Red Fire Dragon
|Red Fire Dragon|
|Official Name||Red Fire Dragon|
|Common Nicknames||Fury Dragon, Grand Dragon, The Beast|
|Current Status||Assumed Extinct|
The Red Fire Dragons are among the largest dragons known to Aloria, and are perhaps the most infamous. With no central habitat or base of operations, the dragons have been known to create dens all across Aloria. Although always presumed to be extinct, the actual status of the Red Fire Dragon’s existence is unknown, with some scholars going so far as to argue that their extinction never occurred, and their populace lays in wait for an opportune moment to establish themselves once more. Famous and unforgettable sightings of these avatars of destruction include the Siege of Cie’lanna, the Destruction of Ardenwald, and the Battle of the Ba’lellen Plain. However, the Battle of Ba’lellen was a very minor battle between the Elves, with not much history being offered on it. Some have theorized that the Pit of the Basilisk is an ancient Red Fire Dragon den, broken and crumbled by the decay of time, but this is obviously disputed by most other scholars.
The Red Fire Dragon grew from legends and myths, assumed by the intelligent to be the product of a madman’s ramblings for centuries. The Seraph themselves even disregarded the dragon for the longest time, believing such a creature to be an impossible anomaly subject only to the visions of the insane. They were content to believe this, simply because it allowed them to sleep better at night, and because it gave them validity in their belief that no living thing could wield such powers of damnation and destruction. All of that changed with the first real sighting of the dragon in centuries, the Siege of Cie’lanna. Long after the fall of the Seraph Civilization, this sighting shook the fledgeling Elven Empire to its core; instating a burning hatred for dragons in the hearts of all Altalar, and providing more aggression against dragons to be used as fuel for the Empire against the Green Forest Dragons in the Great Dragon Hunt of 101 AC.
The attack itself was fairly simple. The residents of Cie’lanna went about their normal daily routines until early in the evening, when an enormous shadow crossed the horizon, completely blotting out the sun. Astronomers thought this was merely an eclipse, but a quick analysis showed that there was no corona, meaning that whatever had blocked the sun was not a moon, and was rapidly growing in the sky. Soon enough, the authorities sounded the alarm and prepared for combat, as the silhouette of a fairy-tale dragon slowly defined itself on the horizon. Of the thousands that had lived in Cie’lanna, only three children survived, slipping away from the city in shadows cast by the dragonfire that razed their homes.
Similar events repeated themselves throughout the course of the Elven Empire and the history of Aloria itself, with the most recent attack being the Destruction of Ardenwald in the Regalian Archipelago. It was an ordinary Calemberger town that kept itself to itself, but was destroyed by a Red Fire Dragon in 233 AC. The then-Emperor Justinian I commanded a sizeable portion of the Imperial Standard army to march to Ardenwald and slay the dragon in both the hopes of saving his pallid reputation and producing a repeat of the Great Hunt. Unfortunately, three fourths of the army were decimated while the last fourth retreated to safety under the command of a remaining captain who had assumed leadership after the general was killed. The captain was later executed for disobeying an order from the Emperor. No confirmed sightings of the Red Fire Dragons have been recorded since 233 AC.
Perhaps the most noticeable aspect of the dragon is its enormous size; the width of its body at the midsection is equivalent to roughly two hundred feet across, with a length of reportedly around two thousand feet, and a wingspan of an estimated eleven and a half thousand feet. The scales that adorn its body are very large as well, about the size of a kite shield, and cover the dragon in a brilliant scarlet coat that prudently protects it. Its eyes have no sclera; but are instead large, unbroken fields of crimson fire which lack any visible pupils or irises. Along its back runs a row of mountainous spines that match the length of the beast, all the way to the tip of the tail. These spines are terrifying in scale, and even the smallest could easily overshadow a standard Regalian watchtower. Depending on the dragon, there are typically horns rimming the back of the skull of the dragon, with two prominent, uncurled black horns that soar into the heights behind the head; though it is a rare occasion that any prey is large enough to actually be impaled by them. The teeth of the Red Fire Dragon are ghastly in scale; each as large as a Regalian house, and are ash black apart from the blood that adorns them after a battle or a feast. Most assume that the blood is completely burnt off by the scorching flames the dragon produces.
One of the many defining aspects of the Red Fire Dragon is the inferno that can be produced in its breath. Even one bout of flame can reach up to a hundred feet in length; and burns with a white intensity that puts the sun to shame, rimmed with ribbons of orange and red around the sides. The heat is so intense, in fact, that stories tell of the melting of pure stone to little more than liquid rock, and other individuals disintegrating without a trace, leaving behind solely an ugly, smoldering, black spot where they once stood. It’s said that the body passively radiates great heat so that even standing next to it is a dangerous predicament.
There is no gender within the infrastructure of the Red Fire Dragon because there are only three of them known to exist. As a result, it’s assumed that they either cannot reproduce or choose not to, but each of the three dragons have been given names based upon their rumored appearances:
Ardavaak was the dragon that destroyed Ardenwald, and was named by Regalian scholars after its disappearance. Few records remain of Hrothgen, and it remains shrouded in relative mystery. Finally, Arkenavis was believed to be sent by the Arken to punish the Elves for their debaucherous behavior. There is some contest between which dragon arrived at the Battle of Ba’lellen, as scholars believe it was either Hrothgen or Arkenavis. This could probably be attributed to the fact that there were no survivors, and it was only spotted leaving the scene by one of the reinforcement companies.
Life Span and Development
Absolutely nothing is known about the Red Fire Dragon’s life span. It’s generally assumed that they are immortal, but if that is the case, Dregodarians wonder where the dragons have been for the past seventy years. Others believe that the last spotted dragon died soon after Ardenwald, finally reaching the end of a multi-millennia long life span. Finally, there exists no evidence of reproduction among this species of dragon, so it’s believed that they either can’t or simply choose not to.
The Red Fire Dragon is extremely hostile toward any form of life, thus taming one is completely out of the question. They tend to keep to themselves for years on end only to come out and wreak havoc occasionally; and Unionists thank the Spirit that it chooses to take those periods of inactivity.
Territory and Groupings
One of the most peculiar characteristics to Dregodarians is not part of the dragon’s body, but rather the environment it chooses to nest in. The Red Fire Dragon chooses a broad piece of flat land to make its lair, almost always in some remote part of the wilderness far from civilization. It then spends a couple of months digging out a massive pit in the ground for it to comfortably live in. Once that is complete, it can finally sleep or hibernate in the pit, but as it prefers high temperatures, it will use its fiery breath to turn the hole into a hellish sanctuary, almost like an oven with open flames. After a few months of habitation by a Red Fire Dragon, the stone at the bottom of the pit begins to melt and forms a lava bath for the dragon. Strangely enough, the dragon is not averse to this and actually seems to like it better than the original floor.
- It is a common misconception that the Red Desert Dragon and the Red Fire Dragon are one in the same. The Red Desert Dragon is much smaller and does not breathe fire, and can only survive in the sands of Farah’deen, though it too has disappeared.
- The Red Fire Dragon is often considered the apex dragon, but some theorize that there are other dragons that are superior to it.
- While sexual dimorphism has not yet been proven to exist amongst Red Fire Dragons, due to limited sightings and general fear of the beasts, they are all considered masculine due to the deep guttural roars they can produce, along with the sheer ferocity and aggression of their nature.