thinking of a story...

Beyond Dominia: The Fiction Mill: thinking of a story...

By Wicked darkman on Friday, December 21, 2001 - 03:46 pm:

Okay a herd of red dragons have gathered for an escape from an evil force that wants to rid all life from the lands including evil and neutral beings.

The dragons cross the mountains of a snowy realm and a dragon whelp falls down when a blizzard hits to group, but the group has to ignore it to press on...

The whelp drops down and by chance it ends up in front of a troll.

Trolls are stupid but by nature they are superior fitted to the fine art of blacksmithing.

The troll at first wants to eat the whelp not knowing what this strange bird is, but when the whelp defends itself with fire (this trollspecies is fireresistant due to the smithing abilities), the troll has an amazing idea, it adopts the dragonwhelp because it has its firebreathing and wood for smithing tools is hard to come by in the snowy realms.

The two become a team and the story will somehow lead them to the dark force where they confront it and with tools fire and dragon intelligens beats the evil...

What do you think? good enough concept or too faerietale like?

By Nix (Nix) on Saturday, December 22, 2001 - 02:35 pm:

fairytale like, maybe. but, my stories usually involve the politics of things, along with fantasy elements.

By Spin13 (Spin13) on Saturday, December 22, 2001 - 08:15 pm:

I wouldn't buy it. Traditionally, both trolls and red dragons are evil. While its ok to break tradition sometimes, I just know I've never really been a fan of completely distorting entire races. A particular character can make for a good story, as long as its believable, but generally, its easiest to introduce concepts that people already know so you don't have to waste space and time re-teaching them.

Perhaps a dragon and a mountain dwarf (or gnome, or any variation there of, or even some random other 'good' mining race) might be believable (believable in the sense of a regular fantasy reader enjoying it without thinking "this guy knows nothing and is making it all up" or "this is so cliche"). Afterall, if a burly little dwarf saw a dragon whelp, his first reaction would likely be the same; perhaps he woulnd't want to eat it (though some fantasy writers wouldn't put a dwarf past that), but he wouldn't exactly be friendly.

And perhaps a little explanation on the communitive behavior of whatever type of dragon you choose anyway, as there have been dragons of all types and thinking, and it seems important to clarify. Certain established fantasy "backrounds" generally have a chosen set of characters per each dragon race, and if you are to break from norm, at least set your own. Ie, if Red Dragons are good creatures, and a whelp of succificient age to survive the blizzard, whether it could fly through it or not, and still put up a fight, is likely to have the general tendencies of the entire race. Were it a truly 'good' race, theres the question of why the whelp was not looked for/rescued.

Hope some of that helps.

By WD on Sunday, January 06, 2002 - 09:35 am:

I have my own mythological universe with a lot of unique things in it, no race is purely evil, not even demons, one in a milion demons are born good and they have a bad survival rate :)

Red dragons are the most intelligent ones in my universe and most all dragons are solitary by nature, but if a force was to wipe them out they would join together, a single whelp lost is not important. Most red dragons are neutral.

Trolls are mostly dumb in what is considered normal ways of thinking, but like dwarves they are masters at engineering and construction but not really anything else.

They do not need this intelligence boost since they are tough as hell...

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