Jane Austen’s Dragons Index

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Blue Order:

Conclave: Judicial body of England’s dragons, similar to Parliament. 

Dragon: A cold blooded, sentient creature that may take many forms, but most have reptilian qualities. Their sentience sets them apart from lessor creatures whom they resemble.  Dragons speak in sound frequencies (both high and low) that only humans with exceptional hearing can detect. The majority who cannot hear dragons are able to detect their speech at a subconscious level leaving them open to suggestions by the dragon. A small part of the population is entirely deaf to dragon voices and can neither hear, nor be persuaded by dragons.

Dragon Keep: The territory assigned to a major dragon, usually including hunting land, a dragon lair, and a home for the Dragon Keeper

Dragon Keeper: Human being in a mutually beneficial relationship with a major dragon. Usually a member of the gentry or peerage, owner in the eyes of human law of the dragon’s keep.

Dragon Friend: Human being in a mutually beneficial relationship with a minor dragon

Dragon Mate: A human being in a particular mutually beneficial relationship with a dragon, includes Dragon Keepers and Dragon Friends.

Pendragon Treaty:

Dragon Ranks

Dragon Types:

The dragons of England are organized by type according to the shape of their heads. There are snake types, wyrm types, dragon types and bird types. Major dragons are those larger than a horse, minor dragons are those smaller.

Snake Types

The snake type dragons all have a thin, narrow head like a normal snake with large eyes on either side of the head. Many have fangs and all have a long forked tongue. They may or may not be venomous. Some of their venom possesses healing qualities.

Wyrm Types  

Wyrm type dragons are often confused with snake type dragons because they have long thin bodies like snake types. Their heads though are very different. Their jaws tend to be square and toothy, although some have a decidedly feline look to them. Nearly all have fur or a bushy mane of feathery or spiny structures. 

Dragon Types

 

Bird Types

 

 

 

Major Dragons:

Amphitheres

A large snake-type dragon with broad wings ample to permit flight. Their heads and wings are covered with brightly colored feathers, giving them a very distinct look. The Amphithere mates for life, but only lives with its mate while bearing and raising its young.

Blue Pa Snake

Blue Pa Snake:
Papa met a Blue Pa Snake once and he said the descriptions in dragon lore do not do it justice. While it may look like an enormous, unnaturally colored snake, it sounds like something entirely different. Imagine an entire regiment of soldiers drumming in rhythm as they approached. That he says approaches the sound a pa snake makes as it travels along. I have read they also have hoods like Indian cobra snakes and great long fangs, but Papa said nothing about those. 

Basilisk: 

Dragon lore says the basilisk is the king of snakes, with for lizard like legs and a tuft of feathers that resembles a crown on its head. Mythology says its looks can kill, but that is not true. Papa says their appearance can be so frightening that when one sees it, one might be scared motionless. In the days before the Pendragon Treaty, that usually meant death at the jaws of the basilisk.
They are ill-tempered as a whole, and considering how grumpy dragons tend to be, that is saying a great deal. They like neither man, nor dragon. Major basilisks tolerate keepers because they have to, but minor ones rarely have Dragon Friends.

Drake

 

Firedrakes

 

Lindwyrms

These major wyrms have powerful forelegs which they use to burrow through even hard ground, making them range farther than other wyrms. They have an unfortunate taste for horsemeat, which makes them very unwelcome near the settlements of men, particularly on the continent where interactions between dragons and men are not governed by the Pendragon treaty.

I have also heard that many lindwyrms have a penchant for learning and philosophy, even art. Their forepaws can be nimble and some, it is said, can even write and draw. How wonderful it would be to exchange letters with such a dragon. I wonder if it might be possible.

Wyrms

Wyrm type dragons are often confused with snake type dragons because they have long thin bodies like snake types. Their heads though are very different. Their jaws tend to be square and toothy, although some have a decidedly feline look to them. Nearly all have fur or a bushy mane of feathery or spiny structures.

Wyverns

Minor Dragons

Fairy Dragons

Tatzelwyrms

Cat-like in front and snake-like in the back, they move around by coiling their long bodies and hopping forward a bit like a spring. Some say the spring-hopping along addles their brains and leaves them quite daft.
I do not think Rumblekins, the tatzelwurm who lives in the field, is daft at all. He is dear, if a bit silly and stubborn. So far, he is the favorite dragon I know.

Pucks

 

Minor Drakes

 

Zatyls

Pretty, little snake types, usually long and dark green with a head ridge that looks a little like a bad lady’s hat. They are said to be very good luck to one who finds one. They are particularly fond of milk and will often enter a house that places a dish of milk out for it. In generally they are sweet natured and non-aggressive. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

 

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