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Dragon

The early ancestor to the dragon found its way to the landmass known on Earth as Australia, and thrived, effectively following the path of the marsupial on our world. Unlike the marsupials, its descendants achieved sentience. On Earth, a different butterfly flapped its wings, and the early dragon ancestor went extinct.

Since dragonkind evolved in isolated Australia, evolution in the rest of the world took a similar turn to Earth's including humanity.

Around 200,000 years ago, early dragonkind began migrating out of Australia, up into Asia. Perhaps 50,000 years ago, dragonkind and humankind met in Asia. Dragons managed to domesticate early man (those early humans who were left to the wild are the fauns).

Dragonkind developed agriculture about 25,000 years ago.

Legend has it the first Dragon Queen, Nata, gave herself wings. Her intention was to fly without the need for magic. Sadly, that goal was unable to be achieved. Since then, wings have been symbolic of dragon royalty. They breed true.

The development of wings was historic for another reason - it symbolized the first foray of dragonkind into vitamorphosis, magically modifying life for their purposes. It is from this that the domesticated early man became the Seelie races.

By 15,000 years ago, dragonkind had spread over the world.

12,000 years ago, dragon civilization was at its height, built on the foundations of magical discipline and the backs of their servants. They had built a global society, and began struggling with global warming.

11,600 years ago, an Apocalypse occurred, and Atlantis arrived.

In the ensuing conflict, the Dragons created the Dragonforged.


Biology

Dragons have three sexes: male, female, and neuter (intersex).

The common dragon looks like a giant serpent with legs. Dragons scales can appear any color, and tend to change over the course of a dragon's lifetime, reflecting the composition of their diets. Dragons also have horns; males are straight, females are curved. Neuter dragons have no horns.

Generally speaking, female dragons are larger than the male. Female dragons can be 50 feet long. Male dragons can be about 40 feet long. Neuter dragons are between the two.

Dragon's activity is tied to celestial mechanics - the flow of magic around the sun and the moon. Male dragons are always active when the sun is in the sky; female dragons are always active when the moon is in the sky. Neuter dragons are tied to both, and as such spend a lot of their time dormant.

Dragon fertility is also connected to celestial mechanics. Female dragons lay eggs every full moon. They are fertile around each new moon.

Solstices "temper" a dragon's eggs. Healthy, fertilized eggs usually hatch at the second tempering. Hatching at the first tempering is almost unheard of, and tends to lead to an underdeveloped child; eggs cannot take a third tempering.

Dragons whose eggs 'tempered' together in the same nest have a mind-link, and can share thoughts.

Dragons that hatch at the same time are a 'clutch.' Clutches rarely have more than one fertile female; the ova that would otherwise develop into females become neuter.

Dragons reach puberty at around 20 years, and become fully mature at about thirty years.

Sociobiology

Dragon females are "promiscuous." It is expected that they lay with multiple males, to increase genetic diversity. As such, there are few draconic romantic relationships. They never lay with other members of the same clutch.

It is members of a female's clutch that assist in the care of the children.

The only important relationships in a dragon's life are to their clutchmates, and to their mothers. Secondarily, it is to their nestmates (those who they share a mindlink with) and their mother's clutchmates.

Sociology

Due to the nature of dragon females to hatch eggs from multiple fathers, most dragon societies are matrilineal. Many are also matriarchal.

Because wings breed true, and began with royalty, they are considering a sign of "high breeding." Winged dragons descended from a royal female remain royal.

Winged dragons descended from a common (unwinged female) are considered higher class. They may become craftsmen, professionals.