How do dragons morph?

Only one of us was able to get to East Linton on Wednesday. But it was great to meet you all. I hope you’ve started reading Scordril and are enjoying it. Do use the contact form on the main website to tell us what you like most.

Someone asked the question: how do dragons change into human form? In other words, how does Scordril become an overgrounder when he’s walking up Traprain Law to investigate the dragongrid?

Well, as you know, the dragons all get their magic power from the mages. Scordril is one of them. So he just uses his own power. But what you have to do with that magic power is take it into every cell of your dragon body and tell each cell what it has to become – that might be trousers, legs, hair or whatever. It’s a bit like a computer program that tells each pixel on your screen what colour it should be so that the whole web page looks right.

Sometimes, the dragons find it hard to look exactly like a real overgrounder – in book 2, Farlkris, Kris has to make himself look like a typical schoolboy every day! That means he has to notice what clothes they wear when out of uniform too, so he can copy.

When a dragon takes on another shape, we call it “morphing”. Morphing and mindspeech are the two things I would most like to have that the dragons have. It would make life so much fun!


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