Friday, November 16, 2012

Shadows Of The Past V


On either two or four feet, they possessed phenomenal agility on the ground as well. Each foot had three forward-facing clawed toes, as well as two back-facing traction claws. Those claws, harder than forged steel, were capable of brutal slashing attacks or of plucking a wildflower with infinite dexterity. 

Every part of a Shadow Dragon seemed tailor-made for destruction; at one end a maw holding savage rending teeth and at the other a truly wicked tail. Nigh on the length of the beast's body, the tail was thick as a man's upper arm, and yet deceptively sinuous and fluid in motion. It ended in a rounded ball of bone as big as a summer melon. In battle, that tail knob could crack stone or leave a foe a messy smear on the landscape.

An adult Shadow Dragon, in its prime, was easily the master of anything in the Land. That Daigon, even as finely-honed a specimen of humanity as he was, had managed to deliver such a telling blow to Liasastis seemed inconceivable.

He did not press his attack, but rather stopped and hurled the two-yard long practice sword onto the cobbles at her feet.




This story excerpt was chosen for the weekly Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet  and is from a work in progress, Shadows Of Honor. 


12 comments:

  1. Wow! Such vivid detail!! Love it. So...studied dragons much? :P

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    1. Dragons have always been a favorite fantasy creature to me, so when I started writing this I decided to tailor-make a dragon of my own design. It didn't hurt that I've probably read, literally, thousands of books containing dragons.

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  2. Amazing detail and with such a matter of fact and brutal tone. Fantastic.

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  3. Love the dragon. Terrific description - I can picture it all.

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  4. Don''t think I'd want to spar with that dragon. Nice description.

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  5. hehe Nice dragon! Nice... *runs away*

    Great descriptions and creature design! I especially like the way you detailed its tail. Nice job!

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  6. Great description! And I want to see what happens next.

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  7. Excellent! Perfect snippet with its imagery and hook at the end.

    :) Heidi

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  8. A superb description of the dragon - it really came alive for me. It also convinced me I don't want to tackle Daigon, either - he must be a very tough individual. Superb snippet - thanks.

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  9. Even facing such power I'm not sure I could bring myself to throw away my only weapon, no matter how puny!

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  10. I really, really want to read this!

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