The Terror of Mhadhavi
Bhay, whose name means both fear and danger, is a capricious ruler who believes his sovereignty grants him the right to do anything he wishes with anything he finds within his borders. He is spiteful, petty, and cruel. Other dragons speculate that Bhay survived the Trials of Yashaskar by sheer will, since it’s obvious he didn’t use wit. However, this disparaging attitude means they tend to underestimate his true abilities. Bhay is self-indulgent and mean. He is not unintelligent.
Bhay is small and lithe, and can tuck his wings fully against his body allowing him to navigate the dense old-growth forest that is his domain. His skin is mottled in dark greens and browns, allowing him to blend in to his surroundings. Like his people, he is a master of camouflage. His magic would allow him to infiltrate the enclaves, but his pride would never allow him to adopt the form of such lesser creatures. He is careful not to over hunt and deplete the various populations of prey.
He cares nothing for the politics and machinations of other dragons. He learned that lesson staring at the scars on his father’s wing. He prefers to live his days in solitary pursuits, hunting and fishing, and wandering his forest.
To his mind, even Janesh is making a mistake by permitting the humans to build. Bhay understands that with weapons, numbers, and organization the lesser beings could be a real threat to dragons. And that idiot Tarlah! Teaching them to use magic! He believes that Tarlah and her people will need to be dealt with sooner rather than later, before her “teachings” spread and the humans have to be exterminated.
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