Drakes receive their name from living in the hot climate of volcanoes all over
Caelereth. Many have been seen flying around
the Norong'Sorno volcano in southern Santharia, this may very well be
where the largest concentration of Fire Drakes live.
Fire Drakes live to around 150 years of age, however only the strong survive this long because of their aggressive nature against each other. They have a long tail complete with small black spikes from the very tip to where the drake's tail connects to its torso.
|Image description: A young Fire Dragon, already presenting his sharp teeth. Picture drawn by Faugar.|
Fire Drakes as you may have guessed are red, a crimson shade like the magma of
volcanoes in Caelereth.
The head of the Fire Drake is similar to that of other
drakes, the males have two small horns just above each of their ears, this is
the easiest feature to recognize telling the males and females apart.
are usually around 1 fore in length in a moon-like shape. They are a very light
shade of crimson very similar to the scales of new born
drakes. The ears of the
Fire Drake are very small, located just under the males horns
(you can find them where the horns should be if the
drake is female)
and are shaped in an oval form or a circle. The Fire Drakes have a medium lengthed snout with its
nostrils rising slightly over the end of the snout. The scales of the
are fairly hard and are difficult to penetrate, however most
still harm the Fire Drake. The Fire Drake has strong wings and can move very
swiftly, it uses its tail and claws to attack its prey but can also breathe
fire, they are basically a smaller version of the great
Fire Drakes average between 7 and 9 peds long including its tail. From shoulder to the ground they are between 2-3 peds in height. Its wings extend out about 5 peds from its body making it a very strong flyer and one of the greatest Lesser Drakes at flying in all of Caelereth. The scales of the drake's wings are a very deep color of red but the skin part of the wing is a lighter shade of red.
The females are slightly smaller, ranging from 6 to 8 peds in length from head to tail. The females usually stand at about 1.5-2.5 peds from their shoulder to the ground. Its wings are roughly 4.5 peds and the scales are a brighter shade of crimson. The females have no horns on their head making that the easiest way to tell the males and females apart.
The claws of the Fire Drake are very sharp, usually around 2 palmspans in length although only have the dark black claw is showing. The other half is inside the drake's "hands".
The Fire Drake's eyes range from a dark shade of crimson around the black pupil to a light scarlet around the pupil. They are fairly similar to the eyes of the humans but are very sharp like that of the elves.
Aside from being a fantastic flyer they can breathe fire which is a unique
ability at the least. The flames are fiercely hot like the lava of the volcanoes
where the Fire Drake dwells. This particular drake’s talons are incredibly sharp
and fast, the Fire Drake can tear through its prey in a matter of seconds using
its deadly claws.
Territory. Fire Drakes have no distinct territory other than inside the fiery depths of the Caelereth volcanoes. Some suspect that the Fire Drakes originated from Norong'Sorno because of the large concentration of drakes in that particular area. This is un-confirmed and it is doubted that it will ever be proven, all we can do is merely speculate.
They have been seen outside of the volcanoes as well but not too far from their home. In southern Santharia they have been seen even as far as the Lower Fores but always remaining in mountainous regions. They rarely expand their territory, but are however very protective over their homes and will attack anyone or anything that is relatively close to their home.
The Fire Drakes hollow out caves inside the volcanoes, this is where they sleep. This is also where they lay their eggs. Fire Drakes make a burrow at the deepest point of the cave and then the females lays her eggs there.
Habitat/Behaviour. Fire Drakes are aggravated very easily. They have nasty tempers and kill quickly and brutally, hunting hunt during the night usually to avoid sight and sleep during the day making them nocturnal. They are very aggressive towards each other often causing fights. Fire Drakes travel alone in general, but if someone invades their habitat they will join together and fight for their home. Other than that they are very independent, even the young drakes (this will be explained in the Mating section).
Younger Fire Drakes are treated with great care by all of the older drakes, they act as though they are one large family until the drakes are roughly 5 years old. At this time the older drakes are very hard on the younger drakes, this may contribute to the fact that when the drakes are full grown they have a very bad temper.
Diet. Fire Drakes eat meat, they are purely carnivores. They enjoy eating small rodents, pretty much anything they can fit in their mouth with ease. They hunt like a hawk flying about its prey and then swooping down to sweep up its meal and then it quickly eats it and continues on to finding its next meal. They have been known at times to kill stupid humans that wander too close to their nesting area, killing a human provides a full night's meal for 1 or 2 drakes.
One of the Fire Drake's favourite foods is the tarep, a small rodent of Caelereth. They are fairly small making it an easy catch for the powerful Fire Drake, but the Fire Drakes will very rarely hunt any animal much larger than a Strata cat.
Mating. Mating season begins just after the winter season ends. The males are able to mate once they are between 35-50 years of age. The females are able to become fertilized at around 20-35 years of age. All drakes return to their birthplace, mostly in volcanoes. The male is the aggressor to the smaller, submissive females. In roughly 1 to 2 months the Fire Drake lays between 10 and 20 eggs in burrows that the mother digs inside the cave that the mother and father live in, this keeps them warm enough to require no attention from the mother. The mother and father leave and when the eggs hatch the little Fire Drakes are already alert and can function normally with ease.
Usages. You would think that the scales of a Fire Drake would make excellent armour because the scales are so hard. Well, that is not the case, the scales dry out and become very brittle after they are seperated from the Drakes body making the scales virtually useless.
Some that hunt drakes make necklaces of the drake's teeth or claws. The claws are extremely sharp and could also be turned into a weapon if desired, the claws would make good daggers if they were put together into a dagger somehow.
It has been said that the blood of a dragon can be used as a magical potion. Some say if you drink the potion you will become immortal but that is very unlikely. Fire Drake blood may be able to cure many diseases but that is not proven yet.
Weaknesses. The Fire Drake like anything else in
the world has a weakness. They can not stand water and water mages have very little
trouble taking down these fire balls. Also drakes and
dragons that have ice or
water capabilities often take advantage of the drake's weakness, especially in
battles over food.
Their scales are weaker compared to most other drakes and dragons making them not very strong, they must rely on their speed to save their lives - if their speed cannot save them, nothing will.
Information provided by Atrii Redwood