Magic, Shape-shifting, and Other Assorted Supernatural Stuff

I would be remiss in my blog-posting duty if I didn’t talk about dragons and their magic.  After all, that is just another widely differing attribute between dragons in different novels.  Some dragons like in Mercedes Lackey’s Dragon Jousters have no magic at all.  (I love those books, but there is really nothing particularly special about the dragons; they can’t even see well in the dark!)

Now that we’ve established that fact, let’s look at some dragons with actual power.  In Dealing with Dragons, it is clear that the dragons possess innate magic, as the wizards steal their power for their own use.  The loss of their magic is unsurprisingly harmful to the dragons, and they do whatever they can to keep away from the wizards.  Despite having magical properties, it seems that those dragons tend not to use magic.  Rather, they have an assortment of magical objects.  For instance, the King of the Dragons has a crystal plate (which is better than a crystal ball!), and Kazul has a variety of rings, swords, and other magical items (including a jinn) in her treasure rooms.  So, while these dragons don’t spend a lot of time wielding magic, they certainly know their way around magical apparatuses.

Now, I know that the Dragonriders of Pern books are science fiction, but I am going to bring up the supernatural abilities of those dragons as well.  It seems like magic is a taboo word with this stuff, but magic = supernatural, so shouldn’t that be the same vice-versa?  That’s how math works, anyway.  The Pernese dragons are able to communicate telepathically and have a supernatural bond with their riders.  They can search out other dragons’ locations mentBlue Dragonally (quite frequently this is a device so that the characters know that a dragon-and-rider pair are too far to be found).  They can also go “between”, allowing themselves to be transported to other places and times in an instant.  Talk about power right there!

In The Obsidian Trilogy, also by Mercedes Lackey (and James Mallory), bonding with a dragon gives immense power to the human (or elf).  Not such a good deal for the dragon—who dies if its bonded person dies—but that’s not too atypical.

Probably the most powerful dragons I’ve come across in literature are those in The Elvenbane.  Those dragons, called “the Kin,” can speak both aloud and telepathically.  They have the ability to hear the thoughts of virtually any creature and some of them can communicate back.  They also have the ability to shape-shift, manipulate stone, and “size-shift.”  Their magic can be used to scry and to shock attackers.   They really have quite versatile power.

Again, these are just a few examples from literature, which is rife with dragon stories.  It’s amazing how many different abilities different authors give to dragons.  It’s such a wide variety that a writer can (pretty much) do whatever they want.  The sky’s the limit!

3 thoughts on “Magic, Shape-shifting, and Other Assorted Supernatural Stuff”

  1. Great post! How did you get the text to wrap around the photo so nicely? I have tried many times and never get it to look like that.


    1. Thanks!

      After you put in a picture, all you have to do is click on the text beside it. Then, go up to the menu bar at the top of the draft, and you can choose between aligning right, left, or center.

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