A summoned monster illustration for the Shadowrun role-playing game setting.
Ethereal dragons are spirit-manifestations bending the fabrics of reality. Mostly these things are the results of powerful magics, but sometimes malevolent spirits push through on their own volition in locations where the fabric of reality is weakened for some reason.
Creatures summoned into the corporeal realm of existence may be in an incomplete, shape alternating form with additional limbs, malformations and unusual sized parts. The corporeality enhances while time elapses and in some rare cases the creature can eventually become totally corporeal. The nature of these spirits is extremely volatile, they are essentially hostile to everyone and their behavior is erratic at best and catastrophically unexpected at worst. While the summoning might prove to be a risky business, one summoned to a strategically important location can be just what the doctor ordered.
Dragons in Cresia are very rare. But far from nonexistent. They have long since learned to keep away from the lesser sentient races like humans and have adopted a policy of seclusion. The dragons have centuries ago withdrawn to remote areas where they can be at peace. Not that they couldn’t handle the lesser races – they just don’t need the extra excitement brought on by them.
Cresia has a dragon population of no less than 100 dragons. Most of them live in small groups of few individuals and they have huge territories spanning entire mountain ranges as hunting areas. Cresian dragons are highly intelligent and justly consider themselves superior to hominid creatures. Most of them hold within their heads vast libraries of legends, sagas, talltales and actual historical detail spanning thousands of years. Their memory is so superior that they have not developed – or have non need to develop – written language.
This red dragon lives in the extremely hard to get mountainous regions between Caheb and Akron. She is a mother of five and – soon – six. Her children all live in the same area as does their father as well. This family unit has had no contact with humans for many years and their last contact – a group of lost bandits – ended as snacks for the family.