Monday, October 21, 2013

Dragon Magic: Designing Back Story

Many of you know that I'm currently writing--among other things--the first book of an epic fantasy series which I'm tentatively calling Dragon Magic. That will likely be the name of the series, not the first volume. I'm still working on a title for book 1.

So, I thought I'd start introducing back story to my readers, just to see what you think of it.

In my series, dragons and human actually have a very good relationship. Many centuries ago, our two races entered into a magical pact called the Fire Covenant, which establishes a symbiotic relationship between them. Now young boys with certain magical powers are discovered at a young age and are trained to become Dragon Riders. These pairs of warriors and their dragon Companions are the guardians of the Six Realms. They keep the kingdom safe and patrol the borders.

But, everyone needs an origin story, right? So, where did dragons come from? In my fantasy world of the Six Realms, where men and dragons work and live peacefully side by side, this is their origin story about the birth of dragons:

Thousands of years ago, when the world was a dark and dangerous place, the human race was terrorized by ferocious creatures like Fire Demons and Harpies.

In order to mate, Harpies often take the form of beautiful human women to seduce human men. One they mate, they turn back into their true, nightmarish forms, kill and often eat the man they just mated with, and then go lay their eggs.

One day, Prince Dragonus, the strongest and wisest king among men, was captured and held captive by a beautiful woman who called herself Telenna. More than suspecting what she truly was, he refused to be seduced by her. The ability to seduce even the noblest of men is as point of pride for harpies, so Telenna kept trying, acting more and more human to win the prince's affections. As the months went on, Telenna's actions became less and less an act. The prince genuinely fell in love with her. Eventually, they consummated their relationship.

Afterward, Telenna knew she ought to kill Dragonus, but she couldn't bring herself to do it. She felt strange things for him. Things that confused her. Things she'd never felt before. She layed her eggs, but kept the prince alive and hidden in her lair.

When her harpy sisters found out, they thought her a traitor to their species by keeping a human pet. They waited for a time when they knew she'd leave her lair, then attacked it, intent on killing the prince and destroying Telenna's eggs. 

The prince, though distraught that his young were in egg form, still felt protective toward them. Despite Telenna's being a harpy, he loved her, and couldn't believe that children born of a loving union could produce monsters.

When the other harpies attacked the eggs, Dragonus did his best to defend them, but he had no shield against half a dozen shrieking, gnashing harpies. He took mortal wounds, leaking his life's blood over the eggs. Telenna returned in the midst of the attack and tried to defend Dragonus. She, too, took mortal wounds from her harpy sisters and the two lovers died lying over their young,  turning the white egg shells red with their blood. As she lay dying, Telenna cast a powerful spell to protect her young. Prince Dragonus took her hand, adding what will he could to the spell. Then, they both expired.

When Telenna's harpy sisters tried to destroy the eggs, they found that the shells had become hard, like diamond, and unbreakable. Weeks went by, and no one could figure out how to destroy the eggs. As the hatching time neared, the harpies called on the services of a dark sorcerer, asking him to curse the eggs before they hatched. He did so, for a price.

From the eggs, the first dragons were born. Born of Telanna's fierce, feral, animal side and Dragonus's strength and loyalty, the dragons, both long-lived and wise were released into the world of men. And so was the birth of the first dragons.

What do you think of this as a legend and origins story in a fantasy world?


  1. That is a clever way to introduce the species. Tragic but clever.

  2. It seems that I've always thought of dragons as feral and monstrous. This almost makes me want to go find one and make friends!