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A cold morning here at the Nest. We weren’t ready for a killing frost so the Dragons have been out since last night, smudging the pumpkin patches, for good measure. first-frost

Now, sitting over a steaming mug of cocoa, I’m thinking it’s time to move beyond Dragon vocab basics. So, today we delve a touch deeper into Enchantment life. I hope the following Weyr Words and their definitions will help you understand Dragons and Dragonkeeping a little better.

Cornicles: Small horns found on a Dragon’s blaze. Unlike a Dragon’s large horns, cornicles are believed to be largely ornamental. Not that they can’t inflict injury – any Dragon horn can – but that’s not their primary function. To the best of our knowledge.

Dragon horns

Dragon horns

Charming: The act of burnishing horns. A common grooming ritual for Dragons and Unicorns. For everyday charming, Dragons enjoy a good piece of hornfels, a fine-grained metamorphic rock, perfect for removing horn burrs and smoothing chips.

Dark Times: A particularly rough period in Western Dragon history when our friends were under attack on all sides. It lasted roughly from the rise of Western monotheism until the Late Middle Age. The Dark Times were not humanity at its best.

Flying ointment: A medicinal concoction for Dragons who are having a little trouble getting aloft. It can be very unstable and must be handled with the greatest of care.

Molting balm: Palliative treatment for Dragons having a hard time shedding their skin. It’s good for sunburn, too.26. Serpent of Arabia- George Ripley Alchemical Scrolls15th century

Passion ball: A k a Ardor orb. A draconic aphrodisiac a mating Queen shares with her mate to help insure a fecund bonding.

Pax loci: Peace of the Place. The rule that governs all Dragon lay-bys and guarantees a civil stay for all who drop by.

Antienne eclorsion: Birthing anthem. The song a Queen Dragon and her attendant family sing to spur her eggs into hatching. This is an essential and spectacular part of the birthing ritual. Among classical Dragons, it is known by its Latin name, Carmina Draconium – Dragon Song.

Offspring - Wallace

Offspring – Wallace

Enough for now. (But if you’re still interested, more extensive glossaries – and a whole lot more – can be found in my books, Dragons for Beginners and The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook.)

Next week is one of my favorites: Tell a Dragon Tale Week. Hope everyone is looking forward to it as much as I.