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Faction information
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
Arthur's Bane
The Disir
With All My Heart
The Kindness of Strangers
The Diamond of the Day

Known Individuals Merlin, Balinor

Status Near-extinct
You're the last Dragonlord now. You alone carry the ancient gift. Deep within yourself, you must find the voice that you and Kilgharrah share, for your soul and his are brothers. When you speak to him as kin, he must obey your will.
Balinor, about being a Dragonlord[src]
A Dragonlord is a warlock who possessed the rare ability to speak to and tame Dragons. According to the Old Religion, Dragonlords were spiritual brothers to dragons through a connection of the soul, with the abilities being hereditary. This talent was passed down from father to son.


There were once men who could talk to the dragons, tame them. Uther believed that the art of the Dragonlord was too close to magic, so he had them all rounded up and slaughtered.
Gaius, about the history of the Dragonlords[src]
It 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).

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