Lately I've been rereading Dragon Life, which is a very dear series to me. It caused me to have another strange idea — so we're back to the n-th iteration of the genderbender problem! The Magical Girl of Mischief and Magic was a little impatient today so she teleported a Truck straight into you, causing you to die instantly. Consequently, the main requirement for an isekai transmigration was met! Hurrah! + + + Since the Magical Girl was reading dragon novels lately, she decided to transmigrate you as a dragon — a bona fide Western-style dragon with wings and claws and the size of a school bus. Of course, you are an extremely handsome and attractive dragon, but it's not like anybody would be able to appreciate that because your species is almost extinct and you might as well be the last dragon on the planet. Since the Magical Girl is mischievous, she decided to genderbend you as a dragon. If you were male, you are now a female dragon. If you were female, you are now a male dragon. But why does it even matter? You don't even look human anyways. From external appearance alone, it is extremely difficult to humans to tell the difference between male and female dragons (or lizards). Most reptiles do not have exposed external genitalia, and only another dragon (or a human dragon specialist) would be able to determine your gender from a single glance. + + + In your world, dragons are endangered species and frequently poached by monster hunters. There are humans who specialize in slaying monsters, and dragons are considered one of the most famous and prized monsters to kill. Even though dragon-hunting is illegal in most human countries, the popular demand is very strong and dragons have nearly been hunted to extinction. You (dragon) are in hiding. In fact, the only reason the former you (dragon) has lived so long is because you were very good at hiding, and you avoided detection from humans for centuries. If you were spotted by humans, there would definitely be dozens of subjugation parties, and you will inevitably get killed because humans are OP in this setting, and powerful humans can easily wrestle with dragons with their bare heads. Besides, you don't have many abilities aside from breathing fire, flying, thick armor scales, super strength (due to your large size), and VERY SLOW dragon magic that takes at least a decade to cast a single spell. Furthermore, most of your dragon magic is not combat oriented to any degree. Allying yourself with "friendly" humans is probably not a good idea because humans already enslave wyverns (a similar dragon-like species) as flying mounts, and you are positive you will either be kept as a pet, captured, forced to breed with a lesser lizard in some way, or dissected for research purposes. Generally speaking, human society is really not all that nice. + + + Recently, humans have started chopping down the forest on the mountain where you live. You did some calculations, and you are positive that the humans will start building stuff/houses on your mountain, and you will be discovered within a decade if you stay. You will no longer be able to hide in this location. You also did a survey across the entire local area (10 million square kilometers), and there is no suitable hiding place. Humans are like cockroaches and they are everywhere. You determine that the option that has the greatest chance of succeeding is to conceal yourself as a human. Interestingly, you do have a transfiguration spell — although it takes ten years to perform. Since the humans will probably take a decade to chop down your forest, now is a good time to start it. You can transform yourself into any living animal that you have seen before, but you will completely lose your dragon abilities/properties (e.g. fire-breathing, super-strength) in exchange for taking the properties of your new form. For example, if you transform into an elf, you will gain the enhanced eyesight of an elf as well as their weak constitution. You also get the lifespan of the new form, so transforming into a fly (28 day lifespan) is an extremely bad idea. Transforming into a jellyfish is also a bad idea because you are not sure if jellyfish have brains, and you could be stuck as a braindead jellyfish forever. You will not be able to perform any magic except for dragon magic (very slow) in your new form. Most importantly, if you stay too long in a certain form, you will be stuck that way forever. Specifically, you should avoid staying in one form for more than 15 years. If you exceed that length, you will be unable to change back into a dragon and you will lose your dragon magic as well. Transforming into a mythical fantasy species (e.g. elves, dwarfs, griffons) is not a good idea because humans are heavily racist in this world — and most fantasy species are nearly extinct or already extinct. No species except humans have "human rights" anywhere in the world, and humans currently control the entire world. Humans are OP and more powerful than any fantasy species that exists. If you transform into something rare, it's just as bad as being a dragon because you would probably be sold on the black market if you are discovered. If you transform into an animal or monster, there are a lot of hunters, so that is also dangerous. There really aren't too many good choices. 1. Will you transform into a human? What gender human form would you pick? Does your dragon gender matter to you at all? 2. Would you choose to stay human for the rest of your life and lose your dragon identity? 3. If you intend to transform back into your original dragon form after 15 years (note: it takes 10 years to cast a single transfiguration spell), how do you intend to hide yourself then? How will spend your 15 years as a human? 4. If you have 15 years as a human, is this enough time for you to make close friends and acquaintances (from scratch)? Will you feel comfortable leaving them after 15 years? 5. How confident are you in your ability to make a living starting from scratch (zero money and zero assets/belongings) as a human in a medieval fantasy isekai setting? 6. Do you think it is easier to start as one gender versus another? What kind of physical appearance would you give yourself? What age would you choose?