Some people may remember me on this forum as the dragon guy. Well after shelving my dragon story for a very long time, I made a connection between dragons and disability. Dragons come in all shapes and sizes, and as such, have vastly different needs. People are no different, but society is very much catered to its "typical" members. So I want to write a story with dragon characters where the characters' traits are metaphorical or actual representations of autism, chronic pain, OCD, parapalegia, etc., and send a message about disability, both visible and invisible, mental and physical. I think I've finally come up with an idea for a protagonist that fits with the theme I'm trying to establish. My protagonist was born with exceptionally large wings, a metaphor for being "gifted." He was also born with certain limitations which I will flesh out; one of the limitations would be that he can only breathe fire under certain circumstances (but he doesn't know what they are and people don't believe him when he tries to explain.) As he grew up, he was encouraged to reach for his potential despite his condition (his limitations and affinities are closely related) but the rest of his body eventually caught up to his wing size (much like how gifted kids tend to reach a point where they're no longer ahead of their academic peers and even fall behind.) Now that I have a protagonist, I need a central conflict for the story. The conflict should be large in scale but also deeply personal for the protagonist. Fleshing out the conflict will inform the kind of big bad my character will be up against, as well as inform the setting and the makeup of the secondary cast. What kind of villain would exacerbate threaten the protagonist and others like him? What resources would he have? What would his rhetoric be, and how many would listen? Figuring out the antagonist and the conflict will help me develop the political atmosphere and societal structure of this world of dragons. So far, I have two ideas I'm interested in for the setting. 1) I already have "civilized dragons" as a concept; I figure I should take it further than simply putting them in a medieval setting and have them develop further, since by nature of having a civilzation in the first place they're already more advanced than your average fantasy dragons. Coal punk seems like a natural step up given dragons' affinity with fire and ores. (Think the Fire Nation from The Last Airbender.) The other idea is the incorporation of magic. I think an interesting way to approach magic would be for the characters to view it as an unnecessary crutch and stigmatize it, the way disability aids are often stigmatized; magic would be used by dragons who "can't do X 'the normal way,'" although some able-bodied dragons might try and use magic resources and claim they need them more than dragons who can't function without them (think able-bodied people parking in handicap parking spaces.) Those two ideas may help inform the agenda of the antagonist.