Sunday, April 8, 2018

Dragon (huakinthos)

Also known as the "blue dragon," these creatures are among the most obscure dragons known. They prefer to dwell in regions where the incidence of lightning strikes are high, keeping with the dragonis huakinthos' ability to produce lightning with a highly unusual breath weapon. The means by which the lightning is produced is unclear; it is believed that the huakinthos' alchemical gland is able to channel a gaseous substance that originates in the plane of air, which produces the sudden flow of lightning outwards from the dragon's mouth at the desired target. It is clear that the lightning is of the magical sort, and not natural, as it is not accompanied by an excessively loud thunderclap.

There are three known species of dragonis huakinthos, all of which are blue in color. The brightest of these is the huakinthos Cordilleran, which appears with a rich, dark sapphire tone and is found in concerning numbers in the high mountains of Colombia, in the New World. They prefer high country forests on the western slopes of the Andes, the Sierra Madre Oriental in Mexico and the vast forests of Mato Grosso and the Amazon basin. Where possible, they prefer to dwell at altitudes above 9,000 ft. The Cordilleran is the only blue dragon species known to overwhelmingly dwell in caves.

The huakinthos wenzori are concentrated on obscure mountainous islands throughout the Congo River basin, in groups that are believed to be tribal in organization, though this is highly disputed by Portuguese and Spanish authorities. The name originates with the Ruwenzori mountains in Central Africa, also known as the Mountains of the Moon, whose extent is at present unknown and much disputed. The Ruwenzori mountains are said to be sacred to blue dragons, with some sources claiming that hundreds of wenzori at a time have been seen flying in the direction of the mountains during years of drought. In any case, it is known that the wenzori are tree dwellers, preferring to make their lairs in the canopies of trees, more than 150 feet above the ground. These lairs are typically draped in spider's webbing, though the relationship between spiders and wenzori dragons is unknown.

The third form, the huakinthos Titiwangsa, populate forested mountain regions from the Hindu Kush and Pamirs, along the Himalayas and throughout southeast Asia, Malaya and the islands of Sumatra, Java and Borneo. These tend to be willowy in shape and among the more intelligent of blue dragons. They are worshipped and celebrated by Buddhist priests, who encourage the preservation of the Titiwangsa while disputing tales that peasants and villages have been occasionally destroyed through the centuries. There is much wealth that has been awarded to these dragons and it is said that the hordes of the Titiwangsa challenge the wealth of China itself, twice over. On the whole, Titiwangsa dragons are said to be very friendly to outsiders seeking parley.

Blue dragons tend to be forgiving of others moving through their territory and willing to share information, so long as they are not threatened. Their favorite tactic in combat is to buffet while breathing lightning; they thoroughly enjoy direct melee combat and will often engage a dangerously large number of opponents for the opportunity to use their claws. If possible, the dragon will land and roll lengthwise through enemies, seeking to cause as much incidental damage as they can.

Blue dragons are immune to lightning attacks.

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