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2023 Reader Question 119

2023 Reader Question 119 published on 11 Comments on 2023 Reader Question 119

Strong Bad Voice: Every dragon is different. No two dragons are not on fire.

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This is really cool! I love dragons so this makes me happy <3 And it makes sense. Even if those distinctions existed in the past as anything more than arbitrary categories made up by humans, it seems perfectly reasonable and even expected that those finer group identities disappeared during a major war and an exodus to another plane, especially with the trauma and tragedy involved.

Speaking of dragons, Bloodcarver once mentioned to Gabe that he has a wife, did we see her during Obverse & Reverse or was she retconned out of the story?

As far as we know, she didn’t appear during the arc, and she probably wasn’t retconned. She’s just not relevant to the current story arc.

In the specific (human) field of heraldry, draconic taxonomy is about limb count. A heraldic wyvern has one pair of wings and one pair of legs. A heraldic dragon has one pair of wings and two pairs of legs.

Applying those definitions to a certain other storyverse, Nadders, Timberjacks, and Monstrous Nightmares are heraldically wyverns. Zipplebacks, Gronkles, Terrible Terrors, and Night Furies are heraldically dragons.

Further, it’s specifically English, Scottish, and Irish heraldry that defines dragons vs. wyverns as such. It wasn’t really a thing elsewhere in Europe. Even in the British Isles, outside of heraldry a dragon could be drawn with all sorts of combinations of legs and wings, depending on what the artist thought would look right.

It’s a personal pet peeve of mine when people complain that a fictional setting doesn’t adhere to those standards. It’s fine if the creator of a fantasy setting /wants/ to make that a thing. D&D does, and that’s fine (though I think it may be part of why so many people think it’s a universal thing). But if an author decides that dragons have two legs and two wings, they’re not getting mythology wrong.

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