I made this character design for CDChallenges Dragon rider challenge! I started by looking into depictions of dragons throughout the ages and in different cultures, plus brainstorming ideas i associated with dragons. I liked the idea of dragons in the desert, but that also ment that i couldn't throw my character in a full suit of dragon armor, because of the heat. I tried to make a design that protected the most vital areas, while still being wearable in hot weather. Her back is exposed, but as a sniper, i expect her to find places where only her front would ever be in danger of getting hit (if any places at all).
I imagine the dragon tail bone, bound around her waist, is a status symbol - showing off the remains of the biggest dragon you have slain!