Dragons are the rarest and oldest of the known creatures, their natural lifespans are near to four thousand years. These creatures have been around since before the majority of mammals. There are two subspecies of dragons; Eastern and Western Dragons. Despite anatomical differences the two species ascertain that they are the same and regard each other as family. The behavioral patterns of both dragons are very similar despite geographical separation, both are solitary and territorial of both their dwelling and their hoards. The primary behavioral difference seems to be aggression towards other species as Western Dragons are known to become aggressive towards species, even those smaller and weaker than themselves, while Eastern Dragons tend to overlook and ignore smaller and weaker species so long as those species do not become aggressive towards them.
While most literature depicts dragon hoards as being composed entirely of gold and precious gemstones that is a vast oversimplification that is often insulting to the intelligence of Dragons. While the culture of dragons does give them a predisposition to accumulate precious metals and gems, they will add a varying number of objects to their hoard. Often dragon hoards are composed of numerous objects that dragons consider “valuable” these objects can be weapons forged with unique methods or designs, or even scroll and tomes on subjects that the individual dragon finds either interesting or of value to the species who created it. And though many dragons think little of taking sometime from another to add to their hoard most of a dragon’s hoard is made up of gifts, offers, or ritualistic sacrifices of objects from cultures and groups that are either attempting to appease the dragon or worshiping them.
Because of their territorial nature and long lifespans many dragons may never have offspring; as a result the species is considered to be critically endangered with only seventeen dragons of either subspecies remaining. Only five of the remaining dragons are young enough to have offspring and efforts are being made to try and conserve them, however due to the intelligent and autonomous nature of dragons the movement has been met with a level of indifference on part of the dragons who believe the current state to be of their own doing and possibly an act of Fate.
Fate is a relatively unknown aspect of the dragons’ culture; it is widely regarded as having a separate definition to the human word and may in fact be their religious view.
Qakinyrth’s full name is thus; Qakinyrth Vundryphoageokug Ayverth, He of Golden Scales, Knower of Old, and Keeper of the Relics, the Dragon of Bellamere.
Most species are unable to produce the guttural sounds and vocalizations required to properly pronounce the first part of his name, and as such he instructs the majority of individuals to refer to him as Quinn. He has made his home in Bellamere since before the town existed, residing in the underground caverns and hunting in the mountain ranges nearby. It was Qakinyrth who gave the place its name. Coming upon the age of three thousand Qakinyrth was calm enough not to chase away the settlers who came to make a home and instead became somewhat of a symbol and protector of the town they built.
After some time, and many misunderstandings between Qakinyrth and the townsfolk, the dragon began to allow the town to view and study parts of his hoard under the condition that the items not leave his cavern. The townsfolk discovered that among the seemingly endless amount of currency (the majority of it being coins, which dragons are most fond of, made of a variety of metals) he also possessed many weapons, pieces of art, and a plethora of scrolls and tomes collected over several ages. Qakinyrth’s was among the first (and one of the only) Western Dragon hoards allowed to be studied which gained the attention of many scholars who traveled the world for a chance to view even a small amount. It also attracted some thieves who were usually eaten without much ceremony by the dragon, occasionally he’d regurgitate the bones and post them as warning to others who thought to take what was his, ironically the regurgitation of partially digested victims attracted even more scholars who wanted to study the biology of a living dragon.
This allowance of study and viewing of the hoard led to the eventually construction of a library and museum above the primary entrance of Qakinyrth’s cavern. This allowed for the items to be taken out of the cavern itself without removing them from the possession of the dragon, which made them easier to study. The architecture of the building is large and with open spaces that allow the dragon to wander about the building should he ever desire, which he rarely does. The building itself was designed by a famous dwarven architect who based the design off of the ancient civilizations.
Qakinyrth is known to leave for long periods of time, either to hunt, or to travel. Often when he returns he has new items which are added to his collection. On one such occasion he returned with a baby. There was a long city council meeting over whether or not they could actually allow the dragon to keep a potentially stolen child but ultimately it was allowed. This allowance was partially due to the dragon’s assurance that the child was orphaned and partially because the dragon has large teeth and can breathe fire and the city council members did not wish to be barbeque.
♚ Qakinyrth is blind, his eyes began to fade over a century ago. He mostly uses his sense of smell and hearing to identify others.
♚ He's referred to as the owner of the Golden Scales Library of Relics, mainly due to the majority of its collection being a part of his hoard and it having been built above his cavern, however the building is legally owned by the city of Bellamere.
♚ The name "Quinn" came from one of the town's original settlers mispronouncing the dragon's name. Qakinyrth took pity and allowed him to continue to use it and now it has simply become a part of his identity.
♚ He is among the oldest of the dragons still living, to his knowledge only one other dragon is older than himself, a female Eastern Dragon.
♚ Alita was something Qakinyrth collected for her rarity and is actually a part of his hoard. Though most refer to her as his adopted daughter (and he often treats her as such) the dragon still ascertains that she is something belonging to him.
♚ Qakinyrth is at the end of his lifespan and will likely die in a few decades.
Three Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirteen Years Old ♚ Male ♚ Western Dragon
4.1 m Tall ♚ 15.8 m Long ♚ 24.7 m Wingspan ♚ 1.8 Tons
♚ Old Magic - Dragons use what they call "old magic" which appears to be an amalgam of other magics on an amplified scale. They don't believe in the idea of magic being "black" or "white", instead they think all magic is neutral in nature and thus to be considered "grey" magic.
♚ Elemental Breath - Though fire breathing is the most common mythology of dragons it is biologically inaccurate. Dragons have specially organs which produce several poisons and toxins which they are able to project in a forceful spray, depending on the specialty organ used several affects can occur. THe most common is the projection of a high flammable spray which is ignited by an organ function at the back of the throat. Another is a highly ionized liquid that can generate an electrical current similar to lightening. There is also a toxin which when exposed to air when sprayed drops in temperature and freezes. All of the liquids produces are highly toxic and deadly to any other species.
♚ Flight - Both Eastern and Western Dragons possess flight. As a Western Dragon his flight is controlled and propelled by his wings. Dragons can fly for both long periods of time and long distances without stopping. In proportion to their size and distance of travel they fly faster than any other species.
♚ Prolonged Lifespan - Most biologist are unsure how dragons are able to live as long as they do, mainly because of their lack of ability to observe dragon behavior and the fact that Western Dragons light themselves on fire when they die and Eastern Dragons fly out to sea before death and allow their bodies to be devoured. However it is known that dragons will typically live past three thousand years and near to four thousand.
♚ Strength - Western Dragons in particular are known to have an exceptionally high percentage of muscle tissue. A Western Dragon can easily overpower an Eastern Dragon and both break through several feet of concrete and steel.
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