January 23rd, 2005


Loch Lomen

It remains true that there are many species of dragon, but the one most commonly imagined, but for the fancies of biologists, is the silvery green scaled, ancient and graceful winged variety, quick and long tailed, with bright, intelligent golden eyes and flashing, pointed teeth.

The dragon of Loch Lomen caves was clearly not of this variety. True, he was large, as large as dragons can become, but he could not be described, even by poets, as graceful. If a seven-foot tall man (1) were to stand in the nostril of this dragon, standing on his tiptoes then the ends of his fingers and feet would touch both ends of the dragons nostril. The creature was of the wingless variety, and these dragons, are often moody. (2) He was slow, plodding though the Lomen caves on giant flat feet, sniffing and craning his neck, much like a turtle with breathing difficulties, in search of food. And food there was in plenty, despite such a beast’s presence, because it was only in the Lomen caves that the shortest route between the kingdom of Aritsmus and Ballen lay. So the dragon of Lock Lomen Caves ate well, sniffing in the dark with his dull yellow eyes, stomping through the passages, and slurping up his prey with his great lips. The dragon at Lomen had giant teeth, it is true, but it was with his lips that, much like a horse, he scooped and sucked and lifted his prey, finally tilting his giant head back allowing his hapless victims to fall deeper into his mouth to be crunched by his massive, powerful jaws.

Although the dragon lacked the grace and beauty of his oft-written of counterparts, he was quite intelligent, skilled and wise. When he chose to speak, ah yes, he could speak; he would advise Kings and Paupers who could catch him with his belly full. His voice was dark and rich, blood and chocolate, and he spoke three languages of mankind and the one, great, eldest language of dragons.

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1. Which he would never be, considering the rarity of seven foot gentlemen willing to climb into the nostrils of dragons, and the surly nature of this dragon, not to mention the dragons current state, which would be alive.
2. This is speculated to be because, unlike their soaring cousins, they are confined to the ground with other mortal creatures.
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