For today's post, I invited epic fantasy writer and eminent dragonologist Daniel Arenson to stop by and give us a brief education on these magnificent and hot-tempered beasts...
FIVE UNEXPECTED DRAGON DUELS
In my fantasy novels, dragons face many enemies: griffins, shadowy demons, zombies, giant phoenixes, and more. Dragons are among the mightiest creatures imagined; it's not easy finding them worthy adversaries.
Let's look at some rejected dragon foes and how the duels might unfold.
Dragon vs. Godzilla
Godzilla is one of the world's most formidable beasts. He's quite larger than most dragons are usually portrayed, standing three hundred feet tall. While he tends to lollop rather slowly, he can rapidly slide on his tail, as seen in Godzilla vs. Megalon. He defeated many powerful enemies, such as the aforementioned Megalon, Mothra, and many others. While dragons can blow fire, Godzila can spew death rays. His thick hide is invulnerable to nearly any weapon.
A dragon seems to have only one advantage: flight. A dragon would presumably fly around Godzilla, raining fire upon him. But would dragonfire hurt the legendary monster? In many movies, Godzi's thick hide withstood human weapons, such as guns. Surely it could take a lot of dragonfire. As that dragonfire rained, Godzilla would unleash his own fiery breath, felling even the mighty dragon from the sky.
Dragon vs. Godzilla: Godzilla wins
Dragon vs. Dinosaur
The closest real animals to dragons are the dinosaurs. Stick some wings onto a T-Rex, and he's almost a dragon. But who'd win in a fight?
Any land based dinosaur – even if they were as large and strong as dragons – would be unable to stop a dragon swooping and raining down fire. And the flying dinosaurs were simply too flimsy compared to a dragon, not to mention that they lack fire. Seems like the answer here is easy.
Dragon vs. Dinosaur: Dragon wins
Dragon vs. F18
Fighter jets are the dragons of the modern era. They're about the same size. They fly. They're loud. They shoot fiery death. What if a dragon faced an F18?
Dragons are far more versatile. Requiring no runway to land or take flight, they can manoeuvre through tough areas. They can land on rocky mountains, sneak up on foot when necessary, and dive underwater for cover. They don't need to refuel, and can fly for hours on a belly full of game.
By comparison, fighter jets are high maintenance. They need that runway. They can't fly too long without refuelling. They're formidable fighters in the air, but useless on land or water.
However, F18s do have some advantages. They can fly much faster. A dragon, by flapping wings, would never break the sound barrier--not even close. F18s also have greater firepower. Their missiles have longer range, greater impact, and higher accuracy. An F18 would shoot a dragon from the sky far outside dragonfire range.
In a face off between a dragon and a fighter jet, modern technology would defeat the mythological beast.
Dragon vs. F18: F18 wins
Dragon vs. UFO
UFOs are mainstays of science fiction. From masterpieces like War of the Worlds to B-movie classics like Plan 9 from Outer Space, aliens in flying saucers are the genre's best known beasts. How would they fare in battle against fantasy's champions, the dragons?
UFOs are better flyers. They fly faster. They fly higher. Dragons, by comparison, are clumsy as pudgy pigeons. But what weapons do UFOs wield?
Their tractor beams can suck up humans, but dragons are too large to tug. If you're Ed Wood, your aliens can animate the dead, which would hardly trouble fire-breathing dragons, who'd roast the zombies from above. Some UFOs wield laser beams, but those always seem designed for attacking humans, not great fire-breathing reptiles.
Would dragons even see a UFO as a threat, or as a Frisbee?
Dragon vs. UFO: Dragon wins
Dragon vs. King Kong
In terms of sheer strength, King Kong – with his great, powerful muscles – might have the advantage. He could easily crush a dragon in his arms, just like he crushed those dinosaurs.
But Kong has one main disadvantage: thick, flammable fur. A dragon could swoop and torch him from a distance. Tragically, King Kong never beat those airplanes; he wouldn't beat a dragon either.
Dragon vs. King Kong: Dragon wins
Thanks for that insightful article, Daniel! And now for the...
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