Although treasure-seekers have sought out confirmation of dragons’ lairs for generations, the creatures themselves are very rare, and very territorial towards each other. There are only four dragons remaining in existence – one on each continent, and one on a small island chain in the middle of the ocean. Intelligent, cunning, and skilled in magic, dragons sometimes place protective enchantments on their lairs and then travel the realm. They can change shape into almost any form, so it is nearly impossible to discover their true nature if they are encountered in an assumed shape. Despite their power, they generally refrain from interfering in the politics of humans and elves.  They view those societies as temporary, and many elven generations will pass during a dragon’s lifetime.  Due to their incredibly long lives, many legends equate them to immortals, and it is assumed that they are only slightly less powerful than the gods themselves.