Magicae Research Notes: Komodo Dragons!

The things you learn while writing:

Since the beginning of the Magicae series, I’ve done my best to give as much realism as possible to the fantastical elements present in the novels. Occasionally, I come across interesting research points that help deliver something original and thought-provoking into the storyline. In Book Nine, the Cthulhu cult, known as the Crimson Brotherhood, has weaponized a Komodo dragon and morphed it into a giant Lovecraftian monster.

Book 9 Research Notes:

The Young roll in feces!

To keep from being cannibalized by adult dragons, the young roll around in every pile they can find. This makes them distasteful to larger of their species, and gives them a chance to grow up.

Komodo dragon | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Grave Robbers!

The dragons have killed four people since 1974, but are most noted for digging up the freshly deceased. It has become to the point that natives of their home region must pile rocks up on top of the graves.

11 Surprising Facts About Komodo Dragons

Gluttons

The dragons have a flexible jaw that allows them to swallow up to 80% of their own bodyweight.

10 Weird Facts About The Deadly Komodo Dragon - Listverse

Venom Glands

The dragons were once thought to have so much bacteria in their mouths that one bit would cause an infection. It was later discovered by a biochemist, Brian Fry, that they actually have venom glands that will cause paralysis, extreme blood loss, inadequate clotting, tissue damage, and excruciating pain.

komodo dragon poison gland location | Komodo dragon, Dragon, Komodo

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