55th Aprarl 3778, 9th Eon
They cover most of the land, from icy plains, to volcanoes, to forests, mountains, oceans - they are abundant everywhere.
Dragons come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the species. The smallest of dragons can be no bigger than a dog, but the largest can be as tall as mountains. But average size is normally the height and length of a small castle. And their wingspans stretch outward, on average, a hundred meters or more.
Dragons are among the wisest and most intelligent creatures the world has ever seen. More intelligent than us humans, some argue. And I must say, I have to agree. They speak a multitude of languages, from their own, to ours, to any creature at all. Like us, they have personalities, opinions and knowledge. No one truly knows how long they live for, though. Debates are raised whether they are even immortal. Some are aggressive, brutish and unmerciful, killing who they please, doing what they please and destroy anything they please. Yet some are gentle giants, wanting to protect humans or other living creatures at any cost. Finding a value in the gift of life. But humans do not always want to protect them back...
Hunted and valued for their body parts for medicines, military armour and weapons or to be tamed and ridden against their will, they have grown ever more distrustful of us. It's sad really... They are such magical creatures. We could learn so much from them. Of course, some humans and dragons become great friends, with a dragon able to sense the good in people and deem them worthy on their strength, their knowledge or on their valour. Or all of them.
Dragons have the most mystical properties of any creature. But their real power comes from deep within their bellies and maws. Once more depending on the species, dragons can either breath seething hot fire, bitterly cold blizzards, torrential jet streams of water, surging bolts of lightning, or some have even been known to use the power of 'The Voice', "shouting" their enemies apart with spells that are cast with their tongues. A dragon's mouth is its greatest tool.
I even had a conversation with a dragon in my travelling studies. He told me his name was Tarkwen. A very old dragon, he was more of placid dragon, welcoming to my presence and more than happy to provide information for this book; even giving me information on other creatures that he knew of. Very majestic looking and regal. He sat in a dark cave, laying down as my torch uncovered his scaly body. I could've stayed in that cave, talking to him all of my life. Like a talking library. He was... skeptical of my presence at first, but when he knew I meant no harm, and only to learn, he was a very opening creature.
Head Professor of Mythology and Cryptozoology at the University of Adrastia