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Why would dragons evolve to breathe fire?

Assuming dragons exist today on earth, and are four-legged, with wings, and cold blooded reptiles, what evolutionary purpose would there be in being able to breathe fire? This question is ignoring how ...
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How to Quickly Direct a Dragon’s Fire while Piloting her in Battle?

In this world, some dragons are bred by humans, some are feral. Some are domesticated and trained for work or war, while others are free, and can make lifelong friends with humans and their families. ...
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Control scheme for a dragon

How would one control a dragon while riding it, especially if dynamic control is necessary? Disclaimer: I have never ridden a horse, so my understanding here might be completely wrong. The way I ...
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How can someone use bubbles to defeat a dragon? [closed]

6 mighty warriors from different places convened to discuss a plan to get rid of the evil fire-breathing dragon the size of a double decker. The leader came from the Fire nation, had mastered the ...
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Could dragons be cold-blooded?

One of my ideas is a dragon that breathes ice, through liquid CO2, stored in special glands and released through pressure, and cooling. It would gain this large amount of required CO2 from eating ...
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What is the most logical way to have my dragon breathe lightning? [closed]

For my story I'm writing, I can't decide how I want my dragon to breathe, or, for lack of a better word, exude lightning. The dragon is rather large; I'd say Game of Thrones size when fully grown. The ...
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How many humans would it take to fill a vat that is 55.5 feet long, wide, and tall full of blood? [closed]

So I am in the process of building this world where this huge(1,296 ft. long) vampiric, demonic(maybe), dragon imprisons(well, its offspring does) humanity in dreamworlds that allow them to farm their ...
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How come townsfolk can forge legendary weapons and teach powerful spells but not take on a dragon?

Set in 1100 BC, an evil dragon appears and is terrorising the world. All the towns seemed to have everything to prepare the adventurers on their rescue operations. They have blacksmiths to craft and ...
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Polymelic hexapods – how and why? [closed]

In a seed world not too far away, a small mammal will have a bodily change that will one day give the draconic rank to its descendants, Of course if that is possible. polymelia is a birth defect in ...
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How could I redesign my dragons to have 6 limbs and still be able to fly?

In a previous post, I asked about dragons in my stories and how I could make it plausible for them to fly while also meeting the criteria of having 6 limbs and being 15 to 20 feet long when fully ...
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Dragon's body proportion: eye size to body length [closed]

A classic dragon shape, eg Smaug, approximately 6 km length from nose to tail with similar wingspan. Ignore square cube rule due to magic and also neglect gravity as its native habitat is space. Eyes ...
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Which hypergolic compounds are best suited for dragon fire?

I'm looking for input from chemists, biochemists, and those familiar with rocket fuel propellants. I'm a fantasy world builder, but that doesn't mean everything in my fantasy world is excluded from ...
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Is it realistic/plausible to have iron plated scales on an animal? [duplicate]

I've been drafting a fantasy world with dragons, obviously becuase it's a fantasy world. I was thinking about the science behind flying animals and how reptiles and birds are sort of related, yadda ...
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How would a venom that melts organic substances work?

I'm having trouble finding out how this venom would work with one of my dragon characters. The venom is sprayed out of 2 long front fangs- like a snake, and the venom is acidic and melts through any ...
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Plausible evolutionary path from modern birds to "dragons"

I'm interested in how you could get a creature that is broadly "dragon-like" to evolve from modern-day birds. Considering that some extinct early birds or proto-birds looked pretty reptilian,...
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Humans breeding with dragons [closed]

Firstly, by dragon I am referring to the type with 4 legs a tail and wings. Their actual sizes vary greatly, from the size of your average house cat to feasting on planets in one bite. Most are ...
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Dragon people with colorful horns

Dragonfolk have skin that looks like rock, but sometimes, some of them turn colorful with very bright horns for the same reason salmon turn from grey to red, while others are always bright and colored....
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Are there anatomically good proportions for different dragon-like creatures? [duplicate]

I am unsure of what I can add here to make my question more well defined as my question is intended to be general. Answers can vary based on type of dragon-types (Asian vs European) or even (as the ...
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Sea serpent evolved into dragon anatomy?

In my story there are scary monstrous sea serpent like creatures of all shapes and sizes. What the people don’t know, is (reverse whale evolution theory) they came to shore and turned into something ...
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Is it easier to kill a dragon with a machinegun or a bazooka? [closed]

Faced in a mortal combat with a dragon* would a squad of humans be better equipped mostly by medium machineguns or by portable rocket launchers? Would a 7.62×51mm to the eye or armpit maim an ...
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Weaponisation of a dragons wing flap?

Recently, I learned about an incident during the Yom Kippur war in which Israeli fighter pilots in F-4s destroyed low-flying Mi-8 helicopters by using the blast from their jet engines to send the ...
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How large does a dragon have to be for a hunter to enter its stomach through its throat?

In a world inhabited by primitive hunter-gatherer humans and dragons, one of the most respected trial by fires is to hunt a dragon by jumping through their mouth and killing it from inside the stomach....
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A species that is warm-blooded when a juvenile, but cold-blooded (or at least lukewarm-blooded) when an adult [closed]

In my world, there is a species of squamates from the Toxicofera clade named dragons (their scientific name is Draco draco). Some of their characteristics include: In comparison to human beings, they ...
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Suppose dragons spewed volcanic ash instead of fire. How much more deadly would they be?

In my setting I have monsters that breathe elemental clouds/blasts of certain substances, assume them to basically be dragons. Among the largest (and I mean, Godzilla sized) are some that spit hot ...
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Is it scientifically possible for a 15 to 20 foot long Dragon to have 6 limbs and still be able to fly?

In my works, there’s an Earth-like planet known as Lyrial which is linked to Earth and is home to a species of Dragons that’s meant to be scientifically plausible. Additionally, another planet, ...
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How many liters of blood would a small dragon have?

Heyo! I was wondering, how many liters (measurement) of blood would a small sized western dragon have? (Only slightly bigger than a large tiger at teen age) In addition to that, compared to human ...
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Biological Sources for a Crystal Breath weapon

Dragons are well known for their breath weapons in fiction, and there are four main types of breath weapons in my world that I am trying to make more scientifically accurate. I am focusing mainly on ...
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Castle defenses against dragons

In my world, there are dragons that the people have to fight against. In many forms of fantasy, despite having the giant creatures, their castles still look like the traditional medieval castle. In ...
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What sounds could these dragons make? [closed]

The firedragons are a sort of dragonic hybrid that mixes many aquatic and amphibious forms Their mouth is like a snake, with a sheathed tongue in the chin and a glottis. The glottis, however, is ...
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Will a dragon jumping out of a frozen lake make all people standing on the ice fall into the lake?

To shorten the explanation, physics-wise I'm writing scene that is similar to the one you could see in Skyrim Dawnguard; a dragon jumps out of frozen lake shattering the ice. In the game he creates ...
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'Cargo Management' on a ship transporting dragon slaves; in what position should the slavers bind the dragons up in to maximize space?

In a story I'm working on, a nation of humans with WW1-level tech and some concerningly fascist leanings encounter a late-medieval society of dragon-like creatures on a distant continent. They are ...
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If a dragon could fly without magical assistance, how much force could a dragon exert in directed air attacks using the force of its wings?

I plan to have dragons in my fantasy setting and wanted to figure out just how much force their wings would need to generate in order for them to fly. Rules for dragons in this setting: Dragons, and ...
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The dragons of the world disappeared. Now what? [closed]

With nearly every major event in the world, the dragons were there. The world was built upon the backs of dragons and in turn, the dragons were revered by most mortal groups. In the southern half of ...
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Why Would Serazor Wield Axes? [closed]

Serazor. These odd dragons in Dracoriri are unusual in that their eyes appear dark, but they act about as intelligent as a primate or bear (yes bears are, in fact, intelligent). With their chiseled ...
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How might a dragon escape from these advanced humans? [closed]

THE DRAGONS When standing on all fours, a typical full-grown dragon is about 3 times as tall as a human. They are quadrupedal with four legs, opposable thumbs on the front legs, and two or four wings, ...
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How might these advanced humans restrain their dragon test subjects?

THE DRAGONS When standing on all fours, a typical full-grown dragon is about 3 times as tall as a human. They are quadrupedal with opposable thumbs, with four legs and two or four wings, and can ...
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What reasons might these advanced humans have to abduct and then dismember, traumatize, and possibly even kill dragons? [closed]

THE DRAGONS When standing on all fours, a typical full-grown dragon is about 3 times as tall as a human. They are quadrupedal with opposable thumbs, with four legs and two or four wings, and can ...
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Does spraying oxytocin in the face of a ferocious dragon pacify it?

Instead of a pepper spray I like to adopt a more friendly approach towards hostile animal such as a fridge sized dragon, with an aerosol spray containing oxytocin of course. I think this chemical can ...
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How would a human organization get 20-foot tall fire-breathing, winged, sentient and intelligent lizards to comply with experimental procedures?

THE DRAGONS When standing on all fours, a typical full-grown dragon is about 3 times as tall as a human. They are quadrupedal with opposable thumbs, with four legs and two or four wings, and can ...
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Am I culpable for negligence if my spell allowed visitors to meet their own demise? [closed]

Imagine there is a big Island the size of New York city populated with dragons of all shapes and sizes, I put up a spell around the island to prevent the dragon's escape but visitors can pass through ...
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How Can I Justify the Existence of Dragons in My Realistic Post-Apocalypse Fantasy Setting? [closed]

Recently I have given myself an interesting challenge: To create an interesting fantasy world that does not have conventional "magic." In this setting I'm writing, our entire civilization ...
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Why would a herbivore be armed and aggressive?

In Dracoriri, I plan to have a species of small dragon called a Malidge (by small, we mean about the size of a human). These dragons are red, shiny, and covered in plates instead of scales, a natural ...
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How might dragons react to humans kidnapping and 'training' dragons [closed]

Basically, the dragons are European dragons, with fire breath, wings, and everything else. They are normally highly independent, but will cooperate when under duress. They do have a writing system but ...
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Respecting the square cube law, what are the material properties of the structural parts of a massive dragon?

Most "realistic dragon" questions start with the premise, "given what we know about bones, muscles, and the square cube law, how close can we get to a fantasy dragon". This is a ...
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A dragon just appeared in New York. What to do about it? [closed]

A dragon has appeared on the streets of New York. At the moment, it's bewildered, disoriented, and wondering what the heck happened. It hasn't done much aside from unintentional property damage here ...
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How does an exploding dragon's scale work?

I'm designing a unique dragon called Vehement Dragon, I need it to be extremely hostile to all life. It evolved a trait that put it high up on the food chain, this is the only dragon whose scales can ...
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What kind of technology would a dragon-like species have during the golden age of piracy?

The world I'm working on contains multiple "sub-species" of sentient, European style dragons. When standing on all fours, a human comes up to your typical dragon's shoulders, and they are ...
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How do migratory dragons avoid being blinded by sun?

These dragons are as big as double decker with wing span approaching 20m measuring from tip to tip, they migrate in large numbers and fly at an altitude between 10,000m to 20,000m above sea level. ...
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How to prevent adventurers from ganging up on dragon?

In the 13th century A.D., the king put up a hefty bounty for anyone who can help defeat the dragon and rescue his daughter. Actually, this was all according to the king's devious plan. The dragon was ...
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How Can a Creature With Rock Armor Also Have an Inflating Head?

Globold are darkeye dragons with some rather unusual traits. Their bodies are more or less cylindrical, with a rounded chest and a sloping back, with two small arms and two big legs and a tail like a ...
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