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Gazetteer – 03a05 – Dragons

Dragons

Dragons were the first enemy created by Cora to compete with her elves.  Cora wanted competition, but the monsters that dragons became shocked and horrified her.  They also horrified the elves and drove the first born into hiding for half an age until mithvein trickled into the mines of the world giving elves a means of fighting back.

Like elves, souls and body are one within dragons.  As rune creatures, they are not a combination of a bunch of runes like most other thought creatures, but the power of a specific rune itself.   That said, Lohicarmix, the first dragon and world worm, has tinkered with dragon kind to create different races of dragons infusing them with power from various other runes.  Fire dragons, storm dragons, or death dragons are more often known by their plumage as red dragons, blue dragons, or black dragons, but their origins came from the rune that gave each their powerful breath weapon.

This manipulation of runes never occurred with elves.  The most likely reason is because Mith, Jukal, or Anglaril did not wish to tinker and Lohicarmix would never create more elves.

For more about the early days of dragons, read the section about elves in this chapter.

Dragons of Sagany

When the Book of Creation was stolen from Lohicarmix’s hoard, the first dragon fled to the north and enslaved the men that lived there.  The hearty men of the north did not have the weapons necessary to combat the great dragon or his monstrous creations.  During the Age of Runes, however, a group of Grables with dragon rune foltutes came to the north to master the dragon rune within them.  Lohicarmix had no desire to teach these upstarts and sought to destroy them instead.  Most died in the inferno of his fires, but a small band of the dragon rune Grables became strong enough to imprison the first dragon beneath a volcano in the lands of perpetual ice.

The leader of this band was a Grable who lost his eye during the fight.  The slaves he freed called him Father One-Eye.  Brash was his son and heir and Higgel was his adopted son who had the giant rune and the disorder rune within him and was not a dragonborn Grable at all.  The long life of dragonborn Grables saw many generations come and go with Father One-Eye still the leader of the Saganites.  The Saganites began to worship their leaders as gods feeling that if they died in their service they too would be able to live on in the Great Mead Hall of Saxgard as warrior spirits dedicated to fighting the enemies of the world until the End of Days.

As centuries passed, the memory of the dragonborn heritage of the Saganite gods faded and the Saganites considered themselves a chosen people who were blessed to share the lands of their ancestors with the gods.  This continued until a rebel Saganite named Verdruggen learned the dragonborn secret and vowed to expose these gods as frauds.  He sought out Echan Deathless, the great weaponsmith to craft him a sword made to kill dragons.  The sword’s real name is not known, but scholars often misname it Godfighter unaware of the dragonborn mystery that led to its creation.  With it, Verdruggen raided the divine city of Saxgard and slew the Saganite pantheon of “gods” all save for Higgel who was of giant heritage and immune to Godfighter’s devastating powers.  Higgel fled Saxgard leading Verdruggen on a merry chase into the Undead Lands where he was able to confuse the berserk warrior with illusions until he succumbed to the deathly cold trapped in a hedge maze of barberry bushes.

Dragons of Tanvarpov

When the flood waters subsided as Oklos raised the land out of the oceans at the beginning of the Age of Chaos, dragons capitalized on the opportunity to claim the greatest city in the world as their own.  Hundreds of dragons descended on Tanvarpov occupying palaces, coliseums, the Chamber of the Immortal Council, and more.  They gathered the wealth of the city into their personal hordes and went to sleep for most of the Age of Chaos with their lust for greed thoroughly sated.

Clesian the Great tried to retake the city, but his armies were not quite strong enough to defeat such a high concentration of some of the world’s most fearsome adversaries.  Bahamut of the North Wind, a particularly smart and powerful dragon, organized many of the dragons into an effective fighting force that worked together in the defense of their conquered city driving back the Grable armies and forcing a truce.  Those dragons that followed him swore allegiance to him as the new leader of Tanvarpov and authorized Bahamut to negotiate a truce with Clesian on their behalf.  Tiamat, Lohicarmix’s first daughter and self-proclaimed Queen of All Dragons, took great offense at this meeting.  She ambushed the parley with a host of dragons loyal to her aiming to both destroy the armies of Clesian and kill Bahamut as well.  She was successful in the first goal even killing Clesian in the process, but was unable to best the great Bahamut. They fought in the skies above Tanvarpov where Bahamut severed Tiamat’s neck several times, but each time the life force in her was so strong that she would raise herself from the dead with a new head and neck.  After five victories, Bahamut grew tired and Tiamat grew five heads at once.  She was able to drive Bahamut off and force him to flee Tanvarpov.  Tiamat has ruled the city unopposed ever since.

The Northwind Protectorate

When the Beast awoke at the end of the Age of Chaos, most dragons remained neutral in this great fight, preferring to reside in Tanvarpov and protect their hoards against whichever side won the fight.

Bahamut and his followers were not among these dragons.  They flew to the battlefield and most believed were there to aid the beast and his armies, but Bahamut had lived with guilt for nearly 900 years wondering what the world would have been like if a treaty between Clesian and the dragons had been formed.  Bahamut’s intellect made him inquisitive and was beginning to grow bored with sitting on mounds of treasure with little to do besides count coins.

Bahamut’s dragons were a great boon to the forces of good that day and many believe that the dragons were the reason Calgillien had a clear pathway to the heart when he closed with the Beast in combat.  After the victory, Bahamut received much praise from all that witnessed the battle.  There’s nothing more seductive to a dragon than flattery and adulation.  Much like the story of the Grinch, Bahamut’s heart grew ten sizes that day.

He now coveted this type of praise so he decided to found a kingdom for others that he would defend and protect.  In this kingdom all creatures of good would be welcome and given equal status.  There would be no favoritism, no slavery, no status in his realm.  The particulars of Bahamut’s decree did not last long, but the sentiment did, and the North Wind Protectorate is a new force of good in eastern Oklos.

Speaking with Dragons

Speaking with dragons can be risky.  Even speaking with dragon rune derivatives like birds has its consequences.  Dragons know a lot of things, but they loathe revealing much, so they often communicate in riddles.  Hidden in these riddles are dangerous ideas and concepts that the normal mind can’t handle.  A game of riddles with a dragon can leave one feebleminded or insane.  The insanity of Pazo, a gifted artist who spoke too much with birds, was the catalyst that led to the curse on the Auspiciums that turned those beauty loving people into the ugly orcs of Gasp.