Friday, November 28, 2014

Guest Post with Mark Boyd

Today you all get to spend some time with author Mark Boyd.  Enjoy!

A Perspective on Dragon History

There is much speculation about the origins of dragons, or if they ever existed. Let's suffice to say, they are around, they have been for a very long time, and will be for a longer time yet.

Before the dawn of mankind, dragons lived a very peaceful and vibrant existence among themselves and the other beasts of the Earth plane. A special creature with an extremely high degree of intelligence and the ability to shape shift, dragons are able to co-exist, which is really their main purpose, contrary to other stories or tales.
Dragons, by nature, are curious, have an insatiable appetite for learning, are shy, primarily docile unless provoked, can be a bit mischievous, territorial, and very family oriented.
They have been the bane and/or blessing for nearly every civilization since mankind was capable of recording histories. All have had some legend, belief, or religion based on the dragon.
Dragons can and do exist in nearly every type of environment. Able to live a thousand human years plus, they tend to acquire not only a tremendous amount of knowledge of their present lifetime, but also maintain a historical timeline of their past. This knowledge is passed onto the next generation and so on, and so on, through their amazing genetic abilities.
A creature of the majics, dragons are part of the elemental world of Faire beings, and are able to move in and out of various dimensions. Having developed their minds to near full potential, allows the dragon to perform many of its "majical functions," such as shape shifting, casting spells, healing, telepathy, and surviving hundreds of years in hostile environments. Although armed with wisdom from centuries of history, they are no less immune to technological advancements and surprises of future events. This has been a downfall of dragons, as mankind has progressed in its ultimate goal to control this physical dimension.
Dragons, as with other species, have a natural hierarchy. Legend has it that the most advanced of the species, is the five-toed dragon; this is followed by the four-toed, three-toed and so on.
As stated earlier, dragons have the ability to shape shift. This is typically accomplished in one of two manners. The first being an illusion of something they want to portray, for the sake of subterfuge. The second is a physical transformation. This form is not used that often by most dragons. This form of shape shifting will be used to "scout" a certain species, to determine if the particular species is dragon friendly or not. Also, some dragons just enjoy being in human form, partaking in human pleasures and experiences not able to be experienced in their immense natural form.
When a dragon does make a physical transformation to a certain species, they are, by all means, identical in every way...with some exceptions. They do maintain their keen intellect, their physical strength is several times greater than that of the species they have shifted to, and their eyesight, hearing and sense of smell are the same as that of their dragon self.
Irrespective of what most people do or do not think of dragons and their existence...they are here, all around us. With all that has been written and recorded in stories, pictures and pictographs, from every major civilization known, how can they not exist?
I find this much akin to walking outside at night, gazing up at the stars, and thinking, "How can anyone be so foolish as to believe we are the only intelligent beings in the universe?"
This is my opinion and food for thought.

~ Mark Boyd

About the author:

I began reading fantasy at an early age. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, being one of my first and favorites. Fantasy was my escape when my own world wasn't going so well. I never thought I would be blessed to add to the world of fantasy but my dragon friends had other ideas. I only hope you enjoy reading the trilogy, as much as I have in writing it. I am forever grateful to the dragon intelligence that has infused my consciousness, awakening memories and giving me the ability to bring their story to life.

And now, enter to win 1 of 3 ecopies of The Book of Genevieve by Mark Boyd.
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