Addressing a Dragon
There is cause for some concern with regards to the proper method of addressing a dragon. After all, giving offense may mean becoming lunch.
These instructions are still useful even regarding a dragon in human form. Though in those cases offending the dragon in question will likely have far less lethal consequences, they still tend to wield a great deal of power, and offending them is a mistake.
Respect is paramount. As long you remember that you may well stay off the menu, but there are other details which will give the best results.
Approach with caution. Offer a greeting and wait to be addressed.
If you are approached, do not run. If a dragon means you harm, running won’t help. If they do not, running tends to incline most predators to chase, and may annoy one who only intended to talk.
Under no circumstances is it acceptable to enter a dragon’s lair, or to go deeper into more isolated chambers thereof (such as a bedroom), without an invitation. You may call out and wait for a response. If none is forthcoming you may choose to wait, or simply come back another time.
Offerings help. You can’t go wrong with good food, gold, or gemstones, but some dragons have more specific tastes. Some even appreciate such things as music and poetry. Bringing a gift is a quick way to get in a dragon’s good graces.
Generally speaking, dragons appreciate formality, particularly when interacting with a stranger. We expect to be treated as one would a powerful dignitary.
If a dragon chooses to call you friend, you may find them becoming less formal over time, and it is appropriate to do the same.
Flattery will get you everywhere. Compliments which sound insincere or placating are worse than an insult, but genuine compliments, no matter how over the top, will win a great deal of favor. Just don’t sound like you don’t take it seriously.
Never be rude, and never challenge a dragon, whether physically or verbally. You will lose one way or another.
If all else fails, many dragons enjoy games that require cleverness, and are likely to accept such challenges. Which if nothing else gives you time to talk and curry favor. We tend to enjoy gambling too. We like winning, so take that under advisement. Most of us don’t mind cheating either.
Follow these recommendations and you may just stay in one piece, but I offer no guarantees.