The role of dragons in fantasy is as varied as the descriptions of dragon themselves. There are deadly dragons, evil dragons, friendly dragons, and heroic dragons. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and feature various abilities. But perhaps the most fearsome and touted ability of all is ... Dragon Breath.
Even the breath of a dragon can be described in many ways and with many varied results. I've read many stories in my lifetime involving dragons, and I've seen dragons that breathe fire, dragons that breathe smoke, dragons that breathe poison, and even dragons that breathe healing. The possibilities, as with anything in the fantasy genre, are endless.
When creating a dragon for my own stories, the first thing I always considered was, "What does this dragon breathe?" In my Rangers of Laerean series, the answer was fire. But not just any fire. For this story, it had to be a fire that rivaled the very depths of Hell itself. In fact, when the dragon appears, near the end of the first book in the series, A Whisper in the Shadows, he is composed of shadow and flames, having no physical substance. The dragon named Doomrage is the very essence of fire. When he reappears in the next book of the series, Where Shadows Fall, we see just how devastating the breath of Doomrage truly is.
Another series I've written, Dragonblood Throne, also has a dragon. This time, the dragon is the hero of the tale. In fact, the dragon is not a dragon at all, in the beginning. Delina must learn to become a dragon, which is her birthright. When she does, she is a very different kind of dragon from those in many other stories. Her breath is a white fire, but her breath is not the focus of her abilities.
A dragon's breath is just as varied as the dragons themselves, and I'm many of you have read stories of other types of dragons and dragon breath. If so, I invite you to comment to this blog post, and tell me about what you have read or seen, or even what you have created. I'm sure we'll all see there is no end to the possibilities for Dragon Breath in the fantasy genre.