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Weaponisation of a dragons wing flap?

Recently, I learned about an incident during the Yom Kippur war in which Israeli fighter pilots in F-4s destroyed low-flying Mi-8 helicopters by using the blast from their jet engines to send the ...
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How large does a dragon have to be for a hunter to enter its stomach through its throat?

In a world inhabited by primitive hunter-gatherer humans and dragons, one of the most respected trial by fires is to hunt a dragon by jumping through their mouth and killing it from inside the stomach....
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A species that is warm-blooded when a juvenile, but cold-blooded (or at least lukewarm-blooded) when an adult [closed]

In my world, there is a species of squamates from the Toxicofera clade named dragons (their scientific name is Draco draco). Some of their characteristics include: In comparison to human beings, they ...
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Suppose dragons spewed volcanic ash instead of fire. How much more deadly would they be?

In my setting I have monsters that breathe elemental clouds/blasts of certain substances, assume them to basically be dragons. Among the largest (and I mean, Godzilla sized) are some that spit hot ...
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Is it scientifically possible for a 15 to 20 foot long Dragon to have 6 limbs and still be able to fly?

In my works, there’s an Earth-like planet known as Lyrial which is linked to Earth and is home to a species of Dragons that’s meant to be scientifically plausible. Additionally, another planet, ...
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How many liters of blood would a small dragon have?

Heyo! I was wondering, how many liters (measurement) of blood would a small sized western dragon have? (Only slightly bigger than a large tiger at teen age) In addition to that, compared to human ...
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Possibility of Crystal Breath Weapons [closed]

Dragons are well known for their breath weapons in fiction, and there are four main types of breath weapons in my world that I am trying to make more scientifically accurate. I am focusing mainly on ...
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Castle defenses against dragons

In my world, there are dragons that the people have to fight against. In many forms of fantasy, despite having the giant creatures, their castles still look like the traditional medieval castle. In ...
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What sounds could these dragons make? [closed]

The firedragons are a sort of dragonic hybrid that mixes many aquatic and amphibious forms Their mouth is like a snake, with a sheathed tongue in the chin and a glottis. The glottis, however, is ...
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Will a dragon jumping out of a frozen lake make all people standing on the ice fall into the lake?

To shorten the explanation, physics-wise I'm writing scene that is similar to the one you could see in Skyrim Dawnguard; a dragon jumps out of frozen lake shattering the ice. In the game he creates ...
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'Cargo Management' on a ship transporting dragon slaves; in what position should the slavers bind the dragons up in to maximize space?

In a story I'm working on, a nation of humans with WW1-level tech and some concerningly fascist leanings encounter a late-medieval society of dragon-like creatures on a distant continent. They are ...
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If a dragon could fly without magical assistance, how much force could a dragon exert in directed air attacks using the force of its wings?

I plan to have dragons in my fantasy setting and wanted to figure out just how much force their wings would need to generate in order for them to fly. Rules for dragons in this setting: Dragons, and ...
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The dragons of the world disappeared. Now what? [closed]

With nearly every major event in the world, the dragons were there. The world was built upon the backs of dragons and in turn, the dragons were revered by most mortal groups. In the southern half of ...
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Why Would Serazor Wield Axes? [closed]

Serazor. These odd dragons in Dracoriri are unusual in that their eyes appear dark, but they act about as intelligent as a primate or bear (yes bears are, in fact, intelligent). With their chiseled ...
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How might a dragon escape from these advanced humans? [closed]

THE DRAGONS When standing on all fours, a typical full-grown dragon is about 3 times as tall as a human. They are quadrupedal with four legs, opposable thumbs on the front legs, and two or four wings, ...
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How might these advanced humans restrain their dragon test subjects?

THE DRAGONS When standing on all fours, a typical full-grown dragon is about 3 times as tall as a human. They are quadrupedal with opposable thumbs, with four legs and two or four wings, and can ...
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What reasons might these advanced humans have to abduct and then dismember, traumatize, and possibly even kill dragons? [closed]

THE DRAGONS When standing on all fours, a typical full-grown dragon is about 3 times as tall as a human. They are quadrupedal with opposable thumbs, with four legs and two or four wings, and can ...
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Does spraying oxytocin in the face of a ferocious dragon pacify it?

Instead of a pepper spray I like to adopt a more friendly approach towards hostile animal such as a fridge sized dragon, with an aerosol spray containing oxytocin of course. I think this chemical can ...
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How would a human organization get 20-foot tall fire-breathing, winged, sentient and intelligent lizards to comply with experimental procedures?

THE DRAGONS When standing on all fours, a typical full-grown dragon is about 3 times as tall as a human. They are quadrupedal with opposable thumbs, with four legs and two or four wings, and can ...
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Am I culpable for negligence if my spell allowed visitors to meet their own demise? [closed]

Imagine there is a big Island the size of New York city populated with dragons of all shapes and sizes, I put up a spell around the island to prevent the dragon's escape but visitors can pass through ...
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How Can I Justify the Existence of Dragons in My Realistic Post-Apocalypse Fantasy Setting? [closed]

Recently I have given myself an interesting challenge: To create an interesting fantasy world that does not have conventional "magic." In this setting I'm writing, our entire civilization ...
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Why would a herbivore be armed and aggressive?

In Dracoriri, I plan to have a species of small dragon called a Malidge (by small, we mean about the size of a human). These dragons are red, shiny, and covered in plates instead of scales, a natural ...
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How might dragons react to humans kidnapping and 'training' dragons [closed]

Basically, the dragons are European dragons, with fire breath, wings, and everything else. They are normally highly independent, but will cooperate when under duress. They do have a writing system but ...
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Respecting the square cube law, what are the material properties of the structural parts of a massive dragon?

Most "realistic dragon" questions start with the premise, "given what we know about bones, muscles, and the square cube law, how close can we get to a fantasy dragon". This is a ...
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A dragon just appeared in New York. What to do about it? [closed]

A dragon has appeared on the streets of New York. At the moment, it's bewildered, disoriented, and wondering what the heck happened. It hasn't done much aside from unintentional property damage here ...
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How does an exploding dragon's scale work?

I'm designing a unique dragon called Vehement Dragon, I need it to be extremely hostile to all life. It evolved a trait that put it high up on the food chain, this is the only dragon whose scales can ...
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What kind of technology would a dragon-like species have during the golden age of piracy?

The world I'm working on contains multiple "sub-species" of sentient, European style dragons. When standing on all fours, a human comes up to your typical dragon's shoulders, and they are ...
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How do migratory dragons avoid being blinded by sun?

These dragons are as big as double decker with wing span approaching 20m measuring from tip to tip, they migrate in large numbers and fly at an altitude between 10,000m to 20,000m above sea level. ...
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How to prevent adventurers from ganging up on dragon?

In the 13th century A.D., the king put up a hefty bounty for anyone who can help defeat the dragon and rescue his daughter. Actually, this was all according to the king's devious plan. The dragon was ...
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How Can a Creature With Rock Armor Also Have an Inflating Head?

Globold are darkeye dragons with some rather unusual traits. Their bodies are more or less cylindrical, with a rounded chest and a sloping back, with two small arms and two big legs and a tail like a ...
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Why do dragons need to roar before chasing down their prey?

The dragons are the size of a double-decker bus with a long wingspan of over 100 meters, despite their muscular build they lack both endurance and stamina so more often than not they would simply ...
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How much surface area would a dragon's wings need to let it fly?

The dragon is 350kg, and should be able to fly up to 2.5 km above sea level. Gravity and atmospheric pressure are normal. There isn't much of a limit for the muscle's strength and bone resistance, but ...
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Mesmerake Hypnosis: How Does It Work?

Mesmerake are dragons, serpentine with two arms and no legs, but endowed with plenty of fins-four fins come off of their back, resembling butterfly wings but more frilly, sort of like betta fins, a ...
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Canidrakes: Determining Their Niche

Canidrakes are a well-known and relatively common species of darkeyed dragon, which due to convergent evolution and perhaps some magic resemble wolves but are bigger-most Canidrakes are like dire ...
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Best Non-Arctic Environment for Chimerake

Chimerake are a species of brighteyed dragon, known for their aggressive and territorial natures. They are like tyrannosaurs, but the size of an Indian rhino, quadrupedal and covered in fluffy fur, ...
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Gastric Reversion: How Can It Work?

Scerafin, a species of quadrupedal darkeyed dragon that resemble sharks but live on land, are known for their telescoping necks (range of 3 yards), razor-sharp lance (read: snout horn) and tailfin, ...
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Variable Intelligence Among Dragons

In the land of Dracoriri, there are dragons. There weren't always dragons, once humans were the dominant species, but then magic-an unexplained phenomenon-invaded earth alongside creatures from ...
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Best handheld melee weapons for dragons to use?

The world I'm building contains multiple "species" of sentient dragons. All of them are around human-sized (in terms of body size, if you get what I mean) and quadrupedal with opposable ...
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Flames with Unusual Colors

I saw that in A Song of Ice and Fire the dragons have flames of varying colors depending on the color of their scales. Balerion has black flames with red swirls, Tessarion has cobalt blue flames, ...
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How do Dragons Expel Sparks?

Dragons are vicious monsters that take pleasure in killing people by burning them with hellfire in their throats that was given to them by the Devil himself so that they can destroy everything in ...
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Is it effective for a dragon to have a bat-like wing structure with feathers?

To elaborate further, is it possible to fly if a creature has the wing structure of a bat, but instead of membranous skin, they have feathers?
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Blowhole for gilled air-breathers

In my world are fish-like animals that breathe air through their gills. These gills have an operculum, like bony fish, and a pair of mammalian ears replacing their spiracles. Their face is piscine, ...
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What is the dragon's breath to be made of?

Inspired by GoT, I wanted the dragons of Arcadia (the world I'm building) to have their fire breath in the most biological way possible. By this I mean that fire will not be magical, technological, ...
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How to design the muscular structure of a dragon?

I am raising dragons for my world. So far they had 4 limbs (2 legs that are also used as wings and 2 legs used for walking and grabbing things). But I started wanting to embrace the fantasy even more ...
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How would slimy scales help a dragon to fly faster?

Fish scales consist of glycol-proteins - the kind of mucus that is supposed to reduce drag in the water - but in the air, prolonged exposure from UV would destroy this slime and I seriously doubt it ...
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How can the Vikings go up against a thunder wyvern?

During the dark ages (early middle ages), the Vikings visited an isle surrounded by strong waves and giant whirlpools that seemingly appears sporadically. The island is populated with many walrus and ...
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What would be the potency of my dragon's breath?

It is very common to see dragons breathing fire in various works such as Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Hobbit and the House of the Dragon to come. I've created several posts here about fire dragons, ...
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Anatomically Correct Kampe

The Kampe is a great horrid dragon with a very unique form They have a roughly humanoid shape. Above the shoulders is a single great stem-neck from which 51 heads (one human, 50 bestial) grow. The ...
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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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