• 35 Fanfics to Read for Dragon Day!

    FAN-FICTION. Anything can happen.

    We've got a bunch of awesome ones starring various dragons from our fanfic scout Whisper Key. Go get them all below!

    Slice of Life

    Ember, Hoardsmelter by Bugsydor

    Dragons, as a rule, are not subtle creatures.

    Dragonlord Ember is far from a typical dragon.

    Garble wishes he had a sane dragon for a Dragonlord, instead of some Cunning Optimist who's going to get them all killed.

    Change is coming to dragonkind, one way or another.

    Tongue Tried by ambion

    Spike was the strangest of dragons, living his charmed life so far removed from his heritage. Knowing so much. How to be a good friend. How to be a hero.

    How to have fun.

    But actually being a dragon? Not so much. Barely at all, really.

    Ember didn't know what to make of her friendship with the little drake, but she did know two things. Spike needed a teacher, a proper dragon teacher, to show him the way.

    And second, that this was going to be fun.

    Ember Goes to the Spa by Starscribe

    Becoming Dragon Lord has brought a wave of new responsibilities for Ember, none of which she enjoys. The first of these tasks are the formal negotiations with Equestria, which will either formalize peace between the two nations or else be the start of a deadly war. She's pretty sure it's going to be the former, but if she has to sit through another awful meeting, she may change her mind.

    Spike offers her an alternative: visit the spa.

    The Embers of Friendship by Whinifree

    Several months after being named the new Dragon Lord, Ember receives an invitation from Twilight Sparkle to attend Equestria's Nightmare Night festival. Eager to see Spike and the others again plus meet all their other friends, Ember accepts the invitation. However, feeling like she isn't the only dragon around who could benefit from attending, she decides to bring a certain guest.

    Leading Causes by Hasty Revision

    Dragons are something of an enigma to Equestria. Those who do live within the borders are largely reclusive, either building their hoards or sleeping away the decades. So far as dragons who are active in everyday life in Ponyville go, Smolder represents a 100% increase in the population.

    Twilight cannot let this opportunity slip her by. Enough time has passed for it to not be a diplomatic faux pas to sit Smolder down and grill her for much needed details on her species, not only for the sake of science, but for the benefit of the young dragon in her personal care. Naturally, the topic of death comes up.

    Twilight handles that about as well as you might expect.

    The Changeling by Miller Minus

    Smolder is not a changeling. But sometimes she feels like one.

    Being a dragon can be downright exhausting.

    Dragon Rings by Raugos

    Twilight discovers that, even with the collective research, intellect and intuition of the entire Equestrian archaeological community at her back, nothing beats the source material when it comes to archaeology.

    Smoulder is more than happy to oblige.

    Dragon Swap by Trinary

    As a filly, Twilight Sparkle used her incredible magic to hatch a dragon egg. That dragon then became her lifelong companion, friend, and even sibling: Smolder.

    Now Smolder has a chance to learn more about her own kind by meeting a dragon born and raised in the Dragon Lands. She has to figure out what to do next and what that could mean for her--and her family.

    Alone by Scyphi

    Smolder has a nightmare.

    What confuses her is that it's of something she didn't think she was actually afraid of.

    Undertow by ChappedPenguinLips

    Smolder and Gallus have a chat.

    Where There's Smoke... by LightOfTriumph

    Smolder seems to be allergic to something in the School of Friendship and is sneezing fire in all directions, threatening to burn down the whole building unless there is someone who can get her to stop. Sandbar takes up the task to help, but might be a little bit out of his element.

    Can Sandbar help his friend while avoiding immolation?

    Ennui by semillon

    Smolder and Ocellus spend quality time together after cheer practice and encounter an eldritch entity bent on consuming Smolder's soul. They also play Connect Four.

    The Youngest Dragon by Lightwavers

    On her vacation in the town of Gold Springs, Rarity finds a dragon. He won't let go of her coin, and now she has no idea what to do with him.


    Unicorns and Dragon Eggs (or Ember’s Mother Conspiracy) by Lise

    Twilight wanted to teach Ember pony customs. Instead, she learned about unicorns, dragon eggs... and Ember’s mother.

    It Doesn't Work That Way by Masterweaver

    Ember expected to get a few admirers when she became the new dragonlord. Well, more than a few.

    She didn't expect that a large number of them would be ponies that she had never even met.

    And she really didn't expect them to write physically impossible stories about her and Spike.

    She's got a lot of misconceptions to correct. More than she ever expected.

    Dragons Don't Like Flowers by Twinkletail

    Dragons are large. Dragons are mighty. Dragons are powerful.

    And yet.

    Further Observations on Chimeric Behavior by Kwakerjak

    No one has said ever said that being the Dragon Lord was easy, even under normal circumstances, but in the early days of her reign, Ember has been performing her duties admirably, walking the delicate balance of Draconian politics with aplomb. However, during a diplomatic visit to Equestria, she runs into a snag when she finds herself in the crosshairs of the lovestruck tail of the local chimera. It seems that it's not particularly wise to get between a viper and the dragon of her dreams.

    Operation: Eat Their Heart Out by TCC56

    It's a well known fact that the bulk of a dragon's diet is gemstones.

    To the far north of the land lies the Crystal Empire, where basically everything is made of crystal and gemstones. Included in this is a massively powerful ancient artifact.

    Garble has a stupid plan and a bottle of hot sauce.

    Passing the Torch by DashEight

    Princess Ember is not the biggest, strongest, or meanest dragon out there. In fact, she ranks pretty low in all three categories. Despite these disadvantages, she managed to pass her father's trials and become the Dragon Lord. Only one question remains: Now what?

    While Friendship helped her win the day, it failed to give her a run-down of the intricacies of draconic politics, or lack thereof. Lucky for her, her father Torch is here to guide her down the path of a true leader. Soon, dragons across the world will be spreading the magic of friendship the best way they know how.

    With fire.

    Celestia vs. Garble by Rambling Writer

    Garble has won the Gauntlet of Fire and taken the Bloodstone Scepter. Upon hearing of this, Celestia, determined to stop the bloodthirsty Dragon Lord in his tracks, challenges him to a one-on-one duel for the fate of Equestria and the Dragonlands. An immortal alicorn capable of moving the sun with millennia of experience under her belt versus a teenaged dragon with no experience at all.

    Garble accepts.

    Stupider things have probably happened, but it's hard to say how.

    Friends of the Ponies by Impossible Numbers

    Ember wants to see the rise of a smarter, friendlier dragon society in the future. For her dragon subjects, this presents quite a steep learning curve.


    The Egg of the Champion by Tirimsil

    Princess Ember, daughter of Dragon Lord Torch, would never admit her feelings to anyone.

    She's not hurt that her father would rather scour the whole Dragon Lands, and find a stranger's child to become the Dragon Lord, than raise his own daughter. No way. Maybe a bit mad.

    Dragons don't do heartbroken.

    Bugfriend by Sour Oranges

    Smolder and Ocellus struggle with their relationship. Smolder isn't too fond of labels.

    She constantly has problems with what they are, versus what they're not. Are they girlfriends, or are they not?


    Dragon Lord Ember Skips Work for an Hour by The Cloptimist

    The mighty Dragon Lord Ember slips away for an hour, to meet up with her secret mate.

    Contains: two newly-installed world leaders who don't really know what they're doing, and some wistful escapist cuddling.

    Hearts on the Table by paperhearts

    Since the day she ascended, Dragon Lord Ember has strived to move beyond the shadow of her father's rule. She's pursued some strange things to achieve this, perhaps none more strange than forging a close friendship with Twilight Sparkle, now ruler of Equestria. They've exchanged hundreds of letters over the years, growing closer and more familiar to each other with every one.

    Ember knows her feelings for Twilight have changed, but the distance between them had provided an easy excuse to ignore them. Had, because with a summit between the Dragon Lands and Equestria starting, Ember and Twilight have the opportunity to once again enjoy each other's company.

    And Ember is not the only one trying to come to terms with her feelings.

    A Growing Fire In My Heart by Rated Ponystar

    It started when they first met. A growing flame that began to burn in their hearts. It was unknown to them what this flame was, but it grew stronger as they got older and their feelings moved on from friendship to something else. Some fires grow slowly, but when given time they burn more passionate and brighter then any volcano.

    It's Not like I Love Spike or Something by B_25

    I don't love Spike! He's weak, small, sensitive and unlike any dragon I've met! I like him as a friend, of course—he lets me... feel things and express things and a whole lot of other things. Just... can he win this fight to become my fake partner?

    Into the Dragon's Lair by Trinary

    Instincts are a powerful thing. For dragons, they're even stronger than most. Ocellus knows this. But when Smolder's instincts drive her into a hoarding frenzy, she's the one who must find a way to reach past those instincts and get through to Smolder herself, as well as discover a few things about herself along the way. Even if everyone knows the one thing you should never do is go into a dragon's lair.

    Even if it's made of pillows.

    Somnambulism by Scyphi

    Sleepwalking--the act of walking while not conscious of it or aware of it, during one's sleep; to walk and/or perform other actions while sleeping; to somnambulate.

    Which for Smolder, that alone is bad enough. Crawling into bed with Gallus while she's sleepwalking though...that's a whole other level of awkward.


    Flint. by Petrichord

    Ruling an up-and-coming empire is largely an unpleasant task: there are disputes to be resolved, budgets to be balanced, infrastructure to maintain and policies to enact - and made sure they're followed through on. This isn't helped by the fact that, as a dragon, Princess Ember is supposed to perform these duties without complaint, clemency or compromise. It was thankless for her father and thankless for her, especially when they were supposed to perform duties above and beyond their normal tasks.

    Ember really doesn't want to have to personally execute a traitor. But that's part of her job, part of what she's expected to do, part of how she's expected to show strength of character.

    He. Must. Pay.

    Lord of the Dragons by Titanium Dragon

    Before the Gauntlet of Fire, Celestia, Luna, and Dragon Lord Torch meet to discuss the future of their kingdoms – and how to ensure that the next Dragon Lord is exactly who they want it to be.

    After all, if Princess Ember is to win, something has to be done about all those adult dragons seen in the dragon migration...

    Treasure by paperhearts

    Every night, as the land slips beneath the gloaming, Smolder tries to steal a treasure she knows she cannot hold.

    Every night, she invites Ocellus to witness the attempt.


    Fang and Flame by horizonhttps://www.fimfiction.net/story/453873/fang-and-flame

    Dragon Lord Ember took her throne when she won the Bloodstone Scepter, and its ancient magic which controls dragon minds.

    In a world linked to Equestria, a very different Ember chafes under her father's leadership, hungry to take ownership of the instinct-controlling power of the Bloodstone Crown.

    Their two worlds are about to meet. And only one dragon will stand between Equestria and the deadly, unforgiving call of the wild.

    Stupid Direction-Face by Estee

    It's the deliberately coldest autumn day in recorded Ponyville history and Rainbow Dash, who's setting up the last of the weather conditions, has the town pretty much to herself as every other pony huddles indoors, hiding from the chill. This would normally mean a morning where nopony takes a single glance at her and decides she's a talking map with nothing better to do than personally guide them wherever they need to go, no matter how many hours it takes. And in fact, nopony does.

    Just one familiar, arrogant jerk of a teenage dragon who wants to know how he can get to a certain cave -- and believes Rainbow has nothing better to do than take him there...

    The City That Breathes by Pearple Prose

    Buried beneath the Dragon Lands, there is a city. It rots, and it bleeds.

    And it breathes.