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How could dragons be explained without magic?

Growth / size The main argument against mountain-sized dragons is the square/cube law. As an animal increases in size in its linear dimensions, but retains roughly the same proportions, its surface ...
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Why wouldn't dragon-hide make me fire-resistant?

Apart from the fact that only the very rich and very few might actually get real dragon hide there are options. Dragon hide requires internal fluids in the epidermis to be fireproof Dragon hide needs ...
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How can a Dragon keep humanity in check?

Ordinarily, you'd delegate. Farm out the mucky business of war to someone else, found one of these kingdoms of your own, get generals to rampage. But an exercise in nation building doesn't seem your ...
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Why would a dragon's underbelly be so vulnerable?

They have stronger tendons, bones, and scales, scales that can vary in size. CNT is flexible, thus armor, made with it, can be too. So, I just eliminated the last practical reason for why dragons have ...
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Quenching swords in dragon blood; why?

You don't want harder steel, it breaks, you don't want softer steel, it bends, you want more control of the temperature of the steel at every stage so you can get the exact properties you want. Better ...
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Dragons and aviation bureaucracy

Dragons would run the FAA One day, you're flapping along, torching pigeons, and those runty little ground creatures that taste good with ketchup start making an awful racket. "Must be that Henry ...
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How would a dragon be used in a modern military?

All of his other abilities are dwarfed by the "shapeshift into a human" option, which would make him an invaluable weapon for surprise attacks and assassinations. Even if his dragon form isn't ...
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Why wouldn't dragon-hide make me fire-resistant?

Human-sized garments aren't big enough to be effective heat sinks. Dragons are much larger than humans. By the square-cube law, a dragon that's roughly 5 times the length of a human will have about ...
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Why do dragons need to roar before chasing down their prey?

In real life, an animal that is hunting will generally do so quietly. Roaring and displays are territorial behaviors, generally used when the animal doesn't want a fight and just wants the enemy to ...
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How to butcher your dragon?

It is a common misconception (likely spread by crafty, older dragons) that only young dragons are tasty. Much like their avian relatives (related via the dinosaurs), mature dragons develop a depth ...
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How can a Dragon keep humanity in check?

There is a possible way for a dragon to succeed for a while, but it depends on his communication skills. Humans would have to kill other humans. On every continent, the dragon would need to come in ...
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How would a dragon be used in a modern military?

Logistic support Boring as hell, but that's the most realistic option. Most other uses are replaceable by other means. Why send a dragon on a special ops mission when highly trained operatives ...
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Semi-accessible continent

The wind isn't such a bad excuse. Say there is a prevailing headwind, which for most of the path is faster than the average speed of the dragon. Dragons can fly one way but not the other. Your ...
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How would tiny dragons strike TERROR?

Cities in the Middle Ages were flammable. Like, really flammable. London suffered from two devastating fires and several smaller ones before the Great Fire of 1666 that destroyed most of the inner ...
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Would a warhorse allow its rider to approach a Dragon at all?

The older, wiser, more experienced horses might have an easier time of it. The wiser horses will pick up on fear cues from their riders, if they trust their riders. Horses are herd animals. There is ...
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Why did dragons evolve to be smart?

It's difficult to come up with an evolutionary pressure that would select for intelligence when most dragons will survive regardless. This is, of course, the key point. What do dragons do? Hunt the ...
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From which point on would including a dragon on one side of a historical battle not be an instant victory?

From about 1933 onwards, a dragon on your side is no longer a win button as that year saw the deployment of the Flak 18 by German army. It first saw action in the Spanish Civil War a few years later. ...
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Dealing With Dragonslayers

You make it a semi-religious order, or a military order. The 'Order of Slayers' is a prestigious order dedicated to studying, and combating, the dragon problem. Out of this order, very few can ...
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Physically, how do dragons grasp and *transport* the contents of their hoards?

If you're a dragon, why are you gathering coins one at a time? If I'm a dragon, the biggest baddest dude on Middle Earth or Faerun or wherever, I'm not going to pick-pocket people. I'm not robbing ...
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How would tiny dragons strike TERROR?

just to add to the other answers: Tiny dragons setting an entire city on fire not only is realistic, we have something similar in our world too: Let me introduce you to the Australian Firehawk Raptor ...
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Semi-accessible continent

Dragons can't swim. Your dragons can fly 1000 miles but they cannot see 1000 miles. Nothing can. On the ground you can see 10-15 miles. In a plane maybe you can see 150-200 miles. If a dragon ...
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How could I scientifically explain ice breath?

I wouldn't use liquid nitrogen. I would use liquid carbon dioxide, CO2. There are a few reasons for this. Physical CO2 can exist as a liquid at ambient temperatures under sufficient pressure. ...
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How would cities be designed that were threatened by dragons?

I'm going to go with underground shelters being a major part of defense, like bomb shelters. Buildings would be made of thick stone. It mainly sounds like they would be a problem in the spring. So ...
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What would justify hunting dragons that are made with real physics, with melee weapons?

Bows are not as useful against dragons. The dragon’s fire breath gives it a superior ranged attack as well. A one-on-one ranged duel with dragon usually ends in the dragon's favor, save in the case of ...
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Biological Use of FOOF

The Dragon does not store FOOF in its body. It stores Fluorine and oxygen separately in PTFE organs. It has “standard” dragon fire breath capability allowing it to preheat an internal chamber with an ...
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Can a dragon be electrocuted?

Anything can be hit by lightning, as long as it can get in lightning's path, dragons included. Animals, in particular, are more conductive than dry air, so they provide an easier path for the ...
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Is a jet dragon possible?

I'm going to assume you're not talking about something that is genetically engineered for this purpose (otherwise I think the answer is pretty straightforward). The closest analogue to your dragon ...
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Alternate uses for dragon wings?

Some uses for non-flying Dragon Wings Fan a flame Stabilize the Dragon while chasing someone/thing down (run on two legs, grab with 2 claws, pump wings like how humans pump arms when running) ...
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How to utilize dragons that are too small to ride in warfare?

1 - Messenger. Pidgeons sent information but had to fear hawks. I would like to see a hawk intercepting mail when the messenger is badder and meaner than them. Also the intelligence would allow for ...
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How to butcher your dragon?

Dragons are heatproof, you have to serve them raw. We're talking dragon sashimi here. It has to be fresh young dragon, no more than a few hours dead. Not some tough old elder dragon. Finely sliced ...
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