Saturday, November 29, 2008

Shadow's Apex Part 11: Filling in Racial Flavor

I want to first thank everyone for the feedback I received the last time I posted about the Shadow's Apex campaign. Even though it has been weeks since I worked on the campaign wiki, I am keeping all of the comments and suggestions in mind as I move forward.

Most recently, I have updated several of the race entries. While several are short and perhaps a little pathetic, the dragonborn entry might actually be worth visiting. I'd love to hear some feedback on what you think of my take on the dragonborn.


Draconians

The draconians are a troubled people descended from abominations born of magic rituals that corrupted metallic dragon eggs and produced humanoid dragonspawn. Though draconians are not inherently evil, they are most often distrusted by other humanoid races because of the war for which they were bred, in which they allegedly fought alongside an army of mercenaries and chromatic dragons against the established human, dwarf, and elf kingdoms. Despite the tales that surround draconian history, no one has yet found any archaeological evidence to support the claim that such a war ever even took place. This has led some to believe that either the stories are incorrect or that the war was fought on some far off continent (or perhaps another plane entirely). Regardless of evidence, the draconian people are often judged according to their racial history rather than their own merits, a fact that leads to many disputes between the draconians and the other races.

Draconids

Though draconians and draconids look much the same and have been known to interbreed, they are in fact two distinct races. While draconians were created in foul magic rituals that corrupted the eggs of metallic dragons, the draconids are the descendants of a single red dragon who sought to build an army by mating with countless humans and producing an alarming number of half-dragons. His full blooded dragon children did the same, and what resulted was a breed of humans with pronounced draconic features. The first draconids were trained to be mages, hence their name, and have passed the craft on to their descendants. Their progenitor has long since died, but his dragon offspring still lead isolated clans of draconids as representatives of their father, who supposedly ascended to godhood to be Tiamat's eternal mate. These dragon cults are fanatical and often contain members of non-dragonborn races, but these are encouraged to mate with dragons in order to strengthen the numbers of the cult. Most draconids live in and among human settlements instead of as members of the dragon cults, finding niches in human societies as long-lived mages, sages, and scholars. Draconids look like other dragonborn, but have skin that ranges from deep crimson to bright orange instead of the usual greens and browns of the draconians.

Eladrin


Eladrin are less common than elves because most live in the Feywild. Also called grey elves, they often have bronze skin with blonde, copper, or black hair. Eladrin are seen as the most civilized and haughty of the elves, preferring to remain separate from humankind and other nonelven races.

Kender


To the other races, kender seem like a race of children. The diminutive kender have short attention spans, intense curiosity, and a fearlessness that serves them well in battle but often lands them (and those traveling with them) in danger. Kender use the stats for Halflings in the Player's Handbook.

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