Have one of dragons fly and stomp around the fields trying to destroy a said race city (Destiny’s Edge,Black Citadel,The Grove,Hoelbrank,and supposedly Rata Sum) while the players are slashing and shooting him then a cycle of events happen when the ships surround the dragon and are charging up lasers and cannonswhile the players distract the dragon(as soon as the dragon’s stunned or fallen over,the players finish him off).
Perhaps the players couldn’t actually damage the dragon,but rather slow him down or even stun him while more advanced weapons get charged up and pick off some of his health.Maybe the dragon could have the chance to fly off after the encounter.
The Elder Dragons are supposed to be incredibly powerful being (obviously). They’re described to be the size of mountains, they have the power to corrupt life in all its forms, they have the power to literally reshape the face of the world. For such a supposedly powerful being to be poked to death by swords…well, that’s just silly. That would make complete jokes of this game’s antagonists. For that reason, I really hope we never actually fight them directly. The alternatives, super spells, airship batteries, etc. aren’t exactly great writing, but they’re league better than a band of adventurers shopping down a dragon the size of a castle with Hundred Blades.