Gale Drakes are very strong. They are gray colored with a blue cast. Their eyes are constantly churning with blues, greens and purples. Tamed Gale Drakes are used in Quel'tra'loh's seaports for unloading ships due to their enormous strength. In the wild they are normally sighted flying in the strong winds that occasionally arise along coastlines, and they live floating on the water in family groups.
Appearance. The Gale Drake immediately draws the eye of the passerby to itself. This lesser drake is powerfully built, easily one of the strongest of all drakes, even if it is not one of the largest. At 7 peds long and a good 22 pygges in weight, the Gale Drake is all rolling muscle, with wide shoulders and thick legs, and stories abound of this creature taking on dragons several times its size and walking away from the fight. The Gale Drake's head is rounded and wide, like a seagull's, its jaws are long, narrow and beak-like, slowly widening as they near the face of the drake. Its eyes are also striking, as they change colour almost constantly, primarily to blue, green, and purple hues, and it is commonly believed that the speed at which the eyes change colour indicate its mood and how excited, angry, happy or tired it may be. The drake's colouring is a plain blue gray, and its hide is comparatively soft as dragon hides go, though this is still rather tough, more like a hard, supple leather versus the metallic-like scales of most dragons. Each of the Gale Drake's paws sports three powerful webbed claws, which provide excellent balance, and aid it in swimming on the waves of the sea. The wings are powerful and large, and it is good at gliding as well as just flying, a rather bird-like quality for a so large and fierce looking beast; it can also use the wings to propel itself beneath the water, though the drake's bulk tends to slow it down.
The Gale Drakes' great strength is the most notable ability they have. Like many
dragons they can also fly, but do not breathe
fire or anything of that sort. They have no
magic about them, which is unusual for a
creature living on Quel'trah'loh, though this undoubtedly makes them easier to
control for their use as labour animals, and lack sentience like some
drakes. They can, however, swim, and can
sometimes be seen diving beneath the surface of the
water to catch fish.
Territory. Gale Drakes are found strictly at the Island of Quel’tra’loh on the coast of the main island, or in the wild, among the sacred islands reserved strictly for nature, and have never been seen or reported anywhere else, except during the infamous Dragonstorm; it is believed they migrated to the island afterwards; or, more likely, were brought there to serve as hard labour animals.
Habitat/Behaviour. Gale Drakes prefer to stay near the sea, floating on it in small groups or swimming just beneath the surface, using their wings and webbed feet to swim beneath the water and pursue schools of fish. Because of this activity, some people believe they may be some hybrid dragon related to the sea dragon, but there is no proof of this. When the wind gets strong, they take to the air to float and glide above the coastline, swooping around in what appear to be family games of ‘Tag’ or ‘Cloud Top King’. They love storms and strong winds, and can be seen riding the gales when a thunderstorm is about to roll in to the coast, and this is where they get their name. In captivity they are used to move large cargo off ships, or take this material from the docks into the cities like carthorses, being very agreeable and easy to keep if trained properly.
Diet. Their diet consists mostly of fish, which they consume regularly and often. They have also been seen taking birds such as seagulls or other waterfowl out of the air in mid-flight, apparently the only change in the diet of the Gale Drake.
Mating. Gale Drakes mate for life, and the female will lay several clutches of eggs during the fertile period of her life. The male Gale Drake has a seemingly cruel habit: after the young have hatched, he will go amongst the newborn drakes and will kill off some of them in a seemingly random fashion (see Myth/Lore). In captivity, when the keepers of the drakes have rescued these youngsters from their seemingly bloodthirsty sire, these rescued offspring have always and without exception grown up weak and sick. In the world of the Gale Drake, only the strong survive.
Usages. Gale Drakes are highly valued in Quel'tra'loh's sea port to help unload ships. They can lift the cargo off the decks with their strong and stiff jaws, and load it into wagons they pull behind them. Another method used by the sailors is to place great bags and sacks on the drake's body, and then load the sacks so the Gale Drake can take them from the docks.
Myth/Lore. This legend was found in a very dusty, manuscript called "Dragon Myths" in a Santharian library:
The Present of Grothar. In the very old days, when the world was still young, a very weak and sickly dragon went to Grothar, the God of the Weather and asked for help. And Grothar had pity on the little dragon, and gave him the strength of the winds and the gales, so that he could be the strongest of all drakes. But in return, the little drake had to sacrifice his weak children to Grothar, who would give them new strength and let them be born again at a later time. The little dragon agreed, and he was given great strength for his size, and has ever since sacrificed the weaklings of his brood to Grothar so that Grothar will ressurect them in the future and make them strong again.
-- Unknown Author: "Dragon Myths", p. 102.
Drake was led and ordered by other more intelligent dragons
during the Dragonstorm as troops
against large buildings and structures, using their great muscular power to
knock down stone walls and buildings.
Researchers. A book was found in a Santharian library called Dragon Myths (mentioned above) which had information regarding many Lesser Drakes and the myths surrounding them. It was believed to have been written by a dwarven drakeslayer-turned-researcher who collected all he knew about lesser drakes into a large book.
Information provided by Morcaanan