- The unusual two legged moss dragon is truly one of nature's marvels. Capable of living in the harsh extremes of the desert, it is also found wandering through forested regions. This beast wanders the world blind and happy as an adult.
- —Nogard's description of the moss dragon in The Book of Dragons
Moss dragons don't look like dragons at all. Since they mostly stand in one place and hardly ever move, moss, fungi and plants grows on their lumpy backs, making them look like piles of eroded rocks.
The massive club at the end of the moss dragon's tail can inflict bone-shattering blows. Its thick, curled horns are also formidable weapons. Luckily, moss dragons are usually peaceful.
The bony lumps on the dragon's back protect it from nearly every enemy. Moss, plants, lichens and mushrooms grow in between the lumps, making the dragon look like an eroded, mossy mound of stones--the perfect camouflage. The dragon moves so little that eventually it is indistinguishable from its surroundings. Even experts can be fooled by this dragon's camouflage.
Moss dragons live in symbiosis with their moss, enabling them to get food from the sun through photosynthesis. They are remarkably strong and can smell people's feelings, a trait usually associated with dark element dragons.
Like plant dragons, moss dragons breathe growth hormones. They use these to maintain the moss colonies on their backs.
As adults, moss dragons are totally blind. Moss usually grows over their eyes so their eyes are not visible. Moss dragons are also extremely slow--in fact, they are probably the slowest dragon there is.
Moss dragons are found everywhere throughout the Ulster Meadows,their main habitat, and also are common in the Cadberry Meadows, the Great Forest, the Far Eastern jungles and even in the Sandara Desert, where they grow cacti instead of moss but finding one like this is extremely rare.
Moss dragons will settle just about anywhere. They prefer damp, shaded places conducive to the growth of moss.
Moss dragons, instead of building a nest, spend most of their time just standing still to allow moss to grow on them. They move only to reach water to drink, which they partly use to sustain their moss.
Moss dragons get most of their sustenance from photosynthesis, carried out by the photosynthetic organisms that live on their backs. However, in extreme circumstances, moss dragons will eat grass. They will NEVER eat moss; they regard it as cannibalism.
Behavior and Personality
Moss dragons are among the most placid and gentle of dragons. They often have an entire ecosystem including fungi, plants, worms and insects living on their backs and feel morally obligated to protect each and every member, which they view as their "family." They move only when it is absolutely necessary because they feel movement disturbs their family. They typically sleep when it is too dark, too hot, or too cold for their moss to carry out photosynthesis.
Moss dragons may live close to one another and are not at all territorial, but they lead a solitary existence.
Relationship to Wizards
Moss dragons will only reveal themselves to the pure of heart. They will speak to a human only in rare circumstances. There are stories of young witches or wizards running into the woods weeping only to wake up on a soft bed of moss, to the gentle voice of a moss dragon. Beware: if a moss dragon sees you harming even the tiniest mosquito, they may knock your lights out with their tail club. They wont do any permanent damage, only give you a headache, but it is helpful to be aware.
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How to care for
Moss Dragons can easily care for themselves and do not require much care. Just be sure that there are no other creatures around who might eat the moss on their back.
Moss dragons, early in their adulthood, before they have grown a significant moss colony, will seek out a mate. Moss dragons usually mate only once or twice in their lives.
Moss dragon eggs are laid in a soft bed of moss and protected fiercely by the mother.
When moss dragons are born, the mother will plant moss from her back onto the baby's back. Then she will leave it to fend for itself.
Moss dragons move around much more as adolescents than they do as adults.
After mating, moss dragons settle down in a particular place and remain there for much of their lives. Their "family" is fully developed now and they are well camouflaged. Some, however, will start to travel around the world.
Moss dragons are among the most long lived dragons. One individual, Ull the Elder, was known to live to 1200 years, but he didn't die a natural death so we still are not sure about their actual maximum age.
Moss dragons were not recognized as dragons for a long time. They were thought to be Mossy Monsters or Moss Creatures. They were also thought to eat wizards, but this was, of course, incorrect.
Origin of Name
Moss dragons are named for the moss that covers them.
|Earth Element Dragons|
Tree Dragon - Moss Dragon - Lava Dragon - Obsidian Dragon - Glacier Dragon - Mountain Dragon - Quake Dragon - Crystal Dragon - Mud Dragon - River Dragon - Dodo Dragon - Sandstorm Dragon - Scoria Dragon - Iron Dragon - Sand Dragon - Glass Dragon - Root Dragon - Cave 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