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Summary: Can be your friend or enemy.

Dragon Template

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Gender: Any Male or Female

Age: Hatchling to 200 years old.

Group: Dragons

Planet of Origin

Jericho

Profession/Affiliation

Dragons are used in many ways by the people of Jericho. Many serve as a natural deterrent for wild dragons attacking various settlements and farms with valuable livestock. The military also utilizes them for various operations around the planet. With an intelligence comparable to a chimpanzee or a 4 your old human child.

Jerichos military Dragons can find illicit drugs, sniff out and find bombs and IEDs (improvised explosive devices), search out and find enemy combatants. They’re almost all trained at The Eyrie, situated in the Sanada Mountains, as part of the Military Working Dragon Program (MWD).

Dragons are commonly used and have proven to be one of the most outstanding working companions used in military service. The vast majority of military working dragons are raised in a strict environment, where they have been training dragons for military purposes for several years. But because of the uptick in operational tempo as well as the demand, the training programs in at Jericho are flourishing. The dragons must exhibit focused, aggressive behavior, with a heightened sense of smell and a strong desire to work for reward before they are assigned to operators worldwide.

Rank/Title

An innumerable amount of dragon subspecies exist on Jericho. However they typically fall into three categories:

Bonded Dragons: Dragons that have bonded to a human and are identified by the colony name then the dragon's given name (e.g. Jericho Dragon "Tempest"). They do carry an IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) Transponder under one of their scales.

Wild Dragon: They are just that wild, untamed dragons which roam the planet and typically terrorize small settlements, caravans, and incoming passenger and cargo transports.

Rogue Dragons: Dragons that hunt humans and their establishments or anything pertaining to them. Some are bonded dragons that go bad.

Physical Appearance

Dragon, a huge, Leathery-winged, scaly lizard or snake with a barbed tail with or without horns and spikes. Normally have 2 to four legs or more with no wings and two wings. The dragon's body is completely covered with tough, shiny or colored scales. It is impossible to list the enormous variety of hues that make up the dragon's brilliant coloring. Depending on the size of the dragon the thickness of the scales can vary form thin 1/8th inch steel to the largest dragon armored like a tank 3 to 4 inches of steel. The thickness of the scales can affect the flying speed or ground speed of the dragon. A dragon dive at 200 mph. Without rider a short burst of 150 mph strait line. With rider or some weight. They are slowed to about 100 mph. they have known to cruse or sore at 75 mph.

Dragons that are bonded can weight from around 2000 pounds to 15000 pounds.

They can be from 40 feet long to 150 feet with a wingspan on average the length of the dragon.

They can carry 500 pounds to 2 tons take weight and divided by three that’s the dragon can lift flying. Or pull twice their weight 0r carry on the ground their weight.

A big Wild Dragon or Rogue Dragons can be 250 ft (76 m) or longer and weigh stand 65 ft (19m) on the ground. And weigh up to 200,000 pounds.

Think on this 2000 pound dragon is the same as an elephant in strength.

Personality and interests

Bonding
Dragons should be semi intelligent like a 4 to 6 year old.
The processes begins typically by finding a young dragon then gain its trust by taking care of it. At some point it will give you a love nip or bite. The saliva is toxic to humans like a poison. Common symptoms range from a high fever, seizures, hallucinations (though many who bond with a dragon consider these hallucinations to be more "visions" with some sort of higher meaning). Should the bonded human survive this process they now have antibodies in their bloodstream which make the body give off a scent that dragons or dogs can pick up. Humans will not be able to pick up the scent. The scent causes other dragons of similar breeds to identify the bonded human as a member of the group and thus will not act hostile towards them. However it has been documented that certain dragons outside of other species will be hostile towards particular strains of this antibody, so all bonded are recommended to use caution around unfamiliar dragons.

A blood test will show the bond and what dragon a person is bonded to. The bonding processes can only be done with one dragon or human. The problem lays with its connection to you. It should be noted that dragons, even "tamed" ones, are still dangerous animals and should be approached and handled with the proper care and respect.

The dragon is a homoiothermic reptile. In other words, he is a warm-blooded creature and his body temperature is controlled internally. This characteristic enables him to adapt to the different climates of his very extensive habitat and to maintain his activities both day and night throughout the year, as he is not dependent on the warmth from the sun like the other reptiles. The dragon generally has wings. However some subspecies have been found in the Mako Desert that have no wings and instead "swim" through the sands.

There are dragons, usually ancient survivor from the distant past, with stumpy legs and wings. These rare survivors of a remote era are intelligent and fairly aggressive and belong to a single species known as "worm of the deep", a species on the verge of extinction. This creature lives for a very long time. There are records of dragons who have lived for five hundred and even a thousand years, but there are no knows cases of dragons who have died from old age. On the other hand, they died from accidents, certain diseases, or as a result of the actions of their most relentless enemy of man.

History

Since arriving on the planet, the people of Jericho have struggled with one of the most powerful predators of the planet: Dragons. It was not until they tried to do research on a young dragon did they discover that if they bite a Human and they live the dragon will bond with then.

See Bonding

Since then, dragons have proven to be a valuable companion and tool for surviving the harsh world of Jericho.

Player Notes

You can become a dragon handler / Rider called Dragoons. The dragons here are not the magic one you see in the fantasy games like D&D they have no real breath weapon. but do carry different types of poisons and some can even spit there poison.

As for their senses, which varied slightly depending on the species, dragons were superior in most ways to other creatures - like any predator, they had exceptionally acute senses, which only increased with age. Dragons had excellent depth perception and comparably good peripheral vision, able to see twice as well as a human in daylight; they had great night vision and were able to see even when conditions had no light to offer, though not in color. Dragons could also pick up scents very well. Their hearing was on par with human hearing, although their minds could filter what noise it hears. Dragon taste was also refined, although they did not respond well to sweet flavors, and most dragons didn't discuss why. They were able to eat almost everything, but each race had a preferred diet; some preferred flesh, other to eat other types of protein, and so forth. Of all its senses, a dragon's sense of touch is the only one to decrease with age, due mostly to the development of thick, hard scales It is impossible to list the enormous variety of hues that make up the dragon's brilliant coloring.

The dragon's body is completely covered with tough, shiny scales the dragon does not need to slough off his skin like most other reptiles, as the scales grow, they are renewed automatically, like human nails and hair. They are not shed from the body, except in case of illness.

The dragon’s muscular system is one of the most fascinating... and one of the most complicate. We can evaluate the power in the bite of a dragon to put to an average of 2 ton per cm cube (in comparison it could easily gnaw steel). The wings of a dragon are based on the principle arm of any animal, i.e. they consist of a thumb and four very lengthened fingers, the whole connected with a membrane as we can observe in the bat. It is significant to understand that the similar structure between the shoulder, the arm and the hand is homologous with the corresponding structures of the wing for the dragon I think this point really needed to be cleared up since artistic representations and sciences occasionally do not mix very well. Dragons eyes are usually shown to be reptilian with a vertical slit for the pupil.

The reproductive system of these creatures is internal, it means that at the look of their external physiognomy, it is hard (not to say nearly impossible) to determine if this dragon is a male or a female, only the general behavior and the small change in their color can provide information about the dragon's gender. Dragons lead egg like reptiles and bird, eggs are protected by a hard shell that with time will weaken to let the new baby dragon break it more easily.
There is currently no way to tell what kind of organization or type of society about dragons. Legends and lore often say that dragons tend to be loner by nature or by obligation. According to these legends, dragons pass much of their time alone in their lair

Status

Sky Dragons are loyal to their mates during their lifetime. A Sky Dragons will usually look for a new mate only if its companion dies. Together, they build huge nests known as “aeries” atop tall mountains and caves. They make use of twigs, grasses, soft mosses and materials they find in making their nests. They normally go back to their nests during breeding time and add new materials to it each year.

A new Sky Dragons nest measures an average of 25 to 50 feet in width and 3 to4 feet in depth. However, as their family grows, the nest also becomes larger reaching more than 50 feet wide and heavier.

By the age of 2 or 3, Sky Dragons are already sexually mature during which they look for a mate to have offspring with. The mating season varies by region. In the south, it may occur from the later part of September to November while it may take place from January to March in the Great Plains and Mountain. The mating season is usually from late March to early April. Contrary to traditional belief, Sky Dragons don’t copulate on the air but rather on a branch near their nest or on the ground.

Sky Dragons can mate throughout their life starting from the age of four. Breeding, however, may not happen every year to all the Dragons despite having a pair due to bad weather, absence of a suitable nesting site or lack of food.

A female Sky Dragon, which is larger than the male, lays two to four eggs every year during the spring season. This takes place five to ten days after copulation. It takes about 3 to 6 months to incubate the egg before it can hatch. When the Sky Dragons are incubating, they build the biggest nests of dragons in the entire world.

After the laying of eggs, Sky Dragons parents are very protective just like humans. Both parents take turns in hunting for food, incubating the egg, watching over the nest against Predators, like other Dragons other large lizards, large beasts and feeding the hatchlings. When the father Sky Dragon catches a fish, he eats the head and brings the rest to his family. They perform these duties until their hatchlings are strong enough and capable of flying at the age of 12 weeks. The sharing of duties is meant to allow each parent Dragon to stretch, bathe, defecate and hunt for food.

Sky Dragons stay away from human activity hence they live mostly in areas where they can’t be disturbed by people. When they are disturbed, they abandon their nest or attack fiercely defending their territory.

The Sky Dragons courtship most famous and recognizable of these rituals is the "cartwheel courtship flight," in which two bald eagles will fly up high, lock talons and then get into a cartwheel spin as they fall toward the ground, breaking apart at the last minute and in some cases they actually hit the ground.

It should be noted, however, that nonbreeding Sky Dragons may engage in this behavior antagonistically, as a kind of ritualistic battle.

A courting pair of Sky Dragon may also engage in a chase display, where they will chase each other before locking talons and doing aerial rolls.

Additionally, the Dragons may perform the "rollercoaster flight." During this aerial display, one of the birds will essentially act like a rollercoaster — it will fly up high, go into a steep dive, pull up high again and dive down again.

Dance During courtship, males and females will perform a dance of sorts, signaling to each other their acceptance. In captivity, a female who is unwilling or unready to mate will try to escape the male, often by clawing at the sides of the enclosure. A willing female, however, will perform the dance with her prospective mate. The male will bob his head rather ferociously and display his wins, which often darkens in color. A submissive female will respond with slower head bobs, and in many cases will perform the submissive "arm wave," a gesture used by both males and females to show submission.

Copulation and Gravidity The dance may be the longest part of the courtship cycle, as actual copulation can take less than 30 minutes. Once the mates have accepted each other, the male will quickly mount the female's back, oftentimes biting her on the part of her neck. The two intertwine their tails and copulation takes place. The female can reside with the male until she shows signs of needing to lay her eggs. Females generally lay their eggs three to five weeks after successful copulation.

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