Our myths are populated by them. Ancient, powerful, elemental monsters, hard of scale, strong of wing, sharp of tooth, and most importantly, hoarders of valuable treasure.
It starts as a simple hunger: a desire for conspicuous consumption, an aspiration to financial success, a base coveting of whatever others hold dear. You want a bigger house, a fancier car, a more expensive TV, your neighbor’s wife. You watch your stock portfolio grow in value, thinking only about how to keep it growing more and faster. You accrue more wealth and status, becoming the envy of your peers, but it’s never enough to satisfy you. There is always more to find, more to take, more to keep. More to Hoard.
The most important thing to a Draco is her Hoard. The stereotypical dragon hoard consists of gold and jewels and precious stones, and those things do make for a suitable hoard because money is valuable to everyone, but it is the value that matters, not the nature of what is valued. Vitally, to be a proper Hoard, its contents must be valuable to somebody other than the Draco. Hoarding knick-knacks and souvenirs that are precious only to you is all well and good, but a hoard that someone else would pay dearly to get back from you is the kind that fuels a Draco’s power.
Since money is valuable to everyone, it tends to be the most obvious centerpiece to any Draco’s Hoard. But a childhood toy treasured by its owner, or a compromising photo of a celebrity that they would pay dearly to get back… such things can be powerful additions to a Hoard, if you can find a way to take it and keep it from its owner. The longer they will miss it while it’s gone and the more they would be willing to sacrifice to get it back, the more power it gives to the Draco hoarding it. You can see why a captured princess — beloved of her people and true-love to a daring prince — would be such a seductive target to a dragon.
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