- Lichen dragons can be found on the highest mountain peaks and furthest polar reaches throughout the world. Our wizards say that the unique substance growing on them is some sort of strange plant that feeds the dragons using sunlight. Or something. I didn't really understand it myself. Oh and be sure not to confuse lichen dragons with any other kind of supernatural beings, they've been known to take offense to that.
- —Nogard's description of the lichen dragon in The Book of Dragons
Lichen dragons don't have much by way of weaponry. Their bites are nasty and tend to become infected, and their hooked claws can inflict deep cuts, but they rarely attack anything larger than them.
Lichen dragons' main defense against predators is their camouflage and their inaccessible habitat. Very few dragons will dare scale the sheer rocky cliffs they inhabit to find them. If that does not deter predators, however, the lichen that grows on their back is slightly poisonous. It tastes terrible and causes stomach upset if eaten. The lichen also conceals them; even experienced wizards may have a difficult time distinguishing the dragon from its surroundings.
The fungus growing on the lichen dragon's skin allows it to absorb sunlight to feed itself. The dragons live in symbiosis with the lichen. Lichen itself is a symbiosis between a fungus and an alga, and thus the symbiosis between the lichen dragon and its lichen is an especially extraordinary one--a double symbiosis!
So nearsighted its eyes are can only detect lights and shadows, and believed to be deaf aside from an uncanny ability to sense vibrations through the ground, the lichen dragon's primary sense is smell. Lichen dragons have a sense of smell rivaling that of a bloodhound and are often used for similar purposes.
Similar to the plant dragon, the lichen dragon's elemental breath contains growth hormone, which helps it sustain the lichen on its back.
If directly attacked, lichen dragons stand little chance of survival. They can bite and scratch, but it won't do much against a much larger enemy.
Lichen dragons live in any cold, far-flung place, typically open spaces and high altitudes.
Lichen dragons spend all their time clinging to sheer rock faces, tundra or tree trunks, anchoring themselves with the long claws on their wings. They hardly ever move. They prefer high peaks, where they are closer to the sunlight, but can live anywhere.
Lichen dragons themselves eat very little. The lichen growing on their backs provides food for them using photosynthesis. They may eat moss and plants, however, if times are tough.
Behavior and Personality
Lichen dragons are quiet, withdrawn, laid-back dragons.
Lichen dragons may live close by to one another, but they rarely associate much with members of their own kind.
Relationship to Wizards
Lichen dragons tend to be timid but do not attack unless heavily provoked. They may not react to a visitor's presence unless stepped on. They are reclusive, but the older ones may make conversation.
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How to care for
Don't confuse them with your Lycan Dragons, and you're safe. They require few care other than be sure they aren't exposed to too much heat or too few light.
|Cold Element Dragons|
Lichen Dragon - Evergreen Dragon - Frostfire Dragon - Blue Fire Dragon - Mountain Dragon - Glacier Dragon - Storm Dragon - Hail Dragon - Ice Dragon - Iceberg Dragon - Snow Dragon - Blizzard Dragon - Mine Dragon - Steel Dragon - Phantom Dragon - Glare Dragon - Ruin Dragon - Crypt Dragon
|Plant Element Dragons|
Poison Dragon - Flower Dragon - Tree Dragon - Moss Dragon - Evergreen Dragon - Lichen Dragon - Cactus Dragon - Ash Dragon - Swamp Dragon - Seaweed Dragon - Pollen Dragon - Willow Dragon - Ironwood Dragon - Malachite Dragon - Meadow Dragon - Luminous Dragon - Fungus Dragon - Nightshade Dragon