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Why don’t dragons fly low?

So, we have five floating islands in the southern sea. Their surfaces are mainly composed of fields of grass and fruit trees (weeds, non-profitable trees, etc. are disposed of) A dozen or so feet of ...
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How would medieval knights capture the anti-metal dragon?

Set in 13th century A. D. a gargantuan dragon weights 100 ton is cutting across a town and hundreds of knights gathered there to defeat it, this docile dragon is a herbivore and cannot fly. It have ...
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To catch a mocking dragon [closed]

So, you've decided to be a dragon slayer. There are less convoluted ways of assisted suicide. However, if you aren't here to end it all and genuinely think you will be hailed as a hero, well, you won'...
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Why would sacrificial ritual of virgin maidens appease the dragon of calamity? [closed]

Set in the Han Dynasty, Emperor User6760 together with his trusted subjects would be busy preparing the grand sacrificial ceremony which is held once every 76 years, Ok cut the crap version: a dragon ...
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How big would the wings of my dragons have to be in order to fly? [duplicate]

I haven't really gotten into the size of my dragons, but I figured that a reasonable reference point for the size of my dragons would be Tyrannosaurus rex, since my dragons, as adults, look like ...
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What anti-aircraft magic adaptation would be better for dragons than flame spitting?

Alright, we all know the drill, dragons spit fire, like a massive flamethrower, but their fire probably has quite limited range. This is okay for hunting land animals, and being an unremoveable thorn ...
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Is anti-dragon shock trap possible in the medieval time?

Set in the late 14th century CE A decree by King User MMMMMMDCCLX is issued to purge all dragons from his kingdom. Anyone who can solo an adult male dragon will be bestowed a royal title along with ...
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If Dragons existed in the real/modern world how would they be treated? [closed]

What if dragons were like any other species of animal in todays age and had many different variations spread across the world? Ranging from the size of small chihuahuas to the size of a large jumbo ...
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Is it necessary to wipe out vile man-eating dragons?

Set in the modern day, reports of dragon sightings came flooding in from all over the world. No one know where they came from or why are they here but these monstrous creatures seemed to be hostile to ...
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Would a warhorse allow its rider to approach a Dragon at all?

Would a horse (trained or otherwise) not be wholly spooked by a Dragon merely flying overhead, even more so trying to enter combat with it or just trying to approach it under any circumstances? What ...
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The best role for a dragon in protecting a settlement?

One of the plotlines, I'm currently working on, is about a dragon who is forced to serve a settlement to "pay" for some of his past "crimes". For clarity's sake, we call the dragon Gyvaris. Gyvaris ...
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Biological Use of FOOF

FOOF or Dioxygen Difluoride is an extremely dangerous chemical. It is not in itself flammable but makes the substances around it combust. How could a biological organism (say a dragon) use this as a ...
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Dragon fire As Powerful As Possible

So we have seen questions stating or asking how a dragon could breathe fire. Although, I want to know what substance would make it as powerful as dragon fire could be. I envisioned a biological napalm ...
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Dragon Rider Genes

In Game of Thrones the Targaryen family had special heritage allowing them to ride their iconic beasts of war. I want to ground this in reality. Is there a way for heritable trait to allow you to be ...
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Dragons have an armor that is similar to that of sungazer lizards. Why would the dragons have the spikes as well?

A Smaug giganteus. If you do as much as think about slaying it, I'll force feed you gasoline and shove a match down your throat. Sungazers are awesome. They're so awesome I decided to base some parts ...
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Is a 500 kg flying creature possible?

I usually like to leave some wiggle room for myself when fleshing a concept out. Dragons make that sort of impossible, same's true for nanomachines but ripped senators are a question for another day. ...
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How might bridles for dragons be designed?

My society uses dragons as giant flying weapons/war crafts, usually with a rider that would be half on their belly harnessed to the middle of the dragon's neck. The rider's ankles and waist would be ...
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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 ...