- Pepper dragons are feisty creatures. They are one of the few dragons known to actively engage in a staring contest with lightning dragons. Once, a young apprentice, Cheelei, was bored with studying lava so she instead traveled to the western shores in order to examine pepper dragons in their natural setting. She silently observed them until a sudden fit of sneezing blew her cover.
- —Nogard's description of the pepper dragon in The Book of Dragons
The saliva and hide of the pepper dragons contains high concentrations of capsaicin, and is known to burn skin. Their teeth and claws are sharp and they aren't afraid to use them.
Pepper dragons are generally, too spicy to be eaten, so they have few predators.
They are fast and agile, and also very intelligent. They are capable of talking their way out of any confrontation with a wizard.
Pepper dragons breathe fire which causes the air around to feel as if it is burning. It actually isn't burning in the normal sense. It burn because the high amounts of capsaicin found in the dragons saliva evaporate when breathing its breath weapon, releasing the spice into the air.
Found near the western coast, and elsewhere in tropical climates, but infrequently.
Pepper dragons reside in most mountain-side jungles. They may also be found near active volcanoes.
Pepper dragons do not build a permanent home.
Pepper dragons hunt on foot or in the air and take mostly small animals. They also eat fish, some plants, and peppers and spices, usually stolen from wizard gardens. To train a young pepper dragon, you will need plenty of mango-chili-pepper lollipops.
Behavior and Personality
Pepper dragons are fiery, mischievous, and audacious. They love riddles and puzzles and are excessively fond of sarcasm. They are thrill seekers and party animals (though not nearly as much as the Carnival dragon, to which it is closely related.)
Pepper dragons live alone and mostly wander, but they associate with others of their kind and are known to make friends with practically any dragon species.
Relationship to Wizards
The pepper dragon's relationship to wizards consists mainly of raiding their spice gardens, hurling curse words at them and playing practical jokes on them. The older and wiser ones may seek out scholars to debate with them. They do this for fun and to sharpen their intellect; usually they don't believe or care about their arguments and just play devil's advocate. Pepper dragons can be very intense when debating and may set their notes, their audience, or their opponent on fire.
Unusually for dragons, the mother abandons the egg soon after laying it. The baby pepper dragon must fend for itself on its own.
Baby pepper dragons are so hot and spicy that no almost predator would dare try to eat one. They immediately begin looking for food and a place to shelter until they are old enough to fight off larger dragons.
In its adolescence the pepper dragon discovers the thrill of mischief and is likely to start fights and play pranks.
Notable Pepper Dragons
- Peps (Cheelei)
- Bella (Cheelei)
- The First Bonded Pepper Dragon (The First Witch)
- Chili (Craeporus vonn Wietsius)
Wizards Associated with the Pepper 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
|Fire Element Dragons|
Poison Dragon - Flower Dragon - Lava Dragon - Obsidian Dragon - Blue Fire Dragon - Frostfire Dragon - Scorch Dragon - Firefly Dragon - Salamander Dragon - Coral Dragon - Smoke Dragon - Blazing Dragon - Forge Dragon - Brass Dragon - Ember Dragon - Heat Dragon - Dungeon Dragon - Watch Dragon