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.
I am excited to announce I have created a youtube channel. I hope to make it a place where you can see more about the process of creating the artworks for the modern dragon. It has been quite a challenge learning the software and skills needed (although not super complicated) it was always intimidating to me. So I’m chuffed to have this first video under my belt. I am thankful for your support both here, my Patreon page and now my youtube channel.
If there are any aspects of my art you would like to see in my videos let me know. I hope they will become a fun part of the modern dragon experience.
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.
Many of the worlds most ancient civilizations contain legends of the Ouroboros, the serpent that devours it’s own tail. Mankind has adopted this dragon as a symbol for infinity and wholeness, even immortality. The largest description of this dragon was Jörmungandr the world encircling serpent. Although Jörmungandr has disappeared into the mists of time he did set rather a tall bench mark for all following generations of Ouroboros dragons. Here we see a little male of the species trying his best to impress a would be mate. The larger the object the dragon can encircle the more impressive he is. Having successfully circled the globe success is almost guaranteed.
The existence of gnomes is a hotly debated topic in scientific circles. All possible concrete evidence of their existence is believed by most to be lost to the ancient past. I believe that frequently reported aspects of dragon behaviour may prove that they did in fact exist and what’s more, I am almost certain that dragons played a part in their disappearance. Why would I think this? Firstly Gnomes would have been rich in protein, and being a peace loving people would have been easy pickings for a hungry dragon, or even a not so hungry dragon just wanting a snack. Therefore it is highly probable that Gnomes formed an important part of the ancient dragons food chain. Secondly, the common garden Gnome is the most popular modern depiction of the Gnome, they are small and generally made of concrete. People in known dragon hot-spots have frequently reported stolen, smashed and even burned garden ornaments which leads me to believe that these little figures are still etched in collective dragon memory as a food item. This, I believe, lends strong evidence to the possible existence of the Gnome people and an explanation for their extinction; Being small and tasty and completely unable to fend off hungry dragons.
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.
More often than not the habits of dragons are baffling. However by devoting more time to studying them, I hope to unravel some of the complexities of their behaviour. As of yet, I have no answer as to why they do this…