Common Lexeme


Keywords: mythology, popular culture, fantasy

Pronunciation (IPA): 'tra.gən 
Part of Speech: term noun verb 
Class: pali 
Forms: trakyn 
Glosses: dragon 


The term 'trakyn' comes from the English word 'dragon' and refers to the mystical flying reptile. While the idea of the dragon has deep, millennia-long roots in multiple human cultures, the Common language got its idea of what a dragon is from 20th and early 21st century global popular culture, including fantasy novel such as those by the beloved British author J. R. R. Tolkien, and popular fantasy games like Dungeons & Dragons.

On the last point, some people still play Dungeons & Dragons in Britain today, and I am sometimes asked if the game is still played in the New World Order. It isn't something I have even been interested in, but I did observe people playing similar fantasy role-playing games, complete with dice rolls to determine outcomes of actions, when I was there. However, I never heard of anything I could identify as 'Dungeons & Dragons' still being played, so if the game itself has a direct descendant there, I'm not sure what it would be.

In the modern order, dragons continue to be a pop culture trope. Due to a phonological coincidence and some random cultural developments, though, in the modern Order, dragons are associated with femininity and queerness, and dragon iconography is sometimes associated with drag performances.

There is little call to use this word in a verb context that I an aware of. I think if you did, it would just be a pali verb meaning 'be a dragon'.

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