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.
Category: Winged beasts
Power: Fire-breath, physical, magical
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.
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.
As of today, eight sub-races are known.
- Calcite: blue
- Calcite: orange
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.