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Playable dragons! When first introduced, Dragonborn were characters who started out as some other race, became furries, and took their furry fandom so far that they paid for a race-change operation. As a distinctive race in their own right, Dragonborn have only existed since 4th Edition. The loss of hatred is probably helped by the fact that Dragonborn fill a previously unfilled niche: Satisfying the "I wanna play a dragon!
Humanoid dragons first appeared in this era as monsters, but this was also the era when the first glimmerings of playable dragons began to take place.
Whilst Council of Wyrms came out explicitly to let you go the whole hog and play either a Metallic Dragon , a Chromatic Dragon or a Gem Dragon , TSR also acknowledged that these characters wouldn't fit so well in other games. So, they invented Half-Dragons. It definitely stuck, but the niche wasn't quite the same. Half-Dragons , as stated above, began in the Council of Wyrms setting, and were treated as practically a demihuman race in their own right; they had a unique appearance basically an elf with serpentine eyes, metallic skin and tiny horns and, fluff-wise, were restricted to being the children of male bronze, silver, and gold dragons with female elves , dwarves wtf?
The products combine a human-style inability to multiclass with a demihuman-style inability to get too high level, and the only thing they get in exchange are a few useless racial abilities, plus a very weak breath weapon at level 7. To add insult to injury, they are introduced in Council of Wyrms, wherein you can, right off the bat, play a powerful dragon PC. They come off as both ugly and weaker than humans, demihumans, or dragons. Dragon Magazine would later expand the racial list with a variety of new half-dragon breeds, and explain the above by making it explicit that the Io's Blood half-dragons are always born to demihuman moms because humans live outside of the Io's Blood archipelago and are hated as loathsome fanatic dragon-slayers anyway.
These guys are a race of barbarian humanoid dragons native to the Forgotten Realms , defined mostly by a magpie-like love of collecting magical items. In this era, they were purely monsters; it wouldn't be until 3e that they'd get playable stats. These guys have their own page , but to sum up: the Dragonlance setting dumped orcs and replaced them with draconic humanoids created as expendable foot-soldiers through magically corrupting the eggs of Metallic Dragons.
Draconians are most notorious for their Death Throes ability; their corrupted fundamentums keep them from the draconic breath weapon, but cause various pain-in-the-ass effects upon the draconian's death. Like the Dragonkin, in 2e, these guys were purely suited for being enemies, but gained PC stats in 3e. They have their own page as well. Long story short, they were part of the Dark Sun setting, a race made by the Sorcerer-King- Lich Dregoth, who figured that since his own status as a Sorcerer-King had led to his near-complete transformation into an Athasian Dragon , then humans transforming into dragons was the way to go for the future, and so he experimented on his people to give them a weaker version of his own draconic transformation.
The first batch went wrong, tending to be uneven mixtures of draconic humanoid and human, whilst the second were better. Uniquely, they were presented as both enemies and as a playable race. The 4e port outright made them dragonborn mechanically, with a few tweaks to justify it. They were called 'half-dragon templates', and had no fluff other than "Dude, a dragon fucked your mom? There is nothing preventing you from stacking either the half-fiend or half-celestial templates on top of this, in addition to the axiomatic, anarchic from the MotP , celestial, and fiendish templates, as well as the half-illithid and half-fey templates FF , and the Half-Ogre and Half-Minotaur templates on top of all this.
If you do have such a ridiculous number of templates stacked on top of each other, only one of those templates is going to signify your parentage; the others are just signs that a Wizard got really bored and decided to kidnap you in order to screw with your DNA to see what would happen when you were a kid.
They were published in Races of the Dragon , an official splatbook written by Gwendolyn Kestrel, who also gave us the Book of Erotic Fantasy. They were people of any race who got sucked into the cult of Bahamut and were born-again as dragon-aspected lizardfolk with a side-order of Mary-Sue. And we mean "born again" literally ; the ritual of pledging themselves body and soul to Bahamut culminates in the devotee unbirthing themselves by crawling into a giant dragon's egg and being remolded into a humanoid dragon.
Ignoring for a moment that this is horrifying in its own right and that the splatbook with them tries to pass this whole process off as a good thing, they lose their Dragonborn forms if they willingly perform an evil act If these guys were too squicky for you, there was also the Spellscale race, which were basically the result of draconic sorcerers interbreeding until they woke up their draconic genes, mutating into a new race of dragon-touched humanoids.
Of course all this was pointless because 3. Introduced in Race of the Dragon was the Kobold only "Dragonwrought" feat, which could only be taken at the first level, representing an evolutionary throwback to the last common ancestor of kobolds and dragons. This feat made Kobolds the dragon type, giving them a few immunities, dark vision, and some other perks. This doesn't sound too bad, except the editor forgot there's a lot of baggage to having the dragon type added in Races of the Dragon.
One of the crowning achievements of 3. Among the monsters to benefit from this treatment were most varieties of true dragons, though only at the youngest age categories. Of ll true dragons, the Steel Dragons were the most popular choice for use as player characters due to their relatively low level adjustment. They have fine scales over all their body, with colors ranging between golden, scarlet, rust, ocher, bronze and brown. The scales aren't metallic, they feel like leather.
They have blunt snouts, frills along the jawline, and a headcrest of long ropey scales think the dreadlocks that the Predator alien had. There used to be a huge Dragonborn empire, Arkhosia , but it was wiped out in a war with the Tiefling empire of Bael Turath more than a dozen generations ago and Dragonborn live only as long as humans do , and now they're just rootless clans.
They still hold onto the pride of once being on top, and they insist they were always honorable in the good ol' days, so feel free to play them like fire-breathing Klingons , or musclebound Russian gypsies.
Because of their stats, they make one of the best races in the PHB for Paladins and Warlords , in contrast to half-orcs , who spent most of the last two editions basically pigeonholed into being barbarians. Though one good thing 4e did for the half-orc was open up a number of other classes, like the monk.
It goes without saying that they're also killer Draconic Sorcerers. An article in Dragon Magazine introduced a dragonborn subrace, the Dragonfear Dragonborn, who lack the traditional draconic breath weapon but can instead invoke a terrifying aura.
This subrace has some dedicated feats and a unique racial Paragon Path , the Fear Walker, both in the same article. The latter had a sidebar talking about the traditional Dragonborn code of honor, and you could really do worse than read both of them even if you're playing 5e: they're full of all kinds of neat cultural lore and artifacts, like how dragonborn regard the various classes, their family structure, their history, religion, all that good stuff.
Whilst the Dragonfear Dragonborn was the only "subrace" that dragonborn ever got, the mechanics that the Neverwinter Campaign Setting introduced to tweaking Dwarf , Eladrin and Elf racial stats to better mesh with traditional Forgotten Realms lore were applied to dragonborn in a similar way.
Dragon Magazine used the "swap racial features" mechanics to let dragonborn base stats stand in for 4e draconians , specifically the Bozaks and Kapaks. As always, you could selectively mix and match these traits to create unique custom breeds of dragonoid for your own settings.
A highly self-sufficient and clannish race literally born of dragons, in that they were created from dragon eggs either by the draconic gods themselves or by powerful dragons. Some still serve as faithful servants, especially as soldiers, but many more are now without a purpose and try to find a reason for their existence.
First generation dragonborn more strongly resembled their ancestors, especially in terms of scale color, but generations of interbreeding have created a more unified appearance, with common scale colors being brass, bronze, scarlet, rust, gold, or copper-green. Strongly blooded individuals, whose coloration and sometimes appearance again calls to mind their Chromatic or Metallic ancestors, do occasionally appear and are considered marked by destiny.
The dragonfear dragonborn "subrace" of 4th edition was resurrected through a feat in Xanathar's Guide. Why the fuck these biological features only turn up once your dragonborn stabs enough goblins to reach 4th level is left unexplained.
The dragonborn are somewhat behind the curve in 5e. With the possible exception of the paladin and bladelock , there are choices for any particular class that are simply better, and even there the dragonborn's breath attack and resistance simply can't compete with a variant human 's free feat , the half-orc 's resilience and bonus critical damage, or the half-elf 's bonus to another stat and pile of extra bonuses. Additionally, they trade poorly with their 4e predecessors in every way: the breath weapon's damage scales up worse than a cantrip now and is a full action rather than a bonus action to use, to say nothing of how the switchover from 5 minute short rests to 1 hour short rests hoses its viability, they've lost all of the breath weapon buffing feats they had in 4e, they flat-out have half as many racial features as any other race not even darkvision , and zero features for the social or exploration pillars of the game beyond a somewhat-rarer language, and, to add insult to injury, they actually lost their free History skill.
Also, they bear the dubious honor of being the only race in the game to have a racial feature that scales off a stat they don't get any kind of innate bonus to.
Volo's Guide also introduces additional "bruiser" races in the goliath , firbolg , and bugbear , each of which puts the dragonborn to shame. The dragonborn aren't "bad" mechanically, but they are by far the weakest playable race in the game that didn't originate from a Plane Shift article. The official adventures and settings books also tend to act as if they don't exist at all.
When 4e was releasing its first teasers, the dragonborn drew some attention, positive and negative, just for being new. But one pic in particular caught peoples' eyes. A female dragonborn rogue, wearing a "bikini-style" leather armor cuirass, which you can see on the left here. It didn't matter that her chest was barely as round as the pectorals on some depictions of Conan the Barbarian , the internet promptly exploded with fury and protests, mocking WoTC for resorting to such basic sexual dimorphism, blasting the dragonborn for being a furry race, and just endlessly bitching about the fact that dragonborn should not have breasts.
How did WoTC respond? Did they decide to do something original and remove the boobs? In the PHB, they released artwork for the dragonborn where the female had visible cleavage, and followed it up by stating in their Ecology article that dragonborn are not reptiles, but actually scaly monotremes; females lay eggs and then nurse their young for the first few months of their lives.
They also pointed out that dragons themselves are not reptiles by any taxonomist's standing, given their skeletal structure, musculature and warm blood makes them closer to mammals than anything else. Exactly why this controversy didn't erupt until 4e is unclear.
A dragonborn in boobplate could be seen in RotD way back in 3. The meme is still around today, but people got used to it and so it's a fairly tired meme at this point. Most people legitimately don't give a shit anymore, and are more likely to complain about the dragonborn's lack of a tail. Ironically, although you'd think that the fact dragonborn were created to fill the "playable dragon" niche would naturally lead to their being reskinned everywhere as the iconic draconic monstergirls , this actually doesn't happen at all.
Weirdly, it actually wouldn't be that out of canon; a dragonborn Paragon Path called the Gleeborn has a line mentioning that these dragonborn in particular often become courtesans to human royals. Which implies that it's not unheard of in general for humans and dragonborn to hook up. What, you want proof? This is the relevant paragraph from Dragon Magazine Some dragonborn lack the iconic breath weapon of their fellows, and instead can project auras of dragonfear.
Though in some ways well suited for it, dragonborn culture tends to look down on warlocks due to their connections to tieflings. Dragonborn swordmages tend to prefer the Aegis of Assault. Dragonborn Annihilators are epic-level dragonborn who have been chosen as Consorts to Tiamat. Namespaces Page Discussion. More More. Page actions Read Edit History.
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Ecology of the Dragonborn
Dragonborn also known as Strixiki  in Draconic ; or Vayemniri ,  "Ash-Marked Ones", in Tymantheran draconic were a race of draconic creatures native to Abeir , Toril 's long-sundered twin. During the Spellplague , dragonborn were transplanted from Abeir to Toril, the majority of them living in the continent of Laerakond in the 15th century DR. Dragonborn resembled in many ways what their name suggests: humanoid dragons. Standing on average around 6'2" — 6'8" 1. Dragonborn feet ended with three strong talon-like claws with a fourth claw in the back, while their hands were similar with three claws with a thumb replacing the rear claw.
Playable dragons! When first introduced, Dragonborn were characters who started out as some other race, became furries, and took their furry fandom so far that they paid for a race-change operation. As a distinctive race in their own right, Dragonborn have only existed since 4th Edition. The loss of hatred is probably helped by the fact that Dragonborn fill a previously unfilled niche: Satisfying the "I wanna play a dragon! Humanoid dragons first appeared in this era as monsters, but this was also the era when the first glimmerings of playable dragons began to take place. Whilst Council of Wyrms came out explicitly to let you go the whole hog and play either a Metallic Dragon , a Chromatic Dragon or a Gem Dragon , TSR also acknowledged that these characters wouldn't fit so well in other games.