Gold Dragon

The gold dragon (Draconis Aureum) is a type of metallic dragon which tend to live in temperate and warm plains and lowlands, preferring secluded lairs. Gold dragons are the epitome of virtue. Other metallic dragons revere their gold cousins as the agents of divine forces and the paragons of dragonkind, and often seek them for advice or aid.

Gold dragons are the most powerful of the metallic dragons (in some versions they are the strongest of all dragons), and the most dedicated to defeating evil. They spend the bulk of their lives in human form, seeking out evil and punishing wrongdoers to the best of its considerable abilities. Its typical mode of operation runs roughly along the lines of a sting operation: the dragon will listen for stories of dangerous or evil creatures or persons, then reveal its true form and mete out punishment. They prefer to turn villains over to law enforcement if available, but will ultimately take whatever actions they deem necessary in order to see justice served. They are best summarized as the paladins of the draconic world.

Appearance


Physically, gold dragons are quite spectacular. Several large horns tipped with umber shoot sideways from their cheeks, and two very prominent horns point backwards along their heads. The most obvious feature is probably the tentacle whiskers that sprout from the top and bottom of the gold dragon's jaw, giving the appearance of a beard of sorts. Their wings, like those of brass and copper dragons, connect to the body all the way to the tip of the tail. From below, the overall shape resembles that of a brass dragon, but the different coloring and dramatic difference in size enables easy differentiation. When in flight, the gold dragon's wings ripple, giving the appearance of swimming rather than flying. They smell of saffron and incense.

Eggs


Gold dragon eggs must be incubated in a nest of open flames. A newly hatched gold wyrmling appears similar to an adult, except that it lacks horns or tentacle whiskers. Both parents tend the eggs, and then take intense interest in their wyrmlings' care and education. At some point, however, the biological parents may send the wyrmling to live with foster parents; this allows the parents to undertake their own quests, as well as exposing the wyrmling to new experiences.

Social


Unlike many species of dragons, gold dragons have a very firm and hierarchical social structure, encompassing all members of the species. This structure always has one gold dragon as its leader who is given the title "your resplendence", who serves until he/she either dies or steps down. At that time, all gold dragons congregate and choose the next leader of their kind. Sometimes two dragons may be chosen; in such cases, the two will share the duties of leadership. The position of leader, or 'top dragon,' does not so much involve the maintenance of order - gold dragons are famous for their good behavior - so much as the dispensing of advice and wisdom to any dragons who ask for it. Gold dragons are voracious learners, and they tend to become very wise and worldly as they age. They freely share their knowledge and experience to anyone who asks, dragon or not. In fact, it is not unknown for a gold Great Wyrm to take the form of a scholarly professor in order to spread its knowledge at some human center of higher education.

Of all dragons across all the many spheres, golds are the least likely to tarnish, rampage, or otherwise act in a manner unbef itting their legendary dedication to the goodly concerns of law and order. What gold dragons consider benign assistance and benevolent leadership can sometimes clash with the ideals of other creatures, and in this way gold dragons do very occasionally enter into well-reasoned and passionless arguments. Their ability to divorce their emotions from their decisions makes them invaluable if frustrating advisors and confidants, and because of their inviolacy gold dragons are almost universally valued by all creatures who respect wisdom, temperance, and knowledge—including some chromatic dragons.

Serene and good-natured, gold dragons listen more than they speak and consider more than they act. Their unmatched wisdom and unequalled dedication to goodness place them in a position to be valued advisors to mortals and celestials alike, and their endless capacity to care for and about other creatures makes them consummate advisors and patrons of goodly beings.

Names

Gold dragon names can be longer, more complex, or harder to pronounce than those of most of their metallic kin, but golds often use shortened forms for casual conversation or when dealing with non-dragons. Many golds from the Aurimia clan (the pure bloodline) bear a portion of their foremother’s name in theirs, as the word for “gold” in Draconic is itself “aurum.”

Lairs


Unlike most other species of dragons, gold dragons devote immense time and energy to the construction of their lairs. The layout of their lairs often resemble those of elegant human mansions, albeit buried underground. Rooms are well-constructed and elegantly decorated with the many art treasures the gold dragon has collected over its lifetime. Typical rooms in a gold dragon's lair include a main hall, a banquet hall, a resting chamber, a study, a kitchen, a lobby, a storage room, and perhaps even a lavatory. Many gold dragons even have a glass-walled observatory, especially if they live underwater.

Combat


Combat-wise, gold dragons prefer to talk rather than to fight. They will never engage in combat if they believe it is unnecessary. Once they believe it is necessary, however, they are amazingly powerful opponents. Their ability to breathe fire rivals that of the eldest red dragons, and they will pour their entire being into a battle against evil. Gold dragons dislike killing, but they do not hesitate to do so if it is necessary in order to defeat an evil foe.

Known Gold Dragons


  • Invictus Vitaradix (born 320)
    • Mother
      • Solisgloriam (born 371 NS)
      • daughter (born 464)
      • son (born 493)
    • New mother
      • son (born 609)
      • son (born 638)
      • son (born 670)
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