After the Age of Wonders
Chromatic dragons figure prominently in tales told to children and romantic epics sung by lantern light, and much of what the legends say about them is false. Chromatic dragons bask in the adulation of lesser creatures, but soon grow weary of praise and worship—unless it is accompanied by gifts of precious metals, gems, and magic items. Chromatic dragons prefer ancient ruins, deep dungeons, and remote wilderness areas for their lairs. Each dragon type tends to inhabit certain climates and terrains: reds like hot areas and volcanoes, whites like cold, blues prefer coastal regions, greens like forests, and blacks like swamps. That said, an individual dragon lives wherever it pleases, as long as its territory doesn’t impinge on another dragon’s. One well-known white dragon of legend made its lair in the heart of a volcano. Dragons occasionally deal with other creatures as equals. Red dragons have an ancient pact with githyanki, and powerful githyanki knights sometimes ride them into battle. Powerful empires of the past enlisted entire flights of dragons to lead their armies in war.