7 Days of Dragons: #3

Species Profile

SPECIES: Light Dragons
CLASSIFICATION: Greater Dragons
APPEARANCE: Brilliant iridescent, metallic, reflective scales that range from white to orange. Colors may come in a vivid gradient. Light dragons have long, flowing ears and slender horns that curve upwards. Horn count may vary, but it is always an even amount. Their scales absorb light, so in the darkness they glow radiantly. Although light dragons can ‘turn off’ their glow, when experiencing strong emotions, their glows may lighten or darken against their will. Their wings are woven from light, and weigh nothing.

LOCATION: The End of the World, in the mountainous region of the ancient forest.

ABILITIES: Light dragons can…

-Stare directly into the sun

-Touch, interact with, and manipulate light (used for weaving, cloaking, and spinning their wings)

-Bend light to appear invisible

-Emit light; the amount of which can be altered at will

-Breathe fire & are immune to heat (but cold blooded and are not cold hardy)

-They can communicate in their own language of flashes, similar to Morse code.

-They spin sunsets & sunrises

-Light dragons must weave their own wings, proving their mastery of light magic

-They need light to see & have zero night vision. At night, they must use the energy stored in their scales to light the way.

-Dragons with the power of Light inside can sense light, slip into the lightstream to travel, sense honest or ill intentions, and pass the Light onto others.

Species Details

STATUS: Sentient; social.

BEHAVIOR: To each other, these dragons are kind, generous, etc, as is outlaid in the essence of their guiding force, Light. They have an eye for beauty, and the light that fills them makes them feel weightless. (This allows them to fly using wings weaved from light. If anyone tried to pick them up, they would still feel heavy, so their weightlessness only affects themselves.)

To outsiders, light dragons may act haughty, because they believe they are the land’s superior species.

Light dragons are not perfect or completely good, because light and good are not the same thing. They may still undermine or fight their peers, but in a different manner from the physical brawls of the dark dragons. They use words and subtlety to fight.

CULTURE: Because they are guided and powered by the force of light, these dragons are the opposite of dark dragons. Their society is highly advanced, and they have no ‘poverty’ in their kingdom, although it is clear that a social hierarchy exists. However, to the casual onlooker, the kingdom of the light dragons appears perfect, shining with colors.

Light dragons live in a forest whose trees contain luminous sap. They weave the light from the sap into beautiful decorations, and they can sculpt with it as well. It hardens into a diamond-like substance, making it useful for constructing homes or castles.

The home of the royalty is the centerpiece of the kingdom. It is an enormous tree with leaves whose veins pulse with flowing amber light. It lights up the surrounding land for miles, so that near the castle, it is never dark. The tree absorbs the light from the sun and turns it into liquid. The sap from the castle can be turned into a delicious drink, which the royalty is quite partial to.

The Light force focuses itself around the sun. Living in the mountains, these dragons are close to the sun, and their tree focuses the sunlight, meaning their kingdom is ablaze with its force. The royal hatchery has been placed strategically so that any eggs laid here are incubated under the highest concentration of free-floating Light force. When they hatch, it is woven into their being. Thus, any dragon born in the royal hatchery becomes royalty, because it will bear the power of Light.

Eggs are laid in clutches of three. The shell is soft and leathery but very flexible. As the embryo develops, the eggshell expands to accommodate the size of the baby inside. The longer an egg has incubated, the bigger it will be.

Eggs are iridescent. The brighter the shell the more powerful the offspring. In the royal hatchery, the castle extends many of its branches over a handmade floor hundreds of feet above the ground. Parts of the branches are sliced to allow sap to drip through. When exposed to air, the sap hardens, but in the warmth of the hatchery, it remains slightly gummy.

Eggs are attached to the sap that bleeds out of the tree. This is traditional practice for royal clutches, and it helps Light to permeate the young. As time passes, the sap drips for the ground. Usually, the time it takes for the sap to reach the floor is the time it takes for the baby to incubate. By the time the sap has extended towards the floor, the baby hatches and safely plops to the ground.

Light dragons are ruled by a king and a queen.

Light dragons are born without wings and with no control over their powers. As time goes on, they will gain more understanding of how to wield their abilities. When the time comes, they must prove their skill by climbing to the top of the castle, grabbing a beam of sunlight, and weaving wings for themselves.

At age two, the dragonets may weave their wings.
Dragons may choose to weave their wings in a pattern of their own design. The varieties are endless.
Dragons may remake their wings as many times as they want. Wing weaving is a special skill that most dragons improve at with age.

OTHER: Light dragons have an alliance with the weather dragons. One popular evening activity is for light dragons fly into the clouds and weave the sunset.

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