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Black Dragon or 'Animalia Chordata Xenosauria Squamadraco Occidentidae Tetrapa Draconis Umbra' is the second largest and but also the most invulnerable among its species. They live mainly in swamps and wetlands, basking the entire day in the mud. They can spit streams of acid capable of destroying any armor and causes similar wounds to mustard gas.


The Witchers of the Griffin School specialized in hunting them during a certain period until they were not a threat.

Physiology

Physical:

  • Head
    • A Black's skull and head are the defining features. First of all, the large segmented horns that come off the sides of their heads and point forward are the most evident markings. These horns have incredible durability, so don't count on cutting through them. Their faces are unique in that their eyes are sunken in and continue to appear so with age. Their noses are nothing but 2 sunken in nostrils upwards, pointing at the end of their snout. With age, the skin on their head and face gets thinner and thinner, sometimes exposing bone. This appearance gives them their apt nickname of 'Skull Dragons'.
  • Aesthetics
    • Black Dragons are similar in frame to other dragons. Long serpentine necks and reptilian heads, with tall cat-like bodies and long tails, make them intimidating already. Like other dragons, they can become immense and seemingly never stop growing. They differ in many ways from other dragons, especially considering they're entirely amphibious. Black dragons' feet are webbed both in front and back. They have a tall frill, extending from their spines, from the skull to the end of their tail. They can breathe air or water and seem to enjoy just laying in the muck waiting for prey.
  • Scales
    • A Black dragon's scales are always black, but where they can differ is accents in color. Typically the wing, frill membrane, and horns will share the same hue. Typically, it is a muddy grey color, but more exotic specimens have been observed with yellow and greens for accent colors. These colors usually match up with the murky swamp waters they inhabit. More exotic marshes that have green or yellow waters give these black dragons their unique colors.
  • Smell
    • They smell like rotting vegetation and foul water, or like the powerful acid they can breathe. 

Behaviors

  • Black dragons are not noted as good parents, relying more upon disguise and hiding to protect their eggs than upon guarding them. Black dragon eggs must be submerged in strong acid while incubating.
  • Black dragons are probably the most patient hunters. They prefer to wait in the mud for a hapless victim to get close enough and then snap much like a crocodile would. If the initial attack doesn't work, they either finish off prey with their teeth and claws or on rarer occasions when prey is larger or tougher to kill it will use the horrible breath weapon to end the fight.

Combat

  • In combat, black dragons prefer ambushes to straightforward fighting. They are vicious and ruthless adversaries, and their acidic bile can easily work its way under the heaviest armor. Their sometimes heavily wooded habitats prevent them from flying very high in combat however.

Habitat 

A black dragon typically lairs in complicated networks of chambers in the mud and dirt of any swamp, lake, or flooded forest. There are typically at least 5 chambers in every Lair,

  1. Bedding area: Where the dragon sleeps.
  2. Visiting or Entertainment chamber: Where the dragon entertains guests or itself.
  3. Treasure chamber: Where the dragon stores its hoard this chamber is higher than the others to avoid damage from water and acid
  4. Feeding Chamber: Where the dragon will return to and eat its meals.
  5. Observatory (typically into the feeding chamber): A platform on the ceiling to watch intruders from which helps the dragon blend in.

Dragons like to make their lairs complex for weaker creatures to navigate. For instance, they usually drop down into a chamber from an angled slope somewhere on the ceiling. They typically will not do this for the visiting hall as they like the surprise to outsiders to be complete. They usually tunnel down under the water and allow the air to keep the water at bay, or not, merely allowing it to spill. They will always keep their treasure room up higher to avoid water damage to any precious goods they may have or soon obtain. Their lairs and the areas around them are usually "spoiled" with fetid water and rotting smells. Their lairs always have two entrances: one above-ground, disguised amidst the undergrowth which they typically fly out of for escape and one underwater through an adjacent swamp/pond as a secret exit.

Abilities

TBA

Behaviors

TBA

Notable black dragons

  • Landis
  • Casarak
  • Bil
  • Eskaris
  • Anzavix
  • Galhad
  • Talaedra
  • Triandal
  • Dior
  • Zarlan
  • Iryen
  • Galway
  • Kurje

Trivia

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