Chaos Theory: Guide to Secret World’s Dragon faction

When it comes to chaos, do you tend to run away (possibly screaming), or run toward it? If you lean toward the latter, you might be a Dragon at heart. In that case, this next installment in our The Secret World faction guides may be of particular interest. Today we look into that mysterious green-clad faction that calls Seoul its home base in game. What sets this home-grown secret society apart from the others? Who is a part of this network and what are its goals? And how much information can I spill before I reveal spoilers?

Unlike the Templars and the Illuminati, who are quite present in the real world, the Dragons were specifically developed for TSW. (Or maybe they do exist and are much better at being a secret society!) My very first character I made and played was actually a Dragon. Unfortunately, I found the faction less interesting to me than the others, and I abandoned her to play a Templar, then livestream a Lumie. Now that I have delved deeper into the intricacies of the Dragon, however, I realized I may have ducked out too soon and I am seriously contemplating rolling one in Secret World Legends!

The mantra

Chaos. Utter chaos. Some folks might see that and curl into an anxious ball, whimpering. The Dragon faction in TSW will grin and embrace it, happy following along to see where it all leads. Will the result be as the Dragon predicted? If not, that is OK too; they just readjust for the next prediction, then follow the chaos again. If this sounds right up your alley, you could be a Dragon!

Instead of being just passive observers, however, the Dragon are active instigators. Imagine them dropping pebbles into a pond, then sitting back and watching those ripples reach out farther and farther. The idea that one small catalyst can ultimately turn into a tsunami is at the core of the Dragon’s beliefs. And to that end, the Dragon nudge and prod here and there, then kick back to watch things unfold.

Folks interested in ruling the world through political influence or the like won’t really find a home with the Dragon. This faction prefers to dominate through understanding the world instead of subduing it, knowing as many of the tiny details to track (and thereby have the chance to influence it) — the bigger picture is the goal. And those who can know the outcome will obviously have the greatest advantage, no?

The headquarters

If the faction HQ were the sole deciding factor of which to join, I am not sure many would choose Dragon. As far as bases go, it is pretty lackluster. Space-wise it is really small without any neat nooks or crannies to peek into. There aren’t any snippets of conversation to overhear as you walk through since the monks are all silent. (The fact that they are silent because their lips are sewn shut is interesting but doesn’t negate the lack of discovery and flavor.) Heck, you can’t even actually see your handler unless you are on a specific mission to do so. And while I do like the hanging lanterns, the headquarters feels very sterile and lacking in personality, especially for a group so focused on chaos. Luckily, the hub of Seoul makes up for that a bit.

I really so love the city of Seoul itself, and the way its windy streets feel like they fit right into the chaos theme. To this day I still occasionally get lost in Seoul’s side streets! Sadly, the entirety of the city hub is also pitifully small when compared to the other two. There’s less to do and fewer people to bump into. Only one guy seems willing to really talk with players. There are some fun places with potential, especially the little gaming cafe. Seoul would do well to get a few extra neighborhoods and some of those businesses opened up.

The handler

Dragon has a bit of a unique system when it comes to the players’ handler. The one in charge is The Golden Child. He, however, stays completely silent, and players instead interact with the Voice of the Dragon, Bong Cha, who is quite the efficient manipulator of probabilities. Bong Cha is the one who sends you your mission complete messages (the ones that aren’t hijacked, that is). She appears to wax a bit more philosophic in those messages than when you’re speaking to her in person; face-to-face, she remains cold and distant to players throughout the working relationship. That’s in contrast to Sonnac’s fatherliness and Geary’s growing admiration for jobs well done.

There’s more to the story, I am told, but I can’t delve into it at all without major spoilers, so you’ll just have to be a Dragon to find out what it all is.

The supporting cast

As with the other factions, the Dragon has a cast of other interesting characters that players meet throughout their journeys in The Secret World. One of the first you run into is Dae-su; he runs the Dojang where Dragon go to test and practice with their weapons. There are plenty of straw dummies to shoot, slap, slice, burn, break, and basically beat the stuffing out of here. Dae-su may not be a stellar conversationalist, but he at least speaks to you, which is more than basically everyone else at the headquarters. For actual info, you need to be schooled by Jin Jae-Hoon. A former university professor, he sits in the hotel in Seoul and provides history to players. Don’t pass this guy up if you want to learn a bit more about the Dragon and the Secret World.

One of my favorite TSW characters from even before the game came out is a Dragon: Mei Ling. You may remember her from the teaser trailers for the game; she’s the one sipping a milkshake when she tuns and ends up nose-to-nose with a demon in her apartment, which she promptly and quite calmly launches though the wall. Luckily you do get to see her for a couple of quests in game as well.

Another very interesting character (whom I wish we could see more of) is Akma. He is a half human, half demon bodyguard, and his mistress is a dedicated Dragon. He’s an anomaly in that he was born to parents very much in love despite their extreme differences. These two give you a very interesting introduction to life as a bee-blessed.

Probably the best Dragon character personality-wise is one you don’t get to meet until Tokyo. But when you do, he makes an impression! Daimon Kiyota seems like the poster child of the Dragon; he oozes charisma and palpably embraces the Dragon ideals. He epitomizes the image of sitting back and watching it all fall into place… after maybe a nudge or two. I’m glad this is a character all factions get to meet.

The quirks

As far as quirks go, it’s hard to top the fact that the Dragon are the only faction trying to lose control of situations instead of taking it. But this secret society has its distinguishing idiosyncrasies. For one, there’s the color affinity. As mentioned earlier, Dragon has a thing for green, so uniforms and the like are based on that color. Special faction pets also follow suit.

Besides the color palette, the deck costumes also have a much edgier flair than the other two factions as well as some eastern flair. That eastern flair is also present throughout many things in the Dragon, giving it a decidedly cultural flavor in architecture, conversation, and philosophy.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Ah, Dragon. My #2 faction.

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Mewmew

I really like the Dragon take on Chaos. It’s about information and understanding the world of chaos and knowing where to stick your finger to cause or stop an avalanche. How to nudge something among that chaos that completely changes the outcome. A tiny manipulation that goes out and has a profound effect. It’s the most real power and information there is (information about every tiny particle of every sandstorm – information on the basest of levels). To me they are the most interesting there are.

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Bruno Brito

“Utter Chaos”

Controled Chaos, you mean. The way the Dragon works is that they set up the stage for chaos, but it’s always within their schemes. The Illuminati hates dealing with the Dragons, because the corporate views don’t allow them to think outside the lines. The guidelines for Illuminati allow creativity but not complete disregard.

The Dragon are mostly anarchists from what i’ve saw, but they have a pyramid hierarchy, and they have some order to it. It’s just they see more value on accounting for a lot of random stuff.

They also have the best outfits in the game.

But they aren’t Loomeenatee. That’s where they lose me.

We are watching.

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Bryan Correll

We are watching.

You may watch, but do you understand what it is that you see? Your Illuminati goals are petty and pointless. At least you aren’t quite so rigid as the Templars.

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Tithian

I played Templar in TSW, so I’ve seen the faction specific missions and for SWL I was leaning more towards the Lumies. Dabbled a bit with them in the Beta, but they felt a little too… sterile? I can’t really describe it. I might give Dragon a go and see if they click this time around.

But then again, Cabals also play a big part in the selection. It’s been a while since I actively grouped up with people, do we have cross-faction cabals yet?

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ogged451

SWL will come with cross-faction cabals. TSW is stuck with single faction cabals (but there’s a “secret society” column in the cabal list x_X)

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Tithian

Awesome. Cross faction has been requested since forever, and guilds had to have multiple ‘sections’, which was really clunky.

It will definitely make Faction selection much easier now, it’s probably why Dragon was so underepresented in TSW.

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Pandalulz

The Dragon are my faction because they remind me very much of the Discordians from the Illuminatus Trilogy. Hail Eris!

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Bryan Correll

There are actually strong lore reasons for Dragon HQ being so spartan compared to the other factions. Seoul isn’t the ‘home’ of the Dragon, it’s just the current base of operations in a long chain of locations and no Dragon HQ is ever intended to be permanent. Flexibility is too important. If the models indicated that is was time to move elsewhere the Seoul base could and would be abandoned without hesitation.

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luxundae

Daimon Kiyota is the shining star of both the Dragon and Kaidan in my opinion. The Dragon don’t come into their own until he is introduced, and Tokyo starts getting fantastic right around your introduction to him.

(Well, the intro to Tokyo where you see Sarah again and meet the tank commander was also great, in a dark, dark way. But I just wasn’t all that impressed with Gozen and, despite loving the Illuminati, really didn’t like Inbeda.)

That said, I may still never forgive Kiyota for that moonwalking mission…

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Paragon Lost

I played all three factions pretty extensively and while interesting the Dragon Faction was never really my cup of tea. I’m always about learning as much about a game world as possible which is why I ended up playing all three factions.

The most enjoyable one for me was the Illuminati, my wife and I frequently caught ourselves laughing rather loudly by Illuminati stuff. Though one can never get enough of the Orochi Group, one part red-shirts, one part comedy gold and two parts horror show.

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Sleepy

Love their costumes, hate everything else about them :)

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BalsBigBrother

All being well this is the faction I will be playing in Legends for the simple reason I haven’t played TSW as a Dragon yet and well it would be rude not to at least give them a chance :-)

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TheDonDude

I have to admit I’ve never really gotten the Dragon faction. Ok, they’re all about chaos and letting things unfold as it they will. Ok… why? Are they just there to amuse themselves? What’s their goal, exactly?
It just doesn’t seem like the sort of philosophy that I can sink my teeth into.

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Nathan Aldana

the short explanation is the Dragons are scientists. They test their extensive chaos theory models by introducing random variables (read” people like you) into situations and reading the data that results, with an eye on eventually learning how to control reality by understanding its mechanics.

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Bruno Brito

Keep in mind, they also use the chaos stuff to keep their plans out of prying eyes. The Illuminati and Templar have huge issues dealing with Dragons, because they’re seemingly too damn chaotic.

The Illuminati can’t figure out how they work, because too many independent cells, and the Templar are more into “fight first, ask later” which doesn’t help with the Dragon’s ways of setting groups worldwide.

The Dragon is completely orderly. Chaos is just the way they seemingly work.

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Koshelkin

Actually the Dragon is about finding order in chaos and manipulating seemingly unconnected events to influence another. Hence the mention of the “Butterfly Theory”. ~The wind generated by the wings of a butterfly can trigger a storm. 2 seemingly unconnected events which still have a causal connection.

The research of the Dragon is aimed at an absolute understanding of the world to increase their ability to manipulate events in their favour. As for the other factions it’s all about power and influence. They want to catch everyone in their net of ultimative intrigue.

It’s always funny to read that the Dragon is about chaos. It’s absolutely the contrary.

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Matthew Yetter

Yeah, definitely not so much chaos as knowing how to use the least amount of pressure to get the greatest outcome. Like the martial arts master that can drop you with a single, well placed finger tap. Let the other factions make a big show of their power. The Dragon knows that real power is in being the puppet master that gets what he wants without ever being seen at all.

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Bruno Brito

“The Dragon knows that real power is in being the puppet master that gets what he wants without ever being seen at all.”

True. Except, that’s the Illuminati.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Yeah Bruno. Templar is barely hidden, Illuminati is more hidden, but in plain sight, but Dragon is the most hidden OR most exposed as whatever fits their intentions. Oh an agent caught? That was completely desired.

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Koshelkin

The real grey eminence of the secret world. The Dragon.

My faction of choice for Legends. (honestly it’s mainly because of the outfits as the story doesn’t and probably won’t change alot anymore no matter what faction you pick.)

If you dig into the Lore, though, the Dragon is a wonderfully multi-faceted and interesting faction. They are the most scientific, calculating of the factions. Thus it’s the faction I can most relate to.

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