I regret to inform you that someone has stolen this amazing work and posted it as their own content: Dragon lair. They are selling it via the prints center here on site. I would recommend filing a DMCA takedown notice to the site: help.deviantart.com/dmca
it reminds me a lot of the D&D red dragon. not that that's a bad thing, that is the best of their dragon designs, imo. and it's obviously not the same, just similar. yours has a thicker body, and a different head design.
"SO, WHO WOULD IT BE THAT AWAKEN ME FROM MY SLUMBER? ONE WHO SEEKS TO SPEAK WITH ME, OR SEEKS TO BE BURNT TO ASHES?"
"Pardon my intrusion into your domain, great wyrm. All I seek is your counsel. It had been said that you are a keeper of knowledge, that wisdom is your hoard as much as gold and silver, and that none surpasses you in either field. There are many before who had came to you for answers as I do now."
"AND SO IT IS TRUE, THOUGH THIS I RARELY BOAST. YOU SEEK ME FOR THE WISDOM, BUT LIKE ALL WEALTH IN THE WORLD, KNOWLEDGE CANNOT BE FREELY GIVEN - IT MUST EITHER BE EARNED, SEIZED, OR PURCHASED."
"What must I do for answers to the perils I need to solve?"
"I HAVE NOTHING WHICH YOU CAN DO FOR ME TO EARN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU SEEK, AND TRYING TO SEIZE IT WILL EARN YOU THE SAME FATE AS COUNTLESS BEFORE WHO TRIED - TO END THEIR DAYS INSIDE ME, EATEN ALIVE. FOR MY WISDOM, YOU MUST PURCHASE, AND MY TOLL IS HEAVY INDEED."
"What price must I pay?"
"THAT QUESTION MEANS MORE TO YOU THAN I. BEFORE YOU ASK ME, ASK YOURSELF; JUST HOW TRULY IMPORTANT IS THE KNOWLEDGE YOU SEEK? WHAT PRICE ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY FOR IT?"
It befits the dragon ever so perfectly, emphasizing their strength, power and wisdom. They are no less than true rulers. Kings. Gods.
And it is so appropriate for the dragon to be perhaps giving some of the best advice one can give to a lesser being. Advice in the form of the question: What are you willing to sacrifice to get what you want? And is it worth it?