One day, the people of a small village, near [----] woke up to a deafening roar, soon followed by bright flashes of light, coming from the nearby forest. As the roars and thuds didn't let up, they eventually approached the forest.
There, in a clearing, they saw two dragons, a larger red one and a smaller white. The red belched fire at the white one, who jumped sideways. However, the fire of the red changed its course. The moment the white saw that she breathed her own bluish flames which let out an ear-piercing shriek when they made contact with the red's causing both to disappear in a puff of smoke.
Using the moment the smokescreen appeared, the white one then lunged at the red, biting down his neck and tackling him on the ground. The red fought with all his power, but she was ferocious as if possessed by a devil. Eventually, his attacks slowed down until he barely moved. When the white one saw that, she released his neck and looked up at the "audience" who fled the moment.
Ever since then, it has been interpreted as a prophecy that king A (represented by the white dragon) would defeat king B (represented by the red).
Anyway, I was saying this because of all the societies and civilizations, present in my Metaverse (elements of my story ideas that outlived their setting and stuck with me), dragons are in a muddy territory. I already have the story but I always fail to build the dragon society around it.
What's the truth? That scene was a mundane territorial struggle between two dragons, while it's unusual for a female white dragon to win against a male red dragon, that apparently happened. Despite the theatrics, neither of the two were fighting to the death.
Biting down the neck is the dragon equivalent of a chokehold. Dragons can also decide what their flames do to the opponent (within the limits of acid-powered nanotechnology), other dragons can sense the effect of the fire by looking at it. I won't go into detail about the power of the dragonflame, so ask Avdol instead.
This kind of fight looks scary for humans as they don't see things with the eye of a dragon, A creature standing two meters at the shoulders and 6-10 meters in length, whose scales are like tenfold shields, tail like a whip that makes thunderclaps when striking, and a jaw that can crush a watermelon in one bite.
As for the prophecy. After the fight, the two dragons kinda sorta fell in love because opposites attract. I'm not sure how that translates to kings...
- Dragons are six-limbed, warmblooded creatures. Their tissues are much tougher than the average (to withstand the stresses of flight).
- Dragons are heavily-pneumatized, allowing them to live in higher elevations. They also have decent heat and cold tolerance. Due to the abundance of thermals, some prefer to live close to large lakes or even coasts.
- Dragons are omnivorous. Their primary food source is a variety of fruits, occasionally algae, carrion, and fish. They consider humans no to be food, but plenty of trouble.
- Dragonfire is very potent but also very taxing for dragons to use. So, **their magical abilities can't really be employed in day-to-day life.
- Dragons have their own society and culture.
- The smallest and only unit of organization, we see for dragons, are small families and circles of close friends.
- Dragons barely interact with or encounter other sentient life. They're basically cryptids like Bigfoot or George Bush.
- Dragons are spread thin but present all over the world, mostly because they can fly.
- In terms of power level, dragons are formidable but not invulnerable combatants. Story-wise, they can be killed by a
well-equipped and trained team of five or a member of the major arcana like Magician. They're also no match for
Bondrewd'sBest Dad's Death 13, Mephisto's Hanged Man, or The Icon of Simp.
- Dragons have a gem embedded near their hearts. This gem, when used as a spell component, can make said spell incredibly powerful (I won't go into detail over why that is or how I stole the idea from Witch's Heart). So there is an incentive for less powerful people to hunt them. So, it'll be regular knights as the major arcana is already way too strong(and lazy).
To summarize: You have big, loud flying creatures that people do try to seek out. Now, how can dragons actually avoid that part of humanity for potentially thousands of years (dragons live for long)?
As always, the tech level is late medieval with a hint of magic that's actually ancient/forgotten technology, with which we don't concern ourselves.