Dragons & Deities
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- – -Worldview
- – -Interactions with other races
- – - – - -Goliath
- – - – - -Kobolds
- – - – - -Mer
- – - – - -Shardmind
- – - – - -Wood Elves
- – -Interactions with other dragons
- – -Communication
- – -Hoards
- – -Black
- – -Blue
- – -Brown
- – -Gray
- – -Green
- – -Purple
- – -Red
- – -White
- – -Adamantine
- – -Brass
- – -Bronze
- – -Cobalt
- – -Copper
- – -Gold
- – -Iron
- – -Mercury
- – -Mithral
- – -Orium
- – -Silver
- – -Steel
Dragons are an ancient race said to have helped shape the world itself. Their kind have seen the rise and fall of many civilizations and many other races, but have remained a constant force in the world. They are secretive creatures by nature, and most interact little with outside races. Interactions with other dragons is often over territorial disputes or mating. Their massive size and impressive power have captivated the minds of scholars for eons.
Dragons are inherently arrogant creatures. Even the most benevolent dragon looks down on other races and sees themselves as a superior life form. They see other mortal races as weak or petty, and their minuscule lifespan doesn’t help. To understand dragons, you must understand that they view non-dragons as the other civilized races view animals. A kind dragon may go out of its way to not be cruel, but it still will see no qualms in taking their life or possessions. This also extends to members of their own kind, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say each dragon believes the world revolves around it.
They also find solitary to be the natural way of life. Even mating dragons in love will only spend a handful of years together every few decades. Dragons are very territorial and would rather live alone than with companions. Sometimes dragons are able to co-exist within the same territory, but only if they live in different conditions. This lack of interaction also leads to dragons not having an overarching culture or any sort of coherent society. In theory, they would be capable of such a thing and so they are still categorized as a civilized race.
As a whole, Chromatic dragons are greedy and predatory. They are zealous over matters of territory and hoards, and are quick to come to blows over problems. Chromatic dragons are naturally more inclined to malevolence.
*Interactions with other races
As mentioned above, dragons find themselves superior to other races. This supremacist idea is different from the common idea of human supremacy though, as dragons simply do not care about other races. There are always exceptions either way, a dragon may desire to wipe out life in an area and another may want to protect it. But, as a general rule, dragons find other races boring and would rather ignore them.
The goliath of Vrant have been at odds with gray dragons for generations. Goliath are able to look even a large gray dragon in the eyes, as they are much smaller than other chromatic varieties. Both the goliath of Vrant and the gray dragons are nomadic by nature, and there is much tension between the races as both see themselves as the rightful possessors of the land. Gray dragons devastate clans of goliath on a regular basis, and goliath clans can track a single dragon in hopes of catching it unaware for months. Both races are very skilled at similar things, and so they’re locked in a stalemate with no indication of when their feud will end.
Kobolds are small humanoid creatures with draconic features. They worship dragons and often choose one to serve under. Most dragons chose to ignore them, yet allow the kobolds to bring them food and riches. Sometimes a young dragon will actively seek out kobolds to worship it and use them as an element of protection for their lair and hoard. Generally speaking, kobolds are to dragons as bees are to people. Most recognize their usefulness, some find them a complete nuisance, and other go out of their way to cultivate their following.
Black dragons used to inhabit the Ys Islands, and mer legend says that black dragons would take the form of mortals and breed with fish. From this union came the mer, violent and cruel creatures with the upper body of a humanoid and lower body of a fish. It is unknown whether this legend is true or not, but many mer and black dragons take it as truth. Black dragons have a strange sort of respect for mer, and the few that remain near the Ys islands feel kinship with the mer. Both races have a pact, and have promised to not harm one of the other races; a strange thing for both.
As the only other civilized race to have an extremely prolonged life span, dragons have a sort of respect for shardmind. Dragons still see them as inferior, but recognize that their race has shaped many civilizations. Some white dragons even offer protection to powerful shardmind in exchange for a lavish lair and comfortable life.
Wood Elves have had a long past with green dragons. As a variety of dragon that enjoys meddling in mortal life, green dragons have taken a specific interest in wood elves as they have shared the same forests for millennia. Elven cities in Arbor are often centered around a great tree, and there is typically a green dragon associated with that tree as its protector. When new cities are created, a green dragon may gift one of its eggs and a Great Oak sapling to the wood elves as a good will gesture.
*Interactions with other dragons
Dragons typically do not interact nor share the same territory, exception being when two dragons are raising a clutch. Some dragons will reluctantly accept a slight overlap in territory if they are of different varieties, but even the smallest sliver of land could potentially lead to bloody altercations.
Fights more commonly occur over hoards though. There are dragons that would jump at the chance to take another’s hoard if they thought they had above average chances at success. As dragons, particularly chromatic dragons, are greedy creatures by nature this is not well received. Even accusations of attempting to take another dragon’s hoard may cause lifelong disputes between dragons, and some dragons will hunt down those that steal to protect their own hoards.
Between families of dragons, such as chromatic and metallic, there is little interaction beyond violence. They see each other as rivals, and think that the other dragon family is far inferior to their own. Cooperation between a chromatic and metallic dragon do not exist. Even varieties of dragons, such as black and blue, find others inferior. However, chromatic or metallic dragons will rarely fight others of their family solely based on the variety of dragon. Finally, each individual dragon finds itself superior to all others. A younger dragon may recognize that an older dragon has more power, but they believe that their power will be more potent as they age.
Dragons are the original creatures of the draconic language, and the first of their kind created the first written script. This is something that dragons are very proud of, although you’ll find little written by actual dragons.
Among other dragons, dragons speak draconic but also use their body language to communicate. The depth of communication between dragons can never be fully comprehended by other mortal races because there is nothing known on draconic body language. Sometimes dragons don’t even fully understand the body language of other varieties. Red dragons, for example, utilize the frills on the sides of their necks and many other varieties of dragons lack this.
Communication between dragons and other races is often difficult. Few dragons have telepathic abilities, and such abilities among other races are limited to shardmind and psions. If most dragons were to speak aloud in draconic, the eardrums and possibly even heads of the other races would rupture. This is due to the nature rumble and intense vibrations a dragon’s voice carries. Dragons must have extreme control over their vocal cords and speak in whispers as to not hurt mortals. Dragonborn are the only non-dragon race to be able to withstand a dragon’s true voice.
Young dragons would be unlikely to kill with their voice alone, but it would be an easy task for an ancient dragon. Nearly all dragons view murder this way as distasteful, dishonorable, and unintelligent. Most dragons are able to attune their voices to the structure of other mortal races, and communicate that way.
Chromatic dragons are known for the hoards they keep. Some varieties of dragons are drawn to hoarding specific things, but each dragon’s hoard is unique. Some dragons don’t even hoard physical items. Below are examples of hoards that one might find.
Black Often organic items: Skulls, corpses, fungi, fish
Blue Victories, kobolds, rocks, birds, feathers
Brown Seemingly “worthless” items: Chalices (Sylius), animals, books, cacti, blown glass
Gray Tokens & trophies from hunts: bones, skulls, fabrics, pelts
Green Items from nature: Flowers, trees, seeds
Purple Precious gems or metals, rocks, fish, bioluminescent organics
Red Animals, magic items, fear, fire, candles
White Precious gems or metals, jewelry, magic items, mirrors
also called skull dragons and swamp dragons
Black dragons are perhaps the most malicious chromatic dragons. They are cruel and find pleasure in the hunt, enjoying the pain they inflict. Less honor bound than most other dragons, black dragons do not care under what circumstances they defeat their enemies as long as their pain brings them satisfaction.
Black dragons are also seen as cowardly by other dragons due to their nature to lie in wait and ambush their prey. They also are not averse to retreating from battle if they cease to be amused or if they feel they cannot win.
Swamps are the most common place to find a black dragon, and they prefer to feed on sentient creatures and find fey creatures to be a delicacy. The bulk of their diet consists of large creatures found in swamps, such as alligators, and black dragons are known to let their prey rot before eating it.
When compared to other dragons, black dragons can be more seen as giant amphibians with wings. Their bodies are low and close to the ground, and can absorb oxygen in the water through their skin. They are rather unintelligent and have little motive in life beyond inflicting pain. To the horror of other types of dragons, they also are notably unable to fly well. Instead, black dragons prefer to swim and are rather adept at doing so.
Black dragons spit acid and have a distinct, putrid stench.
also called storm dragons
Blue dragons are incredibly prideful creatures, even more so than other dragons. They take extreme pride in the power they wield, and will take any chance to show off their abilities. Fights are often initiated to prove that they can do so, rather than a desire for the results. Insults against these dragons can be tolerated to an extent, but a blue dragon will never allow a creature to insinuate that it is weak or inferior.
As a result of their nature, blue dragons are prone to picking fights over anything. They are quick to start territorial disputes, regardless of if they find their current territory to their satisfaction or not. However, blue dragons can be agreeable neighbors if their territorial claims are respected. Some even enjoy living near humanoid settlements, especially if they have the chance to order around lesser races. Blue dragons are the most receptive to kobold followers, and enjoy the opportunity to command others
However, blue dragons will only consider a territory anything more than temporary if it is suitably stormy. Many blue dragons choose live in coastal areas, but anything that is often assailed by storms suits its needs.
Blue dragons have slightly reflective scales, allowing them to blend into the sky well. Their horns and brow ridge also are shaped to keep water away from their eyes in precipitation, giving them an advantage in poor weather. The wings of a blue dragon are flexible and sturdy, unlikely to tear in harsh winds, and they are well suited to gliding.
Blue dragons can generate bolts of lightning.
Brown dragons are relatively lax creatures, preferring to live easy lives of little conflict. Should adventurers come to their lair looking for a fight, a brown dragon may just offer them an item from their hoard and shoo them out. They find little point in fighting over territory, and will only come to blows with other dragons if desperate.
The only thing greater than their love of a relaxed life is their love of food. Brown dragons take great pleasure in eating, and prefer to eat well and eat often. This love may take some dragons out of their comfort zones in search of new tastes. A brown dragon may even suddenly take a bite of a new species in combat. Others see this as an intimidation tactic, but it is merely part of their strange gastronomical compulsion.
Their odd wing structure is intended to help them swim through sand and earth, but they are completely capable of flying through the air as well. Some brown dragons may allow their scales to become tarnished or scarred to allow better camouflage.
Brown dragons exhale screaming storms of sand and prefer desert climates.
also called fang dragons, stone dragons, and spike dragons
Gray dragons are odd chromatic dragons, lacking the distinctive coloring that others have. They spend much time away from their lairs, and many are considered nomadic. This is due to their love of the hunt. They do not particularly enjoy the inflicting of pain like black dragons, but overall have a fondness of the pursuit and its fruits. Even when receiving gifts from or negotiating with humanoid, a gray dragon may suddenly wish to play a game, giving the creature a head start before pursuing its new prey.
They do not always act this way though, and are negotiable. Some gray dragons may even act as field scouts or spies for powerful people. They find the service itself payment enough, as the pursuit is all they desire. Don’t enlist a gray dragon to bring back a live bounty though, as they wish to bring their hunt to completion.
Gray dragons are seen as the cousin to black dragons, but are much more intelligent and “dragon-like” than them. Like black dragons, gray dragons can breathe acid. Theirs, however, is a thick, oozing sludge that causes petrification.
Stony spikes line gray dragons’ limbs and scales, and these spikes can detach to pin prey. They also have a bizarre number of fangs even even horns protruding from their lower jaw to pry open their petrified prey. Gray Dragons are the smallest variety of chromatic dragon, although they tend to be the heaviest as well.
Green dragons are conniving beasts, skilled at manipulation and incredibly cunning. They are instinctively deceptive, and gain more amusement from tricking its prey into offering itself for dinner rather than an actual hunt. They value intelligence and skill, something that sets them apart from many of the more brutish dragons.
These dragons enjoy interfering in humanoid life in all sorts of ways. Some terrorize populations into obedience and others dabble in political or mercantile pursuits. Few dragons do this with an overarching plan in mind, and instead savor the process. All in all, green dragons enjoy being able to stretch their wits.
Green dragons prefer to live in areas with thick vegetation. Their viridian scales are helpful for camouflage, and some dragons even grow moss on their hides. They have a prominent nose spike and two sets of horns on the side of their head used for navigating through foliage.
Green dragons breathe poison gas.
also called as deep dragons
Most surface creatures have little to no knowledge of the existence of purple dragons. They live deep underground in the hollows of the earth and almost never emerge. Similar to green dragons, purple dragons often enjoy manipulating what they deem as lesser creatures. This trait is overshadowed by their innate desire to explore.
Purple dragons may negotiate with underground peoples if they feel that the people can offer valuable information, and they prove to be great temporary allies. They also have allied with undead such as wraiths and laid eggs within the protective reach of these allies.
Their diet consists of fish in subterranean seas and rivers, although they are known to feast on sentient underground creatures on occasion. Their bodies are long and serpent like, giving them more dexterity and grace than their bulkier cousins. Purple dragons are also notably cat-like.
Purple dragons breathe a psychotropic vapor that impairs cognitive ability.
also called flame dragons, fire wyrms, and mountain dragons
When stories of old spin tales of dragons kidnapping maidens and laying waste to kingdoms, they generally refer to red dragons. These beasts exemplify the most iconic dragon traits, and are predators through and through. They are voracious, consuming far more than necessary, and believe treasures belong to those strong enough to seize it. Not only that but they are arrogant beyond belief, believing themselves the pinnacle of draconic perfection.
Red dragons do not forgive and do not forget. They start fights over the smallest territorial intrusion or insult, and do not let slights go for centuries. Their rage is legendary, and only epic hoards of wealth are enough to cool that rage. Their anger is not mindless though, as they are master strategists.
They live their life by honor, and would never back down from a fight once it is started. Lowering oneself to eating anything but meat that is hunted or given as tribute is horrendous, and many would rather starve than eat plants or inorganics.
The largest of all chromatic dragons, red dragons are imposing creatures. Their scales do not blend in with their territory, and they like it that way. On the sides of a red dragon’s head are frills, used for aiding in hearing and communication among their own kind.
Red dragons breathe fire and like to live on top of mountains, preferably near volcanoes.
also called ice dragons or glacial wyrms
White dragons have an undeserved reputation as dull, stupid creatures. They simply tend to care little about intricate schemes or political power, and prefer to live their days as a hunter or treasure collector. They often rely on instinct rather than intellect, and live in the moment rather than plan their future. White dragons also lack the brutality or cunning of some of their cousins, but are masters of their territory. They know how to efficiently hunt and kill, but few relish in either.
Chromatic dragons are known for their impressive hoards, but none have more spectacular hoards than white dragons. The hoard of a white dragon is the stuff of legends, filled with rare gems and powerful magic items. They don’t often hoard a specific thing like many of their cousins, but instead hoard anything they come across. The easiest way to make peace with a white dragon, is to offer it goods for its hoard. Try to take something from a white dragon, and you’ll find yourself hunted down for the rest of your life.
A white dragon’s body is structured to help them navigate icy terrain. Their legs are large and stocky, and their claws are widely spaced and barbed. These physical features don’t hinder a white dragon’s mobility though, as they are just as agile as any other chromatic dragon. They also have a thin membrane stretching over their eyes to protect them from harsh lights that could reflect off of ice or snow.
Metallic dragons are seen as the opposite of chromatic dragons. Many have ideals of nobility and virtue, but there are also those that succumb to the selfishness often seen in chromatic dragons. They are typically larger and more powerful than their chromatic cousins, and have longer lifespans.
also called cave dragons
Like purple dragons, adamantine dragons are little known on the surface world. They are not exceptionally intelligent, but are much smarter than people would presume. Adamantine dragons are highly territorial, and may kill intruders without question. The occasional adamantine dragon may not necessarily be hostile if travelers are respectful and quick. Some may even form treaties with its neighbors. However, the slightest insult is enough to trigger an attack from these brutish creatures.
Adamantine dragons are seen as the metallic counterpart to purple dragons, as both prefer the same territory. They often pick fights with purple dragons, and are much stronger (assuming comparable age). Purple dragons, however, are smarter and wilier than their metallic cousins which evens the playing ground.
Their diet consists of large amounts of small prey, as larger game is often unavailable below ground. They enjoy the taste of giant insects and spiders, but are not too picky. Adamantine dragons prefer not to eat sentient prey, but won’t turn it down if it’s the best thing available.
These dragons are a dark metallic hue and are often mistaken for black dragons by those that don’t know better. They share few common traits besides color with black dragons though. Their scales protrude in a bladelike fashion, and can be ruffled like feathers. Their jaws vaguely resemble beaks, and they have rows of spines running down their lithe bodies.
Brass dragons are a weaker variety of metallic dragon, but they are still creatures to be wary of. They have a strong inclination to mercenary work, and will agree to serve as guardians or battle-champions for those willing to pay. Most rigorously fulfill their end of the deal, but brass dragons always consider what is in the deal for them. If they find the end not suitable or too dangerous, they have no qualm with breaking the deal.
They are curious and placid creatures, slow to anger and talkative with lesser races. In battle, they rarely fight dirty or with vengeance and beaten enemies are often allowed to retreat. They still take offense at disrespectful behavior, but are more likely to leave than lash out violently.
Brass dragons prefer arid, dry places and like to sun themselves on rocks. Some will live in areas that see little rainfall during the summer then migrate to underground lairs during the wet months.
Many brass dragons are drawn to hoarding handcrafted items, and they are appreciative of artisanal work. They also rarely hunt intelligent creatures, and find eating something sentient abhorrent.
Brass dragons are similar in appearance to brown dragons, as their wing membrane connects to the end of their tail. They have a prominent head crest and frills that distinguish the two though. Young brass dragons have dull, mottled scales but their scales take on a warm luster as they age.
Bronze dragons are duty-bound and honorable, committing themselves to order and becoming devout champions of their ideals. There is no greater calling for a bronze dragon than enforcing justice and ensuring the world is governed by law. They are very opinionated, and will come in conflict with others for even the slightest difference in views. Some will even act tyrannical if they believe the end justifies the means.
The world is seen in black and white through the eyes of a bronze dragon, and they refuse to see anything between right and wrong. Their frustration with humanoid behavior may lead them to rash actions, destroying entire populations or areas. If the dragon is shown to be wrong, they do not feel regret and instead see it as a tragedy brought on by mortal folly and dishonesty.
Their lair of choice is on a rocky, coastal area or even underwater. They prefer saltwater to anything, but freshwater can sustain them after a slow, painful adaptation period. Bronze dragons hate the cold, and avoid arctic climates. Their diet is entirely comprised of aquatic creatures, although they prefer shark to anything else. They have voracious appetites though and can’t be too picky.
Bronze dragons are aquatic dragons, and they have webbing along their limbs and between their claws. Their scales are a dark, metallic brown with lighter green highlights.
Cobalt dragons are cold and sullen creatures, measuring their success by the territory they ruler and creatures they subjugate. They allow no traveler to pass through their land without kneeling and acknowledging their power, and those that don’t soon regret it. They are possessive and fierce, driven by desire to control anything they deem important. Cobalt dragons are creatures of demand, and need the fear and respect of all others.
Cobalt dragons despise the heat, and prefer the cold and gloom. They favor large game in their diets, and prefer to hunt their diurnal prey during the night.
These dragons have rich blue scales and wings with darker flecks. They have a stocky build and wide feet. Cobalt dragons are not strong fliers, and their thin wings can’t carry them to high elevations.
Copper dragons are sly and clever creatures, claiming to be the most interesting variety of dragons. They tend towards scheming scoundrels, glib and charming. A lively sense of humor is common in copper dragons, and they delight in outwitting their enemies. They love jests, as long as they aren’t on the receiving end. Some copper dragons seem cruel, as they are insincere and willy in their dealings with other creatures. They are the greediest variety of metallic dragon, so charmed by themselves that they believe they deserve whatever they desire.
Fascinated by other civilized races, copper dragons have a tendency to meddle and get involved where they aren’t wanted. Bandits and thieves often catch their fancy, and it isn’t uncommon for a copper dragon to be pulling the strings of a thieves’ guild. Copper dragons, however, detest stupid and bloodthirsty creatures as they cannot appreciate the dragon’s wit. Among other dragons, copper dragons often find themselves at odds with red dragons.
Copper dragons enjoy hilly and mountainous regions. They are nimble fliers and prefer to take advantage of this nature-given ability. Some establish their lairs near settlements, or even in the midsts of sprawling mortal cities. They mostly eat small game and fowl, but some develop a taste for human foods and drink.
These clever beasts often revel in their appearance as well, being lean yet imposing. Like red dragons, copper dragons have frills although on their jaws, and distinctive horns that sweep back. Their coloring is similar to bronze dragons, with turquoise eyes and glossy brown scales. As they age, their scales take on a green tinge.
also called royal dragons or imperial dragons
Gold dragons are the pinnacle of dragon-kind. Beautiful and powerful, gold dragons pride themselves as the most prominent members of their race. Only mithral dragons would be able to rival them in power, but they typically don’t involve themselves in mortal life.
Gold dragons are moral-bound believers in law and the greater good, although their arrogance leads them to ignore lesser creatures in favor of far off goals. Their dismissive views of other races cause there to be no real behavior for gold dragons to lean towards. Some aid communities of humanoids, and others rule them. Even after dwelling among mortal for years, a gold dragon does not fully understand the problems and plight of humanity. They are often shocked and slightly disgusted without weak and fragile other creatures are.
There is no one area that gold dragons favor, as they can be found in rolling hills, in deep caves, or even in the midsts of huge cities. They have few preferences, and can live anywhere as there are few that would try to tell a gold dragon otherwise. In matters of diet, gold dragons often combine biological impulse with moral beliefs. They will hunt down dangerous monsters and beasts, or simply large game if there is no such thing available.
Gold dragons are beautiful and graceful dragons, graceful and radiant. Their scales are dull when they are young, but shift to a gleaming and illuminating gold as they age. Their wings are thin and fanlike, running the entire length of their body and given their movement the appearance of rippling water. Gold dragons have stunning and impressive horns that curve and grow quite large with age, but their horns are more decoration than weapons. They also have facial tendrils around their jaw that aid in eating and grooming.
Brutish and vicious, iron dragons are the most volatile metallic dragons. Many are evil and cruel, and even those that are unaligned are particularly dangerous. They are governed by base passions: hunger, greed, and desire. The best of the race are sullen and keep to themselves, but those that do are few and far between. Iron dragons seek to sate their violent impulses by devouring and robbing any creature that sets foot in their territory.
Iron dragons, however, are not particularly clever and can be comparable to their chromatic cousin, the white dragon. While not stupid by any means, iron dragons let themselves be ruled by instinct and desire, and are easily outwitted.
Their preference for dense, forested areas leads them to come to blows with green dragons quite frequently. Green dragons will often outwit and confuse their rivals with their exceptional intelligence. Iron dragons, unable to compete with green dragons on an intellectual level, will resort to destroying the lairs of green dragons or even the Great Oak trees and elven cities they protect.
Iron dragons prey on game such as boar or deer, although this is by no means their exclusive diet. Unlike many other metallic dragons, they regard sentient humanoids as prey too. They mostly go after smaller creatures such as kobolds or gnomes. Iron dragons are ambush predators, and lie in wait for their unsuspecting prey to wander by.
They are large and bulky creatures, with coarse scales. They are a dark metallic color, and their scales near joints and their wings develop rusty brown streaks.
Mercury dragons are hectic creatures by nature, craving variety above anything else. They’ll hop from lair to lair over their long lifespan and will change their diet near constantly. Some may even abandon their hoards in pursuit of different riches.
They are enthusiastic hunters, and love the thrill of the hunt. Mercury dragons may toy with their prey before putting it out of its misery or set elaborate traps for prey to get caught in. Many see this as cruel, but it stems from a Mercury dragon’s desire to experience different things. Some of these creatures will enter into arrangements with other strong and smart creatures, to serve as anything from guardian to messenger to hired killer. These arrangements last as long as the employer can hold the dragon’s interest though, thanks to their fickle nature.
Mercury dragons are relatively small dragons, with long necks and bodies. They are among the most talented shapechangers, and a practiced mercury dragon can take the shape of nearly anything.
No other metallic dragon can rival the mithral. Not even the gold, although they are loath to acknowledge their inferiority to anyone. Mithral dragons have uncanny insight, driven by visions of times past and times to come. It is believed that the seers of this realm are dragon-souled, being the mortal reincarnations of mithrals that passed.
Few mithral dragons interact with other creatures, and only do so to advance their own purpose or goal. They tend to only appear among mortals to aid in causes they deem great- although they are quick to disappear and return to solitude.
Mithral dragons are tied to their home plane, the Astral Sea, and they seldom interact with those beyond it. Most often, it will be shardmind, whom also original from this realm, that they interact with. There is even a line of mithral dragons that watch over the Them family line.
Mithral dragons are etheral creatures, their icy white scales taking a faint glow as they age. Older mithrals have dark designs in their scales that flare with energy during combat. A ring of spikes crowns a mithral dragon’s head, and these spikes react to emotional stimuli. Most notably, a mithral dragon has radiant energy instead of membrane between its wings.
Orium dragons are obsessed with the secrets of the past, often choosing to dwell in crumbling ruins or ancient temples. In fact, an orium dragon’s lair is its most prized possession. Any trespassers are dealt with swiftly, and one must speak quickly to avoid the dragon’s wrath. The compulsive need to uncover the past is tied to an orium’s drive to emulate their ancestors. Reconstructing their lairs is seen as an act of homage, honoring those that came before.
Simple and taciturn, Orium dragons don’t drag things on for theatrics or to boost their ego. Everything they say is precise and carefully thought out. They even carefully plan their lives, preferring to categorize all they encounter as a thief, future servant, or food. An orium appears to have a mild demeanor until they figure out what category the stranger belongs in. Thieves and food are suddenly attacked, and future servants are shown a display of power or intimidation. Only other dragons are treated as equals, and even then it’s only after the orium is sure that the other dragon isn’t a thief.
Orium dragons prefer jungle climates, although they can be drawn to other climes if there is promise of great ruins. They do not enjoy cold, but will adapt if their potential lair is better than their current one. Oriums are more prominently feline in appearance than other dragons. They have long tails and feet that look more like paws than reptilian appendages. They also spend much time grooming themselves, as they take pride in their gleaming red color.
Silver dragons embody all that is honorable about dragonkind. There are many that protect weaker creatures, and even those that turn to evil value their honor & reputation. They don’t engage in excessive violence or acts of petty malice. Many silvers are fierce champions of great causes, defending innocents and ensuring the prosperity of kingdoms. They protect and nurture noble families and young heroes.
Honor means more than life, and they are fiercely honest creatures. They do not try to trick or outwit their enemies, and do not find beating weaker creatures pleasurable. If challenged by a dragon or humanoid much weaker than themselves, they will engage in combat to teach them a lesson but rarely to kill. Silvers admire civilized races much more than any other dragon, and they often choose to associate with humanoid of their own free will.
Silver dragons are regal, featuring prominent neck frills, backswept horns, and a beaklike snout. Their dark silver scales are fine, and leave the dragon reminiscent of a sculpture from afar. They are great fliers, and love to make their lairs in open spaces or lofty heights. They hunt by swooping down on their prey, and eat lightly for their impressive size.
Arguably the most sociable of dragonkind, steel dragons prefer the company of humanoids to that of other dragons. The reason depends on the dragon, ranging from admiration to greed, and they take humanoid form far more frequently than their natural shape.
Steel dragons often admire humans because of the race’s adaptability and cleverness, and they choose to live in human cities over cities of other humanoids. However, steels have little tolerance for authority. The law is there to maintain order flexibility, to protect the dragons own interests yet leaving enough room for them to advance their gains. They are known to meddle in human affairs, even sparking rebellion to overthrow oppressive regimes.
Steel dragons are smaller dragons, with a light build and small head. They have swordlike frills on its head, elbows, and claws. Their wings actually appear to be overlapping blades, resembling feathers, and their chest scales seem to look like overlapping shields. Unlike other dragons with a penchant for shape changing, steel dragons often retain characteristics that are similar to its draconic form.