Delving the Deeps of Valuria
Dragons and their place in Valuria
When Ai created sentient life, in the days before dwarves, elves, hobbits and man, one of the many creatures he created were the dragons. They, like all the other beasts, were unintelligent creatures that lived to eat, mate and sleep. Not unlike the bears, tigers, owls and fish, they spent their days laying in the sun, finding food and searching for a mate. They were smaller than they are today, growing only as large as a large dog, and possessing none of the intellect one sees in dragons today. In appearance, they seemed to be born of reptiles and felines, were a golden-red color and had rudimentary wings that assisted in jumping but not having the ability to fly. They were, in short, unremarkable.
When Orkus came and whispered to Valuria, most beasts were unaffected by his words. They either disregarded them entirely or slunk back into their lairs growling or whining as some unknown threat. The dragons, however, were different. Sages still do not know why dragons were affected so, but all dragons were changed that day. About half heard the words and were incensed, angered beyond knowing. The others heard the whispers and reveled in the darkness. These two disparate groups gained insight and intelligence that day, spurned by the whispers of Ai. The dragons were the first creatures to know good and evil.
As the days grew into years and the years into centuries, the dragons grew more and more intelligent and self-aware. The ones that followed the path of darkness began to lose their golden sheen and were completely enveloped by a dusky crimson color. The ones that followed the path of Ai and the light lost the red coloration and became a bright, shining gold.
These two camps sought one another out and waged war between them. The evil, red dragons hated the golden, good dragons. As in all races, heroes rose among the dragons. The malevolent ones venerated a queen named Tiamat, while the benign dragons exalted a great dragon named Bahamut. These two leaders lead their respective races to great heights, waging an eternal war with one another. Thankfully, the number of dragons were quite small and these wars rarely involved other races.
When Orkus came again and sundered Ai, Tiamat and Bahamut were instantly killed. The driving force of evil, Orkus, and that of good, Ai, were destroyed and the two dragons that embodied these qualities the most suffered death when they left the world. Both, however, were too powerful to simply end and both reached upwards, toward the heavens, and rested their eternal souls there. They were weakened, but not entirely dead. Here, they would rest for a thousand years.
Below, the two dragon camps were thrown into disarray. The eternal war was halted when their leaders were taken from them. War raged still, but without the ferocity or drive it once had. The gold dragons retreated to the north while the red dragons went south. They knew of each other’s existence, but stayed far from one another less another war ensued.
As the war waned, the dragons began pursuing other activities. Magic became integral to them and they understood its workings more than any other creatures. They began to contact the other races as well, namely man. Seeing the horrible beasts, man ran in fear and hid from the dragons when they could and fought them when they could not. Over time, the dragons used their power of magic to transform themselves into man so they could walk among them.
A thousand years after The Sundering, Tiamat and Bahamut awakened. As she lay sleeping, Tiamat had dreamed of vile, dark things. These dreams had changed Tiamat from a massive red dragon to one that had five different heads. Not only red, but blue, green, black and white. She descended back to Valuria and called her people to her. Using a magic stronger than any had ever seen, she transformed her dragons into various colors corresponding with those she had acquired. She ordered them to go north and conquer the rest of Valuria. She sent her blue dragons to the wastelands and the deserts. To the forests, she sent her green dragons. Her black dragons were ordered to command the swamps and the lowlands. Her white dragons were sent far north, to the frozen fields of ice and snow. The red dragons, her favorite due to their purity, were sent to the massive mountain ranges and hills that populated Valuria.
Bahamut, too, had changed. His golden color had fell away, replaced with an almost blinding platinum. As he flew, he appeared as a star in the sky. He called his people together as Tiamat had and bid them to fly south and ensure the evil dragons were kept in check. The gold dragons were changed by Bahamut as well, with brass, copper, bronze and silver emerging. He sent his gold dragons to watch over the red dragons, as they were the most powerful.
Today, there are few dragons and they spend most of their time away from the sentient races of Valuria. They still fight among themselves, but the battles are rare as the numbers are few. Some think of dragons as a myth since few have seen any. Some dwarves of the Shale Mountains tell of a great red dragon that lords over the loftiest of peaks, only to be kept in check by an equally powerful gold dragon.