Lightning dragons will use arcs of electricity at very specific frequencies when greeting other Lightning dragons, and like singing tesla coils, will make songs of greeting. The type of music they make varies wildly, depending on who’s involved, but it can get insane as more and more Lightning dragons join in.
The displays can become massive, and also hazardous for non-Lightning dragons.
Headcanon: The element a dragon is in influences some of their features.
For example, a guardian born in an Earth clan has less fins and
tougher skin. An imperial born in Water will grow fins from their face,
while a Lightning imperial’s horns will look more like thunderbolts.
Tundras born in Fire will have a lighter coat of fur.
Earth dragons are generally the largest, with rough hides and strong stocky
bodies. They often
oversized front limbs and claws to allow them to dig and build more easily, and
may have smaller wings in order to squeeze into their tunnels. Getting into a
fight with an Earth dragon is not a good idea: they’re physically very powerful
and have incredible stamina. In some
parts of Earth’s territory there are dragons who have spent so many generations
underground that they’ve lost much of their vision and skin pigment, rendering
them nearly albino. These dragons navigate by touch or by sensing vibrations.
Nature dragons rarely grow to any great size, as being too large in the jungle makes
it difficult to hunt or flee. Despite their smaller stature Nature dragons are
plenty dangerous, as many have developed poison glands and some even exude
toxins directly from their skin. It’s very common to see Nature dragons born in
camouflaged patterns and colors that allow them to blend into the forest,
though many are born in bright warning colors. Most Nature dragons have well-developed
claws suited for arboreal life as well as large eyes that function equally well
at night. Very magically attuned dragons will sometimes grow plants directly from
their mossy hides.
dragons can be a little startling to those who have never seen them before.
Their bodies are compact and bulky in order to conserve heat, and even
non-tundras have been known to develop full or partial coats of fur. Like
Nature dragons they have large talons to grip the ice and some have specialized
horns on their heads designed to break through thin ice to reach air or water. Some
are capable of developing thick layers of blubber underneath their scales,
giving them a roly-poly appearance.
dragons don’t have very many distinguishing features due to their rather
undemanding environment, but they are known to have a more elegant appearance
than other flights. Light dragons tend to have slightly longer necks and limbs
and walk with a smoother gait, but have comparatively little stamina and don’t
last very long in fights. Their wings and tendrils, if they have any, are very
long and sensitive to temperature and pressure changes. It’s rare to see dark-colored
Light dragons in any significant numbers. They tend to be slightly more
intelligent than other flights, in a “book smart” sort of way.
Arcane dragons are smallish in size and often spindly in appearance, mimicking
their deity. They are not known for physically being very strong but compensate
with deeper and more powerful magic reserves. Like Shadow dragons, they are
frequently bioluminescent but have less control over it, and some Arcane
dragons are downright glittery. Arcane dragons are by far the most likely to
experience mutations and it’s very common to see dragons of this flight with
extra limbs, wings, tails, and even heads. More monstrous mutations are present
in clans located deeper in Arcane territory. Some barely look like dragons at
all. All Arcane dragons have large, sharp-sighted eyes suitable for stargazing.
dragons are known for being the best fliers and have smooth, streamlined bodies
as well as powerful wings. Many have developed sails and fins to help them
better navigate treacherous air currents, and their lungs are able to function
at much higher altitudes than other flights. Some Wind dragons can fly for days
or even weeks without landing, eating and sleeping on the wing and gathering
moisture from clouds. Their wings display a much greater variety in shape than
those of other dragons: broad wings for soaring, short wings for rapid
takeoffs, curved wings for tight maneuvering. To assist with flying Wind
dragons have large airsacs that make them lightweight, and coincidentally very buoyant.
Most are sadly unable to dive without great effort.
Long, low bodies are characteristic of Shadow dragons, giving some of them a
weasel-like appearance. Shadow dragons are the most acrobatic and flexible of
the flights to better survive in the brambles of their home and have tough,
almost rubbery skin. They are very frequently bioluminescent and can even
control the patterns they display, flashing glowing eyespots to frighten enemies
or going completely dark in order to sneak up on prey. Some Shadow dragons
possess chromatophores that allow them to change color completely, which they
often use for pranks. Even the largest of Shadow dragons are able to move in
near silence, and breeds with feathers have structures similar to owls that
allow them to fly extremely quietly.
Unsurprisingly, Water dragons are suited for aquatic life and many come ashore
only rarely, if at all. Fins and flippers have replaced limbs in many Water
dragon clans and wings have adapted to be more useful for swimming, sometimes
taking on a manta ray-like appearance. Every Water dragon is born with gills as
well as lungs, though some lose the ability to breathe air after several
generations and require spells to survive on land. It’s quite common to see
dragons with large fins on their tails, with some even losing their hind limbs
entirely in a mermaid-like fashion. In the deepest trenches of the Sea of a
Thousand Currents dragons have begun to resemble deep-sea fishes, complete with
glowing lures and mouthfuls of jagged teeth.
Plague dragons are built for wasteland living and are very thin, sometimes
appearing to be starving to outsiders. They have long limbs and broad
vulture-like wings suited for soaring on the desert currents and have powerful
jaws designed to crush bones. Despite their emaciated appearance Plague dragons
are quite strong, and their bites deliver fatal amounts of bacteria to their
unlucky prey. Some have even developed the ability to spray acid from glands in
their mouths and throats. They are generally dull-colored to blend in with
their environment but can boast streaks of bright colors. Plague dragons have a
more feral and animalistic appearance than other flights and often have extra
horns, spines, and rougher scales as well as exposed teeth.
Lightning dragons are capable of storing electricity in their bodies and
releasing it on command through a series of specialized muscles similar to
those of electric eels. Their bodies are long and sleek with coats of jutting
spines that allow them to gauge air pressure and nearby currents. Like Plague
dragons they are adapted to a desert environment and can survive on little
water and food for long periods of time. Curiously, they are much better able
than other flights to handle prosthetic limbs and artificial implants and
experiment freely with these sorts of additions.
Capable of withstanding far higher temperatures than other flights, some Fire
dragons are even able to bathe in lava with no ill effects. Their skin is very thick and rough and
impervious to most damage. Fire dragons are very brightly colored despite their
sooty environment and tend to have compact, armored bodies.