- Shortly after the return of Light Magic, the luminous dragons were discovered high in the Berrywhite Mountains. An apprentice of the wizard Mohs was researching a rare geological formation of rock chalk and happened upon an aerie of the majestic dragons.
- —Nogard's description of the luminous dragon in The Book of Dragons
The luminous dragon is widely considered one of the most ornately adorned and elegant dragons.
Luminous dragons are peaceful dragons and avoid confrontation whenever possible. They live only on the highest peaks of the Berrywhite Mountains, relatively free from enemies, so they don't need weapons.
The luminous dragon can adjust the color and intensity of its glow in different parts of its body to communicate with other dragons.
Like many other Light element dragons, luminous dragons breathe a brilliant flash of light. This dragon's light can momentarily be brighter than the sun.
Luminous dragons have a thin skin.
This dragon prefers high altitudes. It is often found near deposits of the luminous marble of the Berrywhite mountains, used to make marble paths. Occasionally they descend into valleys and meadows to be with their plant dragon relatives.
Luminous dragons carve multi-roomed nests out of chalk and limestone formations with their claws and furnish the interior with soft moss and plants. Sometimes they hang brightly colored cloth on the walls like tapestries.
A truly unusual creature, the luminous dragon eats only rarely. Most of the time it only licks minerals from the walls of its nest, but when it descends into the valleys and meadows it eats fruit, grass and leaves.
Behavior and Personality
Luminous dragons are regal, soft-spoken, and dreamy; qualities reflected in the soft light they emit. They are extremely kind and sensitive. They enjoy peace and comfort and seem detached from the troubles of the world below their high mountain home. They can't stand stress and conflict and try to make peace wherever they go. The witch Temaira Meadows, in her usual verbosity, called them "glasslike paragons of innocence," while Mohs, who was a much simpler soul, called them "nice." He is also cited as referring to them as "bright."
Luminous dragons live in peaceful communities in which all dragons are equal and treated fairly.
Relationship to Wizards
Luminous dragons are extremely friendly, but rarely involve themselves with the troubles of humans. They are too sensitive to view pain and suffering and would prefer to be isolated.
All marriages between luminous dragons are arranged by the community. Before mating, dragon must first be evaluated by the others to be sure they will be capable of producing healthy children.
Luminous dragon eggs are kept in special nests deep within the mountain with windows in the ceiling, strategically placed so that some light always falls upon the egg. During the night, the parents must surround the egg and breathe light upon it so it will be exposed to enough light to develop properly.
Baby luminous dragons are raised by the community. All the adult dragons play a part in caring for, teaching and protecting the baby.
When a luminous dragon becomes an adolescent, it is apprenticed to an elder of the community and taught storytelling, mathematics and healing, and also taught to refine its magic. Few dragons ever attempt to improve their natural magical powers through practice and study, so this is unusual among dragonkind.
When a dragon finishes its apprenticeship it is officially considered an adult and a full member of the community. Physically luminous dragons typically mature much earlier, but until educated a luminous dragon is considered a juvenile.
Luminous dragons live 40 to 60 years.
Origin of Name
|Light Element Dragons|
Meadow Dragon - Luminous Dragon - Ember Dragon - Heat Dragon - Sand Dragon - Glass Dragon - Phantom Dragon - Glare Dragon - Flash Dragon - Gamma Dragon - Lotus Dragon - Shimmer Dragon - Wind Dragon - Hypnotic Dragon - Palladium Dragon - Radiant Dragon - Mirage Dragon - Shadow 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