Dragon Breed Data
|National Loyalty:||Presumably Turkish, see below|
|Physical Characteristics:||Middle-weight, possibly metallic-coloured.|
One of three Turkish eggs sold to the British in 1806 was an Akhal-Teke. It survived the transit in the shell back to Britain and was presumably quarantined in Ireland to prevent it contracting the Dragon Plague, following its hatching it will be expected to serve in the Aerial Corps.
Akhal-Teke eggs are roughly the size of a man's chest. They are cream-colored with red and orange markings.
Origin Of Name?
The name means "Celestial horse" or "Pure Teke" depending on translation. The name is pronounced ahalˈtеkje in the Turkmen language. It is also the name of a horse breed originating in Turkmenistan. It recieved the name "Akhal-Teke" when Russia conquered Turkmenistan in 1881 and named the horse breed after the Teke tribe that lived near the Akhal oasis. The horse-breed Akhal-Teke is known for its speed, endurance and adaptation to its desert climate. It is also known for having a metallic sheen to its coat. It could be that the dragon breed shares these abilities.
Since the Akhal-Teke dragon breed clearly predates this naming, and appears to be an dragon of Turkey, it must have been named by a member of the Ottoman Empire some time prior to this. Alternatively, Turkey could have acquired enough dragons of these species from the tribes of Turkestan or nearby Persia to maintain the breed in Turkey over the years.