Questions tagged [dragons]

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

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How might a sea wyvern adapt its flame breath?

Sea Wyverns (name not final) nest on small, rocky islands scattered throughout the sea and primarily catch fish going somewhat below the water. Basically, wyverns ingest a piezoelectric crystal which ...
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How do I explain the phoenix's “rebirthing” process

Phoenixes are a unique type of wyvern not only due to their colorful feathers (which resemble flames) but also how they reproduce. Phoenixes lay 7 eggs which require a lot of heat to hatch. ...
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How to prevent medieval houses from being burnt to ground by fire breathing dragons?

Medieval houses generally made out of timber were often being raided by several dragons that can breathe chemical fire at a distance. They seldom touch the houses with their razor sharp talons nor ...
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What would be the best way to capture a Wyvern?

Wyverns in a lot of ways are living weapons. They're huge (roughly the size of quetzalcoatlus), can fly, can support the weight of ONE unarmored human, and can breathe fire. Given these traits, it's ...
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how might flame retardant feathers work?

male Wyverns collect shiny objects in their dens to attract mates it quite common for Wyverns to get into territorial fight. Now Wyverns are capable of breathing fire but they are also covered in ...
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Evolutionary advantage for recurve fang in dragons

In medieval times, news of dragons attacking the outskirts of the villages is flooding in. The King is losing patience. According to witnesses, these dragons can lift cows and occasionally elephants ...
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How to make a dragon's whip even deadlier?

So, in my previous question, the two most popular weapons for a dragon were wings and the tail. The core concept is that my slightly-larger-than-a-draft-horse dragon, who still only weighs a mere 500 ...
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How to prove that “dragons“ spit fire?

Let's imagine there actually were dragons (dinosaurs) that spit fire. How could that be actually proven if you've lived in a day and age like today, where these kinds of creatures are actually ...
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Could my Wyverns exist?

A long time ago, Yi Qi diverged into three main groups: Cockatrices, Drakes, and Wyverns. Some characteristics of Wyverns include: They are tetrapods/quadrupeds They are covered with feathers They ...
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Could serpentine dragons exist?

Contrary to popular belief serpentine dragons are not in fact magical or related to the European wyvern but instead are descended from the Chrysopelea. some common characteristics of serpentine ...
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How to slay my acid dragon?

Now that I created a lovable and sweet western dragon, it is high time to toss him into Hell. Obviously, slaying a dragon isn't an easy task, especially when he is actively running away from you. ...
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Dragons have a constraint on muscle mass that isn't dedicated to flight. What's the best natural physical weapon for them?

Since the dragon lives in a forest, he limits the use of his acidic breath weapon on home ground to hit 'n run, supply destruction, and a way to deter his enemies and give him a chance to escape. ...
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How much aqua regia should a dragon store?

So, dragons are hexapodal creatures, slightly larger than most draft horses (around 190-200 cm at the withers). Compared to the Quetzalcoatlus, dragons have twice the muscles mass in the pectoral ...
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How can an animal rights organization prevent the extermination of dragons?

I am a descendant of the Unsullied, who once served Daenerys Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great ...
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Why wouldn't dragon-hide make me fire-resistant?

There are two types of dragons in the world today. Smaugs are bat-like lizards that can grow up to 30 feet, with a pair of arms and legs. They also sport a pair of large wings that allow them to fly. ...
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How difficult would it be for medieval people to deal with this acid-breathing dragon? [closed]

Dragons here are six-limbed creatures, roughly the size of a large horse (they tend to be larger than an average draft horse, but much lighter). One of their unique natural weapons is a combination of ...
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Would cold-blooded dragon be suitable for flying?

I am designing a cold-blooded dragon about the size of a house cat with a wingspan of 3 metres from tip to tip. It will climb on top of rocks at noon when there is ample sunlight overhead. I need it ...
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How can an environmentally conscious dragon avoid uneccesary damage when using his acidic breath?

So, I decided to up the ante with dragons and make them much more destructive by giving the aqua regia as the breath weapon. The problem is that the dragon in this story is a sweet and cheeky kid, ...
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Proofing dragons against their acidic breath weapon 2/2: Preventative measures

Previous question: Proofing dragons against their acidic breath weapon 1/2: Smart Neutralizing Agent So, I decided to find an alternative breath weapon for my dragons, that maximizes destructive ...
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How damaging would a dragon with an aqua regia breath weapon be?

Assume a dragon, roughly the size of a shire horse. This dragon has a unique breath weapon, that technically "burns" (oxidizes) the target. Still, I have a hard time imagining how dangerous and ...
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How does this dragon's self-defense mechanism not burn the user?

A type of dragon in my world, simply named the Thick-horn, has a well-known mechanism to use to defend itself despite its clumsiness. They are freakishly large, tend to be slow, and find it hard to ...
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Proofing dragons against their acidic breath weapon 1/2: Smart Neutralizing Agent

So, dragons here use aqua regia (an acid that dissolves even gold) as their breath weapon. This acid is made up of the dragon's stomach acid and some nitric acid, stored in a separate organ. On top ...
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Would Game Driving be a viable strategy for dragons?

The Game Drive system, perhaps best exemplified by the “Buffalo Jump” of the North American Plains Indians is a hunting strategy in which large animals are chased into a preselected kill zone, such as ...
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How much tribute can a dragon get away with?

Okay, here's a classic situation: The countryside is plagued by a dragon, who demands tribute from the local city on the basis of them being in his territory. Now, the dragon here doesn't actually ...
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Does gliding flight give any advantages to dragons in combat?

"They fly now?" "They fly now!?" "They fly now" One of the most iconic characteristic of dragons is their ability to fly, on top of that, my intelligent (human level) dragons also use a fun ...
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Dragons are supposed to be glass cannons, what biologically possible weapon would be the most useful for them?

So, dragons here are smaller (somewhere at around the size of a shire horse), and more agile creatures, relying on their wits, speed and insane firepower. They are tougher than giant pterosaurs, and ...
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Optimal posture for hexapodal dragon while flying?

So, the dragons of my setting were inspired by several things, which include D&D dragons, a mockumentary and Asian water monitors. Now, dragons look something similar to this: They glide for most ...
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For what natural reasons can dragon die? [closed]

very recently I read story collection dedicated to dragons (all stories inside were about various forms of dragons). And one of those stories (and also epilogues) inspired me for following question: ...
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How big is a dragon's hunting territory?

Dragons are very territorial apex predators. They build lairs on mountaintops, roost whenever they aren't hunting, and they hunt from the sky. With their size, wings and firebreath, there is no ...
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Uses of enslaved dragons

People of my had come to continent about 4000 years ago, only other races that could not be considered animals and have some significant quantity were dragons and goblins. As those new folks were ...
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if there was a dragon that spits pyrophoric liquids like a spitting cobra

Ok, to be honest, I don't believe about dragons having a special bladder or organ that stores up gas (especially methane) and having flint-like teeth or whatnot, or even having six limbs. Here's my ...
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How tattered can membranous wings get before flight becomes impossible?

It's a common trope in the visual design of dragons, giant bats and other fictional flying beings to have wings that appear to be severely torn, cut, pierced, and otherwise worn down. It's also quite ...
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Is this dragon anatomy viable?

The image is quite old so bear with me. This dragon is similar in shape and movement to a snake, with light-weight armor plating on its back. Flowers, which honestly look like antennae, blooming off ...
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Can two different limbs… Merge?

I'm new to asking questions so please forgive me if i'm strange. I have a species of plant-based dragons. Small, covered in feathers and intelligent. I just want one thing backed up for me because I ...
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“Where are you going dragon, don't you dare leave your rider behind!” How can a rider keep up with their dragon?

So, let's suppose I finally made it. A creature that's very agile, able to resist most small-arms fire and has a whale-oil breath weapon. Flight is solved with bones, as strong as carbon fiber, (...
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How could wyverns fight effectively if they can't carry stuff around?

So, two nations are in a war, land is off-topic as it's filled with zombies and necromancer zombies. The other logical option is the sea. Now, one nation has these creatures, called wyverns. Wyverns ...
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Hydrogen Dragons

Let's talk about dragons for a bit. Giant, flying, deadly predators with teeth and claws and fire and scales. Unfortunately, "giant" and "flying" don't play together nicely in physics' playground. ...
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Why don’t dragons fly low?

So, we have five floating islands in the southern sea. Their surfaces are mainly composed of fields of grass and fruit trees (weeds, non-profitable trees, etc. are disposed of) A dozen or so feet of ...
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How would medieval knights capture the anti-metal dragon?

Set in 13th century A. D. a gargantuan dragon weights 100 ton is cutting across a town and hundreds of knights gathered there to defeat it, this docile dragon is a herbivore and cannot fly. It have ...
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To catch a mocking dragon [closed]

So, you've decided to be a dragon slayer. There are less convoluted ways of assisted suicide. However, if you aren't here to end it all and genuinely think you will be hailed as a hero, well, you won'...
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Why would sacrificial ritual of virgin maidens appease the dragon of calamity? [closed]

Set in the Han Dynasty, Emperor User6760 together with his trusted subjects would be busy preparing the grand sacrificial ceremony which is held once every 76 years, Ok cut the crap version: a dragon ...
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How big would the wings of my dragons have to be in order to fly? [duplicate]

I haven't really gotten into the size of my dragons, but I figured that a reasonable reference point for the size of my dragons would be Tyrannosaurus rex, since my dragons, as adults, look like ...
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What anti-aircraft magic adaptation would be better for dragons than flame spitting?

Alright, we all know the drill, dragons spit fire, like a massive flamethrower, but their fire probably has quite limited range. This is okay for hunting land animals, and being an unremoveable thorn ...
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Is anti-dragon shock trap possible in the medieval time?

Set in the late 14th century CE A decree by King User MMMMMMDCCLX is issued to purge all dragons from his kingdom. Anyone who can solo an adult male dragon will be bestowed a royal title along with ...
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If Dragons existed in the real/modern world how would they be treated? [closed]

What if dragons were like any other species of animal in todays age and had many different variations spread across the world? Ranging from the size of small chihuahuas to the size of a large jumbo ...
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Is it necessary to wipe out vile man-eating dragons?

Set in the modern day, reports of dragon sightings came flooding in from all over the world. No one know where they came from or why are they here but these monstrous creatures seemed to be hostile to ...
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Would a warhorse allow its rider to approach a Dragon at all?

Would a horse (trained or otherwise) not be wholly spooked by a Dragon merely flying overhead, even more so trying to enter combat with it or just trying to approach it under any circumstances? What ...
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The best role for a dragon in protecting a settlement?

One of the plotlines, I'm currently working on, is about a dragon who is forced to serve a settlement to "pay" for some of his past "crimes". For clarity's sake, we call the dragon Gyvaris. Gyvaris ...
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Biological Use of FOOF

FOOF or Dioxygen Difluoride is an extremely dangerous chemical. It is not in itself flammable but makes the substances around it combust. How could a biological organism (say a dragon) use this as a ...
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Dragon fire As Powerful As Possible

So we have seen questions stating or asking how a dragon could breathe fire. Although, I want to know what substance would make it as powerful as dragon fire could be. I envisioned a biological napalm ...

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