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ROUND #107 VOTING
Topic: Element Dragon
Deadline for the voting: Monday, 04th February 2008
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Last edited by Fozzybar; January 27th, 2008 at 04:31 PM.
Concept: Magma Elemental Dragon
"When it absolutely, positively, MUST be destroyed in a hail of molten rock.."- Theodinius the Watcher (Elementals, Wyrms and Demons- a Users Guide).
One of the more dangerous breeds, the Magma Elemental Dragon tends to Mother Earths flow of molten resources. Inhabiting surface volcanos and magma channels in the Earths core, they periodically leave their roosts to hunt down the necessary resources needed to feed her. For elementalists and wizards: Approach with caution, these are very territorial dragons. They are very loyal to their Mother and attempting to harness their power can prove very dangerous.
Concept: Frigid Dragon
This species of dragons can only be found in massive ice canyons. At birth they are very fragile but a special material in their scales allows them to gradually build ice to serve as a primary layer of armor. Soon after birth the glands near the mouth begin to produce liquid nitrogen, which the young can use by biting into their prey. By the time they become adults they will have learned to control their own glands well enough to emit freezing breaths. The hardest part of its armor is the head, the ice particles can become so condensed to match the strength of any diamond. Because of this, greed-filled kings have lost empires to gain this material, as jewelry made from it is valued highly and weapons made from it last for several generations.
Concept: Adamantine Spar Dragon
Every Team of Adamant Core Drillers has its own Adamantine Spar Dragon and Handler on hand to help locate new seams of Adamantine. The Dragons outer skin is partially composed of the silky brown mineral and they have an innate ability to locate the mineral at source. The Spar Dragons are passive creatures until they come into direct contact with Adamantine and at that time the handlers (or Tweekers) really earn their hefty fees. An excited Spar Dragon can sometimes ruin mining equipment, destroy mining camps and even endanger the Miners when in a frenzy. The handler attempts to calm the creature with ion-charged rods but once a Dragon is out of control it is easy to see why Handlers are amongst the most respected folk in the Mining Clans.
Concept: Coral Dragon
Coral dragons are the only shallow-sea dragons on Earth. They troll the ocean floor, gobbling up sponges, mollusks, and cnidarians for nurishment. The dragons' bodies range from 5 to 5000ft (1.5-1524m) long! Coral dragons are commonly seen by humans but rarely recognized, because they bury their heads in the sand when they sleep. It is because of this, that the largest coral dragons are mistaken for reefs.
Concept: Hydrogen Dragon
A special kind of floating dragon filled with hydrogen. Commonly nicknamed "suicide dragons", these creatures plague the western mountains with their knack of exploding at the slightest thing. They were once used in castle sieges for their destructive abilities, but it was not uncommon for them to annihilate both sides at once due to explosive chain reactions. How they have survived as a species this far is considered somewhat a mystery; especially since they easily over-encumber their light bodies with too much food and crash.
Last edited by Einen; January 26th, 2008 at 10:09 AM.
Artist: Justin Oaksford
Concept: Lightblood dragon
: The Lightblood dragon gets it's name for it's bio-luminescent blood which is extremely visible when irritated. As he runs, the ions trigger a reaction known as "lightning". He can easily use this to his advantage in conflict, but for those close combat situations, he's developed an organic armor around his head and back. They often spar amongst eachother, but are a generally peaceful among themselves.
Concept: Charolite Dragon
The Charolite Dragon is just like its mineral of origin a very rare sight.
Several expeditions to the Charo river around where these dragons are rumoured to lurk, have gone missing and strange reports of "the ground coming alive and snapping at the miners" from surviving prospectors have begun to fly around.
Artist: Michael Jaecks
Concept: Tar Pit Dragon
Tar Pit Dragons were once noble and graceful creatures that filled the skies of Alargomorth with thier silver beauty. Several hundred years ago a small group of these dragons discovered a series of secluded asphalt lakes and ponds that served as readymade traps for food and lost adventurers loaded down with treasure. The Alargomorth dragons, ever ones to covet wealth, settled around these tar pits, at great cost to their nobility. Surviving solely from these bitumous troughs, the dragons grew corrupt and hideous. Their silver skin darkened, their bellies swelled, their spines curled inward and even their great wings withered, grounding them. They cared little for this mutation as their minds became twisted as well. Eternally jealous and greedy, they now choose to spend all their time guarding their pitch filled pits from other scavengers.
Last edited by Michael Jaecks; January 26th, 2008 at 05:31 PM.
Concept: Hydrochloric Acid Dragon
Acid dragons are large, bulky, ground-dwelling dragon that evolved from flying, wyren-like ancestors.
They body produce large amount of hydrochloric acid, which is stored in the sacks on the sides of their head. When hunting, acid dragons shoot the acid out of the fang-like tubes in front of their eyes. The strong acid causes severe burn to the prey, disablying or even killing the prey. The dragon will then "spit" more acid onto the prey and "dissolve" it into a semi liguid form, then suck it up with their tube tongues.
When threatened, acid dragons shoots out an acidic mist out of the nose, which can distract or injure the enemy.
Concept: The Curmudgeonly Sand Dragon
Living it's entire life on long stretches of beaches across the world, most people have had a run in with this odd species of dragon and haven't even realized it. Curmudgeonly Sand Dragons spend a lot of their time sleeping in the sand that their bodies are made out of; feeding by absorbing whatever flotsam that happens to drift, drop or be placed on it's body; usually shells, seaweed and dead sea critters. As beaches grew into popular hang outs for humans, however, the Curmudgeonly Sand Dragon's way of life was changed. Now they have to be careful not to absorb human trash, which upsets their stomachs tremendously, and many a time one of these dragons has awoken to find that some child has rudely made a sand castle on it's back.
This disturbance to the Sand Dragon's way of life has made them a rather grumpy race (hence the common name scientists have given them), and they are prone to return a rude gesture done on them if they can find the culprit. Their favorite forms of pay back are, of course, sand related, and anyone who has crossed one of these creatures is likely to find their beach towel or food covered with sand.
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Concept: Earth dragon
Typically found in caves in mountainous regions, the Earth Dragons are rather common. Standing roughly 15 feet high at the shoulders, they have a tough leathery hide, and large chunks of rock-like bone protruding from their backs.
Last edited by jfwalls; January 27th, 2008 at 02:27 AM.
Concept: earth dragon
The earth elemental dragon is rarely seen, but some people who have claimed to seen it also say how it has revived plants and even trees that have been dead for years. It is said the dragon has strange earth related powers that can revive all things that grow.
Last edited by Johanna Saarenpää; January 27th, 2008 at 11:31 AM.
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Concept: Wood Dragon
These creatures are born in in egg just like a lizard. When they hatch , their wooden body is a bright green. As the dragon gets older the wood darkens and hardens.
They live to be over 1000 years old. The crown on its head grows rapidly in its teenage years . The average crown for an adult wooden dragon is about 9 feet from the base of the head to the tip of the crown.
These creatures can grow to the size of a school bus and weigh twice as much.
The are slow movers, mostly stay submerged in shallow water.They appose no threat to any living creature .
Concept: Eris Ignis
Many cultures around the entire wolrd have recorded sightings of this masive creatures (fig 1.1), and they usually considered the vision of the dragon as a sight of hope against disaster. Their bodies and chimeys excrete nutrients to the eroded lands, but without toxic gases, because these gases are part of their diets (fig 1.2).
The hunger for fire when their young, make them search for forest fires, and finally to extinguish them. The old ones can even devour volcanic eruptions, and when they die, they become mountain or volcanos (fig. 1.3).
Only in the medieval Europe they where considered evil creatures, and dragon slayers where sended to hunt them. But All the expedition with this purpose ended up in disaster, for when the gentle titans are attacked they can counter attack with huge amounts of fire and overheat the floor, even when the Dragon Slayers always fought the smallest ones.
Concept: THE DRAGONS OF WATER
At the end of the Dark Ages – when the cities of mankind grew and the population of Europe had recovered from the Plague – the Dragons went into hiding. That proud race, which had sprung from the volcanoes of the Old World, bringing with them the fires of the earth, now sought the security of the gloomy waters. They swam safely along bottoms of the big rivers, and lay sleeping in the depths of great lakes. There they were transformed. Their scales became softer, and their bodies turned ever more aquatic. When the renaissance era came to an end the Dragons were one with the Element of Water. So fishlike were they, that only a few of them could leave the waters for an exerting last flight under the shelter of night. What those few saw in the mirroring surface of their watery refuge, was a vague image of their former glory.
What is that creature that follows your bait up from the lakes and rivers, whose scales gleam brilliantly in the sunlight, and who wriggles despairingly at the contact with the chill morning air? Some say that the dinosaurs turned into birds. Do you know what happened to the Dragons?
Concept: Molten Wyrm
When born from the fiery depths in their smoldering habitat, these dragons have bodies consisting of molten rock. As they soar above the smoking wastelands, they eventually cool down, slowly solidifying. At the end of its life cycle, the creature will fall down to the earth which it then closely resembles, and from which it was born.
Concept: Rock Dragon
The largest and slowest of the Dragon family, the Rock or Mountain Dragon, lives entirely on a diet of rocks and foliage. As the species gets older the rocky mass on it's back and body grows larger. Most live to at least 500 years of age but the largest and wisest are older than 1000. It is said that most of the great mountains are the shell of ancient Rock Dragons. It is peaceful and docile for a Dragon but when others Rockies encroach on their territory they often get into earth shattering brawls, trying to tip their opponents on their backs.
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Concept: Earth Dragon
The Earth Dragon survives deep in the caverns of Gouffre Martel, where, in the absence of sunlight, it has lost pigmentation and its ability to fly. Nearly blind, the Earth Dragon navigates and hunts using a combination of an acute sense of smell and a sensitivity to the telluric currents that have had a lasting on its skin. Atrophied wings have developed scythe-like pinions that slash and tear.
Concept: Amber Dragon
The Amber dragon is found in forrests where it feeds on gigant insects and the bark of the trees.
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Concept: Ice Dragon
(I've tried to send this one about over a day ago but seemingly the data got lost on the upload ... I try to reconstruct my backgroundstory: )
The Icedragon usually is to be seen at night and only for those, who travel the mountains peaks at the time the northern lights occur at the sky above Gronysom. Scientists tried to make out the habits of this mysterious elemental species but most of them didn't stand the long periods of waiting for some movement. In fact the Icedragon, once appeared, takes up his residence in the spheric light and literally freezes in it's position just to somehow vanish with the last glow of this heavenly phenomenon. Observers suppose the dragon to be taking baths in the polar lights like lizards do in the light of the sun to warm up their blood.
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Concept: Coal dragon
My canary, whose fickle breast I protect. Forgive me, my captive; I am your child. I'm weary of my watch. Dropping our kin down into holes, caged, every day. "They do not return to you. They are dead!" my guttural tongue exclaims to the humans above... but... you continue to come.
Shh! Play dead in my palm grandest mother, so that they will not come. Or play alive my grandest mother, so that they will find endless sleep below.
General Medium sized in build, this dragon dwells within a coal mine. Of course, he was around long before the miners were even born. Finding more and more avian carcasses, he makes it his duty to keep watch over the tiny flying distant family. Spun off the canary in a coal mine adage of course.
Concept: Air Dragon
The air dragons are reclusive and not often seen by the eyes of mankind. They exist in the barren unreachable crags of the highest peaks, and fly by some chemical process rather than pure mechanical work. Enzymes in their long bodies convert rare alpine minerals into energetic compounds which reduce their weight and assist in maneuvering through the thin mountain air. they eat what they can find, and can survive for months without a meal, venturing from their crag nests to snatch a mountain goat or avians. Some attempts were made by brave scientists to investigate the exact process of their airborne travel for the good of mankind, but none have yet returned from these 'research trips'.
Concept: Lightning Dragon
One species of the energy dragons, the lightning dragons glide above the skies of eastern Europe in the late fifteenth century, constantly searching for storms in which to feed their insatiable and instinctual appetite for power.
Through the raw and unbridled current of the lightning, these wild beasts absorb the energy directly into their cells, allowing them to live for centuries as long as they keep their batteries charged.
It is believed that these particular types of dragons are often found at the top of mountains and even the tops of ancient trees where they roost constantly scanning the horizon for their next fix.
Concept: The Hölzernerdrache
The Hölzernerdrache, or Great Wood Dragon, is a creature that can live up to a thousand years. Despite it’s appearance, it’s a peaceful creature that feeds only on water. Once or twice during her life, the female will hide a seed in the earth, which will take a century to transform into a juvenile dragon. This makes the Hölzernerdrache a rare creature.
Older Great Wood Dragons are recognizable by their larger antlers and more colorful wings which turn brown and fall when the dragon is about to die. However, it is said that when the Hölzernerdrache lays for it’s final rest and merges with the earth’s soil, great trees and splendid vegetation will grow in the surrounding area.
Artist: Conejo Blanco
Concept: Water Dragon
Only brief glimpses of this great creature have ever been caught on film. Discovered by the BBC Crew in 2002, it changed Sir David Attenborough's life plans, and he decided not to retire after all.
Little is known about the Greater Sea Dragon, although the mangled remains of whales and giant squid give some hint as to it's diet. It attracts it's prey with the multitude of bioluminescent spots on it's fins and body. Only a dozen are so are though to exist, although scientists admit they have no reason for thinking this.
Last edited by Conejo Blanco; January 26th, 2008 at 01:35 PM.
Concept: Moldavite Dragon
20 million years ago, several of these extraterrestrial beings fell from the sky in the present-day Czech Republic, forming the meteorites known as moldavite. It is clear from their fossilized remains that they were specifically built to withstand space travel... but why would any creature ever evolve in such a way? This question has puzzled scientists for centuries.
One theory of their origin suggests that the creatures did not evolve, but were bred for this purpose: as weapons of destruction on some distant, unknown planet. The weapon theory goes something like this. The dragons' fossils show vestigial wings, and it is thought that these wings were once much larger, powerful enough even to carry the creature past the pull of the planet's gravity. Once in space, they would dive back to the ground at great speed toward their target, with disastrous results. Their giant shield-shaped tail was used as a buffer to protect themselves against the immense heat and shock of re-entering the atmosphere. Even so, their glassy hide would actually have been briefly liquefied by the impact, destroying their wings and tail and splattering molten shrapnel in a 200-mile radius. When this shrapnel cooled, it formed the green stone we call moldavite.
Clearly, a planet that would produce such a weapon would have been one torn by war. It is thought that the planet was destroyed by its own inhabitants long ago. These dragons were the only survivors, hibernating in space for many millenia before making their way to Earth by chance.
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"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it" -- Confucius
"Imagination is more important than knowledge" -- Albert Einstein
Concept: Haematite Dragon
Alchemists. The most brilliant, the most learned, the most distinct of scientists. The most ignorant, prejudiced, blind, self-righteous scum of God's Earth.
I am one of them.
I have been one of them for as long as I can remember. I walked past Kings and Popes with my head held high. They called me Alchaemi, "the one connected to the Truth". I was proud of belonging to such ancient class of people. But now, There are no Kings, no Popes, no people; all I see around me is the burnt ashes of our Kingdom. The most brilliant, the most distinct. The Yielders of the Secret. We destroyed everything.
Every 432 days we met in the forest, under the shade of the Old Temple. Bearded men in long grey robes, exchanging pleasantries in baroque languages. Some were followed by strange entourages; Leaf Women, Golden Birds and Manservants with two left legs. Others seemed not to move at all, muttering spells to the wind. Young ones would try to impress with transmutation of sadness into wine, or words that could be "unspoken"; The old and most revered would just sit and wait for the central moment of the meeting. The Elemental Uncovering.
For that is ultimately why Alchaemi of all corners of the world would meet. We have many rules, but none more important than the Uncovering: A boulder is picked and dragged to the centre of the Assembly. A small hole is created in it, where a corrosive potion is inserted. The liquid would penetrate the rock and become receptive to human thought. The Assembly would then start. Different groups of Alchemists would discuss only one thing for days: which element or mineral would govern the next Alchemic cycle. It seems like such inconsequential subject, but for the Alchaemi every element has a very specific personality, and this decision is akin to deciding future policies of the Order. The substance inside the boulder would absorb the discussions and gel into an element condensing the opinions of all present.
In the last few cycles the substance has been condensing mostly into metals, which points to a hardening of our position. A growing number of alchemists (called "Metalists") seem to think we have to toughen our stance towards the outside world, or even take the power from the Monarchy, since we "are better suited to govern, being Chosen Ones". Their adversaries are called "Acquas"; they defend a more conciliatory position, but four cycles in favour of the Metalists weakened their position. One more Metal can be the tipping point. We are hopelessly split, and the tension is in the air.
The discussions take three days and nights, and then the time comes. The boulder is cut in half. Inside it, a cluster of something white and chalky. The President of the Assembly tries to catch it, but it crumbles like ash, and it dissolves in the air. the Assembly erupts in discussion. War proponents accuse their adversaries of foul play, and are accused back. Acquas say this is a sign that the Order became corrupt, and should be dissolved for this cycle. The conflict escalates. The spit of their poisonous words touches the ground, and the elements of the earth tremble. the Metalists are condensing the sum of their rage and summoning a terrible Dragon, right in the middle of the Sacred Ground.
That was ten years ago, and all this time of open war killed most of us. As retaliation for the Dragon, The Acquas created a fourty-day rain that all but washed away known civilization. After a few years the water receded, and the Kingdom is devastated. The Order is gone, including both sects; but their fruits remain. The Dragon still walks the Earth. It is calm at the moment, is metallic teeth satiated of human meat. But we know that once the Dragon is unleashed over the Earth, there's no way to destroy it. Metal is the way of the world now, and it will be be for a long time.
Today I walk the land performing tricks and selling love potions for food; I can still see the Secret sometimes, but it is always hiding behind the trees or mossy rocks. I cannot see its full face anymore, not even in dreams. I am not worth it, for I am Alchemist; I walk among assassins and thieves, and still I lower my head.
Last edited by xgabo; January 26th, 2008 at 03:04 PM.