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Dragon Species by lvl9Drow Dragon Species by lvl9Drow
This is an overview of the species of dragon types that I will present in my Monster Manual. To give you a general idea, Drakes are primitive wingless and generally quadrapedal dragons of predatory animal intelligence. They are the size of a dog to the size of a horse, and rarely have breath weapons.

Wyverns are flying dragons that are avian in shape, having two legs and a pair of wings with no "arms". They always have a stinger of some sort. They rarely have a breath weapon and have rudimentary cunning intellect, but cannot talk.

Wyrms are serpent-like and have normal human intelligence range. They can speak but often don't and often have a breath weapon or some magical power. They tend to be brutish and evil.

Dragons (or true dragons) have 6 limbs, back legs, front leg/arms, and a pair of wings for the most part. They are exceptionally intelligent and always have a breath weapon and often know magic. they can be good and evil and are capable of complex planning and scheming. They, naturally, look at the other draconic species as inferior.

I steered away from the Chromatic/Metallic dragon flavors of D&D, I felt it was too formulaic, that some dragons could be known for their color but not all.
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SkyFire33 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It gets on my nerves with how I can't find the manual in your normal gallery, but this idea of a monster manual is one of the best ideas ever!
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lvl9Drow Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Thanks. It's slow going. I had to restart a lot of information because we are making it a campaign setting for D&D 5th edition game. This will completely supplant their MM, of course, but this is Mid-World, not the Forgotten Realms for Gray Hawk. I have halted all illustration for the moment and am fleshing out the lore, the world and the way the classes fit in. I have to finish the deities right now. They will be the next illustration uploads. Then I will dive back into the creatures of the world, especially with more lore and background. 
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duke-drake88 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ya forgot that dragon is broken up into 2 species itself eastern and western
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lvl9Drow Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
It's just for my new fantasy world. This isn't an "official" or authoritative description of dragon types, just what I am choosing to put in the table-top pen and pencil game I am making. As far as that goes I try and treat the mythological creature as not being a product of humans and more of a product of nature. i would imagine "Asian" dragons would fit under the general category wyrm. And that these "Wyrms" can be found all around the world with different distinctive looks. Remember these four categories are general categories of many  bub-species. 
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Arrahnel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
you should check out for the dracopedia by william o'connor ( a marvelous fantasy artist) he has a similar approach of dragons and a most interesting point of view on each mythological creature (for example in his book the couatl, egyptian winged serpent and the pheonix are in the same categories which seams odd at first glance but the way he depict it make sense in the end. my phoenix is based on this assumption) and theire is actually 3 books right now although i have to warn you its more like a artistic approach on how they would be in his mind according to myth description.
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lvl9Drow Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Thanks. Will do :)
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Rainfire-art Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! In my guide thing I'm going to make I had these as well as limdworms, raptors (something I read in one legend), serpents and hybrids! (I may still add more). They are for this thing I'm going to do
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Wolframclaws Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Where do lindworms fall on this? The wyrm you drew is wingless, serpent-like and bipedal, which is pretty much the definition of lindworm.
Are all wyrms then lindworms, or are there limbless wyrms too? Or wyrms with two wings and no legs?

I completely agree with the dragons and wyverns, though. I don't know that much about drakes but your theory makes sense.
I wonder what a four-winged no-legged (Microraptor style) draconid would be called then.
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lvl9Drow Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Well, don't put too much credit in what I am saying about dragon-kind. It's loosely based on accepted ideas from other myths. I am basically forming a standard for my table top gaming world. And the purpose of nearly everything I do concerning fantasy on my art gallery here (except the obvious adult stuff I did in my 20s like Feral and the like) is done to somehow cohesively fit into my gaming world. I try to keep as much "authenticity" as I can but there are alterations that have to be done to fit into a whole new system. There may be things that are left out, they may be redundant, or maybe they are just rolled into another creature under a similar name. For instance the Selki (a murderous water-horse of spectral malevolence) has so many names, Buckland Shag, Green Horse, etc... and all of these may be believed by some to be different creatures, but I just rolled them all into one creature and just imagined that in my gaming world all the different names are for the same creature by people from different regions. 

Sorry to get too detailed. You asked about the lindworms. I would say in regards to my gaming world they would "fit in" as just another name for Wyrms in general, and that wyrms are a tad more varied that even what a lindworm is described, but not too much, we don't want to deviate so much as to no longer feel authentic or related with no cohesive similarities. 

I hope that clarified some for you. I enjoy talking fantasy. :)
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Wolframclaws Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, you certainly did :)
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Whore-Queen Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
and here i was about to ask the differences
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synnworld Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Like the list but, I personally feel it is missing like 3-4 species on it.
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lvl9Drow Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I think this deals with the important ones concerning a gaming fantassy rpg, any others, I could imagine, would be trivial to themain categories. I can think of a fiew that would be just sub-categories or rudundant in regards to the main four dragon types; worms (snake like dragons), drakes (wingless quadrapeds), wyverns (bird like or winged with onkly 2 legs), and finally true dragons (quadrapeds with wings). Anything else is just redundant and can fall into these categories, elsewise they aren't really dragons.
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trogdorboy Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What about eastern dragons?
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lvl9Drow Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Asian Wyrms.
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chaoswolf1982 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting - this is one of the few times I've seen someone split the classic dragon into differing types/species without falling back on the metal/color styles of D&D.
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synnworld Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wait, are you serious? I thought this was like basic knowledge to dragon fans.
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lvl9Drow Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
The metalic/chromatic system is so souless. I'm not saying red dragons arent cool, but a red dragons shouldn't be called or defined by it's scales simply being red. How bout a "lionghorn mountaind" dragon? Or a "red scale emporor dragon"? Not, "red dragon", well duh, it's red, but what speciec? What's it called? Whater, sick of D&D
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salvato Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
your dragons are the coolest, and your alien honeys are super spicy...
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lvl9Drow Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Thanks!
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GeminiSaint-FM Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You misspelled "species" in the deviation title =P
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lvl9Drow Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
DOH!!!! I'll change it, thank you sir!
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Deyran Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Ooh, I really like what you did here! It's quite a nice way to systhematise the otherwise rather confusing 'genus' of dragons. My personal favourite are the wyverns. Above average animal intelligence and very fancy looking.
I'm very impressed, keep up the great work!
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Drake is technically just another name for a dragon, any dragon, and is an abbreviation of the Greek word for dragon, "drakon". The wyrm you've drawn is specifically a lindworm, in that it only has forelegs. Typically in folklore, any wingless dragon is referred to as a wyrm. Using "Drake" to refer specifically to wingless dragons is a recent invention. But folklore isn't always so specific, lindworms have sometimes been drawn with tiny useless wings, making them similar to wyverns, and wyrms can often have rudimentory wings as well.
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lvl9Drow Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
I understand this; you must understand the intent of what I did. It is for the sake of our gaming group and our Monster Manual. The version of a dragon that is a wingless quadruped with a non-serpentine body didn't really have a defining name, since drake and dragon traditionally shared the same creature I chose to separate the two so we would have something to call these little primitive dragons. You must understand that it isn't simple to put multiple mythological creatures, even if they occupy an apparent same "genus", together. The fact that dragons are known in almost every culture greatly complicates things in a single COHESIVE world. I still have no idea what to do about Asian dragons; they're a noble but like wryms whereas Scandinavian wyrms are definitively evil. Also the South American dragons, very similar to wyrms, are gods. So if you have all these dragon-kin and need to put them in an order for the purpose of a SINGLE fantasy world and not merely a dictionary of myth, what are you to do? I'm afraid this is the best idea I have had so far. I'll refer you to my journal entry for more details on my intent.
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Twisted-Pisces Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your own MM huh? You going to post/sell it anywhere?
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lvl9Drow Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
No plans yet, it's private now. And if we do it won't be D&D, that's for sure.
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VicDeLaCruz Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Seeing your dragons definitely gave me a Nebezial vibe. Great designs. Nebezial is definitely upping the game for original and natural looking dragons and recently I was impressed at Skyrim for their variety and artwork (If a little drab in the colour palette, but that can be fixed with the new HD patch hehe.)
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lvl9Drow Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Thanks man!
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El-Quanjugono Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
good to see you're still at it, good stuff man :)
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lvl9Drow Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Thanks :D
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