|Gorgeous Warzone Dragon bike painted by Agis Neugebauer.|
So I hesitated. I pondered. I thought about doing a classic fantasy dragon - why not? But I wanted to do something a little less predictable. Eventually, I rummaged around, and pulled together these parts; namely 1) tail of a lictor, 2) Colony 87 Cameleoid, 3) Wings of a Colony 87 Gargouille.
And then I did this:
That's right folks, a bizarre, sci-fi creature, completed with long neck, wings and a tail. A creature that likes to seek out old safes and build a nest from the precious metals within.
A Necromundan Vent Dragon no less!! This is the kind of dragon that excites me - a little twist of focus, that ticks the boxes for all the clichés, but is shifted into a setting I can get behind!
Many a trader on Necromunda has heard the scuttling in the air processing pipes, the hissing behind the walls. They can lock up their valuable astrogold behind reinforced steel doors, in combination safes or strong boxes. But the vent dragons can smell it. They come deep in the night. Watchmen run off in terror. They flap through the vents and crawl across the ceiling. Their corrosive spittle burns away doors and bars, revealing a glimpse of astrogold in the low-lights' glow. In the morning, shelves will be empty, strong-rooms bare. And deep in the ventilation shafts, a nest is being made, with the glint of precious metal.
|Fortune hunters locate a vent dragon's nest in an abandoned corner of the hive.|
Who's next for the Dragon Metal tag? Mr Saturday, I choose you!