marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

how to kill a dragon

 A different dragon, in a different story. . . for different plot purposes. . . .

Starting with the way this is a fairy tale world, not Gamelit

I went and did some hunting up of fairy tales for dragon slaying -- it's less common than it's believed to be -- expecting it mostly to be "they fought, the hero won."

Turns out that -- the animal companions are a lot more helpful than I remember.  Starting with the ones where the hero's part in the fight is to sic a dog on the dragon -- albeit a dog that can bite through iron -- and let it win.  Others put out the fire that the dragon started.  And other things -- that the fox accompanying this hero is not going to do.  In fact, I sent the fox off to do something else during the fight.

Did get some idea for some crafty stuff for him to do to give him the opening.  And I can rip off the epics for the dragon's vulnerability, since even a fairy tale novel can't make the fight as short and undetailed as it can be in a fairy tale.
Tags: fairy tales (retelling), plot devices, world-building: creatures, world-building: military matters

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