A for Amethyst Dragon


Hi everyone.  It’s April which means it’s time for the A-Z challenge!  This is my second year to participate and I’m really excited.  Last year was fun, but I didn’t really have a theme.  This year, I’m dedicating the A-Z challenge to my novel, temporarily titled, THE EYE OF KEDGE (formerly known as In the Shadow of the Dragon King). It is  a YA fantasy that’s been in the works way too long.   This year, I’ve decided to quit trying to make it perfect (because there is no such thing as a “perfect” novel), edit it the best I can, and move on to the second book in the trilogy.  With that said, let the fun of the A-Z challenge begin!

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A – Amethyst Dragon

We all have antagonists in our stories. Mine just happens to be a self-centered amethyst dragon by the name of Einar, and what a beast he is to behold:  

“Dark purple and black scales covered his muscular body from snout to tail.  Leathery wings twitched against his side.  He measured no less than sixty feet in length, and stood half as tall. A stench of rotten eggs clung to him.  The beast shifted.  Shattered rock tumbled in clinks to the ground.  His amber eyes, set wide in his horned head, blinked vertically.”

Steeped in black magic, Einar is impervious to death by humans and white magic.  Most amethyst dragons are not confrontational, but Einar is not like most dragons.  Over-confident and armed with a vendetta, he is determined to kill everyone who has caused him harm.  He’s never been closer to fulfilling his lust for vengeance…until he comes face to face with the very thing that can take his life.  Staring down his own mortality, Einar must make a choice and make it fast – fight or flight?  His choice might just be his last.

Magical Monday – Enter: the Amethyst Dragon


Today I present to you the aloof, solitary, and self-centered Amethyst Dragon.

The most powerful of the neutral gem dragons, amethyst dragons are honorable, regal creatures. They inhabit the mountains of the northern islands, living on the shores of isolated lakes and pools. At birth, these dragons have lavender skin with fine, translucent-purple scales. These scales darken as the creature grows older, eventually reaching a sparkling lavender color.

These creatures approach life with a detached air, ignoring the conflicts of good and evil, law and chaos. At best, they see these conflicts as petty squabbles over inconsequential points of view, and not worthy of their time or consideration. These majestic dragons consider themselves to be the leaders of the gem dragons, and most of the lesser gem dragons acquiesce to this leadership – in everyday life and in the Council Aerie. While amethyst dragons consider their silver and copper cousins to be foolish and have an active dislike of red and white dragons, they do not consider any life form to be their inherent enemies. They prefer to reason out a settlement through discussion and negotiation rather than through combat, but they can and will fight if they must. Being honorable and noble, these dragons never hide or attempt to ambush foes. To them, even retreating is a dishonorable action, but they will flee if faced with certain death. Amethyst dragons eat large quantities of fish and gems. They keep vassals to attend to their needs, though they do not place as many restrictions or requirements on them as other dragon lords do. Most keep at least one hidden, underwater cave for seclusion and secrecy. Amethyst dragons approach mating in a very logical manner, seeking the optimum partner to produce the best offspring. Love and pleasure rarely, if ever, enter the equation.

They tend to be poor flyers but can burrow underground quite well.  Adult Amethyst dragons prefer to use invisibility to catch their opponents off-guard. Their breath weapon is a blast of concussive force. Additionally, once per day, Amethyst dragons may spit a crystalline lozenge which explodes on impact.

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