Iridium Dragon

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Caitlin Smyth

This was my entry for oakendragon's contest on deviantart (please see it in full view). We had to make a dragon that went along with the periodic table, so I chose iridium.Here is the description (fairly long):Height: 5-8 meters (adult)Weight: 3-5 tons (adult)Length: 15-20 meters (adult)Description: The Iridium Dragon is a extremely rare species. Only approximately 77 of them are left, which is an accomplishment considering the extreme and dangerous conditions they live with every day. As you can see, this artist's impression (above) is of an Iridium being 'reborn'. Not in the literal sense, of course, but of a rather 'phoenix-like' sense. Let me explain further.An Iridium, as I said earlier, lives in very dangerous, self-inflicted conditions, but survival situations nonetheless. It's armour, being formed of iridium, will over time become very brittle. Because of the dragon's miraculous ability to withstand incredible heat, they are able to fix this problem by going deep into the planet's magma-like moon, Veelo, and almost 'melt', or 'weld' their scales. Once they return to the upper, cooler caves, their scales will be reformed into the original hard, tough ones that they first developed at the adult stage.Descending to this pit of death, however, doesn't just help them reform their scales. There is a large amount of extra iridium powder lining the fire gorge (where their fire comes from). When the impressive pressure and heat is put upon it, the powder will turn into extremely hot fire. Most of the young dragons descend into the pit more often then needed, so that their fire may turn scorching white and purple. It also makes the males think that they are hot to the females. The females, however, think only that they are hot-headed and full of hot air.Sadly, there is many a danger to both fixing or not fixing their scales. When descending to the centre of the moon, they may encounter one of their chief predators, humans. Since Iridiums are mainly procrastinators, they shall usually go and be 'reborn' when their scales are incredibly weak and brittle. Humans will take advantage of this and attack these giant beasts while at their weakest, harvesting the brittle iridium, and leaving the rest to rot.Once they reach the rebirth point, they are safe from the humans. However, they find even more dangers lurking for them there. If they don't resurface quick enough, the poisonous gases could destroy their lungs. The intense heat, however, will not be able to damage them, as they are known to resist heat temperatures well over 2000°C . They could fight over territory with another Iridium, and be killed. The floating rocks that riddle this hell could even crush them. Obviously, this is not an ideal situation for a near-extinct species.The consequences for neglecting his duty, however, is as equally dangerous. Their scales may become too brittle, and humans, again, will take advantage. . Their bones could become too weak, or the excess powder could clog up important parts of their organs. The list goes on and on.Some other predators of this beast include, but not limited to: Sea SerpentsHumansSea WaterThe Halogen Dragons (species, Dracus Salsalis)Prey: The Iridiums usually prey on large creatures, including:GryphonsHippogryphsSmaller dragonsElephantsHumansPhoenix (A treat, if they can be found)Chimera (Another treat)Beached Whale or LeviathanTheir characteristics: A Iridium, as you have noticed, have no wings at all. Obviously, they are much too heavy to be frolicking around in the sky like some sort of flying horse. It is believed that the ancestors, or even some of the Ancients, once had huge, wing-like shields that they would use to defend themselves with. However, due to the fact that we only have found only one recorded skeleton of an Ancient, (let alone their ancestors), none of us are sure what they actually were uses for. Oddly, Iridiums do not have the common natural colour-code that seem to infect the entire creature kingdom. Instead, they have the odd silver-grey-black-white colour scheme that sticks out like blood on a white page. Since their discovery was rather recent (1708, first sighting), scientists believe that they came from a vast unknown deposit of metals, perhaps on one of the planet's many moons. That would certainly explain why they prefer to be reborn on a moon rather than on the planet itself. Odd findings: I, having been studying these creatures for many years, have noticed that the Iridium seems to be the only known dragon capable of surviving in the most hostile environment known to man. Indeed, it seems to be the only living thing to go unprotected into space and back-not once, but multiple times.Scientists have been trying to figure out the dragon's secret to surviving the empty void since it was discovered that they could do so. No progression has been made. Perhaps something goes on internally, but no machines man has made works. The dense iridium casing blocks whatever signal we put out there, and then the scorching heat melts out devices. It is a terrible, terrible tragedy in science, not to mention one of the most frustrating. We don't even know why poisonous gases seem to kill them, but the void of space doesn't even effect them.The only facts we do know is that the cold void seems to prepare the scales for the heating, and hardens them on the way out. I, of course, have my own theories. You may read them in my book, "The Living Metal: The known, unknown, and theories of the Iridium Dragon", available from SilverDrake Publishers at any good book store.Small excerpt from 'The Living Metal: The known, unknow, and theories of the Iridium Dragon':Page 562, Chapter 11:'How they move from the moon and back'"The main planet has an extremely tall mountain-extending nearly to the edge of the atmosphere. The dragons, being substantially lighter that close to space, will give an almighty jump, and suddenly burst out of our atmosphere. When returning, they usually wait for the chaotic moon to pass close to the mountain, and then give a second leap of faith. Since the mountain is relatively big, there is hardly any problem in missing.Due to the increase of space elevators, however, many curious and lazy Iridiums have been climbing them to reach space (and using them to get back down). This has been causing many human deaths, and even the mighty Iridiums will die from too high a fall. As a direct result to this, hunting permits have been accepted like crazy, and more and more Iridiums have been finding their journeys fatal."Copyright, Silver-Drake Publishers

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