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Dragonkind

Dragons are viewed as one of the highest order beings of the Second Creation but speculation still abounds regarding the evolution and true nature of Dragonkind. However most scholars agree that they existed long before the Downfall of the Third Creation, with life spans stretching so long as to make them effectively immortal. It is thought that they represent the very first form of the Second Creation to emerge, albeit in a much more primitive form than the Dragons found in modern times within the Realm of Strife. The most common theory is that these primeval dragons began to absorb and master the spiritual forces at work in the Realms of Origin. After countless eons the dragons gained supremacy over all other beings of spirit and substance, becoming caretakers, guardians, and even rulers over their own Realms of Origin.

After the Downfall of the Third Creation, it is believed that like so many other beings, most of the Dragons were cast out of their Realms of Origin, exiled to the Realm of Strife. Though some speculate that the Dragons remain one of the few creatures capable of crossing between Realms. However, if this is truly the case then it is one of their most closely guarded secrets.

Regardless of the speculations of mere mortals, Dragons are undeniably powerful and intelligent creatures. While adept at magic, they are also very capable of wielding tooth and claw to deadly effect, and possess natural weapons and abilities that mirror the magic they control.

There are many different variant species of Dragons, referred to as Dragonflights. However many of these Dragonflights share common characteristics and are therefore grouped into four metaraces:

Chromatic Dragon


Chromatic Dragons are the most common metarace, however this is a relative term, for no Dragon should ever be considered common in the Realm of Strife. Gaining their name from the variety of vibrant colors that their near impenetrable scales take on, the Chromatic Dragon in many ways resembles a massive winged reptile. Like a reptile they also lay eggs, however here any resemblance ends.

Perhaps most prominent of the Chromatic Dragon’s features is its ability to use its breath as a deadly weapon. This could be billowing flame, streams of acid, a cloud of toxic vapor, gale force winds, or many other forms of breath depending on where the dragon draws origins.

Chromatic Dragons are also typically well known for taking on the form of the mortal races of the Third Creation. For some Dragons this is the perfect disguise to meddle in their affairs. Others take on these forms to appear less threatening, or even because they admire or covet their forms.

Draconids

Chromatic Dragonflights are unique in that they contain both true dragons and another species called a Draconid. Draconids are no true part of Creation but instead a hybrid between Chromatic Dragons and the mortal races of the Third Creation. These creatures are the result of breeding programs; some voluntary and others quite the opposite, but generally always reviled by the mortal races. Read more…

This cross breeding is only possible because mature adult Chromatic Dragons possess a limited ability to manipulate the Substance of Creation and take on the forms of the Third Creation. In these forms they can mate with males and females of the mortal races, their union resulting in hard shelled eggs, similar to true dragon eggs, though generally much smaller.

Due to the limited capacity and often fatal risk to mortal females who bear Draconid eggs, those Dragons wishing to create Draconids on a large scale generally seek the more practical solution of having a female dragon impregnated by a mortal male, allowing for a large clutch of eggs to be produced.

Metallic Dragon


Metallic Dragons are similar in size to Chromatic Dragons, and share many of the same traits, however the most obvious difference is that their scales take on a metallic appearance. They also do not have the natural ability to use their breath as a weapon and are more likely to fight with tooth and claw. Their bodies are well adapted for close combat, with claws, horns, and innumerable spikes and barbed protrusions arranged across their massive bodies.

They are as adept at spell casting as their Chromatic counterparts, and even seem to be able to naturally project these forces at will in an aura around themselves to either act as defense mechanism or a natural weapon.

While they to can take on the form of mortals, they are less included to do so, for when they do their draconic features and metallic skin easily betray their true form. While in mortal form they are likewise capable of creating Draconids. However, Metallic Dragonflights see these practices as abhorrent, and strictly forbid any Metallic Dragon from mating while in mortal form.

Proto Dragon


The recent discovery of the Primeval Dragonflight within the Realm of Strife, has thrown many of the theories regarding Dragons into uncertainty and has led to the creation of the Proto Dragon metarace. This bestial and primitive form of dragon lacks the intelligence of the other Dragonflights, yet dwarves them in both size and ferocity. Stranger yet is their complete lack of ability to use or manipulate the Spiritual forces of magic, infact they appear particularly susceptible to it.

Does the Proto Dragon they represent the original form of Dragonkind before some among them evolved into more advanced species according to their Realms of Origin? Or did all Dragons arrive upon the Realm of Strife in this form, only to be altered by the rampant spiritual energies like so many other beings during the birth of the Realm of Strife?

Crystal Dragon


Crystal Dragons are extremely rare and very few mortals live that have ever seen one in person. Unlike other Dragons, they do not lay eggs or even birth young in the conventional sense, being asexual in nature. Instead Crystal Dragons grow their young out of crystals native to their form. Young Crystal Dragons are essentially inanimate crystal structures shaped like dragons, beautiful to behold, and exceptionally valuable to own.

In this state, they are so vulnerable to being destroyed or harvested, that few ever make it to maturity. As such adult Crystal Dragons are extremely protective of their young and will attempt to grow them in secluded dens deep in the earth, or even beyond it all together. By the time the crystals are mature enough to take on a life of their own, they are already comparable in size and maturity to the Drakes of other Dragonflights.

Crystal Dragons possess neither a natural breath weapon, nor a spiritual aura, but instead have the ability to channel powers through their crystalline form. When they do take mortal form, Crystal dragons maintain crystalline skin, making it almost impossible to mask their true nature.

Dragonflights


Each metarace of Dragonkind contains many different Dragonflights, with their own variant qualities, habitats, temperaments, and attitudes towards ‘mortals’:

Dragon Ages


AgeTypical SizeSpirit TierDescriptiom
HatchlingTiny*0Freshly hatched up to approximately 1 year in age. Cannot yet speak but can use rudimentary magic. Though they are born with wings, flying capabilities are more of a prolonged hop than true flight.
WhelpSmall*1Less than 10 years of age, whelps do not stray far from their den, but have developed the ability to fly. They have also gained a basic knowledge of the Dragon Tongue, allowing them to cast spells.
WyrmLarge*2From 10 to 100 years of age, Wyrms will venture out on their own; learning to hunt and explore the wider world, though generally still return to the den where they were born. While they are fluent in the dragon tongue they still have not gained the ability to converse with the mortal races, nor take on their forms.
DrakeHuge*4Around 100 to 1,000 years of age, Drakes will seek independence from their brood, often living in solitude. However the familial ties remain strong, even allowing for communication over vast distances. Drakes are well adept at spell casting, and also typically learn the tongues of the mortal races. Depending on the Dragonflight, they may even interact with them on a regular basis. However, they still have not mastered the ability to take on mortal form (except in the rare case where they take on the form of a child), nor can they yet reproduce.
Dragon (adult/mature)Massive*5After almost 1,000 years Dragons reach full adult maturity. Gaining proficiency with magic and mortal tongues. By this age they are quite capable of taking on mortal forms if they so desire, and may be actively involved in development of the races of the Third Creation, particularly as it pertains to the use of magic. adult Dragons also become capable of reproducing, and will typically seek out a mate, in one form or another. If a successful mating occurs, the pair become bonded and will remain together to protect and care for their young, guarding their den with deadly resolve.
Lord Gargantuan6A Dragon Lord is an older adult Dragon that has grown powerful enough to gain near mastery of their respective forms of magic and hold the respect and allegiance of many of their fellow dragons. So powerful is a Dragonlord that, in the absence of a Regal Dragon, they can at times rule over an entire Dragonflight. Often times a Dragon Lord is infact the mature offspring of a Regal Dragon, and is a Dragon Prince or Princess. If a Monarch Dragon perishes, the power vacuum left in their wake will often see several Dragonlord’s vie for control over a Dragonflight, perhaps even coming into conflict with the deceased Monarch’s Consort.
ConsortGargantuan6A Consort is an older adult Dragon that is the mate or companion of a Regal Dragon. Though they are well over a thousand years of age, they are typically still younger than their Regal mate, and often will become a Regal Dragon themselves if their mate should perish. While their power and authority is generally no more than that of a Dragon Lord, Prince or Princess, the face that they are mated to a Regal Dragon puts them near the pinnacle of Dragonkind.
RegalGargantuan7A Regal dragon is one who has mastered the spiritual arts of magic, gaining power over life and death itself. Having lived for thousands of years, there is thought to be few older or wiser beings of the Second Creation. While they are fit to rule, not every Regal Dragon in fact rules over its own Dragonflight. Some live in exile, or simply choose a different life. Those Regal Dragonsthat do rule are sometimes referred to as a Monarch Dragon, giving themselves titles such as King, Queen, or Emperor.
AncientColossal7Unlike other races, Dragons never cease to grow larger, nor do their bodies wither and decay with age. As such an Ancient Dragon is the largest of their kind, measuring its life in tens of thousands of years. Having long ago mastered magic, and even perhaps once ruling over their Dragonflight, they have since moved on. Often as a result of having lost a beloved Consort, Ancient Dragons live in complete solitude and often sleep for hundreds of years at a time.
ProgenitorBeyond Colossal7+ ???A Progenitor Dragon is believed to be the very first of its kind. Whether any Progenitor Dragons remain alive throughout creation is unknown. If any do exist their size would be almost beyond comprehension. Progenitor Dragons are outside of the scope of the Codex of Creation.

*Proto Dragons are naturally larger than other Dragons, and as such at each Age are one creature size larger (with the exception of Ancient)

Codex of Dragonkind


The Codex of Dragonkind is the master list of all Dragonkind available for encounters and roleplaying for Realm of Strife GMs. While the framework for all known and theorized Dragonkind exists, not all entries are currently complete. The Codex of Dragonkind continues to expand as designers create new entries.

If you are looking for any Dragonkind that do not appear in this list please contact us and request that an entry be added to the codex and we will endeavor to publish your request in a timely manner.