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Plausibility Check: Is it possible to make a lightning dragon plausible?

I was having a discussion with several people on whether or not a lightning dragon can be biologically plausible, without any magic involved. We came to two main possibilities and I'd love to see ...
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How high can dragons fly? [closed]

I know about the square-cube law, and this question is not whether dragons can fly at all, but how high they can fly. This link may help deal with some of the problems that come up. Edit: Assume ...
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Why would people want a dragon dead? [closed]

It's probably a bit story-based, but I just couldn't come up with a legitimate reason. There is this dragon, called Gyvaris. Now, he is a roughly horse-sized creature with formidable, but not ...
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The Hydrogen Dragons of Capella Signi Alpha

The fossil record indicates they evolved far back in their ancestry from something not dissimilar in appearance to a lobe finned fish, but with an extra pair of bilaterally symmetrical fins, though ...
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Is there a reason a flying creature would evolve “wings that act as hands” instead of “wings with hands attached”?

A rare design I have seen in fantasy games is a wyvern or humanoid being with hand like wings to fly I’m curious if this is in any way a practical design and the reason something like this would ...
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How to restrain your dragon?

There were many questions in this site about slaying dragons, butchering dragons, but never one about restraining them. Poor Gyvaris managed to avoid all those fates but the last. Gyvaris is a dragon,...
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The right size for dragons

Note: size here denotes the physical dimension(s) taken up by the creature in a natural, idling posture One of the many fantasy tropes that make me want to Fahrenheit 451 contemporary fantasy ...
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How to care for your critically injured dragon: Medieval edition | Part 1: staying hydrated

After the Pucci Gang successfully reset D&D universe #405 into a physics compliant version of itself, things went south rather fast. For instance, somewhere high up in the mountains a village of ...
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What configuration would provide the most protection for a male dragon's reproductive organs against mechanical and chemical attacks?

Dragons awesome (that's why sub-par writers and DMs use it as a substitute for an actually engaging story/setting) but they're still just animals, animals that reproduce. Besides it's painful to get ...
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How could dragons effectively use their wings as weapons in ground combat?

One reason I prefer classical western dragons over wyverns is that they aren't totally handicaped on the ground. However, those forelegs are only supposed to be for better locomotion on ground and ...
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How might boat designs change in order to allow them to be pulled by dragons?

So in my book, the majority of my society's medieval-era navy is pulled by at least one adult dragon. Adult dragons are huge; their heads alone are about the size of a medium-sized car. How might ...
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How might dragon remains be turned into a jewel?

Background: I have typical dragons: Huge, scaly, winged, and fire-breathing. I also have dragon magic, but I'd prefer answers not to draw on this too much. In my world, a planet similar to earth, ...
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How could my society potentially “de-claw” dragons in order to work with them safely?

My society uses dragons for various tasks. Blacksmithing, mining, warfare, fishing, hunting, carriage pulling/plowing, carrying messages, etc. My dragons have four limbs (2 legs/2 wings), and can get ...
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What potential jobs could humans use dragons for? [closed]

My society basically uses dragons for various purposes, but what sort of jobs might these dragons have besides pulling carts/carriages and mining diamonds? Dragons in my universe tend to grow fast ...
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How can leaves knock out a dragon-like creature? [closed]

The "hero" of the story is a biologist/botanist that lives in the 30th century. All is fine...high-tech city, lots of flying cars, robots flying around. She works at a big lab, with a room next door ...
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Developing a scientifically accurate species of dragon-like humanoids

I'm trying to figure out a way to make this species as I envision it while still maintaining scientific realism. I want to get it as close to "yes, this could exist in the real universe" as possible. ...
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Making a scientifically accurate fire-breathing dragon [duplicate]

I came up with a concept for how a dragon could breathe fire. However, I haven’t figured out some crucial details, which I need help with. The dragon would capture the methane gas produced by its ...
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Anatomically correct Guivre

The Guivre is an amphibious dragon from French mythology: Many of its aspects are typical of Western dragons, but there are two which distinguish it from others: Its breath causes disease It cannot ...
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Dragon scales are foamy inside, how to make them more bullet-resistant?

The three most common properties of dragon scales are: being lightweight heat-resistance just plain resistance The first two are simple: by making the scales out of a substance similar to nacre, and ...
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Is a reptile with diamond scales possible?

I thought of a concept for a dragon or similarly gigantic reptile with a special adaptation, in which they’re born with scales made almost entirely of carbon. Then, over an incredibly long life cycle, ...
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What would a Dragon have to exhale to cause rain?

In a fantasy world I've been working on Dragons are venerated by many for their ability to seemingly summon rain where ever they roam. It's common for the peasantry of the south to leave offerings of ...
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How can dragons propel their breath attacks to a long distance

So if you remember my dragons: They aren't that big (roughly a shire horse in size, but a longer neck and a tail) They use graphene in their bodies, which might or might not explain how they fly They ...
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Where would padding inhibit a limb's movement the least in a quadruped creature?

Of the six limbs of classic dragons, the forelegs always stuck out like a sore thumb. They're dead weight in flight, etc... However, since in my setting you can find any sort of armament, short of a ...
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Can my heraldic dragons fly?

Heraldic Dragons Heraldic dragons are the creations of a mad god, called Anon, designed after the classical six-limbed ones. Measurements: Head+neck length: 180 cm Body length: 180 cm Height at ...
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Gastric acid as a weapon

The dragons in my fantasy world spit fluid from their mouths when threatened, which upon contact causes a burning sensation. I could have this liquid be standard venom, like modified saliva, but I ...
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Would it be possible to rearrange a dragon's flight muscle to somewhat circumvent the square-cube law?

The square-cube law holds true only for objects that are similar. In evolution, you can't make big leaps forward, but since most fantasy worlds are created by gods or people who think they're gods, I'...
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Dragon forelimb placement

Most dragons (before Skyrim and GoT) had six limbs in total, four legs and a pair of wings. The question is how would a dragon's forelimbs be placed? It's obvious they have good terrestrial ...
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Could a dragon use hot air to help it take off?

So a friend of mine came up with an interesting question. Considering the fairly universal following facts about western-style fantasy dragons: a) dragons can breath fire b) dragons themselves are ...
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Could a dragon use its wings to swim?

I have three types of dragons; dragons that primarily fly, dragons that primarily run, and dragons that primarily swim, with all three types being able to do the other two things for a limited amount ...
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How can I increase wingbeat frequency for large flying creatures?

Flapping flight bumps into a size limit after a while because of wingbeat frequency. My knowledge on birds is rather limited, so here's how I interpreted that: A longer wing is a longer lever -> ...
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Monsters vs You /Dragons/ The reason for a truce? [closed]

Worldbuilding for discovery writing and D&D is pretty much interchangeable. One of the tricks I employ when wanting something to happen roughly as I plan is to root it in gameplay mechanics. One ...
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How big would a dragon's wings need to be? [closed]

I need to know how big the wings would be for a dragon of a particular size. The dragon is 20 foot long and weighs 6 tonnes. How wide and long would the wings need to be for it to fly?
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Mythical dragon diet

Would it be realistically possible for a firebreathing dragon to exist on an omnivore diet, but only eat fish as the main source of meat? The dragon is at this time in my story, a juvenile and can ...
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Quenching swords in dragon blood; why?

Imagine a typical fantasy world. Elves, goblins, dragons, magic. If you were to equate it to a D&D campaign, you would be close enough for proverbial government work. That said, thanks to time ...
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How could dragons produce the energy needed to sustain themselves from gold

I'm currently contemplating ways to make dragons have a sustainable energy source in a medieval world, while still acting like the traditional soaring, adventurer grabbing, gold hoarding dragons (not ...
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How do marine dragons evolve flight without any feathers and no hollow bones?

These dragons spend most of their lives in the ocean, however during the mating season they will migrate inland and gather together on a mountain top. Throughout the journey they will cease feeding ...
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Giving dragons more flight muscle

Okay, we know the type-IIb FG muscle fibers are the strongest stuff we can use. So, the only thing we can do is attach more, but how? Dragons are 180 cm tall at the shoulders with a total neck+head ...
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Is this humanoid dragon realistic the way I’ve imagined it?

In this world I’m dabbling with, the dominant species is a race of six limbed humanoid with two wings on its back slightly below the shoulder blades. They are very slender (“BMI” is between 17 & ...
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How hot is my dragon?

Little side project on fantasy story with dragons (or wyverns to be exact, but they're equivalent for the purpose). I have dragons roaming the country side, laying waste and ruin in their wake. As ...
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How to prevent a fantasy world response to repeated near extinction events?

This is for a medium/high fantasy magic setting with a medieval flavor (a D&D campaign setting) and am trying to get a grasp on expected long term effects/reaction by repeated worldwide ...
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Would it be possible to genetically engineer Dragons? [duplicate]

DRAGONS. ARE THEY POSSIBLE? By current genetic engineering..? no. But let's say somehow we got shot 200 years into the future?! Would you think it would be possible scientifically? Defining "...
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What does my dragon sound like?

My dragon So to give a quick description, this is a 2 mile long, nuclear powered dragon of doom. I think I’ll going with a fission/fusion hybrid creature for this beast. Another piece of relevant ...
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The Nuclear Dragon

Alright so let’s say that we have a massive dragon about 2 miles long. This big guy needs a lot of fuel to power himself and since there is only so much food he can eat at one time, he decides to run ...
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Would these structural reinforcements improve dragon wings?

So, I have devoted an unhealthy amount of my time to the dragon question, and a final solution will have to wait... for several thousand years at least. My original plan was to make them at around ...
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How would a Viking-age civilization deal with kraken-and-dragon-infested seas?

In my book series, there is this planet called Ryu 108. Ryu 108 consists of two continents: Bjørnholm, which is heavily forested and bears a strong resemblance to southern Norway or southern Sweden, ...
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What exactly would a talking dragon's voice sound like?

I'm developing an independent cartoon web series with talking dragons. The designs of the dragons in Spyro (especially the Legend of Spyro) is one of the main influences in how I want my dragons to ...
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What happens when two flames meet from opposite sides?

What happens when two flames (whether from dragons or blowtorches) meet head on? Many films make it appears as a front where the two flames repel each other, but my intuition is that, in fact, the two ...
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Evolution in dragons

I'm currently working on a world where there are two groups of dragons, Continent dragons and island dragons. The basic story is that long ago there was one massive population of dragons that lived on ...
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Ways to keep a fantasy cold war between dragons and knight sorcerers cold?

So here's the scenario. I have two rather large and evenly matched empires: one led by human knight sorcerers with bloodline based magic and another by dragons, who are fairly similar to the dragons ...
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Would it possible for a creature to melt down rocks in its stomach and spit out lava?

Worldbuilding and biology have always been two huge passions of mine, especially when it comes to dragons. So well, at the moment I'm working on a little project in which I'm attempting to make ...