Also known as: True European Dragons, or Classical Dragons.We treat Drakes , wyverns, Wyrms, Draken s subclasses of Dragons.
Dragons display a natural arsenal of terrible weapons, such as vicious talons, large sharp teeth, a thick almost impenetrable hide, and often, devastating fiery breath.Dragons were gatekeepers to other worlds, and guardians to the secrets and treasures of the universe. They were often depicted side by side with the Celtic gods.As creatures that protected the Earth and all living things, Celtic dragons were considered the most powerful of all Celtic symbols.
When the Druids would survey the land for any activity (i. e. building, festival celebrations, etc.) they would speak of "the ley of the land". To them, the ley of the land meant the means by which magic or cosmic forces flowed through and affected the area, or how the area affected those forces.
The Celts believed that dragons were creatures of a parallel world, and that their power and presence would affect the ley of the land. Places associated with the dragon legend, the nerve centers of seasonal fertility, appear always to coincide with sites of ancient sanctity.Dragons were revered like gods, and believed to bring Earthly and Heavenly forces together. Celts believed that dragons guarded the gate to both the Heavens and the Underworld.
Wyrms and Lindworms(serpentine and wingless western dragons are featured here)The most commonly depicted western dragons in ancient times were usually serpentine, with small wings or no wings at all and varying amounts of limbs. They come in many names, though they all share these basic traits.
Wyrms are highly similar to eastern dragons due to their sinuous bodies and tendency to dwell near water, though are easily distinguished by their lack or oriental attributes, such as a mane and whiskers. The amount of legs on wyrms can vary wildly, some may have wings, some may not. Most wyrms however have no limbs, and are distinguishable from serpents only by their large size, and physical accessories such as external ears, horns, rows of spines, frills or an ornamented tail tip (ex: arrow-headed). Wyrms in myth are written as favoring underground or aquatic lairs. In many folk stories when a wyrm takes up residence near a town it exudes a noxious smell or vapor which may poison crops and kill livestock. (Though they are not entirely bereft of fire, Wyrms are not usually referred to as fire breathers.)
The most famous Wyrm, the Lambton Wyrm for example, took up residence in the local well, poisoning the drinking supply and air of the town.Worm in Celtic means to settle in watery areas, and wyrm is old English for serpent.Lindworms are closely linked to wyrms and knuckers. A beast often depicted in British heraldry, the lindworm or lindwurm, is a serpentine dragon with a venomous bite. The Lindworm has only forelimbs, and sometimes wings. The term lindworm is often used in myth however to refer to any serpentine dragon regardless of its limb count or use of wings. Which has befuddled the difference between wyrms, lindworms and knuckers in the public mind.Knucker is a dialect word for a kind of water dragon, living in knuckerholes in Sussex, England. The word comes from the Old English nicor which means "water monster" and was used in the poem Beowulf.Though Knucker is a lesser known regional dragon it has come into recent popularity thanks to the "Dragonology" books from Templar Publishing and Candlewick Press.Like wyrms they are serpentine and dwell near or in rivers, wells and lakes. It was believed that knuckers could be found at knuckerholes in various places in Sussex England, including Lyminster, Lancing, Shoreham and Worthing.
The Guardians of Seamaide:
The Kyrie clan were an ancient family descended from the great Tuatha De Danann, a tribe from the Goddess Danu, each member blessed with mystical powers of Dragon-kin. To the outside world they may appear to be human, and some may be, but there are rumors of dragons walking the lands in mortal disguises and not entirely what they seem to be.Yet, there were those who deemed the clan had too much power, and they tried to possess it for themselves. With the dawn of Christianity, others used their religion as an excuse to systematically hunt the dragons down, leaving only a handful in Seamaide. They are safe in this quiet port town, watching over the residents and the lands.