|Related to|| Human
|Native range|| Albion
|Affiliation|| Old Religion|
|Appearances|| The Last Dragonlord|
The Tears of Uther Pendragon
The Crystal Cave
The Eye of the Phoenix
The Sorcerer's Shadow
The Coming of Arthur
The Darkest Hour
The Sword in the Stone
With All My Heart
The Kindness of Strangers
The Diamond of the Day
|Known Individuals|| Merlin, Balinor
HistoryEditIt is unknown how the first Dragonlords gained their powers, or if the dragons could hatch without them before their creation. Nearing the end of the Great Purge, Uther coaxed the Dragonlord, Balinor, into summoning the Kilgharrah, claiming that he wanted to make peace with the dragon. Balinor was then betrayed by Uther, who imprisoned Kilgharrah and proceeded to round up and slaughtered all Dragonlords for their connection to magic. Balinor, who became the last Dragonlord, avoided persecution by escaping from Camelot with the help of Gaius. He went to stay in the village of Ealdor, and hid with Gaius' sister, Hunith. Whilst there, Balinor fell in love with Hunith, but was forced to leave her when Uther was informed of his whereabouts. Several years later, Balinor discovered that whilst with Hunith he had conceived a son, Merlin, who inherited his father's Dragonlord abilities when Balinor died. Merlin then used this ability as the last dragonlord to defend Camelot from Kilgharrah. (The Last Dragonlord).
Afterwards, Merlin and Kilgharrah became great friends, and Merlin called upon Kilgharrah many times when he was in need, and even when he was giving him the dragon egg.
Once they inherited their gift, all Dragonlords were able to speak to any Dragon in the language shared by their souls. The Dragonlords could use their abilities to force tasks upon Dragons, as they had no say in the commands they were given. This communication appeared to be, at least in some part, telepathic as Merlin and Kilgharrah were able to hear one another over long distances (The Last Dragonlord, The Crystal Cave). These abilities also worked on Wyverns, distant relatives of the Dragon (The Eye of the Phoenix).
They even have their own sub variety of magic, Dragonlords magic.
By forcing a Dragon to submit to them, Dragonlords can then ride the creature, giving them control over its natural might (The Tears of Uther Pendragon).
Only a Dragonlord can cause a Dragon egg to hatch, calling the mature embryo in the egg from its dormant state and out of the shell with its name (Aithusa).