This a beast that falls under the “dragon” category. It’s based on a Uromastyx, stands a few feet taller then 6ft (full grown and when on four feet), completely herbivorous (except when hatchling). They’re not always used as burdener beasts, but do fit the role perfectly due to their hardiness and strength. Extremely gentle, they rarely threaten to bite, but watch out if they start swinging their tail. Not sure yet if they will have a breath attack. They are considered a “sacred animal” in some areas, and killing one in those areas is a crime punishable by death. These cultures often have ceremonies and burial grounds specifically for these creatures. They have incredibly long life spans and mate for life, but several pairs may form a small herd. A female can produce a small clutch of eggs once or twice every several years, and will bury the eggs partially in the sand near an oasis where she (and sometimes her mate and/or herd) will keep watch over them until they hatch. Hatchlings will often stay with the mother (and/or herd) for several months to a year, after which they are completely self-sufficient. These beasts are so gentle that they have been known to “adopt” towns, wandering in one day and staying for many years, allowing townspeople to use them for burden and the children to play with them.
Dragons of Espheros
Some long time ago I decided on what a dragon of Espheros actually is. Then I forgot. Then I found this while reading the pages I missed. Basically, some sketches of raptor-dinos barely-anthrofied, with their idea of “dragons” being the large pterosaur-dinos.
Then I sort-of-remembered how my dragons were. Basically, the two dragon gods, eastern and western, looked badass and similar to most common representations of their types, while what were generally considered “dragons” in Espheros were not the typical dragons. They are reptiles and dinosaurid creatures, far larger and odder in appearance from the usual, with or without wings, and rarely with any odd abilities. There are some races of dragons that fit the “grow old and intelligent and collect treasure” rule, but most are just freaks of arkane nature.