The Evil That Men Do
No one living has ever seen a dragon. That includes the very, very long lived elves. No one’s really sure why, but they’re pretty glad about it. Legend holds that they were the first inhabitants of the world – aspects of nature and the cosmos set forth as tools of shaping the world. They were supposedly unbelievably huge, miles long writhing masses of metal-hard plates and thick leathery flesh. Legend also holds they were immortal, and would exist until the world was no more. Of course, legends have been known to be wrong…
Most modern people believe these legends to be true, and some scholars have detailed long histories of evidence. Theories of where they went and their current activities are ranging, from being in torpor under the earth and seas to having left the world entirely until needed again. Others refute the legends entirely, opining that they were nothing more than nature worship and deification of the elements in prehistoric creation stories.
Dwarves in particular believe the Dragons real, and often revere them alongside the gods. Common dwarven belief holds that one dragon in particular, often known as The Stoneshaper, molded the dwarves from the earth as the builders of the land. Some gnomish scholars suggest that dragons are the source of magic in the world, a conduit of the power granted them in prehistory.