What of a Dragon’s Primary Trait?
If you was a Western Dragon, then I’d say that your most important trait – should be the ability to breath Fire! How else would you rampage a Castle? Or hold a Damsel in your Tower? Without a breath of Fire, you’d not be able to chase away those “pesky” Knights 🙂 Without a breath of Fire, you’d not be able to roast a chicken or two! Without a breath of fire, you’d not be able to find your way – in your darkest Treasure Hoard.
If you was an Eastern Dragon, then I’d say that your most important trait – should be the ability to interact with the element of Water! Now, I don’t mean that your Dragon should feature a powerful water jet, that you could “blast” a Knight with [as that would seem more befitting of an Ice Dragon!]. More that your Dragon, should be connected with the fluidity of Water: perhaps the ability to bring calmness to a raging Sea, or to be Guardian of an Ocean Treasure [such as the Wisdom of Atlantis, or a sunken Pirate Ship].
What of a Dragon’s secondary Traits?
It’s here that your Dragon, can gain a personality “all of his/her own”. If your Western Dragon is covered in Talons and Barbs, then it’s suggestive, that their a Fighting Dragon. If your Eastern Dragon is covered in Barnacles and See Weed, then it’s suggestive, that their a Sleeping Coral Dragon. If your Western Dragon is adorned in Medieval Armour, then everyone shall know, their a Battle Dragon. If your Eastern Dragon is coloured in Gold, then everyone shall know, their an Imperial Dragon; perhaps even, of a Chinese Dynasty 🙂
What of a Dragon’s Traits in Realms of Art?
No matter what level your artists skills are at, through the use of basic shapes [such as lines and circles], is it possible for you to visualise your Dragon’s traits 🙂 Here’s a Dragon I drew some time ago. He’s not the greatest Dragon, but we know that he’s a Western, he walks on all fours, and he has the ability to fly:
My use of green tells us his associated with Nature, perhaps of the Woods, or the Deepest Forest. My use of red tells us that this Dragon can breath Fire. Thus, can I say that colour is an important Dragon’s trait. There’s also something in my Dragon’s stance. OK, his on four legs, but the line of his armoured chest, suggests that this Dragon is somewhat proud. It’s as though his a Dragon, and he doesn’t care who knows it! And in that stance, is it also not possible to say, that he is guarding the Heart of the Woods? In any case, I can say that a Dragon’s stance is important – as it helps to refine their personality, and in doing so, can help you tell a story.
What of a Dragon’s tale/story-line?
It was upon a Path within these Springtime Woods, that lead my Steed upon a Path. In Tangled Green, with Fires of Red, and Running Flight of Emerald Dream. In Talons Red, with Spines in Sharp, with Muscled Stance, and Flick of Tale. In Hardened Spine, with Wings held High. In Scales of Green, and Shades of Red – a Western Dragon, Glint at Me. In Look at Thee, with Balance Four. In Thought of Me, and Elven Speak 🙂 Thy Woodland Dragon barred my way! Thus can I say, that a Dragon’s traits, can also play directly into your story-line 🙂