Trizzy’s Creature Compendium #8: Crystal dragons

Welcome to Trizzy’s Creature Compendium! I like to write about all the magical creatures I have made up in my lifetime. Though I wish I was, I am not a physical artist and thus I do not have pictures to add to these posts. Regardless, I hope these entries inspire fellow fantasy writers.


Crystal dragons

Basic information

Category: Winged beasts
Intelligence: Positive
Power: Fire-breath, physical, magical
Size: Large

These winged beasts are traditionally known as crystal dragons but are commonly called dragons. They come in various colors and builds. Generally they are the rulers of the heavens and keep a grip on their domain upon wings of grand magnificence. Scholars write of their ancient existence and of the specimens that exerted change on the grandest of scales; scales as brilliant as those that coat the beings themselves. Though each of these creatures is unique in their own right, the various sub-races share general appearances, magical skills or personality traits.

Origin

No one can confirm the origin of the dragons within this world. Many wise persons have concluded that their origin is the continent itself. Few remains of the great beasts have been found on the islands surrounding the continent. Though the islands are barren, there is no evidence for or against this having been the landscape’s condition in ancient times.

Sub races

As of today, eight sub-races are known.

  • Amethyst
  • Calcite: blue
  • Calcite: orange
  • Diamond
  • Emerald
  • Onyx
  • Ruby
  • Sapphire

Each of the sub races is defined by their coloration and the gemstone that is located within their forehead. Though these gems were once thought to be natural crystals, they are organs that look likewise to gemstones; thus earning these dragons their names.

General appearances

These creatures are dragons in the traditional sense of the word. They are large lizards with wings. They have diamond-shaped heads with wide fangs that contain razor-sharp teeth. Large eyes of distinct colors sit at each side of the gem within their foreheads. A set of horns decorate the top of their heads; in-between which sits the first spike of a long row that trails down the neck, back and to the tail.

A long snake-like neck connects their noble heads to their shoulders. Slim bodies connect the shoulders and the extensive tail that is used for steering. A small fan or a collection of spikes sits at the end of their bodies to assist during flight. Four short but sturdy legs sit beneath the being. From them extend a set of claws. Elbows and knees are also surrounded by sharp spikes. Across their entire body are small plated scales.

From each shoulder extends a wing that, when fully spread and combined with the other wing, is larger than the dragon’s whole body. The wings are constructed from thin bone between which sit membranes of translucent colors. At the tip of each bone sits a small claw.

Appearances by sub race

Amethyst

Amethyst dragons are lilac in color. The membranes of their wings are usually a dark translucent violet. Their claws, horns and spikes are either an equal violet or are a pale white. Their eyes vary from silver to lilac to even sky blue. Amethysts are usually associated with characteristics such as love or pride.

Calcite: blue

Blue calcites are turquoise with a blue overhead. Their undersides and wings are commonly an icy blue or another variation of a pale and light blue hue. Horns and spikes can be a deeper blue but are usually white or grey. Claws are more commonly a darker blue color. The eyes can be silver, grey, white, blue or a shade of green that comes close to turquoise. The blue calcite is commonly associated with conservation and protection.

Calcite: orange

Orange calcite dragons are covered in golden scales, which has often made them very valuable prey to people. Their wings are a shade of yellow that is usually lighter than the dragon’s scales. Its horns, claws and other offensive attributes range from beige to a shade of yellow to very dark yellow. These golden beasts are associated with self-confidence and wisdom.

Diamond

The diamond dragon is as white as snow in all of its attributes. Its wings, claws, scales, spikes and horns all come in a shimmering white hue that is unblemished. Diamonds are also the most rare sub race due to their gentle and shy natures. This also reflects in the kindness and enlightenment that they represent. Their eyes, either white or silver, are prone to displaying these traits fully. Now and then, diamond dragons have been known to summon the might of the divine.

Emerald

Green like fields or forests, emeralds come in many shades of green. This makes it so that every emerald’s appearance varies and each of them are unique. Emeralds are usually a bit smaller and bulkier than the other dragons. They rely less on flight because they can easily camouflage themselves in the forest. Their affinity with the earth and land gave them the association with health, wellbeing, growth and wealth.

Onyx

Onyx dragons, as their name implies, are black. Their features are often accented with grey, such as in the wings. The eyes, contrary to the limits in body colors, can truly have any color. They can inherit an eye color from a parent or gain a color that no other dragon race holds. This can make onyxes quite unique. Additionally, onyxes are the only dragons that are internally and externally magic. Unlike diamonds who now and then gain the support of a divine being, onyxes can cast their own magic at will. This makes them quite formidable. Due to this, onyxes are seen as the embodiment of magic itself.

Ruby

Ruby dragons are generally considered to be the most beautiful dragons. Not only are their bodies in perfect proportion, they have the most refined features. Their scales, usually a variation of red-orange, tend to have an orange glow over them. Their wings tend to hold the color with which they glow. Claws, horns and spikes are usually a deep red. Though their eyes are red, they can hold an endless amount of kindness and grace within. Rubies are reflective of power and royalty because of these features.

Sapphire

Sapphires are a deep shade of blue that tends to reflect light with ease. They can be lightning blue, steel blue or any variation in-between. Their wings tend to hold the same color or a darker variation of it. Their horns, spikes and claws are equally so or they are slightly lighter. Greys are also an option. Their eyes come in many colors as well; silver, grey, white, pale blue, dark blue or even indigo. This dragoon is associated with courage.

Society

In nature, crystal dragons live in small bands called clans. The members of these bands can contain members from all sub races, though diamonds tend to be solitary creatures. The clan tens to contain a handful of adults ranging from six to ten and their hatchlings.

Dragons mate for life. Their choosing in a mate can take quite some time. This is partly due to the fact that dragons age slowly and can also become very old. Usually their first priority in life is not to find a mate but to achieve other goals. Should their mate die, however, a dragon will rarely find another unless out of necessity. This is highly unusual behaviour however. A pair of dragons tend to have but one nest that contains three to six eggs. The parents raise the hatchlings together and will remain in contact with them even after they have matured and have departed. Family bonds tend to be strong among dragon families, even if the members end up in different clans.

World involvement

Dragons are fairly pacifistic by nature however they have been involved in wars with mankind in the past. Nowadays though, the two species live in harmony within this world. Though not bonded by any kind of magic, some dragons have found strong friendships in humans and have created their own bonds through the power of the cyrstals they carry.

Skills and abilities

All dragons are able to breathe fire as they mature. Many are also skilled fighters; armed with powerful talons, jaws, claws and wings. Their scales are nearly impossible to pierce through with simple weapons.

As mentioned, diamond dragons can call forth the powers of the divine sporadically. Their sentiment for the world is different than that of other dragons so their use of the power is unorthodox. Onyxes can cast magic at varying levels.

Additionally, some dragons can learn specialized powers. For example, sapphires can learn to breathe ice. The specifics of these powers is highly unknown due to the scarcity of it.

Power spectrum

Statistically, the only creature that can defeat a dragon, is another dragon. In history, few humans or any other beings have been able to truly harm a dragon. Never has any other creature been able to kill a dragon.

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Trizzy’s Creature Compendium #5: SKB01

Welcome to Trizzy’s Creature Compendium! I like to write about all the magical creatures I have made up in my lifetime. Though I wish I was, I am not a physical artist and thus I do not have pictures to add to these posts. Regardless, I hope these entries inspire fellow fantasy writers. 


Skybeasts

Basic information

Category: Winged beasts
Intelligence: Positive
Power: Physical
Size: Large

For lack of a better name for the ferocious creatures, the settlers named them skybeasts; codenamed SKB01. Upon arrival on the new planet called Liberty, humanity faced this new foe who was unlike any creature they had left behind on the Earth. The beasts in turn, reacted to humans destroying their habitat. An endless struggle ensued between the highly advanced civilization and the native flying beasts.

Origin

Skybeasts are native to the planet of Liberty. Their planet has existed for millions of years longer than Earth. Their solar system has existed for much longer than the one surrounding the Sun. Unlike humans, the native beasts never sought to exploit the land. They lived in harmony with it. Meanwhile on Earth, humans had exhausted their own planet and sought refuge; finding a wormhole leading to Liberty. They arrived in masses; settling on the lush, green planet that reminded many of the tales of what Earth once was rumored to be.

The lineage of skybeasts goes back far. Their current species has existed for millions of years, making them highly skilled and wise. Not to mention their ability to manifest certain powers within their blood. Skybeasts have managed to evolve in such a way that cosmic radiation does not harm them.

Appearances

SKB01 is registered by the military as fast-moving airborne beasts that appear to most as a blur of color due to their speed. They are registered as being violent and dangerous. The military cautions anyone against approaching one.

However, skybeasts are much more than this. They have elongated bodies covered in scales of any color. Their wolf like heads have a handful of horns atop it; the amount varies per beast. Around their heads is a thick mane that covers only a portion of their long neck. Another assembly of ‘fluff’ is located at the base of their neck; where it connects to the shoulders. A portion of the shoulders, the chest and the ribs are protected by this fur. Around their haunches there is also a thick set of fur. On the ends of their long, slim tails is a plume that helps them steer their flight. Atop their neck, down their spine and along their tail is a line of hair that stands up and is equal in color to the mane and fur. Unlike would be assumed of the appearance, the hair is quite sturdy and rough.

The beasts have muscular legs that can bend any which way to allow them sturdy footing. At the ends of each foot are four toes; each ending in a large, thick talon. Another smaller toe sits at the back of their feet and can be used in combination with the others to grip things. The hind legs have five toes; all at the front. The soles of the hind feet are larger too; making it possible for the creatures to balance on their hind legs for a short amount of time. The hind legs also seem more muscular to help the creatures lift off into flight. Their wings, constructed from light bone and membrane, extend from within the collection of fur on the shoulders. Large as they are, the beasts can tuck the wings in against their sides; making them seem smaller than they truly are.

Every skybeast has its own distinct color pattern. Colors for their fur can be a mixture of colors. The remainder of the body is covered in either hard or soft scales. The soft scales cover areas where there are more muscles and more movement is required. The scales are usually darker near the beasts back and lighter near its belly. Wing colors also vary strongly. Their horns and talons can also have distinct colors. Their eyes can have any color. This variation in colors can make the beasts vibrant and makes each unique like a fingerprint or a snowflake.

Generalized personality

Skybeasts are considered violent and careless because humans have been involved in a long power struggle with them. The true nature of SKB01 has never been investigated by mankind.

In their own circles however, skybeasts are considered gentle. The only reason they attack humans is to protect their planet from the harm that humans are inflicting upon it. Never before did the beasts act so violently towards others species. Circumstance has however pushed them.

Skybeasts are, in truth, very caring and wise. They are patient and intelligent. Due to their long history on the planet, they are in tune with their environment. They have a deep understanding of their place in the world and in the cosmic background as a whole. They are generally humbled easily. Skybeasts value peace and kindness. They ultimately seek compassionate and wisdom.

Society

Skybeasts live among the trees with one another. The weather is fairly stable in general. The most severe conditions are wind and rain. Usually rain prolongs for a while, after which a multitude of sunny days occur. Climate is stable and thus the beasts are adapted to their environment. Their scales are resilient to water and they are skilled flyers even in windy conditions. Skybeasts often live with or near their families in clearings or forests.

Since skybeasts can become very old, they also age slowly. Young skybeasts are not only taught to fly and to forage for food but they receive more formal education, too. Since skybeasts are intelligent creatures, they speak their own language. The ‘words’ sound akin to whistling, humming and singing. The language itself, however, is highly alien and nearly impossible for humanity to learn. The pronunciation is not only tricky for humans, but there are rules in the language that are not familiar to any human culture.

When of age, skybeasts are not in a hurry to find companionship. Many of them can enjoy solitary conditions without trouble. It is normal for a young skybeast to venture away from home for long periods of time to fly about the world and learn of the planet before returning home or settling elsewhere.

Much like humans, skybeasts court one another and they may be polyamorous at times. They are however fiercely dedicated when they do find a friend or a mate. Though protective of their children, the beasts do not have any natural enemy aside from humans, at this point in time.

Many of the beasts who lived near the first human settlements were either chased away, killed or they fled of their own accord. Nowadays, the majority hides in the deep, uncharted wilderness for their own protection.

Skills and abilities

An unusual gene in the blood of the skybeasts make them resistant to cosmic radiation. The beasts also do not require oxygen, necessarily. Over time and through evolution, they not only became masters of the sky, but masters of the cosmic realm. Using the vacuum of space and their own acceleration into space, these beasts have learned to traverse through space at alarming speeds. Not only this, but they have learned to change mass and energy to become negative mass or negative energy. Using this, they can tear open small rifts in timespace and create wormholes. Using these wormholes, the creatures can traverse the entire universe and also any point in time. The only issue is that it takes time and trial and error before they open the desired wormhole.

Power spectrum

The skybeasts are a grand threat to humanity’s settlement. They are very fast; often too fast to be seen clearly by the naked eye. Their sharp physical weapons can tear open human flesh within an instant.

To counter the beasts and to even the field, the military has developed a device. Rather by chance, humanity discovered that the beasts feel harmed by a certain magnetic field and radio wave. The beasts will flee to avoid contact with the painful sensations. Humanity has placed these objects all over the settlement and equips their patrols with the devices when they move into the wilderness to protect them. The handheld devices of scouts takes a lot of energy, however. Therefore, they only use it when the beasts approach or attack. The city has massive storages of energy and can therefore supply the devices with power nonstop. This is the only defense that humanity has against the ferocious and yet intelligent monsters. Unbeknownst to them, their enemies were the ones who opened the wormhole to welcome them. Yet to the great despair of the creatures, they may have welcomed their own demise.