Dragons can be found anywhere in Ga'leah from the hottest to the coldest climates.
Dragons are the scaled reptilian creatures created by the former God of Vengeance to enact retribution across the land of Ga'leah. There were four different varieties all specializing in a different kind of vengeance. Although they went extinct shortly after the God of Vengeance lost his godhood, they were resurrected with the ritual sacrifice of the former God of Vengeance and have become a presence in Ga'leah once more.
Although the original Dragons had only their reptilian form, the rebirth of the Dragon required human souls to orchestrate. As a result, Dragons now have two forms, that of the human being they now possess, and their true dragon form.
There are four separate types of dragons, each with their own specific appearances and abilities:
- Pachucoatl - Resemble the dragons (feathered serpents) of South America. These are the dragons who seek vengeance for the silent. Murder victims, babies, those injured and left unable to speak for themselves. Pachucoatl are stealthy, sly, and strike with deadly accuracy much like the snakes they resemble. Their vengeance is a form o justice and as such, Pachucoatl have an ambiguous moral code to which they like to adhere. Pachucoatl are acid dragons and can expel acid from their mouths in lieu of the fire that is stereotypically connected to dragons.
- Longwei - Resemble the dragons of Asian cultures and are the dragons that see to acts of divine retribution. They are very much the guardians of the weak and underprivileged, the fierce force that strikes a balance in the world and enacts vengeance on those who abuse their power at the cost of the innocents. They have a very strong moral code and are often very stubborn when expected to go against their beliefs of right and wrong. Longwei are elemental dragons which draw strength and power from the environment around them. A Longwei Dragon in a desert will be able to manifest heat or even gusts akin to a sandstorm, while one closer to the seaside would be more inclined to spew jets of salt water or blasts of wind.
- Draigoch - Resemble the dragons of Britain and France. These are the dragons who seek vengeance for those whose anger burns hot. Hatred, anger, and a desire to see blood shed in recompense for being wronged all call to the Draigoch who will enact vengeance with a fiery temper of their own, not only seeking vengeance against the one who has done the wronging, but also those in the same general vicinity often taking out countrysides, families, even villages in the process. They have little to no moral code and generally believe that the ends always justify the means. Draigoch are dragons of fire just like their tempers and the emotions of those who call to them. They are fire breathers by nature and are often the dragon which receives the most attention in songs and tales because of their over the top presentation of vengeance.
- Ormarr - Resemble the dragons of Germany and Scandinavia. These dragons seek that vengeance which many say is often served ‘cold’. They are drawn to individuals who hold grudges. The longer a hatred and need for retribution has been simmering within an individual, the more sweet their siren song will be for the Ormarr. They have no moral code to speak of but are not as wantonly careless as the Draigoch, an Ormarr is much less likely to destroy an entire village to enact vengeance upon one man. They have more finesse than that. Ormarr are dragons of ice and cold just like the flavor of retribution that calls to them. They do not breathe fire but instead intense blasts of frozen wind or water that can be every bit as damaging.
The original Dragons were a very solitary species that preferred to remain with their own kind when they were not enacting vengeance. Although sometimes the different varieties of dragons would nest in the same location, they do not ordinarily enjoy each other's company and prefer to remain with their own kind. If they do cohabitate, it is most likely the Pachucoatl and the Longwei or the Draigoch and the Ormarr who share nests.
The resurrected Dragons were brought back through the use of human souls meaning that in all but a very few early stages of the process, the Dragon is 'possessed' by a human soul and memories that are not their own. For this reason, many of them find themselves drawn to human settlements and desire to take part in human activities.
Dragons were the creation of the God of Vengeance, Dagon, and were used as his agents to enact retribution throughout Ga’leah during the time of the Fae and the early years of humanity. When Dagon the Reckoner gave his godhood to his sister Adora after she was stripped of her own godhood by the Pantheon, he retained only enough power to remain immortal and nothing else…so the dragons that he had once been able to control were no longer held in check and were free to do whatever they wished. The gods were furious with Dagon for giving up his godhood freely and even angrier that he wouldn’t tell them what he had done with it or why, so partially out of their own (ironic) form of vengeance and partially because they were afraid that the dragons would be too destructive without their master, the gods killed them and their bodies were interred in the mountains around Caelum. It was believed that Dragons were extinct.
Awakened by the ritual sacrifice of Dagon himself performed by Maleficent and Dagon’s daughter, Melusina, the Dragons have returned to Ga’leah, but they have not returned as anyone might have expected.
The Dragons ripped their way into the world through the bodies of humans. Men, women, children, old and young, from every walk of life and every area of Ga’leah, Dragons tore their way out of unsuspecting human bodies that had been unwittingly made a vessel for their return. In a rain of blood and gore, the Dragons took to the skies, confused and angered by the changes they saw in the world they had once known, furious with the gods for their extinction, and many seeking vengeance of their own. Some screamed for the Dragons’ deaths, others for their salvation for the loved ones of those lost in the awakening hoped and prayed that their loved ones still remained somewhere within the dragons that destroyed them.
Their grisly rebirth was necessary because Maleficent was not their creator and could not bring the Dragons back ‘whole’. Instead, she was forced to send Dagon out into the world to the earmark individuals with whom vengeance truly resonated. When the Dragons were brought back, they retained some part of the human they had emerged from. Now, the Dragons are very much a Dragon possessed by a human soul. There are memories, thoughts, feelings, impulses, all originating from the human soul that infects them, but they are also very alien sensations that sometimes result in thoughts and actions that the Dragons do not understand and often regret. They are forced to assume human form for hours or even days at a time depending upon how much of their draconic powers they have used or how much damage they have sustained. For even the strongest among them, more than a day in Dragon form is nearly impossible to sustain and requires days of being shackled to a human form to store enough power to return to their true form once again.
Reproduction for Dragons is possible, but baby dragons can only hatch from their eggs with the aid of Dagon or another God with whom the dragons resonate. Because after Maleficent's death the godhood of vengeance was confiscated by the Gods, any eggs laid by these new Dragons will not hatch until a new god takes Maleficent's place with the blessing of the gods.
These new Dragons have the ability to shift between human and Dragon form. Maintaining Dragon form takes a lot of energy, as does expelling their magic breath. The more they breath magic and the longer they remain in Dragon form, the longer they will be forced to remain in human form and the more the human soul possessing them may be able to alter their thoughts or actions.
Each Dragon also has magic breath which varies for all four kinds of dragons. They are confined to the one kind of magic breath that is common to their type.
Dragons also possess a powerful empathy. They can hone into key emotions in humans, fae, and even the gods, better allowing them to do their jobs. Depending upon the type of Dragon, they may be drawn to feelings of anger, fear, pain, jealousy, or grief.
Dragons are notoriously hard to kill. They have very thick scales which are very hard to penetrate. It requires a great of strength or very good accuracy to penetrate their skin or puncture one of the rare 'soft' spots found at the base of the dragon's throat and under their arms and legs.
A Dragons energy is extremely limited since their resurrection. The more of it they use, the longer they must remain in human form to recuperate. It is nearly impossible for a Dragon to remain in Dragon form for an entire day without exhausting their resources and requiring themselves to remain in human form or days if not a week.
Dragons are prone to magic but typically can withstand great magical attacks from magic or spells that are very closely related to their own empowered breath.