Dragons are flying monsters classified as draconids, which are said to represent the forces of Chaos. Apart from cats, they are the only ones known to absorb magical energy. "True" dragons (or, rather, the ones known to science) are the black, the green, the red and the white, while the others are considered mythical or nearly extinct. Their close relatives are known as draconids.
Dragons are 4-legged reptiles with bat-like wings, forked tongues, and narrow triangular heads on long slender necks. They are divided into different types, loosely by environment and color. Depending on their type they are able to breathe dangerous substances in combat; the Crinfrid Reavers, who have hunted a couple of these beasts, mentioned fire, acid and steam. While their "breath weapon" is usually aligned to their type, there are notable exceptions, rare mutations resulting in such unique specimens as acid-breathing red dragons or fire-breathing green dragons.
It doesn't appear dragons have a certain type of build, as they've been depicted as both rather slim and more heavyset and while they come in a wide range of colors and variations, not all are known to society yet.
These creatures are viewed differently by human and non-human societies. While Zerrikanians worship dragons, many Nordlings consider them to be the single greatest enemy of the human race and many legends revolve around the beasts. The fear of these creatures is largely misplaced as the simpler folk cannot distinguish dragons from other flying reptiles. However, the primary motivation for hunting dragons tends not to be the preservation of the human race but plundering their legendary hoards of treasure. Dragons are also the source of many alchemical materials, especially their tears and teeth, which are used in the manufacture of medicine and elixirs, and their blood, which is used in cosmetics. The tail is considered a great delicacy in some parts of the world.
Despite all this, it's against the witcher's code to kill a dragon, being a rare, sentient creature.
Notable dragons Edit
In the same way, tales painting dragons as terrible foes of the human race, which are used to justify half of all hunts, are just fables. If dragons had no treasure hoards, nobody would even give a damn, except maybe the serfs whose sheep they devour. It is worth noting that almost every dragon hunt is closely scrutinized by someone connected to the Jewelers' Guild. Not coincidentally, despite the fantastic size of some dragon hoards, no hunt has ever led to the market being suddenly flooded with gemstones, with the corresponding drop in prices.
- Once dragons were commonplace and ruled the continent absolutely. Dragon fire was the bane of cities, and dragon appetite was a constant threat to the first colonizers. Sorcerers stood against these creatures, witchers were created to fight them. Today dragons are nearly extinct. Sometimes forktails and slyzards can be seen, but compared to dragons, they are like stray cats to tigers. The beasts were exterminated by professional hunters, such as the famed Crinfrid Reavers. Alchemical components found in a dragon's body are among the most expensive on the market, and are in high demand among sorcerers. The beast's roasted tail is a real delicacy.
- The legends are true: dragons like to gather hoards and have a voracious appetite that they satiate by eating all living creatures with no exceptions. Like cats, they like to lounge in places of power - they nap there, drawing energy, yet nobody knows what they use that energy for. There are five species of these great wyrms: white, black, red, green and rock. Golden dragons, extremely intelligent, gifted with the ability to assume the shape of any creature, are of course a fairy-tale for little children. Dragons are smart indeed, but they cannot speak, much less polymorph.
- The best tactic when meeting a dragon is to pray to all the gods with no exceptions. Atheists should run - they can thus extend their lives for a few heartbeats. It must be stressed that any of these choices would end in death when made by an amateur. One fighting a dragon should watch out for it's fire above all else - the breath is lethal, momentarily ending the fight. The wyrms can also fly, and are excellent at maneuvering, so they use the advantage of altitude in combat. A witcher should climb high buildings to surprise the reptile flying by, and to use walls as protection. The beast's jaws are even worse than its paws - they bring instant death. Dragons, like cats, like to toy with their prey, so they sometimes lift it to the air, and drop from height when they are bored.
- Dragons are immune to poisons, unworried by oils which increase bleeding, and unaffected by traps or bombs. One would be hard pressed to find a soul brave enough to drop a dragon, unless it had been hacked to pieces with an axe first. And I wish such an outcome of the battle to all dragonslayers with all my heart.
- It's possible the dragons (and their characteristics) were inspired by those in the role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons, though the author has never stated outright if so. Furthermore, it may only be a loose inspiration, as there are a number of differences between the Witcher's dragons, and those depicted in Dungeons & Dragons.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sword of Destiny
- ↑ In Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, some artwork depicts them as 2 legged, but it's not clear if this was a mistake or a mutation.
- ↑ The Tower of the Swallow
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 The Last Wish
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Oko Yrrhedesa
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni
- ↑ Bogusław Polch's comics
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings