Draco Demons – Dragons  –

Among the rarest and most powerful daemons the Draco typically operate in isolation although it is not uncommon for them to work with Raznak Warlords on negotiated terms. The Draco are noted for the keen interest in controlling mineral resources and often establish territories outside their native realm.

Dracos have enjoyed a long history with the human of Earth and are represented in the history of a majority of human cultures. Dracos are shape shifters adapting their forms to accommodate their surroundings.

Physical Information: based on average collected data

Height; 9’- 47’

Weight; 1,123-2.4 tons

Skin (hide) Scaly

Arms: 2 (typical but may vary)

Legs: 2 (typical but may vary)

Life Span – Immortal

Horns Length – 4”-14”

Wing Span – 7’-21’

Tail Length 5’-17’

Strength Class: 10

Intelligence: high

Dracos are highly evolved creatures adapted to excel in harsh environments. Their hides are covered with thick scales resistant to temperature in excess of 2,000 degrees comparable to cast iron, and capable of enduring sub arctic conditions.

Dracos are noted for their high intelligence and are regarded as the wisest of the Daemon species often dedicating large portions of their time toward study.  History has taken particular note of Dracos almost obsessive desire to control mineral resources. They are particularly fond of gold and silver and have been observed guarding vast stores of treasure.

Mating: Though most Dracos live relatively solitary lives they are monogamous creatures who typically mate for life.

Weapons: The Dracos are supreme war machines equipped to deal with extreme circumstances from temperatures in excess of 2,000 degrees to the pressures of deep space. Their armored scales have shown the ability to withstand concussive force equal to 2 tons of TNT.

9-22 inch retractable talons have shown the ability to cut through reinforced steel.

9-14 inch horns capable of piercing cinderblock.

Projection

Lightning: A favored skill among more accomplished Dracos. Frost Dragons (Draco occ maritimus) have shown the ability to generate a single lightning bolt with a core temperature in excess of 5,000 k.

Hellfire: as is common with most Greater Daemons is the ability to generate and a project a highly destructive energy called Hellfire. Wielded by a master Hellfire can reach temperatures in excess of 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit, sufficient to melt steel.

Chemical: Green Dragons (Draco serpentalis) possess two separate secreting glands in their throat which when combined create a chemical compound similar to hydrogen cyanide. The concoction can be sprayed up to 25 feet and its effects include confusion, nausea, seizures and metabolic acidosis.

Flight: An adult Draco can achieve top speed of 625 kilometers per hour for extended periods of time under optimum conditions.

Combat: Draco are extremely difficult to kill but not impossible. As with most winged predators to successfully battle an adult dragon it is imperative to disable one if not both wings. An adult dragon’s armor has the equivalent strength of reinforced steel. However there are seams in it’s scales that can offer small vulnerabilities to sharp edged weapons.  The Danish King Beowulf (Idam) was able to kill the Dragon Faeran with the assist of a small squadron of men wielding diamond tipped spears.

Like all Greater Daemons, Dracos can regenerate damaged tissue from birth. The only way to ensure a kill is to remove the heart and the brain.

Noted Dragonologist:

Fu Hsi was a Chinese man and the first dragonologist. He was befriended by the dragon N’iShi on the banks of China’s Yellow River in the year 2962 B.C. The dragon taught him the ways of writing. Fu Hsi used the skill and taught people this, eventually teaching them how to use a compass, to make music, to fish, and to domesticate animals.

Saint George: 3rd Century modern era. St. George slew the dragon of Cappadocia.

Merlin Ambrosius: 5th Century  modern era, the founder of Western Dragonology.

Beowulf: 6th Century Danish king. He was called upon by his people when a dragon was attacking his home city because of a stolen cup from its hoard. Beowulf could not soothe the dragon, therefore was called to battle with it. He was badly hurt, when his servant decided to aid him and stab the dragon. This allowed Beowulf to finally kill the dragon.

Marco Polo: 13th Century A.D. Italian explorer examined dragons on the way to China. He wrote about wyverns (Draco serpentalis) that ate elephants, arm-less lindworms, and the methods used in the lands of Karakhoja, to dragon proof clothing.

Noted Dracos :

Jormungand, the mid-guardian serpent of Norse Mythology.