Rise and Fall of Arela
According to the ancient lore recording the origin of dragons, the first two gods were the waters, one fresh and representing law, the other salt and representing chaos. Their mingling was mostly harmonious, and from their union came other gods. These new gods created Heaven, Hell, and the mortal realm in between. Then the firstborn of the waters, which called himself Dahak, took a mighty and terrible form and rampaged through Hell, making it a nightmare of devastation and suffering. This embittered the other gods toward him, but he cared little, and he ruled alone in his shadowy realm. When the salt water created six new metallic gods, Dahak named them, recast them into forms similar to his own, and hurled them to the Material Plane, where they shattered and became the first mortal dragons. These he hunted for sport.
The fresh water, Apsu, took the form of a radiant dragon and went to the material world to rally his mortal offspring. There were many great battles, with
tremendous casualties on both sides, but eventually the dragons laid Dahak
low. Dahak cried to his mother, the salt water, to save him, and she offered to
heal the injured mortal dragons if they spared his life. Those who agreed
exchanged goodness, love, and mercy for vengeance, wrath, and cruelty, replacing
their shining metallic forms with dull chromatic hues. Then the dragons battled
each other, and in the confusion, Dahak slipped away, and his chromatic followers fled after him. Apsu and the good dragons rested and healed, then searched for a world far from Dahak where they could know peace. Vengeful Dahak and his followers pursued
them. For this reason most Dragons left the world of Untopa, but some few remained.
How much of these legends are truth is unknown. What is known is that dragons exist but are few in number and typically try to avoid humanoid civilization. The majority of contact with dragon-kind on Mareata is with those few chromatic dragons that choose to interact and or torment mortal kind. Interaction with Metallic Dragons are even rarer, as they seem to purposefully avoid the shorter-lived civilizations.
The Elven subcontinent is not known to have a single dragon upon it. The discovery of Arela added more questions to Dragon Lore, as much Goblin tribal art depicted great battles with dragons upon mortals, dragon upon dragon, and often the slaying of dragons at the hands of great warriors.
Stories from Kobold and Goblins tell of dragons whom are thought to still exist on the continent of Arela but it is unknown how much truth there are in these legends.