Questions tagged [dragons]

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Spitting Explosive Fireballs

I'm designing fire dragons for my story and recently the question came up: how to make a dragon shoot fireballs? I don't know what it takes for fireballs, but the rest of the dragons I've designed ...
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A Dragon with Ignition abilities

I'm in the process of creating a plausible fire-breathing dragon, halfway through. As I don't want my dragon to have to eat stones to spit fire or light sparks because that could limit the dragon to ...
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How does a dragon with plated tongue hunt?

Beyond the thick forest lies a colossal winged flightless dragon with a unique distinct feature that is its plated tongue! According to legend it seems to prefer diseased humans and animals that are ...
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Why would dragons have plated bellies?

Dragons are often depicted with a set of plate-like scales along their belly like a snake. In snakes, this adaptation is to aid in their slithering locomotion. However, dragons don't slither; they ...
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Igniting a Dragon's Fire

I'm in the process of creating a plausible fire-breathing dragon, halfway there. The dragon has glands that allow it to produce a flammable oil from the fat of the animals it eats. To light the oil I ...
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Would lungs be necessary for levitating gilled animals?

The dragons of my world are serpentine fish-like animals with the ability to manipulate gravity They have gills like bony fish, which they can keep in a state of apparent freefall to prevent collapse. ...
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How potent would a dragon's fire be?

I was watching the penultimate episode of Season 6 of Game of Thrones and one thing caught my attention: initially, the fire of the dragons in the series was "biological" as it was ...
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Ice Dragon Breath

I was thinking about creating an ice dragon for my world, but I didn't want the dragon to be magical or technological but biologically correct, so I went looking for cryogenic substances and found ...
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Is my dragon's fire plausible?

The dragon, through a gland, produces a flammable oil from the fat of the animals it has eaten, the oil is stored in a bag, the blood circulation around the bag increases, heating the oil to the point ...
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Plausible dragons & dragon slaying for "The 51st Dragon" [closed]

What dimensions must a dragon have, in order to make cutting off their heads with a sideways axe swing a plausible method of killing them? When I say plausible I mean (a) the axe can physically cut ...
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Would low-mounted wings work for animal flight?

The dragons of my world, like many historical dragon depictions, have their wings attached to the lowest part of the body, similarly to many planes. This is in contrast to all real winged animals, ...
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Explaining Dragons: Arthopods

What if dragons didn't evolve from reptiles? Okay, bear with me. I'm not sure if anyone else has thought of this. Way, way back in Earth's history, when the first primitive lifeforms developed in ...
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How to make this lightning strike real without technology or magic?

Everyone knows that dragons tend to breathe fire in stories, but some are differentiated containing dragons that breath lightning and it is the latter that interest me at the moment. I researched ...
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Biological Electrolaser

I was researching about electric dragons whose electric breath can be explained scientifically, and I found this post(Plausibility Check: Is it possible to make a lightning dragon plausible?). In it ...
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Natural cryogenic substance

I'm researching a way a dragon could expel a substance that freezes things it comes in contact with. I've seen two posts here on the WBSE with this theme, but both said about the animal evolving to ...
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Resistance and Flight

Well, I'll start by giving an introduction. In the past, some people were persecuted for possessing magic. Wherever they went, the profane (those who have no magic) found them and killed them, even on ...
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Could this lindworm survive as a predator?

My lindworm is a dragon with a rather classical form They have a long body like a snake, and move by slithering. At their chest they have a pair of arms with raptorial claws. Their necks are long and ...
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Could the Classic Wyvern exist as a Tetrapod?

The wyverns in my world are similar to the classical depictions of wyverns, specifically in that the two legs are attached directly under the wings' shoulders, rather than the avian form found in ...
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How does the amphiptere move on land? [closed]

The amphiptere is a snake with wings and feathers. While they could likely fly around, the lack of scales would be an obstacle to normal snake/lizard locomotion on the ground What is the most ...
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Light Gas for Large Flyers [duplicate]

I'm kind of on a journey in search of how to scientifically explain fantastic creatures in a way that doesn't rely on magic, because I think that makes things more interesting. Currently my biggest ...
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The green and the dragons

In several fantasy works they have the iconic dragons, giant reptile creatures and that commonly breathe fire. In some works these creatures were tamed and trained to serve as military weapons in wars,...
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Flint tongue and steel teeth for dragons?

A lot of more realistic depictions of dragons have their fire breath coming from some sort of flammable substance like a gas or liquid that their body produces and stores before they spew it that they ...
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Flammable Dragon Oil

I was seeing in this post an answer about an organic way for a carnivorous dragon to produce fire. It is said that the dragon produces a synthesized oil from the diet that, in conjunction with the ...
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Fire Dragon Breath

Here in this post it is said that a dragon can breathe fire releasing a highly flammable oil, my Dragon's breath will follow the same logic. My dragon will not be wild, it will be created specifically ...
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Let's say someone creates a dragon [duplicate]

Would the laws of science allow this being to exist? A four-legged, two-winged dragon (and able to fly, obviously), he doesn't need to breathe fire or anything, just be large (at least the size of a ...
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Scientifically Correct Alternative Dragon Breath [closed]

Besides fire, would it be possible for a dragon to breathe other things like lightning, ice, poison, steam, "life", etc...? I think it's kind of unlikely for a dragon to release lightning ...
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Dragon Riding Question

Let's say dragons exist and are strong enough to carry a person on their back, where would we saddle them? Because I think riding a dragon could be a bit hard for the take-off, and a bit dangerous ...
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Dragon sailing Airship Part II: Room Temp Superconductor Anti-Ballast

This is the second part of a two-part question. This part uses third-party worlds to illustrate a couple of points, but it is not in any way about them, therefore this question is not off-topic. So ...
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Dragon Sailing Airship Part I: Fire Air Balloon

This is the first part of a two-part question. This question is actually related to a question I asked earlier about Ancient Temple Booby Traps Designed for Dragons (link here Ancient temple booby ...
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Anatomically Correct Poorly Drawn Dragon Wings

While European Dragons are often described as bat-winged, there are many depictions showing otherwise. Some give them fins or sails, and others depict a structure never seen on a living animal This ...
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Dragon with pseudo-wings, is this viable?

One of the topics that interests me is about how tetrapods could evolve extra limbs. I prefer to use this because the biological explanations can be more interesting than, say, "is an alternate ...
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Why would an animal have facial doors? [closed]

The facial door is a unique structure. They are surrounded on both sides by a row of tusks, and are composed of a pair of plates, which are supported by a bony core that is jointed to the skull, and ...
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Flight drag and the superior limit size for hexapod dragons?

For what I know birds have an much lower superior size limit for flying forms than pterosaurs because they use two different groups of muscles to locomotion, wings for fly and legs for walk in ...
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Best place for wings on a dragon-eagle

The dragon-eagle is a large reptilian animal. It has no feathers or plumage, with the main flying wings being webbed like a bat, with the webbing between the second and third fingers of the wing, ...
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Can I justify dragon limbs having hollow bones that are larger than what would be needed to support their weight?

Oftentimes, western dragons are depicted not just as BIG but also as THICK. I've given up on making dragons any larger than a draft horse, but wish to avoid making further compromises. However, the ...
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How do dragons communicate? [closed]

Dragons are giant intelligent monitor lizards. They are intelligent enough to communicate in a human-like manner. They can hiss, but can't make anymore complex sounds. They are also quadrupedal, and ...
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Does this dragon martial art move make sense?

So, you know my dragons: Six limbs (typical western dragon), about the size of a Clydesdale horse but "only" half the weight (500 kg). Tissues are reinforced with armchair-type carbon ...
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Uses for dragons in combat in a Renaissance-level setting with cannons, muskets, and magic? [closed]

My fantasy setting has late Renaissance-level technology with cannons and muskets, along with a moderate level of magic (i.e. Wizards and other spellcasters are well-known, but pretty uncommon). How ...
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How would medieval warfare be different when society & armies are led by intelligent dragons?

So here's the parameters: The society is a feudal one where a noble/aristocratic class of dragons rules over humanity, who are legally, culturally, & religiously bound to the dragons' service. ...
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Would Dragon scales made of similar material to Limpet teeth work?

So I need some help as I’m in the process of creating dragons and I was given the idea of using the material that limpet teeth are made of for dragon scales which in theory should make them extremely ...
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What type of lullabies would a dnd style dragon sing to their eggs? Especially Ice Dragons

Dnd style dragons come out of the egg knowing languages meaning that they had to learn it somewhere. I'm not interested in that. What I want to know is, that assuming Dragon lullabies are like human ...
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Would less gravity allow for larger flying creatures (like dragons)

From my superficial understanding of physics, it seems that large flying creatures like your typical Western dragon wouldn't be possible on Earth, specifically because they would always be too heavy. ...
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Magic system- photosynthesis/"solar cell" dragons using electricity for warmth?

Background: So, I'm creating a magic system for a race of dragons based on the abilities of the Oriental Hornet and the Elysia chlorotica. both of these animals can directly utilize solar energy. I ...
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How would dragons utilize ships?

I'm writing a fantasy novel with a race of intelligent and technologically advanced dragons. now, if we pretend that they can somehow fly, How would they utilize boats and ships in order to traverse ...
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What wold be a viable defense against hostile dragon armies? [closed]

As you may know, there are two types of dragons in my world: wyverns and noble dragons. Wyverns are essentially the classic dragon: smart as a dog, bulky, loves treasure, tamable if you're stubborn ...
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Can a creature in its cocoon opalize various parts of its anatomy voluntarily?

Now, in this world I'm creating, dragons have larvae, called wyrms. There is a specific species of dragon, Spelunca meliusculus, or the superior dragon, that dwells in a special cavern. There is a ...
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What would be the evolutionary drives of a lush cave environment?

Now, for my D&D-style world, there is an extremely large cave system hidden beneath a mountain. These caverns are illuminated by processes that are a bit too complicated to divulge, but in any ...
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How would this Eusocial species deal with large Dragons?

So, I have 3 species of eusocial animals in this world, however for now I'll just be talking about this one considering the other two have fairly obvious answers for how they would murder large ...
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Can my wyrms exist? [closed]

Now, in a science-based Dnd campaign I'm making, the dragons actually go through a larval state. Called wyrms, these gross little guys resemble extremely large maggots, except with a lot more teeth. ...
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Ancient temple booby traps designed for dragons

I grew up watching the Indiana Jones and enjoying the creative death traps and Indy outsmarting them. What what about dragons? So this is for a potential novel dealing with a dragon civilization. The ...

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