Dragons

Image found at www.comicvine.com.

Image found at http://www.comicvine.com.

Dragons

Swift and deadly, the embodiment of reptilian grace.

Clothed in scale, gifted with wing, fang, and claw.

Prey to none, predator to all that catches their eye.

They are the kings of the sky, rulers of mountains.

Hoarders of gold, collectors of fabulous treasures.

Noble beast and savage creature, they are one and the same.

by Nicholas Byrley

I failed badly, twice in a row now. I fell asleep without writing last night, and then just now I wrote a post and lost it all. Le sigh. But, I shall persevere. Here is a poem about dragons to make up for the damage my nemesis(sleep) caused.

Dragons are such a fascinating topic, especially in books. I have seen them as beasts of war in series like Temeraire or Bazil Broketail, then as astral entities in Dragonships. Traditional fantasy dragons in the Age of Fire, or guardians and protectors in Dragonlance and Dragonriders of Pern. The list could go on and on, I’ll cut it short there. They offer almost limitless potential and there is an existing bond between dragons and world culture as it is.

Something about the scaly beasts just draw us in. Whether they are good or evil, cunning or slow. Dragons simply attract people, even those not normally drawn to fantasy or sci-fi. You can find images of dragons in almost all cultures, with a variety of personalities associated with them. Its no wonder they show up all the time in books, games, and movies. When I finally write some fantasy stories of my own I think it will be hard to resist the siren call of the dragons.

As always, let me know what you think. And as a side note, I love the picture for this one. Nicol Bolas(featured above) was one of my favorite cards in MtG.

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