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The Dra Gen Ra (Pronounced "Drah- djen- rah") are a reclusive clan of Dragons. Steeped in the supernatural and mythical, their magical powers have been the subject of legends since before even the time of the Ancient Knuckles Tribe. The mystic prowess of this tribe are on such a level that they are able to match the kinetic prowess of the Power Hedgehogs. In recent centuries however, the clan has been pushed to evolve due to its hidden war with the Power Hedgehogs, using technology stolen from their own enemies and combining it with their mystic powers to rapidly evolve to a point where they fight on even ground with the Power Hedgehogs.
- 1 History
- 2 Culture
- 3 Members
The origins of the Dra Gen Ra are largely unknown, lost to a time beyond the reach of even the own clan's grasp of ancient time. Fairy tales and bedtime stories have seemed to carry on what little is known of the clan's origin. The stories tell of a single Dragon sage, old in body, wise in mind, and great in power, who traveled the lands teaching others of his knowledge and abilities. Many wondered why the sage taught his abilities to others: "why not keep your great power for yourself?" he was asked. The sage had a very simple reason for doing so, and he would answer anyone who thought to ask him,
— The Dragon Sage's philosophy on knowledge
The wisdom, might, and charisma of the sage earned him many followers. Before long, the sage found that he had a large clan following him; a clan that required food, water, and shelter.
In all his years, the great sage had maintained a humble visage, never using his powers in a grand display of might or magic. But the sun was setting on his time, and he knew that if the knowledge he had passed on were to survive, his newfound kinsmen would need the best chances possible to live and pass on their own knowledge. Upon teaching everything he knew to his clan, the sage set out to give them one last gift, told in this excerpt:
Breath of smog fought off the greatest dangers, bringing blessings of safety.
Claws of earth tore through the land, milling it into fertile grounds.
Wings of wind brought with them new life and new hope.
Tails of water lashed across the valley, bringing sustenance to preserve newfound life.
— Excerpt from "Story of the Sage".
The Sage's awe-inspiring display of power- which is passed on as a fairy tail even outside of the Dra Gen Ra- had brought new hope for the future, but at great cost of losing the past. The Sage had used up the last of his life to give his kin hope, and with his dying breath named the clan:
Dra... Gen..... Ra.......
— The Sage's last words
And with that, the clan of Dra Gen Ra was born.
Fall into Secrecy
At first, the Dra Gen Ra lived in peace as a clan legendary for both their vast amount of and thirst for knowledge, and a great willingness to teach those who wished to learn without prejudice. They followed their founder's philosophy that knowledge should be shared by all in the need to preserve such knowledge, and as such retained a stance of neutrality among other clans and civilizations. However, one incident would change all of that.
On the same day, two travelers visited the clan. One came from the East, a bird. The other came from the West, a lizard. The lizard had come wishing for the secrets of fire, to give his people resistance to the harsh desert sun they lived under. In return, he offered the secrets of his clan's invisibility abilities, which they used to hide from predators in the sand. The Dra Gen Ra gladly agreed to the trade, offering their own scrolls in return for the scrolls the lizard had brought.
The bird, who had come the same day, also desired the secrets of fire, to warm his tribe in their ice cold environment. With him he brought the secrets of barrier-creation. Though happy to help, the Dra Gen Ra had not yet replaced their scrolls. In an attempt to substitute, they offered the secrets of ice, to instead offer resistance to the cold. Thought not what they had originally come for, the bird happily accepted the substitution.
Within days however, the Dra Gen Ra discovered their horrible mistake. The bird and lizard had lied about their causes; both of their clans were actually going to war, and had desired the power of fire to use against their enemy. Instead, a war of fire and ice broke out. The knowledge that the Dra Gen Ra had shared with the warring tribes caused both to be utterly wiped out. The Dra Gen Ra were ashamed and furious at what had occurred, using the knowledge they had so painstakingly gathered and so willingly shared. What's more, it seemed like the Knuckles Tribe and Nocturnus were likewise preparing for an all-out war.
The Dra Gen Ra had had enough. This was going directly against the Sage's reasons for sharing knowledge; it was just causing entire civilizations to be wiped out. Determining that the information would be better off forgotten rather than be used to kill, the Dra Gen Ra used the scrolls obtained from the bird and lizard tribes to hide away their civilization in an invisible barrier, effectively erasing themselves from the world.
Over the years of seclusion, the clan's populace began to change. While there had always been a majority of dragons, there was also a number of other species among the Dra Gen Ra. But as time went on, fewer and fewer non-Dragon/Dragon hybrid children were born, and the ratio continued to increase in contrast. Eventually, the last non-Dragon member of the clan died, and the Dra Gen Ra became a clan consisting entirely of dragons.
Millennia passed after the Dra Gen Ra had hid themselves away. The Knuckles Tribe had virtually wiped itself out when attacked by their own angered god. The Nocturnus had suffered an even greater fate, their whole civilization erased after they were pulled into what seemed to be an abyss. The other tribes in the area eventually moved on, died out, or killed each other off. Soon, only the Dra Gen Ra remained among the secluded area and ancient ruins. Seeing no reason to maintain their seclusion day in and day out, the Dra Gen Ra decided to drop their protection, relying instead on the natural barriers surrounding them. This would prove to be a dire mistake.
After a group of farmers had gone out to gather plants and seeds to grow, only one of them returned. He was beaten, bloodied, and most gruesome of all, his left arm had been torn off. He told his clansmen that he and his group had been attacked by a group of hedgehogs, who viciously attacked them with various elemental attacks. Enraged, a group of fighters went to the sight of the attack, only to find a gruesome image awaiting them; the hedgehogs had set up a small camp and were eating the roasted remains of the other dragons, as if this were some sort of hunt. Their dragon tempers flaring to murderous heights, the group viciously attacked the hedgehogs, who were caught off-guard by the elemental prowess of the dragons. The hedgehogs were quickly and mercilessly slaughtered, while the then-clan leader stood over the leader of the murderers. The leader claimed that his people would come, seeking both vengeance and to feast on the rest of the dragons:
— Power Hedgehog threatening the Dra Gen Ra
— Aklys responding with a declaration of war
With that, Aklys killed the hedgehog with a spear through the heart. This would set the stage for a vicious war that would cause many deaths, and forever change the Dra Gen Ra.
War & Slaughter
Within weeks, what the hedgehog had said came to fruition. The Power Hedgehogs attacked again. But this time, they came in greater numbers, and carrying much more powerful equipment. The Dra Gen Ra were able to fight back, their elemental prowess matching the Power Hedgehogs blow-for-blow, the hedgehogs carried more powerful, more advanced weaponry to get an edge. While not a devastating defeat, the Dra Gen Ra suffered many casualties; either dying on the battlefield, or their wounded being stolen away to be used as food. The Power Hedgehogs meanwhile, were able to avoid sustaining any casualties through their technology. Eventually, the Dra Gen Ra were forced to rely on their barrier and invisibility arts to protect themselves and fight back through guerrilla tactics.
The war continued on like this with little change. The Dra Gen Ra were able to avoid losing too many of their people by using hit-and-run tactics and traveling via stealth, but they gained little leeway in fighting against the Power Hedgehogs, who continued to stuff themselves on the corpses of their fallen dragon enemies. This causes tempers to flare even higher among the Dra Gen Ra, who realized they needed to even the playing field somehow in order to fightback. But how was unknown, until one faithful day....
During one key battle between the Dra Gen Ra and Power Hedgehogs, the dragons were able to make a defining turnaround. The dragons were able to not only kill the hedgehogs, but capture their weaponry as well. Realizing what this meant, the leader of the group commanded his men to commandeer the weaponry and equipment, and hi-tail it back home. The group were able to make it just before the Power Hedgehogs could track them down; the barriers the Dra Gen Ra used were enough to scramble even the Power Hedgehog's tracking technology.
With this incredible capture, Bowen attempted to convince his people to make use of this equipment. They had the powers and spells to match the hedgehogs in direct skill, but without the technology and weaponry to match, the Dra Gen Ra would continue to be on the losing end, both in war and in their people. However, many were wary; this technology was unknown to them. The effects it could have on them would be unknown, as well as the risks. Others felt that they would be stooping to the level of their hunters and forsaking their pride and the Sage's teachings. One particularly vehement objector was Bower's own cousin, Adven Raydra. He believed that this technology surmounted to the Devil's craft, and that it represented all of the suffering and slaughter brought down on the Dra Gen Ra. Adven went as far as to say that using this technology would amount to having sacrificing their own people and selling their soul and pride.
This debate would continue for months to come as casualties continued to mount aand the technology continued to go unused. The debates and arguments continued, to the point where it seemed like fighting would break out over how to protect their clan. But a grim occurrence immediately brought the fighting to an end: in a surprise raid on a corner of the village, the Power Hedgehogs were able to partially break through the barrier and attack. Many civilians and buildings were attacked, and amidst the crossfire, Adven's wife and youngest child were kidnapped. Adven was enraged, but his rage soon turned into mourning and self-loathing: he realized that if his clan had maintained a united front and took the chance to improve themselves, he might not have lost two members of his family. Determining that he would protect his clan and what was left of his family, Adven "undertook the teachings of the devil"; he would become the foremost leader in technological advancements among the Dra Gen Ra. Alongside Bowen- who would be the first to test new weaponry and equipment on the battlefield- Adven would become known as one of the two "Fathers of Evolution".
Despite the advancements made in Dra Gen Ra's technological front, there were those who didn't believe it went far enough. They believed that the fight against the Power Hedgehogs required harsher, more extreme measures and pushing the limits of their technology even further. They said that Dra Gen Ra carried great power, pride, and knowledge, and should not only share their gifts but use them to take what rightfully belonged to the great clan of dragons. This group went so far as to say that in order to fight the Power Hedgehogs, Dra Gen Ra needed to expand its resources and influence; it needed to conquer other lands and territories. This group stirred immense controversy among the citizens of Dra Gen Ra, but eventually they took on more aggressive measures in spreading their message, engaging in illegal experiments and rituals to boost their power and take their technology to new heights and exploiting this gain both in battle and the political field.
But before the group could attempt to exert any further influence over Dra Gen Ra, the then-heir to the throne took action. Speaking out to the leaders of Dra Gen Ra, he declared that this group represented everything Dra Gen Ra had feared they would become; power-hungry and willing to abuse their power and technology under the guise of bettering the clan. Excal stated that the "heretics" had abandoned the Sage's teachings of knowledge for knowledge's sake, and that they could no longer be tolerated. The leaders of Dra Gen Ra agreed, and gave the party the option to forgo their questionable experiments and their overzealous ambition, or be exiled from Dra Gen Ra entirely. Outraged and infuriated, the party attempted a coup- lead by Larez Verwyn- against the leaders of Dra Gen Ra. The civil war was short but brutal, and resulted in a permanent scar across Excal's face along with the death of Larez' twin sons at Excal's hands. Put under a binding spell to prevent them from ever revealing the location of Dra Gen Ra or its most important secrets, the party was then exiled from Dra Gen Ra's territory and run out. However, they would eventually become known as the techno-terrorist group Dragoon Ex Machina, known for exalting technology and exploiting it for vicious crimes. It would become one of the greatest shames of Dra Gen Ra, as they were unable to take responsibility for the group lest they publicly reveal themselves, leaving them exposed to an all-out attack by the Power Hedgehogs.
With the technology they had gained, the Dra Gen Ra found that they could go beyond what even the Power Hedgehogs themselves could do, combining the technology and their mystic knowledge to make leaps and bounds, catching up within years to what had taken the Power Hedgehogs centuries to create and perfect. With their technology quickly diverging from what the Power Hedgehogs had originally created, the clan of Dragons were able to quickly turn the tables, fighting on even ground blow-for-blow in both power and technology. Outside of weapons, the Dra Gen Ra were able to make advancements in their own research of genetics, agriculture, and even the studies of their own powers to discover ways to improve their mystic abilities. Rather than forget their roots as many had thought, the Dra Gen Ra came closer to the Sage's teachings; gaining and increasing their own knowledge and passing it on. Despite this renaissance of sorts, the Dra Gen Ra's war against the Power Hedgehogs continued to rage. While now able to defend themselves, the Dra Gen Ra would not take the chance of taking the offense and striking back. However, the heir to the clan's leadership became determined to prove that his clan could and should take the offense....
The most striking and common feature among the Dra Gen Ra is their inquisitive nature and thirst for knowledge. Specific fields vary among individuals; some may wish to learn more about nature and agriculture, others may wish to learn more about mechanics and technology, others may take up tactics and combat, and so on and so forth. Two more common features are a seclusive nature and somewhat apathetic look towards outsiders due to millennia of seclusion and secrecy, and a very, very paranoid outlook aimed at hedgehogs; many are even xenophobic towards Hedgehogs in general out of trauma, fear, or paranoia. Towards Power Hedgehogs however, one's mannerisms takes something of a "90 degree" turn, becoming vicious, murderous, and immediately focusing on striking down the Power Hedgehog.
— Raile explaining the common Dra Gen Ra outlook on hedgehogs
Despite centuries upon centuries of war, the Dra Gen Ra have managed to avoid becoming jaded and war-focused; technological improvements allow their barriers to be that much more effective and easier to sustain, allowing a measure of peace of mind and sense of normalcy within the barriers. Outside however, many without combat experience will suffer from panic and fear of attack.
While technologically advanced, the Dra Gen Ra still follow a government system of tribal monarchy, the eldest son taking the helm when the father is no longer able to rule. In the case that the leader has no male heir yet a daughter, the males within seven years of her age may stake a claim, and must defeat all others who likewise stake a claim. The daughter may choose to either accept the suitor or face them in combat. If the suitor wins, the daughter must submit herself based on the honor of her family. If she is victorious, she may instead pick among those who attempted to stake a claim. Should the ruler's time come close to passing without any heirs male or female, then they must name a member of the clan as their successor, and must be witnessed by at least three advisers or military and/or political personnel.
The Tribal Leader is the top authority among all facets of the Dra Gen Ra clan. Below him are five leaders in the five fields:
- Master of Arms (military)
- Minister of Advances (technology)
- Counselor of Healing (medical)
- Mystic Superior (mystical)
- Head of Growth (agricultural)
Each leader has the final word in their respective field, overruled only by the Tribal Leader himself. The six leaders meet twice a year; on the first day of the new year, and on the day that signifies the halfway mark of the year. During this meeting, they discuss the pertinent issues and status among the five fields.
The Military branch is headed by the Master of Arms. The military oversees all aspects of military combat and tactics, which includes but is not limited to training and selection of recruits, methods of combat, strategies and tactics, as well as when and at what time military action is taken. Surveillance, protection of territory and individuals, and police are also left in the hands of the military branch. During meetings, the Master of Arms gives updates on recruits and members, recent military and police actions, and the status and movement of enemies (i.e. the Power Hedgehogs).
Military Branch Ranks
- Master of Arms: The leader of the entire Military Branch. His political powers include the promotion, demotion, and expulsion of anyone within this branch. He may also have anyone arrested on sight with reasonable evidence; such action cannot be contested except by the Tribal Leader or a Branch Leader. In his respective field, the Master of Arms is the strongest of all warriors (except perhaps the Tribal Leader) and has unlimited access to any and all weaponry. This position is held by ???
- Military Conscience: The adviser and Second-in-Command of the Military Branch. The Military Conscience records all military information and relays orders to subordinates. While at first glance the Master of Arms' lackey, the Military Conscience is also the leash and liaison to the Tribal Leader; their job is to relay all information to the Tribal Leader on a regular basis and if necessary, report military corruption. The only position in which the Master of Arms has no say over who is selected. This position is held by ???
- Master Inferior: The 3rd-in-Command, and also the Master of Arms' protege and eventual successor. The Master of Arms hand picks the Master Inferior based on skill and potential. They are trained in everything one needs to know in order to take over as Master of Arms. The Master Inferior's rank (if any) is not a requirement or factor; even a recruit can be selected. This position is held by ???
- Arms Commander: The highest rank without a link to the Tribal Leader. The Arms Commander is essentially the day-to-day head of the Military, who carries out and often orders Military action. The Arms Commander may act without the Master of Arms' orders, but cannot go against or diverge from direct commands. The Arms Commander and all military personnel below them have varying access to A.A.R.M. weapons, but are permitted use of all standard weapons from the Missile Box below. This position is held by ???
- Tactician Major: Second-in-Command to the Arms Commander and head tactician of the Dra Gen Ra Military Branch. The Tactician is in charge of managing tactical military information and use it in order to plan effective military maneuvers. The Tactician Major does not usually specialize in combat ability, but rather major in intelligence and strategic capabilities. This position is held by ???
- War Captain: Head of the general infantry, and direct commander of all soldiers below their rank. A War Captain must carry above-average physical and strategic capability. There are a total of four War Captains, one for each outward section of the Village.
- Vice Drakes: Elite infantry soldiers who show exceptional skill and ability in combat. While the second-lowest Rank overall, those with the rank of Vice Drake nonetheless have earned significance. Vice Drakes have great skill, and are often designated to take down new vehicles and weapons. Those that show exceptional ability in education and motivation may also be designated to teach new recruits.
- Infantry: Common soldiers who have been permitted to take part in the battle against the Power Hedgehogs, following rigorous training and physical and mental examination. Common Infantry have pre-programmed A.A.R.M.s with equipment up to the Saber, but specialized combat units are given more specific access based on their abilities and specialties.
- Riflemen: Soldiers who specialize in long-range combat and use the Pistol, Shotgun, and Rifle. They are often the first line of defense, and are capable of fighting in drawn-out combat.
- Sharpshooters: Often situated in hidden locations or barrier towers, sharpshooters pick off enemies either from a distance, or when they might be getting too close to the Dra Gen Ra's home. They often use the Sniper option, but also have the Pistol option installed in case of combat within close range.
- Closers: Close-combat warriors, often known for being wild or hard to control and preferring to fight upfront and in-person. They're usually equipped with the Saber and Shotgun options, and make much more use of physical attacks and techniques.
- Heavy-Hitters: Hard-hitting warriors who are often sent in on the last leg of a fight to finish off the enemy. Heavy-Hitters are often Dragons with much greater size and bulk, with an extra pair of A.A.R.M.s equipped to their backs/shoulders. Heavy Hitters are equipped with Gatling, RPG, Artillery, and Missile Box options.
- Catchers: Catchers are ones who specialize in capturing Power Hedgehogs and their equipment. The Catchers are also usually proficient hunters and trackers. The Catchers are equipped with the Rifle, Grenade, Flamethrower, and Harpoon options. The Catchers are also quite versatile in rank, usually including those with records for thievery, those with an interest in technology, and those who prefer less direct combat.
- Destroyers: The last line of defense or the first line in full-on offense, the Destroyers are the fastest, strongest, and most vicious fighters among the infantry. Their skills and desire to hit the Power Hedgehogs hard have granted them access to the Grenade, Flamethrower, RPG, Artillery, Missile Box and in some special cases even the Railgun weapon.
- Treasurer: The military officer in charge of tracking and managing the funding for Military operation and personnel. While often treated as a joke and a position for those who can't cut it in combat, the Treasurer is nonetheless responsible for making sure the Military has its needed supplies and the finances to pay for that supplies.
- Recruits: New members of the Military Branch who are training to take up positions within the Branch, and train rigorously in various physical and combat fields. New Recruits undertake numerous means of training to improve combat ability and strategic capabilities in the hopes of improving and gaining promotions to various positions among the Military Branch.
Military Branch Ranks - Police
- Police Head-Captain: The head of the entire police force, answering only to the Master of Arms and Tribal Leader. The Head-Captain can give an order to anyone below him, as well as have anyone below the rank of Branch Leader brought in for questioning or even arrest. As they are only meant to deal with internal threats, the Head-Captain and all below him only have access to the Pistol, Rifle, and Sniper A.A.R.M. options. This position is held by ???
- Police Major: The head of the police force for each individual section of the village. Each Police Major has jurisdiction over their respective section of the city, and lead the rest of the police force in upholding the law and keeping the peace. Each Major has the discretion of promoting, demoting, or firing those they deem fit, but can be overruled by those of a higher rank. There are a total of eight Police Majors.
- Captain: The direct subordinate of the Police Major, and the one who oversees the day-to-day activities of the police. There are a total of eight Captains. Each has at least two Lieutenants serving under them.
- Lieutenant: The Captain's Second-in-Command, who relays and enforces orders given by the Captain, and can order any serving police officer into either active duty or to a desk-job. There are at least sixteen Lieutenants total.
- Officer: The standard police officer, who carries out the orders given by their superiors, and maintains the peace by enforcing the law, diffusing situations, and arresting criminals. Among the specific positions within the Officer rank, there are:
- Border Guard: Officers designated to watching over the borders between sectors. They try to keep fleeing criminals from passing into another Sector and out of jurisdiction of the crime they are suspected for.
- Investigators: Detectives who investigate crimes of all kinds, from violent crimes to possible corruption.
- Shields: Officers designated to protecting important figures, or keeping watch over criminals under house arrest.
- Jailers: Members of the police force that are meant to keep criminals detained and prevent possible flight risks. Being a Jailer is an especially difficult job because it can involve detaining even Military personnel. As such Jailers are trained to the combat level of Vice Drakes and above, and given unique access to A.A.R.M. weapons.
Headed by the Minister of Advances, the Technology Branch is in charge of the study, maintenance, and development of the technology used by the Dra Gen Ra. The Technology Branch constantly researches in the fields of machines, energy, weapons, and construction, always looking for ways to improve and expand on their knowledge. The Technology Branch is also in charge of studying captured Power Hedgehog technology, determining its functions, strengths, weakness, and how to reverse-engineer it to their advantage. The Technology Branch is also in charge of construction and preservation. During meetings, the Minister of Advances gives information on upcoming technological advances, technology development rates, and information gained about Power Hedgehog technology and weapons.
Technology Branch Ranks
- Minister of Advances: The head of the Branch of Technology, and the foremost leader in areas of technology and mechanics. The Minister of Advances oversees the development and maintenance of technology within Dra Gen Ra. The Minister holds discretion over what technology is developed and explored, and can order any programs or development cancelled immediately. The only one who can override the Minister's decisions is the Tribal Leader himself. This position is held by ???
- Technology Conscience: The adviser and Second-in-Command of the Technology Branch. The Technology Conscience records all technological information and relays orders to subordinates. While at first glance the Minister of Advances' lackey, the Technology Conscience is also the leash and liaison to the Tribal Leader; their job is to relay all information to the Tribal Leader on a regular basis and if necessary, report unauthorized or inhumane experiments. The only position in which the Minister of Advances has no say over who is selected. This position is held by ???
- Minister Secondary: The 3rd-in-Command, and also the Minister of Advances' protege and eventual successor. The Minister of Advances hand picks the Minister Secondary based on skill and potential. They are trained in everything one needs to know in order to take over as Minister of Advances. The Minister Secondary's rank (if any) is not a requirement or factor; even a student can be selected. This position is held by ???
- Tech Major: The highest rank without a link to the Tribal Leader. The Tech Major is the day-to-day head of the Technology Branch, and must authorize experiments and testing before they can be carried out. The Tech Major is allowed to act without orders of the Minister of Advances, but cannot go against or undermine direct orders. The Tech Major has access to all data pertaining to experiments being undertaken. This position is held by ???
- Maintenance Supervisor: The direct subordinate of the Tech Major, and the head of maintenance and preservation within the Technology Branch. The Maintenance Supervisor ensures that the technology in Dra Gen Ra is kept up-to-date and running smoothly, and retains data and information pertaining to experiments in the field of technology. This position is held by ???
- Production Overseer: The leader in general mechanics, the Production Overseer is in charge of all production plants, and ensures that they meet the required rate of production in weapons, vehicles, and technology. There are a total of four Production Overseers, one for each production plant in the inner sections of the village.
- Mechanist Alpha: Elite mechanics who show exceptional aptitude with machines and technology. While the second-lowest Rank overall, those with the rank of Mechanist Alpha nonetheless have earned significance. Mechanist Alphas show great skill, and are often designated to oversee and organize everyday repairs. Those that show exceptional ability in education and motivation may also be designated to teach new students.
- Mechanics: Run-of-the-mill workers, who are permitted to study, develop, and maintain technology in Dra Gen Ra. All have basic knowledge in technology and mechanics, but many of them have much more specialized abilities as well.
- Factory: Mechanics designated to work in factories and assist in the development of equipment and machinery. Factory Mechanics have all-round skill, but their work is high-quality and they have an eye for detail.
- Farming: Those assigned to maintain, study, and/or upgrade all machinery relating to agriculture and farming. These Mechanics must have a clear understanding of basic agricultural care and environmental factors.
- Armament: These Mechanics are the ones who take part in advancing, studying, and maintaining combat weaponry, specifically the technology and weapons programmed into A.A.R.M.s. These Mechanics must have knowledge of basic combat tactics and necessities.
- Barrier: Arguably one of the most important Mechanics classes, those of this class are in charge of keeping the machines used to generate Dra Gen Ra's barriers running smoothly. These Mechanics must have a particularly advanced understanding of technology, as well as understand the interactions between the technology and mystic energy.
- Reverser:' This class of Mechanics is in charge of studying and reverse-engineering technology stolen from Power Hedgehogs captured by the Catchers. In this class one must have a full understanding of the unique Power Hedgehog technology and be capable of adapting and figuring out new technology.
- Junker: Members of this class are in charge of disassembling, melting down, and recycling old, out-dated, or irreparable technology that is no longer of use, so that it may be used as new base materials. This class requires little more beyond basic Mechanic knowledge, but requires its members to be able to cleanly and safely take apart technology and dispose of it.
- Treasurer: The officer in charge of tracking and managing the funding for Technology operations and personnel. While often treated as a joke and a position for those who can't cut it in technological studies, the Treasurer is nonetheless responsible for making sure the Technology Branch has its needed supplies and the finances to pay for that supplies.
- Students: New members of the Technology Branch who are studying to take up positions within the Branch, and assist in various experiments and data management. Students continuously study and improve their understanding of technology in the hopes of improving and gaining promotions to various positions among the Technology Branch.
The Dra Gen Ra live in a strict yet fluid balance of mysticism and mechanist within their lives, using high-end technology fueled or to improve one's mystic powers. However, they also use technology in ways that could be considered unconventional; technology is often used to assist in the growth of crops and plants, but the actual picking and tending is still done manually, either through nature-based powers or by hand. Outside of combat, technology is often used as assistance rather than reliance: aside from certain conveniences anything done with technology can be done without. Domestic technologies largely retain their pre-science function and status, relying on use of elemental powers to function.
The Dra Gen Ra do not use technology for transport outside of combat environments, due to the natural ability to fly. At most, a dragon may have thrusters/jetpacks to help make flight faster and less taxing. However, the Dra Gen Ra do have combat-capable vehicles similar in design to the elemental tanks used by the Power Hedgehogs. While they have more variation among design and function, these are more a product of a desire for greater knowledge than necessity; they are rarely put to use in your common battle.
While not reliant on technologies in domestic settings, the Dra Gen Ra have excelled in weaponry and combat technologies, combining technology with magic for "solid construct" technology. Through conscious commands, a Dra Gen Ra may focus energy into a machine, which converts the magical energy into solid, pre-desingned forms.
Automated Armament Replacement Mechanism is the main piece of combat equipment of all Dra Gen Ra, which is based around the Dra Gen Ra's "solid construct" technology. Usually worn on the arm with certain weapons pre-programmed into the equipment, a user focuses their energy into the A.A.R.M. to create a firearm mechanism on their forearm similar in look and function to the desired weapon. These weapons are most often firearms, but can also be based on close-range weapons. Basic ammunition is created through solid-construct means, but done so with an efficient method that prevents fatigue to be taxed on the user. Ammunition can be specialized with the user's elemental use of magic, which can have many different effects. Weapons seen include:
- Pistol: A relatively small caliber semi-automatic weapon, used in basic combat to quickly and efficiently bring down enemies. Simple but effective, it's very reliable, but not especially dangerous to more powerful enemies.
- Rifle: A long barreled firearm, which can fire larger rounds with greater speed, distance, and power, albeit at the cost of firing rate. It's often used to pick off enemies at a distance and strike slower enemies hard.
- Shotgun: A double-barreled weapon with barrels shorter than the rifle, but longer than the Pistol. Slow in firing speed but exceptionally powerful, this weapon fires off large shells or pellets, which tear through enemies at close to mid range. It's often used in mid or close-range combat to ruthlessly and efficiently take down enemies.
- Cestus: A weapon similar to a boxing glove that covers the knuckles of the wielder with metal, with spikes jutting out. Elemental energies can be focused through the spikes for additional power and effects.
- Sniper: A long-barreled weapon (longer than the Rifle) which also activates a zoom/targeting function in the user's headgear. The weapon fires off high-impact, high-caliber shots with incredible speed and distance, able to take out enemies at a distance of several kilometers. Usually used in stealth tactics and territory protection.
- Gatling: A large rotary gun that is unique in that it is formed over the entirety of the user's hand, with the barrels covering the hands. The caliber rivals the Rifle, but carries a firing speed all its own that can tear through enemies and objects easily. While usually very heavy, the weapon is instead proportionate to the user, meaning that while still a heavy firearm, it's not debilitatingly so.
- Saber: A basic double-edged sword is formed on the forearm. Sharp on its own, focused magic energy can make it much sharper and- in the case of elemental magics- can have various additional effects.
- Grenade: A powerful weapon that is capable of firing grenades with great power and distance despite having one of the shortest barrels. The ammunition is easily powerful enough to debilitate tanks, not to mention kill several enemies at once.
- Flamethrower: A weapon that converts magic energy into fuel for a highly pressurized flame, which can roast enemies and melt common metallic constructs. Usually redundant for many Dragons, it can be used as a substitute for those who cannot use fire magic, as well as a surprising method of attack.
- Meteor: A very strong mid-range weapon, which generates a large spherical hammer, which can be swung and thrown via a chain made of magic energy. The weapon is designed for powerful mid-range strikes and indirect combat tactics. The hammers can be made of elemental energies, and by combining the A.A.R.M. functions a user can generate one even larger meteor.
- Revitalizer: At first glance a small-caliber weapon with a closed barrel and green fluid within, the User instead slams the barrel into the weapon; the magic energy is converted into a regenerative formula to heal injuries, ease pain, and revitalize the user.
- Harpoon: A weapon that fires a barbed harpoon to impale targets, usually vehicles. The harpoon is attached to the gun through a rope of magic energy, which can be severed at will by the user. This is usually used in an attempt to detain, stop, or capture vehicles so as to keep a regular tab on Power Hedgehog technology.
- Wave Gun: A weapon with a barrel about as long as the Shotgun, but attached to a long cylindrical piece filled with green fluid. The fluid is highly energized into a plasma state and fired in a manner similar to sound waves. When it strikes a target, it imbues them with regenerative energy, healing and re-energizing them.
- Rocket-Propelled Grenade: A high-powered weapon that fires an explosive with incredible speed and range, but at the cost of subtlety and firing rate.
- Hammer A heavy close-combat weapon, which covers the user's hand with a large metallic structure similar to a sledgehammer. Rather than the Cestus and Saber, which are designed for fast close-range combat, the Hammer is meant for slow but very powerful strikes, intended to break bones and crush enemies and vehicles.
- Artillery: A very large barrel several feet in length, this heavy-duty weapon is often used via A.A.R.M.s equipped to the back or shoulder. This weapon fires rounds equivalent to those fired by tanks, with incredible explosive power and great range. What's more, while heavy it is by no means slow, and has a surprisingly capable firing rate.
- Missile Box: A large, box-like weapon loaded with two-to-six missiles. Like the Artillery weapon it's usually equipped to the back due to its weight. The weapon can fire each missile rapidly, which is able to home in on enemies via heat signatures and targeting. It goes without saying that this weapon is quite strong and very destructive.
- Railgun: A very powerful weapon, with two prongs parallel to each other extending from the otherwise short barrel. This weapon is extremely powerful on its own, easily able to surpass the previous weapons in all accounts except firing rate, which even then is quite acceptable. The weapon is so powerful that it's often restricted to only the most powerful warriors.