Dragon crests are what appear to be engravings of dragons carved into and out of Ancient architecture. Although not common throughout the series, their presence is usually significant in some way. In Panzer Dragoon Zwei, Lundi found one of these crests inside the Ancient ship, Shelcoof. In Panzer Dragoon Saga, Edge found more than one dragon crest, including one inside the ruins at the start of the game, one inside the downed airship Shelcoof (the same crest that Lundi saw), which contained a baby dragon, and one in the Forest of Zoah. Players have to go back in time to where the story began in order to understand the significance of these dragon crests. In the context of the wider story, it is unclear if they had any purpose beyond being present merely for aesthetic reasons.
Dragon Crests in Panzer Dragoon Zwei
When Lagi left Lundi after Shelcoof no longer posed a threat to the world and the two went their separate ways, Lundi explored the wrecked Shelcoof and during his search found Lagi’s stone cold body. That is according to his journal found in Panzer Dragoon Saga describing the event. Lundi assumed Lagi would regain his strength one day and take to the skies again in a new body. The Panzer Dragoon Zwei normal endings that players watch just by finishing the game without shooting everything down, however, paint a slightly different picture.
Lundi explored the downed Shelcoof to find its halls inhabited by nothing but silence. Somehow, because the partially destroyed ship had been drained of power, its arsenal of bio-weapons had become powerless along with it.
Lundi’s lengthy exploration was interrupted upon reaching a spacious hallway in the centre of the shipwreck and beholding a huge engraving in the distance with pipes that coil around it. The artifact was so big that it was more than adequate for the task of making Lundi look small in comparison to the strange artefact he had discovered.
As the camera draws closer to the strange device hanging high on the wall, something familiar in turn draws the attention of players. Lundi’s gaze gradually moved up the surface of the artefact towards a red circular cavity.
Lundi looked up at something he evidently saw as out of place because his facial expression became locked in complete shock; he could not believe what he was seeing. The camera turned around and zoomed in to take a closer look so players can see what Lundi was so surprised to see with their own eyes.
Players/viewers see what has startled Lundi so effortlessly. A crest, or in other words, a carved engraving that depicts Lagi as whatever form the dragon assumed when players finished the game. Because the crest will depict whichever dragon players completed the game with depending on their performance (these are all the different crests seen in each of Panzer Dragoon Zwei’s normal endings), the image was most certainly of the dragon himself, and no other. It appeared to Lundi as if the makers of the ship had not just met a dragon before, but his dragon in particular, or that the dragon had somehow formed the crest himself.
The dragon crest was certainly massive enough to house the dragon’s body, although the crest could also be an ancient artwork of the dragon. The moment Lundi beheld the dragon crest with his own two eyes, he exclaimed “Lagi”. Many fans believe that Lundi thought he was seeing an image of Lagi himself here. Even though it seems to the naked eye to be a giant engraving of whatever dragon form Lagi assumed at the time when players finish the game, Lundi’s journal does state that he still found Lagi inside the ship somewhere “stone cold” asleep as if he was resting until fully rested to regain his lost energy. Lagi could have been resting here or found somewhere else that players were not shown in the Zwei endings, but Lundi does not reveal this in his diaries.
The ominous green light a typical mutant coolia emits is also depicted in the engraving on the dragon’s throat, making the crest almost seem as if it is alive. Gash said that folklore can be twisted to trick people into fearing their saviours, and contrary to what they were told, the people of Elpis were wrong to fear this dragon (in the context of Panzer Dragoon Zwei). In the case of the dragon saviour, the green light was only ominous for the dragon’s enemies.
While the normal endings revealed what happened at the end of Panzer Dragoon Zwei to some extent, Epilogue D, the ending that reveals the fate of the Type 01 blue dragon, is considered to be the game’s true ending because it is the hardest to unlock (Epilogue “D” seems to be a deliberate name given to the ending that reveals the dragon’s true fate). The true ending cinematic shows us an altogether different engraving/image/crest of a dragon at the very end somewhat resembling the Type 01 dragon, which is in fact the only dragon crest to reappear in Panzer Dragoon Saga.
Panzer Dragoon Zwei’s true ending, and Sestren’s fourth memory orb in which the Type 01 Solo Wing dragon is shown fighting the Guardian Dragon of Shelcoof, provide anyone with all the proof they need to confirm that Lagi morphed into the Type 01 armoured Blue Dragon (the default form of the Solo Wing dragon) at the end of Panzer Dragoon Zwei. The orb, which looks back at the events of Panzer Dragoon Zwei through the all seeing eye of Sestren, shows us how the final confrontation with Shelcoof and its minions really ended. It also shows Lundi seeing two crests inside Shelcoof: the Sky Dart crest and the Solo Wing crest, but this may have been mistake on Team Andromeda’s part rather than an indicator that two crests existed within the ship.
Dragon Crests in Panzer Dragoon Saga
At the start of Panzer Dragoon Saga, Edge saw a dragon crest on the wall of the bottom floor of the ruins. Edge described this dragon crest as, “a finely crafted engraving of a dragon”, although it is possible he mistook the crest as a mere artistic engraving rather than more than just an engraving. It is unclear what the function of this dragon crest was, although fans have speculated that it may be linked to the origin of the dragon whom Edge encountered shortly afterwards.
Edge’s dragon eventually gained access to an area of the remains of Shelcoof called the Genesis Chamber. A spirit/hologram form of the Blue Dragon led Edge and his dragon into the chamber and here they found another crest that was identical to the one shown in Panzer Dragoon Zwei’s Epilogue D. If Edge’s dragon destroys the crest, it releases a baby dragon almost as if it was trying to break free all along. The Type 01 dragon crest could be a symbol of the most powerful dragon created by the Ancients, serving as both a reminder and a warning of its unrivaled power. That might explain why the crest reappears time and time again.
The Solo Wing crest Edge finds is located in a much smaller room than the hallway containing the dragon crest Lundi is witnessed seeing in any of the game’s normal endings (a hallway so huge that anyone would hardly believe it was inside a ship). It’s possible that there were two separate crests present inside Shelcoof, or perhaps the different scale of the room was an oversight by the game designers. It remains an unsolved mystery; there is no telling what was considered actual canon from previous games and what was subject to change.
If Edge’s dragon evolves into the Light Wing by collecting all the dragon units found scattered across the Continent, the dragon’s laser ranks become powerful enough to unlock everything in the game. If players return to the Forest of Zoah, they can find the remnants of an Ancient building called the “Red Ruins”. If players have the baby dragon (that was previously found inside Shelcoof) with them while inside these ruins, they can find an Ancient device that once activated will reveal itself to be a dragon crest floating and spinning in mid-air. Edge’s dragon starts spinning towards the crest soon after, towing the baby dragon along with him, and the two merge to become the Solo Wing dragon.