tint to it, and when it lands near a foe, it explodes with a magical vengeance, not only spewing shards and flames, but also creating a cloud of magical shadows that shroud the enemy and is controlled by the dragon. With these shadows, the dragon can do whatever is needed to win the fight, but Amethysts rarely kill. The most magical property to these strange shadows is the ability of the Amethyst to harden them. Oftentimes, they use this part of the ability to harden walls and buildings against the rough architecture of the dwarves so that they will stand for centuries longer.
Myzdha Dragon (Zircon Dragon)
Zircon Dragons, also known as shallow water dragons, can be found in the lakes and seas of Partheus, typically keeping to the coastlines as well as along some larger rivers. They prefer the brightness of clear, coastal water, and they are often found sending up a surge of bubbles for their own amusement. They are playful dragons, almost childish in their day-to-day lives. While they do try to stay clear of varonians, their coastline living does bring about a level of danger upon interaction with those who live near their habitats. They are considered to be beautiful enough to kill, though many have come to realize that their hide is not like other dragons - more like fish. Due to this, most varonians have learned to leave them alone and let them be.
Appearance - The Zircon dragon, a water relative of the Peridot, is a small creature with hide built more like a fish and less like a dragon. Its scales are thin and very flexible, and they deteriorate quickly if removed from the dragon. When outside of the water, these scales seem to ooze, as if the dragon is closer to an amphibian than a reptile, keeping the hide from drying out. These scales are thin and soft, allowing for very little protection, but they glow a strangely luminescent shade of orange that changes tints and shades depending on the angle they are seen, much like a fish. Its body is long and lithe, built to swim quickly, with a long, serpent-like neck and even longer tails, which end in large fins that act as rutters in the skies and propellers in the water. Its narrow, pointed head is smooth and soft to the touch with nostrils that seem to be able to create a tight seal when underwater. At the back of the head is a webbed crown with a single pair of horns at the rear. From this crown stretches a long fin all the way down the dragon's neck, pausing at the nape before a larger dorsal fin stretches from between the wings halfway down the tail. The legs are very long and wiry, ending with very large feet with extra long talons, each toe attached to the others by a thick web. The wings are built for both land and sea, with a thicker skeletal structure than normal and smaller webbings to reduce drag under the water. Due to the slightly modified wings, this dragon is not well known to fly and seems to be built almost entirely for the water in which it dwells.
Combat - Zircon Dragons are very peaceful creatures, but even so face their own dangers beneath the waters of Partheus. Due to the dangers of varonians and the sea life they share their homes with, these dragons are built to fight for their lives if necessary. Their extra long talons are tipped with curved claws, which can easily act as fish hooks, digging deep and tearing into any flesh caught within the dragon's grasp. Their teeth are three layers of stacked, flattened teeth, much like that of a shark, and are like saws for any flesh caught in the maw of such a beast. Though they don't seem to possess any protection when it comes to their scales, they hold within them a form of magic closely related to that of the Peridot, which allows a protective layer over their soft scales and hide when necessary. As a final defense, however, the Zircon also has a torrent of hot salt water as its breath weapon capable of removing the flesh from softer creatures such as Varonians if absolutely necessary. With practice, many Zircon dragons learn to control the temperature of their breath weapon, allowing them to heat and cool it when necessary. Under the water, this weapon appears to be nothing more than a string of bubbles, however. While appearing to have no danger from the beginning, it seems these particular bubbles produced by the Zircon when beneath water have the unique ability of trapping a threat within them indefinitely. The dragon also has complete control over the bubbles produced, meaning those trapped within any bubbles are under the complete control of the dragon, itself. Again, this breath weapon takes time and practice to master.
Liviqin Dragon (Red Dragon)
Red Dragons, also known as the basic fire dragons, are masters of the flame - so much so that they seem to radiate flames at all times. Their thorny, fiery personalities are matched by their thick, spiny bodies, and their hatred for varonians is only quelled by their enjoyment of the slaves they take to shine their hoards. Red dragons love to collect treasures, including gold and jewels. They take pride in their ability to find and steal such things from varonians without getting caught, and when they are threatened, they are almost happy to take out the threat in a sea of fire. They are volatile creatures who revel in destruction, but like the White, they hate being around others unless to mate or fight. The only company a Red dragon enjoys is his own and that of his slaves. The Red is also the only dragon known to choose a single female of any humanoid race and make her his Favorite - a slave of words, there only to give him a barrage of compliments. The Favorite is the only humanoid allowed to touch the Red, and any others are surely turned to ash on the spot.
Appearance - The Red Dragon is possibly the sharpest when it comes to actual scale and spine sharpness. Its body is littered with thorn-like spikes that come in gray, black, and blood red. The face always looks like a massive wave of burn scars in molten red, as if it does not have scales here, but simply a thick, wavy hide impervious to its own flames. Bony, spiny protrusions grow from the tip of its maw over its nostril all the way back above its eyes, reaching to its glorious crown of horns - up to six pairs - a crown of jet black darkness, spiking out in both delicate curves and violent torrents of thorns. Males usually have more than females. Its belly is typically an ashen gray color with thick belly plates that reach back to bloody scales in a beautiful armored pattern only broken with the thorny spines that jut out from various points of the body. It is a thick beast with rippling, powerful muscles, and its wings are dense, powerful machines built simply to get the hulk of a dragon off the ground. Its tail is shorter than most and built much like a spiked club, continuing the series of spines that rule the rest of the body. Like its tail, the legs are also thick, ending with shorter talons ending in jet black claws as sharp as razors. Like its personality, the Red dragon is a fierce and truly intimidating creature, from the tip of its nose down to its tail. Females are typically less bold colors, taking on a faded red - like dried blood versus fresh - and ashen colors instead of the bold blacks and bright reds of the males.
Combat - Unlike the gem cousin, Red Dragons love to fight and will often search for one. In fact, Reds love fighting so much that they will oftentimes fight each other to see who is worthy of mating. The stronger the dragons, the more likely it is to find a mate. Reds are built for the brutality of both on ground and midair fighting, from the liquid fire of their breath weapons to the thick armor of their hides and scales. They are impervious to other flames and can even withstand the heat of lava, but they are extremely susceptible to the cold. They are sharp in every angle and even take pride in the sharpness of their spines. They are built like tanks and fight like them, too. A Red is volatile even in battle and will always face an enemy head-on, never choosing a ranged attack. In every sense, the Red is a hot-head, and seeing as they literally ooze fire, it's easy to see why.
Dusthuro Dragon (Black Dragon)
Blacks are most likely the most solitary and cruelest dragons on all of Partheus, living in the only swamps and bogs of the world, just outside most of the valleys between the mountains. They live within the shadows of drooping canopy trees that allow very little light into the stench of the sitting water in the miles of expanse. There are few known Black Dragons on Kabola, but those that Varonians have ever crossed have always killed them slowly and painfully. On Ethos, the Ancient Black is the third-highest ranking of the Ancient Ten, and on Fortuna, they're seen guarding the swamps around the Exploding Mountains.
Appearance - A Black Dragon is commonly rather large in old age, but the average size is not very large at all. However, they are bulky and strong, naturally appearing to be the closest thing to have risen from the dead without actually doing so. Kept clean with only the disgusting water of the bogs, the scales of a Black are commonly a putrid green in sheen. However, beneath the layer of swamp water these dragons have the potential to have gleaming jet black scales that can shimmer in the light. However, Blacks usually steer clear of sunlight, thus the scales remain moist and hued with a near permanent rotting color. The Black's body is taller than usual, long legs built to stand in the deepest of swamp waters, the tail long, thick, appearing almost like an alligator's. However, the very tip seems to have what would look like a triton. The wings are usually smaller than the dragon, though not by much, and every end of the structure is tipped with barbs sharper than razors.The neck is long, a single set of horns growing from the back to curve directly to the sides and back in, making the head appear like a triton, itself, the nose shaped much like the tip of an arrow. Eyes that are usually blocked by the curving horns shimmer either a greenish gold, or solid white. Determining the males from the females is practically impossible, apart from one thing - females have a fin-like structure that runs from between their horns to the tip of their tails. Other than that, all Blacks are considered exactly the same, apart from eye color difference every now and then.
Combat - Black Dragons are considered the most acidic creatures in nature. They have tempers that go beyond the typical "fiery" tempers that would be considered for the Reds...they are cruel in their ways. Instead of just killing their prey, they enjoy to torture it. They are the closest things to straight psychopath the dragon world has to offer. They love to fight each other, and any time two cross, unless a female and male during mating season, a fight will break out, usually to the death. In mating, females will fight the males, and if the male loses, the female will lose interest and walk away to find a suitable mate. Their breath weapons are the best things they have, being a projectile of bright green acid that burns through anything. Because of the dangerous ways of acid, Blacks not only have a natural immunity to it, but their very blood is acidic in quality. Acid, however, will drip from the scales as if it were water on oiled skin. On top of the breath weapon, a Black has the offense of barbed wings, tail, and razor sharp talons. They are killing machines. Plain and simple.
Riskahn Dragon (White Dragon)
White Dragons are the masters of the mountains, reveling in the icy weather that always plagues the tallest of peaks. They are not known well by varonians, for they have no reason to dwell near any settlement, save perhaps the village of the Sunstone and Moonstone dragons. Even there, the White is rarely seen. It hates warm weather and prefers the coldness of snow and ice. In areas of Partheus where there are no mountains - and sometimes, where there are some - Whites enjoy building their entire lairs out of ice, insulating the cold temperatures they thrive on. They are naturally weak against any form of heat, but do a great deal of damage to heat-loving dragons all the same. They are cold and calculating, calm in the most heated of circumstances, and it is hard to anger them. However, they are fiercely territorial and enjoy the peace of privacy. They are vicious when they feel crossed, and attack without mercy or pity, as though such things do not even cross their minds. Even if they feel a close bond to another, they expect that other to give them space, as they are not the kind for warm cuddles.
Appearance - The White is an icy creature on both the inside and the outside. As expected its scales, which are thick plates that spread evenly across the creature, the belly-plates stretching from one side to the other and stacking atop one another, are solid white, sometimes with the glowing hints of blue - as though the dragon is made of ice, itself. The head is wide, coming to a point much like an arrowhead, a crown of icy horns stretching from each side like the skeleton of a fan. On females, there are webs of thin, white and blue hide stretching between each pair of horns. The pair on the very back of the head are always the longest, and behind them going down the spine, more spikes of what appear to be icicles stretch all the way to the tail. The dragon, itself, is thinner than some, though not quite lithe or serpentine. Its neck is shorter than average, and its body is bulky, with joints that are spiked with spines much like the back. Its tail is also thicker, and it ends with a club that has smaller spines covered with actual ice that is always kept to their sharpest points. The talons and the spines on the tips of the wings are the only parts of the dragon that are black. The wing webbings are much like the webbing on females, a thin, white hide littered with glowing veins of blue. The most unique thing about Whites are the fact that each one likes to slowly cover its scales with tiny engravings of runes, each having its own meaning to the dragon, itself.
Combat - While White Dragons are not truly evil, they are known to throw a wicked fight and are much more territorial than many other dragons. They aren't the best at aerial maneuvers, but on the ground, they are tanks. Their talons are sharp and as hard as stone, and their tails are like the sharpest of maces, used expertly to pummel those who dare draw too near. Their heads can even be used to pierce the armor of those near them, for the crown of horns is nearly as sharp as the icicles on the tail. Of course, if piercing isn't in their best interest, White Dragons also have a cone of cold to use against any who oppose them. This particular breath weapon will stretch as long as the dragon and twice as wide, freezing anything three quarters of its size of smaller solid and slowing anything larger by half speed. Those who are frozen can easily be shattered by a swift blow of the tail, and those slowed can be knocked down with ease. Those who are particularly angered or afraid have even been known to call upon entire snowstorms before, but only the most powerful of Whites can do such things.
Jujyk Dragon (Gold Dragon)
Golds are the dragons that Varonians seem to obsess over more than any other dragon, save the Onyx. They are portrayed as the kindest of all Dragons. However, this huge ego booster has seemed to make the Golds rather bold and snobby. Because the Varonians think so, the Golds have it in their heads that they are to be worshiped like gods. And for this, the Varonians usually do (at least on two of the three continents). Golds are rarely hunted, and sightings are usually followed by celebrations. Golds are usually seen near mountains, since they prefer this type of setting, liking to create tunnels within the peaks, and they are often seen flying around in the sun. On Ethos, however, the Gold is the lowest ranking member of the Ancient Metallics.
Appearance -"In the silvery rays of the setting moons, she could see that their scales shined the most brilliant golden sheen she could have imagined. Tiny scales, rounded like coins, decorated most of their hides, save their lighter golden belly plates, which were long and narrow. The largest of the trio had stones embedded in his, gleaming shades of red and green and violet and blue. On his talons, he wore strange rings of gold and silver and platinum, each garnished with a jewel much like the ones on his crest. Their necks were shorter than her serpentine form, stouter and less agile, ending with heart-shaped heads that reminded her of a viper. They all had different sets of horns, the leader wearing his four pairs like a crown of gold, thick webbing forming between each pair as they wound down the back of his jawbone. But the most intriguing part of these golden beasts were their wings, which started just beneath their withers like all other dragons Xaria had seen. Unlike other dragons, though, these wings were like beautiful webs that danced like the fins of a cuttlefish all the way to the tips of their tails." - A Heart in Silver FlamesThe best way to determine female from male is that females are generally smaller than males in size and length, and they tend to have shorter horns, as well as fewer whiskers. They are also the less snobby ones, and they tend to be rather gentle to all life, not just the life of Varonians. Ranking in a Gold Family usually depends on age, which is determined by both length and amount of whiskers. Males typically rank higher than females.
Combat - Golds usually put off all combat whatsoever, simply fleeing in fear from any creature that tries to take their food or territory. However, when need be, Golds do have ways to fight. They have long, lashing tails, as well as sharp, shining talons. And as a last resort, their breath weapon consists of a long cone of chlorine gas that stretches a good 50 feet out that can easily stun, if not kill, just by being inhaled. Add that to the fact that once this gas exits the dragon, a fire can then be lit into it, making it act much like Napalm, igniting the gas, inside and outside the foe caught in the blaze. Unfortunately for them, most other dragons have a natural immunity to this weapon.
Yejir Dragon (Bloodstone Dragon)
The Bloodstone Dragon, also known as the “Undead Dragon,” is a cursed creature, left to wander the world in search for a way to atone for the sins of its predecessors. Originally, these dragons were a brilliant shade of green with speckles of red, but since the Great War, these dragons have been nothing more than living corpses, trapped in an endless cycle between life and death. Because many of these creatures cannot stand the constant pain that comes with a curse from their almighty Inhalla, there are few left in existence. Most of what is left harbor a deep resentment for all life and do everything in their power to destroy it. However, among the common crazies, there are a few Bloodstones left who remember what it was like to be a real dragon.
Appearance – Bloodstone Dragons are thick and covered with strong, rippling muscles and white tissue. The bones that had once been the skeleton for deep onyx spines stick jut from a sea of red and white oozing an odd green from between a crown of thick white horns to the tip of a skeletal tail. These dragons have short necks with arrow-tip heads rounded at the nose to reveal a maw of black razors for teeth. These dragons do not seem to have scales or even skin, for that matter, though some may have pieces that had tried to grow, leaving bits of oozing, rotting flesh to fall away over the course of years. These dragons have an intense odor to them, and their eyes, which were originally great green nebulas, now just glow an ominous sea of putrid green. Everything about these dragons is monstrous, but with a special heart, they can once again become majestic. Because these dragons are completely solitary, only coming together to mate, there is no hierarchy. However, males are generally meaner than females, and their bodies are typically bulkier.
Combat – With long, sharp claws, razor sharp teeth, and a skeleton of sharp bones, these dragons know nothing better than combat. Whether they’re fighting each other, other dragons, or anything else that moves, really, they fight long and hard, seemingly never tiring. Despite the fact that they look like they’re dead and rotting, they can still be killed by removing the head or heart. Because of this, their first instinct in any fight is to protect themselves from attacks made to do either. Their greatest weapon, however, is a putrid breath of poison that does a small amount of damage every few seconds, leeching the life from the dragon’s foe. This breath weapon also has a small chance to turn anything it kills into an undead ally for a short time.
Xiruk Dragon (Brass Dragon)
Brass Dragons are very antisocial creatures. They prefer the quiet peace they have when spending time alone. For this, they are not usually in organized Families like most other dragon breeds, but they are seen together during the mating seasons of the drylands. They love architecture and will do most anything to find more ways of creating buildings and structures. Oftentimes, they will travel to the cities of Elves, Dwarves, and Varonians, alike, using what is found on these daring adventures for ideas in their own lairs buried deep beneath the ground of the deserts.
Appearance - A Brass dragon, though not as beautiful as some, still has good qualities. It's scales glow with a rich hue the golden color of a trumpet, layer upon layer of thickness and shine. They are a stranger breed because instead of horns, they have what appears to be a shining mask that spreads out like a fan on either side of the head. Also unlike other dragons, their wings stretch all the way to the tips of the tail much like gliders or fins. Like the Bronze, these dragons are very well-muscled on the shoulders and wings. Their crest is colored a lighter color than the rest of their scales, appearing more like sand than the gleaming trumpet color. Their noses are blunt, and their eyes are oftentimes a dark red or mud brown. Being able to tell a female and a male apart is virtually impossible, unless one knows what to look for. Females behave differently, but there are no physical attributes that show they are such. Females are usually much meaner than the males, and they are also more uncommon, often fighting amongst themselves for mates, and their physical strength is greater than a male's, their talons usually sharper than the usual dulled talons of a male.
Combat - Brass dragons are usually more eager for combat than their Bronze cousins, enjoying the feeling of fighting a creature to fend off their territory. Brasses are considered one of the more violent of the Bad dragons, and though they are the worst equipped, physically, their breath weapons tend to put most to shame. A Brass dragon's last resort is an invisible breath that stretches about the length of the dragon, that can easily put foes to sleep while causing a blistering heat so hot, it can melt the flesh of almost any animal or mortal.
Yhinkh Dragon (Amber Dragon)
Art by Chaos Draco
Amber Dragons are, for all intents and purposes, desert dragons. No matter where on Partheus, these dragons can only be found deep within the sandy, heated deserts where their scales shimmer and blend with their environment. On Kabola, these dragons are most commonly found in the rift within the Cornan Desert, spying on the elves in their capitals. Though they are not evil by nature, they do enjoy their games, sometimes a little too much. Most Ambers build their homes from the sandstone structures that dot the desert landscapes of Kabola, while others befriend the Ovati and Zintiva Elves, deciding instead to live with the mortals for a time.
Appearance – Amber Dragons are stocky creatures, their wings built more to help them dig through the vast sea of sand than to fly. Their sandy-colored skin and deep amber scales are the perfect armor against the heat of the desert. Thick red spines grow from their elbows and the ends of their wings, and a crown of vivid red horns stretch from the back of the males’ heads. They are shorter than most dragons, built more like an alligator with tails meant to propel them forward and heads mean to cut through whatever they happen to be swimming through. A small line of course hair of various color stretches down each female back to keep her cool when gestating, allowing the skin relief from the scales while still being able to keep the heat and sand out. Their talons are sharp and hard, able to cut and dig through stone, and there is a thick web of skin between each toe to help them swim through sand like water. While the females still have horns, they typically only have one or two pairs connected by thick red webbing. Because Amber Dragons don’t live in a Family setting, there is no determination in rank.
Combat – Amber Dragons are bold and risky fighters, and it’s said that their screams are loud enough to cause earthquakes. Their talons are sharp, and their tails are thick and meaty, providing the perfect club. Despite their naturally thick structure, they are surprisingly quick on their feet. However, an Amber Dragon is unable to pull its wings fully against its body, giving an opening to slice through their thick skin and damage them. Their breath weapon, however, is the reason for their name, being a thick blast of sap-like liquid that hardens like a stone after only moments, trapping any caught within. This stone is mostly transparent and amber in color, granting the name for the dragon.
Theaxh Dragon (Ammolite Dragon)
Ammolite Dragons are the more chaotic relatives to Mercuries living in and creating clouds that float through the skies. They enjoy creating storms that rain over villages and towns, creating havoc for those below while they float on the air currents with strong wings. Many have mistaken these creatures for the illusive Coatls, whose serpentine bodies shimmer in much the same manner, but others believe that a sighting of this dragon is sign of bad weather to come. Like the Mercury Dragons, Ammolites are very social creatures, though they are much more common throughout Partheus. Their common nature might be due to their ability to live a life high above the ground, or simply perhaps that they are willing to touch the ground.
Appearance – Ammolite Dragons, also referenced as Rainbow Dragons, have beautiful serpentine bodies covered with layers of pointed scales that shimmer in a bright, vivid rainbow color. Like the scales of Mercury Dragons, Ammolites have the rare, ever-moving appearance on their scales that makes their large range of hues shift all over the place, never the same pattern. Their heads are long and narrow, pointing at the nose in order to cut through the air with tiny scales that dance much like those that cover their bodies. From the backs of their heads spreads a series of armored horns and thick, colorful, fin-like structures, giving them the nickname “Fish of the Skies.” These fins also jut from the elbows in various ways. Their wings, much like the Brass and Gold Dragons, are two spans that instead of only connecting at the shoulders and halfway down the back, stretch like webs down the entirety of the dragon’s body to the tip of the tail. Though they are three times larger than Mercury Dragons, the only other dragon on Partheus to call the skies their permanent home, they are seemingly unimposing and even tend to mingle in the Family structures that the Mercuries have established. However, rank is always determined by the boldness of the fin display, and because males are typically bolder in color, they are typically higher in rank. Females generally have a dominance in cooler colors such as green, blue, and indigo, while males are dominated by warmer colors, such as red, yellow, and orange. However, all Ammolite Dragons have at least one of each hue somewhere on their bodies in varying amounts.
Combat – The biggest reason Ammolite Dragons and Mercury Dragons get along so well is the unique ability the Ammolite Dragon has. For a short time each day, an Ammolite Dragon is able to super-heat its body, taking the evaporated water in the air and condensing it to form thick, puffy clouds around it. These clouds, however, are like any other clouds unless the dragon chooses to mix the contents of the special sac within its body with the water vapor. This liquid, naturally produced by the dragon, is somehow able to strengthen the clouds, making them solid enough to hold weight while still able to float in the atmosphere. It is also the liquid used in the dragon’s breath weapon. Because Ammolites cannot cool their bodies down naturally like they can heat up, their breath weapon is a stream of intense cold that, when spit up into the air, can rain down upon the dragon and quickly cool their body temperatures. To those around them, however, this liquid is cold enough to almost instantly freeze in place. Or at least make them very cold for a while, depending on the age of the dragon and the amount of liquid is spit out. Ammolite Dragons aren’t aggressive by nature, more often enjoying a fun game here and there. However, they, like most other dragons, are built to protect themselves. Their scales are thin, making them weak when it comes to defense, but their claws and teeth are quite sharp. The fin-like structures found on their faces and sometimes on their joints can also harden to create spines that act much like a porcupine.
Ydyl Dragon (Pietersite Dragon)
Art by kerembeyit
Pietersite Dragons are mysterious creatures of legend said to appear only when great wealth had been achieved. Their materialistic nature and desire to remain in the shadows has earned them the title of “Cat’s Eye,” a slash of darkness in vivid color. These creatures can be found scattered in various parts of Partheus, but, being one of the rarest dragon breeds on the planet, they are too scattered to create even one true Family. On Kabola, a Pietersite has only ever appeared once, creating the great fountain of Gareth in the courtyard in the centermost ring. Since then, there has never been a single report of a Pietersite sighting.
Appearance – Pietersites are one of the few dragons with scales that are ever-changing. Their hides are a sandy color ranging from red clay to beach white, while their scales morph through various phases of red and gold as well as silvers, blues, and black. At every stage in these dragons’ lives, their scales will grow and change, creating a new appearance unique to the dragon, itself. However, unlike the Mercury dragon, whose scales seem to always be moving with color, the Pietersite establishes its color through that growth cycle before moving to the next, much like a snake shedding its skin. Their scales are round and smooth, clinging to their sandy hides like the shell of a turtle. Their bodies are a good balance between muscle and aerodynamics, long and somewhat narrow with strong legs and a thick tail. Their necks are shorter than most, ending with a narrow head rounding at the tip as a mask of silver or black covers the top portion, leading directly into two pairs of horns connected by thick webs. From beneath this mask, long, fleshy tendrils reach out like hair made out of snakes, always moving as though they have a mind of their own. The only major difference between males and females are the two to eight horns that jut from the dragon’s chin. There doesn’t seem to be any form of ranking, as there is no established Family.
Combat – Pietersites are not well known for any form of combat tactics, preferring a solitary and silent existence. Their bodies are covered with a thick armor, ever changing, and while their talons and teeth are rather sharp, they are more often used to dig through stone for precious metals. However, on the tip of most Pietersite Dragons’ tails is a ball of the same fleshy tendrils, which have the ability to harden into thick spikes when the dragon is threatened. These dragons have a breath weapon that is a cloud of thick black smoke with the magical property to transmutate – turning one substance into another. Most often, these dragons use their breath weapon to turn semi-precious metals or stones into precious or to turn simple, plain rock into more interesting stone, such as marble or obsidian. With a little training, though, Pietersites have the capability of transforming any shape into that of another, having the potential of using this breath as a true weapon.
Ytemah Dragon (Mercury Dragon)
Mercury Dragons are the masters of the skies. Unlike the Ammolite, a serpentine creature with a somewhat bulkier structure, Mercuries are thin and quick. They are said to be so fast that one cannot catch them with their eyes, alone. They are whimsical, mischievous creatures, their thoughts flitting around like the wind, itself. Because they make their home in great cities in the skies, no varonians have ever actually seen these crafty, curious dragons. In fact, they dislike the ground so much that they even hunt in the skies, fast enough to catch even the fastest bird of prey. Mercury Dragons are typically nocturnal hunters, as they spend much of the day sleeping - only awake at dawn and dusk to greet the Family. The Family structure is very important to all Mercuries, who are the only dragons known to live in great cities in the sky. They are known to love fiercely, and each mated pair is mated for life. Unlike their fleeting thoughts, the love of Mercuries is said to last forever.
Appearance - The Mercury is a very thin, nimble creature, built entirely for a life in the sky. Its wings are massive, almost half across more than the length of the dragon's body. It is narrow from the point of its nose to the tip of its long tail, tipped with a sharp, fan-like arrow used to help the dragon make minute turns or changes in flight pattern. Its head is like the head of a pin, pointed and sharp with long nostrils stretching up a quarter of its maw and tight lips sealing away razor teeth. Its eyes are guarded by smooth rises in the flesh, which divot back down on either side of the skull to form dark shadows. From the back of the head are two black horns and a series of flexible webbings used to catch the wind when needed. From between the horns is a long fin that stretches to the base of the tail to aide in sharp turns as necessary. Though the dragon has scales, they seem to blend completely together in ever-changing color, appearing to almost drip balls of liquid mercury, various shades of silver, gray, and blue, which draw in the light and reflect it much like a flashlight. This color stretches over every single part of the dragon, across its body and on the top and bottom of each wing. Its body is built much like a greyhound, narrow and thin with a larger crest to hold its heart and lungs. It has extremely long, thin legs tipped with black talons to match its horns. Though it appears to have very little muscle, it is the most powerful flyer in existence and is happy to prove it. There are no differences between males and females.
Combat - Mercury Dragons are not well known for their combat skills, but they do have some tricks up their sleeves. They are nimble, quick-witted creatures, and they use this to their advantage at all times, especially in the air. They are creative in the ways of magic, one of the few dragons able to use their arcanus for purposes other than the basic skills that serve all dragons. Their scales are very reflective, and in some cases, can even be blinding. Like almost all dragons, they have sharp talons, and the arrow on the tail can also be used in combat. Their longer-than-normal nostrils allow them to breathe deeper and run longer - if trained on the ground. When one can actually back a Mercury into a corner, they have a strange breath weapon that, when initially fired, may remind one of the capsule released by the Amethyst. It first appears to be a silvery blob, as though the dragon spit out a splatter of mercury, but once it makes the few feet needed away from the dragon who released it, the blob begins to spin in the air, creating a strange pull of its own. Much like a magnet, it pulls anything within a fifty foot radius towards it, flashing a bright, almost blinding light every few seconds. This effect will last up to five minutes, depending on the power of the dragon who released it. The light flashes are only mildly irritating at first, but as the dragon grows stronger, they can grow to be completely blinding (will blind any within a fifty foot radius for up to ten seconds) and will even burn those at a closer range of ten feet. As the light flashes and the strange pull draws to a close, the capsule will then explode, doing burning damage for those within ten feet of it.
Uxh Dragon (Platinum Dragon)
Art by Todd Lockwood
Lords of mystery and illusion, Platinum Dragons rule all that cannot be seen with the naked eye. They are the most illusive of dragons and the most solitary of all breeds. They have no family structure and may only mate once every hundred years, for they take great enjoyment out of the tranquility of being alone. It is very hard for a Platinum to socialize, be it with other dragons, either of the same breed or different, or any other creatures on Partheus. No one truly knows where Platinums call home, for they seem to always be everywhere and nowhere at the same time. As if they have an entire other world of their own. Legend says that it is truly an ill fate to meet a Platinum, for the shining scales are sure to bring about the ultimate of sorrows. Whether or not this is true has yet to be determined.
Appearance - The Platinum is easily the shiniest dragon in all of Partheus, its scales shining even brighter and more vibrant than that of the legendary Mercury. Unlike Mercuries, a Platinum's scales act more like mirrors than beacons and reflectors of light. While seemingly shinier, they do not draw in and reflect light like that of the Mercury's, more docile and sometimes even appearing translucent - making the dragon appear as though it's not there at all. Were one to look upon a Platinum's shining scales up close, they would be able to see their own reflection, unlike the naturally light-driven reflection of the Mercury. It is a bulky creature by nature, particularly in the legs and wings, designed for making great leaps and glides and using the air currents to its advantage. While the Platinum does not usually make long flights, its wings are designed to carry its much heftier body over longer distances if needed. Its head is wide, much like a broad arrowhead, and the males are typically crowned with a series of horns shining the same color as the scales with tendrils of flesh to make a beard-like appearance. Meanwhile, the females are deigned with a web-like crown instead of horns, wrapping almost completely around the head - stopping only at the chin - and stretching down the neck to end at the shoulder blades. Females tend to be slightly thinner and more agile than males, designed more for flight and speed than fighting. The tail splits halfway down to create two separate ends that move in a mesmerizing dance that can easily captivate a target, tipped with strange tendrils that shimmer and catch the light to seemingly sparkle.
Combat - Platinums are strange and illusive creatures not well known for their combat styles. However, they are built to be one of the ultimate hunters of dragonkind and are equipped to catch any style prey they decide, be it humanoid, beast, or even other dragons. Their talons are razor sharp, but they're short and somewhat stubby when compared to those of other breeds, and the tendrils that extend from the dual tail tips can be used like a leathery whip that is very effective at drawing blood, thin enough to do so between the less layered scales of smaller gem dragons, such as the Sapphire. Even their breath weapon is designed to help them hunt and ambush their prey, a slightly foggy haze that can extend as far as twice the length of the dragon that dissipates most sound, much like the effect of a thick snowstorm. However, though they do have these perks, a fight against another dragon of the same size or larger head-on and without the advantage of an ambush puts the Platinum at a severe disadvantage. These dragons are not built for full blown fights, whether from the ground or skies, even with their unique tails. Most dragon armors - especially Chromatic and the largest of the Gem dragons - are too thick for the tail whips to penetrate, and their talons are too short to reach quite like a dragon built more for fighting. It is rare to even see them fight each other, as there are so few due to lack of interest in mating that there is often too great a distance between the solitary beasts.
Khyrinh Dragon (Ruby Dragon)
Ruby Dragons are the Gem cousins to the Red. Much better in appearance, as well as personality, the Ruby is very well known for many things. They are considered the third kindest dragon to ever exist, only the Onyx and Silver passing them on the level of compassion. Rubies are also well known for their intelligence and artistic abilities. They are the artists of the dragon race, able to write any kind of poetry they want, able to paint and sculpt anything they want. Their lairs are said to be filled with scriptures and statues instead of precious gems and gold. Never to have been spotted by a human, the Ruby tends to keep in simple pairs, a mated pair for life, rarely leaving their lair except to hunt, whether that hunt be for food or for new kinds of art.
Appearance - The Ruby Dragon is the largest dragon on Partheus, the only other dragon to have ever surpassed them being the Onyx. All Rubies have shining scales the crimson color of thousands of ruby gems that are impervious to fire but vulnerable to ice and snow. Their talons are a natural onyx black with rivets and ridges decorating the stone-like textures of the razor-sharp claws, having more of an effect when fighting. The Ruby's body is naturally bulky much like the Red, strong, hard muscles decorating every inch covered only with the brilliant ruby scales. The neck is long, ending with an arrow-tip-shaped head, spine-like molds forming on either side of the face to become almost shields for the eyes, which are a natural onyx black with no visible pupil. These spiny casts run up the back of the head to form a pair of large, bright red horns that, on the males, curve around to frame the Ruby's face, and on the females, curl up before dipping down, barely curling around the face at all. On both the males and females, there are usually four more sets of horns, each smaller than the one ascending it, all connected by a strong web-like structure composed of the Ruby's strong flesh. The head narrows out at the nose, which forms the tip, often curling down in the common form of the dragon's front lip, which provides more protection from banging on the important front teeth. Down the back, the scales are able to rise in a defensive stance, creating spines often like the barbed quills of a sea-urchin. The tail is less than half of the full size, and it is often very bulky and heavy. However, on males, the tail is often more whip-like and used more often as a weapon as where the females use it as a sign of gestation. The wings are strong and usually spiked at the top and at the end of each of the three joints that hold the strong webbing out for flight. The best way to determine male from female is males are usually 30 feet shorter than females, less bulky, and more suited for fighting and protection.
Combat - Rubies don't always enjoy combat even though they are built for it. They prefer their intellectual talents instead of the brute force they seem to have been built for. However, if their patience is worn thin, they will fight back, and often, males will fight for the rights of having a female. They will often use physical attributes such as talons, horns, and going for vulnerable spots, such as the neck and stomach. Their breath weapon is a plane of chaos. What this looks like at first is a mist that seems to suck in all light. It absorbs anything and everything around it, causing panic, terror, and well...chaos. Almost anything can happen, and the Ruby can never control it after using it. This plane will only last thirty seconds, and the Ruby must wait another ten minutes before using it again.
Skyrhen Dragon (Obsidian Dragon)
Obsidian Dragons aren’t known in the minds of humans, for they only reside in the depths of volcanoes where the heat of magma can soothe their desire for fire. On Kabola, there is a single family consisting of up to forty dragons run by a mated pair. These dragons are, by all means necessary, magma dragons, having an intense control over the heated innards of the planet directly connected to their volatile emotions. However, there is a rare pair of Snowflake Obsidians that, unlike their un-mutated cousins, are only able to reside in the coldest places on the planet. Many dragons believe that these mutated creatures have long-since died out.
Appearance - If the Obsidian Dragon’s control over magma is not enough to nickname it magma dragon, then the appearance of the beast solidifies the nickname. From head to toe, these dragons are a deep, rich, stony texture built with sharp scales colored black and blood red like that of an obsidian stone layered heavily across the body and down the legs. On the dragon’s back, from the top of its head to the tip of its tail, these scales seem to split apart in various ways to reveal an odd, glowing trail that would oftentimes remind one of flowing lava. They are short creatures, bulky and typically slow-moving. Their necks are long and thick with a pencil-tip head at the end crowned with massive glowing horns the color of hot lava. Even their faces take a stony appearance, pointing out at the chin like a stalactite. From the horns on the back of the dragon’s head, spines sprout down the back, ending halfway down the tail, making way only for the thinly webbed wings that sprout at the shoulders. Every inch of these creatures is sharp, from their oddly long, white talons to the white-hot tip of the tail. Even the ends of their wings, which are often pointed with obsidian-like claws, are deadly when put to use. Oftentimes, there is no distinction between males and females, save the glowing trails, which often take more of a red tone than males. Ranking within the Family is determined by the dragon’s size and skill, so the more volatile females tend to rank low.
Combat - Obsidian Dragons are, by nature, very powerful. They are volatile and easily angered, and their control over magma is linked directly to their emotions. This means they fight a lot and, from a young age, become very good at it. Their talons are razor sharp and twice as long as the talons of a normal dragon. Their bodies are machines built to protect and destroy. If they grow to learn how to control the power they possess, Obsdian Dragons can accomplish many feats, such as geysers and the creation of entire islands (with the help of a water dragon, of course). But their most deadly feat is actually their breath weapon, which is a single gust of broken shards from their own scales, stored within their bodies for future use. These shards are backed by a powerful burst of air that holds the heat of the dragon’s body, making this breath weapon deadly and effective.
Slixynh Dragon (Epidote Dragon)
Terhkyn Dragon (Moonstone Dragon)
Moonstone Dragons are considered some of the most beautiful gemstone dragons on Partheus, though rarely ever spotted by a Varonian. They are special, only ever appearing outside their lairs within the mountains of the world on the nights of the Full and New Moons. They are common creatures, hidden even before the birth of Man, their bodies overly sensitive to any variation of Light and Darkness, thus never seen within the sunlight. Female counterparts to the Sunstone Dragons, these gems have a legend attached much to the same extent. The three moons of Partheus were created by the lesser god, Badeceri, with the help of Ova, his mother. To show his love and devotion to his mother and grandmother, he created the three moons, granting them the beautiful silver light that they cast upon the surface even to this day. His mother was so happy upon seeing them that she cried just as she had done when creating the suns. But unlike the tears of the suns, these were a translucent silver color dancing with the many prisms of glowing light. From some burst the Moon Phoenixes, opposites to the fiery red, orange, and golden birds created from sunstones, their fires a deep violet and strangely cold. From others, Kallydrana made the Moonstone Dragons. It is said that these dragons fly so high that not even Mercury and Ammolite Dragons, the dragons of the skies, have ever witnessed them. However, if one knows where to look, Moonstones can be seen in the same skies that the Moon Lights can be seen.
Appearance - A Moonstone Dragon is a very special creature, its body smooth and translucent, almost as if there are no scales to speak of. However, there are scales, placed tightly together, almost like crystal, but naturally smooth, and covered with a type of magic to light it even in the darkest of places. So, literally, a Moonstone dragon will glow. On top of that, this magical barrier is completely impervious to any mortal weapon, even in the most vulnerable spot across the heart. The only thing to shine right through this magic is light, and too much of it will scorch all the tiny scales before beginning to melt the flesh. Moonstones are serpent-like, their bodies long and very narrow, with pencil-tip heads wrapped with a crown of short horns decorated with small, feather-like fibers shining either pink, green, or blue, any of them neon or metallic in sheen. As for body color, a Moonstone always has the base coloring of a bright, whitish-silver, shining as bright as a star when in the moonlight. However, each Moonstone is different in coloring, for their bodies are usually covered with small tendrils of other coloring, usually neon colors, as light as smoke, and never noticeable from the sky. Their eyes are usually a pale blue that shine when using magic. All Moonstone Dragons are female, and they are rarely seen in packs larger than two or three at a time.
Combat - Moonstones prefer running. They are illusive, and they are shy. So fighting really isn't on the menu for them. However, each Moonstone is a natural in the use of magic, and they are usually taught by their mothers and aunts, the pack's specific talents passed down through generations. They do not have a breath weapon, but they do have a scream that will cause any creature smaller than them to die of high frequency volume, as long as they can keep it going long enough. Usually, however, they will just make it last enough to get away.
Tsarkhn Dragon (Sunstone Dragon)
Sunstone Dragons are legendary creatures said to be created when Ova took upon the heat of the suns and blessed the land with warmth and light. The legend states that when Ova cast upon the surface her love and devotion to her parents and siblings, she cried great tears of both joy and suffering, having lost a father, but gained a world that she could fill with her own love. Those tears rained down from the skies, great orbs of orange and gold and the many hues of light. From some burst the great phoenixes, but from others, Kallydrana created the Sunstone Dragons. These mighty beasts cast a glow of light and radiate heat, their scales able to glow much like the light of the two suns. These creatures are prideful, believing themselves to be gifts granted upon the world, higher than any and all other creatures, even other dragons. It takes a firm, yet understanding hand to tame the tempers of such beasts, and few care enough to do so. On Kabola, the hatred and out-of-control emotions of Varonians drove Sunstone Dragons away from almost all emotions, and many find it hard to find such again. When not afflicted with such fear, these dragons are full of passion and confidence, loyalty and love. Their fear blinds them, keeping them from being able to find their way back to the of which the world is nestled between.
Appearance - Unlike their moonlit halves, the Moonstone Dragons, Sunstone Dragons have thick, gem-like scales plated across their extremely thick hides. These scales are convex in structure, thick enough to magnify light within them before casting a warm glow of gold, red, and every little shade in between. The dragon’s hide is typically a cooler violet color, further enhancing the shades cast by the thick scales. Sunstone Dragons are bulky in nature, with thicker hides, thicker scales, and much larger muscles. Their tails are more like clubs than whips, typically shorter than the body length and built somewhat like an alligator tail. Their heads are long and narrow, sometimes built with a more square jaw. These heads have fan-like noses that point up towards the skies before casting ridges back over small, glowing eyes of great contrast to the color of the dragon’s scales. Reaching out from the back of their heads are glowing horns that seem to permeate with the heat of the suns, and with age, can start to glow with the heat, sometimes becoming white-hot. From behind these horns are thin strands of hair-like tendrils that dance with the heat of these dragons’ bodies, stretching from the back of the head to the tip of the tail. Their wings are thick like the rest of their hide, but somewhat translucent, typically in a golden color, giving the dragon the ability to magnify the light of the suns. All Sunstone Dragons are male.
Combat - Sunstone Dragons cannot last long at night and oftentimes have to train a great deal in order to stay awake after the suns go down. They are typically afraid of the dark, but because their bodies glow, find darkness hard to come by. They are thick and bulky, slower than other dragons to move, but they hit harder. Their talons are sharp and hot – so hot, in fact, that they can cauterize a wound as they are making it. They can magnify the light of the suns to create a wave of blinding light and intense heat upon the ground, and their bodies can, if given the right conditions, soak up the energy of the two suns to store for later use. However, their most deadly weapon is their breath weapon, a stream of plasma. This stream is so hot that it can evaporate whatever water-based component it touches and cut through a significant amount of stone and metal by melting it. It is typically short ranged, going no farther out than half the dragon’s body length, and very thick, but it goes away quickly. It appears as nothing more than a stream of white matter that pools on the ground before dissipating within a matter of seconds. The dragon is not immune to its own breath weapon once it is out, however, so many of them use extreme caution when deciding to cast it upon a foe.