A Dragon’s Name
Dragons are magnificent majestic creatures, spawned from magic, inspiring love and hatred and awe. For each, a True Name someone must craft, a task not performed by unwary simple folk. The name must meld elegance and dignity mixed with just a touch of twist. It demands to be unique and sport a proper length. A smith is charged to forge with care a name which when spoken does set afire the speakers tongue, or worse. Proof may exist that dragons age and mature. Delay of naming much past the age of 103 is not wise as new adults become increasingly unable resist the genetic drive to lay their mark upon the world. It is said they may develop craving for one who did not properly execute their naming duty to acceptable conclusion. Perhaps a tiny tasty bit they make while turning slowly on a spit and curing over glowing coals lit by a dragon ire and fire fed by dragon breath. Scarecrow
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