Graveyard of Fire Dragons/Script
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|“||Marth followed Xane and continued heading directly north. There he faced walls of towering mountains... As well as sheer cliffs and deep valleys... Then, after passing countless mountains... Suddenly, a scorching heat surrounds everyone. Magma flowing like rivers, and sounds of roaring, block their passage. This is truly a fearful sight.||”|
— Chapter 12 Intro
Marth: Wow... To think there could be a place like this... I can feel my whole body burning up just standing here.
Xane: Flame Barrel... The graveyard of Fire Dragons. This is where Fire Dragons that degenerated wait to die.
Marth: Degenerated...? What does that mean?
Xane: The dragon tribe is currently facing extinction. If dragons do not seal their true form within dragonstones, they will lose their mind and become wild.
Marth: So that's why they became Manaketes? Xane, can you tell me everything you know about the dragon tribe?
Xane: Okay... Many tens of thousands of years ago the dragon tribe lived on this world, and built their own civilization. They were much wise and stronger than humans. But, from nowhere, the day of ruin came. First they could not give birth anymore and then they lost their minds, becoming wild beasts that destroyed everything in their path. The elders said the dragon tribe was reaching its last days. We had no choice, except to abandon our identities as dragons and live on as humans. The dragon tribe panicked. Those who trusted the elders sealed their dragon form inside stone and assumed human form. But there were some who could not abandon their pride as dragons and did not become human. In the end they lost their mind and became wild.
Marth: Just like these Fire Dragons...?
Xane: Yes. There are more like them, but they're all just a pack of wild beasts who can no longer return to sanity... These ones have become the pets of the Fire Tribe, who rule these mountains. Well, Marth. Let's talk about the rest later, let's go. The Fire Tribe are nasty stuff. If we don't hurry up, we'll become dinner for their Fire Dragons.
Xane: Phew. We've finally passed the Fire Dragons' valley. Are you okay, Marth?
Marth: Uh... Yeah, I'm fine. Xane, you said that there were other wild dragons elsewhere. Is that true?
Xane: Mmm, the majority of the dragon tribe didn't listen to the elders' advice, and were lost... Those that survived didn't really stay at a single place. Aside from the Fire Dragons' valley there is also the Dragons' Dale, the Ice Dragons' Temple and the Dragons' Altar...
Marth: Dragons' Altar...?
Xane: Mmm, behind the mountains of Macedon is a graveyard of Mage Dragons. That is also where the Earth Dragons sleep.
Marth: Earth Dragons...!? There are other Earth Dragons besides Medeus!?
Xane: Of course. Among the dragon tribe they are closest in strength to the Divine Dragons, and possess tremendous power. They didn't agree with the elders and left to form their own group. They currently reside at the Dolhr region, but... their fate didn't change. Eventually the Earth Dragons all lost their minds and, together with the Mage Dragons and Wyverns who had also degenerated, started to attack humans. Of course, humans could not hope to stand up to them. Humans almost became extinct and, in the end, were forced to a single corner of the continent. Then, at that time... Naga, the king of the Divine Dragons, the strongest of all dragons, commanded her tribe to begin a battle to protect the humans. It was a difficult battle, but in the end, Naga was victorious. She sealed the Earth Dragons underneath Dolhr and sent them to a deep sleep. To prevent the seal's strength from weakening, she created the "Shield of the five orbs" and left it at the Fane of Raman. But that is already ancient history... In fact it occurred over 1000 years ago.
Marth: Really...? I finally understand. The Guardian God, Naga, of legends was actually the king of the Divine Dragons, Naga, who helped mankind. Those events became legends that have been passed on even now. But if that was the case, why was the divine blade Falchion left behind for humans?
Xane: Mmm, that is a dragon buster. A sword designed to defeat dragons. Naga felt pity for the humans that could not protect themselves so she crafted it from her own fang. The sword was sealed within the Fane of Raman, along with the shield. And a powerful spell was cast on the temple, so that only Divine Dragons could enter it. After that, Naga left behind a will to her own people, which was to protect mankind. Finally, he placed the newly born Tiki into a deep sleep, thus ending the remaining 5000 years of her life. So, you can see why Gotoh is still faithfully following his orders.
Marth: Huh, Xane...? Could it be!?
Xane: Mmm, Gotoh is a Divine Dragon. What, you thought there was just me...?
Marth: Wa-wait, Xane. I still don't understand. What exactly did you mean?
Xane: Phew, my throat is really dry. I can't stand the heat anymore. Marth, let's hurry along.
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