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Dragon Maladies (Part 3 of 5)

Illustration from More English Fairy TalesDragons are huge, powerful creatures feared by one and all, but just as the mightiest human warrior can be laid low by the flu, so too can dragons contract, be weakened by, and even die from various diseases.

What follows is a description of some—but by no means all—of the maladies and draco-disorders afflicting the great reptilian race…

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Hatchling Fever: While rare among dragons dwelling in either cold climates or dry, desert environments, hatchling fever is common among those in more temperate zones, especially in swamps, bogs, and other wetlands. Some sages point to the disease as to why there are not more dragons in the world.

The symptoms are unmistakable. Newly hatched dragons suddenly become listless a day or two after breaking out of their eggs. The abrupt exposure to the bacteria, viruses, and fungi outside the egg produces a fever that can kill entire broods. In desperation, dragon parents may kidnap clerics and other healers to help the hatchlings…

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Dragon Maladies (Part 2 of 5)

dragon illustration from The Face in the Pool, 1905Dragons are huge, powerful creatures feared by one and all, but just as the mightiest human warrior can be laid low by the flu, so too can dragons contract, be weakened by, and even die from various diseases. What follows is a description of some—but by no means all—of the maladies and draco-disorders afflicting the great reptilian race…

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Halitosis: In humans, halitosis is simply bad breath, but among dragons, it means loss of your breath weapon. In such cases, a dragon’s throat is infected by a rare fungus generally found deep underground. It is usually triggered when the dragon devours a creature or item carrying the spores. Adventurers have been known to deliberately infect dragons with halitosis by leaving tainted food near the lairs. So deprived of its fearsome breath weapon, the dragon is much more vulnerable to ambush…

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Dragon Maladies (Part 1 of 5)

Pieter van der Aa, Herder and Dragon (1723)The following is a translation from the chapter “Maladies and those Diseases Besetting and Afflicting the Greater and Lesser Wyrms” from Vol. III of the eight-volume set Wyrms of the Modern and Ancient Wyrld by Lohik Aarme the Elder with contributions and annotations by Lohik Aarme the Younger as found in the Great Library of the Five Fiefdoms of South Norry…

OK! Fine! Enough! Why are the ancient sages always so longwinded? On with it…

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Dragons are huge, powerful creatures feared by one and all, but just as the mightiest human warrior can be laid low by the flu, so too can dragons contract, be weakened by, and even die from various diseases. What follows is a description of some, but by no means all, of the maladies and draco-disorders afflicting the great reptilian race…

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