Friday, February 17, 2017

Necessary Items for a Dragonologist's Laboratory

As dragonologists go, Dr. Earnest Drake is the primary authority.  In fact, The Society of Enlightened Dragonologists was to build on Dr. Drake's work and carry on his research.   Today, we are going to cover the necessary items for a dragonologist's laboratory.

Please note as we begin this exploration of required equipment, that we are speaking of already deceased dragons.  There are so few dragons left in the world today that it is important that they are not killed for harvesting of parts. Animals should never be harvested for supposed cures and trophies. Most of these alleged cures are nothing more than hype and falsehoods.

 As far as the laboratory itself, the normal equipment is indicated and only one special tool is needed.  The most useful will be the pestle and mortar, as making potions and elixirs from dragon components and herbs is useful in experimentation.  A good Microscope is also needed.  A diamond drill is the one thing I would recommend as a special tool.  Dragons differing anatomy and parts are very hard and difficult to pierce.

  I also recommend you label everything.  A dragon scale may have different uses depending on the type of dragon that produced the scale.

Dragon Horn:  Not all dragons have horns but those that do produce beautiful growth pieces.  A hallow-out dragon horn will play beautifully.  But really, the more useful portions are the powdered horn.  It is said that certain combinations will increase the senses temporarily.

Dragon Hides:  It would be a rare find these days.  Remember, harvesting a dragon for its components is essentially wrong on the deepest levels.  However, if a dragonologist were to come across a recently deceased dragon, this would be invaluable.  It can be cured on a frame with the scales removed.  It is actually a very strong flexible leather.  Please Note:  You must rivet the sections together or they will come away.

Dragon Dung:  It is a powerful fertilizer and has been known to cure skin conditions if properly applied.

Dragon Teeth:  No use is noted for current civilization, however, it was a good tool back when swords and spears were needed.  The two top and bottom fangs can be used for piercing their leather for use.  One modern use that one dragonologist uses is the covering for a hang glider. Give the man the ability to soar the skies, as close to a dragon experience as one can get.

Dragon scales:  These work for protection as well.  More modern uses include the creation of an invisible ink that glows under the right magnetic conditions.

Dragon's Blood:  In small doses, it has been known to assist language acquisition, healing and regeneration.  Please Note: It is dangerous in large doses.

Dragon Dust:  This is probably the most easily acquired.  You can find dragon dust on cave walls and in nests.  It is important to find this if you wish to measure the attributes of a live dragon.  Combined with dragon's blood, it creates a potion that will pacify an adult dragon.  Please Note:  It must never ever be ingested.

Dragon bones:  These are light and often hallow depending on placement.  They were used a long while ago for building boats given their outer hard covering and their light density.  You must use a diamond drill or dragon's claw to penetrate a dragon bone.

Finding any of these elements from a long dead dragon is an extraordinairy feat.  The phones light up across the field as news of a discovered cave, skeleton or other dragon related items.  It should be noted that no dragonologist has yet uncovered a dragon hoard.  It is believed that when a dragon passes, its hoard is ravaged by other dragons.