How Did This Long-Buried Dragon Skeleton Roar Back to Life ... And What Will Happen Next?

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Hidden for centuries, an ancient dragon bursts forth, with only the tree roots that’ve grown around its skeleton keeping it from taking flight. What brought this mighty mythical creature back to life? What will happen next? And what, exactly, are the reactions of those two human figures at the left?

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Artwork: “Entombed” by Jonas De Ro. See more from this artist here.

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Coronal Shadow

The life-cycle of the dragon was an interesting one. As a flying, fire-breathing reptile, they could live for centuries (or longer...).

But eventually, that stage of their lives would come to an end, and they would find a quiet valley and settle down, as they felt their body begin to change.

The legs would stiffen, as the skin grew thicker, folding and hanging. As the skin drooped, it would begin to bind to the ground. Typically, the tail would do the same, until the dragon was imobilised, rooted to the ground.

As the lower body became part of the ground, the upper body went through it’s own changes. Tendons in the spine would shrink as they dried, raising the head, and the wings would naturally rise and open. At the cellular level, long-dormant genes would start to enable photosynthesis.

This process could take years, but the spectacle of seeing a young but fully-transformed dragon-tree is one few would ever forget. As is the way with trees, other plants would grow on and around it, but the dragon skeleton would always remain.