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'''Noble dragons''' ''(Draco nobilis)'' are intelligent, arrogant, powerful, and graceful and beautiful in a specialized sense.  Noble dragons are huge and winged, can produce an extremely hot flame, and seem to defy normal physics in both their flying and their flaming.  If they are flesh and blood, each noble dragon will weigh many tons, but the one noble dragon that appeared in Ankh-Morpork lazily flaps its wings once to take off and glides for the rest of the flight.  The noble dragon doesn't seem to have eaten much in the way of energy-rich fuels, but its flame has been far hotter than that of the most gluttonous [[swamp dragon]]s.
'''Noble dragons''' ''(Draco nobilis)'' are intelligent, arrogant, powerful, and graceful and beautiful in a specialized sense.  Noble dragons are huge and winged, can produce an extremely hot flame, and seem to defy normal physics in both their flying and their flaming.  If they are flesh and blood, each noble dragon will weigh many tons, but the one noble dragon that appeared in Ankh-Morpork lazily flaps its wings once to take off and glides for the rest of the flight.  The noble dragon doesn't seem to have eaten much in the way of energy-rich fuels, but its flame has been far hotter than that of the most gluttonous [[swamp dragon]]s.


The fact is, the noble dragon is one of the [[Discworld (world)|Discworld]] species that has evolved to live on magic. Their body materializes by magic, they flame by magic, they fly (or glide) by magic. Since the large amount of magic required for a noble dragon to exist in the more normal dimensions of Discworld is not available everywhere, noble dragons have gone into another dimension, all metaphorically squished up like rather huge and beautiful sardines. A noble dragon is summoned by a person, or several people, performing a ritual according to ''[[The Summoning of Dragons]]'' written by the [[wizard's magic|wizard]] [[Tubal de Malachite]] many years ago. People performing this ritual have to imagine the dragon very intensely, and gather objects that might be magical. The noble dragon feeds on the magic, comes through the mind of one of those people, and afterwards may be able to read his mind. In effect, the materialized noble dragon shares some personality traits with the performer of this ritual.
The fact is, the noble dragon is one of the [[Discworld (world)|Discworld]] species that has evolved to live on magic. Their body materializes by magic, they flame by magic, and they fly (or glide) by magic. Since the large amount of magic required for a noble dragon to exist in the more normal dimensions of Discworld is not available everywhere, noble dragons have gone into another dimension, all metaphorically squished up like rather huge and beautiful sardines. A noble dragon is summoned by a person, or several people, performing a ritual according to ''[[The Summoning of Dragons]]'' written by the [[wizard's magic|wizard]] [[Tubal de Malachite]] many years ago. People performing this ritual have to imagine the dragon very intensely, and gather objects that might be magical. The noble dragon feeds on the magic, comes through the mind of one of those people, and afterwards may be able to read his mind. In effect, the materialized noble dragon shares some personality traits with the performer of this ritual.


Dragons can also be summoned in the presence of a very intense field of raw magic, like the ones in the [[Wyrmberg]] in {{TCOM}}. A very powerful imagination and concentration is also needed. Depending on the imagination of the person and the training, one can summon different quantities of dragons, but they can only keep on existing within range of the Wyrmberg (because of some kind of inverse square law). As the dragons fly away they start to dwindle.
Dragons can also be summoned in the presence of a very intense field of raw magic, like the ones in the [[Wyrmberg]] in {{TCOM}}. A very powerful imagination and concentration is also needed. Depending on the imagination of the person and the training, one can summon different quantities of dragons, but they can only keep on existing within range of the Wyrmberg (because of some kind of inverse square law). As the dragons fly away they start to dwindle.

Revision as of 00:02, 22 May 2015

Noble dragons (Draco nobilis) are intelligent, arrogant, powerful, and graceful and beautiful in a specialized sense. Noble dragons are huge and winged, can produce an extremely hot flame, and seem to defy normal physics in both their flying and their flaming. If they are flesh and blood, each noble dragon will weigh many tons, but the one noble dragon that appeared in Ankh-Morpork lazily flaps its wings once to take off and glides for the rest of the flight. The noble dragon doesn't seem to have eaten much in the way of energy-rich fuels, but its flame has been far hotter than that of the most gluttonous swamp dragons.

The fact is, the noble dragon is one of the Discworld species that has evolved to live on magic. Their body materializes by magic, they flame by magic, and they fly (or glide) by magic. Since the large amount of magic required for a noble dragon to exist in the more normal dimensions of Discworld is not available everywhere, noble dragons have gone into another dimension, all metaphorically squished up like rather huge and beautiful sardines. A noble dragon is summoned by a person, or several people, performing a ritual according to The Summoning of Dragons written by the wizard Tubal de Malachite many years ago. People performing this ritual have to imagine the dragon very intensely, and gather objects that might be magical. The noble dragon feeds on the magic, comes through the mind of one of those people, and afterwards may be able to read his mind. In effect, the materialized noble dragon shares some personality traits with the performer of this ritual.

Dragons can also be summoned in the presence of a very intense field of raw magic, like the ones in the Wyrmberg in The Colour of Magic. A very powerful imagination and concentration is also needed. Depending on the imagination of the person and the training, one can summon different quantities of dragons, but they can only keep on existing within range of the Wyrmberg (because of some kind of inverse square law). As the dragons fly away they start to dwindle.