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What do dragons look like?
DRAGONS: BIG MEAN BLOODTHIRSTY HUMAN EATING FLYING MONSTERS - or not?
Dragons were the largest known flying creatures, bigger than the predatory pterodactyl. However, not all scientists agree on this part. Dragons had wings - it's a commonly accepted fact. Most dragon kinds flew, gracefully soaring through the sky in acrobatic moves. Now, like an airplane where the wings counter-balance the cockpit, fuselage and tail sections, a dragon's wings must also counterbalance the body's weight. Picture this - a dragon of immense size terrorizing the skies. The wings on the dragon would have to have a several hundred foot wing span just to keep it aloft. Do you see where the conflict is?
Dragons had very, very powerful muscles... that is when they're on land. Grounded, a dragon's muscles can slice through almost any material. The dragon also had very powerful jaw muscles that could bite through steel. Now in the air, they are not as powerful. Most of their strength goes into flying, so they don't have the same power for their arms and jaws. However, even though this is the case, they are still very formidable opponents. Since most of their muscle power goes into flying that means that a dragon is extremely fast in the air. Dragons were built for flying, not for running. A dragon's legs aren't built for running they are too short and stubby.
A dragon is a reptilian creature, snakelike one might say, and therefore their bodies were covered with scales. The scales are pentagonal and tear shaped, and are usually very shiny, as it was extremely uncommon to find a dull-scale dragon.
The wings on a dragon resembled very closely a human arm concept, with four extended fore fingers, and a skinny and long thumb. They probably would look like a human arm except for the fact that they are long, scaly, and have wings. The wings were attached just behind the shoulder and down near the small of the back. This allows for the dragon to easily fly through the sky.
Dragons could be any color, but mostly they were notorious shades of reds, greens, blues, and of course the color most often associated with evil ~ black. Some of the dragon species were noted and named for their color. For instance ~ KING BLACK DRAGON. An excepted tale is that since this species of dragon wore the color of evil itself, it went ahead and self termed itself 'king'. The King Black Dragon was the meanest of the dragon species, and also the most greedy when it came to treasure. Dragons hoarded treasure. Jewels, gold, and whatever else they could lay their greedy hands on
The eyes of a dragon are always noticeable. In the eyes there is always hatred of some kind. The pupils could have been round, vertical slits, or crystalline in appearance with no pupil at all. You will always find debate about how they actually look; even here there is no certainty. People have portrayed them, carved them, drawn them, costumed them with any one of the three, and others besides.
Dragons and Humans never got along. Dragons usually devoured the local cow herds, burned villages and ate the occasional person. Some people now claim that all this was done in revenge. Humans usually portray dragons as being evil beings, and sent knights with horses and shining swords out to kill them. A couple of people say that the dragons may have had some knowledge to offer the human race. But since they were driven out of our lands, and out of our world, we will never know for sure what this magnificent race of creatures had to offer us.
Sources and for more information: http://www.dragnix.net/From_tail_to_snout/