Green Forest Dragon
|Green Forest Dragon|
|Official Name||Green Forest Dragon|
|Common Nicknames||Green Dragon, Cel’a-thón Vaelmie, The Hunted|
|Current Status||Assumed Extinct|
The Green Forest Dragon was once one of the smaller species of dragon that roamed Aloria, yet despite their size, they were just as powerful as one would expect a dragon to be. It was a more commonly seen dragon, often soaring across the azure skies prior to the Great Dragon Hunt in 101 BC, when the nobility of the Elven Empire banded together to exterminate what they called “winged pests” from Aloria. Bones of these great beasts are kept even today by Avanthar dragon-worshipping cults, and revered as sacred artifacts of a greater time in Nelfin existence. These dragons, quite contrary to what propaganda was spread by the Altalar after their extinction, were exceedingly powerful, and were even rumored to be responsible for the success of the flora in Daen.
Nobody knows for sure when the Green Dragon came into existence officially, but it’s generally believed by scholars that they existed at the same time as the Seraph, dating back to roughly 7000 BC, or perhaps even further if some evidence is to be believed. It was certainly around at the beginning of the Elven Empire, as early Elven records indicate that the dragons were perpetual vermin and pests that preyed on the livestock and food of the early Elves. In fact, it was not entirely uncommon for a Green Forest Dragon to attack or even kill/eat wandering Nelfin. One historical instance even tells of a dragon swooping out of the sky and grabbing hold of an Elven noble before taking off into the sky again during a public event. Instances such as these were what prompted the Elves to see the Green Forest Dragon as antagonists; and some Altalar even argued that the dragons were intentionally targeting the elves in their endeavors, rather than believing that the happenings were mere coincidences related to the dragons’ continued existences.
While the first part of their history is incredibly vague, the later parts of the Green Forest Dragons’ existence have been documented extensively by both Regalian and Elven scholars alike. During one of the decadal struggles of the dragons to establish a nesting ground for the year to come, the dragons unanimously decided that they would occupy the Elven city of Leciennollei. The Elves who lived year, distraught that their home had quite simply been taken over by aggressive beasts and was now being used as a bed for hundreds of procreating dragons, made a plea to the then-Emperor. The Emperor was especially furious that this had happened, as Leciennollei was a primary contributor to the Elven Empire’s treasury, and without it, the Empire were in bad hands. He ordered that the collective Elven nobility round up their slaves and army and march to Leciennollei to end this threat once and for all. He originally planned to force the dragons into slavery and use them as beasts of burden, but they soon proved too powerful for that plan. As a result, the Emperor simply decided that if he couldn’t use them, they were to be exterminated.
Strangely enough, they discovered upon arriving in Leciennollei that the city had become entirely overgrown by bright green foliage and colorful flowers, and the beauty of it all would have been appreciated if it were not for the ruined city that lay beneath it. Unfortunately, this only angered the Emperor further, and he led a charge through the city as his men collectively slaughtered the unsuspecting dragons. The few dragons that could manage to flee did so at first notice, but the eggs that had been laid already were rendered hopelessly lost to the Elves; who proceeded to stomp, trample, and destroy any egg they got their hands on.
Thus began the Great Dragon Hunt of 101 BC. Within a month, the Empire’s armies and standing militias scoured the countryside in search of the dragons, with Elven mages tying the beasts down with their magics for the pikemen to skewer them ruthlessly. It was during this event that the dragons were assumed to go extinct in, and no sightings of the Green Forest Dragons have been recorded ever since. Of course, there have been a large amount of hoaxes and other urban myths, but these have all been debunked by the various Elven kingdoms.
Smaller in size and nature than the other species of dragon, the Green Forest Dragons were roughly the size of a bear, and did not breathe the trademark fire often associated with their kind. Instead, the Green Forest Dragon’s primary weapons were their claws and their teeth; both of which were extremely sharp and were known to rend any would-be attacker to shreds. This, of course, made the Elven Empire’s attempts at forcing the creatures into servitude futile. Many Elves were needed to even subdue one of these dragons.The scales that adorned the Green Forest Dragon’s body were a dark, forest green color, lending to the name of the dragon. This natural camouflage aided in their ability to blend in with the colors of the Daen plant life of their home environment, or contrasted with the blue of the sky. In stark similarity with the scales, the eyes were a brighter emerald color, alluring, almost hypnotizing even, to any who would gaze into them, but fierce and frightening to any who found themselves at the end of their glare. The dragon’s general structure was very similar to other dragons; consisting of the standard wings, neck, four quadrupedal legs, and a large jaw. Along the spine of the creature ran a ridge of spike-like protrusions that went all the way back to the tip of its five foot long tail.
While the habits of the Green Forest Dragon are still largely unknown to Dregodarians today, it is generally agreed upon that there were only about two hundred of the dragons alive at any given point in history prior to their genocide. This is due to the sparse reproductive routine of the Green Forest Dragon; they only mated once every decade. The males did indeed have different reproductive organs than the females, so it was quite easy to differ between the two of them.
Life Span and Development
Due to limited evidence, attributed to elven cover-ups and lack of forethought, scholars have few theories on how long a Green Forest Dragon could live; and there are several large disagreements on the various theories proposed. Some say that they had no lifespan and simply lived as long as their reckless lifestyle would allow, while others would say that they had a lifespan similar to the Nelfin. What is known, however, is that the eggs of the dragon required incubation for two years before they could hatch, and were quite fragile, which was surprising considering how hard it is to harm an adult of the species. The material the eggs were made out of were only slightly tougher than a chicken egg, and required the constant oversight and protection of the mother.
The Green Forest Dragon, while very intelligent, was an excessively aggressive and territorial creature. It waged a constant and unofficial war against the Elves for control of the Daen supercontinent; with the dragons wanting to turn it into a wild, natural paradise and the Elves wanting order and government. The beasts were untamable, but were capable of showing friendly capacity if they were treated respectfully. They often instigated and attacked the Elves without warning, somehow offended by the very existence of the Nelfin.
Territory and Groupings
The polar opposite of the Feathered Dragon, the Green Dragon was a very cooperative creature with the others of its kind. They usually stuck together in prides or packs, but a lone wolf was not an uncommon occurrence. The dragons defended their dens from outsiders with extreme xenophobia and aggression, so the other beings in Daen usually kept far away from known dragon dens.
- The Green Dragons left their mark on Aloria after they were gone. The Elves neglected to burn or otherwise dispose of their bodies, littering large sections of Daen with dragon bones. Strangely enough, some Avanthar cults have taken to worshipping these bones, though these dragon-worshiping groups are few and far between.
- Local flora and plants always seemed to flourish when a Green Dragon was nearby. Nobody quite knows why this happened, though some farfetched Elven scholars claimed that the dragons physically tended to the gardens themselves with their claws and mouths.
- One Green Dragon was spotted in Hadar, but it was soon revealed that this was a young and inexperienced dragon that had wandered from the pack.