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Dragondera Breeds in Detail: The Venom Dragon
One: The Creation of the Venom Dragon
So it came from the race of blood feeders… the beast of brilliance in pelt alone and cruelty of mind and mouth. The great head swinging back and forth as the fork of demons penetrated the air as if to sniff. From its mouth spilled the acid of its naming and the eyes glittered with cruelty. Swaying back and forth it beckoned its companions forward before spilling a blood of poison into their minds and bodies. Even those it titled lovers were penetrated by this viper’s acid and the beast shall ever remain alone for its treachery of existence…
- The Poisonous Viper by Larki of Sodata
The venom dragon was a descendant, like most breeds, of the Rainbow dragon but has often been termed the most highly developed. Having existed in its full form (with the 8 venom types) within the last eighteen-thousand years, this breed had the unfortunate luck of being noted most commonly in its early stages by the humans that killed it. Their dissections were very thorough however and their ability to link it with the family that had created the vampire dragon distinct. However, they used every bit of information as propaganda and so there are, today, no venom dragons on Escalindaro at all, having fled as soon as was feasible.
The development of the venom dragon comes down to two main aspects – feeding and defence. Their entire evolution as centre around the changes of their teeth and unlike those of the vampire dragon, they have retained the rather blunter looking blades of their ancestor the “Blade-Tooth”. This may seem confusing for those of us that know snakes as these animals have needle-like fangs. However there’s a very distinctive difference between them – legs!
Developing from the Rainbow dragon, the Colour dragon was the next earliest ancestor of the venom dragon and it initially developed as a typical “western style” dragon with defunct chameleon genes, meaning it could not change shape or colour like its ancestor had. Where one gene for defence lost its abilities, other areas began to develop to compensate, with this branch it became the teeth. As most dragons fight using their teeth and weight more then claws, the increased size and sharpness of the tooth would create more accurate damage. Thus the Sabre Dragon was created as well as the Crooked. The Crooked was a mangle-toothed animal with a long snout that appeared more alike to the Mystic dragons and would later go on to father some of the fish hunting dragons. However the Sabre dragon is known as the father of the “Killer” dragons.
These Killer Dragons were distinctive for the damage caused in their teeth attacks. The Sabre was noted as having extended canines or “Fangs”, rather like the sabre-toothed cats and like this species the delicate shape of the teeth caused problems. Although they could deliver an instantaneous killing blow to prey, their brittle fashion meant that the Sabre dragon needed to remain powerful and strong, relying less on wing power as much as it did leg power to ensure the capture of a target. But with delicate teeth even eating prey could become difficult and their found themselves eating only the fleshiest and bloodiest parts of a meal rather then important area of fat. This increase in blood consumption caused damage to skeletal development and eventually the fangs become very brittle, causing a different strange of the Sabre dragons to be developed.
This was the Pseudo-Vampire, a creature that found it easier to take in fresh blood cells from the blood of a victim instead of developing them in the liver. This dependency caused the liver damage that would eventually result in the creation of the vampire dragon, which feeds mainly on the blood of other dragons. However, these two species will be looked at in more detail within the Vampire Breed’s section.
At the same time as the branching of the Colour dragon, the Mystic dragon had also developed mutations within its colouration genes. However, the sheer ferocious look and manners of the Mystic dragon meant that its issues were not about creating weapons to fight but ways to warn of its ferocity. From the Mystic dragon two separate breeds developed the Spotted and the Striped whose unique colour patterns kept them out of the way of humans and some believed that the genes causing such bright colour were actually creating some poison within the skin – this of course was untrue.
From mixing of these two breed came a very brightly coloured dragon, called the Bright, which was very colourful but seemed to be too colourful and their pelts were prized. The dragons then began the dangerous task of creating reasons to warn off the human attackers – they began to eat poisonous items and those who did not die and were able to show immunity began to develop a rather nasty ability of removing the acids and poisons of their prey and displaying them in a specialised patch of skin called the glands. These glands we still see on the venom dragon today, however they are not where the poison is created – on females they are located on the ears and in males as a band on the neck, they are used for territory and aggression rather then killing.
Eventually the Bright dragon began to mix with the Crooked Tooth dragon, creating a sub-species known as the Blade Tooth. This species retained the colouration and glands of the Bright but with the muscular build and tenacity for killing of the Crooked. This predatory beast began to develop a rather sharp blade like canine that was useful to just stab a victim and let it weaken from blood loss before wrestling it to its death. Amongst some of these dragons the mixing of the gland gene and the teeth began to cause a secondary gland development within the nasal passage and top of the mouth, however the venom was only being produced as a side-effect, more like drool then actual poison and could still sometimes kill the venom dragon.
However, mixing with the vampire dragon solved this problem. The genes causing the hollow fang and diffusion chamber of the vampire dragon seemed to counter the problem, after great development and generations. The secondary gland became a true venom gland that was able to produce a poison at the request of the individual’s biting abilities. However, because the teeth remained blade like rather then needle thin, compression on the top of the mouth when biting was the only way to release venom, allowing a dragon to judge and develop his poison. This also meant that venom was not necessary to use against an opponent in a fight, still having nasty enough teeth to cause damage.
So in many ways, unlike snakes, the venom dragon is the best of both defence and hunting abilities.
However, with regards to the evolution of the venom, this will be covered in the section on Special Abilities, not here.
The Venom Dragon is listed as the 5 Rarest Breed with only 250 full and half-breeds in total on Dragondera
Other Names: Acid, Poisonous, Viper, Cobra, Snake, Warning, Slime and the Swamp dragon
The venom dragon is the rarest breed on Dragondera, even compared to animals like the Demon and the Rainbow dragon, there are only two dragon lords and one of them is celibate! The only other venom dragon lord is a half-breed and the remnant is all part of the clan of Lord Garrick. Outside of Dragondera however there is a substantial amount…
Here is one of my favourite breeds and I hope you will find them as fascinating as any other breed!
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