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A dragon is a fearsome, serpentine creature. Dragons have supernatural powers and often represent powerful natural forces.

Dragons in Ancient MythEdit

Apollo and Python

The word dragon comes from the Greek drakon, meaning a python or serpent. The word probably comes from a word meaning "clear sight."

Dragons in East AsiaEdit

The Chinese dragon is rather different than the European. These dragons are commonly depicted as spirits or ministers of nature, and often have a benevolent side.

Dragons in the Middle AgesEdit

George and Dragon

In the Middle Ages, dragons became a popular motif, and the dragon became a popular symbol for Satan's aggression. Saint George and the dragon became an especially popular subject. Dragons of the Middle Ages in Europe often spat fire or poison and were often represented with wings.

Dragons in the AmericasEdit

Codex Quetzalcoatl

The most famous American dragon was Quetzalcoatl, the "feathered serpent," a prominent deity.

Dragons in Popular MediaEdit

MaleficentDragon

Dragons have appeared in a variety of roles. A dragon is the central antagonist of the film Dragonslayer, while a friendly Luck Dragon aids the hero in the book and film, The Neverending Story. Most are patterned after the European dragon, but even in the USA and Europe, the Asian lung dragon has influenced how dragons are perceived.

Dragons in Role-playing GamesEdit

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In Dungeons & Dragons, dragons are divided into the chromatic dragons and the metallic dragons. The Draconomicon covers dragons in detail, but dragons are a common theme throughout the books.

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