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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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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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