There are ancient dragon mythologies from all over the world, and when I realized this, the history of it just captured my imagination by the talons and flew away with me. The more I read, the more I realized how much is out there. Even some of the remotest tribes have dragon stories or dragon beliefs.
Researching dragon mythologies is what inspired me to write an Urban Fantasy Series tentatively titled:
Time Dancer Chronicles.
The first book, The Dragon That Ate the World, involves a few choice dragon types. I really cannot divulge anything about The Big Bad. It would be a terrible spoiler.
But I can share a bit about the thinking behind the creation of that character (and some of the other characters) in this series.
About Werewolves & Weredrakes
People tend to think of transforming beings as something that began with the idea of werewolves and sort of branched out to other animals, like weredrakes. I‘ve even come across a story of a wereslug, amazingly. So while there‘s no limit in terms of options, it isn‘t at all true that werewolves came first.
The idea that a man (wer) might be transformed into a wolf or wolf-like creature is an ancient idea from at least 500 BC. However, it was in medieval Europe (roughly 500-1600) where stories of werewolves were steeped in religious beliefs (Christianisation) and ultimately in the belief that such a transformation was real.
Werewolves were hunted right along witches during this time.
The idea that women could transform into a werewolf is quite modern. It came long after the Suffragettes.
New Zealand was the first country to grant the vote to all women aged 21+, in 1893.
The UK, for example, didn‘t allow that until 1928, 35 years later!
The idea that a human could transform into a creature other than a wolf is, in a way, both ancient and new. Let me explain what I mean.
There were extremely ancient myths and religions (yes – actual belief systems with weremonsters), but they were abandoned and eventually forgotten. Only more recently (20th Century) have these been rediscovered and investigated by anthropologists and historians.
So in a way, the weredrake is a modern invention of modern fiction writers, but the concept of a weredrake predates the English language. So cool!
The interweaving and connectedness of everything, the fantastic craziness all around in everyday things, the unrelenting flux and influence of Time: it‘s incredibly inspiring, and all of That Great Stuff is a big influence in the Alathea stories.
To read more about Alathea, go HERE.