Welcome to a new dev journal this time focusing on the race of Dragons and their offspring the Wyverns. We have a bit of Lore from Ray, some concept art, a look at the Dragon’s Peak monster dragon followed by a look at some of the individual units!
Background: The Scripture tells of Dragons being the first living beings to appear from the crucible of creation. Each Dragon type to emerge represented one element; ranging from metals, gems to fire and frost. As the raw creational forces started to settle other beings appeared on the world. The Dragons became jealous of these newcomers and started to prey on them. This conflict started the First War of the world, fought between the Dragons and Giantkin. The First War is said to have lasted for millions of years, but was never settled. The Great Flood ended the Age of Giants. Both Dragon and Giantkin numbers dwindled, to make way for the humanoid races.
Today only a few of the powerful Ancient Dragons are known to exist, often living in remote Dragon Peaks. Dragons born after the Age of Giants are called Wyverns, with undeveloped forearms and limited powers compared to their fore fathers. Wyverns and Dragons are hunted down by entire armies for their precious scales and gem and gold loaded hoards that are the dragon’s primary foods. In order to ensure survival of their kind, Dragons turned to powerful wizards to create a more rapidly breeding humanoid subspecies called Draconians, which they hope will one day will replace the humanoid races.
The Dragons Peak
Dragons and Wyvern live on Dragon’s Peak, the highest level Monster Dwelling, often found at remote locations in the game world. Trying to conquer a Dragon’s Peak by force early on in the game is suicide. But completing the Dragons’ perilous quests grant high rewards, such as Wyvern Eggs. These eggs hatch after a number of turns to, providing a highly coveted wyvern mount for your Heroes. For more on the interaction with these monster dwellings, check the recently release Gamescom Video.
Fire Dragon: “The desperate folk knew the risks; but the earth was fertile and they had nothing. Within two generations, they were all wealthy for the number of their flocks and herds, bounteous harvest and clean water. It’s all gone now. The mountain did not erupt. It gave birth to something worse. A dragon of ancient days has returned to claim these lands. Its breath left their homes in heaps of ash. It consumed the livestock and villagers alike. What treasure they once had, now belongs to the beast.”–“The Fire Dragon of Cinder Mountain”, Dirk Slate, Commonwealth Claims Investigator
Frost Dragon: “Beginners in the dragon slaying business should start with a frost dragon. They are strong flyers, but their brittle frosty scales are susceptible to fire attacks or the blunt strike of a good dragon slayer. Of course there’s a technique to learn and their frosty breath will freeze you solid if you don’t prepare. I’ve lost count of the number of blue-skinned hunters I’ve had to chisel out of glaciers because they had no extra protection from the cold.”–“Fortune Hunter”, Connor Jens, Dragon Slayer
Obsidian Dragon: “Of all dragons, most coveted among those I hunt, are Obsidian Dragons. Their scales are more precious than jewels. I remember the first time I hunted one, the creature attacked at night, but day or night you won’t see it coming without magic. It doused our camp with its inky breath that made us all as weak as kittens. We hid, but it spotted us and slew every hunter. I survived only because a wandering Halfling fell into a well. In attempting to fish him out, in my weakened state, I fell in myself. The dragon could not reach us down the narrow shaft.”–“Fortune Hunter”, Connor Jens, Dragon Slayer
Bone Dragon: “Despise me if you must, but I live in truth. My way is your way. Even the mightiest immortals fail, and all that remains are the fragments of the greatest lie, the lie called “life”. We are but puppets to the spinning darkness, and my might bone dragon rises to play that role, until the end of days. Mightiest of all undead, let envy be your strength and break the living. Breathe blight upon all that fear and hate and tremble before my beloved mistress Death. Fester. Corrode. All succumb to her call.”—“Shadow Puppets” by Grimber Ambule
Golden Dragon: “Shadowy twitching corpses surrounded us. I prayed in despair, knowing our corpses would soon join the Necromancer’s army. Then it appeared. The Embodiment of hope! The Golden Dragon burned through the blackness with its fiery breath. Fierce and aware of every enemy no matter how it attempted to sneak up from behind. The Necromancer launched waves of wicked magic that the dragon shrugged off. Its fangs and claws shredded hundreds of undead. We charged in, joining the fight, suddenly inspired by the very honor that we had a moment to fight alongside this noble creature.” – “Second Death” by Derek Shipley, Crusader
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