Excerpted from Dragonlore
by Ash "LeopardDancer" Dekirk
Chapter 1: Dragons of the World
Dragons Of The
What do you think of when you hear the word dragon? Probably
Dragons of every variety roam the wilds of the
*Amhuluk: This dragon of
*The Ancient One: This sea serpent of Piute myth dwells in
*Angont: The angont is a sacred serpent-dragon found in Huron myth. The angont is a viscious and poisonous dragon known for causing disease, illness, and disaster. Indeed, the very flesh of this dragon is poisonous, much like poison dart frogs. The angont lives in desolate places such as caves, wild forests, and the depths of lakes.
*Az-I-Wu-Gum-Ki-Mukh-Ti: This dragon of Inuit myth has a walrus-like head, a dog-like body, and dog-like legs/feet, a whale fluke for a tail, and black scales. This immense beast can sink ships with one blow from its tail and is much feared by the Inuit fishermen.
*Gaasyendietha: This dragon of Seneca myth is believed to have come from the meteors that fall from the heavens to crash in the earth. For this reason it is also known as the meteor dragon. The gaasyendietha is a huge dragon that dwells in rivers and lakes. Meteor dragons show up in the popular anime series and card game Yu-Gi-Oh as the Meteor Dragon and Black Meteor Dragon, the latter of which is a most powerful creature.
*Gowrow: The gowrow is a 20–30 foot long lizard-like creature found in the legends and lore of
*Haietlik: This serpent dragon of the Nootka and Clayoqut Indians is called the Lightning Serpent. This dragon has a serpentine body and a horse-like head. Haietlik dwells in the lakes and waterways. Pictograms of the Haietlik adorn the rocks in the area so as to promote successful hunting and fishing.
*Horned Serpents: These dragons can be found all over
*Kikituk: This dragon of the Inuit is saurian in appearance. It is a huge creature with four feet, but lacking in wings, much like the European drake.
*Kolowisi: A dragon of Zuni myth, the Kolowisi is an enormous, water-dwelling serpent dragon with horns adorning its head and fish-like fins in place of feet and hands would be and along its back.
*Meshkenabec: This giganitic sea serpent had plate-sized scales of a ruby red color and a wedge-shaped head. Meshkenabec was slain by the warrior Manabozho.
*Msi-kinepeikwa: A serpent dragon of
*Ogopogo: This sea serpent dwells in
*Pal-rai-yuk: This Alaskan dragon has six legs on a long, snake-like body. Spikes run along the dragon’s spine. The pal-rai-yuk lives in the rivers and waters of
*Palulukon: These dragons are part of the plumed serpent family of amphiteres along with the dragon gods of Meso-America. They are powerful dragons, but are neither good nor bad. They just are. The palulukon are weather workers and represent the Element of Water. They are in charge of bringing the rains and it said that the world is carried through the cosmic ocean on the backs of two of these colossal beasts. If mistreated the palulukon can wreak much damage by unleashing natural disasters such as drying up wells, rivers, and water holes and allowing the rains to cease falling. They may even cause earthquakes to happen.
*Polar worms: These are dragons of Inuit legend like the wurms of
*Sisiutl: This two-headed supernatural sea serpent has the ability to shapeshift into a self-propelled canoe. To maintain his energy he has to have a steady diet of seals.
*Stvkwvnaya: A dragon of Seminole myth, the stvkwvnaya is also called a tie snake. These dragons are huge serpentine creatures with a single horn sprouting from their foreheads. The horn of the stvkwvnaya, when powdered, was believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac. The only way to get a stvkwvnaya’s horn was to summon it and chant to keep the beast calm.
*Tatoskok: A sea serpent that also goes by the more modern designation of Champ. It lives in
*Tcipitckaam: Also called the unicorn serpent, this horned serpent species has a serpentine body, a horse-like head, and a single spiraling horn jutting from its head. It dwells mainly in lakes. Some tcipitckaam have been described as resembling a drake in appearance, having a stockier body and four stubby legs, but still sporting the spiraling horn on its head.
*Teehooltsoodi: This dragon of the Navajo is kin to the ying-long of
*Uktena: This dragon, found in
*Wakandagi: An unusual dragon of the Mohawk Indians. It is possessed of a long slinky body, a slender tapered muzzle with sharp teeth, deer antlers on its head, and hooves for feet in place of claws.
*Chac: This dragon of Mayan myth controls the rains and rules over all the waters. He required a sacrifice in order for the rains to come, but he repaid the human sacrifices with his own blood. He has a long, serpentine body scaled like a fish and catfish whiskers at the end of a tapered snout. Stag horns adorn his crocodilian head, as do deer-like ears. Chac is often depicted holding his lightning axe in one paw.
*Coatlcue: A dragon of Aztec mythology, Coatlcue represents women’s fertility and fecundity. She is also known as Chihuacoatl or “Serpent Skirt.” Coatlcue is often depicted as a hydraesque creature with a serpentine body and two heads. This form sometimes sported claws and at other times did not. In another form she is a human-looking female with a necklace of severed human hands and a skirt of writhing serpents. A statue of Coatlcue can be found at La Troba University in
*Itzamna: This dragon-god of the Mayans was the son of the Sun god Hunabku. Itzamna is a patron god of doctors, of writing, and learning, much as Hermes is to the Greeks and Thoth to the Egyptians.
*Kulkulkan: The Mayan equivalent to Quetzalcoatl, this plumed serpent god was a bit more bloodthirsty. He required sacrifice whereas Quetzalcoatl allowed it to be voluntary.
*Lord Nine Winds: The Mixtec equivalent to Kulkulkan and Quetzalcoatl. Like the previous Plumed Serpent gods, Lord Nine Winds is an amphitere. He is a creator god as well.
*Quetzalcoatl: The Aztec feathered serpent god, controls the winds and rains. He is the God of Knowledge and of the finer crafts and arts. Quetzalcoatl is credited with creating the calendar system. Other names for the well-known specimen of the amphitere family are Ehecatl and the Lord of the Dawn. Quetzalcoatl has multicolored scales and feathers. He is often depicted soaring through the sky, creating a rainbow. The serpent god was also known to take the form of a human on occasion. Quetzalcoatl was believed to have departed from this realm for the east, traveling on a raft made from serpents and would one day return. The Aztecs viewed the coming of Cortez and his Spaniards as the return of the Great Plumed One.
*Xiuhcoatl: Called the Turqoise Fire Serpent, Xiuhcoatl is the Aztec god of droughts. This dragon is very serpentine and has a head at each end, with an upturned snout much like a hog-nose snake.
*Bachue: A dragon goddess of the Chibcha peoples of
*Faery dragon: Also called fairy dragons, fey dragons, or penny dragons, this type of dragon is prevalent in
*Ihuaivulu: This South American dragon dwells in volcanoes. It has a slinky, serpent body with burnished copper and red scales. The Ihuaivulu is a South American version of the hydra and sports seven heads. As a volcano dweller, it can breathe fire.
*Iwanci: A sea serpent from the Equadoran Amazon basin, this dragon is a shapeshifter with two forms. One is Macanci, the water snake. The other is Pani, the anaconda.
Ashley “LeopardDancer” DeKirk, Professor of Lore and Divination at the Grey School of Wizardry, has extensive knowledge of myth and folklore around the world. She holds a B.A. in anthropology, specializing in dragonlore and Asiatic/Native American myth. Professor DeKirk is a Dun’marran Priest who lives with her three cats, Rufus, Drizzt and Bakura.