Art by Beeple
Art by Beeple
An unusual and rarely seen kind of dragon, the wyvern-type dragon recently discovered and named the Ocean Mantadrake is known to nest on ocean-facing cliffs, and isolated islands around the world. A highly social creature, much like the Webbed Water Dragons believed to be their cousins, the Mantadrake likes to fly and hunt groups, though they are more than able to survive on their own. However Mantadrakes like to raise their young in their cliff and island colonies, as all of the dragons will pitch in to the care of the young.
Ocean Mantadrakes do not always dive when hunting, as they can use their tail, which ends in a narrow, venom-secreting spike, to both kill the fish or other food they want, and to lift the animal from the water to their claws, so they can carry it to a place where they may eat it. The Ocean Mantadrake is known for assiduously clearing their feeding site of any remaining traces of their food, brushing bones, scales, skin and fur into the sea, so no avian scavengers begin to scout the site and disturb their feeding. They are highly defensive of their food on their own, unless they are raising young, just as they are defensive and protective of any young they might have.
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Quoting the artist.
“During a journey through the underworld, one warrior sacrifices himself for the greater good.
This piece was partly inspired by an element found in many myths, (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc.) where one hero sacrifices himself to save the lives of many.”