the order's official dragon bestiary
Welcome to the Dragonsteel Order's official dragon bestiary, Builder!
New dragon species are constantly being explored, so keep in mind the bestiary is a constant work in progress. This is a dynamic page that will continue to be updated as our breeders, explorers, and Builders like you submit new dragon species discoveries to the Order.
Should you discover any species yourself, feel free to comment. Who knows, your dragon may just end up in the Bestiary!
the chethem (low dragon) class:
"Chethem" is an old elvish word for "Low Dragons." These are dragons with three fingers on each wing. They are typically smaller in size and may have short "ears" in place of formidable horns.
Pica: One of the smallest and most common of the chethems that can be found all over Elondria. They typically grow to 5-5.5 feet feet at the withers. They have little "ears" in place of mighty horns and are an adorable dragon species that are bred to come in a variety of colors. Being that they are playful and social creatures, they are beloved to many peaceful Builders and their children. Against the Order's approval, they are often treated by low-ranking Builders as pets.
Grymfyre: A Svennish dragon species that is small but hardy. They typically grow no larger than the size of garrons and can carry five times their weight. Out in the wild, they build their nests on high cliffs overlooking the coast and are adapted to cold, harsh weather. They are quiet creatures and easy to tame, albeit they are moody. All grymfyres come in a slate-gray shade.
Skipdragon: Also known as skipps, these are a small southern species of dragon with mottled hides the shade of a deciduous forest canopy. Historically, this allowed them to easily camouflage from elvish and human hunters. They are very active and naturally skip and chase each other between trees, thus earning their name. Builders who select these dragons as their own should be mindful that they will need plenty of exercise and outdoor access. They are adapted to humidity and will not do well in cold regions.
the high dragon class:
High Dragons have least four fingers on each wing. They are typically larger and stronger horned dragons.
Cranewing: A slender, gorgeous dragon species that is admittedly small for the High Dragon class. Their scales resemble the pattern of a crane - purple but for the white and black stripes around their eyes. Cranewings have the special ability to "whirl," or spiral at extreme speeds in the air that enables them to avoid ballista. Their speeds make up for their physical weakness. As one of the fastest dragons on the continent, the Order has many restrictions on who can acquire, trade, or touch cranewing eggs. It would take a very skilled rider not to fall from the saddle, especially when a cranewing whirls.
Eld: These are a widely coveted, majestic species with beautiful, swift builds that resemble small Great Dragons. They have four curved horns, slender frames, and wingspans of up to seventy-five feet. This makes the adult eld one of the largest dragon species commonly known on Elondria. When they are hale and happy, it is not uncommon to see pairs or flights of elds dancing in the skies to put on a show for humans and elves. Elds are known for their natural etiquette and frequently hatch for riders who are gentle, noble, or mannered. Don't underestimate them, however. They are very loyal to their riders and will not hesitate to attack fiercely if they sense their rider is in danger.
Mood dragon: A rare dragon with scales that turn the shade of their mood. Their rider's mood often influences their mood, and hence, the shade of their scales. Because they are so rare, acquiring one of their eggs begins at no less than 450 talents.
Nightborn: Nightborns, a nocturnal species of dragon, were once common in the northernmost heights of Elondria. They were rather peaceful to humans and elves, unless their nests were raided and their territories encroached, but they were one of the few species that refused to kneel to the elves after wild dragons lost the Dragon Wars. Since then, it is likely they have been hunted to extinction. Old records suggest they had black manes in place of neck spikes, and tufts on their tails. They also had the incredible ability to vanish into invisibility, which perhaps was a prime reason why it was difficult for the Order to find them to begin with. It is said these dragons were fiercely independent and would gnaw through their throats to the death if they were ever caged, chained, or forced to wear a saddle. Because they were so difficult to capture, many of the Order's Rangers resigned themselves to simply hunting them for their luxurious indigo hides.
the great dragon class:
A class of flights that are known as the largest and most dreadful of all dragons. These are the dragons commonly remembered in Elondrian lore - wyrms with fire glands that could destroy entire cities in a day. They are commonly called "centennial hatchers" although Greats might go for several centuries never hatching, but always waiting for the next worthy legend to call their rider. A Great Dragon's minimum wingspan begins at one hundred paces abreast.
Some famous Greats are Vallyrath, the royal flight of Vhalaerys the Great; Xyransul, the flight of Aeogorath the Cruel; and presently, Lumaerrax the White Terror, which belongs to the Lord Prince of the Order.
Auralith: These are also known as Sundragons, dragons of the light. They gain strength in the sunlight and scintillate upon the strike of dawn. Many High Elven ballads were written about them, for one of the nine great wonders of life was watching the blazing flares of an Auralith in the dawn. Most come in the purest white shade. In the olden days, before the elves rode dragons, Auraliths could be seen dancing over Elondria's eastern oceans.
Great Horn: The most common (and unclassified) species of Great Dragon, best known in Elondrian artwork and lore. They have four massive horns the shade of bone, armored chests that are impenetrable but with Anárion elvish steel, and claws that tear up the earth wherever they walk. Chains cannot restrain them, for they would break through or smelt them with the most potent dragonfire. Great Horns are best known as the ruthless royal dragons that commanded the Dragon Wars, which killed hundreds of thousands of men and giants. When provoked, or simply hungry, these dragons have no qualms about destroying entire cities. As they are the mightiest species in Midgaard, the Realm of Men, the Order expressly forbids anyone from touching their eggs unless invited by the Lord Prince himself. As it is, their rare eggs can only be found in the High Eyrie, under the Order's highest security.
the wyvern class:
This dragon class has only two legs, with larger wings that comprise of most of their body's surface area. Together with their slender build, they are swifter than most four-legged dragons. It's also commonly known that wyverns are extremely aggressive and require an advanced Builder to tame. For this reason, the Order has many restrictions around who can Bind with a wyvern or trade wyvern eggs.
Icescourge: A rare species with horns that resemble a crown of icicles. They have slender bellies and hides the shade and thickness of crystals. When dragons still lived in the wild, they were commonly found in the northernmost glaciers of Elondria, on cliffs that were nigh impossible for men to scale. Icescourges are best kept in cold weather. As their name suggests, they have a cruel temperament, are easily provoked, and the only species that is known to eat other dragons. It is not advisable that qualified riders Bind with them as they are very difficult to tame.
Sandthorne: A species of sand wyvern found in the arid wastelands of the Sundered Moors. They can bear extreme temperatures and are said to have the power to cause mirages, that is, illusory copies of themselves during battle. When temperatures fall too steeply, breeders report that they will bury themselves and their young up to ten feet underground to keep themselves warm. As with all wyvern species, they are extremely aggressive and will attack anyone that even draws remotely near their eyries.