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The Twilight Dragon by drakhenliche The Twilight Dragon by drakhenliche
Known better as Twilight Shadow, or just Twilight, Saranath is a big, mean dragon who terrorises the Northern Reaches despite the populace's best efforts to dispose of her. She likes treasure and visitors, provided she can have the latter for dinner. She gets on surprisingly well with other dragons (unusual given most dragons are solitary) probably because large, dangerous dragons are few and far between so far into the Empire.

Having seen what happened to many of her unfortunate kin within the Empire during the dark days leading up to the Dragon Wars Saranath, unless challenged, will not show hostility to other dragons. If necessary, she will even go out of her way to help them. Provided she's in a good mood, she'll extend this lack of hostility to dragonkin and dragonthralls (individuals magically bound for whatever reason to the service of one dragon), but not so much those known as dragonfriend, since there are no bonds forcing such people to remain loyal to a dragon and she has seen that loyalty betrayed. With these exceptions aside, Saranath's hatred for humans, elves and those who fought against dragons alongside them has remained unabated throughout the centuries.

To survive so long, so deep within the Empire (the Northern Reaches are only a few hundred miles from the capital, Fortune City), Saranath is a canny beast. She moves around a lot, always taking care to raid settlements far from her lair, keeping the pattern of attacks random. She knows some magic and takes care to steer well clear of wizards. The reason for her name, besides her dusky colour, is that the runes engraved on her wings are activated by daylight to cast an aura of invisibility about her. A slight imperfection with the spell means the gentle glow of her runes can be seen, but it's difficult to spot unless you know what you're looking for. Only as the suns set will she become visible. The spell is permanent, so she can't chose to become visible during the day (unless she's in a cave or some such, since obviously sunlight won't reach there!).

And how does she fit in with the Daemonslayers? She reluctantly helps them when they have to hightail it out of the Empire after they get on the wrong side of the Wizards Council (like they'd ever have been on their right side!).
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(this here excerpt is a rough draft, hence the present tense and poorly formed well, everything. - the story's a work in progress since it occurs after the epic (as in stupidly long) I'm writing at the moment).

They are confronted with a large dragon, perhaps 50ft long, filling the cave. Its scales are a deep slate, shining purple where light hits. A row of spines start at its head and run down its back, getting larger at the shoulders. Smaller spikes run in dual lines along its flanks. Along its neck they are joined by membranes, the same light grey-green as the underside of the wings. The glowing runes on the wings, fading now in the darkness, are striking. Blackjack stares at them, mind working fast and a name swims into his consciousness. The dragon, pale glowing eyes narrowed, is drawing breath, yellow energies of dracofire crackling about its jaws, Black jumps protectively in front of Shade and Soul and yells out in a language they cannot understand; Ancient Draconic, "Hold! I do not challenge you, Saranath."

The dragon cuts its breath short, letting the power leach out gently rather than in lethal, exploding fire. Clearly taken aback by this dragonkin speaking a language known only to true dragons. Not to mention it knowing its name, "Who are you to speak my name, Dragonkin?" it snarled, the tone of voice revealing this dragon to be female.

Blackjack stares her in the eyes, this is no time for deference, Saranath is now achingly familiar and he takes a gamble "Look me in the eyes, and call me dragonkin again." he hisses. Their gaze holds. Suddenly recognition and surprise bloom in Saranath's eyes and the fires of rage die, "Bloodbane?" she gasps, incredulous, "I heard you were-"

Blackjack cuts her off, "Gone? Yes, for a while." he elected not to speak of his curse, knowing the danger of showing any indication of weakness to another dragon, "The Empire does not know I'm back.. this form lets me keep it that way. For now." At last he put his finger on the dragon's usename, Twilight Shadow, and with it a flood of memories, hazy but recognisable as the fall of the Old Empire. This was one of the dragons that helped bring the Old Empire down in flames, allowing Bloodbane to rise up and proclaim himself ruler, for as long as it still amused him. The dragon seemed satisfied by this - it was not unusual for dragons to adopt different forms, sometimes for extended periods of time, to suit their purposes. However her gaze fell upon the two werewolves and became distinctly less friendly, "Why are you with these mongrels? They are not your thralls."

Shade and Soul have so far understood none of the conversation, all conducted in dragon tongue. The relief at the dragon's apparent calming as Blackjack continued to speak to it was shortlived, for the beast turned to them and its threatening tone returned.

"They are under my protection." Blackjack growled, meeting the other dragon's gaze aggressively.

Saranath was quiet a while, apparently considering this. Finally she shook her head and looked away, "Your affairs are your own. Your werewolves are not welcome but I will not harm them." The last sentence was spoken in Common Tongue for Shade and Soul's benefit.



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JohnlockedDancer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful job!
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LexThomas Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
Awesome picture and story
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DragonZoo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015   Writer
Fantastic dragon! This is our dragon of the day on Dragon-zoo.tumblr.com
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw wow, thank you! :)
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ShadowthePlaugehound Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing dragon!
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Nashcrom Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Wow...!!!CURSE YOU! 
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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XandriaShaw Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I would love to use this as a book cover. Is that possible?
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Depends on the theme of the book and licencing fee - she's one of my characters so I wouldn't want to see her representing a different dragon, if that makes sense ^^
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is also awesome!
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome!
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Noratcat Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
This is an interesting pic and backstory.
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IronMandy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow that's Awesome! I wish I could make things this good! :jawdrop:
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BarricadeXBumblebee Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so much better then what I can do! Really nice job. :D
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it did take me absolutely forever though :D
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PokeBW4Evr Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Creatures like this is what lurks in the Twilight zone in the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess... I'll bet this is what Midna rides around on as her personal carriage.

Seriously though: AMAZING pic!! ^_^
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

heh, Zelda and computer games in general (apart from the Doom and Quake series..) are a mystery to me so will have to take your word for it :D
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PokeBW4Evr Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
You're welcome! :dance:

Oh, that kind of dragon isn't literally in the Legend of Zelda game, but it sure looks like something that would be. It's a high compliment I'm giving your pic - it looks so realistic and FANTASTIC!! :D Awww, you should check them out someday perhaps - they're lots of fun^^
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thanks :)
I'm always tempted by gaming. I'd love to have a go at Skyrim, WoW or Dragonage... but I know I'd get sucked in and never get anything else done!
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
bellissimo
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DerailedApparition Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student General Artist
*faints from sheer awesomeness*
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awesomedarkdragon Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
why are you so awesome? its just that your art is too amazing!
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celticmaiden7 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done! That is just awesome!
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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ARACELICASANDRA Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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kenywhp Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Awesome work!
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the feature ^^
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011   General Artist
So this dragon is the last of her kind in the far north where she resides, with no other dragon companionship I would be embittered like her as well. I do like its high contrast of light and shadow highlights also the feel on the onset of winter based on the dead trees. The dragon looks like a spines on the and the frills running down the back make the dragon even seem more angry, it is nice and I like it, well done. :D :thumbsup: :+fav:
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the lovely comment! I'm glad you picked up on that - I had in mind a bleak, cold sunset rather than a warm spring/summer one.
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jshapeshifter Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Brilliance becomes you , my friend........j
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RoluevasVasReisa Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Writer
Very badass amazing looking dragon =D Love the details and color =D
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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RoluevasVasReisa Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Writer
you are quite welcome! It is my pleasure =D heh
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Immortalstar03 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
poor creature, so in her kind, she the last one in existence? I read most of the description by the way.
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
She's the last of her kind within a very large area, though not totally the last of all dragons ^^
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Immortalstar03 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
The markings in her reminds me of Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess.
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penjuin3 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome.. 8D
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Juisifer Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Good work
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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bergamont27 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
wow
what a trooper!!!
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GRAVEMIND1110 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome dragon,every detail you did looks so good :D
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WhiteWitchFire Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Beautifully done.
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Kaosu0kami Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student Writer
Very majestic appearance for such a large dragon. She looks as if she'd scare Death himself away.
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Denece-the-sylcoe Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'm in shock....:wow:
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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SkrianatheLostSoul Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
Favourite detail time!!! I am so, so fascinated with the glowing rune-like writing/markings/whatnot at the trailing edge of her wings! It's such an unusual detail, and not the kind of anchor or focus one would normally think of for an invisibility spell.
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