draconology

African Amethystian

This breed of dragon is named for its bright purple skin which is designed to reflect ultraviolet radiation. When their genetic ancestors reached Africa, they first perched on high mountains which get larger amounts of UV light, leading this interesting adaptation. However, it does not stop there. Over time, they have acquired an interesting relationship with UV radiation. Their fire is a bright purple color and it has a powerful plague property to it, believed to be an accelerated version of what UV radiation can do over time to organic tissue.

Early wixes of Africa gave these dragons a fair amount of respect and as such, they do not attack witches and wizards often. This makes the job of obfuscators certainly much easier. Wandmakers in Africa will use the heartstrings of this dragon quite often if it is available. It has a problem with illuminating charms but this can be remedied with regular service to the wand. They do create quite powerful wands, even despite this.

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       ❝ I haven’t seen a lot of elves with the Inquisition
          around.  Pardon me if this…sounds strange, but
          I was studying magic of the ancient elves before
          I left the University to come help the Inquisition.
          It’s a fascinating subject, though my father hoped
          I would follow him and study draconology.
 ❞

     The Orlesian lilt of her voice gives her words a sweet-sounding
     twang to accompany the slight smile on her face.  Speaking of
     her studies seemed to come more naturally as a conversation
     topic when she spoke with elves, especially those of the Dalish.
     Not that she had met many Dalish elves, however…

You know, Iron Bull strikes me as the sort of person that, if he somehow ended up in or was born in a modern AU, would totally fill his room with dragon merchandise of all sorts.

Dragon posters of all the movies with dragons that he’d ever watched, dragon figurines, pillows with dragons sewn into the pillowcase, a comforter with dragon designs, a replica dragon egg made from a funky looking rock, the whole draconology book series lining his bookshelves, curtains with dragons in the design, right down to the dragon lamp on his desk.

I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a sketchbook filled with drawings of dragons in it either. Hell, I bet he’d even try to paint a pink dragon just because he thinks it would look awesome. Not only would he paint a pink dragon, he’d be so proud of his work he’d have it framed and hanged at the wall facing the foot of his bed just so it’ll be the first thing he sees when he wakes up every morning.

It’s a great mental image. I wish I could afford to commission someone to draw Iron Bull proudly welcoming someone (Dorian or the Inquisitor of the artist’s choice) into his dragon lair as I’m sure he’d call it. I can only imagine the look on their face when they first see the room.

Seafaring Leatherwing

This dragon species is sometimes referred to in older texts as the Galapagos Dragon but only because that is where it was first sighted. The Seafaring Leatherwing evolved from a common ancestor with the mundane reptile, the marine iguana, also native to the Galapagos Archipelago. However, these dragons live all over the world in tropical or semi-tropical waters, even with their insulating skin. Like the name might suggest, their wings are not unlike the skin of whales or seals despite being of no relation. This is entirely the result of convergent evolution, a common element in the biology of magical creatures.

The Leatherwing manifests bioluminescence, suggesting to dragonologists that they sometimes venture into the dark depths of the ocean. However, some theorize that this is merely left over from some evolutionary ancestor or that it is used in mating displays. The dragons often come into contact with various species of merpeople, gaining mixed reception depending on the particular kind encountered. Merhistorians have recorded that the dragons once attacked many inland mers that ventured too far out, sensing their freshwater affinity and becoming quite hostile.

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felixoftevinter asked:

"Have you ever thought of studying Draconology in Tevinter? There's quite a bit of literature on the subject in the Imperium."

Oh, but of course! Tevinten studies on dragons has been an interest of mine for quite some time. In fact, I’ve tried to make contact with a few scholars in the Imperium, but my letters have never been replied to…I suppose they just forgot, non? The pursuit of knowledge is busy work, after all.

Ah, but I was able to get my hands on an old text, translated as well. If this is just what they knew back then, well, I wonder just how much has been discovered since. 

Black Forest Fifetail

This incredibly odd German breed stands out especially in the Black Forest. Their silvery moonlight-like color is believed to originate from metals their ancestors ingested but are no longer in existence. They are especially notable due to their feathery wings, which is unlike most other European dragons. This is often attributed to their relation to dinosaurs, which some manifested feathers. These wings are quite like the wings of owls, making almost no noise in flight. They have incredible maneuverability due to their slightly smaller size, but they are still formidable.

The name “Fifetail” is the especially interesting part about them. The ends of their tails are rounded off and the dragons have a habit of biting their tails off. They create a series of holes in their tail that resemble the musical instrument the flute vary much. It is sometimes purported that some ancient bone flutes were made from the tails of this dragon. They even have the ability to bring their tail up to their mouths and blow across it. The sound they make is somewhat haunting but it has an almost ventriloquistic effect. It always sounds like it is coming from elsewhere. This is believed to be a hunting adaptation to distract the small to medium-size mammals they feed on. They also have no fire-breathing abilities which is also quite odd for European dragons.

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Imperial Whiptail

The Imperial Whiptail was a favorite of the Roman Empire in torture situations due its incredible prowess with its whip-like tail, leading to its name. These primarily diurnal dragons roam the countryside of Italy, leading to many problems for Italian obfuscators. They have quite a vicious nature and will readily attack livestock they come across. They often make their nests out of battlegrounds from old wars, be them ancient or not. It is unclear why they have this peculiar habit but it is believed that they hold some genetic memory from their days in the Roman Empire.

Italian wandmakers will use this dragon’s heartstring quite commonly in their wands due to its volatile but focused power. These dragons are raised for heartstrings in special underground battlegrounds that simulate daytime environment. There have unfortunately been several incidents of the dragons escaping and rampaging through Tuscan country.

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