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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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How would a four (or more) winged dragon fly? what would the wingspan be?

it has an elongated body, and the wings are 2 pairs and 2 pairs behind those, at a sufficient distance so they do not get in each other's way, unless the dragon wants them to, also not too far apart, ...
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How would my world connect to Earth? [closed]

I'm building a world for the novel I'm writing (called Aroura) and it's a separate world from Earth. There are three tribes, the dragons, the elves, and the humans. My heroine, Galaxy, finds out she's ...
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How could a dragon develop blue fire breath?

Is currently hard to find a way in which classic dragons could develop and use the fire-breathing, so find a way in which this could happen for blue fire of complete combustion is even harder. Read ...
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How to avoid respiratory and circulatory problems in a firebreather or flaming creature?

There are already questions like this (creature which set itself on fire for defense) and this (creature with flaming collar), asking about flaming creatures or creatures which ignite their bodies ...
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How Can Dragons Get Humans To Accept Living Inside Their Mouths?

This is an extension of How Dragons Can Hoard People, and it concerns something that I realized would be quite problematic: transportation. You see, dragons share the world with various other ...
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What is the most powerful, plausible breath a dragon could have?

I am working on a dragon project, and have solved how my dragon makes each breath, but I would like to know the most powerful possible breath, and how the dragon might make it, (fire breath, ice/cold ...
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Powerful tail swipe with as little muscle as possible. How?

If you look at flying animals, they usually have small tails. For instance, giant pterosaurs. Now dragons tend to be portrayed with more devloped tails. For my dragons, their tails, and the bony spade ...
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The best type of reconnaissance for modern dragons?

My dergs: About the size of a large draft horse, 12-meter wingspan, human intelligence, able to talk in human languages. Scales are very tough, but an armor-piercing round from an M2 Springfield bolt-...
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Would dragons be able to purr?

My dragons have a... "difficult" personality. They're very catlike. Sure, they're more like KrimsonRogue's cat (somewhere around chaotic good). But, if I want to make my dragons smug, blue-...
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What would martial arts for dragons look like?

So, since my dragons have a lot of limitations that are needed for flight, I thought it was to make them some strengths. Two that still remain are their intelligence and long life, which can result in ...
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How to have controlled forest burning with medieval technology?

Related to my previous question, I figured that the method of hunting a dragon by burning the forest it was in has to be sustainable to make it reliable. The fire must have minimal impact on the ...
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How can massive forest burning be an entirely terrible thing?

I'm writing a story about a fantasy medieval world where flightless dragons roam vast tropical rainforests (like Vietnam or Borneo) and preys on animals and people alike. These dragons are so powerful ...
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How would a dragon fly, give it all you got, the dragon has 4 wings, and has an avarage (edited) 300Kg weight

The dragon's weight can be reduced, by a mixture of lighter than air gases, heated air, vacuums etc. I have done some research, but I forgot the equation, this was for a 6000 kg bird, how large does ...
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How could an eusocial dragon species of elemental castes work?

Well here are constant questions about how control, breath or thrown different "elemental" objects, electricity, fire, ice, water, air and the less common earth (because requieres things ...
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“Magic” is done by swarms of microscopic robots. Why would dragons be better at using them? [closed]

So, what can I do to give dragons an advantage that will possibly shine through no matter what? Which part of them have I been neglecting while trying to figure out how they fly? Yes, their breath ...
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Designing a sea dragon with boiling water breath as a weapon

My sea dragon is as large as a bottlenose dolphin (it looks like Lapras from Pokemon, but that's not important) but instead of breathing out fire, it has the ability to expel boiling water from its ...
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Logistics in a World of Floating Islands Sans Airships

The World The setting is an endless sky of naught but pillowy white clouds and floating islands scattered across the skyscape. In such a world, how would the various nations, from small city-states to ...
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Is there a pyrophoric subtance that ANY kind of vertebrate could store in a special organ?

I asked this question previously, but didn't receive any answers that satisfied me, so I'm going to simplify it: Is there a pyrophoric substance (liquid, gas or solid) that is reactive to air that any ...
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Are dragons useless when there are guns?

Right now, I'm facing a problem: Dragons are useless. This is dragons every time they come into contact with any fireteam. Most of my characters are non-humans. Among them, dragons have the problem ...
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How do my dragons hunt?

Okay, I am designing a dragon. The average adult male specimen is about 20 feet long, with an extra 5-8 ft of the tail; females are slightly smaller. Their wingspan is approx. 20 ft. The above image ...
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What natural force would prevent dragons from burning all the forests in the world?

So, dragons. Considering the classic wyvern depiction, they are large flying carnivores that breathe fire. Considering not only the fact that flying animals have much higher metabolisms than their ...
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Is my idea of Wyverns realistic?

I am an aspiring fantasy writer, and I wanted to include rideable Wyverns in my world. There will be a magic system in my world, but I still want to make them as scientifically possible as I can. Now, ...
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Would dragons with automatic grenade launchers strapped to their backs be useful?

My Dragons: Smaller and cuddlier than their original version (well, most writers copy Smaug to varying degrees). They have long lifespans and human intelligence. They can mimic just about any sound ...
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How could a single dragon pose a threat to more modern human settlements?

Don't get me wrong, my dragons squarely fall into the player races, and definitely don't pose the same threat as real monsters. You see, using Lobotomy Corporation as an inspiration, I created several ...
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Is it plausible for my dragon to shoot fire from its rear?

My dragon is not large in size (around the size of a house cat), flightless, and doesn't shoot fire from its mouth, much like in popular culture, but it shoots from its rear. I think it's much safer ...
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How Would I Scientifically Justify Dragons Reproducing Asexually?

In my book series, there are several species of dragons, the common ancestor of which ultimately evolved from pterosaurs. One of these dragon species, the Arturian dragon, however, is the only species ...
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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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