Double-Edged War showcased the vampire species. By now, you should have a pretty good understanding of how they live and work. In the next book, Brink of War (COMING SOON!) you will get to meet the next species, the dragons.
Before we jump into Liri, the dragon Kingdom-State, let's learn a few things about these large creatures.
Many cultures have dragons and in each of those cultures, there are different rules. The same is true for the world created in Bound in Blood and Shadows.
There are a few different types of dragons. Most common are Fire Dragons. Most of Liri is populated by these. But you may also come across Ice Dragons, Metal Dragons, and Wind Dragons. The last two are less common.
Dragons age. Slow. Slower than vampires, but not as slow as demons (We'll talk more about these later). One dragon cycle is equal to thirteen human years. Dragons hatch from eggs, which I think the dragon mothers are thankful for. Dragon mothers carry their eggs for six dragon months (six years and six months human years), then they lay their eggs. The eggs sit for another three years, three months (human) until they hatch.
Dragon hatchlings don't get along with other dragons. Dragon parents typically separate their hatchlings from others for their first six cycles, as they are possessive and violent. In rare cases, a dragon mother lays more than one fertile egg, with disastrous consequences. It is not unheard of for the strongest hatchling to kill its sibling.
Once they are of school age, dragon hatchlings begin training. Many know how to fly long before their first cycle, and can use their powers, breathe fire or ice, shortly after their first cycle if trained by their parents. But they are taught to fight and protect themselves.
Dragons are hard to kill. Their hide is tough and nearly impossible to pierce. However, due to low birth rates and the risk of egg loss to poachers seeking their jewel-like shells, dragons learn self-defense at quite a young age. We won't go into how to harm a dragon... we don't want to do that.
Dragons have three genders. Due to low fertility rates and the inherent dangers to eggs, some dragons have evolved to both sire and carry offspring. These dragons are called Sources. Always male appearing, nearly eight percent of the dragon population carries this designation. A highly guarded secret, only dragons know of this potential. Most Sources keep their designation secret whenever possible.
Most dragons have human forms. Long ago, when dragons were hunted nearly to extinction, they needed a way to protect themselves. To hide from hunters, they came together to cast a spell to allow their species to hide in plain sight.
So now you know a few things about dragons and are ready to visit the Kingdom-State of Liri.
Book Two, Brink of War, will be coming soon!