“ The Dragons you see now are weapons for battle. They have no ‘self.’ They have no cruel emotions to be driven by, unlike foolish humans. The world under the Dragons’ control would be fair and peaceful.”
—Zephiel on War Dragons, during chapter 26 of The Binding Blade.
A War Dragon (戦闘竜, Sentōryū lit. Combat Dragon) are a type of mass-produced, artificial dragons which, as its name suggests, were bred specifically for war during The Scouring.
During the war, the dragons had one main weakness, that the humans heavily outnumbered them. Because of this, the Dragons near the end of the Scouring asked the neutral Divine Dragons for one of their own to turn into a Demon Dragon that would able to spawn the war dragons. The Divine Dragons refused, claiming that would be defying the laws of nature, and fled into the Nabata Desert, but one of them, a young female named Idunn, stayed behind and was captured. The Dragons then destroyed Idunn's soul so that she would follow their commands, and they began making War Dragons, which turned the tide of the war, until the Eight Heroes created their legendary weapons to pierce the dragon's scales. Eventually, the humans were able to defeat the war dragons and seal away Idunn.
1,000 years later Zephiel freed Idunn to conquer the world and then turn it over to the dragons, because he thought that humans and their emotions would lead only to the world's ruination, and that the War Dragons, without emotions, would be able to create a better world. After freeing her, he began making more War Dragons, which continued until Roy defeated Idunn and sealed away all of her memories as the Demon Dragon.
War Dragons are said to lack emotions altogether and to have little will of their own. It is said they know nothing about battle due to their purpose as soldiers for the Scouring. Ain, the only War Dragon to have dialogue, was shown to be capable of following simple orders and making battle tactics, but was confused by small talk.
- War Dragons appear very similar to Morphs in the prequel, though any explicit connection between them is unknown. However, Athos mentions that information on the creation of Morphs is of draconic origin.
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