In this turbulent world far too often we feel the desire to relocate. Perhaps a change of scenery will provide us the stability and safety we desire? For modern dragons this desire is all too familiar, in fact it is the reason they have survived up to our present age at all. But unlike other animals, easily able to migrate or flee to and fro at the slightest hint of danger or detection, dragons have to deal with an all too human problem when the need to move strikes them. Logistics. Dragons have earthly treasures to consider and favorite furry friends too! Add to that the need to avoid detection and dragons have real challenges to face when moving house. So how do they do it?
Choosing the evening hours for travel goes a long way when avoiding prying eyes and a cloudy day doesn’t hurt either. Safety in numbers is also a good rule. It is not uncommon for smaller dragon species to nest and hoard with larger dragons both for the obvious protection reasons and the less obvious being-a-dragon-in-our-modern-age-and-having-to-stay-hidden-all-the-time-is-boring-on-your-own reasons. ‘Many claws also means more treasure transported’ as the old dragon saying goes. Even when a dragon and companions take great care to relocate in secret and leave not a hint of their passing, the transportation of their precious treasures over great distances with claws, tails, teeth and what ever primitive means they can devise means that losses can’t be avoided.
So if you ever awaken to the sound of coins tinkling on your roof or find a stray watch or even a cookie crumb trail of a completely random assortment of shiny objects in your garden perhaps it isn’t your neighbor throwing trash over your fence again, perhaps this time you had a scaly logistical nightmare passing over your house on the way to greener pastures.
Dragons are greedy by nature.They have a “first come, only served” policy when it comes to distribution of edibles. Even if there is plenty of food to go around there isn’t enough to go around. There is an abundance of stray food in our modern world, enough to ensure that the dragon population could be well fed, but often this isn’t the case. Dragons will expend much energy ensuring they are the only ones to eat when an easy meal is found. In our modern world one man’s trash is a dragons menu.
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Majestic. That is the word that best described the great dragons of old. They were proud and noble and terrible to behold. They looked down upon the works of men and defied them to the last. Fear was an emotion that they were unfamiliar with. Their hunting ability was legendary- They would take and none could challenge. Not so with many a modern dragon. They would sooner flee than risk a direct encounter with people, which has kept them alive until now. However from time to time an anomaly appears, a modern dragon with a fearless heart, a heart like one of the dragons of old. Though often small, these dragons are fearless hunters and are able to take from man what matters most!
“If you love something, set it free. If it comes back it’s yours, if not, it was never yours to begin with.” Let the words of this famous saying sink in. Meditate on their wisdom, let the soothing peace wash over you. Sayings like these are comforting to us and it shouldn’t be surprising that other intelligent beings like dragons also have comforting sayings. In fact they even have one that is quite similar in nature to the above mentioned! Albeit coloured slightly by a different value system. Though I’m sure some people subscribe to this version of the saying too. I believe it goes something like this ” If you love something, it’s mine, if I love something ,it’s mine! You can’t have it! it’s mine! don’t you look at it… I see that look in your eyes! No stop it! I can’t hear you! NA NA NA NA NA NAAAAAAAAH! MINE, MINE, MINE!” I might be paraphrasing a bit but you get the just of it.
In many parts of the ancient world dragon sightings were taken as a sign of ill news or a bad omen. If dragons were seen flying in the heavens it could mean a storm was coming or perhaps war was imminent in the land. As if the presence of large, flying, fire breathing creatures over head wasn’t bad enough, men and women would be in crisis wondering what it all means! Of course for many it meant nothing more than the loss of livestock to a hungry dragon. Great dragons of the past may well have been aware of their powerful reputations for forecasting disaster and may even have enjoyed the fear they inspired. Modern dragons however are rather less intimidating in their physical aspect than their ancestors. Even so they can still bear news of great terror, jam packed with fear inducing forecasts of doom! All they need do is deliver a humble newspaper.
Dragons as a species are incredibly task oriented. They are goal setters and go-getters. They see a pile of treasure, they covet a pile of treasure and they steal a pile of treasure. Or they see a beautiful bouquet of flowers they covet a beautiful bouquet of flowers and the tear up a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Even though the gene-pools of many of the worlds remaining dragon species are severely lacking a deep end not one has lost it’s mischievous tendencies. The Modern dragon’s smaller size is what has kept it out of trouble (or extinction). Small scale mischief may result in a missing garden ornament or shiny bike or unfortunately some poultry. These kinds of things largely pass unnoticed in our fast paced world. The same mischievous tendencies had their gigantic ancestors holding villages hostage for sheep and maidens fair. This resulted in them battling head to head with mankind’s greatest heroes and ultimately led to their demise. I suppose when it comes to dragons the difference between extreme danger and mischief is a matter of scale.
The only thing more dangerous than a wolf in sheep’s clothing is a dragon in wolfs clothing. Dragons are the undisputed apex predator of every food chain. Their cunning and tenacity have allowed them to maintain a low profile in our modern era. Forsaking their old hunting tactics of raining fire down from above, openly flying the skies and generally being highly conspicuous, they rather opt for more stealthy operations like seamlessly blending in with their desired prey, getting them acclimatized to their presence, gaining their trust and waiting for the ideal time to strike.