Serpent underbelly, eagle talons, antlered skull, human eyes. The Piasa of the upper Mississippi was once the terror of the native peoples, its black shape blotting out the sun as it soared above battlefields like a bloated vulture. It took children from the forests and women from the fields, and no hunter could stand against it and live. Then it was gone. None could say where, or when, or even how. Slowly, the people grew less cautious, less afraid. But they carved a warning into the limestone above the turbulent waters. A dragon-thing, with the face of a man. Just in case.
The miners and log cutters along the Cumberland tread carefully at night. It's said that something haunts the moonlit roads, white form flitting through the trees, always at the corner of your eye....
Another creature from Appalachian folklore, interpreted from a description that is basically limited to "creepy, bestial, and white." It doesn't really have a name, either--it's only ever referred to as "The Thing in White." Or, apparently, "Sheepsquatch."
I nearly forget this matter. Spinolurus show a very interesting allometric pattern. Adults are fully quadropedal (they stand only on their hind limbs to reach higher branches or bird nests). Juveniles and babys are instead bipedal until they reached a lenght of 3 meters (between 3 and 4 years old). The bigger/older specimens are called Burrunjor and were once descriped as a seperate species. Another difference to flying dragons is the state of parental care and the number of eggs. Spinolurus often laying up to ten eggs (Eurovenator only 2) and between 6 and 8 chicks are normal. Babys following their parents during the first weeks but these don't looking much aftern them. With an age of 7 weeks (this state is shown here) they leave the adult animals. During this time they are active at night and day to cover their food needs, their diet is a bit more meat-heavy. During the first two years they often live together to warn each other because of predators (they stay in contect with their long tails). Many juveniles become killed during their first year by snakes, wedge tailed eagles, dingos and dieseases/parasites but mainly the perentie and the lace monitor. Often only one of ten reach the adulthood.
Ok, here my first seasnake. A few prehistoric dragons come later. 800 years ago they live also in europe, but whalers and dragonslayer kill they all. Oceanodraco was the first seasnake that was given a scientific name and description, the scinetists wanted to save the small rest-population but sadly it was to late for the species.
The animals hunts in deep dark water and come are rarely seen at the surface. giant squids are their favorite food but these teeth are also build for harder prey. Sometimes they spurt out of the dark in a family of small whales. Skarks and other big nekton not be spurned.
Like their ancestors, the mosasaurs, seasnakes are viviparous. The youngs leave the mother after a few weeks and swimm in lower, warmer waters.
"The Peluda is a specialized species of fresh water hydra that resides in the vast swamps of france. A slow and grumpy creature, the Peluda is notable mainly for it's great venom and quilled back. It hunts in the reed beds, allowing itself to blend with the tall grass, before striking out at any creature that passes by. The peluda feeds on many small creatures of the swamp, from frogs and rats to the young of other species of hydra.
The Peluda is small, only the size of a small crocodile, but it's quills and nasty temper make it a creature to avoid. Luckily, it is a shy animal and flees from confrontation, which considering it's venom, is a good thing."
This is a little gift for Hyrotrioskjan. [link] I designed my own dragon for the his Lophoraptorid family of dragon, all these dragons had some kind of crest on their head. Here we have Coronoraptor, a big member of the family nad also one of the oddest. Coronoraptor brasiliensis means crowned thief and it had a double crest on its head. This dragon has a long neck and relatively small head compared to some other dragons. Coronoraptors can grow up to 6,5 metres in lengh and are skilled and vicious hunters. Male animals have a dewlap on their throat which they use for display in mating time. The dragon is a good flyer and lives in the more higher regions of the brasilian jungle although it can also be found in old temples which they use for nesing grounds. Coronoraptor is a quite primitive member of the family but also a very succesful one. As the Wyverns came into south America as the two continents merged , many Lophoraptorids went extinct . Coronoraptor however was able to to survive and successfully outcompeted rival wyvern dragons, mainly because of its size and tenacity. The powerful venom the dragon carries is enough to kill a human when the dragon wants to kill . But normally, these dragons seldom interact with humans and are seldom encountered. This dragon feeds on different mammals and also on big fish.
The dragons of heaven are nothing like their poor earthly counterparts. Slumbering for hundreds of years beneath the waters and sands of China, they command great powers in their infinitely long life cycles, freed from the shackles of biological need and necessity, closer to god then beast, and closer to unknowable chaos then either.
This is loosely inspired by BPRD's Scorched Earth trilogy. Guy Davis designed some very eel like dragons for that excellent series, and I liked the idea and ran with it.
The classic seasnake: fast, dangerous, agressive. The most members of it's family are hunting in the deep, but Navivenator (ship-hunter) comes often to the surface... and encounters with humans are unavoidable...
Beside a few fragments from mongolia and europe there is no known Monopterna species which is older than Dryonychus. The small 1,5 m long long animal was found in 1956 in Linxia (China). The skeleton is headless and severely damaged. It was flightable but the long legs suggest that it hunts mostly on the ground. The describer of the holotype assume that Dryonychus stands near the origin of the Insuladraconidea and the Confucosauridae.
... this is an old concept of a dragon that evolved to live as an marine animal. My first idea was to create something more like a sea serpent, as usually is done, but I was watching James Cameronīs "The Abyss" and I was wondering about a dragon that evolved from a flying creature, with wings turned to giant flippers. The bioluminescense was another feature that I thought could be interesting. I know that I have a lot of things to review, but I think itīs an interesting design, so I hope someday to revisit this idea.