Questions tagged [dragons]

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Evil Gods Eating Souls [closed]

40k mentions that when a person dies in worship of a Chaos god their soul goes to the Chaos god. Some of it states that a Chaos god will straight up eat the soul, I was thinking of doing something ...
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Would a dragon sized saddle or any of its parts be buoyant enough to keep an unconscious human breathing in a calm ocean?

Info: Apparently leather is buoyant. The material composition shouldn't exceed the technology of the 1700s. Please use the image below for a rough size comparison of the person and the dragon. The ...
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Can an Umbrella deflect a Great Wyrm Red Dragon’s Breath?

From Giant in the Playground Forum: Well a Great Wyrm Red breathes hot enough to theoretically liquify[melt] 4 inches of solid iron across an 80 foot or so line. So an 80 foot wall of iron 4 inches ...
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Increased flexibility for dragons?

Uhh... So, birds aren't exactly the most flexible creatures. Sure, they got their neck, but their ribcage is fused and solid. This is true for all flying creatures, including dragons, as the ribcage ...
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International Boundaries and the Age of Majority [closed]

My world has at four major powers active on it: The Loong Empire, a nation-state of eastern style dragons New Draconia, a nation-state of mainly western style dragons Mount Celestia, the home of the ...
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How would a quadrupedal species design vehicles?

Back in the early times of my story's world, before humans had even arisen on Earth, another planet over 1,000 light years away held two civilizations of dragons. One was the traditional hexapod ...
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Societal implications of having direct access to heaven, even while alive

My story is a mix utilizing the universe of the tabletop game BattleTech, the magic and cosmology of the tabletop game Dungeons & Dragons dragon pantheon of deities, and the world of Minecraft. In ...
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Magic and medicine: The perils of treating dragons

In my story's world, dragons have been living alongside humans for some time now. Of course, there are hospitals and other medical facilities variable to them. Now, as some of the staff of said ...
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Would it make sense for Dragons to be able to learn to speak the common language of Dwarves, Elves, Humans etc. And vice versa?

My world is a medieval high fantasy setting. Dragons are one of the many denizens of the world. They speak a complicated language. Humans and other common races know most dragons to be cunning, ...
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How to make dragons move stealthy on radar?

What dragon exactly? Well, the ones in my story tend to be "smaller", around the size of a larger horse with wingspans of 10-12 meters. They have six limbs and are capable of powered flight. ...
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A missile that's launched from "small' flying dragons. How can it take advantage of that?

So, when I say small dragons, they're still around the size of a Clydesdale horse, of course. While this might seem small, that's because you're watching them on a small screen and because people ...
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How much hunting land and/or vassalized livestock herders would a dragon need to sustain itself given any possible caloric requirements? [closed]

Writing about a setting with a nation of intelligent dragons has got me thinking about the limits of greater draconic society. I found the discussion here very helpful, but I want to expand on it. ...
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Would beings with a base 8 number system be advantaged for electronics?

I am looking forward to create anthropomorphic dragons/lizards with 8 fingers (3 + thumb). As they base their number system on it, the powers of 2 are recurrent. Would this grant any advantage for the ...
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What could dragons do in modern-day combat?

As I mentioned before, dragons are really hard to adapt to modern-day settings, when warfare is concerned. For every other race, even centaurs, it's fairly easy to find some kind of strength and the ...
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Generic hypergolic components for a carnivore?

Related: What are the scientific issues with this method of dragons breathing fire? Could dragons theoretically breathe alcohol based fire? Can a dragon's fire breath be liquid based? Recreating ...
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What are the defining characteristics of a dragon? [closed]

Most of us can take one look at something ad say if it's a dragon or not with relative ease. So far the only features that all dragonic creature have in common is they're not real. they capture the ...
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How could six-limbed dragons launch like vampire bats and giant pterosaurs?

So, birds have a rather significant disadvantage, Tthey "jump" into the air, which requires beefy legs that become dead weight in flight. Bats and giant pterosaurs circumvented this problem ...
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Why would a dragon's underbelly be so vulnerable?

So, a common trope when it comes to dragons is that their underbellies and necks are vulnerable and covered with soft scales, whereas the back, head, and sides are very hard to damage. But why would ...
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what would flightless bat like wings look like?

A long time ago, a group Wyverns split off becoming Drakes. now just like Wyverns these Drakes are quadrupeds but unlike Wyverns they are completely flightless with there wings being modified to ...
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Would caves in general be practical lairs for a dragon?

So, I was writing an outline for the battle between a dragon and a bunch of humans. However, a key component of the humans' battle plan was to place a hidden stash of ballistae near the entrance when ...
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How would tiny dragons strike TERROR?

Average Medieval times for humans... And everybody fears these fire-breathing, jewel-stealing sentient creatures. There is just one problem. Dragons on this world are sparrow-sized, and aren't very ...
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How does trophy hunting helps in conservation of rare “Poop Bomber” dragon?

In the modern days, World Wildlife Fund has promised a donation of a lump sum of $100 million to save a certain endangered dragon species found only in the Sahara desert. The adult dragon weights 1.5 ...
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How could a pre-emptive attack on dragon make sense?

So, one part that stayed consistent with my story drafts regarding one of my dragon characters is the pre-emptive strike. You see, the dragon, Gyvaris, is supposed to have a bad attitude. He can ...
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questions about my screeching wyvern?

OK, this how it goes for my wyvern (they're called scaled howlers) in my story: my wyvern are not very large, almost the size of a Haast eagle They mate for life, forming strong monogamous pair bonds ...
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How can my dragons follow your movement with their eyes?

So, dragons. They're omnivores and, while they would be potentially formidable hunters, mostly scavengers. This requires them to be more sparing with their energy. Still, they fly and flight needs ...
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Does this magic system stray way too far from the realm of medieval fantasy? [closed]

I have thought of a magic system, I’ve just thought about it so it’s not a system really. There is a special kind of metal that when a magical powder touches, a practicer of the arts can cast a spell. ...
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How could dragon society avoid interacting with humanity?

One day, the people of a small village, near [----] woke up to a deafening roar, soon followed by bright flashes of light, coming from the nearby forest. As the roars and thuds didn't let up, they ...
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How could a dragon-proof toy work?

So I was outlining the part of the story where Gyvaris, a dragon, almost gets killed, when I realized I glanced over something. You see, Gyv had a human friend before and they used to play games to ...
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What would a house, designed to accomodate a dragon, look like?

So, when you use a dragon for military purposes, it's probably for the best to keep them close and keep them happy. Which means building them a place they can call home. Now, housing a dragon is ...
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Acid-spitting dragons

I did a lot of research and asking questions about dragons' breathing ability: if there was a dragon that spits pyrophoric liquids like a spitting cobra A tiny fire-breather can any animals (example ...
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can any animals (example dragons) can synthesise pyrophoric subtances and contain it in a special sac (like tert-butyllithium)?

so according to this website: https://haraldas.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/dragon-fire-ever-wonder-if-its-possible/ it said that it could be possible for any animals to synthesise tert-butyllithium ...
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How would a fantasy city look if it were designed to house dragons [closed]

So currently I'm writing a book and the main city has humans and dragons coexisting. What I want to know is what features would need to be included in order to make this possible Specifically food ...
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Scaling up the bombardier beetle's chemical weapon. What would change?

There are two common quirks I keep hearing about dragon anatomy and biochemistry. The first is that dragons use lifting gases to keep aloft and breathe fire, both of which are just plain dumb. First, ...
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So, how do you ground a dragon?

I was tempted to make this question about grounding the dragon in a different way, then the title would have been "How to make an acid-resistant home/prison for a dragon?". Grounding the dragon is a ...
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How can I bring back dragons? [closed]

So in a world where dragons are long extinct (they're not technically, but the normal people don't know that) , the power creating them or the people who hold that power are long extinct too, how can ...
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my fire breathing creature [duplicate]

ok let say my creature will look something like this: or like this now here's my description of my creature: it's an omnivore (but eat meat mainly) it's stands around 2 feet in height it lives in ...
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A tiny fire-breather

My postulated creature will look something like this: or like this: Its description is as follows: it's a non-obligate carnivore its height is, on average, about two feet it lives in arid habitats ...
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How could dragons use their forepaws as hands?

So, I want my dragon to be able to do stuff like open doors and whatnot. Using the wings is kind of awkward and takes up considerable space, and because of the coronavirus, the mouth is also a no-no; ...
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How CAN a Wyvern be a Scansoriopterygid Dinosaur?

It's become a popular speculative evolution trope for the likeliest candidate of the mythological "wyvern" to be a Cenozoic family--if not superfamily--of scansoriopterygid dinosaur. Now the first ...
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Dragons and fall damage

You know, dragons like myself are no strangers to falling. It's a natural part of flight and I used to do it a lot when I was a tiny and very adorable wyrmling. The problem is it hurt, and sure it's ...
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Dragons can spray up to 5 liters of concentrated sulfuric acid. How screwed is a dragon slayer if it gets on them?

The answer, of course, is very screwed; however, I want to elaborate on that more. Background Despite what common propaganda (D&D, Tolkien, etc...) might have taught you, dragons rarely ever use ...
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So, how do I put the extra muscle, needed for flight, into a large flying creatures like dragons?

I've been thinking about this the whole day. At first I thought it was an easy fix, given my dragon's bones have a tensile strength of 3-6.5 GPa and an elastic modulus of 50-140 GPa, depending on the ...
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Facial expressions for dragons?

Though this applies to lizardfolk and most creatures with a snout as well, I'm having trouble giving more facial expressions to dragons. Sure, they can wink, bare their fangs and laugh out loud and ...
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Poison needs time to affect a creature (especially large ones). What strategy would dragonslayers use then?

The first step of dragon slaying is pretty established: First you locate a place that the dragon frequently visits (i.e: considers it to be safe) and place an offering. This is a combination of ...
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How to TORTURE! (A big ol' dragon). (Without getting killed after) [closed]

Uh... Humans from the 21st century! Here is a very, VERY, VEEERY, important general from an AU in which we managed to create genetically crafted, sentient, four-legged, two-winged, fire-breathing ...
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Non-violent uses of a dragon? [closed]

So, back to my acid-breathing (sulfuric acid, pH 0.2-0.1, 1-3 liters can be stored at a time) dragon. So, the Dragon's life isn't exactly great, he's currently a slave working for a larger town, he ...
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What Stops Dragons From Causing Ecological Collapse?

In my setting Dragons evolved on a n isolated continent far from where man evolved. But in the past thousand years dragons have been introduced to the human inhabited continent, which is filled with ...
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Political ramifications of a kingdom using a dragon in battle, how to remedy them?

So, one thing we didn't talk about was the political ramification that'd arise from kingdom A using a dragon in battles. Kingdom A seems to be able to make the dragon do just about anything they say. ...
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Is there a mythological creature that is an hybrid of dragon and a griffin?

Like... A cockatrice with four legs and maybe horns. Is there an actual mythological creature like this, big enough to humans to ride on, or will I have to make one up? (For plot reasons, it is better ...
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How might wyverns affect Medieval warfare?

Despite being somewhat rare nowadays, many warlords captured wyverns for use in war and possibly starting some early form of domestication. Now here are some characteristics of these wyverns: have ...

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