16. 15 - Heldrakes
Chaos Daemons: Warhammer 40k
From snout to tail, the fowl creature is roughly 23m long. Wingspan is oddly shaped, but it more or less 30m.
"Out of the storm it came -- a beast of brass and obsidian, of cable and bone, the wind from its jagged pinions reeking of brimstone and rotten souls."
Heldrakes are not from our planet, but in a far away galaxy known as the Opmentum Sigarius, a place were men fight endlessly with daemons, aliens and traitors alike. And coming from the daemons, Heldrakes are winged Mechanical Daemon Dragons, forged in the deep core of the Warp. They take a sinister pleasure in diving onto air craft from above, ripping them apart in mid air and scorching the flesh and bone inside. They are made of both electronics and blood; half machine, half daemon. They used to be noble air craft, flown and piloted by men, but when these air craft are captured by daemons, the air craft is recreated... with the pilots still inside. Whilst the air craft is being reformed into a Heldrake, the pilots are still inside and start to mould and form with the metal and mechanics. Eventually, their souls then slowly start to become corrupt as well, becoming a never ending burning fuel for the engine where a normal beasts' heart would be. It is truly hideous how these monsters are formed, and even more so how they perform as a combat role.
Their claws are driven by pistons in their limbs, able to rip through steel as easily if it was flesh. And, much like other dragons, they can blast flaming heat from their jaws, brewed from their burning engines in the pit of their cores. These will usually be projected by flamethrowers or can also be replaced with guns, used for aerial combat against air craft.
How to Kill:
To take down these dragons, you must be as vicious and unrelenting as they are. Aim for their burning cores, for without their engines, they will crash to the ground in flames. But this is no easy task, for if high calibre machines guns find it hard to penetrate their skin, then a small bow and arrow and a sword will certainly not cut through. But you need not worry. They won't reach our planet for billions of years.
Well... all I can say is watch the skies, and don't become pilots. Otherwise, if your air craft gets captured, then your souls will be eternally burned for the purposes of evil.
- Aldrin Shadownight