Dragons are a powerful and WIDELY varied race, creatures of legends, stories, and magic. Some doubt their existense, and others outright say they don’t believe, but in the back of everyone’s mind there is a powerful fascination in the beings. Every god looks upon the creatures with amazement and possibly a bit of fear, and quite often dragons are revered as gods themselves.
There are many different types of dragon: Chromatic, Metallic, Imperial, Primal, Gem, Planar and more, however here we’ll be going over the Dragonborn and Spellscales.
Noble. Draconic. Nearly every description of a dragonborn includes those two words. So thoroughly has a dragonborn physically transformed that only the framework of her former appearance remains. Dragonborn are always slightly bigger than most other members of their original race. Their very appearance gives an impression of virtuous purpose. Dragonborn carry themselves with good deportment, seeing themselves as humanoid representations of noble dragonkind. When a dragonborn walks into an inn, patrons’ heads turn and eyes stare. What they see is well worth a second glance.
They are humanoid shaped dragons, bearing the colored scales of the dragon they were or are most like. Evil Dragonborn exist in the chromatic scheme most often.
Dragonborn live as paragons; living examples to others, taking up the mantle of guardian much more willingly than any other race. They aren’t often found with other dragonborn, though they are more often found among true dragons, or their original race, acting as ambassadors and emissaries between intelligent dragons and the other races. They hunt down evil dragons and creatures.
That said, it is possible for evil dragons to force the transformation upon themselves, Black, Blue and Red variations being the most common that do so, wreaking havoc and terror with their access to a new type of power, however, evil dragons don’t often want to do such things, seeing the Dragonborn form as weak and inferior. Younger dragons however will seek to take on this form with it’s promises of power and seeking the power to slay good dragons as an antipaladin.
Among the humanoid races, spellscales are the most creative, experimental, and varied. Most generalities about spellscales collapse under examination, because each spellscale displays a unique philosophy and behavior. What’s most true of them as a group is that these dragonblood humanoids have a very strong racial inclination toward sorcery. It has long been known that many sorcerers have dragon blood in their veins. For the majority of these individuals, their spellcasting abilities are often the only hint of their draconic heritage, but sometimes the evidence is clearer.Occasionally, when two humanoid sorcerers produce a child, the infant displays decidedly draconic features and physiology. The child is, in fact, a spellscale rather than a member of either of the parents’ races.In much more rare instances, a sorcerer of great power produces such a child by mating with someone who is not a sorcerer. To those who believe that some (or all) sorcerers have draconic heritage, these children are strong evidence of the theory’s truth—if such a child’s draconic characteristics did not come from the sorcerer, then how else to account for them?In certain situations, a spellscale infant might arouse speculation about the mother’s having mated with a dragon and might be misidentiﬁed as a half-dragon. Spellscales are, however, a distinct race. They breed true among themselves and almost never interbreed with other humanoids. In such an odd instance, any child produced is a full-blooded spellscale.
Spellscales exhibit all the best characteristics of dragons in a compact humanoid form. Their skin, formed of lus-trous scales, comes in a wide variety of hues, including nearly every color of the rainbow. No spellscale is merely one color, but each displays a rich spectrum of variants on his main color. A spellscale who is primarily green might have patterns of a deeper, forest green over his body,ﬁngernails and toenails of a slightly lighter green, and eye ridges and nostrils that are a deep greenish aquamarine. The coloration is complex, making a spellscale look much more elegant than other scaled humanoids such as kobolds or lizardfolk. Spellscales dress eccentrically, but their effusive charm enables them to create pleasing looks. The fashions and stylings they use are clearly and purposefully unconventional. Every aspect of dressing is a variable that spellscales experiment with.
“One cannot understand the concept of free-spiritedness unless one has met a spellscale.”
Spellscales place a strong emphasis on the individual, even above the community. They hold self realization as a major motivation. The world offers so much to experience, to learn, and to feel. Spellscale philosophy states that, since every individual occupies a unique physical place in the universe, no two individuals can ever have exactly the same experience.Everyone stands in a different place, making his angle of perception different from that of every other. Spellscales extend this philosophy of unique placement to the social, emotional, and intellectual dimensions. The differing vantage points of each individual are what make him or her unique. Spellscales value these differences and explore them both through their daily meditations and through seeking a diversity of actions and experiences. They call this “following one’s blood.”