THE SEA DRAGON

APPEARANCE - SPECIAL ABILITIES - TERRITORY
HABITAT/BEHAVIOUR - DIET - MATING - MYTH/LORE

Appearance. If it can be said a dragon may have a facial expression, then a Sea Dragon's is very similar to a perpetual sneer. Their head is somewhat oblong with a blunted snout. It has two pair of incisor teeth protruding on either side of its maw and another pair protruding a little further back. It appears they use these only to snare and hold its prey until it can be secured with their front feet. Sea Dragons have two rows of forty, thin diamond shaped teeth along both sides of their mouth. These are razor sharp and can rend things to ribbons in a matter of seconds. Ridges at the end of their snout, can close when submerged, protect the nostrils. They also have a soft opaque membrane that slides over their eyes when submerged allowing them to see through them. Their ears are pointed and are ridged to the back of their skull. These lay flat when swimming in the water. They have a scalloped ridge that starts in the middle of their forehead and travels down the center of their back to taper off at the beginning of their long tail, but it doesn't get higher than 40cm. It is believed this ridge helps them slice through the water when diving.

Sea Dragon
View picture in full size Image description: A relatively harmless looking Sea Dragon, which nevetheless has to be accounted to the most dangerous dragons existing in the world of Caelereth. Picture drawn by Faugar.

Sea Dragons have shorter, more powerful necks than most dragons and a fuller aquiline body. A full-grown dragon is estimated average, from head to beginning of their tail, around seventeen peds, although there have been accounts of even larger Sea Dragons. Their tail can add another seven peds and is very flexible. They use these tails mainly in swimming to help propel them through the water, but have not been known to use these tails as weapons.

Sea Dragons have four legs the same length although the front pair seems to be just a little shorter. This may be because they use them to grab and hold prey. The back pair is certainly more powerful as they use these to launch themselves into the air. Their legs end in flat feet with five long flexible toes that end in claws. There is webbing between these toes. The front toes are a little longer and have an extra joint for more flexibility in securing things. Their wings are thicker and muscled at the front and opaque membranes behind and can span up to fourteen peds. These wings can also lie flat against their bodies so they do not hinder the dragon while swimming. Sea Dragons also have scales but they are not hard and rigid like many dragons but have a softer rubbery texture. This is not to say they are not tough: It takes a very sharp, pointed weapon with considerable force behind it to penetrate these scales. Even then it must strike perpendicular to the body or it can bounce harmlessly off. It is believed that this as well gives the dragon a buoyancy in the water. These scales also have a soft fluorescence of blues and violet when seen up close. The entire dragon has a marine bluish green color that tends to hint to a slight grayish tint. It is also believed this color helps the dragon blend into its surroundings. One last thing should be added here; it is believed this dragon has a special organ where it can store the water necessary for its devastating breath weapon. Return to the top

Special Abilities. Like several other dragons, the Sea Dragon has the ability to use magic. It is not known how strong its ability is because this dragon likes to attack with stealth, surprise and brute force. Their magic abilities should not be considered lacking or ineffectual because they can and will use magic, as they deem necessary. They have the ability to remain submerged for long periods of time and it is believed this can be up to two hours. Sea Dragons are quite at home in the water and are probably the fastest swimmer on or under the sea and can dive to great depths with ill affect. Sea Dragons also are capable of flying pretty well, though they do this rather seldom. If so, they do it mainly for mating rituals.

Their most feared ability, however, is their breath weapon. They are able to spew clouds of scalding hot steam, capable of boiling flesh from bones, up to a distance of ten peds.
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Territory. The Sea Dragon is a rarely seen dragon. This is not because there are so few of them but mainly because of where they live. All without exception live in subterranean caverns with the entrance under the surface of the sea. Although a few have been known, on occasion, to live in caves embedded in sea cliffs if they are inaccessible and well protected. They choose their domains mostly on small isolated islands or atolls. On a rare occasion when one of these dragons chooses a lair on a continent of Caelereth they will not fly further than one-kiloped inland.
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Habitat/Behaviour. The Sea Dragon's appearance may make it appear to be rather harmless but this is quite far from reality. Few who judge this dragon by its appearance have survived to regret it. They are capricious, ill-tempered, the most disagreeable and sadistically cruel creature on the face of Caelereth. They believe all other creatures are beneath them, even other dragon species. No one can predict what this dragon will do. This aspect makes them the most feared danger on the open seas because it is not known if the dragon will just pass by, play a deadly game of hunter and hunted or attack for the kill. When they decide to attack they can do so from either the sea or the air.

Sea Dragons have been known to successfully defend their domain from intruders and then just leave it behind only to return several years later and reclaim it. Also, they have been seen in the middle of battles and quite evidently winning and then just leaving as though they had lost interest. These dragons seem to like to grab sailors from a ship, dive deep into the sea and return quickly dumping the hapless sailor on the deck of their ship to die writhing in twisted agony from the bubbling death. Or, they will take a sailor high into the sky and let them fall to the ship below. Sometime the dragon catches this sailor and sometimes not. They will also come up underneath a ship and give it a good shaking and leave while other times ripping up the hull so the ship sinks. They have also been known to fly by breathing a cloud of steam upon a vessel and then leaving this dead ship floating. They will even fly circles around a ship for days, fake swooping attacks, but finally in the end leaving without damaging the ship. The only thing this dragon seems to do consistently is ravage small fishing villages.
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Diet. The Sea Dragon is a carnivore and will eat anything that is flesh, even other dragons. It appears their preference is meat coming from the oceans, especially the Sea Wurm. They will also eat anything they find along the shores while flying by. They have been known to snatch sailors out of a ship's rigging for meals. Even small fishing villages have disappeared into the maw of one of these dragons.
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Mating. There is no accurate data on the mating habits of a Sea Dragon or how many eggs a female may lay. What follows is speculation, educated guesses, or theories based on observations from many sources.

The mating begins with the female perched on a cliff watching the male's aerial acrobatics, dives into the sea and eruptions out of the water. If the male does not entice the female, she will just leave. If she is pleased by what she sees she will take wing and rise into the air moving slowly towards the male. Just before the male gets to her she will take evasive maneuvers not letting the male catch her. She will do whatever it takes to evade getting caught by the male, which drives them into a frenzy. Though the dragons may be of the same size, the female appears to be the quicker and more agile. This serves her well, as she seems to desire to rise as high as possible before consummation. A pair has been known to rise so high they can no longer be seen. When the male has caught the female he will wrap his wings around her and they will plummet headfirst towards the sea. At the last moment, when it appears the dragons will impact the water, they break apart, their wings fully extended. They race through the air just above the surface in different directions before they soar once again into the air with their heads thrown back roaring. After this they just keep flying their separate ways without a look back.

It is believed the female will return to her lair where she will certainly lay one egg. It is speculated she can have up to three or more eggs. There have been reports of seeing a Sea Dragon flying with three young but it is believed to be a rarity. Many believe the strongest hatchling survives by killing all the weaker ones, and that is why there are so few dragons and only the mother and a single baby are usually seen. No one knows how long a young dragon stays with the mother before it sets out on its own.
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Myth/Lore. During the time of the Dragonstorm, when masses of dragons covered the skies raining down death, it was reported the Sea Dragons were not a part of this. It appears they considered it none of their concern and didn't seem to care one way or the other. There are even tales these dragons attacked the other dragons when they came close. Not all out battles but strikes from behind and then diving deep into the oceans. They say it was more of an antagonistic maneuver then any altruistic trait. The most infamous Sea Dragon was Cyon Sola, and was probably the largest, ever, of her kind. She ravaged the western coast of Sarvonia in the area around the bay that now carries her name. She controlled this area for countless generations until her attacks became more virulent and widespread. In the end she was considered quite insane and destroyed huge amount of Aca-Santerran tradeships. It finally took a huge Aca-Santerran battle fleet to defeat Cyon Sola. There was a great loss of men and ships but the bay was made safe again. Today there are few inhabitants as they consider it an area of ill omens and also as haunted.
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