Gold Rush

Gold Rush

Do not trouble a dragon guarding his treasure. That has always been the rule, unless you were a brave knight fixing for the battle of your life. Through out history there have been tales of great hoards of treasure guarded by deadly dragons. Sigurd and Fafnir, Beowulf and his last opponent the fire breathing dragon to name just two. But what is it that draws them to treasure? Are they just magpies of the large scaly variety? Do they use their hoards to attract mates? One thing is certain, dragons like shiny things and are always on the look out for new acquisitions.
Here we can see that gold draws dragons like a a flame draws moths. It appears our world of shiny printed media and advertisement, has left many a dragon disappointed.

As we have already seen the lack of golds availability has led to some creative hoarders, the Sock Dragon and the Junk Yard Dragon are two notable examples. Though I really would like to have a good proper look at a modern day dragon’s den. I have heard reports of farmers discovering “Sink holes” with small fortunes of coins and other odds and ends of value revealed to be inside.That sounds like a dragons den to me! I must see If I can investigate such a find.

Fun with a hose pipe

Fun with a hose pipe

Historically speaking dragons have often been associated with water. They, like any top predator, would secure for themselves that most valuable of resources and defend it. They would often establish a burrow or occupy a cave close by their chosen water source. Whether that water source was a town well, watering hole, dam or lake did not bother them. Understandably this would often lead to conflict. First with farmers who were used to not having to contend with a ferocious wall of scales, claws, teeth and flames whenever they lead their cattle to water. Then followed shortly after by a brave knight, or two or three (Depending on the size and ferocity or the dragon). These cases almost always led to the eventual demise of the dragon, and the reclaiming of the precious water source hopefully unspoiled by toxic dragon blood.

In our day, water is easily accessible in most first world countries. I would imagine that very few wonder if they can safely secure a cup of water. This bounty has worked out great for modern dragons who are smart enough to figure out our complex water storage devices.