Questions from August 16, 2007:
-- From Elushun
Cool question Elushun! And cool name for a dragon too! Of course you can make up an "Equuis Class" if you'd like but Beau is actually a "Star-Class" dragon which is the class of original gold-boned dragons. Connor had spent his entire life trying to mix dragon breeds and hopefully, breed the return of the "black and gold dragon", he did indeed manage to return the "Star-Class" dragon to existence. Hope that answers the question!
-- From Mari
Fabulous question Mari. Gray draconium works like an amplifier in a sense, that it makes any color of draconium more powerful. Because it's essentially neutral, it works equally on all dragons and is used in all of the gear in tiny amounts, but gray draconium is also influenced and powered by the other draconium powers too which is why it is very dangerous and sparingly allowed by the powers that be. During the time of the great draconium empires, the gray dragons were hunted for their draconium, much as elephants are hunted for tusks for medicine. Gray dragons ally with no one and it took centuries for the mechanists to tame just one! Mechanists really just trade and use the already shed exo bones and have buiit a crew and business around that. Rivett as revolutionary as he appears, is quite different than that! Yes, Libris is an evolved dragon by the way, very right on! The secret is that the horn was given to the original Dragon Booster to call the gray dragons at just the right time in the war. Hint: stopping the war was about balance!
-- From Matryx, Atlanta, GA
Cool question Matryx! There are two answers to your question: Psi class dragons require more gear to connect with their riders as black control class gear enhances this bond...but Orange gear is more about the dragon USING the rider to the dragon's needs so they are quite different. Psi class gear and black dragons exert a far more subtle influence on their riders and the gear in a sense creates more artificial balance for the rider, whereas the Orange gear is really about dragon control! The colors of draconium, dragons and gear all have various strengths and limitations and only the truly experienced rider can go BEYOND the gear and truly interface with the dragon but here's the cool part, it's when that rider and that dragon have more traces of GOLD in their bones. Yes, humans and dragons ALL have traces of gold draconium in their bones from the environment but when dragons and humans evolve, they can use a form of alchemy to change the other trace elements in their bodies to GOLD!
-- From Shining-Dragon Et<laayz> and The Furox
Thanks Shining-Dragon and Furox! Humans in an attempt to control the dragons bread them to the (seemingly) mute state by dumbing them down for certain jobs and environmental needs as humans spread across the planet...well as far as humans know...(the dragons were actually willing to go along with this hoping it would avoid another war)! Remember, from "The Track of Doom" and "The Changelings" both Beau and the Orange dragons think in language.
In the academy, you learn along other things, the language of the dragon which makes you and your dragon both far more powerful and dangerous! It wasn't a Scooby Doo choice, it was a harbinger of things to come, it's like when you and I learn the language of adulthood, we now have far more destructive powers at our disposal but only humans who balance both the purity and innocence of the dragon with the more advanced if you will, human aspects; can truly make the leap to leadership and greater balance and understanding. The Academy and Elite Class hopes to do just this but more on that soon!
What are the typical features of a mutated Academy dragon (apart from the titanic size change)? Are the changes dragon-specific or similar to others of the same colour? And what kind of races are designed for them?
-- From SilverDragon, Australia
Thanks for the question SilverDragon. The evolution for dragons is similar for that of a human. Only when the human learns to really unlock the powers of the dragon, can the dragon evolve and only when the dragon too, learns to unlock parts of the human, the human evolves as well. Let me explain, there is gold draconium in trace amounts in all dragons and traces of all other colors as well. One of the cool secrets of Dragon Booster is that there is gold draconium in all of the humans as they have absorbed it from the food and soil into their own bones. That is why humans can be safely magged with energy and eventually command it, gold acts as kind of universal key, protects you from the energy and also allows you to channel it. Thus in the Academy, both humans and dragons together learn to evolve to the Elite Class, one transformation (dragon) is outward in appearance, the other (human) inward. The Elite Class races and gear are far more powerful, faster and way more dangerous on the scale of watching Mortis and Drakkus battle.
How does a dragon's mag ability work, and can you explain what exactly is mag energy, mag streams, different colours of draconium, and just basic things about mag energy, and the physics behind it?
-- From phsycopathicdragon
Wow, psychopathicdragon, you sure ask simple questions LOL! not. Well, you asked so here goes: Think quantum mechanics if you dare, mag energy is directed electromagnetic life force. While we mere humans have calcium in our bones which is a poor conductor of electricity, those on the planet in Dragon Booster have draconium in their bones which is a conductive metal. Therefore, the electrical processes in life on this planet involve magnetism as well as electricity. To be sure, we humans have the same process deep in our cells we just don't have the metal in our bones to store, amplify and magnetize from the energy. Now, just as quantum energy mixes with and flows through everything there is, like atoms, mag energy fills and surrounds every living thing in Dragon City. Ok, now this is a weird concept but here goes, nothing in this life actually every touches anything else. The atoms in your body actually repel everything so that when you "touch" somebody, what you sense pick up is the feeling of the energy "pushing away" from the other energy. Some of the energy bleeds and mixes in this event as well, and this is the foundation of mag energy. Through training and practice, you can become conscious of the energy and learn to use the stored magnetic energy in you and the dragon to "push", "pull" or "channel". This is the foundation of all the mag moves. The colors come from the frequencies of energy which just so happen to correspond to mental/emotional states, which is why you have to unleash aggression for red, controlled resistance for green etc... The lesson of the Dragon Booster is that by understanding the views and emotions of everybody else, you can fully unlock all the mag powers within you.
How long will a dragon live? Do dragons mature at roughly the same rate as humans? Would a dragon be considered an adult at say age 18? Should we assume that Fracshun for instance is at roughly the same emotional and intellectual developmental level as Lance?
-- From J`Rin Tekaar and The Furox
Great questions J'Rin Tekaar and Furox, and I wish I has a longer answer...YES lol!
Questions from April 12, 2007:
What happened to Chute's old dragon Twyster? S/he can't be too old, since Connor raised him/her. Comfortably retired? Similarly, let's say Beau chose Kitt in episode 1. What would have happened to Wyldfyr? (What happens to unwanted dragons generally?)
-- From Sarah Frost, Australia
Excellent question Sarah. Twyster isn't to old at all! The coolest part of this question is that the answer comes partly from another question by Nayade in Santiago, Chile. When you get into Academy you learn many new things about draconium, the various frequencies of draconium powers and how to best channel those powers through the human body. A little secret in Dragon Booster is that all humans and some dragons have traces of gold draconium in their bones and when the highly skilled (Dragon Priests, Connor, Word, some Academy and Elite Class Racers for example) learn to match energy with the dragon, the dragon does indeed at some point, mutate and grow. Twyster is now an Academy dragon, meaning some of this evolution has taken place. When Chute comes out for the Vortex Relay Race, she rides another street-safe dragon. Evolving Academy Dragons are a bit too much for the All City Track, they are far more dangerous, powerful and harder to control. To answer the second part of your question, Beau would not have chosen Kitt. Beau was destined to choose Artha. Also don't worry too much about lonely dragons, most of the breeds are as smart and developed as humans and are happy to hang out with each other as much as they are with humans. There is far more going on behind the dragon's eyes than you'd think!
Can you provide a definitive list of which dragons are boys and which are girls among all the ones we regularly see? Mainly Wyldfyr, but we'd like to know for all the named dragons in the show, including ones like Abandonn and Tyrannis Pax. Also, the only dragon whose age we know is Beau's. Do you have ages in mind for the other dragons? Is it typically the case that the dragon's age is similar to its rider's? Propheci though seems like he's much older than Reepyr. What about the giant dragons? How long do dragons live?
-- From Liliwen, Ontario, Canada
Hi Liliwen good questions all, I will send a list to Furox so he can post it on the site but in the short-term, lots of times, dragons and humans get together because they are close in age. Dragons and humans are equally intelligent and developed so they tend to like peers and share the same age-related views and jokes amongst themselves as we do....about adults being "not cool" or younger dragons or people being "to young to know stuff". You're right in that Propheci is older than Reepyr. The ruling Prophet dragons are generally much older and stuck in their ways. They carry on a long standing tradition of distrust of humanity and do so by training themselves for years in the lore of the great war and how humans misused the dragons. This is why only older, more trained Prophet dragons can be trusted sharing the dangerous and unpredictable thoughts of humans and the others remain riderless. Humans can be very persuasive. With some exceptions, like people, dragons tend to like riders of the same sex so a good rule is that the dragon and rider will both be male or both female. Noted exceptions include Decepshun who is of course, female.
Abandonn and Tyrannis Pax are among the few giant dragons we see. How did they become so big? Are they naturally giants or were they mutated? Are there other giants around somewhere? If not where did they go?
-- From Nayade, Santiago, Chile
Cool question Nayade. In the Academy, you learn to release more and more of your dragon's draconium powers and learn to channel more and more of your own. Yes, as one of my earlier answers stated, all humans have traces of gold draconium in their bones and in the ancient past when humans and dragons ruled together, draconium was used in great "Atlantean" technology that operated machines and technology just from the mere presence of humans and dragons. This is why when Artha and Beau walk past the ancient statues in "The Choosing" the structures faintly light up from their energy. Back to your question, when you and dragon learn to balance power in just such a way, a transformative evolution happens which changes both you and your dragon forever. Tyrannis Pax and Abandonn are both Elite Class dragons that were once smaller and less powerful. Only Elite Class racing dragons are so big, so imagine just how bad the war would be if it broke out again. This is also why you have to train for years to race Elite Class. Most of this training happens of course, at the Academy!
What did Beau's parents look like? Are they still around somewhere? Any reason why we don't see them?
-- From Allye, Stoutville, Ohio
Hi Allye, good question! The simple answer is that Beau's parents look a bit like Beau only a bit bigger! They are both Elite Class dragons and have been evolved and changed by the full release of their draconium powers. They are part of Penn Stables Racing which is one of the larger Racing super-companies on the planet. Bet you didn't realize Connor was loaded huh? lol There are the following powers that be in Dragon City and in the ELite Class Racing world, they are Saurcom, Leviacorp, Reptillico, Payne Industries and Penn Stables. While Payne and Penn are mostly gear and dragons respectively, the others work in combinations of both.
How do you get baby dragons like Fracshun? Where are the dragon's parents? You never see their parents, and you never hear of egg-laying places. Do dragons form families and raise their own young? Where did all those baby dragon eggs come from when Morrdryd had to steal them so they could be mutated by that black draconium pod? Do the female dragons ever get pregnant?
-- From Salazaar, Michigan
Hello Salazaar. Dragons do lay and care for eggs and in the more traditional family sense, (meaning the way Connor runs his stables), Connor believes in the ancient equality for dragons and dragon kind so within the confines of Penn Stables, families raise their own young along with human help. Sadly, some corporate concerns in Dragon City are not so benevolent, and they raise dragons in farms with hatcheries and such. Connor has been working hard to abolish such practices but the super-corporations of Dragon City are pretty powerful at this point in history. At Penn Stables, you'll find Fracshun's parents, Beau's and Cyrano's as well. Wyldfyr was a rescue dragon as the orphan Kitt, rescued her orphan dragon.
Would you tell us more about Hydrags and their habits. Why are they loyal to Beau? And, did they play a part in the original Dragon-Human War? Have hydrags ever accepted riders like dragons do? Thank you very much!!!
-- From The Hydrag, Grants Pass, Oregon
Another good question Hydrag. Yes, they do accept riders and have in the past but they are more solitary creatures. Preferring darkness and moisture, when it comes to Dragon City there aren't many places where they are in their native habitat, but outside the city, in other places, they roam in greater and more organized numbers. There are some branches of the Dragon Fish Crew outside of Dragon City that keep and ride Hydrags. They did indeed play a part in the original Dragon-Human War, being one of the most fearsome dragons on the planet, they were also sought after by all the warring empires to either make alliances with or to try and force them into attacking opponents. Hydrags themselves are highly intelligent and like the Prophets in a sense, are just wary and distrustful. They just don't have the "all humans are bad" mentality of the Prophets and they happily joined with the Original Dragon Booster to help stop the war. A little known secret about Hydrags is that they have more gold draconium traces left in their bones than most other species.
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