We get all kinds of cryptid threads on /x/, aliums, fae, gods, how come I never see threads about dragons?
Dragons, drakes, wyrms, waverns, winged serpents, and their watery equivalents, they exist in the mythos of just about every culture on the planet. More prevalent than pyramids, or ancient aliens so why do they get so little attention?
Are they to fantastical? Boogey men for lands berift of natural predators who prey on humans so stories were created of monsters who could fly out of the clouds and eat you, and burn a years worth of labor to the ground in an instant?
I don't expect any personal stories, but thoughts, theories, personal insight on dragons, their mythos, origins, cryptozoological makeup, whatever you got.
/tg/ regularly has dragon threads.
Also there's an extremely cool mockumentary of finding a dragon carcass in the alps. It's called The Last Dragon.
I've seen heard griffins being based on visible fossils along the silk road and cyclops stories being a misunderstanding of elephant skulls
I'm a /x/phile at heart and my incoming personal belief has to do with gods and magic
My theory is that before Babylon magic existed as a force of nature in the world, present in all living things. Eventually it was harnessed by sapient creatures and became a finite resource. Humans invested their magic in gods, starting with small gods, with a single function each. Basically spells, lighting a fire for example, but isolating the magic energy from the environment so only those who knew the prayer could make use of the magic.
As people mix and mingled common spells started getting grouped together, so that one prayer could result in multiple outcomes but with a larger of pool of magic to back them, shared between more people. At this point humanity fucks up and starts anthropomorphizeing the magic, giving it human qualities, essentially creating tulpa and making them into the first gods.
People continued lumping their half living spells together, categorizing and defining and eventually giving these small gods divine aspects. Simple example being the fire spell, so essential for cooking and heating a home, giving light in the dark became the epitome of home. You end up with a minor deity responsible for fire,home, and family.
Different pantheons begin to war as the magic drains from the world into competing tribes' gods until today where more then half the planet worships one aspect of an "all powerful" mono god; God, YHWH, or Allah. With so many people drawing on a single pool of magic the spells that call be pulled from it with prayer are limited as the power is stretched so thin, but there remain those everyday miracles, fate and convince showing their hands.
The typical incarnation of a dragon is a giant, flying, armor plated, reptile, occasionally with fire breath. Size and armor both spit in the face of physics and aerodynamics for a flying creature without a metric shit-ton of magic. Unlike humanity's communal magic dragons were self contained powerhouses which ultimately limited their numbers as sure as any apex predator.
Tales of knights hunting down dragons, could be worked in to claim all that magic for the kinghts' deity. Driving the last of them to extinction.
I have seen a greentext here with a personal encounter with a dragon. It was a fucking mountin/inawoods region and it involved an angry farmer with a shotgun, and the post stated that the dragon was more like Lovecraft than Tolkien.
My story unfortunately is not as exciting as that sounds.
I was simply watching the sky while riding in the back of a car in a simi-urban area. I saw a large green object with flapping wings. This object was flying higher than the flightline and was still visibly large.