This is an extension of How Dragons Can Hoard People, and it concerns something that I realized would be quite problematic: transportation.
You see, dragons share the world with various other dangerous creatures, and they've found (because of these creatures) that leaving their humans unattended is generally a very bad idea, especially when one considers the dragon's nasty habit of stealing humans from other dragons.
In the end, it didn't take long for dragons to decide that carrying their humans with them was the best idea since if one flew off to hunt something or take a look around, they might come back to find all their humans gone! But then a more insidious question arose: how to carry the humans?
Carrying humans on the back was right out; then it might appear that they were riding them, and the dragons couldn't have that! Having the humans hang onto the dragon's spikes (if they had them) or limbs was also considered and rejected, as was carrying them with the wings or talons-dragons need those to walk, fly, or grab things, so active dragons simply need their wings and talons free.
There was really only one good option: the mouth. However, the humans went absolutely crazy when the dragons tried to implement this executive decision, running in terror or collapsing in tears, crying "Please don't eat me! I don't want to die!" Even the humans who listened at first ended up opposing this plan violently...
Apparently, spending most of one's life inside a warm, wet dragon's mouth is not appealing to anyone; yet there are people living in rainforests? Very confusing.... Anyway, the dragons would like to know: How Can Dragons Get Humans To Accept Living Inside Their Mouths?
- It is safe to assume these dragons have precise enough control of their body (and accompanying instincts) to carry humans around, in their mouths, without swallowing or hurting them. If they need to eat or breath fire, well, that's a whole different question right there.....
- Once again, the dragons are not planning on eating (or inhaling) their humans; carrying them in the mouth is supposed to keep them safe. Draconic saliva is not acidic enough to cause damage to humans with sustained contact; if anything, it should benefit them. Furthermore, special membranes can close off the throat to prevent humans from falling into it or being inhaled.
- Once a dragon is old enough to have its own hoard of humans, it is old enough to carry a village in its mouth. It might be a little cramped, but it's possible!
- Obviously, dragons are beings of magic, so even carrying an entire village inside their mouth won't upset their balance in flight, which is heavily enhanced and stabilized by magic. (I mean, come on; how do you think a big, burly bat-winged lizard is even capable of flight of all things? Clearly magic is involved.)
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