Fantasy Creatures

Shasta Orozco, Writer

This weeks article where going to be talking about Fantasy creature. This article is going to be about dragons and what there about and some of their myths. Mostly dragons can be whatever color and can contain powers. The quantity of legs, arms, heads and types of skin varies greatly. They also are described in a large variety of differing colors. In general, most forms had serpentine and/or other reptilian traits with various strengths, powers and physical features. Practically every ancient civilization has its own tales and stories about this spectacular creature.
Eastern versions were mostly depicted as good, wise and great teachers and allies to the humankind. They were often gentle and the keepers of peace and wisdom. Their Western counterparts were in general quite the opposite. Many were entirely evil and solely bent on destruction and causing total chaos. Whether good or evil, they often represented one of the elementals with the ability to control and use its powers to help their allies and destroy any opposing forces. This category is definitely one of our all time favorites. These mythical and legendary creatures are always fascinating whether they are champions or absolute villains in any story or tale in existence.
Dragon mythology has existed almost as long as people have. In fact, many of the early Mesopotamian cultures and other ancients in the Near East have rich oral histories that tell of mighty storm gods saving the people from evil giant serpents. These serpents often had many terrifying features, ranging from fluorescent skin to the ability to breathe fire and fly. These myths were the foundation of the modern perspective on dragons. For starters, it seems that a dragon is actually any form of serpent that has an especially fearsome nature. This is indicated by the word ‘drakon’ that the English word ‘dragon’ was derived from. ‘Drakon’ means ‘large serpent’ or ‘sea serpent.’ Additionally, most dragons are described as being evil in nature. This is not always the case, however, as evidenced by Chinese mythology. There are times that dragons are also shown as benevolent and knowledgeable creatures.