The Dragon Slayers
The age of myth stretches back beyond recorded history. For most these are stories, fables, and tales to tell children – far too fantastical to be literally true. Legends are retold across the kingdom, with variations and alterations to suit local customs and flavour.
The Birth of the Great Races
Great winged lizard beasts that scourged the land, destroying everything they cared to and ruling the rest. Capricious and mighty, greedy and puissant beyond measure.
Dragons in stories are symbols and instruments of destruction – reviled, but with a fearful respect for their legendary power. They are frequently treated as forces of nature, their size likened to mountains and their power terrible like a storm or an earthquake. They are often characterised with supremely malign intelligence.
In literature when a great leader or warrior shows too much hubris and needs to learn perspective, they are often laid low or toyed with by a dragon. The great beasts are also said to be the origins of magic and are the traditional symbol taken by a powerful mage or wizard in their heraldry. In this guise they represent both the great potential and the great danger that magical power can represent.
Of course, though smaller creatures exist that might have been inspiration for the stories, no evidence has ever been found to suggest that the Dragons of legend ever existed. Scholars are divided as to their origins in story, some suggesting that they really existed as the tales suggest, but have since died out – others that they were imaginary creations of ancient storytellers and that the tales have grown in the telling.