Dragons also known as the Ancient Ones are children of Ouroboros the god of dragons and the first beings to ever master the Source magic.
Dragons, also called the Creator race are one of the oldest races to ever live upon Rivellon alongside the Eternals. Unlike Eternals, dragons are believed to have created Rivellon and many other worlds. They granted many gifts to young races such as speech, dominion over fire, the shape of the wheel. Despite being immortal however, they started to slowly disappear.
With their mysterious decline the true dragons began to kidnap the children of elder races such as elves or dwarves; however, with the appearance of the humankind dragons turned their attention to them and began to kidnap their children at night and raising them as their own. With time they granted these humans their power, thus converting them to dragon knights.
Over the years, true dragon sightings became increasingly rare to see and eventually disappearing completely; save for those few unlucky adventurers who ventured too close to a dragon's lair.
Since then, the dragon knights have been mistaken for bonafide dragons and have therefore also been named that. Both dragon knights and dragons have dwindled in numbers since the death of the Lucian by the hands of a Dragon Knight, hunted by the Order of the Dragon Slayers. The slayers have never brought down a fully grown dragon, due to them their belief that dragon knights are true dragons. In spite of this dragons and their agents primary enemy were not the slayers but Damian himself.
During and after the Great War many small dragons have been captured by the Black Ring, drained of their will to serve as mounts and defenders of the Black Ring's fortresses.
“I shall still live when all their bones are dust and their very civilization lies forgotten
„—Patriarch Divinity II Ego Draconis
Dragons come in many sizes and forms which they are able to change as they wish if they have the power to do so. In their original form, dragons may be big as a horse, some large as a two store house and some may even be as large as a mountain. Usually the more powerful the dragon is the bigger it is.
Dragons have two wings and are bipedal or quadrupedal but this doesnt limit them. Ancient dragons may change their form completely as they please. For example the Ancient Dragon Aurora changed herself into a beautiful woman. Not all dragons may change their form; some are limited to only one form. This applies to Dragon knights who may switch only between their dragon and original form respectively.
Since Dragons are beings of magic they may have an affinity for certain kinds of elemental magic which is visible upon them. For example fire dragon scales are red in colour and water or ice dragons have blue scales.
“Nonetheless, I hate them for their blind attempt to eradicate all that is Draconic. They destroy so many of the phenomena given unto them by our mediators, the Dragon Knights. Heedlessly they crumble great sources of wisdom and beauty. That is why I despise them.
„—Patriarch in Divinity II Ego Draconis
There are no known dragon constructions however, there are places which definitely show their influence. This is especially notable in temples and places dedicated to Maxos. These buildings have giant dragon statues and towers whose peaks are held by wingless stone dragons. The interiors often contain lightning in form of dragon heads with flames in their mouths.
As with all powerful beings, dragons are very proud; ancient dragons also value wisdom, knowledge and honour above all else and they are known to willingly share it although that depends on the dragons mood, personality and whether they are not hungry.
Dragons are also known to possess have their own language which may be spoken only by dragons or dragon knights. One of the ways for non-dragons to be able to correctly and succesfully pronounce or even cast a spell in draconic language is by using drudanae.
The power of names
“My name cannot be uttered here, for it is itself a spell of creation that would give different shape to these surroundings and would spawn new unheard-of species. Even dwelling on it in my mind may topple nearby statues or push new breeds of flowers from the ground.
„—Patriarch in Divinity II Ego Draconis
Ancient dragons being the oldest Source masters wield untold divine powers. Even their names bear that power and because of this there are true dragons known by nicknames or other names and titles such as Patriarch the Black. Only when the dragon has been slain may its name be spoken without encountering side effects.
“They are empty husks, soulless shells bereft of all that made them part of the Ancient Race. Pity them if you meet them, and give them a swift death.
„—Patriarch when asked about Damian using dragons in war in Divinity II Ego Draconis
Despite the dwingling number of original dragons there are still many younger and smaller dragons roaming Rivellon and count as members of the species due to sharing their magic and origins with ancient dragons.
The only known exception are dragons enslaved by the Black Ring in Divinity II: Dragon Knight Saga which had lost their free will and serve only as Black Ring mounts and pets.
Known Ancient dragons
- Patriarch the Black
- While Zorl-Stissa and the lizards used to have the appearance of red dragons they are not related to the true dragons.