Butterflies Enemies

Posted in The fantasy realm with tags , , , , , on November 19, 2012 by drakonig

On this blog I want to point out a very strange and original short story by Orson Scott Card. I read it many years ago within a compilation of short stories on dragons. An they are very bizarre dragons. Female dragons, at least some of them appear to have human form, if you omit they grey skin, flying powers and sizzling spit. The male dragons seem very “standard” dragons and they are small. But they all appear to want to dominate the world, starting from a small city called Hierusalem.

In the story it appears that only one very old dragon remains, And he spends the last of his energy growing a penis large enough to, and in inseminating the queen (yeah, dragons can mate with humans). But the butterflies, who are the natural enemies of dragons and some sort of fundamental spirit of the land, call upon a man to reach the queen as she gives birth to a she-dragon and kill the babe. But he can’t. The dragon looks too human, and for that he becomes the unwilling lover of such dragon who with his help gives birth to many dragons to take control first of Hierusalem and then of the world.

As ever, I’m not fond of the evil dragon stigma, however I must admit that this amazed me from the start. It was quite different from what I had become accustomed to expect. Even the evil of the dragons was not the usual evil. It was more like something you would expect from devils or even faeries. It is completely surreal, down to the poor queen lost in her own palace. An interesting piece to read for those who like to feel a bit shaken and disturbed by a story.

Faranth and Carenath

Posted in The fantasy realm with tags , , , , , on June 21, 2012 by drakonig

They are a golden and bronze dragon. They are part of the very first flock of dragons to be born. They weren’t the very first to hatch but they became the natural leaders of the group. Together with their riders they became the very first weyrleader and weyrwoman ever in all of Pern.

The account of how they grew, so naive yet so wise is enticing and tender. How both rider and dragon discover bit by bit how to interact with each other, how to trust each other, how to work more truly as one. The consternation at finding that Faranth could not breathe fire but Carenath could. The salvage protectiveness and worry that elicits Sorka’s birthing pains on Faranth is one of the sweetest parts. As if the dragon didn’t care that it was a natural process, all she understood was that her rider was in pain and nothing was being done to soothe her.

Then the terror of discovering the mysterious workings of going  between and back without panicking. The grieving that comes from loosing one of them precisely because of that error. But convincing themselves, nonetheless, that the trust they have for their partners is the key to survive, the key to successfully accomplish the maneuver.

I think the description of that first generation’s evolution, is not about the technological achievement but more a lesson on trust and mutual supportive development. Dragons learn as much as humans. Humans depend on dragons as they on humans for survival.  It is the beauty of a perfect symbiotic relationship, in which both parts may act separately at times but in the most primal form become one, one thought, one body, one heart.

Attempt for truth

Posted in Modern magick with tags , , , , on June 12, 2012 by drakonig

I’m categorising this as modern magick because science is a bit magical within itself.

Having said that, a fellow blogger kindly reminded me of a documentary by animal planet I had seen some years ago. When I first saw the ad I was a bit flabbergasted. I was not sure if jump around happily or to dread seeing the documentary. I resolved to keep an open mind and simply watch the documentary. I was stunned. I was beyond stunned. It seemed to beautifully depict the discovery of dragon remains thus unequivocally verifying dragons existence. Further more they presented “normal” dinosaur remains that seemed to have evidence of injuries that could only have been made by a flying menace, a flying six-limbed menace. I was awed by it all, but then of course: the disclaimer. There had never been such discovery at all, but a group of enthusiastic and highly imaginative researchers decided to do a “rehearsal” of such discovery. So they put their heads together and determined the era in which such large animals would be more likely to have lived, the area where their bodies would be more likely to be preserved enough for discovery. They calculated the necessary length of wings, determined what they would have eating, their natural enemies and even their mating habits.

All in all it presents a very convincing case and it left me wishing that it had all been real.

Dragon as an adjective

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 10, 2012 by drakonig

There exists a use of the word dragon that I find most confining and ugly. When “dragon” is used to refer to a person, it means that such person is very strict, unpleasant and intimidating. It is mostly used to refer to women, perhaps because of the nasty biblical association of women+snakes+evil. And any of you who might have read a couple of other post here might agree that the definition is completely biased and short-sighted. The symbol of dragon is so much more than a fire spitting, gigantic, fearsome , winged lizard. To define a woman as dragon is wrong in so many levels: it is sexist (girls have a right to be assertive), it is chauvinistic, it is bigotry and it just makes evidence of the ignorance of the caller as to the wonders and mysteries that both women (even intimidating ones) and dragons may offer.

Ruth

Posted in The fantasy realm with tags , , , , , on December 8, 2011 by drakonig

 And about time I returned to that wonderful planet called Pern. And of course, for this nothing short of Pern’s most unique dragon would do. I’m evidently talking about the first and only white dragon in the history of Pern: Ruth.

  Ruth is a male dragon, and quite literally a little hero. His egg was smaller than all the rest and as an adult he is barely the same size as green dragons. But he was the corner stone of all the carefully laid plans to free Pern forever of the ciclic menacing Thread. Ruth began a revolution in draconic thought, his differences challenging others to further explore their abilities. Ruth was the first to claim that he was always aware of where and when he was, therefore being able to teleport himself and his rider wherever and whenever without losing himself or getting too confused to get back to their proper place and time.

    Ruth is gentle and insightful, even if he keeps the feroucious traits common to his kind. Being linked to one who cannot be a full rider because he has to be a Lord, he has far more freedom than most other dragons, perhaps that is why he could sit and develop a rather philosophical mind, while others are to distracted by constant training and combat strategies to think about things. Ruth may be petite, but his love for his Rider is as fierce as that of the biggest of all dragons, and as I said earlier he is the little known hero of the final stage to push the Red Star out of orbit. Without him the feat would not have been possible, but unlike many heros whose stories are not widely known, he got back safely and got to live happily the rest of his life.

Thorn

Posted in The fantasy realm with tags , , , , on November 30, 2011 by drakonig

   Yes I know. Once again I am revisiting a world. But the thing is that I’ve decided that in the case of some fantasy dragons, to merely describe the species is not enough. One excellent example is precisely Paolini’s dragons. Each has such a complex personality that I think they deserve a description and a post all for themselves. So even if previously I have written about the general overview I shall now talk solely about Thorn; and I am really sorry about spoilers for those who haven’t read beyond the first book.

      Thorn hatched, a male dragon, a beautiful red male dragon and promptly imprinted on Murtagh.  A happy situation all in all if it hadn’t been watched by Galbatorix, who in his haste to have a powerful servant muddled the whole thing. Yes, so far there is nothing to believe that the imprint was not true. However, he accelerated poor Thorn’s growth. Imagine going through childhood and adolescence in the span of a couple of weeks! His mind is barely coping with his developement even as intelligent and capable as dragon minds are. Further more he has had to withstand the toture of his rider and his own to submit humbly to the whims of the king.

     He is forced against his will to torture, kill and otherwise torment the king’s enemies. And frankly, after what he is been through I wonder if it is not some sort of relief for him to see pain inflicted in someone who is not himself or his rider. Even if the pain is inflicted by him. It must be painful and confusing to be Thorn, and since I haven’t finished reading the last novel I’m still hoping that there will be a happy ending for him. Whatever the case, I shall have to revise this post once I’ve read the conclusion of the story, and the fate of Thorn. Even with all the evil he has been ordained to do, my heart still goes out for him.

Gringotts

Posted in The fantasy realm with tags , , , , on November 24, 2011 by drakonig

   I have already devoted a post to JK Rowling’s dragons. However I wanted to attract special attention to a very singular dragon in her saga. Of course, I am referring to the blind dragon found in Gringotts.

  He is a much abused dragon that lives deep within the maze of vaults at the wizard’s bank. You know of this dragon in the very first book, for Hagrid informs Harry that there may be dragons guarding some of the oldest vaults, the ones that call for maximum security. However, it is not until book 7 that his existance is confirmed, and your heart is broken. He lives in slavery, forever chained and in constant fear of injury. Goblins use some scary sounding bells to control the dragon, for he expects pain whenever he hears them… a most cruel example of classic conductism.  Thus he retreats and lets the goblins to pass, needless to say he attacks anyone who dares approach him without the guarding sound.

   However, Harry, Ron and Hermione, in order to escape the disaster they’ve landed themselves onto, free the dragon. Fortunately for them he is not really aware that they are riding him, and is totally focused on the joy of having the chains removed and fully escaping his prison. That is escape is a joyous one altogether, and I have but one quelm about it: will the goblins imprision and torture another dragon to “train” him as a guardian? I really hope they are not allowed such a barbaric thing ever again.

  But at least this blind dragon was set free, and one may imagine he lived happily in the wild the rest of his life.

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