Among the legends that was part of the world then was a bit of firebreathing because on the rearest occasions while dragon people were out gathering small cracodilians swamp gasses would ignite and they would find the young near the neast just after the unseen firebreathers had left. However, even with these rare miracles the medicine and magic of dragons was not very strong. For a long time they were second rate totems behind wolves, lions and hawks even in areas where they would later dominate.
Later dragons would become the most important totem for many peoples and one of earth’s most universal symbols. That change would come about in a major revolution of ideas that was one of the most significant changes of the prehistoric world. I will get to how that happened in the next post.
Second Post a few days later in the same group.
- It is sort of a matter of definition that all the things listed in the description of this group are hard for lots of people to believe that they sort of persist as beliefs people don’t believe in and yet we all know that this is more complicated. Dragons are in a category where the story that I am about to tell has not really been told much at all and yet it is likely to proven impossible in the minds of many people and it is very complicated. Unlike the werewolf stroy which is really kind of simple and pristine the dragon story is by its nature very confusing and complicated. The original phase grew and developed lore that included some fantastical and fictional pieces. Even in the first post above on this topic of dragons in one sentence I typed “rearest” kinstead of “rarest”, “cracodillians” instead of “crocodilians’ and ‘neast” instead of nest. Sometimes just such a small error could create hege misunderstandings in the ancient system of communication of the mythopoeic arts of ancient animal societies. The next phase in the Dragon story comes to be after werewolves had begun to emerge in dominance and had begun to drive vampirism into unimportance in many places. While this is not a discussion of Vampires per se its possible to say that many vampires were “snakepeople” they belonged to snake societies. They had high priests who had the art of milking poison from deadly snakes and using it to kill secretly. They emulated the qualities of the snake ass sneaky and deadly and they aspired to master the imortality of the snake who could survive sheeding its skin. They wished to persuade their vicims to accept death because of snake magic imortality and they wished to live many human lifespans which they did by shortening human lives by killing people and drinking their blood.These snake people were hunted and warred upon by the werewolves. In the very ancient world when an animal society was in trouble it would become a sub-society of a larger animal society. Had the werewolves been losing the war they would probably have become part of the bear society. What happened instead is that the snakepeople brought all their knowledge, magic and medicine into the dragon society. This made the dragon society much stronger and more powerful and it changed the way that the dragon people saw the world.But that is only a part of the change. Just as not all vampires had become snakepeople not all snake people became dragonpeople. But dragonism itself was about to be greatly changed. Dragons guarding great secret wealth in caves and rocky chasms which are very huge and breathe fire were about to become part of the lore forever. Fossils revealed by earthquakes and other events revealed the giant stone dragons of many ages earlier. These dinosaurs skeletons were powerful prroof that heir dragons were descendants of mighty gods who had the secret to real power over the world. In some of these same fossil pits the dragon societies found oil seeps and began to mine coal. The theme of imortailty was affirmed by these indestructible gods of the our totem which were dead but still breated fire.Using live small dragons at these holys sites and startin g fires with fosil fuels they used vampiric systems of deceit and murder to create places where people would sacrifice their neighbors and children to a combination of smalll dragons fossil fuels and a few stone dinosaur teeth. In this event cluster the dragons found power to dominate much of the ancient world. The learned to mine coal and gather oil, to lie to dceive and to klll many at once. Because the old morals of the dragon society were against many of these behaviors they developed the theme of light and dark magice which became common in other magical circles. The dark places where the stone gods were found was the place where death magic came from. The fierce but balanced outdoor world where the old (in terms of society lore) living dragon species existed was the source of life magic.
The dragon people also saw a kind of IQ test in which they felt superior to people who made up absurd fictional animals from found dinosaur and pre-human fossils. They developed a crude kind of science for recognizing that dragons had once covered all the Earth in many forms.
Their knack for elaborate theatricality made it possible for them to convince ancient peoples that villages destroyed by dragon pirates were destroyed by giant firebreathing dragons. These dragon societies were still very strong among the Vikings who raided and conquered much of the world in the Eleventh century AD. The societies never completely disappeared but became more secretive and less relevant in the last 1,000 years.