Draghoda Knowledge

Those who follow the ancient language of Draghoda, and the culture of the dragons.

— Created by @Cyprin

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May the dragons guide you.




Long ago did dragons rule the world, changing the terrian, the sky, and the world that they knew it ; similar to something like a Deity, and yet they were not. But the world began to change and reject them, and the dragons had no choice but to adapt and evolve as they grew rarer by the days. They came across wolves in particular, and taught how to intermingle alongside them, and vice versa. Though it was a success, it came with the price of the inability of flight, their scales dropped, and their breath sizzled out. They learned to mimick, and eventually became soley like a wolf — and dragons, were within the past.

However if one were to listen carefully, there was rumors upon the wind. Hinting, that perhaps some dragons mix within the crowds, unseen and unsuspected, waiting for their moment to return.




 


The wolves who believe within this dragon history often refer with a language called Draghoda. It is said it's the race that the dragons spoke of and taught the wolves themselves, and not many know of it so. When they came to the ground and the wolves taught them how to be like them, in return they gave their own guidance and knowledge, to the languages, the guardians, and even their way to the afterlife itself. Where they promised, to care for those wolves who had cared for them during their time alive. Though in the end a theory, that not all may believe. In the end the hope is to harness the spirit like a dragon.

Those who believe of the ancestors dragons refer to them as "The Ancients,", as there are a handful that are valued and remembered within dragon history. They are not something like a God, or a Ruler, more of a guidance that helped life itself and formed wisdom that is given to the current-century wolves ; similar to a Patron, or a Saint. They helped create the world that it once was, before being rejected. It brings a culture to those who follow it, and spirit, knowing they are being guided and watched by these ancient ancestors.


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Their Culture

Wolves who follow such ways are often hardy and within solitude habits. Normally so the clans branched stay to themselves and their nature. They believe in strength of body and soul, and the faint of the heart is looked down upon. They are not weak-willed, and often a bit more on the harsher, warrior-like ways. Though overtime, so change that. While they value warriors, even honor them for the particular path, they do not brush off other skills as they know too, they are needed. Though most prefer their young to grow brave and strong, like the dragons, and the wolves following alongside them may rush into battle together.


Though they are many branched clans, the few that are known stay to the northern waters, hardened by the cold winds and harsh seas. It was the belief that is where the original ancestors settled to, though it is never known. Most of these wolves speak a dead and ancient language, and rarely speak otherwise due to their solitude like nature. Rarely would they interact with others except on rare occasions. They don't believe in allies too much, for the strength of themselves and the bond they create within their group is truly enough for them. Some are to be feared, for once they reach enlightenment, there is no stopping them, even if death is at their door. They are dangerous, some may say. However, due to instances of war they grew to adapt better, learned other languages and their packs to live in a simple harmony, even, if they didn't want to. If they have to be allies, it's an absolute must they build a bond.

As they believe in the strength and pride of body, soul, and unit as well, the belief takes them to the path of the dragon, ; no soul is complete alone. One is always accompanied by another, through death that they may part. To truly give into ones own weakness is to have a partner to counter what is the dark, and what is the light within their dualism as a personality. Followers were told through history that the dragons would them pave a pathway to reincarnation once they achieve duality or unity among another ; trust and loyalty are the biggest traits due to this belief, and will always be linked to one another.





The Twelve Dragons
Though it is noted there are many dragons and all with their specific individuality, there are twelve in total that are most noted to those who believe in the draconic culture. Many wolves tend to pick one they idolize and hope to gain their respect through a lifetime. Eventually, followers are blessed when they have reached the pinnacle of unity and nirvana. 

"Chiapeony, mother of nature.” [ ch - ee - ah - pee - oh - n - ee ]
She is said to be the mother of life, an earth-dragon who rained down to the mortal lands and gifted the world its greenery with the wind from her wings. Though beloved, she once was an ignored dragon; many forgot her for centuries. She was brought forth once more by The Order of the Jade Rose, when the war between them and [REDACTED] ended, and peace was obtained. Taught to cherish nature and respect, she is now adored through the seasons.

“Shythanar, moon giver.” [ shi - than - ar ]
It is said she is the dragon who gave the moon to the sky, as it is her scale itself. As darkness was eternal, many were lost in its abyss, falling prey to the death dragon Daryseroas. Shythanar is the one who brought light to the world so that they may see the terrors they could be facing. Shythanar is a shimmering beauty, but often left in forgotten memories.

“Olron, the sun giver.” [ all - ron ]
Reckless in youth, a fire dragon who was like an eternal fireball, for he seemed to never not be surrounded by flames of terror. It was said his birth took away the warmth from the lands, and gave it an eternal frosting. Endlessly burning and hurting those around, as well as cursed for taking away the land's warmth, he turned to the sky, and remained above, providing the fire he was born with, and watching those around, wishing to be amongst them. Legends like to play that he was envious of Shythanar, who can mingle with the mortals while he must endlessly be punished for his birthright. Though other articles say he fell for her beauty and gentle nature, something he could never see, only peak for a moment as she only appeared during the night - when he would not be around, letting the heat go to rest.

“Nathesdied, the waterbearer.” [ nah - thes - died ]
A water dragon who guarded the coast as many victims had fallen into the waters. She is savior to those who dipped into the depths and is often asked to give a blessing before stepping into any body of water so that they may safely return to land.

“Rembeodes, strength of the sea.” [ rem - bee - oh - des ]
A water dragon who is said to be the opposite of Nathesdied, for he is the one who makes the water especially dangerous. While she is the protector, he tempts anyone away from his territory, being especially aggressive with strong currents. It is said he is the cause of tsunamis and rains as his anger spreads to the land. Respecting the water, one will return to land safely along with Nathesdied as guide.

“Pryvrocra, the warrior.” [ pry - vr - oh - cra ]
Often the most well-liked of them all, Pryvrocra is a fire-dragon who is the pinnacle of mercenary experience. Though during his prime it was said he was a savage, causing terror to the land, he was revered for his strength. He is often idolized for his qualities, but many are warned not to fully trust him; one may fall into his madness of bloodlust.

“Cinderroth, the guardian.” [ sin - durr - roth ]
A fire dragon much like Pryvroca, often the one to subdue his temper. It is said they are within an endless fight deep within the earth, as Ciderroth fights off his temperament, and protects those above. He is revered as a protector, for once was known to defend the land from those who brought forth disaster. A favorite amongst dragons, and often asked for protection and strength from.

“Mayadias, death in depth.” [ may - ah - die - ahs ]
While one brought life, another brings forth death. He is a death dragon, though not to be feared; rather than forcing death, he simply ends before the suffering begins, awaiting the dead to begin anew in another life. Like a guardian and a guiding light to the afterlife, Mayndias shepherds the dead to the depths of the shadows, tucking them safely into an endless slumber. It is said he is anywhere the darkness is: to the bottom of caves, the deep dark trenches within the sea... He is there, watching.

“Dayrseroas, the death-bringer.” [ day - sir - rows ]
While one death dragon brings eternal peace, Dayrseroas does not. Purposely causing its end, he is a menace to the dragons itself and said to be the ruler of hell itself — though that is just speculation. A disarray to the world itself, only madmen say his name and give prayers to him, for he is someone that should be cursed rather than spoken to. To be feared especially so, no one truly knows when to expect him. One should not even curse enemies with his name.

“Grravrus, the hunter.” [ grr - rah - vur - us ]
An earth-dragon who was flightless and remained a prowler — a warrior to the hunt. It was said he tracked those who ravaged the land and pursued them as prey. He was the dragon who taught how one should hunt regardless of strength and size, and often praised after a good hunt, “praise to Grravrus, who blessed us with this hunt.”

“Horviron, the wind.” [ hor - vii - ron ]
It is said a gust of wind is a flap of Horviron's wings and a hurricane is a sign that they were near. An air dragon is often revered for their speed when it comes to riding the skies. No dragon can beat them; they are so fast that no one truly knows what they look like — not even other dragons. Rumors say that they do not have wings and simply, in a literal sense, ride the wind.

“Ziodruss, the storm.” [ ven - droo - s - ul ]
A furious thunder-dragon who controls the skies. When the sky turns dark, Ziodruss is not pleased, as someone has angered her. Known as one of the most powerful of dragons, though she is neither bad nor good, often said to be a selfish being. A whim of sorts, revered for her strength, but scorned for her indifferent nature. Some believe that thunder and lightning is a good sign; while storm terrors may strike, it means she is near and won’t let any harm come to land she resides in. She is often forgotten.
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Traditions
The most important tradition is 'The Path of the Dragon'. Knowledge is learned only by ear of those who know of the customs. The rest are knowledge that can be shared.

First Flight [Rembeodes trial, strength of the sea]
Children on the eve of their first birthday must complete a coming of age trial or be subjected to exile. To become one with [EXTRACTED], the pack will be called to witness each pup as they must jump off the cliffs and survive the tides pulled by Rembeodes. After swimming to safety with the guidance of Nathesdied’s blessing, the new adults will be marked and join the rest of group in a meal.

Dragons Display
Every few months, the pack gathers into one — a simple ritual where individuals try and find suitable partners for a ‘dating’ trial, while others announce the wolf they have chosen as a partner to continue the Path of the Dragon with. One can see it as both a simple marriage arrangement, or a partnership. Not all that arrive, however, announce they are following the path. Some seek simple mateship, though the ritual is used more commonly to find friends and partners.

‘Chiapeony’s Ballet,’ [mother of nature]
The first month of spring is a celebration for what she has given. During the first signs of spring, when the flowers bloom, the group shall sing praises and poetry. Others will hunt for a feast and spar for the glory of Chiapeony’s love. Though jokes be, she would not like it, and the ‘winner’ is to be pushed off a cliff into safe waters.

‘Olron’s rest,’ [the sun giver]
When winter comes, it is said the Olron is slumbering to prepare for the upcoming year. When the first snowfall arrives, it is time for the preparation of the coming chills. Many often prepare their dens with pelts and barricades as protection against blizzards. One must not forget to give thanks to Olron, for he was born with the fire of the world, and now uses it to warm them all instead of selfishly taking it for himself.

‘Dance of Fire,’
A celebration festival after a war. During the dance, wolves often spar together, representing the endless struggle between Pryvrocra [the warrior] and Cideroth [the guardian]. The two in the end may remain — rather than battle, they shall feast together with the best of prey. It is the hope that the two fire dragons will relish from their eternal struggle, coming forth to the land as brethren in arms. The ritual is a wish that their war cries may be heard, as well as the peace they share.

‘Castaway,’ [the reaper, death in depth]
Castaway is a simple term for its true name “casting away to the shadows,” where one takes the bones of their brethren and tucks them deep into the shadows. Some that may be in the endless hole that cannot be seen. Some may settle them by sea at night, hoping the bones will be casted into the darkest trench within the water. It is the hope Mayndias shall see and take when no one is watching, guiding the bearer to an endless rest in the afterlife.
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