Who Are The Great Dragons in Shadowrun?

Who Are The Great Dragons in Shadowrun? ...

Dragons are a classic of storytelling, and the Shadowrun setting tells stories filled with advanced technology and magic hand-in-hand. In a world like this, dragons seem to fit in perfectly. Instead of sitting on hoards of gold, they sit at the heads of corporations.

The Great Dragons, the most powerful dragons in Shadowrun, are still alive, but the ones that stuck around are often the focus of campaigns and stories. Only who are these powerful creatures, and how did they get their titles?

Dragons: The Basics

Dragons are recognizable in the Shadowrun style, although they can be classified in various shapes and sizes. Both Western, Eastern, and Feathered Serpent varieties are somewhat different, covering all bases pretty well. There are also Leviathans, although they are often isolated from the land-based dragons.

They are creatures with intelligence and their own civilisation, but they can only exist active in worlds with magic. When it comes to Shadowrun, this means the Fourth World and the Sixth World.

The Fifth World was a world without magic, covering the period between 3113 BC and 2011 AD. The Awakening of magic in 2012 denoted the beginning of the Sixth World, and is where the setting in Shadowrun is in full swing.

The Awakening

The Awakening, a term given to a significant rise in the world''s magic levels, or mana, began in 2011; a time of immense turmoil, with dormant races revealing themselves through goblinization and certain awakened species now roaming the land. One of these species was dragons, some of whom were old dragons who had hibernated throughout the Fifth World.

These are the great dragons.

Great Dragons were not given stats in the tabletop game until the Fifth Edition. They were simply not meant to be killed. Heck, a Great Dragon by the name Alamais was only killed with the combined forces of three other Great Dragons, including over 1,000 metahumans and military-grade air support.

Great Dragons In The Sixth World

On January 27, 2012, when Dunkelzahn - a great dragon himself - gave an interview in which he explained to the world everything they wanted to know about dragons, magic, and how it would be interpreted as residents of the Sixth World. He went from being a talk show host to the president of the United Canadian and American States (UCAS) and was immediately assassinated outside the Watergate hotel.

Dunkelzahn was quite the outlier. It''s made pretty apparent that most Great Dragons regard metahumanity as little more than trinkets or pawns to be hoarded and exploited as they see fit, as in the ways of the megacorps and nations they rule and scheme with. Even Feuerschwinge, a Great Dragon known to be be generous and nature-loving, went on a massive rampage when she Awakened and saw what humanity had done to the land, killing

Never deal with a Dragon. -Shadowrunner Rule

Never deal with a dragon. -Shadowrunner Rule

The Great Dragon Lofwyr is a Western Dragon who is led by Hans Brackhaus. Other Great Dragons follow similar lifestyles, putting their time and effort into sectors they love, increasing their wealth and power. For example, Celedyr is responsible for the Matrix and technology development of NeoNET.

These great dragons are often used as pawns in their battles, sometimes because of international wars.

Die Great Dragons are very old and very powerful and very cunning. A cunning unknowable to you. You will live and die between the beats of a dragons heart, meine Freundin. What hope do you have of understanding them? -Hans Brackhaus / Great Dragon Lofwyr, Shadowrun: Dragonfall

The Great Dragons are very old and very powerful and very cunning. A cunning unknowable to you. You will live and die between the beats of a dragon''s heart, meine Freundin. What hope do you have of understanding them? -Hans Brackhaus / Great Dragon Lofwyr, Shadowrun: Dragonfall

The Great Dragons'' matters and motivations are, at the end of the day, quite immeasurable to metahumanity. It is almost useless to try and understand them, but also a compelling objective.