I don’t know how many people know about this particular TAZ Theory but I discovered it last night in the TAZ Subreddit. There are thread discussions about this here and here. There could be more but these were the two I found.
In summary, the theory in general pertains to the fact that Angus might not be all that he seems, and that he might be a dragon in disguise. Specifically a Silver Dragon. Under the cut because this came out really long! (Don’t worry there’s a tldr at the bottom)
My half-dragon Shifter (homebrew race, can switch between human and whatever other creature they are) Cratos turned out to have conceived a baby together with a wild female dragon. The party ran into the baby dragon, which promptly referred to Cratos as “papa”.
Other half-dragon Shifter: Cratos, what did you do.
Cratos: I…kinda forgot that dragons don’t have birth control.
Dragon Personalities (Not All Chromatic Dragons Are Evil...)
All dragons in Dungeons & Dragons are depicted as intelligent beings, and most of them exceedingly so…
Dragon personality varies from dragon to dragon, but dragons of the same subrace tend to have similar mindsets.
This is not always true; several exceptions exist in official D&D material. In the Forgotten Realms a good-aligned red dragon is involved against his will in the Fall of the elf city of Myth Drannor.
Dragon subraces encompass all D&D alignments, going from lawful good paladin-like gold dragons to the cruel and very greedy chaotic evil red dragons.
All dragons share a common desire to collect treasure, be it precious, beautiful, magical or just shiny - indeed, the treasure in question needn’t always be gold, and may sometimes be aesthetic in nature, ranging from popular artwork or sculptures or even rare books and tomes that might otherwise have an overwhelming monetary value.
For evil-aligned dragons, this generally directs a greedy attitude to achieve such wealth by whatever means suit them.
For good dragons this lust for treasure is tempered, although they are certainly not averse to earning such wealth, and still appreciate gifts (while being insulted if offered an obvious bribe).
Being stronger, faster, generally smarter, and possessing longer life than humans and most other races, dragons tend to consider themselves superior creatures.
For good-aligned dragons, this may only mean they often consider humanoid races as children, trying to take care of them and educate them; for evil-aligned dragons, they consider humanoids as mere animals, or as toys to play with; at best, they are minions and slaves.
The longevity of dragons is evident in their often lackadaisical attitudes.
Good-aligned dragons, while concerned with defeating evil, are able to see a much broader scope of the world, and although certain crises arise that may seem extremely important to good-aligned humans, their dragon counterparts are able to see the event as an unimportant hiccup that will pass in mere centuries; even those that adventure with others tend show a sense of incredible patience, even in situations where all others feel they’ve not a second to lose.
Similarly, evil-aligned dragons that are crossed by belligerent adventurers may plot for dozens of generations before exacting revenge on the trespasser’s line - it is not uncommon for those descended from the mentioned adventurer to find themselves the target of a dragon based simply on their lineage.
Sometimes I feel like the adventures are still happening on Discworld. We just can’t see them anymore.
Carrot and Angua just welcomed their daughter, Lilac, into the world.
Young Sam gets lots of attention from his classmates because he knows about dragons and other amazing creatures on the Disc.
Tiffany is still working hard on the Chalke, and the Nac Mac Feegle have been keeping their eyes on the young wee lass she intends to take under her wing.
Susan and her grandad had tea last weekend, it almost felt normal, which concerned Susan, but not enough to skip tea tomorrow.
Rincewind, he feels restless. Narratavium on the disc seems to have stopped making his life hell, and the need to run makes his legs ache, like a storm is coming.
There are no new storms Rincewind.
That last post made me realize that, by Pearlcatcher cultural logic, if they’re the only dragons with souls because they have the pearls, then the only other creatures in the world with souls are oysters.
I mean, on the one hand, they probably ignore this entirely.
On the other: Imagine the cultural significance of the Oyster to Pearlcatcher society as literally the only other creature in the world with a proper soul.
(A table of contents is available.This series will remain open for additional posts and the table of contents up-to-date as new posts are added.)
Part One: A Glimpse Ahead
If you’re a fan of works like The Song of Ice and Fire, Dragonriders of Pern, Alanna: The First Adventure, The Black Stallion, How to Train Your Dragon, Julie of the Wolves, and The Pit Dragons, you may already know what they all have in common: creature companions. Some of them are simple, real-world creatures such as birds, wolves, and horses, but others hail from the annals of mythology with dragons, dire-creatures, and in the case of The Chronicles of Narnia, gryphons, unicorns, phoenixes, and even salamanders living deep in the molten lava beneath Underland. In one of my very early–long abandoned–works, a lion side-kick made up an integral emotional support animal and battle companion to one of the characters. The idea of an animal or creature tagging along to provide those super cute moments of connection we savor as humans with our own animals is tempting to put one in our own works. But, just as important as rounding out our secondary and tertiary characters is making sure our creature companions are just as much characters as all the rest.
In this series, I hope to outline the key features of creature companions and their function within literature, aiming toward helping writers ensure they write more than just props. Despite the banner’s impression, this series is entitled “creature” instead of “animal” with the intent to highlight not just the real-world animals we carry in our backpacks and find in photographs, but also the entities that turn up from legend. For the purposes of the series, creature companion will cover characters whose physiology is not humanoid (dryads, naiads, minotaur, etc. are not included); they may be capable of speech (spoken, telepathic, written, or otherwise). It’s a broad definition for a broad topic. My reasoning behind the humanoid delineation is that they are likely to be well-handled by the same creation and development techniques as standard human characters. Non-humanoid characters take a little bit of extra attention in development, particularly with travel, care, and emoting. We’ll cover all those things plus how to make sure they’re holding their own in the narrative.
So every February the Maryland Zoo does “sex at the zoo” where they talk about the mating rituals of various animals.
And I’m picturing Newt hosting his own ‘valentine’s day’ mating discussions. He sends out invites, and is delighted by the responses.
But then everyone shows up, expecting a romantic evening alone with Newt only to discover a bunch of other people an a lot of… interesting diagrams.
Graves is the first to demand an explanation, but no one has the heart to tell Newt they really aren’t interested in the mating habits of Bowtruckles, Dragons, or any of the other creatures he talks about. They’re only interested in the mating habits of one creature; the one talking. So they sit and listen politely.
And that is how Newt tricked half of MACUSA into learning about magical creatures.
Yes Harry Potter fandom, please tell me more about how this movie about witches and wizards in 1926 has to be historically accurate and that’s why there are only a handful of people of color with dialogue (and none of them are in the core heroic cast).
Look, I’ve looked at demographic records for NYC and there’s no mention of witches/wizards in any of the percentages.
Why is it that y'all can suspend disbelief enough to enjoy a film about magic in Manhattan on a super huge scale but people of color in the same fantasy film would be like… really freaking impossible to you?
Apparently, people of color can’t exist in the 1920s in Manhattan because that’s unrealistic but wizards, dragons and other magical creatures make all the sense in the world right?
F A N T A S Y . Z O D I A C sagittarius; the dragon // 22 nov - 23 dec
“Dragons are mythical creatures, typically depicted as gigantic and powerful serpents or other reptiles with magical or spiritual qualities. Dragons are sometimes said to breathe and spit fire or poison as well as many other elements.
“Independence is Sagittarius’ principle, they crave adventure and excitement and welcome change with open arms. Sagittarius have a vibrant, expansive personality that is free like a bird.”
Seriously, Josh? You’re going to lecture us on the merits of practice? When did witchcraft become sports?
Woah! Easy! Witchcraft isn’t a sport! I’m just -
And for the gods’ sakes, if you tell us that it’s an art…
But it is!
Why are you lecturing us on practice?! We see it all over the place!
Calm down! Goodness!
It’s true that sometimes people get all up in a huff when they’re told that they need to practice something. Sometimes this is a result of upbringing, or a result of having been in sports or visual arts for so long. (I can understand… I was in soccer teams growing up, in concert band and marching band, in a handbell choir, and am trying to become a chef… all of which require significant amounts of practice in order to become proficient.)
So when the new witch is told that he or she should practice every day, it’s understandable that it may not be very… encouraging. Between school, work, and life, when is there time in the day to break out the altar and cast a spell? Let alone on a daily basis?
But that’s what I want to address. Now, I’m not one to say “stop practicing.” That would be bad advice, and very hypocritical of me to say, given that I’m casting spells regularly as well as testing new recipes and cooking techniques all the time. Instead, I want to provide encouragement and some tips on how to practice your magic on a daily basis. It’s much easier than many books and websites make it out to be. I don’t think even “Wicca for Dummies” really simplifies practice as much as it should.
What do you mean? How do you simplify practice? Don’t you have to practice each technique in order to master it?
Technically speaking, yes. But that’s if you’re approaching your personal training like a sport or like a culinary course. Spellwork isn’t a kitchen knife, but it does need to be kept sharp. Keeping it sharp is a matter of daily maintenance. Unlike sharpening a knife, however, magic doesn’t require a lot of equipment or physical effort on your part. We’ll break it down a bit, starting with the “why” and moving on to the “how.”
The Importance of Practice: The “Why”
Don’t you think this is a little obvious, Josh? Why would you need to tell us why we need to practice?
Simple. Knowing why is half the battle. For many individuals, practicing something does nothing if they don’t know why they’re practicing. When I picked up the clarinet in grade school, I was told to practice. I didn’t know why, and for the first couple of years, I had made no progress. It wasn’t until my mother explained that I needed to develop coordination in my fingers as well as learn how to read the music that I began to make much progress.
The same principle can be applied to magic. It is one thing to read theory, lore, history, and books on cultures and tradition. It’s another to implement all that you’ve learned. Like many witches, the first thing I learned about was energy work. I needed to understand what energy felt like and how it moved. However, it wasn’t until I talked with another local witch that I learned why I needed to practice working with energy, let alone maintaining my personal tradition.
First, there’s the fact that working magic is the art of moving energy and using it to manifest an intent. Second, there’s the fact that magic is also a relationship. It’s the art of looking into yourself and how you are interconnected with the world around you and with whatever spirits or divinities you honor. Tibetan monks didn’t start meditating overnight. It took days of actively trying to center themselves and exploring that relationship.
Another great example of this is found in nearly every town. Each week, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism has a Sabbath, or sacred day. On this day, worshippers gather in one spot to study, pray, and honor their god. This isn’t done simply because it is mandatory. Each member of that faith is trying to bring themselves and their relationships closer to their divinity.
Magic is the same thing. In itself, it is secular, but it comes from within yourself first. For those of us who are pagan, working magic every day and practicing isn’t just a matter of honing skills. It’s a matter of nurturing our relationships with Goddess and God, whatever the names may be.
Practicing magic is beneficial for several reasons: 1) It brings us closer to ourselves and trains us to be honest and open with who we are; 2) It brings us closer to the divinities we honor, allowing us to understand our place in the world and universe on a grander scale; 3) It helps us develop the spiritual “muscle memory” that can help us work magic when meditating for thirty minutes to an hour isn’t practical.
Busy Witch, Practical Witch - The “How”
Any witchy website you come across might give you a whole list of what you “should” do in order to practice and become a “more powerful witch.” That said, I have a couple of things to say. First, you’re not becoming “more powerful.” You’ve always been powerful. You’re learning how to reach your potential. Second, there is no right way or wrong way. It isn’t their tradition. It is yours and yours alone. So instead of telling you what you should do, I’m going to tell you what I do, and what I recommend that you try. If something I recommend doesn’t feel like it’s working after daily attempts over three weeks, drop it and pick up some other method. What works for me might not work for you.
Visualize - Before I get out of bed every morning, I like to encourage myself to use my imagination. For everything. It may seem childish at first, but it is invaluable and has always helped me to become better at visualization. So the first thing I do is mentally pretend that I’m some other creature. A dragon. A robot. A cat. A clay golem. As I begin to move, I see myself as that creature moving. I stretch out my limbs, and I breathe fire and smoke as I yawn. I unfurl my wings and writhe my tail. I see the air swirl around me as I displace it by moving around and getting up, like I’m pushing water around in a bathtub or a still pool. This is simple, requires very little energy, and allows me to more easily visualize on a regular basis.
Devotion and Affirmation - This is something that varies from witch to witch. I’m pagan and feel the need to do a mental devotion each day. Affirmations may be different by the hour, by the day, by the individual. A devotion is a small conversation between yourself and your deity. It’s establishing a personal goal for the day. “Today, I will devote my energy toward making others smile.” It can be as simple or as complex as you’d like, but it also has to be practical - something you know that you can do, but need to turn into a habit. “Today, I will be more organized. I will not procrastinate.” Often, devotions and affirmations go hand in hand. Affirmations are positive cheers for yourself or for the day. “I am calm and collected tonight.” Like working with intent, it is a phrase that can easily be visualized and is seen in the present and not as something in the future. The devotion enhances your relationship and shapes your mannerisms, while your affirmation hones your ability to focus intent and work in the present.
Energy Play - We always have a little bit of time to play. And this is something that can be done discreetly. Each day, try making little energy balls in your hand and manipulating their shapes. Visualize them. Are they solid, well defined spheres of energy, or are they wispy and trail out of your fingers like heavy fog? Try absorbing them or moving them around the room. If you feel comfortable enough, focus on an intent or purpose for it before sending it off into the world in order to create a very basic thought-form. If you’re like me, you’re working with energy constantly. I feel it in and around me all the time, and use that to my benefit. The first sip of coffee in the morning is loaded with magical energy that I’ve channeled into it - the first potion of the day. I do this at work, too, seeing the energy in the food I’m making and allowing myself to funnel feelings of happiness and satisfaction into every dish. The more you do it, the better you get. Since magic uses energy, this helps you to work with it instinctually, making on-the-fly spells simpler and quicker to cast.
The Daily Spell - Once again, every witch is different here. Some witches like myself are constantly casting. Others have more difficulty doing so. If you have the time, set aside a few minutes to do a simple spell. It doesn’t need to be complex. It could be stirring confidence into your coffee, or happiness into the jar of cookies in the kitchen. It could be sweeping negative energies out of the house while you clean. The more you do this, the more reflexive and natural it becomes.
The Meditation - Some will definitely disagree with me on this. Some people are more inclined to feel that meditation must be done every day and must require having a clear and empty mind. That’s completely acceptable for those individuals’ practices. For me, the meditation isn’t clearing the mind. It’s relaxing the mind. Letting my thoughts flow, my limbs relax, and my breathing to become deep. It’s letting go of the past and relinquishing my concern for the future and simply being in the moment. Everyone has a different way of doing this. There are many who find that driving gives them that release. Others find that it’s sitting in a quiet room, or losing themselves in music. For me, it’s the daily shower. With the hot water, the music in the background, and having my body fully exposed so I don’t feel restrained, I allow myself to simply be me, in the moment, without any concerns. My mind can run its course until it is capable of focusing on one thing, and one thing only. That’s what meditation is mainly geared toward - helping narrow focus and training the brain to stop multitasking so that all processing power is trained on one topic. This helps train the witch to focus intent. With all of that processing narrowed on the intent during spellcasting, distractions are less likely to have an impact.
The Joy - This last one is easy in concept, but difficult in action. It’s finding joy in the simple things. And honestly, this is one that you’d have to learn how to do on your own. But I started by choosing one thing each night that I felt went well in the day, no matter how large or small, and focused on why it brought me joy. The sizzle of the pan made me think of my mother making chicken cacciatore when I was younger. The trail of ants reminded me of what it’s like to feel accomplished after working hard. The kiss my boyfriend gave me reminds me that I’m loved. The hummingbird at the feeder showed me that life itself is worth living for.
Working magic and practicing it daily need not be a chore. It’s something that you develop into a habit by doing small things. These small things all add up and help us to become better witches and better individuals. If you’re a new witch, incorporate all of these little exercises into what you’re already doing with your research or your time spent with your Book of Shadows. Instead of seeing it as work, see it as playtime intermingled throughout the day!
Unlike cooking or playing an instrument, the core techniques for magic come from within you. If you practice loving yourself and practice embracing the childlike nature within yourself, you’ll find the wisdom is much easier to discover and the magic a natural part of life.
The hobbit AU for Marco/Ace they can be like going to defeat a dragon that took my home or maybe Ace is the dragon? Or not its your prompt do as you wish
“You look much smaller than I was told,” Ace opens an eye looking at the being that is currently staring up at him. “I thought you were a creature of unprecedented size and terror.”
Ace yawns showing off the razor sharp teeth that were as long as the being’s legs, “I’m a terror. A monster.”
“You’re laying on a pile of mattress in the throne room. They said you would be in the treasury.”
“Gold is uncomfortable and cold. Just because a dragon enjoys the simple things in life, like a good bed and warmth,” Ace mutters. “Do they want the mountain back? It’s mine now.”
The being bares it’s teeth, “Are you sure that you can’t share?”
“Not enough space,” Ace closes his eyes. “Besides I won it.”
There’s a noise and Ace sighs as something slams into the side of him, shrieking and giggling.
“I assume this isn’t the dragon that you wanted to kill then, Luffy?”
“No! Ace, you took the mountain back? You didn’t say that you stole back the mountain?”
The being before Ace raises an eyebrow, “Stole back.”
“It’s my mountain,” Ace mutters feeling like he’s being judged. “But they make good food and keep it warm. But I had to leave and another dragon stole it, so I had to kill it and steal my mountain back. Couldn’t leave because someone else might steal it.”
“So I don’t have to kill anyone?” The being asks. “Because I have been told that I should kill a dragon but Sabo didn’t say how.”
Ace frowns, shifting, holding Luffy closer with his human arms, “I don’t want to be killed. I’m Ace.”
“Marco, it’s nice to met someone else that can do that.”
“Do what?” Ace asks curiously.
Marco’s hand vanishes, coated in feathers, “That.”
The Pangolin is the most majestic and beautiful creature, other than dragons. Were it allowed, I would most certainly wish to keep one as a companion, an adorable bundle of scales and love. So wonderful!
(( Pangolin Commission from @pencilbrony :3 Noodle with Pinecone, both super adorable. Thank you so much! ))
[ravenclaw] AroAce Luna Lovegood buys all the merch that has dragons and unicorns and other supposedly "mythical" creatures that they know are real.
(Headcanon for Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes pride-related merchandise and who would be the first to buy it.)
Aroace Luna walks up to George leaning against a display of unicorn and dragon merch and asks him if it’s for aro and ace pride. George glances up at the tower of green, white, gray, black, and purple wandholds, quill ink, water bottles, trapper-keepers, and more.
“Oh, this old junk? Yeah, guess it does look a bit like pride.” And then quoiromantic gray-ace George winks at her.
Luna has a little ace-colored unicorn who prances on her desk during class. She has a little aro-colored dragon who curls up on her bedside table and guards her wand at night.
She has green and white unicorns on her shoes who stand majestically against a purple and black night sky.
She has mittens shaped like dragons (one green/white/gray/black and one purple/white/gray/black). When she wears them to quidditch matches they roar triumphantly when her team scores.
She buys a trapper-keeper with pride dragons and unicorns, but quills and rolls of parchment weren’t made for the muggle contraption. Luna goes to the library and figures out an extension charm that will let her fit absolutely everything she needs into it.
Don’t tell her, but for Christmas Luna is getting a genuine Weasley sweater in aro and ace colors with a dragon on it. (Luckily Mrs. Weasley already had the yarn and pattern left over from Charlie’s gift last year.) Ginny can’t wait to give it to her!
You know dragon things right? I need help. Do you know any cool kinds of dragons that live on islands? If not any ideas how to make a cool one?
Yes….but like, by the broad definition of islands….
If you mean a small tropical island, cultures across the world have mythic snakes and reptiles, but I wouldn’t nessesarily call them “dragons” since many of them are unrelated origin wise and conceptually (which is such a vague classification anyways so idk)
The one I see brought up a lot online as a “dragon” is the Hawaiian Mo’o, which are late gecko like creatures associated with water and usually have the ability the shapeshift into maidens.
I don’t know what sorta island you are talking about and what size, but Id say you could make up a dragon this is a fictional setting. Look at reptiles or other creatures in that sort of environment