If there were dragons around in the 18th century, the Napoleonic era, would they terrorize humans as in the days of yore? Or would the invention of cannon, explosives, and other innovations end their reign of terror?
To clarify, the dragons have no particular magical abilities, aside from the following physical abilities:
- They're roughly the size of a T-Rex
- Weigh from 0.5 to 1 ton at their heaviest.
- They can fly, up to a height of 10,000 feet.
- Dragons can breathe fire out to about twenty yards, at a temperature of 2,000°C.
- The dragon's hide is equivalent to 2 mm of mild steel in armour.
- Few dragons remain. There may be 1,000 adult dragons per continent.
- They are smarter than chimps, but not sentient or capable of communication.
With this in mind, would humans live in fear of dragons in the 18th century? Or would dragons live in fear of humanity?