It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in the US. A wonderful family time, yet with a weird, ugly side. The huge food binge, followed by a huge shopping binge. Everything feels just a little bloated today.
Thanksgiving has made me think about dragon hoards, of all things. A huge treasure binge, if you will.
In many of the ancient tales, heroes do battle with dragons for the greater good. They risk their lives to protect their homes and families from a malevolent force bent on devouring everything. Fame and fortune are happy accidents.
In modern story telling, like D&D or fantasy video games, adventurers do battle with dragons for personal gain. They risk their lives to get the dragon’s hoard. Fame and fortune are the whole point.
I mention this because greed for the dragon’s hoard is a theme I addressed in my fantasy short story, “The Dragon King.” A valiant king fights to save his people from the rapacious dragon, only to be snared by the lust for gold.
This short story was published by Song of the Siren, a long-defunct online magazine. Sadly, I can’t link to the text version any more. However, “The Dragon King” is also the first episode of my podcast series, which shares the same name. It’s on my web site, and it’s free in the spirit of holiday giving. (Although fame and donations would be great, too)
Check if out, if your interested.