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DRAGONS WITH MULTIPLE HEADS

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There have been cases of dragons with multiple heads in fantasy. I am thinking of depicting a dragon with three heads. A dragon with three heads would mean three times the size, strength, and firepower compared to a normal dragon. There have been cases in real life when snakes with two heads. Even more strange are experiments done with salamanders. In those experiments, a salamander would have its head cut off and a new one would take its place. Then the severed head would be placed to the salamander’s side and naturally graft itself over time, resulting in the salamander having two heads. The three-headed dragon in my fantasy book will be the result of a genetic deformity that only happens once every one thousand years. Such a dragon would be larger and more powerful than a normal dragon and would live three times longer, but a side effect of the mutation renders the dragon sterile. However, each of these heads will have their own personality and individuality, which makes this dragon harder to control than a one headed one. My main character has the chance to claim the ultimate dragon, but the process will be extremely difficult and potentially life-threatening. This will add more depth to the main character’s quest for absolute power over the empire.

FILM REVIEW: DRAGONSLAYER

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I recently rewatched one of my favorite fantasy films, Dragonslayer! I like this film because it portrayed a unique fantasy world that reacted to the presence of a dragon in various ways. A sorcerer regards the dragon as one of the last remnants of magic, a boy sees it as a chance to prove himself a man, a kingdom regards it with fear, and a king regards it as a monster to appease at all costs. This film depicted one of the best dragons in cinematic history. The story and world building were wonderful. You just don’t get films like this anymore.

DRAGON ASHES

When I wrote Numen the Slayer, I added an interesting feature to the ashes dragons leave in their wake. Dragon fire is well known for incinerating anything and everything it touches. However, from all that death and destruction comes the promise of new life. Like ashes created by forest fires and volcanoes, the ashes left by dragon fire is great fertilizer. In fact, due to the magical properties of these ashes, Dragon Ashes is the best and most coveted fertilizer in the Gradaian Empire. Wherever a dragon unleashes its fire, farmers and traders are not far behind, waiting to claim their share of the ashes. One kilogram of Dragon Ashes is enough to fertilize ten acres of land for a decade. Because Dragon Ashes is such a coveted fertilizer, farmers usually make pacts with dragons. In exchange for a percentage of their livestock, dragons would burn wood to provide the ashes.

At the start of Numen the Slayer, dragons were all but extinct and most of the Dragon Ashes were used up. After Numen the Slayer, Dragon Ashes become mass produced by newly revived dragons. As the years go by and Dragon Ashes becomes more common, the various lands of the Empire become increasingly more fertile, which promises more plentiful harvests than in previous years.

LOST HEIRLOOMS

Allow me to address some of the many flaws in House Targaryen. Even though I will always be a fan of this infamous family, I cannot shake off their flaws. Among those flaws was the fact that they were very careless and irresponsible with their heirlooms compared to other noble houses.

To begin with, the Targaryens lost the Valyrian steel crown of Aegon the Conqueror when Daeron the Young Dragon attempted to conquer Dorne. Since then, Targaryen kings replaced it with inferior crowns that any normal king would wear. Because Valyrian steel is so rare and impossible to make from scratch, that crown was irreplaceable. When House Arryn ruled as Kings of the Vale, they had a collection of crowns they had worn for thousands of years until Visenya Targaryen took them away.

While we are on the subject of Valyrian steel, let’s turn our attention to the two Valyrian steel ancestral swords of House Targaryen: Blackfyre and Dark Sister. Most noble families were super lucky if they even had one Valyrian steel sword, but the Targaryens had TWO!!! Then they squandered both swords at the start and end of the five Blackfyre Rebellions. The noble families who had Valyrian steel swords such as the Starks, Mormonts, and Tarlys took great care of their ancestral blades and had them for five hundred years. With the Targaryen Dynasty, they lost both of their ancestral blades after having them for less than two hundred years.

Thanks to the Mad King’s insanity and tyranny, the Targaryen Dynasty lost the Iron Throne; the seat of absolute power that they held for almost three hundred years. If it wasn’t for the Targaryen family curse of madness and had the sense of giving up their practice of incest, the Targaryens could have ruled Westeros until the end of time.

However, even though the Iron Throne served as a symbol of the Targaryen’s power, the true source of their power came in the form of their greatest weapons: DRAGONS!!! For over a century, the Targaryen Dynasty were able to hold onto their power thanks to their dragons. With the exception of the Dornishmen and the zealots of the Faith Militant, no one was crazy enough to wage war against dragons. Then the Dance of the Dragons came along and the Targaryens lost their dragons along with the long term lynchpin to their hold to the Iron Throne. Instead of being responsible with their dragons, the Targaryens regarded them as weapons and they paid the price for this neglect.

I breaks my heart that the Targaryens did not take better care with all of their heirlooms. They truly had it in them to rule Westeros forever if they had taken the proper steps to prevent their downfall.

TRIAL BY FIRE

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In medieval times, two things were commonplace: trial by combat and family dysfunction. Throughout medieval history, noble families often fought one another for power and status. Easily one of the most extreme examples was the War of the Roses, which resulted in a 30 year blood feud between York and Lancaster, who were both related to one another and both coveted the throne of England. Trial by combat was often a way for people to settle disputes in a more fair and civilized fashion.

In my fantasy world, the family that rules the Gradaian Empire are a family of dragon riders. So far, they have not developed an excuse to fight one another, but since blood feuds were common in medieval times, a feud between this powerful family seems inevitable. With this in mind, a civil war between dragon riders would definitely result in an amount of death and destruction that would take generations to recover from. So to avoid such a volatile powder keg, a more civilized approach should be developed in case these dragon riders have disputes to settle.

Imagine a trial by combat between dragon riders where one dragon rider battles against another. There would be no outside help. Like a normal trial by combat, the duel is over when a combatant is either killed or yields. The only catch is that you need to have your dragon able to fight and fly until the end of the duel. If you lose your dragon, you are disqualified and you automatically lose the match. Such a battle would light up the sky like a second sun and the sound of roaring and screaming would fill the air like a swarm of damned souls.

With such a system in place, a civil war involving dragons would be avoided and family disputes can be settled fairly and evenly.

MORE DRAGONS?

I came across an interesting rumor for the fifth episode of Game of Thrones. This rumor claims that even though Daenerys Targaryen has only one dragon left, there is a possibility that more dragons may appear during the Battle of King’s Landing. The clue to this theory was right in front of us during the opening credits of Season 8, which featured one large dragon and three smaller dragons. In the trailer, Euron Greyjoy looked up in the sky and seems shocked before the screen turns to black and we can hear a dragon roar.

You might ask how it would possible for there to be more dragons. Allow me to explain. In Seasons 4 and 5, Drogon disappeared into the wild for some time and even flew over the ruins of Old Valyria. Because dragons can change their gender, it is possible that Drogon got pregnant and left Meereen to lay eggs and build a nest somewhere. If Drogon built his nest in the ruins of Valyria, I would not be surprised because that was where the Valyrian Freehold and dragons reigned supreme centuries ago. If the eggs hatched, three or four years have passed since then, which would mean these new dragons would be as big as Drogon was during Season 5 or 6.

In real life, some species of lizards can lay about a dozen eggs at a time. When those numbers are applied to dragons, it is possible that they lay many more eggs due to their size difference with normal lizards. There was one case after the Dance of the Dragons where a dragon laid five eggs, but this dragon was small, sickly, and misshapen and the eggs never hatched. When it comes to large and healthy dragons, the number of eggs would be bigger than just five. I theorize that dragons would be like sea turtles in that they would lay their eggs and then leave them to their own devices, which would explain why Drogon never returned to the supposed nest.

In addition, there were three dragons who survived the Dance of the Dragons, but whose fate and whereabouts are unknown. These dragons are named the Cannibal, Sheepstealer, and Silverwing. If they are still alive, they would each be as large and as powerful as Balerion the Black Dread at the height of his power.

If there are more dragons on the way, I think they could be Drogon’s offspring, the Dance of the Dragons survivors, or both. During the Battle of Winterfell, Bran Stark used his greensight and warging magic to an unknown location and he did not say where or when. If these dragons exist, they won’t be able to go to Westeros on their own so it could be that Bran warged into these dragons in order to compel them to migrate to Westeros. The previous Three-Eyed Raven said Bran would fly and this could be what he meant. I look forward to seeing if I am right.

TITANIC DRAGON BATTLE

I had a frightening and epic idea for a future fantasy work. It will involve three armies, each one with at least 40,000 men and four dragons, fighting one another in an apocalyptic battle that takes place throughout an entire day. By the time the battle is over, most of the men and dragons involved in the battle will be dead. The dragon fire used in the battle would be so intense that the battlefield will burn nonstop for days. Plants will be turned to dust, rocks will be superheated and melted, and the remains of man and dragon alike will be mummified like the victims of Pompeii. It is going to be unlike any other battle I ever wrote and I can’t wait to write it. Wish me luck!