Drakes in a nutshell are bad tempered flying reptilians with a hot flame. They are reminiscent of dragons but cultured and discipled. They are carnivores, they eat mammals but have been known to eats other anthropomorphic creatures and if desperate enough will make a meal out of things that talk back.
Every drake can utilise magic to a degree however they rarely resort to it. They would rather rely on strength and cunningness to finish a job or to impress. Magic is really only used if they’re in a life threatening situation.
They are a war race. They believe to conquer and grow is the only way that a race can survive through the harshness of the world. Being the ‘ultimate predators’ they’re not bad at it.
Not exact appearance!!
Just to give general idea
There are different sub-species and they can vary greatly. Some are built bigger while others are smaller, sleeker and faster. To get a rough idea of their appearance, they are flying reptilians. Slightly hunched over.
Being reptilians they are covered in tough thick scales. The colour of them depends on the colour of skin which can range any colour in the rainbow and black and white. Starting from the top their heads, they have a rough triangular shape. A pair of horns grow from the back of the heads. They can grow at different angles. They can curve out, curve in and out, curve up, down, etc… However they are only slight curves. Mostly drakes have ivory white horns but can oxidise and change colour. Commonly changes black. This is the same as all their exposed skeletal parts such as talons and spikes.
They have a thick brow that rests above their eyes. The eyes can range from any colour and pupils can be different shapes. Females usually have more intricate shapes. Their elongated jaws house a forked tongue and serious set of long carnivorous teeth. The gums can be from black to light pink. Nostrils are usually circular and atop the snout lay six to eight horizontal slits. They rest between the scales allowing them to open and close for infrared sensing. Some drakes have small spikes attached under their mandible, resembling a stubble beard. Only males can have it.
Some sub-species feature a row of spikes or small fins from the base of the neck, along the spine and down to the tip of the tail. Spikes are for extra spinal protection while fins help with agility when flying. Attached to the back are two wings. Usually they are several times the body size but always big enough the wrap themselves twice over. The membrane is tougher than leather but has a similar feel. The ad-limb fingers are spread within the membrane. Some have four and others have three. It depends on the sub-species.
For both sex’s, the chest is proud and flat. Neither lactated because the hatchlings are straight onto meat and water.
The arms are thick and each hand have three fingers and an opposable thumb all of which have long claws.
Both male and female have a flat chest. Neither lactate as the hatchings are straight onto meat and water and yes they come from eggs, the size varies on the type of drake.
The tail is thick and long. Usually as long as their height or longer but never shorter and strong enough to crush bodies however they use them to balance when standing and flying.
The strongest muscle group are located in the legs. They need to lift their weight and be able to jump high enough to catch a draft. All drakes stand on the bowls of the feet, some feature a spike at the end foot. Four toes are an each foot.
The strongest scales are the biggest ones. They cover majority of the body including, on top on the head, neck, arms, chest, belly, back and legs. The weaker areas would be the less exposed. Armpits, cheeks, chin, behind the wings, behind the knee caps, etc…
Females on average are smaller and weaker, but faster, flexible and more agile. They have wider hips to carry one or two eggs.
Males on average, are big, tough, strong but slower. While both sex’s can be clumsy it is more notable With the males. Males grow longer horns.
They are basically immortal, no deaths have been recorded by age.
As for the fire. Drakes have three types of intestines. Large, small and the third is called summariser intestines. It is before the large intestines and can be 6 feet long. The intestines suck excess nutrients, then the nutrients is taken to the fire glands where it is turned into methane gas then stored in muscular pockets.
Maturity or puberty between three to five years old and ends between twenty to thirty. During that time they develop fire glands, infrared sense organs, scales hardness, thickness and darkens. Wings rapidly grow and muscles unusually dense making them much heavier. Females typically have a bigger wing to body ratio while the males develop denser muscles (it’s very attractive ). The eyes usually turn a darker colour and pupils sometimes change shape. They also develop the fire glands.
- Common: They gain the name because they make a large some of the population. In a way they are the generic species. Not the biggest or the smallest. They can take up any role in the drake community wether it be a hunter, warrior or mason. They can easily out weigh a horse and a human and they grow between 6’9” and 9’.
- Skydrake: Small, light and fast. They have the biggest wing to body ratio. Their wings can go up to five times the body size. They feature small fins along the back and tail to help with agility when flying. They are the best in the air and quickest. The bones are thinner than the rest and have the lightest set of scales. They have a longer snout and tail for their size. They grow between 6’2” and 7’9”. They can weigh as much as a horse plus a little more.
- Dolbak: The biggest and heaviest but the slowest. Getting hit by one is similar to getting hit by a battering ram mounted on ten men. However they use a lot of energy, they have the lowest endurance and find it harder to fly. They have a rounder body and a smaller head, they’re not particularly the brightest. They can out weigh two horses and grow between 7’ and 10’.
- Armageddon: The least common. In fact there is only one line of them. They are the strongest and surprisingly light footed. They have two sets of teeth. A row that sits inside the jaws and canines and fangs that are outside the jaw, similar to crocodiles. They have the longest horns that can grow longer than 12 inches. A neat long row of spikes along their spine and tail and wings at least twice the size of their body. Wings can be twice the size of their body or bigger. Their face expression and structure can be describes as fearless and challenging. Their eyes seem to have a faint glow. They are the only sub that. Have eight slits for infrared Sometimes they are called hell drakes or handsome devils but are more ferocious than they look. They stand between 9’ to 11’, and can weigh as much as two horses.
Telepathy lets them communicate with thoughts, emotions, memories, feelings and language. They can communicate to both sentient and non-sentient although to a less extent. Also on the topic, they can connect to the spirit realm and speak with dragonic spirits but that requires immense concentration and a disciplined mind. Armageddon’s and Skydrakes have the highest signatures of it.
Next to the heart is a transparent coloured gem like stone. Drakes call it the Soul gem/stone. Though it is unknown what it’s made of, it is rock hard and grown inside the body until the drake is matured. It’s colour is determined by the drakes skin. A drake can regurgitate the gem or can be surgically removed. But it’s significance is when a drakes body is killed the mind and soul of the drake is stored in it thus allowing the drake to live on in the physical realm, making the gem ‘alive’. The drake can still communicate with others but only through the mind. It gains energy through all types of radiation. Heat has been known to be the most effective. If the soul gem is destroyed the drake can either cease to exist or continue on in the spirit realm as a dragonic spirit.
Dragon magic is a gift from the dragons. A form of arcane magic and is extremely powerful and resourceful but almost never used because it’s hard to control, unstable and dangerous to the user. Only drakes who dedicate their lives to uncover its secrets can wield it effectively but still have to be cautious. Often it can be physically represented as a blue, white or red energy. It can be used to attack, defend with barriers, heal or self enhance but once again it is dangerous. In drake culture it is only accepted for it to be used in life threatening situations. Drakes are shunned who use it lightly.
Bio-kinetic energy is a secondary store of energy. It is created by movement with the bones and muscles and is stored for manual use. They can use it to increase strength and endurance but it can deteriorate if not used for months.
Inferred sense YAY!!!! Drakes have six slits (Armageddon’s have eight) along the snout that detect heat frequencies from miles away. However similar too sight, the further away the harder it is to detect.
Drakes can immobilise their prey with fear but it depends on certain factors. This technique is used so they can get closer to prey. Firstly the hunted needs to make eye contact with the hunter and it needs to be a long enough duration. A quick glance is not work. Although it is primarily used to hunt it can be used in a fight but it has near to no affect to an opponent who has a stronger mind such as sentients.
Of cause the signature move of drakes. Their fire. It is developed when a drake is matured and with lots of practice it can reach temperatures where drakes can melt rock within a minute and have the fire change to blue.
Muscle density. Unusually dense muscle comparing to other races and an increased count of fibres. This does add a lot of weight but it also makes them absurdly strong and resilient. Drakes have been known to tear down forts with their hands only, they can lift many times their own weight.
On the whole they are a disciplined race. And strict on each other, having high expectations. Drakes are divided up into thirteen clans. The only way to be in one is to be born into it or accepted by the its leaders with blood. Though the clans like to stick together there can be rivalry.
Drakes are a war race. They fight to survive, they aren’t completely self sustaining nor are they the most social. They like to create non-aggression treaties with other powerful races and prey on the rest. Conquering land and steadily grow the nation.
When drakes hatch it’s generally accepted to give the hatchling six months to find itself before it’s disciplined. Through maturing they are taught the basics of every area. Hunting, Leadership, Fighting, Sports. This gives them time to find what path they want to take.
Armageddons play a special role. Unlike the other sub-species, there is only one family line of them. They do not belong in any clan but every clan has allegiance to them. They are the most powerful and most respected. Because of these traits, they have been chosen to lead all the clans on be negotiators on their behalf. They speak for all drakes and keep peace between the clans. Being an Armageddon means to dedicate your life for the drakes interests.
Males constantly try to prove themselves worthy to be a good mate. They can do so in challenges, gaining a good name for themselves or simply having a good title. The females can be quiet picky when choosing. Their part is easier. They have to prove they can raise hatchlings well. Beauty does help. After too consenting drakes decide to stay together, it is a lifetime relationship. Drakes can divorce but that leaves a bad reputation on them and often makes it harder to find a new mate.
Festivals are held, celebrating certain events, the most prominent are the Armageddon’s ascension (when the Armageddons were elected), The hunt. (Every now and than a clan will organised a trip far away and go for a little hunt together and feast).
Drakes value a lot of thing but what they do value is armour. Drakes can only earn sets of armour. They have to acquire a recognised title. Some titles are Blademaster which is mastering all drake melee weapons (They earn full body black amour), Warrior is similar to a foot soldier. This is when they are recruited and trained to fight in the infantry. (Bronze and silver full body armour). Hurricane is more specifically for skydrakes but others can earn it. This is mastering to fly in speed, agility, power and acrobatics. (Silver light armour). Berserker is a frontier title where a drake constantly proves to be aggressive and fearless fighters. Another one where only Armageddon’s are allowed to have. These sets of armour are made with the most care and finest material. Their specifications depend on the drake. These are only a few different titles.
Those are specific sets of armour but there are also generic and custom made sets. Customs sets are flat out paid for to a drakes requirements while generic is a ‘one size fits all’.
Drakes can have multiple sets of armour.
Standards and values are set within each clan by all clan members. These are none official guidelines, similar to what they can and cannot do. Some may be dress a certain way, celebrations you have to attend, have certain manners, how to treat visitors (drakes don’t particularly like other races stepping into their territory wether they are innocent or not. They would fight them off deepening on the situation), etc…
Typically they would dress in fabric or leather clothing with metal plating, this is more informal however. For formal occasions their highest achieved armour is recommended.
Little bit of history:
Before time began wars already raged. At first it was only against heaven and hell but as it continued others got involved. Spirits from other realms got caught in the mix. One of the first groups were the dragonic spirits, they formed their own team. Battles continued and slowly the natural or physical realm devolelped. The angels and demons have always kept their eyes on it, slowly influencing life on it to go with them. The dragonic spirits wanted the same but they took a different approach. First they gained the dragons. To fight for them in the newer realm. At first they dominated but as their numbers dwindled they started to fail.
The spirits needed a new plan so they created their own race. Drakes became to be and were designed to be the ultimate predators. They are smaller than dragons, more humanoid but just as strong at true dragons and their are a lot more of them. The drakes purpose was to aid the dragon against other races. The drakes were gifted with their own mind so the spirits won’t have to constantly look over them but that was a mistake. As time played out slowly and surely the drakes started pursuing their own desires and drifted away from the cause and because of that they became weaker as a race in all physcally, mentally and supernaturally.
Nowadays they still haven’t lost their connection with the spirits and nor did they lose their relationship with the dragons but the pulsee between them is faint. Now they live like all other races. Sentient.
Younglings a very playful and full of energy. Often they tease the older ones to the point of anger.
To each other they have respect of authority and are well mannered however to other races they are a little more hostile. They don’t particularly like socialising with other races as they find most of them annoying. Combined with their low tolerance and anger management problem triggering a drake off isn’t the best idea unless you have quick means of escape.
They do enjoy flattery especially when is comes from other races. They do like to think they are superior to everyone else. They do have a slight lust for precious materials such as metals like gold and silver or quality fabrics like silk. They like to decorate and keeps themselves exceptionally clean. They take time in their personal hygiene and grooming.
Most of they time they do not look for a fight but they certainly will not stop one. If anything they would join a brawl. They are a war race where they believe to survive they need to subdue others and keep their authority.
More specifically to the sub-species, skydrakes are smart, observant and good critical thinkers. Bribing and negotiating are a powerful ally with them and they are good at it. They are also the most. Spiteful and do like to tease others. Dolbaks are short tempered and not particularly the brightest. They can be clumsy and in the way. Common drakes are more honour and glory seeking, what ever goal they set for themselves they strive for it. Armageddons’ are a little quieter when it come to socialising. They like to step back and look at the bigger picture. They are alert and smart. However if they need to they can make themselves known and loud easily.
Typically they like to dwell in alpine areas, high up mountains where others cannot reach. Also they prefer to be where active volcanoes are to stay warm. In caves that are natural or carved. However it isn’t uncommon for a group to be in swamps or light forests but that does put them are a slight disadvantage as it would be harder to fly between trees.
Arthropods make drakes sick.
Strictly carnivore. Preferred meals would be livestock. Farms animals and larger birds but they can eat any mammal, marsupial and birds wont make them sick and if they are desperate enough they will eat mammals that talk back; Sentients. Arthropods and reptiles will make them sick.
While they mature, they need to eat everyday but once in adulthood they only need to eat every two to three days.
Drakes can only mate with other Reptilians however that hasn’t stopped them from having relationships with other races.
- When defending yourself against an attacking they have a blind spot behind and between the wings but be careful of the tail. It is flexible and can unexpectedly move.
- They have a lot of pride of their horns but it is also when of their greatest weakness. They are sensitive if they are pulled outwards. If one manages to grab one, one has control over the head. It is best to drive the head to the ground and force a submission. If you can manage muzzle the jaws together and cover the inferred sensors on top of the snout so they count detect heat.
- The tail needs to tense, relax and move for a drake to balance on the bowls of the feet. Stop the tail moving by tying it to something elevated the drake will find it hard to move. Do not use your hands or your body weight to stop it. The tail is very strong.
- Extreme cold temperatures drakes cannot stand and their fire will less effective. Drakes are warm blooded. They can change their core temperature to help them live in hot areas not cold. They can still survive the cold but they will find it hard.
- If one manages to capture a drake and plan to keep it for extended periods of time do not let the drake move to much because bio-Kinetic energy will be produced and only feed the drake every four to five days. Majority of the waste that the digestive system does not take is turned into methane gas via a second stomach and stored for fire. Letting the drake eat less decreases methane gas, won’t be as hot or destructive but it is enough to keep the drake alive.
- They have a mental weakness. The lust for treasure. They can be bribed and trapped with it. But it they can’t suspecting anything of trap, because they won’t bite.
Strength, character building and patience comes through the mundaneness of life.
- FlameHeart Zerath the Fire-Tamer