The Kingdom of Remain spans all space and memory.

It is the Eternal Kingdom, the Silver Kingdom,

an ancient sphere born of our love and our sorrow, our blood and our joy.

The Kingdom of Remain encompasses countless stars and minds.

It has served our people for millennia. And we have served it in return.

The Kingdom of Remain is our place. It is our home.

The Kingdom of Remain is our legacy. It is our story.

It is the only tale we have worth telling.

June 6, 2019

SMALL-SKULLED SUN-CHASER (“Katherine’s Folly;” also “Jester Drake,” “Nutjob,” or “Thespian.”)

Despite its rather dubious reputation as a messenger dragon – or perhaps because of it – the small-skulled sun-chaser can be found in courier lodges across Dávanor. From Konordun to Tarntown, from the forests of Fellár to the woods of central Télledor, most noble households boast at least one of these odd wyverns. When used for messenger service, chasers are usually used for “less than critical” courier work, most often being deployed in short-range missions carrying missives of a humorous or lewd nature. During High Carnival, for example, the skies of Dávanor’s cities are rife with chasers carrying practical jokes and gag packages. The Grand Chase of Tarntown – the famous carnival event in Dávano...

January 7, 2019

BULL-THROATED FEN-SINGER (“Swamp Sprite;” also “Bog Singer,” “Frog Dragon,” or “Croaker.”) 

The bull-throated fen-singer is found exclusively in Dávanor’s equatorial lowlands. Because of their unique social organization, these small dragons cannot be trained into messenger service. Singer broods – also known as “choirs” – can be domesticated, but this should be done solely for the purposes of entertainment. Ancient records do exist of attempts made to utilize entire choirs as couriers and interceptors during the reign of Katherine the Second; these experiments were disastrous. 

Singers live in medium-large “choirs.” Choirs will consist of four to five males, nine to twelve females, and associated young. Foaling, when it takes place, always begins in the early spring. Singer nests consis...

October 7, 2018

HIGH-HORNED PINE BOOMER (“Fir Wyrm;” also “Cone Dragon,” “Dorómy’s Guard,” or “Boomer.”) 

The high-horned pine boomer inhabits Dávanor’s northern coniferous forests, especially those around Aaryn’s Cry, Korfort, and the Tarn. Boomers are rarely trained into messenger service. Their small size and unique territoriality make them ill-suited for such work. That said, various tamed lines have been refined by a few noble families around Korfort and Tarntown. Such domesticated Boomers are rarely used for herald work, being more commonly deployed for interdiction and interception.

Boomers do not live in typical broods. Rather, a single pair will mate and nest for one breeding cycle. Boomers derive their name from their unusual nesting and reproductive habits in the wild. Unlike Dávanor’s other...

July 28, 2018

TENDER-NOSED SHIELD-WING (“Nanny Dragon,” “Baby’s Drake;” or “Tender”) 

The tender-nosed shield-wing inhabits nearly every region of Dávanor. Individuals are found with specific ubiquity in urban, suburban, and rural settings where they serve as home- or child-minders. Of all Dávanor’s small breeds, Tenders are the easiest to train and the most intelligent. Indeed, since nearly all Tenders are currently bred in captivity, most individuals require little formal encouragement when deployed to the task for which they’ve been raised: the defense of property and family. That said, the training of a Tender is a joy. The experience will be rewarding for all involved. 

As their name denotes, Tenders are instinctive protectors. When raised in a family or home, a Tender’s bond is permanent and ab...

March 29, 2018

MOTTLED JUNGLE-DROPPER (“Spotted Dropper;” “Dropper,” also “Beetle Wyrm,” or “Balloon Drake”) 

The mottled jungle-dropper inhabits the humid jungles and swamps of southern Junór. While some smaller populations that exhibit slightly different characteristics have been documented in central Junór, these are too rare to be of interest to the pragmatic trainer or breeder. 

Droppers are natural predators. While they can be trained into service, if raised in captivity or taken early from a wild nest, they are best used as interceptors and/or hunters of Dávanor’s other small dragons, a task for which they require little instruction and at which they excel. Their natural temperament is aggressive, voracious, and belligerent. As a breed, Droppers are one of the duchy’s most hostile. As note...

December 12, 2017

LONG-TAILED SKY-DRAKE (“Aaryn’s Faithful;” also “Sky Wyrm,” “Cloud Sparrow,” or “Sun Glider”) 

Of all Dávanor’s small breeds, there is none more popular for civilian messenger service than the long-tailed sky-drake, or “Sun Glider.” Imperial records show that Gilders were used by Aaryn Dallanar after the pacification of Dávanor; pre-Founding accounts point to a long and storied tradition of breeding, cross-breeding, and professional handling of the type. 

Gliders live in all regions of Dávanor, save arctic and deserts climates. Their common name in southern counties – “Cloud Sparrow” – is fitting; the breed is ubiquitous. That they form the core of most family and professional messenger services has only increased their number and pervasiveness. In the wild, Gliders prefer temperat...

September 3, 2017

BRONZE-HORNED ROOT-CRAWLER (“Gold Digger;” also “Soil Hunter,” or “Mole Wyrm”) 

The bronze-horned root-crawler (or “Gold Digger”) is a subterranean dragon that inhabits caves, culverts, and other underground environments. They are ubiquitous in all tropical and sub-tropical regions of Dávanor but nearly impossible to find in cooler climates; notable exceptions can be found in deep cave networks, like the caves of Guyayon, or near thermal venting, like hot springs or volcanos. The famous springs of northern Weller, for example, support several very large broods of root-crawlers, including one of the largest ever recorded. 

While not particularly intelligent, strong, or dexterous, Diggers do make excellent messenger dragons, when trained from birth. They are best employed for sh...

July 8, 2017

STONE-SKINNED WYVERN (“Rat Catcher,” "Catcher," “Town Culler,” “Mousebane,” or “Garden Drake”) 

Unlike the vast majority of Dávanor’s lesser wyrms, the stone-skinned wyvern lives almost exclusively in urban habitats. These useful little dragons love fortresses, castles, and cities. Some wild broods populate the caves and mines of lower Kellor, but debate remains as to whether these congregationsare native to these areas or if they were introduced by Dallanar engineers to clear the area of pests sometime after the Founding. Stone-skinned wyverns are one of the most common of Dávanor’s small breeds; they are known by many names, depending on locale. 

Catchers are almost never trained into messenger service, although some notable exceptions exist. When discovered, broods and individuals ar...

February 5, 2017

MY FIRST TRIP to Dávanor took place during my second year with the Legion. (I was serving as attaché to Lord Dorómy's third purser's secretary; in other words, I was a well-armed butler for a minor accountant's servant.) We saw no action -- the mission was almost wholly diplomatic -- but I did have the opportunity to meet several dragon riders and their mounts. From these proud and courageous people, I learned a great deal. 

By far one of the most interesting aspects of Dávanor's breeding tradition is the speed with which their war beasts enter active service. To outsiders, the dragons of Dávanor begin training at what appears a very young age. After hearing a number of different explanations for this phenomenon from my fellows (most of which consisted of superstit...

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A note on Small-skulled sun-chasers . . .

June 6, 2019

A note on the Dark Lord of Kon . . .

March 21, 2019

A note on Bull-throated fen-singers . . .

January 7, 2019

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