Windrider Saga Character Sketch Series #2: Majestrin

All right, commentors and fans, you got it--the consensus on the next sketch to go up on the blog was in favor of Majestrin, so here we go.

Majestrin is a mature silver dragon (mature meaning being just over 1800 years old during the time frame the Windrider stories take place.) His natural habitat is the colder northern reaches of the country of Radromir, high in the peaks of the always-snowclad Triastead mountians, the main mountain range on the western side of Argent. While he prefers colder climates, he can manage in just about any environment. Whether he'll be happy about it is another story.

The dragons of Majestrin's world employ breath weapons of huge variety, from freezing liquid (think liquid nitrogen) to paralyzing gas, to chlorine, to magma, and of course, the old standby, fire. All dragons are limited in how often they can utilize their breath, however, as a mixure of biological processes and magical replication determines the potency of the gas cloud, liquid, or energy they deploy. But when there's no breath, there are always teeth, claws, and a tail to fill in the gaps.

Majestrin's backstory, I fear, will have to remain shrouded in mystery, because some of it unfolds in the telling of the third Windrider Saga volume.

Comments

  1. Utterly cool...

    Chlorine? How did you know? I used phosgene (related) as a dragon's defense mechanism in one of my as-yet unfinished books. I've forgotten the chemical mechanisms required for a body to make those things, but it's more or less possible.

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    1. Who can resist a caustic liquid or gas as an option for a dragon? Isn't it bizarre how writing makes us think things like, "What would be just awful? Chemical burns! Perfect."

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  2. Majestrin is awesome! Really can't wait for his backstory... :)

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    1. Thanks for thinking he's awesome. As all authors do, I'm afraid I have to make his life difficult, both in his back story and in the book three plot, but hopefully that will give him more points on the awesome scale. :) I appreciate the good word and enthusiasm.

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  3. So Maj is a very classic-looking dragon. I assume from the shading that he's a really shiny silver, right?

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    1. Yes, Kessie, you're right about his scales being shiny. I probably didn't even make them reflective enough in this sketch, but I could be toning a bazillion scales for a long time to accomplish that! :D

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous. This creature sounds fascinating, and the sketch has so much detail! Thanks for sharing these on your blog. :D

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  5. That illustration helps the character come to life for me. I've had a feeling that Majestrin is much more than a stereotypical good-wise-dragon type, but I haven't really been able to see it. I can't wait to probe the mysteries of his long life in the third volume. ;)

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