Serpedi Picture

Four years ago I created a dragon that had all the elegant pieces of a snake that I love. This is the updated design.

Serpedi are of the more intelligent dragon races. They dislike mountains, finding mountains to be more work than necessary. They can be found in valleys, where they congregate in groups of about five adults and the young produced by the group. The adults are on average 40' long from snout to the base of the tendril, and they stand 4' high to the shoulder when on four legs. At the base of their tail is a highly dextrous tendril, which the dragons use in place of fingers and hands. Their tongues are triple-pronged and nearly as dextrous as the tendril. Serpedi have sheathed claws on all of their limbs, though usually only the middle set are used to hunt or kill. Serpedi can speak, though the language used is incredibly hard to learn and harder to speak.

These dragons produce live young. They are born toothless and generally helpless (which has led to poaching the young, and the poaching has caused many Serpedi to violently eject mortals from their territory--- "violently" meaning "in a dozen pieces").

Serpedi are omnivores, through their food of choice is a particular gold colored fish that seem to just appear in the valleys in which the Serpedi live. If the food to be consumed is too large, they will tear it to pieces and eat the shreds.

Serpedi young are a rare prize, and valued as pets for the very wealthy and stupid. Adult serpedi raised in captivity are usually not mentally sound, and they tend to snap and kill everyone they can before being put down. The adult serpedi can yield blood that can extend a mortal life if used as an ink in spellwoven tattoos (this is believed to be caused by the golden fish). Elder serpedi can also give their teeth, which are coated with an incredibly potent poison.

A Serpedi, if you get close enough to it and can actually speak the language, can make a terribly loyal friend. Their long life span and excellent scent memory might also ensure friendship for a very close relative or companion.
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