Targaryens can only ride dragons
|“||You will come day and night to marvel at the miracle that has been brought back into the world. And what they see will arouse their greed. Because dragons are fire incarnate. And fire is power.||”|
A Dragon (in the original: Dragon) is a huge, flying, reptilian creature that can spit fire and once existed on the continents of Westeros and Essos. Dragons are said to have a strong connection to magic, which is considered proven since since the birth of the first three dragons for over a century, magic seems to have returned to the known world. They have extraordinary and terrifying power, capable of destroying entire cities and armies. Those who were able to tame and ride dragons used them as weapons of war that burned their enemies and toppled entire empires.
The last dragons in the world were held by the House of Targaryen, who used them to conquer the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros some three centuries before the events. The last dragon eventually died a century and a half later, making the species extinct.
As the War of the Five Kings began in Westeros, Daenerys Targaryen, the last descendant of the disempowered House of Targaryen, miraculously hatched three dragons, filling the skies with the calls of these unique creatures for the first time in generations.
Features & appearance
Dragons have an elongated, serpentine body with relatively long necks and tails. They have four limbs, two short hind legs, and two large wings that also serve as front legs. After dragons were long extinct, the outward descriptions and representations varied, according to which dragons had six limbs, two wings and four legs. The teeth and claws of adult dragons are as long and sharp as swords.
Because they are related to reptiles, dragons have scale armor and spiked horns that run from their head over their backs to their tails. Particularly large horns are found on the back of the head and the lower jaw. Older dragons also have four parallel back ridges that start at the back of the head and extend along the cervical spine to the back. If a dragon moves or is excited, it automatically sets up these back combs, the colors of which are intended to make it appear more impressive and to intimidate its counterpart.
Dragons are pure carnivores. Usually they have to roast the food with their fire breath beforehand. They have a variety of food sources from fish to mammals. It is known from history that they ate horses and men on the battlefields. Adult dragons could devour a live horse whole.
The color of their scales is very different and so it is reported that dragons of the past were very different, with black, silver, red, gold or even blue scales. Some of them were monochrome, but more often they tend to have a primary color for the scales that cover most of the body and a conspicuous secondary color for the membranes seen on the wings and their ridges.
The colors observed so far are:
- Black with red
- Green with bronze
- Cream with gold
- Main article: Dragon egg
Dragons lay eggs, which are about the size of a child's head and heavy as stones. The outer shell is covered with scales, mostly in very different color patterns, which make each egg unique and correspond to the color of the dragon it contains. Dragons can only be made to hatch with great difficulty if the spark of life remains in them for decades or centuries. Knowledge of the process of reproducing dragons has been lost throughout history. There are several conflicting theories and rumors as to whether dragons were brood-tending or the young left to their own devices.
Dragons are imprinted on the person who is present at their birth and who is adopted by them as their mother.
Newly hatched dragons are about the size of a small cat, but they grow quickly, reaching the size of a small dog in a year and that of a small horse in three to four years. It is not known at what age dragons reach sexual maturity. They grow throughout their lives and can live for hundreds of years, but many of them died in fighting and their exact lifespan is unknown. The largest Targaryen dragon was Balerion the Black Terror, who lived nearly two centuries and whose skull was the size of a carriage.
When dragons hatch, they already have the characteristic horns on their heads and spines along their backs, but these are still quite small and flattened. Their horns and spines become larger and sharper with age, so after a year or so, ridges form along the cervical spine.
Dragons appear to be relatively loners, but it is unknown whether they can form permanent hierarchical groups.
Probably the most famous quality of dragons is their fire breath. Their flames can turn flesh to ashes, melt steel, and break rocks. Older dragons can create more intense fire with greater stamina. They seem to produce their fiery breath by releasing two chemicals at the back of their throat: when these two explosive substances meet, the combined reaction discharges in a targeted jet of fire. The bodies of the dragons are very resistant to fire. For this reason, many believe that dragons are fire incarnate and "Fire cannot kill a dragon".
Dragons cannot be fully tamed, but they can be trained and trained. The Valyrians rode dragons for a millennium. Aegon I Targaryen and his sister-wives, descendants of Old Valyrias, used the last three dragons in the world to conquer the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
Dragons are very intelligent animals, which is why an experienced rider can train them to respond to his voice commands.
Five thousand years ago, the Valyrians managed to ride dragons and use them for war, with which they could establish an empire that spanned most of Essos and dominated the world of that time. Four hundred years before the War of the Five Kings, the center of the Free State and nearly all dragons were wiped out in a single day known as the Fall of Valyria. A Valyrian noble family, the House of Targaryen, survived the downfall on the remote island of Drachenstein, together with the last Valyrian dragons.
A hundred years later, Aegon I Targaryen and his sisters used the last three dragons in the world to conquer the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros with them. The Dragon Kings ruled Westeros for generations, but their dragons also died out a century and a half later and the species was considered extinct.
Only relics survived, like petrified dragon eggs that are used for decoration and dragon bones that are used to decorate weapons. Legends also emerged that dragons hatched from a second moon, which happened when it came too close to the sun. The Targaryens kept their close ties to these creatures and displayed the skulls of their dragons in the throne room of the Red Keep in King's Landing.
Daenerys Targaryen is presented with three petrified dragon eggs as a gift from Illyrio Mopatis at the wedding with Khal Drogo. The three eggs are black, green and gold.
Daenerys begins to guard the eggs and their colors gain strength. She is magically attracted by them and warms them day and night with her body surrounded by burning candles.
Arya discovers the huge skull of a dragon while chasing a cat in the vaults of the Red Keep. She hides in the dragon's mouth and overhears the conversation between Illyrio Mopatis and Varys.
Daenerys continues to examine the dragon eggs and place one of them in a fireplace. This attempt to get it to hatch, however, fails. When she takes the egg out of the fire with her bare hands, she remains unharmed.
Daenerys lays the dragon eggs at the stake of her late husband, Khal Drogo. She also has Mirri Maz Duur tied to the stake. After the fire is lit, she too steps into the flames and everyone present does not believe that she will survive. The next morning Daenerys emerges from the ashes of the pyre with three small hatched dragons. A cream-colored kite at her feet, a green kite on her arm and a black kite on her shoulder that spreads its wings and roars.
Daenerys tries unsuccessfully to feed her dragons raw meat. She's not sure what she's doing wrong. Later in Qarth, she realizes that they only eat fried meat. She animates Drogon with the Valyrian command "Dracarys"To breathe fire with which he toast his own food.
During their stay in Qarth, news of the return of the dragons spreads in all directions, so that the rumors finally reach Varys in King's Landing, who mentions them to Tyrion Lannister. However, Tyrion is more interested in the upcoming Battle of Blackwater than in the newly hatched dragons on the other side of the world.
The dragons are later kidnapped by the Qarth Warlocks and hidden in the House of the Immortals. The warlocks and Xaro Xhoan Daxos work together to secure power over the city through a coup. Pyat Pree invites Daenerys to the House of the Immortals to be reunited with her children.
When Daenerys enters the sorcerers' estate, she is haunted by two illusions: that of the Iron Throne within a destroyed Red Keep and that of a family, their deceased husband and child. The plaintive cries of her dragons tear Daenerys away from temptation and she continues to search, eventually finding her dragons chained together. She approaches them, but is tied up by Pyat Pree herself. Daenerys uses the presence of her dragons and speaks the Valyrian word for fire: "Dracarys". Drogon spits fire on his own at first, but he is still too young and has too little strength for a strong burst of fire. Only the bundled fire of Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion is strong enough to burn the sorcerer alive.
Daenerys reaches the Bay of Slaves with her dragons in the hope of recruiting an army of the Immaculate there. Having nothing else of value, she offers the Astapor slavers one of her dragons in exchange for all the Immaculate in the city. The slave trader Kraznys mo Nakloz chooses the greatest dragon, Drogon, but it was only Daenerys' ruse to obtain the whip of the Immaculate, who are thus under her control. After asking the Immaculate to kill their masters, she orders Drogon to do the same with Kraznys, who is set ablaze with a single, powerful jet of fire. After that, their dragons intervene in the ongoing fighting, burning the slavers and their guards from the air. When the army marches out of Astapor, the three dragons fly overhead.
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