|Official Name||Feathered Dragon|
|Common Nicknames||Blue Dragons (incorrect and often confused).|
|Current Status||Assumed Extinct.|
The Feathered Dragons were the only Dragon species presumed native to the Regalian Archipelago in the many millennia before their eventual assumed extinction around 20 BC. The Feathered Dragons are best remembered for having a major impact on the local environment of the early Regalian Kingdom, as well as living on in various symbolisms and family crests. Throughout the years before their assumed extinction, the Dragons had frequent contact with the early Regalian Humans, and as such, several theories and folk lore stories continue to thrive, particularly in Anglia and Drixagh.
The exact age of the Dragons, or how long they inhabited the various mountain ranges of the north Regalian Archipelago mountain chains is unknown. Ever since the beginning of Human history, and even some Elven history before that, the Feathered Dragons were present in the Callagh, Dorinn and Taert mountain chains. In fact there is even reason to believe that the Feathered Dragons existed as far back as the Seraph Era, as some old Seraph ruins in the Regalian Archipelago depict creatures with the same distinct horn shape the Feathered Dragons had.
As far back as Human recording of history goes, the Feathered Dragons have been both a menace and a boon to the local population. The exact powers of the Feathered Dragons is not understood, though it is generally believed they controlled some parts of the weather. The Feathered Dragons frequently hunted in the Anglian and Drixagh plains and tundras for cattle. During times of great drought, Feathered Dragons could be seen flying through the skies, quickly followed by plentiful rain and water to feed the thirsty crops. As such, in the centuries before Cataclysm, the Feathered Dragons were revered and awed in some sort of symbiotic relationship with the Humans of the north. The Dragons ensured the cattle would not die from thirst, but also ate them frequently enough to harm the cattle production of more notably Anglia.
The Feathered Dragons suddenly disappeared around 20 BC when all sightings of them simply stopped. Worship of them in tandem with Old Gods continued until some years after Cataclysm which was roughly 50 years after the last Dragon sighting. When two generations had passed, most memories passed into legend and they were all but forgotten were it not for their symbolism for Anglia. The most notable place where the Feathered Dragons continued to exist was the Kade Family crest, as well as various statues all over Anglia.
Feathered Dragons were both a mixture of a regular Dragon with various traits of other animals. The Feathered Dragons are generally considered medium in size, their wing span being roughly the size of a Regalian Frigate in length. Its scales and feathers as well as fur were all a dark blue ranging to dull gray-blue, while its eyes were a bright vibrant sky blue with elements of Tyrian purple. The head of the Dragon itself was still distinctly lizard-like though retained far more horns and large scales than other dragon species. The Feathered Dragon had two large wings, and two smaller wings underneath its bigger wings, which were often used to steer in mid flight as the Feathered Dragon also preferred to hover as opposed to actually using its wings constantly to provide air lift. The Feathered Dragon had four strong muscular and furred legs and a long feathered tail. Its feet were feline shaped with large black claws. The most notable thing about the Feathered Dragon were the strangely shaped horns on their heads, two on each side angling backwards and one on their forehead angling forward. These often curled in strange shapes, almost like smoke or clouds swirling around, though more straight horns have also been witnessed and in some cases the forehead horn could also be on the brow.
Like many of the other Dragon species, the Feathered Dragons had the curious ability to assume a more Humanoid form which closely resembled an early Human. Their eye color remained the same, while their skin closely imitated the Regalian norm. Their hair was often flowing long jet black and they wore various blue robes. While in their more humanoid form, the Feathered Dragons often communicated very cryptic ideas to the early Regalians. In humanoid form, the Feathered Dragons were considered extremely charismatic and abled spear warriors with control over superior Magic inclined to water and the weather, though were able able to dominate the mind of the simple Humans at the touch of a hand.
Unlike many of the other Dragon species, the Feathered Dragons were few in number and it was hard to tell if they indeed ever actually reproduced or simply lived for thousands of years. The only real way to tell one Feathered Dragon apart from another was their size, as well as the intricate shapes of their horns. The Anglians had compiled a “Böke vann Draakchen” in which detailed descriptions of the horns were recorded. Gender was often hard to tell as well, though it is generally assumed they were exclusively male as the Dragons that did shift into Human form only did so to male bodies.
Life Span and Development
As stated, it is hard to tell whether Feathered Dragons had any life span at all. At least one Dragon was recorded to exist since Seraph times, living in the Dorinn Mountains. The Böke bann Draakchen confirmed that the horn shape was identical with that of one Dragon depicted on an old Seraph mural. It made the implication to the scholars that, perhaps immortal, the Feathered Dragons were at the very least long living, assumed to seven thousand years at least, while showing no real signs of aging. Eggs of Feathered Dragons have never been found, nor have any young been witnessed for as far as Human history recording goes.
It was often hard to tell whether the Feathered Dragons were more malicious, or more beneficial to the people that lived in the valleys beneath their mountain lands. No one dared venture into the sacred Dragon Mountains for fear of being eaten, but there are very few actual historical accounts of Humans having been eaten by Feathered Dragons. Certainly, some of them were even capable of extreme bouts of mischief, causing local rain storms on small patches of land to irritate farmers or dropping large dragon-dung on top of farmer’s house roofs. In humanoid form, they were capable of communicating and portraying a personality much like a real person, but as one would expect of an ancient creature, it was often a personality of disdain. They portrayed a very patronizing attitude towards the early Regalians and often spoke in riddles in mock of the stupidity of the locals.
Territory and Groupings
Feathered Dragons had extensive territories spanning miles from their home mountains, though they never really ventured close to one another. Only on small occasions have Feathered Dragons been seen fighting each other, and they have only done so in Human form. It was assumed that the Feathered Dragons were extremely territorial and saw the Humans as their subjects. To greater knowledge, a total of seven individual Feathered Dragons had ever been observed, and all were given names.
- Rhaakrh lived in the Anglian Mountains to the West
- Ryuuterr lived in the Anglian Mountains to the East
- Roorhr lived in the Dorinn Mountain Chain
- Rwerhrak lived in the Dorinn South Cliffs
- Rammr lived in the tallest mountain of Norrland
- Riikkr lived on the Mountains bordering Turall in the south.
- Reejr lived in the Holz Mountain chain, though frequently flew south to Basta and even Vixhall on occasion.
- It is not known where the Dragons disappeared to. No corpses were ever found, unlike the Green Dragon hunted down by the Elves in Teled Methen. The Dragons simply just vanished one day never to be seen again.
- Some folklore suggests the Dragons actually permanently settled in Human form, and blended into the Human societies of the collapsing Regalian Kingdom that would later form the Empire, though no-one has been able to speculate as to why.
- It is unknown if the Feathered Dragons ever left the Archipelago, but it is deemed very unlikely due to their fundamental differences with the other Dragon species.