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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Enter: the metallic dragons

Come, come.  Everyone scoot in and sit down.  There are plenty of stools upon which to plop your backsides.  Would one of you chaps in the back close the door please?  Don’t want sunlight interfering with what you came to see.  There’s enough light from the torches anyway.

Everyone settled?  Good.  Now how many of you here have seen a dragon?  Um hmm, just as I thought.  No one.  Well, guess what?  Your luck is about to change.

Now, I won’t bore you with all the tedious stuff about dragons, but I will tell you this.  They live and they are all around you.  Like faeries, they can only be seen by those who truly believe in the magical realm, which means all of you have the sight.  Yes, yes.  I charmed my hovel so that only those who believe in the old magic could enter.

There are many kinds of dragons:  Wyverns, Worms, Hydras, Firedrakes, Icedrakes, the list goes on.  Depending on where you live, the color of a dragon can alert you to their temperament.  You’ll pretty much know right away whether you’re food, friend or folly.

Now I won’t lie to you.  I know very little of the dragons of the North, East and South worlds, but I do know a thing or two about the dragons of the West World.  Underneath each one of these cloths you will find a baby dragon shielded in invisible containers enchanted to mimic their true environments.

The dragons you are going to see today are Metallic dragons, what I like to call good dragons. They are also only days old.  As you view them, keep in mind there are many species of dragons in each category.  This display is only to familiarize you with their color and appearance.  Are you ready?

The first metallic I present is a Sandy Dottyback.  She’s a Brass dragon.  Now brass dragons are quite intelligent and are desert dwellers.  They are incessant talkers, can grow up to 60 feet in length.  Their scales radiate heat and light, and as you can see, they are born with two sharp horns on the chin, which become pointier as they age.  Their defense is a honeysuckle scented breath that can put you to sleep for several hours.

The next is the most treasured of all metallics – the Gold dragon.  This particular breed is the Pearl Beauty.  They have two horns that jut sideways from their cheeks, and two very prominent horns that shoot back on their heads.  They also have beautiful tentacle whiskers on the top and bottom of their jaws, giving the appearance of a beard.  They also smell of saffron and incense.  Gold dragons live in elegant lairs of stone, whether a cave or castle, it matters not to these magnificent creatures as long as opulence surrounds them.  They are loyal, honest and wise and they can polymorph into animal or human.  In fact, they live most of their lives as humans, seeking out evil and bestowing justice upon it.  They are the most intelligent of all the dragons and grow to be around 60 feet long with an adult wingspan of 135 feet.  Though they do not like to fight, they will if they need to.  Their defense?  Fire.

Our third little guy is the Court Jester, a Copper dragon.  They are born tricksters and jokesters, and are quite devious and intelligent.  They are always out to impress their lesser counterparts with their intelligence and wit.  They grow to be about 40 feet and spit sweet-smelling acid to ward off enemies. As this little guy gets bigger, he’ll grow two horns on his head that will point back toward his tail.  He will also grow massive thigh and shoulder muscles which will make him a powerful jumper and climber.  This particular breed enjoys the company of humans and will do almost anything for a good scratch along their snouts.

Next we have a Bronze dragon. This particular breed is the Glimmer Ridgeback.  They are often thought of as arrogant and haughty. They cluster in groups near large bodies of water and can take on the form of an animal in order to observe humans.  Bronze dragons despise blue dragons, and they are vigilant in protecting their homes from them.  Most bronze dragons have three main large horns protruding from each cheek, pointing back towards the tail. They also have a couple more smaller horns. The tips of these points are black and very sharp, and are often used for grooming. They grow to be about 50 feet and use lightning bolts as their defense.

Last is the Darting Damsel, a rare Silver dragon.  Silvers live in the high mountains and fly the wind currents.  Often mistaken for clouds, they are extremely intelligent, can polymorph like Golds, and they flourish around the innocence of young children.  They are very protective and will defend their families, both human and dragon, to the death.  As you can see, they have a beautiful frill that begins at the top of the head and flows all the way down its neck and body to the tip of the tail. The frill is silver towards the body, fading to a purple hue at the edge.  In time, two long, smooth silver horns with black tips, will point up and back from the head. Males of the species will also grow a pronounced sharp frill under the chin, giving the rough appearance of a goatee. They have a very unique smell about them, almost like a mountain rain.  The average Silver grows to around 55 feet and use a freezing breath to stun or kill their enemies.

Well, there you have them, folks.  Five Metallic dragons.  Feel free to come up and take a look at them.  They won’t harm you.  Remember, they’re as curious about you as you are about them.  And please come back tomorrow when I’ll have the Chromatic dragons on display.  They’re beautiful to look at but would just as soon kill you as to look at you.  Wednesday I’ll have an array of Gem dragons you won’t want to miss.

Thank you for stopping in.  It’s always an extreme pleasure to meet others with the magical sight.   And as you journey in your day, keep your eyes open. You never know when you might be speaking with a dragon.