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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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duke-drake88 Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ya forgot that dragon is broken up into 2 species itself eastern and western
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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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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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Thanks. Will do :)
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Rainfire-art 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 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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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 Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, you certainly did :)
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Whore-Queen Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
and here i was about to ask the differences
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synnworld 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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