Dragon Breed Data
|National Loyalty:||usually British, though some French|
|Physical Characteristics:||Heavyweight; cream and black coloring|
|Known Members:||Victoriatus, Majestatis|
Though the Parnassian is a British breed, the French have at least one (as known from the battle above the HMS Goliath). This is because in the times of peace before the Napoleonic Wars, Britain and France had traded dragon eggs with each other to provide more variety for breeding. Another example of the results of this trade would be Nitidus, a Pascal's Blue (a French breed) whose egg was traded to the Aerial Corps.
Although one Parnassian, specifically Victoriatus, was said to be a large middleweight dragon, in all other cases dragons of the Parnassian breed have been said to be Heavyweights; presumably Victoriatus was small for his breed.
Origin Of Name?
"Parnassian" is part of the common name for butterflies of the Parnassius genus. Typically, their patterning is predominantly white with many black ripples and often red or gold spots with darker rings around them.
"Parnassian" also means 'poetic' or 'having to do with poetry', after Mt. Parnassus/Parnassos in Greece, the home of the Muses.