- The Dragon K/T
Getting back to Walking with Dragons after the interruption caused by someone hacking the Chrome Browser we now find ourselves dealing with the K/T Boundary on the world of Orth. Though these days it would appear that it’s been renamed the K-PG or Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary.
On Orth the dragons knew about it. they new about the Deccan Traps and the approach of a giant asteroid that would impact too damn soon for their comfort. Now the traps were having a bad enough effect all by themselves, so the dragons of that time decided to just get rid of it. This they did by getting it into an orbit around the Orth when they could some 66 million years ago, then just sort of scraping at it until it was all broken up. It took a few thousand years and a ton lot of magick, but instead of an impact you got a lot of dust and a corresponding climatic collapse. Something the dragons found they could live with.
But still it did a lot of damage to the Orth’s environment and meant that a lot of Orth’s life didn’t survive.
All forms suffered, but once life could recover those groups that made it through the calamity pretty much did. The birds and placental mammals, along with the flowering plants did real well. Among the non-avian dinosaurs the hadrosaurs and dromaesaurs bounced back as well, though the ceratopsians effectively disappeared except for the population on a South Pacific island. The crocodilians also came back to some extent, as did the turtles and lizards etc, but the sauropods were pretty much reduced to the miraphants of Afrika.
The dragons of course suffered in their own right. In so far as the Dragons of Orth had largely migrated off planet not so much as you might think, but still order and families were gone, as were genera and species. The size of dragons was reduced to about 20 tons in weight, and there were a few that got down to about 200 pounds or so. So now the field was open for competition to arise, and rather than wasting their time stopping it Orth’s dragons decided to just live with it and guide what happened. Of course Orth’s deities had other plans.