Daigon ducked the swipe of a clawed forefoot and, with a tumbling roll, came nimbly to his feet executing a tight spin. His heavy wooden practice sword described a blurring arc, terminating in contact with Liasastis' scaly hide.
The blow made a resounding crack, sending shivers up his arms. It was a thundering strike that would have thoroughly pulverized a human opponent. Fortunately, for Liasastis, she was not human but a dragon; more precisely, a Shadow Dragon.
Shadow Dragons were the single most lethal creatures in all of the Land. The smallest were nearly twenty times the size of the largest human. Their scales were proof against any weapon short of a siege engine. Their wings were of a thick, leathery texture. In the air, these behemoths had speed and precision flying abilities far in excess of the most formidable avian raptors.
This story excerpt was chosen for the weekly Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet and is from a work in progress, Shadows Of Honor.