I am ~1,700 words into a fantasy short story that features dragons, but my dragons differ a lot from those of any mythological tradition. They don't breathe fire, hoard gold, possess humanlike intelligence, or talk; they are basically wild animals preoccupied with survival. Only one of my various dragon species can fly, and although the story's major dragon character is an apex predator who eats both people and other dragons, there are some herbivorous dragons as well. The only thing my dragons have in common with standard fantasy dragons is that they're large fictional reptiles. The story itself is admittedly a variation of the classic "hero saves community from dragon", but the setting is also extremely different; the heroines are black women in reptile skins rather than white men in shining armor, and the prevailing culture has an African rather than medieval European flavor. In short, there's barely any of the traditional dragon mythos in my WIP. I recall that fans of traditional vampires like Dracula strongly disliked Twilight's take on the creatures, insisting that "real vampires don't sparkle", which makes me wonder if I should really call my animals "dragons" if I employ so few of the old dragon tropes. Honestly, I only use the term "dragon" because it's the most familiar label for large fictional reptiles. On the other hand, my understanding is that even old-school dragons varied from story to story and that mythologists have classified a lot of otherwise unrelated mythical creatures into a "dragon" category. I suppose my question boils down to, "How much can you modify a mythical creature while still keeping the label?"