Ultimate Blog Challenge Day 6: The Malevolent Dragon

 

 

 

Prompt: Write about a malevolent dragon.

Like humans, dragons have personalities and can be led in the wrong direction. A case in point: Dryas and Tatsu.

I don’t know these two dragons as well as I know say Myrria and Alorn. Dryas and Tatsu tend to be antagonists in my books. But how did they get that infamous title. Tatsu made his transformation to evil before I was introduced to him. Dryas on the other hand; I watched her transform from a good dragon working for Asha to spread and protect his word. Dryas serves as a double agent in all the books. She is one of Myrria’s sisters’ and Tatsu’s mate.

Before I forget, there are two dragons that I haven’t mentioned (well there are several, that you will meet in later posts). But one that needs to be introduced before I continue and that is Alyrria. She is one of the many offspring of Myrria and Alorn. The other is Bjorn who is the offspring of Tatsu and Dryas.

So in the early books Tatsu is the antagonist, and Dryas the double agent. Although I am not sure that is the proper term, she tends to flip flop her allegiances on a whim. At the beginning of the Twelve Pillars trilogy she is with her sister Myrria and the other dragons of Asha. At some point lured by Tatsu, who has already turned to evil, she becomes his mate. Even later after the dragons come to Earth we see her and Tatsu having a family and even later we see her back in the throes of the Dragon Guard, the dragons that are with the Creator.

As for Tatsu and later Bjorn, they appear to be evil all through the books, although I do know that Tatsu was once a part of the nine dragons of Asha until lured by empty promises from Sidramah,turned to the side of evil. We never see his transformation and he remains enslaved to Sidramah and later Satan throughout the series. He and Dryas have many offspring in their time together, one of them being Bjorn. Of course with Bjorn being the son of Tatsu, he never experiences the graces of Asha and the Creator, so grows up to be just like his father, maybe even worse.

So what about Alyrria, what’s her role in this tome. She is Myrria and Alorn’s daughter. As sometimes happens, even though she is raised exposed to the Creator, as a young impressionable teenager she is led astray by Bjorn and temporarily becomes his mate. Bjorn being the evil being that he is, abuses her and keeps her chained up. She has two children by him. Later with the help of the Dragon Guard and Bjorn’s younger brother, Kachi, who has also been abused by his brother,  Alyrria escapes.

So I guess it all goes back to Tatsu and Dryas: What made them turn to evil?

Satan/Sidramah can be very persuasive when they sense a weakness or a dissatisfaction in someone. He will play on those and twist them into lies, make the dragon think that he offers something better, something Asha/the Creator doesn’t. He carefully draws them in until he has them in his thrall. Sometimes the victims are strong enough to pull themselves away, like Alyrria and sometimes Dryas. Other times they are blinded by the evil ones promises and become slaves, like Tatsu and Bjorn, (although Bjorn’s fate is still up in the air).

So I guess that’s a lot of names and history, so tomorrow I will go back to Myrria and explore what she would have at a tea party.

 

Ultimate Blog Challenge Day 5: Mommy I want a pet dragon.

 

Prompt: What if a child wanted a dragon pet:

I’m not sure how this would go over in most households or dragon lairs. From a dragons perspective Myrria says that being a pet is not something she aspires to.

Maybe to start this out I need to define pet: a domestic or tamed animal kept for companionship or pleasure

I think it would be safe to say that dragons are not domestic or tamed. Yes they may become your companions, be bonded to you in some way but you will never domesticate or train them. For a while they may give you the impression that they are tame, but like a wolf or any wild animal one day the wild will come out.

Now Myrria and her compatriots like to tell me that something like that could never happen between us, but then again she is not a pet so I do not expect them to bury their wild tendancies. I value the companionship and guidance they give me and to me they are more than a pet could ever be.

Now as to the child that wants a dragon as a pet:

I would like to say like any pet they are a big responsibility, but since they prefer not to be pets, they pretty much take care of themselves. Of course if they do befriend a dragon and wish to bring it home, you might wish to discourage that, because although they make wonderful companions your home is by no means large enough unless you live in a cave, which I don’t think most of us do.

The other thing is the food bill. The nice thing about dragons is they can find their own food, but if you have one for a pet your neighbors may not appreciate it when the livestock disappears and I’m sure your budget cannot handle the cost for the food they eat.

You would be better off advising your child to have a dragon as a friend that he can visit instead of as a pet. Your well being as well as that of the child and the dragon will be in a much better place when the dragon is your friend.

Dragons are most loyal creatures when they have chosen you and you don’t try to enslave them or treat them as a pet.

So my advice to the child who wants a dragon as a pet, tell him to find a dog or a fish, and leave the dragon to be his friend. You, the child, and the dragon will be much better off with that arrangement. Besides you will have gained a great friend who if treated right will defend you, console you, be honest with you; all the things you can expect from a real friend. And she might even take you flying, because one of the things dragons love to do is fly and explore the world, just be sure to take a jacket, because it can get rather chilly flying in the stratosphere.

Like humans, dragons have different personalities,different motivations, different moralities. Tomorrow I will explore some of the dragons I know with malevolent personalities. Unfortunately I do know a few.