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Are there female dragons?
I've never encountered one before but it does say that all dragons are brothers and sisters of each other. This could be metaphorical but I don't really know.
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Arguably, yes. According to MK (The Nu-Mantia Intercept) there are female dragons, known as Jills. Or, at the least, have feminine qualities since he refers to them as matrons. Supposedly they were even going to show up in Skyrim as assistants to Alduin.

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>>>I guess Alduin only res'd the biggest baddest dragons to fight for him. Nothing explicitly stating he called all the dragons available. I'd assume female dragons are still in their burial crypts (All just my educated guess).

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I don't think they are strictly tied to any sort of gender, being aedra and all.

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I don't think they are strictly tied to any sort of gender, being aedra and all.

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Dragons do not reproduce (they were all created by Akatosh) so they wouldn't have genders with the common biological purpose. But the Nu-Mantia Intercept does mention matrons.

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I haven't seen much about it. But for what it is worth, mythological beings can just about reproduce in any way with just about everything. Perhaps Dragons come into existence on the time-line the same way prime numbers appear at the number line. A moment of time indivisible by any other moment and one because Akatosh feels lonely at those times.

Just to make up an idea. :)

 

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I dont think dragons really have genders.

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Jills are female and have a dragon-like appearance, but they aren't technically considered actual dragon, so I wouldn't describe them as female dragons. At least that's how I see it. Pretty sure the actual dragons are genderless.

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They're attendant spirits, and Matrons could be important. In germanic, and celtic, paganism you had vǫlva and a Mothers cult. They were itinerant shamans of the Vanir, very popular into viking times. The last germano-celtic/Indo-European cult to die in Europe was Freyja's. People were worshipping her all the way into the 16th century throughout the Baltic and up to Greenland. These cults were connected to the Norns, and much how the Greeks had Hera, Cybele, and Artemis its thought the Norns were three aspects of the divine feminine (Frigg, Freyja, Nerthus).

I mention this, because remember Dibella, Mara, and Kynareth are supposed to represent a triad in Nibenay? Dib-Mara-Kyn, I think Pelinal or someone put it. So, perhaps the Minute Menders are the itinerant attendants of Akatosh, after the pattern of Dib-Mara-Kyn and our real world cults. If you're curious where I'm getting the irl parallels, find a copy of Gods and Myths of Northern Europe, by HRE Davidson. She brings a lot of fine sources and hard to find Dumezil and Eliade together, as well as "current" archaeology and so one.

If I wasn't clear, the idea is that the Jills could even be mortal wives of Akatosh. Shamans who've become women, or women shamans themselves, and taken the shape of dragons in their spirit-wandering. Or they themselves could be eternal spirits, and the female is just symbolic of their role as healers and menders, as vǫlva were loved and honored in our world not so long ago.

I'll add this was a creative way to give women a role in society. Even if they never had their own children, they were graciously allowed to participate in womanhood, and not just shoveled into the workforce or cast off at a nunnery. I'd expect the Nedics especially to have something like this.

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Yeah ik I’m late to the party but I’m fairly sure that Jills repair dragon breaks