The Abyssal Dragon is a rare and mysterious creature. While many a sailor and merchant are quick to share tales of their harrowing attacks, actual details about the dragons themselves are scarce. Evidence of their attacks has been documented countless times over the years, but eye witness accounts vary wildly. As is the case with elusive creatures, exaggeration and embellishment are the norm rather than the exception.
Given the extreme weather phenomena found in the abyss, skeptics are quick to dismiss the majority of sightings. Reports of growls are quickly dismissed as abyssal thunder and wind, combined with overactive imaginations. Hull damage is often attributed to the sudden and violent vortexes and wind shears common in the abyss itself. Until one is spotted in the open sky, the debate about their existence will likely continue to rage.
When asked about the diet of the Abyssal Dragon, most merchants and sailors would simply raise an eyebrow and reply in a flat tone “People of course. What else would they eat down there?” The truth however, is likely a far more complicated answer.
The abyss is commonly believed to be a bottomless pit – an empty expanse completely devoid of life. Should dragons actually exist then, it is unlikely that their sole diet would consist of people. If that were the case, there would surely be far more attacks, and it would not begin to explain what they fed upon prior to the arrival of man.
A more likely explanation then, is that they feed primarily on elemental energy rather than ill-fated sailors. It is said that there are vast currents and pockets of elemental energy scattered all across the abyss. It is from these currents and pockets that the first elemental crystals were harvested during the dawn of the crystalline era. Now that the demand for such crystals has fallen, harvesting operations are non-existent. Without people harvesting said crystals as quickly as they can find them, the supply from which the dragons may feed will naturally be higher.
Records from the early crystalline era however are rare to non-existent, and our knowledge of that era is hazy at best. With that in mind, there is truly no way to prove whether this hypothesis is correct or just baseless speculation. Perhaps events in the future will better allow the unraveling of such mysteries.
Abyssal Dragon traits
As there are no physical specimens available for study, the appearance and traits of the Abyssal Dragon can only be gleaned from eye-witness accounts. Upon studying these accounts however, several traits are spoken of with startling regularly. As many of these sightings occurred in entirely different regions of the abyss and in some cases, many decades apart, the details they agree upon can be seen as the most likely to be true.
Abyssal Dragons are said to have large wings, though this is of course common sense given the lack of solid ground in the abyss. In addition, many accounts speak of large crystalline talons and long tails adorned with spiked mauls at the ends.
Many sightings speak of a deep purple colored hide, while others mention more neutral colors such as greys and steel blues. There has also been mention of even brighter colors such as oranges and yellows, but these are rare enough to potentially be discounted as simply tall-tales.
Size is an area in which few of the accounts agree upon. Some sightings have been of massive beasts many times larger than a standard merchant ship. Others speak of abyssal dragons not much larger than a taxi. Given the range of sizes spoken of, it is impossible to agree upon a single size with which to call “normal”. Thinking on the subject however, this large variance in size may be evidence of age and growth. This is to say then, that rather than large amounts of different dragons, it is possible that these sightings were of a smaller number in various states of growth over the years.
The age a dragon can live to however is a mystery, as are the details of its life cycle. There have been stories and rumors of eggs, but to this day, none have ever been recovered or preserved for study. Given the ferocity and territorial nature of the abyssal dragon however, this is not surprising. Where would a dragon even lay such eggs? So many questions.
– Rupert Elsya