Noble and mysterious, Dragons are among the most potent and terrible of all creatures. Dragons are the embodiment of all natural forces of motion, strength, and magic be it for defense or offense. No other creature epitomizes such a wondrous blend of attributes.
The ancient line of Dragon-kind has spawned many varieties. Some are winged and capable of flight, while others bound, crawl, swim, or slither about. A large number breathe jets of water, fire, ice, or noxious fumes. Smaller sub-groups bear whip-like tails tipped with lethal stingers. Most, however, share features common to all Dragon-kind: fiery captivating eyes, well-muscled slender bodies covered in scaly plates, and vicious, slashing talons. Internally, Dragons have an incredibly mystical configuration. Their enchanted blood is always caustic and frequently corrosive. Few have trouble recognizing their awful breath or the inscribed signs of their passing. The eldest and most noble of Dragon-kind, known as the Great Drakes, reside in the most remote or hard to reach locales. Most nest in cavernous lairs with mouths just wide enough to admit a Dragon with backswept wings.
Great Drakes sleep a lot and, even when awake, wile away the day reclining on beds of wealth hidden in their lairs. Once they “clear” a location, usually by devastating it, they consider it safe for habitation. They then go about collecting all the wealth in the area and moving it to their lair. They are instinctively drawn to items of magic, gold and silver, and precious gems. It is not known why these creatures seek out such treasures that are clearly of little to no use to them, but it is characteristic that nearly all of their kind share.
A Dragons weapons are legion. Their huge claws, whip like tails, and massive , multi rowed teeth enable them to overpower almost any beast. The beat of a Dragons wings can stir the ground with a fierce whirlwind, doubling the spread of fire and making movement difficult. The most ancient (and enormous) of their kind are even able to drive their adversaries to the ground with the force of their wings. They instinctively have the ability to use spell magic, wielding powerful and eldritch magic with no study whatsoever, the knowledge of which seems to be wired into their very nature. Even their blood is dangerous. Corrosive and toxic, the older they grow the more potent this toxicity becomes. In addition to this formidable arsenal of weapons they add their breath. Potentially the most devastating of their weapons, each breath is as unique as the Dragon that spawns them. Ranging from searing cones of hellish fire to reeking clouds of deadly miasma, a Dragons breath weapon can lay waste to the countryside and incinerate those foolish enough to confront these magnificent and terrible beasts.
The strength of these beasts does not lie solely in their weapons , the defenses of their kind are equally impressive. Possessing a natural immunity to the elements (fire, ice, light, air, water) and highly resistant to spell magic, even the dullest of their kin being immune to mind altering affects and charms. Their scaly skin forms a natural armor of multi-layered, overlapping plates. Even their relatively soft underside is capable of easily deflecting all but the finest weaponry. It is even said that the largest of the Dragon-kin produce an aura, visible to spell casters, that makes spell casting in their presence difficult. This may be attached to the fact that Dragons also produce an effect known as Dragon Fear. When first encountering one of these beasts, even in slumber, a person is overcome with a dreadful and numbing fear. This can cause those affected to immediately run in terror or stand motionless, frozen in terror, allowing the great beast to dispose of them at their leisure.
Luckily for the other races, even the most abundant member of the Dragon family are very rare, needing large amounts of land, sea, or sky to roam and flourish in. there is also never a shortage of souls foolish enough to hunt these creatures, despite the danger, in hopes of attaining the amazing wealth of these beasts. Whether by looting their lairs, or their very being; The bones of Dragons, when ground to fine powder, can be sold to spell casters for sacks of gold.