|Known Dragon Knights|
Dragon Knights are the predecessors to Makai Knights. It is a magical knight that uses the power of a dragon to help him combat Horrors. While it's unclear how many existed, it suggests that Dragon Knight Edel is the only one of his kind or sole-survivor; making him a unique warrior.
Description & CharacteristicsEdit
A Dragon Knight is created through the power of a Makai Dragon. When a human and a dragon form a bond, they form a symbiotic relationship, in which the dragon will impart the powers of a Dragon Knight onto the person. Once a Dragon Knight, the person will be endowed and enhanced to become something akin to a Makai Knight, a magical warrior that's highly adept in martial arts and magic, but utilizes a completely different armor system than the Makai Knights.
Whereas the Makai Knights utilizes a crafted wolf-themed armor made out of soul metal, a Dragon Knight uses an armor that's made from the body of a dragon. The armor itself is made from the hide of the dragon, giving it strong resilience to magical and physical damage. A Dragon Knight is enhanced and endowed with increased strength, endurance, stamina, speed, magical resistance, heightened healing factor, resistant to Horror taint, alchemy, limited use of magic without a brush, and enhanced senses. What would take a lifetime of training for a Makai Knight to become a full-fledged knight and to match a Dragon Knight's abilities, the Dragon Knight simply goes through a transformation process and emerge as a formidable combatant.
For combat, the Dragon Knight is armed with primarily a straight sword, similar to European-style long swords, but with a dragon emblem to show the sword's origins. When abrasively rubbed with the sword, dragon flames will engulf the weapon for their form of blazing armament combat. A Dragon Knight can sense Horrors and doesn't need special magical tools for detection. However, even without the knight's enhanced senses, the knight can utilize alchemy to reform inanimate objects into animated drones called Giryū (義竜) that can be used for surveillance, combat support, healing, and retrieval tasks. Edel posssesses at least 5 types of Giryū in his disposal: Dragon-like Gen (元), iron maiden-like Shō (鍾), crow-like Karasu (鴉), horse-like Gan (巌), and mechanical fish-like Ruru (ルルウ Rurū) which sacrificed its life to revived him after mortally wounded by Kagome. A number of Gen and a Karasu can combine into a humanoid Giryūjin (義竜人).
When it comes to summoning and utilizing their armor, dimensional portals isn't used to summon their armor, it's actively being worn in a dormant form. To bring out its full-armored potential, the knight must stab himself with a dragon fang through its armor to bring out its fully armored version. It is likely a form of blood magic in which the armor bonds with the user. Dragon fire engulfs the knight and the armor forms throughout the knight's body to become a Full-Armored Dragon Knight.
In Full-Armored Dragon form, the knight can still utilize its alchemy and magical powers on top of traditional melee combat. Similar to Makai Knights, Dragon Knights have a something akin to a magical horse, but it takes the form of a flying dragon-like guardian lion, giving it an advantage in aerial melee combat. The knight can also utilize a form of blazing armament throughout its body with dragon flames. However, dragon flames is a fire used for purifying and burning its target, it doesn't have the flexibility of mado flames, which can be used in a variety of instances for healing, spell casting, and magical sensory.
Unlike Makai Knights, the Full-Armored Dragon form doesn't have a 99.9 secs time limit for combat. Instead, the length of use is reliant on the knight's ability to withstand the physical strains of the armor itself; the stronger the knight, the longer he can utilize the armor. However, because the armor is so strenuous, it can badly fatigue the knight, causing him to unable to summon the armor at will without severely draining his strength. This is due to the fact the armor can absorb and soak in dark energies and it can't be purified like makai armors, causing a form of toxic harm to its user after long term use. The knight's dragon can help purify the jaki (dark energies) out of his body as dragons eat dark energies as food. However, without one, it can lead to health damage. Overall, the Dragon Knight is a formidable combatant with overwhelming power. Unfortunately, it was a short-lived power.
Before the creation of the Makai Knights, there was experimentation with various elements and powers in attempt to create a magical warrior able to handle powerful Horrors. Unfortunately, nothing was successful at the time and the priests looked to Dragon Knight Edel and Makai Dragon Nova. Seeing their awesome power against the Horrors, the priests intend to discover the secret to makai dragon biology and find a means to replicate their powers. Unfortunately, instead of establishing peaceful relation, Makai Order, driven by their own hubris, opted to force Nova and Edel to reveal the secrets of said power via blackmail and torture. As result, both sides ended up waging war on each other.
In the aftermath of the bloody battle, the dying Nova used the last of her powers to seal Edel and burn down all of her opponents before dying and becoming a forest. The surviving members of the order then hide their shame by writing that Edel turned against mankind without any reason and decided to continue the research on ways to replicate dragon powers with alternative methods, deeming such power forbidden due to it being uncontrollable. Said research would led to the discovery of Soul Metal and Makai Knights.
The Last DragonEdit
In modern times, dragons are considered extinct and the Dragon Knight has become myth and lore. However, a sole surviving Dragon Egg has been salvaged by the Makai Order and placed in safe keeping. Elsewhere, Edel, awakened after centuries of being locked away and now seeks his long lost dragon child of his and Nova.