I saw in the distance a dragon fairly early in my travels, which seemed a peculiar occurrence, so I took a picture. The picture allowed me to detect when the dragon was nearby, and some days later I detected it in a different area.
I just watched as it flew back and forth, sparks flying off its back, across a very large jungle valley with a lake below. When the sun was breaking it flew into the sky and disappeared in a cloud vortex. I was intrigued.
I was still in the area the next night, and my sensor lights back up. I still didn’t know what to do with the beast. First I tried to jump on it, and even though I drank an electro-resistance potion, it zapped me and I tumbled off, down to the lake below.
Another night and I’m exploring the highest cliffs of the jungle. I detect it again. This time I tried shooting it with my bow. I missed it repeatedly because it was hard to judge the distance (this thing is huge,) but finally I got one to arch right and got a hit. It didn’t seem to do much, so I tried and got one or two more to land. The dragon began to fly to its sky vortex, but I noticed far below me something glowing. I jump all the way down and find that a scale came off the dragon.
I’m hooked. The next night I go stake out a pond at the top of a waterfall I had seen the dragon fly up and down, and catch it with an arrow as it dives into the pond. The scale drops in the pond and I rush to it before it goes over the waterfall.
The night after, I shoot it in the horn before it even finishes emerging from the pond, and it sails straight up into its sky vortex leaving me a different item than before, but still no clue as to what is going on.
While exploring I heard a legend about the dragon splitting a nearby mountain, but that told me nothing about what I had just done. The whole pursuit was just this really bizarre, yet interesting thing that took up hours of my life investigating.
Some time later, while celebrating my first Lynel kill by hang gliding off a large cliff, I meet the Bird-bard who tells me “there is a shrine in the dragon’s mouth.” At first I strategize “if I sit in that pond in the right spot I can get it to eat me,” but then, while looking at my map, I notice there is a stream nearby that looks like the dragon. It even has a jaw outline.
I make my way there and find a goddess statue asking for a dragon scale to unlock a shrine. Done and done. I think the reward is a weak boomerang, which I left in its box, but hey, I did get some top notch weapons from a few enemies I had fought while making my way up the stream.
Now excuse me, I have some bananas and durians to cook.
(Author’s Note: I miss the Miiverse and its ability to create screenshots.)