THE RED DRAGON
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Red dragons, the most stingy and rapacious of all dragons.
They are constantly seeking to increase the dimensions of their treasure, and are so obsessed with their wealth that they memorize its inventory down to the smallest piece of copper (Balthasar Scrooge, you know?)
The dragon has rearward-facing horns, crumpled ears, and smaller horns on the cheeks, chin and forehead. The nose evokes a beak and also carries a horn. A crest from the back of the head and runs to the tip of the tail. The dragon smells of smoke and sulphur and its scales shine with shades of purple and vermeil.
They are incredibly vain and self-confident, and consider themselves superior not only to other dragons, but to virtually all other forms of life.
At hatching, a red dragon's scales are scarlet and bright, making it terribly vulnerable to predators and humans. For this reason, red dragons keep their young in deep underground caves and only allow them to leave once they are able to defend themselves and while their scales have changed to a deeper red and their surface has lost its infinite shine. With age, the scales widen and thicken, becoming as hard as metal.
Because he is always confident, a red dragon never takes the time to evaluate the strength of his opponent. As soon as he has spotted a prey, he immediately decides whether or not he will attack it, using one of his many "perfect" strategies that he has previously developed in the solitude of his den. If the creature seems weak or really small to him (a man without weapons or armor for example), he will land immediately and attack him with his claws and mouth, avoiding using his breath to avoid destroying his possessions. However, in the face of an armed group, he will use his breath and all his powers before landing.
Red dragons can be found in large hill ranges as well as on high mountains. From the top of their perch, they arrogantly watch their territory, which they believe includes everything they can see from the heights where they sit. They prefer to establish their den in large caves that sink deep into the ground.
A red dragon only appreciates its own company and has no relationship with another creature (not even with other red dragons), unless such a relationship can help it achieve its goals. Young red dragons are hunted by their parents as soon as they reach young adult age because they are then considered as competitors.
Red dragons are primarily carnivores but, like all dragons, they are able to eat almost anything. Their favourite dish is a young human or half-human woman. The dragon can sometimes charm important notables from a nearby village to regularly sacrifice young women to him.