- The soot dragon's favorite sleeping spot is underneath cauldrons--which, while adorable, has given more than one potion-brewer quite the scare. Imagine trying to stoke the "fire" only for it to wake up and fly away!
- —Nogard's description of the soot dragon in The Book of Dragons
Soot dragons among the smallest dragon species known, as they can reach only 3-4 feet long maximum.
Soot dragons, being the smallest species of dragon, stay out of larger enemies' way rather than confronting them. They will bite hard if grabbed or stepped on though.
The soot dragon can produce a cloud of soot to confuse their enemies and cover their vision while the soot dragon escapes. They are small, skinny and flexible like ferrets and can slip away with surprising swiftness.
Soot dragons do have a breath weapon but can cough up a cloud of soot if provoked.
Soot dragons nest in fires or near heat sources. In the wild, this is near wildfires, geothermal vents, sun-baked stones and sand in the desert, or lava, but recently soot dragons have been found in campfires, wood stoves, under cauldrons, and in fireplaces.
Soot dragons live off heat. They normally find heat near geothermal vents, volcanoes or on occasion wildfires. They often take advantage of the heat of a cauldron's boiler, leading to some very surprised wizards.
If necessary, adult soot dragons can eat rodents and small birds, but they prefer to draw energy from heat.
Behavior and Personality
Soot dragons are friendly and will snuggle up to anything warm. They are shy, but not aggressive.
Soot dragons tend to live in large groups of 5-20 individuals, clustered around a common heat source.
Relationship to Wizards
Soot dragons are shy, but if not directly bothered they will happily coexist with wizards. They are common but harmless pests that often slip into houses to cuddle up to cauldrons, fireplaces, and even the body heat of wizards!
Since soot dragons feed off heat, an effective method of lowering a high fever is inviting a soot dragon to snuggle with the patient. The soot dragon will draw off the excess heat. Many young wizards have actually ended up bonding soot dragons this way, as the soot dragons, quick to make new friends, especially warm ones, often annoyingly follow the patient around long after they are cured.
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How to care for
Soot dragons require little care except for a source of constant heat.
A mother soot dragon lays her egg in an open fire. If no fire is available the soot dragon will build one. She will continue to feed the fire throughout the duration of the incubation.
Baby soot dragons are rather helpless. The mother frantically fetches wood for the fire to sustain the baby, which cannot grow without heat.
The adolescent soot dragon will leave its nest and search for heat sources, often wandering from source to source. Many soot dragons discovered in campfires are wandering adolescent soot dragons.
In its adulthood the soot dragon will settle down around a constant heat source, often with other soot dragons.
Soot dragons live only about 30 years, a short period of time for a dragon.
Unsurprisingly, the first soot dragon documented was discovered by a group of adventurers who, upon waking in the morning to bank their campfire with ashes, discovered a soot dragon nesting in the embers. They allegedly caught the little dragon before it could slip away and stuffed it in a sack, but it chewed through the sack and escaped. More stories like this circulated over the next few decades, but it was centuries before the creature was realized to be a dragon. No one had ever seen a dragon so small.
Origin of Name
Soot dragons are named for their black feet, which appear coated in soot.
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