Black Dragons of Brûm are enormous dragons that were noted as establishing a coalition society amongst themselves and achieved political and societal control over the multicultural humanoid nation of Brûm. Later, they devolved into weapons and tools of that nation.
Note: This Page largely duplicates an earlier page entitled Great Dragon Wyrms.
- Very large dragons
- Dark in color
- Wingless (wyrms)
- Spikes where wings would be
- Long Necks
The Black Dragons are noted as being land dragons, sometimes referred to as 'wyrms', they have lost their wings, most likely due to growing to enormous size.
Speculation: They might have also been adapted to swimming in ocean environments? It is true that these dragons lived along the Hieyokscream Sea. Their long necks might be a similar adaptation?
The nature of Brûm as the 'dustlands' where the ashes of Mount Dol-Nur usually congregated seem to have made for a place for dragons to settle.
Without wings, these dragons are also limited to places where they can go, to lair and nest. They cannot fly to such forbidding mountainous areas as many dragons do.
The Black Dragons most likely came to live in Polforia as a great, enclosed hunting ground, and settled in Brûm circa 1500 a.a.H. They lived much like other intelligent dragons save being larger and without flight. However, they seem to have had a greater deal of interaction with each other than most other dragons.
Speculation: It is possible that their lack of flight and larger sizes made it harder for an individual dragon to fight and maintain individual ranges. This might have led to greater socialization?
At some point, the dragons came to realize that the native peoples could serve to support them. This is hardly unique behavior in dragons, but it is true that the Black Dragons took things to a greater level than the typical bully dragon terrorizing a countryside and being sated by extorting offerings. In Brûm , the orcs would come to act as their muscle, and with the assistance and direction of the dragons, would conquer the dustlands, and would often raid and otherwise extend their reach beyond into other regions of Polforia.
The assembly of dragons eventually had a leader promoted from among their number. Quite probably based on age and strength, dragons becoming larger and more powerful as they age until becoming truly ancient. Although Wiliness might have had something to do with it as well.
The great dragon Barûm was a ruler of the country and leader of the dragons. He became the center of not just the State but the god of an instituted cult about himself as a god, rather than just a powerful dragon.
The effective result was that the lesser, individual dragons became subordinate to the State of Brûm. This was important in securing the position of the Dragongod of the land, it also provided stability to the country by reigning in the greed, ambitions and destructiveness of the dragon-king's fellow black dragons.
Additionally, in 1748 a.a.H., Brûm became part of the Demonic Dark Legion. The Black Dragons effectively gave up some national sovereignty, although, by doing so, they themselves gained the legal equivalence of Bazrrods and their king Barûm became one of the Seven Demon Princes. It would seem that the demon lords trusted Barûm and his country of Brûm as a sub-empire within the core of demon lands and early conquests, 'guarding the store' as it were during the First War of the Power.
Despite the often well demonstrated penchant of dragons for hubris and greed, there is currently no indication that Barûm and his fellow Black Dragons ever betrayed the trust that the Dark Legion placed in them.
Fall of the Black DragonsEdit
Defeat in WarEdit
Tying their fortunes to the Dark Legion proved disastrous for the Black Dragons with the collapse of the Dark Legion near the end of the First War of the Power. The High elves of the Empire of Whide Axis and their human allies would successfully invade the immense basin land of Polforia and would overrun the Dustlands, defeating the armies of Brûmer Orcs, killing many Black Dragons and the god king Barûm himself.
Even after the High elves largely departed with their allies, Brûm was a shambles, locked in an endless civil war in the power vacuum that resulted with the loss of such a singular ruler such as Barûm. Too many Black Dragons had also been killed so as their society no longer functioned or could control the country, and they themselves made matters worse by fighting amongst themselves, further reducing their numbers, particularly of capable dragons.
In a reversal of the Dragons' 'Order of Things', the 'Necromancers' that arose from the chaos would kill many remaining dragons, or capture them, or their eggs. Spells were enacted so young dragons that were hatched would be tractable and would be imprisoned in various temples separated from each other. The Black Dragons remained as symbols and agents of religion and the State, but were now enslaved to the worship that they had engendered.
The Black Dragons would eventually break free of this bondage to the Brûmer Necromancers. They would regain a place of prominence, given their great power, but would never again rule the populace as they once did.
The great event of The Cataclysm dealt the Black Dragons a severe blow as it did all the peoples of Polforia. Whether they survived or became extinct in the development of the Modern Age, or for how long, is unknown.