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Dragon Lord (竜王) is the title for the most powerful dragons found in the New World. They are considered to be one of the strongest beings in existence alongside Players and their descendants, God-kins.

Background

The position of Dragon Lord holds a special significance among Dragons. It is a title only given to those who have either reached the highest age category amongst their kind (Ancient), possess special powers, or can use exotic magic. In the Web Novel, other Dragons treat the Dragon Lords with respect. According to the author Maruyama, Dragon Lords in the New World possessed what is known as Monster Levels.[1]

Age of the Dragon Lords

There was once a time known as the "Age of the Dragon Lords." Back then, the Dragon Lords were the dominant species of the New World, ruling it through their Wild Magic. However, this golden age slowly came to an end with the arrival of Players from YGGDRASIL. It is also implied that the Dragon Lords' ruler, the Dragon Emperor, was actually the one responsible for the appearance of these Players.

Six Great Gods

The first known group of Players to arrive in the New World were the Six Great Gods six hundred years ago. While they did not directly confront the Dragon Lords, the nation they founded, the Slane Theocracy, eventually began hunting them in their campaign against non-humans. At the same time, the Tier Magic the Players brought to the New World corrupted it's natural Wild Magic, causing the Dragons to lose their ability to cast it properly.

Eight Greed Kings

Despite the disruption brought by the Six Great Gods, the Dragon Lords' rule remained intact. However, five hundred years ago, another group of Players known as the Eight Greed Kings arrived. Unlike the Six Great Gods, who only wished to protect Humanity, they sought to conquer the entirety of the New World. This led to a huge war between the Dragon Lords and Greed Kings for dominion of the New World. Unfortunately, the Dragon Lords lost and their kind was reduced to a handful; thus, their reign came to an end.

On the other hand, the rule of the Greed Kings did not last for long either, as they had a falling out and killed each other. Afterward, the Platinum Dragon Lord, Tsaindorcus Vaision, took residence in their guild base and began guarding their powerful magic items to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

Evil Deities

The majority of the surviving Dragon Lords did not seem to get involved in the battle against the Evil Deities. However, Tsaindorcus did allow the Thirteen Heroes to take some of the Green Kings' magic items to aid them in their battle against the Evil Deities and even joined the group by remote controlling a magic armor.

Present Day

Nearly extinct, the remaining Dragon Lords have gone into isolation. Though a few have remained somewhat active. Tsuindorus experimented with communities throughout the centuries and eventually founded his own nation, the Argland Council State, with himself and four other Dragon Lords serving as its highest authority. Similarly, the Brightness Dragon Lord founded the Dragon Kingdom, but has now gone into hiding as well.

Alternate Timeline

Dragon Lord Alliance

Among the many Dragon Lords, there is the faction of those who have strengthened themselves and gathered comrades in order to deal with Players and those who have not. Three hundred years ago, the Dragon Lords had been gathering strength and allies in preparation for the next wave of players. To accomplish this though, six of the Dragon Lords together formed a loose alliance in hopes of trying to even out the odds in a fight against a level 100 player.

Chronology

The Undead King Arc

Main article: The Undead King Arc

It was mentioned by Nigun Grid Luin while the Sunlight Scripture was attempting to assassinate Gazef Stronoff, that the Black Scripture was dispatched for the upcoming resurrection of Catastrophe Dragon Lord along with the protection of a World Item.

Moreover, there happens to be a brief mention of three magical items that were unimaginably powerful in the New World. One of these items came from the Dragons, who were once the masters of the world before they were decimated by the Eight Greed Kings. The most powerful Dragons, the Dragon Lords, are said to have made these items.[2]

The Dark Warrior Arc

Main article: The Dark Warrior Arc

Clementine told Khajiit Dale Badantel that if secret information about Zesshi Zetsumei were to be leaked, it would lead to total war with the surviving True Dragon Lords. At the same time, it could possibly drag the Slane Theocracy into the kind of war where they might likely get destroyed in the crossfire.[3]

The Sealed Evil Tree Arc

Main article: The Sealed Evil Tree Arc

Pinison Pol Perlia believed the potential candidates out there who can likely defeat Zy'tl Q'ae were the Dragon Lords.[4]

The Lizard Man Heroes Arc

Main article: The Lizard Man Heroes Arc

Zesshi Zetsumei thought that Shalltear Bloodfallen must either be the Vampiric Dragon Lord or Elder Coffin Dragon Lord as she was too strong to be classified as a normal vampire of the New World.[5]

The Men in the Kingdom Arc

Main article: The Men in the Kingdom Arc

During the demonic disturbance, Evileye believed that Jaldabaoth was as strong as the Platinum Dragon Lord.[6]

The Invaders of the Large Tomb Arc

Main article: The Invaders of the Large Tomb Arc
PDL Anime

Rigrit meeting Platinum Dragon Lord.

A group of workers discussed about powerful individuals they happen to know of and among them were the Dragon Lords from the Argland Council State. There were some who believed there are only five of them in total, but other people stated that there are actually seven.[7]

Rigrit Bers Caurau traveled to the floating castle of the Eight Greed Kings to visit the Platinum Dragon Lord. While discussing a new threat that had appeared in the world, Rigrit asked the Platinum Dragon Lord if they should ask for support from the other Dragon Lords. However, he doubted that the Dragon Lords - especially Heavenly Dragon Lord and Deep Darkness Dragon Lord - would aid them and if they could even be able to find the Brightness Dragon Lord.[8]

Later, when a Dragon invaded the Imperial Palace of the Baharuth Empire, Emperor Jircniv initially mistook it for one of the Argland Council State's Five Dragon Counselors, until it was revealed that it belonged to Aura and Mare, who was sent to enact retribution for the Worker invasion of Nazarick.[9]

The Ruler of Conspiracy Arc

Main article: The Ruler of Conspiracy Arc

During a conference meeting held in the Slane Theocracy, the Cardinals accepted the fact that Platinum Dragon Lord would not be affected by their World Item, Downfall of Castle and Country. Yet they were hopeful and confident enough that the World Item's power will work on Catastrophe Dragon Lord successfully in case it does appear. Moreover, the Cardinals are reluctant of deploying Zesshi against the Elf Country because if they were to carry it out, the group believed it will incite Platinum Dragon Lord to likely respond in kind. In the end, they decided to call for a diplomatic meeting with the said Dragon Lord concerning the elves.[10]

The Craftsman of Dwarf Arc

Main article: The Craftsman of Dwarf Arc

The White Dragon Lord, Olasird'arc Haylilyal, encountered Ainz Ooal Gown in Feo Berkana. Attempting to do battle with Ainz, he was quickly killed by the undead. The Dragon Lord's corpse was later taken into Nazarick for harvesting. His family was later subjugated under the rule of the Sorcerer Kingdom and have since been used as a means of transportation.[11]

The Witch of the Falling Kingdom Arc

Main article: The Witch of the Falling Kingdom Arc

After his attempt to assassinate Ainz Ooal Gown ended in failure, Tsaindorcus considered calling in for help from other Dragon Lords after all.[12]

Strength

Dragon Lords are dragons who have reached the highest age category known as "Ancient" among their kind. According to the Web Novel, Dragons that are in this stage of their development, have a strength that cannot be defeated by the race of humans. Either that or there are some powerful Dragons that possess special powers unique to themselves.

True Dragon Lords are natural users of Wild Magic, which grants them abilities completely different from Tier Magic. In the present-day setting of the main timeline, very few Dragon Lords to this day can use Wild Magic. However, it seems that the essence of Wild Magic was corrupted by the invasion of YGGDRASIL players, so it is becoming more and more difficult to use Wild Magic properly. Also, there are some dragons - like the Blue Sky Dragon Lord and the White Dragon Lord - in the New World who have already begun practicing or using Tier Magic rather than their traditional Wild Magic.

If prepared with enough resources and manpower, it was said that at least six among the surviving True Dragon Lords should be able to evenly rival a level 100 player in combat. In a way, this does speak of the volume of a True Dragon Lord's power at their prime, unlike the current kinds at present. True Dragon Lords like Cure Elim that tries to use potent Wild Magic on any holders of World Items like Suzuki Satoru will be rendered ineffective and immune to it, given that the latter have world protection.[13]

It has been stated that Dragon Lords can not under normal circumstances practice both the usage of Wild Magic and Tier Magic together simultaneously. Past Dragon Lords from the era of the Eight Greed Kings and prior who can use Wild Magic cannot use Tier Magic. Likewise, after that era, future Dragon Lords and current ones who can use Tier Magic cannot use Wild Magic. At present, Dragon Lords innately learn Tier Magic through the Racial Classes they have acquired over the course of time while aging in strength. Meanwhile, few True Dragon Lords who are still alive from the distant past have access to Job Classes that have a special correlation with their acquirement of Wild Magic. If one were to invest in one form of magic than they would be unable to use the other, however, a notable exception would allow bypassing this restriction under certain conditions.[14]

Moreover, each True Dragon Lord out there is considered to be an impossible opponent for every member of the Pleiades to triumph over even if all of them were to work together in fighting one.[15]

Relationships

Players

According to Suzuki Satoru, it seems the Dragon Lords harbor hostility to YGGDRASIL players. This hatred towards players probably dates back from their encounter with the belligerent group of players known as the Eight Greed Kings and has grown ever since. It came to the point where the surviving True Dragon Lords created a loose alliance in the event that the next players who arrived in the New World posed a threat to them.[16]

Dragon Emperor

The Dragon Emperor was seemingly the Dragon Lords' ruler. However, a majority of the Dragons had a very low opinion of him at best and outright hated him at worst. The reason for this stems from the Emperor being seemingly responsible for the phenomenon that transported Players from YGGDRASIL to the New World.

Known Dragon Lords

True Dragon Lords

False Dragon Lords

True False Dragon Lords

Unclassified Dragon Lords

Trivia

  • In the Web Novel, the list of known dragons was different except for the Platinum Dragon Lord.
  • In the Web Novel, it is claimed that the current Dragon Lords' power barely matches that for their predecessors; known as "True Dragon Lords."[18]
  • In the Web Novel, it takes around ten True Dragon Lords to defeat one of the Eight Greed Kings.
  • According to Tsaindorcus Vaision's Character Sheet, the strongest Dragon Lord lives to the east of then current world setting.[19]
  • In the Web Novel, Beaumarchais stated that the Captain of the Black Scripture was able to fight on equal ground with the Dragon Lords.[20]

References

  1. Syosetsu Blog Post: December 28th 2013
  2. Overlord Volume 01 Chapter 4: Duel
  3. Overlord Volume 02 Chapter 1: The Two Adventurers
  4. Overlord Volume 4 Special Drama CD: The Sealed Evil Tree
  5. Overlord Volume 04 Intermission
  6. Overlord Volume 06 Chapter 9: Jaldabaoth
  7. Overlord Volume 07 Chapter 2: Butterfly Entangled in a Spider's Web
  8. Overlord Volume 07 Intermission
  9. Overlord Volume 07 Chapter 4: A Handful of Hope
  10. Overlord Volume 10 Intermission
  11. Overlord Volume 11 Chapter 5: Frost Dragon Lord
  12. Overlord Volume 14 Chapter 4: Well Prepared Traps
  13. Overlord Bonus Volume Chapter 4: The Beyonders
  14. Overlord Bonus Volume Character Sheet: Cure Elim Los Malvar
  15. Syosetsu Blog Post: January 31st 2014
  16. Overlord Bonus Volume Chapter 3: Five-Year Preparations
  17. https://twitter.com/maruyama_kugane/status/1087707839559172096
  18. Overlord First Half Chapter 60: Settings
  19. Overlord Volume 14 Character Sheet: Tsaindorcus Vaision
  20. Overlord Second Half Chapter 16: The Ball Part 4

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