The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant


Once upon a time, a dragon tyrannized the kingdom. Covered with thick black scales, its eyes glowed with hate ,… … and from its terrible jaws flowed evil-smelling slime. Some tried to fight the dragon … … priests and magicians called down curses to no avail. Warriors, armed with the best weapons, attacked, only to be incinerated. The dragon’s claws, jaws, and fire were so effective, … … its scaly armor so hard, as to make it invincible. The dragon demanded from humankind a tribute: … … ten thousand men and women, randomly chosen, … … to be delivered every evening to the foot of the mountain to be eaten. The king and the kingdom, their weapons useless, … … had no choice but to pay the grisly tribute, …. … to suffer the misery, to feed the insatiable hunger. And humans, ever adaptable, came to accept the dragon-tyrant as a fact of life; … … knowing, even embracing, that everyone’s final moments would be in its maw. How could the world be otherwise? The kingdom began to teach its children that the dragon had its place … … in the natural order and, the very meaning of being human to end up … … in the dragon’s stomach, their shorter lives motivating them to lead good lives. And the dragon was helping the kingdom by keeping the population … … from growing too fast. Learning this, attacks on the dragon ceased. But the kingdom still grew, slowly, and with it so did the dragon, … … becoming as big as the mountain on which it lived, its appetite increasing. The logistics of collecting and transporting so many every day… … to the mountain came to occupy the king’s mind more than the deaths and the dragon itself. The king had to hire registrars to keep track of who would be sent. There were people-collectors dispatched to fetch the designated victims. There were clerks who administered the pensions to be paid to decimated families. And there were comforters who would travel with the doomed … … on their way to the dragon, trying to ease the anguish. And there were dragonologists who studied how these logistic processes could be made more efficient. Steam engines were invented and a railway constructed leading to the dragon’s abode. Trains arrived at the mountain terminal crammed with people and return empty. Some dragonologists also studied the dragon’s behavior and collected samples … … its shed scales, the slime, the excrement speckled with fragments of human bone. The more the beast was understood, the more its invincibility confirmed. But. . . humanity is a curious species. Every once in a while, someone gets a good idea. Others copy the idea, adding to it their own improvements. Over time, many wondrous tools and systems are developed. Some of these tools make it easier to generate new ideas. Thus, the great wheel of invention, … … which in the older ages turned imperceptibly slow, … … began to accelerate and humans did what would have seemed magic before, … … communicating instantly across great distance, building machines that could fly, … and many other astonishing things. A few dragonologists argued it might be time argued for a new attack … … one had invented a material so sharp it could pierce a dragon’s scale. It would not be easy but if a huge projectile could be made out of this material … … and launched with sufficient force and sufficient precision it might penetrate the dragon’s armor. However, it would be difficult and expensive and time-consuming to do. The dragonologists explained their proposal to anyone who would listen. But the people were skeptical; they had been taught the dragon-tyrant was invincible and the sacrifices it demanded a fact of life. Yet when they learnt about the new material and the idea for a projectile, many became intrigued. When the king read about the plans, he decided to hold an open hearing … … it took place on the last and darkest day of the year, in the largest hall of the royal castle. People packed in to every last seat and crowded the aisles. The king’s advisor spoke first: telling the people it was best they accept the inevitability of the dragon… … and the dragon-administration department provided many jobs … … that would be lost were the dragon slaughtered and, in any case, … … the kingdom’s coffers were empty after building the new railway. Next the leading dragonologist explained how the proposed device would work, … … how the requisite amount of new invented material could be manufactured. Given the requested amount of funding, it may be possible to complete the work in fifteen to twenty years. With greater funding, maybe twelve. However, there could be no guarantee. Last to speak was the king’s advisor for morality: “Let us grant” he said “The project is technologically possible, though it hasn’t been proven to me. … … Presumably, you think you’ve got the right not to be chewed up. How willful, how presumptuous, how vain. The shortness of human life is a blessing. Getting rid of the dragon, which might seem such a convenient thing to do, would undermine our dignity. This preoccupation with killing the dragon will deflect us from realizing more fully … … the aspirations to which our lives naturally point, from living well rather than merely staying alive. The nature of the dragon is to eat, and our own nature, my friends, is nobly fulfilled only by getting eaten. The dragon is necessary. The dragon is good.” The great hall was silent. Then a small child yelled out from the audience: “The dragon is bad!” The child’s parents turned red and hushed, but the child said again: “The dragon is bad — it kills people… it ate my Granny… I want my Granny back.” The hall was silent again — then a woman stood: “The dragon killed my parents.” And man followed and stood: “The dragon killed my wife and my daughter.” More and more people stood — the simple fact that the dragon killed everyone, the loss of it, the weight of it, crashing over the hall. The way out from under remote, yet maybe possible. The king, looking at the first child to speak, announced: “Let us kill the dragon”. The next morning, a billion people woke to realize they or those they loved might be sent to the dragon before the projectile launched. Whereas before, active support for the anti-dragon cause had been limited, … … it now became the number one priority and concern on everyone’s mind. Mass rallies raised money for the projectile project and urged the king to increase support, … … which he did, passing extra appropriations bills and selling his summer castle, announcing: “I believe that this kingdom should commit itself to achieving the goal, … … before the decade is out, of freeing the world from the ancient scourge of the dragon.” Thus started a great technological race against time. To make the dragon-killing weapon required solutions to a thousand technical problems, … … each of which required dozens of time-consuming steps and missteps. Test-missiles were fired but fell dead to the ground or flew off in the wrong direction. Terrible accidents happened. But there was now a seriousness of purpose, and the work continued. But despite almost unlimited funding and round-the-clock work by technicians, the king’s deadline could not be met. The task was hard. The decade concluded and the dragon still lived — still ate. But the effort was getting closer. A year later the first prototype missile successfully launched. The construction of the final projectile eventually set to complete and launch on New Year’s Eve, … … twelve years after the project’s inauguration. The last day of the year was cold and overcast, but still and clear — good launch conditions. As the sun set, technicians scuttled around making the final adjustments and checks. The king and his advisors observed from a platform close to the launch pad. Further away, behind a fence, the public assembled to witness the great event. A large clock counted down: ten minutes to go — the dark slumped profile of the dragon beyond, eating. From the crowd, someone jumped the fence and ran to the platform where the king sat. He arrived, accompanied by security, in a frenzied state, his nose bleeding. He shouted: “The last train! Stop the last train!” The young man was a junior clerk in the ministry of transportation. He had discovered that his father was on the last train to the mountain. The king had ordered the trains to continue to the very end, … … fearing any disruption might cause the dragon to stir and the missile to miss. The young man begged the king to issue a recall-order for the last train, … … due to arrive at the mountain terminal five minutes before time zero. “I cannot do it,” said the king, “I cannot take the risk it will alert the dragon“. The clouds above their head let loose the rain. “I am so sorry” The king continued, “had we started but one day earlier your father would not have to die.” Looking at the crowd, thinking of all the losses that they and he, had endured. “This project should have been started years earlier than we did. So many need not have been killed by the dragon, had we but awoken from our acceptance of its horror sooner.” The young man’s wailing ceased. The king looked up at the countdown clock: five seconds remaining. Four. Three. Two. One. Zero. A ball of fire enveloped the launch pad and the missile shot out. The masses, the king, the low and the high, the young and the old… … that white flame, shooting into the dark embodied the human spirit, its fear and its hope. It struck the heart of evil. The silhouette on the horizon tumbled and fell. Thousands of voices of joy rose from the masses, joined seconds later by a deafening drawn-out thud from the collapsing monster. After all this time, humanity was at last free from the dragon. The joy cry resolved into a jubilating chant: “Long live the king! Long live us all!” The royal entourage, huddling in the downpour, accumulated around their monarch. So much had changed in the last hour. The right to an open future had been regained, a primordial fear abolished, and many long-held assumptions overturned. “What do we do now?” they asked. “We have come a long way. . .” said the king, “yet now we are like children again. The future lies open before us. We shall go and try to do better than we have done in the past, for we have time now… … time to get things right, time to grow up, time to learn from our mistakes. Let all the bells in the kingdom ring until midnight, in remembrance of our dead. Then after, we will celebrate and begin the process of building a better world. . . for we have time now. [Music and crackling sounds]

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. No this story is super BS, don't get me wrong it was tools very nicely oh, but the question I kept asking was who are these funds going to, I mean if a dragon is threatening your existence why do you need money to convince you to build something to get rid of it that part didn't make sense to me at all, because who were they paying how is it, that because they don't have enough funding it's going to take longer to do research and build a weapon to kill the dragon oh, that part of the story needs to be augmented and give them another reason as to why it would take

  2. and now after the common enemy had died they turned on each other starting wars and ultimately killing more people than what the dragon did…

  3. I now how to stop this dragon……with more dragons go

    Garchomp, goodra, hydreigon, noivern, haxorus, latios and latias, and rayquaza

  4. Why does the dragon make me think of the enderdragon?
    this video popped up for me when i was watching a minecraft randomizer.

  5. I like the dragon tho, I love dragons lol. I don’t think that they are all bad or evil whatever you say XD

  6. I kept thinking that somehow the dragon was going to find out about this plot. That someone was going to snitch. Maybe someone who was about to be eaten was going to bargain with the dragon and exchange the information for the plot for their life.

  7. So getting rid of humans with nuke rockets is the best thing?
    Humanity's worst enemy is humans literally, I don't get to understand the vid.

  8. They could replace part of human organs (they will die anyway) with timer or remotely controlled explosives. Dragon has armor only outside. Imagine placing 5kg-10kg of TNT in each of those humans, 50 tonns of tnt would surely blow dragon from inside, no matter how hard it is, in closed space inside dragon energy of explosion has nowhere else to go.
    Weakeness of dragon is that he eats what humans give him. And dragon is a lizard, they can't really chew food because of how their jaw bones are connected, they swallow it completely, watch how crocodile eats. Considering his size he wouldn't feel small capsules of explosives inside humans.
    Can place a capsule with mechanical timer and goood gunpowder in the ass, no even need for surgery. And this is relatively simple tech level, before even inventing electricity, they could've killed it much earlier this way.

    Also if they had sample of dragon cells, they could develop poison or virus/bacteria that would kill it. Even then, infecting humans that will be eaten by dragoon with all known infections would be good idea, maybe some will work.

  9. We will make a nuke and kill the dragon but it shot the other way so the dragon wondered why the sun was getting bigger then he noticed ALIENS

  10. Are you suggesting we aren't investing enough in researching inmortality? Because i would agree #fundmothercell

  11. They didn't have to send exactly 20,000 people, it's not like the dragon would have noticed if they had sent 2,000 or more back.

  12. In My Calculations Around 77,004,440 People Died By Beibg Consumed by the dragon i guess thats why he got as big as a mountain

  13. I think we could use a dragon like this today, might raise the average human iq, getting rid of all the thots and feminazis

  14. So nobody thought to bring explosives in dragon's mouth? Ten thousand people equiped with just one graned would blow that mothafucka into oblivion…

  15. Guy acting like "immortality" will be available to a whole generation, to all future generations? Bullshit! xD If immortality is possible, there's no way 100% of any population is getting access to it. You think the richest 60 people in the world are going to let anybody else be immortal? You DREAMING!

  16. XD this is like roblox
    the players are the villagers
    the troller administration is the dragon
    the owner is the rocket
    the owner bans the troller administration!
    XDD

  17. A fascinating tale about discovering a "cure" for aging. Beutifully written.
    I wonder how the story would progress from here. After the slaying of the dragon the population of the world would explode. The king would again be faced with moral dilemmas as technology struggled to keep up with the ever increasing number of people.
    Who gets food?
    The story could focus on the race to find other habitable world's and the necessity to either restrict who can reproduce or even who gets to live in the meantime.

    Come to think of it, this "cure to aging" could be a disaster. If we are restricted to this one planet and there is no limit on our lifespans then we will reach a point where demand for resources outstrips the availability. At that point, the existence of death, a "natural" limit to each individual's lifespan would be preferential to the need to, somehow, restrict the amount of people to a sustainable level.

  18. Great animation and story aside, i personally think this video is advocating for a cure of DEATH as a whole, and the points it makes in order to do so are kind of TERRIBLE.
    – First of all, death is NOT truly random. A person who has a healthy lifestyle and eating habit generally does not have the same chance of dying as someone who eats junk food all day and never exercises. Even if you counting natural disasters and accidents, one can take step to minimize the risk of encountering them.

    – Secondly, a point the video made when they decide whether to kill the dragon, the finite of resources, is never addressed afterward. Unless you can force the reduction of human reproduction (kind of clunky word choice right here, sorry) or endlessly create and find new usable resources. An immortal population will eventually lead to misery for everyone. So you must limit the immortality for only some people. But then the question is: Who?
    – Thirdly, the ONE REASON why they decided to go through with killing the dragon was because it was BAD, it kills people, it killed the boy's grandmother and other people's love ones
    But you know who it also killed? Murderers, dictators , psycopaths, those who has power by stepping on others.
    Event the wealthiest and most powerful people must meet death eventually. No amount of money or bribery can get you out of death's doorstep, and on this aspect death has kept the equilibrium of power since the dawn of men. You get rid of mortality you run the risk of letting those who have the will and power abuse it. Therefore if you kill the "dragon" tyrant, you just going to create other even worse tyrants.

    Finally, some of my personal thoughts , here i would personally support the cure of death for cases of people who didn't get the chance to grow old and live their life such as people who inherited or contracted deadly diseases through no fault of their own, people who died from accidents and disasters( Though i doubt the possibility of curing someone who got ran over by a truck ).Also i wanted to point out that the overwhelming majority of people who died didn't get chewed up agonizingly, but i don't think the exact way it kills people doesn't matter much to the point they wanted to make

  19. King: We have time now
    Everyone: Yayyy The Dragon is gone…

    Human population balloons exponentially as 10, 000 more people survive each day. Combined with the dramatic increase in technological development the human footprint grows, destabilizes the ecosystem leading to the death of all complex life on the planet.
    Moral of the story: you never have enough time, especially if you are king. How does solving one problem suddenly fix all problems, it generally creates new and complex ones. Never be complacent.

    ?

  20. 2:20 wouldn't those still be logisticians? Dragonologists would, well, as you say later, study the dragon directly?

  21. This video is very similar to the story "fall of man", that dragon is the fate of those that didn't believe while they had time in this world and that missile is believing in living god, Jesus.
    Let us not be the people in that train while we still have time.
    God bless you all.

  22. I don't think the dragon is a metaphor for death because if humans were immortal… Well, seeing what life is like at age 80 I wouldn't want to to turn 400.

    I think it's an allegory for climate change.

  23. Now we are here: 4:52 – https://www.leafscience.org/rejuvenation-research-is-now-a-mainstream-topic/
    8,300 people want to be eaten by the dragon. Luckily, 219,000 don't.

  24. Warriors:I cant kill it

    Wizards:me neither

    ???:amatures
    Both:what was that punk
    seat swivels

    Me playing skyrim:amateurs

  25. Black dragon full of hate
    Weird slime
    Fire

    When did Fatalis and that other monster who's name I suddenly forgot how to spell have a child?

  26. It’s a really interesting design choice for the dragons wings not to be made out of bone and flesh but rather a shadowy substance that gives it a more magical appearance

  27. Why didn't they just get a diamond sword with knockback II and Sharpness III then the dragon would be dead.

    Pfft

    Amateurs

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