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Questions tagged [dragons]

For questions involving dragons - generally large, reptilian, flying creatures famous in folklore and myths.

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How would a fantasy world respond to repeated near extinction events?

I am working on developing a campaign setting/world history for something akin to Dungeons and Dragons so medium/high fantasy magic with a medieval flavor. I am trying to get a grasp on expected ...
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Would it be possible to genetically engineer Dragons? [duplicate]

DRAGONS. ARE THEY POSSIBLE? By current genetic engineering..? no. But let's say somehow we got shot 200 years into the future?! Would you think it would be possible scientifically? Defining "...
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What does my dragon sound like?

My dragon So to give a quick description, this is a 2 mile long, nuclear powered dragon of doom. I think I’ll going with a fission/fusion hybrid creature for this beast. Another piece of relevant ...
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The Nuclear Dragon

Alright so let’s say that we have a massive dragon about 2 miles long. This big guy needs a lot of fuel to power himself and since there is only so much food he can eat at one time, he decides to run ...
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Would these structural reinforcements improve dragon wings?

So, I have devoted an unhealthy amount of my time to the dragon question, and a final solution will have to wait... for several thousand years at least. My original plan was to make them at around ...
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How would a Viking-age civilization deal with kraken-and-dragon-infested seas?

In my book series, there is this planet called Ryu 108. Ryu 108 consists of two continents: Bjørnholm, which is heavily forested and bears a strong resemblance to southern Norway or southern Sweden, ...
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What exactly would a talking dragon's voice sound like?

I'm developing an independent cartoon web series with talking dragons. The designs of the dragons in Spyro (especially the Legend of Spyro) is one of the main influences in how I want my dragons to ...
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What happens when two flames meet from opposite sides?

What happens when two flames (whether from dragons or blowtorches) meet head on? Many films make it appears as a front where the two flames repel each other, but my intuition is that, in fact, the two ...
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Evolution in dragons

I'm currently working on a world where there are two groups of dragons, Continent dragons and island dragons. The basic story is that long ago there was one massive population of dragons that lived on ...
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Ways to keep a fantasy cold war between dragons and knight sorcerers cold?

So here's the scenario. I have two rather large and evenly matched empires: one led by human knight sorcerers with bloodline based magic and another by dragons, who are fairly similar to the dragons ...
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Would it possible for a creature to melt down rocks in its stomach and spit out lava?

Worldbuilding and biology have always been two huge passions of mine, especially when it comes to dragons. So well, at the moment I'm working on a little project in which I'm attempting to make ...
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How can my dragons use their tongues to control their fire breathing?

Some background you may or may not skip I was daydreaming the other day about how tamed dragons whose magic was somehow harnessed as an energy source by humans could be used as a metaphor for nuclear ...
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Semi-accessible continent

I have a bit of a problem. My largest dragons have a flight range of over 1000 miles, but I have another continent that is only reachable by ship significantly closer (just over 750 miles). I can't ...
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How do dwarves defend their City-under-the-Mountain from a dragon?

The Kingdom of the Dwarves has been rich and prosperous since the days that the first Dwarf-father awoke in the roots of the mountain. In the uncounted ages since he rose, the depths of the mountain ...
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How would winged humans fight dragons?

So currently in my fantasy universe 2 races are at war, the Anglar and the Darus. (I previously had a question about melee combat while fighting ground troops that involved the same races, if some are ...
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Why would dragons who predates humans hoard gold? [closed]

EDIT: I have been asked to create a more concise and specific question. The question I would ask is what would be a (good) reason for my dragons as a species, having no inherent reason to share human ...
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I want to make a super OP dragon that breathes fire underwater [duplicate]

I want to create a super Over-Powered dragon that can: Breathe fire Breathe fire under water Not harm itself while breathing fire (either above water or under water) I would like answers that are as ...
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Dragon flight muscles

So, Mark Witton had a lengthy article on why paleontologists think the Quetzalcoatlus northropi could fly. One interesting thing about it is that Witton and Habib think the Quetzalcoatlus had a 90-...
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How much pneumatization is possible? [closed]

So, one of the most common theories about how dragons could maybe still fly, the living gasbag theory. Basically, most of the dragon is a cavity filled with lifting gas or air, in order to reduce its ...
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How could dragons run?

You already know the drill: Dragons stand 195 centimeters at the withers, normally 2,95 meters at the top of the head when standing still They can't fly They weigh: 1179 kilograms You're not allowed ...
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Draconic Centaurs

And you thought I was finally done with centaur questions. I have a centaur race called the Draconitaurs. They're essentially centaurs, but with western dragons instead of horses. The dragon tropes ...
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How could flightless dragons survive in a world with advanced firearms?

Warning: large pic ahead, scroll down for the text *BenWootten Dragons: Dragons are kinda small, by D&D standards, anyways. They measure 195 centimeters at, what I assume to be, the withers, ...
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What features would a pirate ship need to be able to support the weight of a dragon and cargo?

A notable character in my story is a notorious pirate known for his ruthlessness. His notoriety makes him a target for other pirates, marine soldiers, and whatever else decided to make a home in the ...
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Viability of Scansoriopterygid wyverns

Scansoriopterygidae was a family of theropod dinosaurs that lived during the Jurassic, the most well-known member of which was Yi Qi. They are thought to have been arboreal insectivores, and ...
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Dragons vs WW1 airplanes

Dragons, or wyverns, are of course creatures that fly, that are fierce and can participate in dogfights against other dragons. I wouldn't be surprised if in a fantasy world humans domesticated dragons ...
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Weight of Colossal Fantasy Creatures Based on Length and Dimensions

I'm pretty much looking for an easy (or not) formula for calculating the mass and/or weight of fantasy creatures on an Earth-like planet with similar gravity. My world's dragons sometimes reach over 1 ...
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Anti-Dragon armor, shields and melee weapons

It goes without saying that dragons are bad for societies, they kill people, burn villages, steal cattle, infect people with the cooties, etc..., so obviously, any sane nation would take measures to ...
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How dragons deal with lack of fingers [duplicate]

This was touched on in here: "dragons as you describe them do not have the appendages necessary for careful, accurate control of their environment". If there are "classic" dragons (i.e. large and ...
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How to determine whether my dragon hunting trophy can stay afloat on a lake?

Continued from Can a person covered in mud survive an ordeal with fire breathing dragon? Miraculously my protagonist managed to subdue the fire breathing dragon and knock it unconscious. He then tied ...
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Can a person covered in mud survive an ordeal with fire breathing dragon?

In my upcoming novel, my protagonist decided to paint every part of his body in mud before engaging with the fire breathing dragon which dwells at the bottom of a dormant volcano. The flame from the ...
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Dragon breathing gas-based flame (fireballs?)

So, I have a design for a medium (minivan-van-small truck-sized) dragon whose fire expands quickly, and easily fills confined spaces. How, realistically, could that work, and what would it plausibly ...
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What are the scientific issues with this method of dragons breathing fire?

I am including some dragons in the universe I'm building. Now, I have already decided that only baby dragons will fly, but I am having some problems with breathing fire. My current design: Dragons ...
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The Electric Dragon

The Volt Dragon is an incredibly dangerous beast that reeks havoc on any attempted air travel. This dragon generates many small but powerful magnetic fields whose strength can be varied voluntarily by ...
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Napalm-Breathing Dragon

The Leopard dragon is one of the fastest and smartest dragons out there. With four eyes, external ears, four legs, two wings, a long tail, and sleek black scales, this dragon is quiet and nearly ...
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Hallucinogen Dragon Venom?

The smallest type of dragon in my world is a bipedal dragon about the same size as a moderately sized bird, maybe about a falcon. In addition to its breath attack and high intelligence, this little ...
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Methane Dragons

The Leech Dragon, so named for its round, leech-like mouth, is by far one of the creepiest and most vicious dragons. Part of the reason for its infamy is its ability to exhale toxic and very flammable ...
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The Marksman Dragon

One of the deadliest species of dragon is the dreaded Marksman Dragon. This beast has immense physical power and a bad temper, but its most potent weapon is its breath. The Marksman Dragon can shoot ...
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A laser shooting dragon? [duplicate]

This dragon uses very intense bursts of EM radiation as its “breath” attack. Obviously it can’t breathe light, but the attack originates from its mouth. This beam of light can permanently blind ...
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Dragon covered in flames

Based on a local legend, this species of dragon can't fly, but instead covers itself in flame to protect itself from hunters. With as little magic as possible, would something like that be possible? ...
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Alternate uses for dragon wings? [closed]

So since there’s that pesky thing called the square cube law, it’s pretty universally accepted that large dragons have no chance at actual flight. However, all is not lost for the concept of giant ...
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What makes a dragon's scale so tough?

Many fantasy stories involve some variation of a dragon, and while there's a lot of variation in whether or not they fly, if they can breathe fire, how magical they are, etc., the strength of dragon ...
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Protecting Dragon bombers

In short, the Portuguese invaders have arrived on the New World to meet a more organized coalition of native city-states that fields giant lizards to the battlefield. The main weapon of battle for ...
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Could a small (about 6 feet long) dragon live on a diet of fish?

In my story I'm creating, there are three sizes of dragons, from 6 to 20 feet long. The smaller ones create small coastal villages, and fish. These 6 foot dragons: are very dexterous and have ...
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How does a castle have sufficient anti-air defenses while still looking like a castle?

Castles, particularly Concentric Castles, are great to have against the technology of the time; swordsmen, crossbowmen. They're less great against ornery wizards and capricious dragons. The lords ...
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Would a realistic dragon shed their skin/scales?

Dragons are often thought to have impenetrable scales. If dragons were to shed them it would obviously make them far more vulnerable for a period of time. This on the other hand would make them easier ...
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How can a Dragon keep humanity in check?

I am a Dragon and I have an infestation problem in my world. Currently, I am the single one of my kind and your representation of a dragon in movie Desolation of Smaug is fairly accurate only there's ...
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Can a dragon who can heat parts of its body at will use that to fly?

I have been working on a world which has a very limited type of magic. This magic almost necessitates a bird likes creature that I think I might be able to convert into a non-traditional dragon. ...
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How can my dragon convert heat to usable energy?

In my world, dragons are big, and require lots of energy just to support their massive bodies and huge brains - and of course, to fly, using enormous oversized wings. Rather than causing mass ...
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Would dragons rule the 18th century?

If there were dragons around in the 18th century, the Napoleonic era, would they terrorize humans as in the days of yore? Or would the invention of cannon, explosives, and other innovations end their ...
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Predatory Behavior of a Dragon

EDIT: After reading alot of great suggestions I've decided that these dragons will be a mix between warm-blooded and cold blooded animals. They stalk their prey and ambush them along well traveled ...