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Order Dragons - Drakonus Legitus


Drakonus Legitus is commonly know as Order Dragons or (rarely) as Companion Dragons. They are known as Order Dragon for several reasons, the most obvious was that they were used as Dragon Mounts for the Dragon Knights of the Order of Eternal Flame… a mythic order from an earlier time. There numbers in the wild are quite small and there are no captive ones known… at this time. Most of them died with the Order.

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Order Dragons are good sized beasts, ranging from eight to fourteen strides (4-7M or 5-9 yards) from nose to tail, with 30-40% being tail) and a wing span of half again that. Order Dragons have only two wings and two legs, rather than the four with two wings of other dragons. Their weight is light, four to seven men can carry one. There is variety in their coloration, their reptile like scales range from a mix of greens to all natural earthtones. Each Order Dragon has a mix of two or three related colors.

They can run at horse’s trotting pace. They can fly twice as fast as a horse can run, more if they can catch a wind. These speeds are when when burdened with a rider. Without a Ryder they can add half again the speed.

Their endurance is nearly magical. They can carry 100Kgs of additional mass for hours of flight. If there is a wind they can catch, this time can be extended.

Order Dragons can generate a variety of firey blasts from their mouth, from a simple belch (fireball) to a firey stream, and even an arc of flame. Some are said to be able to generate a fireball that exploded and cascaded. An Order Dragon can shoot fire almost unlimtedly, if they pace themselves (every other impulse). Too much fire in a short time and they will be unable to flame and their flight speed will be halved.

They are manlike in their intelligence, but they have little motivation beyond the occasional need for food. They treat their Ryder as an extension of themselves. So they will do anything they can for their Ryder.

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They are the mounts of the Order of Eternal Flame. To the masses, they are the most obvious symbol of the order. A ryder is truly only identifiable by their FireGems.

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October 27, 2005, 17:38
Alone this entry is merely okay. Taken as a whole with the rest of the related posts, it becomes much more interesting.
Voted Ancient Gamer
November 8, 2005, 20:04
Very D&D but with their mythic status and the history implied they become more exciting. I good, solid submission that no doubt adds depth to the setting.
Voted Zylithan
November 17, 2005, 0:25
I like the creature and the role it plays in the world your created. Like the others, I think this post is a little short/weak on its own, however. (side note: 2 wings and 2 legs is sort of like a wyvern to me)
December 10, 2005, 0:45
I always see the wings folding up and being used for auxillary locomotion. But okay.
November 29, 2006, 11:33
Updated: Updated for sentance structure.
Voted valadaar
May 26, 2014, 9:15
This dragon seems a little - empty. It feels more like a piece of equipment or livestock than a Dragon.

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