As an author, I’m asked by readers how I create characters. According to one reviewer, “even the dragons were each unique.” One seventh grade boy when asked who his favorite character in Dragon’s Future was said the dragon, Wyeth. So, what makes these dragons so unique? How do I create creatures that people love?
Who doesn’t agree that the Dream Works’ Toothless is down right adorable? Or that Saphira is a creature to be reckoned with? Each of my main dragons has some specific personality quirk.
Wyeth is a small dragon who values his rider being cautious but willing to stand up for what’s right. Wyeth has to find the wind currents to keep ahead.
Kyn’s dragon, Wyden, loves dirt. He rolls in it like a horse would. Kyn wonders why a midnight black dragon would want to be covered in brown mud or dust, but that’s his dragon.
2. Physical appearance
There are many choices for dragon appearance. Eastern dragons tend to be two or four legged creatures without wings, while western dragons have wings. The wyvern only has two legs, much like a pterodactyl of old. Maybe that’s the origin of our wyvern, but that’s for my ‘are dragons real’ blog series.
I chose to have western dragons with four legs. They have horns from their forehead down their neck and then along their tail. They also have side horns that stretch back. The dragons, much like a dog or cat with their ears, like to have the base of the horn scratched. They have scales that resemble gems, and their wings are iridescent.
Dragons have a myriad of abilities to choose from. They could be wise and witty, to blowing fire and attacking villages. The sky’s really the limit for a dragon. My dragons blow fire, yet are kind and work together to help each other and people. They are faithful to their rider for life. As with most dragons, magic is inherent.
a. Dragon Courage
Dragon courage is a unique ability of my dragons to breathe sparkly dust—much like ash—instead of fire. This dust imbues the person sprayed with the courage of a dragon. In some instances, it even gave the person some of the dragon’s memories. Dragon courage smells of rosemary and pine needles, and some day I’ll do a post on the science behind that.
b. Giving Magical Qualities
Turqueso, Braidyn’s dragon, has been known to give stones magical qualities such as telepathy, extra strength, and being able to sense emotions. Turqueso also blew fire at a person without burning the person outwardly; instead, the person’s conscience was seared and changed. In Dragon’s Cure a dragon is capable of helping a blacksmith by creating stronger metals.
Dragons are fascinating creatures that are fun to create. What qualities do you look for in a dragon? Let me know. Who knows, I may take your idea and create a new character.
Kandi J Wyatt,