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Drakes are mature male dragonlings. They are commonly found guarding dragon lairs. They do not develop wings like female dragons.

Background[]

Drakes are intelligent, almost sly, yet ferocious beasts. Once they have fully matured, male dragons seek out the lairs of adult females. When they find one, they move into her lair and spend the rest of their lives there, hunting for her and defending her young. Drakes never develop wings, unlike female dragons; at most, their forelegs grow vestigial spurs where wing membranes might have been. They have no need for powerful wings because once they bond with a female, they rarely travel far from her lair.[1][2]

Drakes fight with sharp claws and crushing bites. They can spit gouts of flame and strike pulverizing blows with their tails. Drake Scales form a tough natural armor and their hides are prized for making suits of highly effective armor.[3]

Male dragons never develop into the winged monsters of myth. At most, their forelegs grow the vestigial spurs where wing membrane might have been. Once they have fully matured, males immediately seek out the lairs of adult females. When they find one, they move into her lair and spend the rest of their lives there, hunting for her and defending her young. They will aggressively defend her nest, and many would-be dragon hunters have been lost to their fiery breath and crushing blows from their tails.[4]

A high dragon will have a dozen or more drakes guarding her young, constantly fighting among themselves for the right to mate. They will aggressively defend her nest, and many would-be dragon hunters have been lost to their fiery breath and crushing blows from their tails. Drakes can live for a century, but usually die much earlier while defending the lair.[5]

Involvement[]

Dragon Age: Origins[]

Dragon Age: Awakening[]

Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker[]

A drake is used in a blood magic ritual.

Locations[]

Caverns Caverns
Mountain Top Mountain Top
The Low Road The Low Road
Silverite Mine Silverite Mine

Abilities[]

Breath Breath
Overwhelm Overwhelm
Rake Rake
Roar Roar
Shred Shred
Slap Slap

Notable loot[]

Drake Scale Drake Scale

Variations[]

Dragonling
Dragon
Mature dragon
High dragon
Great dragon

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Dragon Codex entry: Dragon

Notes[]

  • It is possible to steal from drakes in Origins.

Trivia[]

  • Due to a translation error, drakes are named "small dragons" in the Polish language version of Origins.

See also[]

Dragon thrall

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 163
  2. Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Game Masters Guide, set 2, p. 24
  3. Dragon Age (tabletop RPG), Game Masters Guide, set 2, p. 25
  4. Codex entry: Dragon
  5. Dragon Age logo - new.png Dragon Age: The World of Thedas, vol. 1, p. 163
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