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This post on mermaid variations got me thinking about dragon variations. The concept of a dragon is such universal imagination fuel, I'm sure there are more directions to worldbuild in.

The most common dragons are the serpentine/naga kind, and the dinosaur-like, bat-winged kind. Quetzalcoatl might be considered a feathered dragon, and I've seen artists drawing feathered dragons like six-limbed Archaeopteryx. General Earth consensus seems to be that dragons are markedly reptilian -- but feathered dragons do tie in well with the evolution of theropod dinosaurs into birds.

Has anyone found other interpretations of dragons? Insect-like dragons, maybe? I've seen a few designs of small dragons with insect wings, usually either a "dragon-fly" pun or a sort of dragon faerie. Are there mammalian dragons with more bat-like qualities than just the wings? Amphibious dragons like giant newts? Do sandworms count as worm-like wyrms? I'm wondering just how far the definition of "dragon" can stretch.

Date: 2010-09-14 08:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nicki
I'm not a huge dragon afficianado. The dragon in the Neverending Story (movie) looks rather mammilian (kind of a large elongated dog with wings. :P )

Date: 2010-09-15 09:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lea_hazel
I seem to remember the book saying he had a doglike face and a mane like a lion, but white. Because of the red eyes, I always imagined he was albino, and others of his species looked different.

Date: 2010-09-14 09:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sharpest_asp
Dragon-flies in Xanth by Piers Anthony.

An honest to goodness serpent style wyrm in Phaze also by Anthony.

the Pernese dragons are more Occidental...large bodies, six limbs, huge wings....

I get that feeling about the Dragonlance dragons too.

Feathered serpents and the Occidental dragons and the Oriental dragons all play a part in Shadowrun, which made for a great game...three very different style dragons and the Role Playing rules for each....

Date: 2010-09-15 02:03 am (UTC)
sharpest_asp: Nate Ford sitting on a bench, Sophie Devereaux resting against his lap (Default)
From: [personal profile] sharpest_asp
It has been ages and a day since I was playing...I had one ally that was keeping a dragon on my good side, and I had barely walked away from another campaign with my character intact after a feathered serpent showed up...

Date: 2010-09-14 09:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] holyschist
One of the reasons I love Toothless in the movie of How to Train Your Dragon is the strong axolotl influence (albeit with bigger, cuter eyes). Toothless is basically a giant flying newt with retractable teeth and the personality of a cat. ♥

Date: 2010-09-15 05:58 am (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
I know! Toothless = axolotl + wings + big adorable eyes. Perfectly designed for maximum cuteness.

Date: 2010-09-19 05:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] newredshoes
Oh, that's so cool! When I saw the film, I was clapping my hands because they all looked like prehistoric fish to me. I know the axolotl exists now, though, and this is definitely a good thing.

Date: 2010-09-20 04:32 am (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
I know which fish you mean! Like axolotls, they have broad flat heads.

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