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The draconics are a by now varied, technically star-faring species. The word 'technically' is needed as not all subspecies of the draconics are currently saturated with high technology - some by choice, some by being colonies with too sparse a population to maintain high technology.

They're the only of the Threadwielder-created sapient cultures to have an inkling of the Thread of the universe, having innate skills to sense and in parts even manipulate it. Most notably, some draconic subspecies have learnt to use the structures to speak with each other telepathically.

The base species is a six-limbed, small-scaled vertebrate, though their spinal cord is a form of convergent evolution relative to Earth's vertebrates - they were not taken from Earth like the inhabitants of Nekenalos. Their creator, Zalaagra, believes that the six-limbed basis may be what gave them such a massive head start on the path to sapience - while a hindrance in other concerns, she believes having six limbs helped her pet culture to develop high-level cognitive abilities more quickly and without threat of fallback to earlier levels.

Draconics range roughly from the mass of a human being (snout at height of a human chest when in an idle but upright quadrupedal position) to the mass of a rhinoceros (snout at height of the top of a doorframe) and typically have hollow bones much like avians on Earth. Their wing designs come in two major forms - narrow, pterosaur-like for some of the small to medium-sized subspecies, with one wing finger attached to the membrane and two free, versus a variant with two wing fingers attached to the membrane (one central, one forming the outline; the central one is vestigial in some smaller species) and one free as is the more common form. They're three-digited as a rule, with one of the three digits opposable. This is true for their hindlimbs, their forelimbs and their wings. They have a long, almost swan-like neck and a slender snout, usually with horn-like but fleshy protrusions reaching from their heads that they express emotion with by moving. They're agile more than they are strong, though some earth-bound variants have beefed up considerably.

Some notable species (names are arbitrary at the moment, this is simply a collection of past information):

  • Tallos̈i. A medium-sized species of draconics of fairly pale colouration and narrow wings, living on a seismically active planet and having since migrated to the clouds with high technology. They're deliberately not starfaring.
  • Blue Dragons. The blue dragons of Sesakanala are one of the few dragons that have beefed up considerably. They can fly, but they're not in any way famous for it. They're still much more 'graceful' looking than what we'd expect a stocky western dragon to look like, but aerodynamics is not hugely in their favour. Their culture is based on personal honour, but death in any form is frowned upon, and they've long since left retributive justice behind. They've yet to rediscover high technology.
  • Red Dragons. The red dragons of Sesakanala are the original dragon settlers of Sesakanala. 'Red' is perhaps an exaggeration - they appear reddish like dull copper chiefly in the light of Sesakanala's sun, but they've got blue components to their colouration that's clear under white light. They've not deviated much from the standard large build of draconics. They're poor fighters. Like the blue dragons, they've yet to rediscover high technology.
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