Dragons, lore and interactions

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Snakebite84 said:

“Yea but since every race is supposed to choose theyre own path youd figure dragons would be capable of the same. Like an outcast dragon that prefers peace over genocide, or a dragon that actually supports the combine.”
This is an interesting question.

The First Brood dragons were created by Veeshan herself. She being the embodiment of Order, dragons were placed on the young world of Norrath as creatures governed by that influence. Dragons are magical beings (as opposed to mortal beings), which gives them certain advantages: extremely long life, inherent connection to potent powers, and a clearly defined roll and purpose.

The disadvantage magical creatures have is that they lack the free will of mortal beings. In a sense, magical creatures–even ones as intelligent as dragons–have a sort of destiny scribed for them from which they can’t conceive of deviating. They have a specific perspective on the universe.

In the beginning, the dragons had very straightforward duties and motivations. There wasn’t any room for interpretation. But as time went on and Veeshan was long absent, other influences began creeping in. Certain dragons began interpreting the will of Veeshan differently, and believed that achieving their desired ends required actions not directly called for by the Skymother.

The schism that allowed the Ring of Scale to develop was not supposed to be possible. But as we saw in "Rise of the Ring," there were very different opinions on what should be done about the mortals. Yet despite their opposing views, Yelinak and Trakanon both believe they are carrying out the will of Veeshan.

Even a dragon as extreme as Ithiosar doesn’t believe he’s evil. He feels he’s doing what he must, both for his people and for the good of Norrath itself. It certainly can’t be said that he doesn’t relish seeing the mortals suffer, though from a certain point of view, he has his reasons.

There are other dragons who have a more positive view of mortals. Wuoshi is an example of this kind of dragon. That doesn’t mean he loves all mortals, but he can see their value and sometimes chooses to interact with certain individuals.

Positive interactions between dragons and mortals were common in the Keldarain Era. But the manner in which that period ended caused many dragons to be wary of forming the same kind of bond with the new generation of mortal races.

At the dev brunch, I asked about dragons and their involvement and interactions with mortals. Dragons of all kinds have been around for ages and have, thus, a vast pool of knowledge and experience from which to draw. It seems to me, that this has enormous content potential. Even creatures with the disadvantage of not having free will, as stated above, would certainly differ on how they thought best to execute the directives handed to them.
After reading the ebooks, I could easily see Lady Vox having content for magic focused players, maybe investigating the rifts and magical anomalies Yelinak was inquiring about. It would not be unreasonable for Ithiosar to use the mortal insects to his ends. Lord Nagafen might be swayed by the honoring of tradition that other mortals display, as he did at the meeting.
Dragons have always been a part of lore and games. What I’m really hoping is that we’ll have the chance to find out why each of them does the things they do and be able to help them (or stop them) as they follow their chosen path.

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