We all know those breathtaking tales of dragonslayers soloing a winged lizard. We all love them, and we all think they're badass. But today one thought began to bug me - how in the hell adventurers manage to do that?
I mean, in games, for example, you just have to club it to death while drinking healing potions. But that approach wouldn't work in real life. What good would it do to wave your toothpick in front of that beast, if he can just smash you with his tail or chomp your head off.
Ballistas and the likes don't count - it's not an army, just a lone man seeking adventures, riches and princesses. So, how would you approach the dragon?
Capabilities of the adventurer I leave to your imagination, as long as it's possible for normal human being. He can be strong, smart, nimble - whatever you like.
Equipment - again, as long as it's possible to make in medieval settings - no objections.
Now magic is a tricky one. For the sake of wrecking your brains - no magic >:D
His hide is tough, but possible to cut with a strong blow. He can fly(obvsly), relatively fast, and... I gave it some thought, but both fire-breathing and non-breathing dragons seem legit, so whether he has powers of fire is up to you. I'd like to see both solutions anyways. He is extremely aware of the situation, and can not be caught while asleep.