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The drake subspecies is mainly blue and purple in hide coloration. Dragon blood is very powerful, able to give those that ingest it great strength. The Viashinos are known to use dragon blood.
Young dragons are called whelps, and are born in nests called roosts. When they reach adolescence, they are called fledglings.
Some rare True Dragons are two-headed, with each head having its own intellect and fire-producing organ. Canopy dragons, an arboreal and eight limbed dragon type, is wingless and dwells in the Mwonvuli Jungle of Jamuraa. It is able to leap great distances. Another Jamuraan mutant is the Nalathni, a pygmy species of dragon. The Nalathni dragons are small, and are prone to work in groups, and should actually be considered drakes. The Dragons are the offspring of the Elder Dragons, who won the primordial war against their children.
The Wurms are giant, limbless, flightless, and nearly endless dragons, with great open maws. They are able to cause tremors, and crash through the earth. The Wurms are jungle dwellers, and leave large swaths of damage in their paths. A group of Wurms is called a Crush, for the sound they make as they rampage and consume entire forests to fuel their immense growth. They are non-sentient, and are descendent from the ancient Elder Landwurms who lost their war against the Elder Dragons, cursed forever to crawl the land and eat the dust, giving them a bitter, fierce temperament. The Wurms of Otaria look like actual worms or grubs, with four large, crushing mandibles. Other wurm species, like the Craw, Argothian and the Jamuraan, have lizard like heads.
The Drakes are small, water and air dwelling dragons, occupying the coast. Drakes tend to look like dragons, but are shy, smaller and weaker (in draconian terms) than True Dragons, and tend to inhabit the waterways and the upper atmosphere, were True Dragons do not go. Though most drakes are blue mana oriented, occasional breeds red drakes exist, such as those that also populate the Burning Isles, in particular the fire drakes of Bogardan. Wyverns are small dragons, related to drakes, with only back legs and wings, and dwell mostly in hot, volcanic regions.
The greatest of the dragons are the mighty, brilliant, and terrible hellkites. Hellkites have ornate coloration, ridged scales, and a mastery of flame. They are known to dwell in Shiv and Jamuraa, guarding vast swaths of wasted lands, killing entire armies out of mere sadism. The crimson hellkites were chief among the dragon invaders of Jamuraa during Kaervek’s invasion, and the greatest beasts under the control of Hivis of the Scale and Zirilan of the Claw.
Artificial Dragons, such the dragon engines of Mishra, their mak fawa forbearers, Teeka’s Dragon, and Draco are rare, but greatly prized by artificers.
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But with absolute power, comes absolute corruption. And with beings as absolute as the Elder Dragons, War is always the outcome. The War was one between brothers and sisters. And, like the Brothers' War of Urza and Mishra, this conflict would change the order and hierarchy of the universe. But in the Brothers’ War, the greatest casualty was Argothin the dragons’ war, the pillars of worlds were shaken, and the universe was painted with the color of dying universes.
During the midst of combat, Sivitri Scarzam led her army of lower dragons against Corondor. The dragons were her children, and she herself was sired by the great dragon Scarzam. They rampaged across the land, killing many and leaving disaster in their wake, as Scarzam was trying to kill her arch-nemesis, Sol’Kanar the Swamp King. These Scarzam dragons were nearly wiped out by a magical, poisonous flower grown to destroy Sivitri’s power.
After epochs passed, they finally haltedeaving most of the dragon-kin dead or stripped of power, and the perpetrators of the conflict were cursed into the form of the Elder Land Wurm. The Five Survivors, called Primaries, or the Elder Dragon Legends, continued to grow in power, siring many dragon races, fighting each other in proxy battles, and becoming the progenitors for innumerable races. They were the four siblings Arcades Sabboth, Nicol Bolas, Palladia Mors, Chromium, and their cousin Vaevictis Asmadi. Nicol Bolas, the eldest surviving Elder Dragon, is believed by many historians of Dominarian lore to be slain by the warrior Tetsuo Umezawa, who lured him into a pocket meditation plane. His reign over his kingdom of Madara was one of terror and domination, claiming the lives of many in the great Wyrm's thirst for power.
The direct descendants of the Elders are the Dragon Primevals, great rulers and leaders, who, though lesser than their parents, still were the material of legends, and, though they lie dead, they periodically return to Dominaria to reclaim their former throne. These great wyrms are known as Crosis, the Purger, Rith, the Awakener, Dromar, the Banisher, Treva, the Renewer, and Darigaaz, the Igniter.
The firstborn children of the Primeval Dragons were called the Lower Dragons, or “sub-Elders.” These included Pira, Chromium Rhuell, and Scarzam. The Lower Dragons would go on to sire the many races of dragons we know today on Dominaria. Their sons are the pearl, ebon, and alabaster, and dragons today are extremely diverse. There are the True Dragons, the wurms, and the drakes, all with their own sub races and sub-sub races.
Four of Elder Dragons, Arcades Sabboth, Palladia Mors, Chromium, and Vaevictis Asmadi, and their decendants Pira, Chromium Rhuell, and Scarzam are reported dead, though only Rhuell, who died on the summit of the Null Moon, is confirmed. But in any case, their power over Dominia has waned . . . .