Every Friday, the Local Dragons Gathered for Social Hour

Having a second face at the end of your tail could come in handy, actually.
Having a second face at the end of your tail could come in handy, actually.
Image: British Library
FictionFictionJourneys into unfamiliar worlds, imagined futures, and altered states of mind.

It’s Friday, it’s been an emotional week to say the least, and it’s time for another Concept Art Writing Prompt. We provide the image, you provide the imagination! This time, we’re wondering: what are these dragons up to, exactly?


Our inspiration image hails from the British Library’s most excellent public domain Flickr archive. The caption under the original image reads “Some More of the Marvels Which Sir John Mandeville Saw,” and it’s taken from Thomas Frost’s Half-Hours with the Early Explorers, etc., published in 1873, though Sir John Mandeville’s travel diaries date back to the 13th century. A time when, presumably, people believed that dragons could still be roaming the Earth—or some other unfamiliar creature that sure made Sir John, whose exploring route took him around various parts of Africa and India, think he was seeing ‘em.

Share your story in the comments below!

For more, make sure you’re following us on our Instagram @io9dotcom.


Arcanum Five

“Season 8 of Game of Thrones fucking sucked.”

“Yeah, I can’t believe that hairy man stabbed Drogon’s pet woman. Drogon should never have tolerated that! He should have burned the hairy guy along with that dumb chair. If someone stabbed my pet woman like that, I wouldn’t let him get away with it!”

“It’s because they didn’t have any dragons on the writing team. Humans don’t understand what it’s like to be a dragon, so they can’t write good scripts for us. They totally fridged Viserion, and then they killed Rhaegal, too. It’s like we don’t even matter to them. We really need more representation in the fantasy genre. Drake Lives Matter!”

“And don’t even get me started on The Hobbit! That kind of stereotype of dragons and gold is some old-ass Nazi shit. Like seriously Wagnerian.”

“Dude, Fafnir wasn’t even a dragon. He was a human that turned into a dragon because he loved gold. Can you believe that? Straight up cultural appropriation, but like a super racist version.”