During the Age of Ancients, the Dragons were the everlasting rulers of the World until the Lords rose from the Dark and challenged them. The result was a catastrophic war which destroyed much of the World. In the end the Dragons were no more and the World dawned a new era known as the Age of Fire.
Age of AncientsEdit
Not much is known about the world at this time only that the World was unformed, shrouded by fog, filled with grey crags and arch-trees, and that the Dragons were the everlasting rulers.
War of FireEdit
With the advent of the First Flame, the Lords challenged the Dragons for dominion of the World. During the war, Gwyn, the Lord of Sunlight used his powerful bolts, peeling their strong stone scales, the Witch of Izalith and her Daughters of Chaos weaved great, powerful firestorms, Nito, the First of the Dead unleashed a miasma of death and disease, and Seath the Scaleless, the albino Dragon, betrayed his own kind.
Age of FireEdit
The aftermath of the war made the lands barren and lifeless. But despite all this, the Lords and the Humans rebuilt the World and began the Age of Fire, a golden era of the world. While the Ancient Dragons appear to be all but extinct, the race has many descendants, some greater and some lesser.
The Hellkite Dragon encountered in Undead Burg is, in actuality, a Drake. Drakes are seen as undeveloped imitators of the dragons, but in they are likely their distant kin. Wyverns, a respawning enemy, may also be of similar origin to the Hellkite Dragon and are found in the Valley of the Drakes.
In Ash Lake the Stone Dragon, who is a descendant of the ancient dragons, initiates the player into the Path of the Dragon Covenant by praying to the Everlasting Dragons. Domhnall of Zena shares a rumor that the Stone Dragon is not a descendant, but a surviving Ancient Dragon.
Undead Dragons, scattered throughout the land, are corpses of the Ancient Dragons that maintain some spark of life within their rotten form and can be occasionally stumbled upon.