Dragons in the Known World

Dragons in the Known World

Dragons are amongst the most mysterious and powerful creatures known to the world; their origins in the world are so ancient that only the gods themselves remember. The mere existence of dragons is itself a truth known to precious few mortals, so closely do the dragons guard themselves. While Draconic, the ancient language of dragons, is in fact spoken by tens of thousands of mages and scholars across the world, mortals call it by a different name and incorrectly attribute its source to Outsiders. Some dozens of the most dedicated, studious knowlege-seekers and wizards know of the presence of dragons, though this information is considered so awesome and terrible that it has never been disseminated to the public. To the vast majority of humans, elves, halflings, and even dwarves, dragons are the stuff of legends and fables. They are not. This is a chronicle of dragons in the known world.

To the northwest of Erathir is the dense Junehunter Forest; few live more than a handful of miles within its edges. It is a tough, grim forest, with old trees boasting strong roots. Hundreds of miles beyond the edges of the forest, in the deepest realms of the woods, lies a dark lake. The scene of the lake is silent: No birds live in the trees, no fish swim in the water. The lake is unnaturally deep; down it goes, for miles. There, at the bottom, dwells Burzum.

Burzum is a lawful evil black dragon. Only the first trees and oldest mountains recall when Burzum first came to the land – to the rest, he has always been. Thousands of years ago, when he and the mortal races were young, Burzum warred with men and elves, dwarves and halflings. As the millenia passed and his hoard grew, Burzum withdrew farther and farther into the forest, deeper and deeper into his lake. As he aged, the dragon found it increasingly difficult to pay attention to the machinations of mortals; when the nation of Valua was formed, he was only barely aware.

In present day, Burzum, when away from his secluded home, spends time in human form walking amongst Endamay or, more frequently, Erathir. Though he does not know or particularly care about the inhabitants of the cities, he feels a lawful affinity for their order and structure. Otherwise, he is consumed with his long-running rivalry with the gold dragon Carnak.

Called Carnak, “The Golden One”, “He of the Perfect Golden Form”, “The Diety of All Wealth and Riches”, “Granter of Wishes”, “The Laughing Golden God”, “The Ship Stealer”, “The Wave Maker”, “The Thunderthief”,

Dragons in the Known World

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