Draconis Dragon-Kin

Basic Species Description

The most commonly found species on Lenida is the draconis dragon-kin.  Draconis dragon-kin had convergent directed evolution with traits from humans and draconis dragons, though they lean heavily in the direction of draconis dragons despite their size and posture. Typically they tend to live in areas of high magic, but some have a tendency to make their home and roost in areas that do not, as per their culture or personal views toward ensuring their offspring have to rise through challenges to be worthy of growing up. The more magic an area has, the faster they will grow, though without frequent exposure to magic they will reach maturity in thirty years.

Winged like their draconis dragon ancestors, draconis dragon-kin are strong, fierce, powerful, and typically having an elemental breath attack, though not for as long a distance as their ancestors due to their smaller lungs and overall frame. They are slow to react, aren't as agile or able to balance quickly, but once they have their sights set on a foe they can be a whirlwind of devastation. Despite their slowness, they make up for it with their strength and flight.Unfortunately for most dragonis dragon-kin, regardless of their very thick scaled hide, intelligence and especially long memories, they don't have as much finesse on average due to their larger clawed hands

It is quite rare that a draconis dragon-kin will be raised by anyone other than one of their parents, as they are quite a handful, and their parents are usually quite difficult to separate from their children if they are raising them. Their scaled hide is weakest in the front, which is why they will typically wear forward-facing partial armor, as they are already slow without it. A lot of draconis dragon-kin are viewed as brutes and vicious savages by older species, however they are generally more deep than that, but most choose to let others perceive them as they wish, the better to be underestimated. Though draconis dragon-kin normally take about thirty years to fully mature, they are considered adult at sixteen, or whenever they complete their rite of passage as per their culture. Most draconis dragon-kin end up dying in battle or to other powerful circumstances, but they are capable of living to two-hundred and fifty on average, or longer with magical aid.

Draconis dragon-kin are born male and female for the most part, but if they have three or more children at once, the third has a chance of being born a hermaphrodite. Female draconis dragon-kin tend to grow pregnant up to a certain size before usually laying out one or two eggs, in which the fetuses will finish development on their own so long as it is kept warm enough, much like their draconis dragon ancestors.

Draconis dragon-kin mostly eat meat, though they do round out their diet with other various food groups. draconis dragon-kin usually have a name combining their ancestral parentage cultures, as well as one from their current culture. Many draconis dragon-kin live in or on mountains near both of their ancestral species, trying to be a bridge between them as negotiators and allies. Some live elsewhere, depending on their race and their ancestors exploring to find a place to call home. Though there are hybrids of draconis dragon-kin and other species, they are rare. There are, however, four well-known draconis dragon-kin races. Their cultural traits depend on their environment and upbringing.

History of the Species

First reported in battle approximately fifteen hundred years ago during what was known as the sixth mage wars, it is unknown when the first of their kind was born, but what is know is that the now called Foundation War was ended twelve hundred years ago by the first draconis dragon-kin emperor who not only freed his people from the oppression of their human masters, but had the mercy to stay his hand. The surviving humans were spared, and relegated to penal colonies and preserves for some time before being allowed to join The Great Suarn Empire and other governments cropping up as citizens. Second-class for the longest time, and still seen with wary eyes and even prejudice by many, but the draconis dragon-kin as a people largely recognize that their ancestry came from the draconis dragons and humans, and to allow either living ancestral species to go extinct would be an irreversible tragedy.

In the present day, they, humanity and the few remaining draconis dragons may not be the only denizens of their world, but they are the most populous and the most powerful politically and financially on most continents. Upon the end of The Foundation War, they also helped other species they soon came to realize as sentient and sapient to citizenry, and later did the same with other species that arrived on Lenida, either seeking asylum from the dangers they fled, or arriving through accident or for other reasons.

Base Species Genetics

The genetics for a draconis dragon-kin are as follows:
(D6) Memory and Reason: +3 on Memory Checks, +3 on Reason Checks.

(D6) Steady Gliding: Ability to glide, +1 speed when gliding.

(D3) Strength: +2 on Might Checks.

(R3) Tough Skin: +2 EP.

(R3) Steady Claws: Allowing the use of Mortis Strength Damage instead of untyped Strength Damage, and +1 on Grip Checks when bare-handed.

Ethnicities

Draconis Dragon-Kin Aduron

The draconis dragon-kin aduron are usually mostly red, with their underbellies black or gray or tan, some gray scales mixed in with their red ones, moderate tail length with a rounded end, swift wings allowing them to fly for hours at a time, fire-breath attack, long horns, black hair, and yellow or green eyes. They have more courage than most other draconis dragon-kin, better accuracy, often have a bloodlust blood-lust and are resistant to fire attacks. They are generally viewed as savage brutes by other Draconis Dragon-Kin ethnicities. They usually live on dry mountains, around or in volcanos, or underground near lava sources.

(E-6) Swift Flight: Ability to fly at normal movement speeds, and +1 endurance. [Draconis Dragon-Kin Aduron]
(E-4) Fiery Natural Breath: Those with this trait are able to utilize a strong intake of air and expulsion of it and chemicals their body produces to be able to exhale fiery breath, and have 1d10/2 Ember Damage Resistance Daily. [Draconis Dragon-Kin Aduron]

Fiery Natural Breath Rank I:
    (Direction, Cone, None)
    (Standard, Halved)
    (Natural, 78% Stability, EP Blowback)
    (Breath [Redirection], Ember [Legacy])
    (6 FP, 4 Attempts, Accuracy Check)
          This ability allows the user to take a strong intake of air and expulsion of it and chemicals their body produces to be able to exhale fiery breath up to their offensive range.              
Prerequisites: Draconis Dragon-Kin Aduron species and racial genetics.

(E-2) Accurate Courage: +1 Courage, and +1 Accuracy. [Draconis Dragon-Kin Aduron]

Draconis Dragon-Kin Wrende

Draconis dragon-kin wrende are green with blue and tan scales, their underbellies are generally gray or tan, they have long red or brown hair, short horns, a long snout and jaws, a spiked tail-club, and eyes that are red or orange or black. The draconis dragon-kin wrende are more agile, being more able to resist to damage of all sorts, even more resistant to acid, other toxins and goo, and having an acid-spit attack. They have smaller wings however, minimizing their ability to carry as much weight while flying.

(E-6) Agile Resistance: 1d10 Toxin Resistance Daily, 1d10/2 Goo Resistance Daily, +1 EP and +1 Agility. [Draconis Dragon-Kin Wrende]
(E-3) Moderate Flight: Ability to fly at normal movement speeds, at -1 Lifting Strength while flying. [Draconis Dragon-Kin Wrende]
(E-3) Acid Spit: Those with this trait are able to utilize a strong intake of air and expulsion of it and chemicals their body produces to be able to exhale acid spit. [Draconis Dragon-Kin Wrende]

Acid Natural Spit Rank I:
    (Direction, Ray, None)
    (Standard, Halved)
    (Natural, 78% Stability, EP Blowback)
    (Breath [Redirection], Toxin [Legacy])
    (6 FP, 4 Attempts, Accuracy Check)
          This ability allows the user to take a strong intake of air and expulsion of it and chemicals their body produces to be able to exhale acid spit up to their offensive range.

              
Prerequisites: Draconis Dragon-Kin Wrende species and racial genetics.

Draconis Dragon-Kin Glacias

The draconis dragon-kin glacias are white, with light gray and light blue and light purple scales, with their underbellies being light gray or light purple, their horns curving outward, gray or blond hair, purple or blue eyes, with vestigial wings, and a frost-breath attack. Most draconis dragon-kin glacias live in areas of very cold temperatures. They are more rational and cunning, and better able to use focus than their cousins, however, they are not able to fly but rather hover. They are also thought to be the oldest race of draconis dragon- kin, and have the most political power overall.

(E-5) Cold Logic: 1d10/2 Blizzard Resistance Daily, +1 FP, +1 Reason, and +1 Cunning.
(E-4) Normal Hovering: Ability to hover at present elevation. [Draconis Dragon-Kin Glacias]
(E-3) Frost Breath: Those with this trait are able to utilize a strong intake of air and expulsion of it and chemicals their body produces to be able to exhale frost breath. [Draconis Dragon-Kin Glacias]

Frost Natural Breath Rank I:
    (Direction, Cone, None)
    (Standard, Halved)
    (Natural, 82% Stability, EP Blowback)
    (Breath [Redirection], Blizzard [Legacy])
    (6 FP, 4 Attempts, Accuracy Check)
          This ability allows the user to take a strong intake of air and expulsion of it and chemicals their body produces to be able to exhale freezing breath up to their offensive range.

    
          

Draconis Dragon-Kin Ventun

Draconis dragon-kin ventun have dark purple and gray scales, with light gray underbellies, more height and muscles, larger wings, a whip-like tail, crest of short horns, spikes along their backs, blue or white hair, and green or orange or black eyes. They mostly live in high elevated areas with plenty of flat-land.  The draconis dragon-kin ventun are larger than their other cousins being a third of a meter taller on average, stronger, faster, better able to resist strong winds, and more vicious when provoked, but have only more strength to their breath and not other domain qualities to it.
(E-6) Swift Flight: Ability to fly at normal movement speeds, and +1 movement. [Draconis Dragon-Kin Ventun]
(E-3) Gale Breath: Those with this trait are able to utilize a strong intake of air and expulsion of it and chemicals their body produces to be able to exhale gale breath. [Draconis Dragon-Kin Ventun]

Gale Natural Breath Rank I:
(Direction, Cone, None)
    (Standard, Halved)
    (Natural, 80% Stability, EP Blowback)
    (Breath [Redirection], Breath [Legacy])
    (6 FP, 4 Attempts, Accuracy Check)
          This ability allows the user to take a strong intake of air and expulsion of it and chemicals their body produces to be able to exhale gale breath up to their offensive range.

(E-3) Accurate Focus: +1 Endurance, and +1d10/2 Breath Resistance Daily [Draconis Dragon-Kin Ventun]

Sexes

While draconis dragon-kin do have all six potential sex genes presenting the nine combinations feasible, primarily the male and female sexes are more common. Those with more masculine traits tend to rougher scales and the most height with those that have feminine traits having smoother scales and rounder faces, and those of more neutered traits having the smallest size and the smoothest scales.

(m1) Those with this sex gene have +2 EP and +1 on Might Checks. [Draconis Dragon-Kin]

(m2) Those with this sex gene have +1 HP and +1 on Grip Checks. [Draconis Dragon-Kin]

(f1) Those with this sex gene have +2 MP and +1 on Agility Checks. [Draconis Dragon-Kin]

(f2) Those with this sex gene have +1 HP and +1 on Lung Checks. [Draconis Dragon-Kin]

(n1) Those with this sex gene have +2 SP and +1 on Learning Checks. [Draconis Dragon-Kin]

(n2) Those with this sex gene +1 FP and +1 on Grip Checks. [Draconis Dragon-Kin]

Generally draconis dragon-kin utilize a variation of their draconis dragon ancestral language, as per each race of draconis dragon-kin being tied to each ancestral race. This is not to say that some do not speak others rather than that particular language, or in addition to it, merely that it is the most likely language for them to speak. As draconis dragon-kin races tend to have a lot of political power in most continents of Lenida, they will also typically have an understanding of their local and cultural knowledge from the perspective of a middle, merchant, upper or noble class, depending on their background, unless from another continent or having an unusual backstory regarding their upbringing and lack of that knowledge, or utilizing a different language as their primary language.

In all sexes in most cultures, despite the fact that draconis dragon-kin have no mammaries and have cloaca rather than externally present genitalia, it is still considered taboo to be bare-chested or have their crotches exposed, primarily from a standpoint of their ancestors living as warriors and vulnerable areas being something to protect as much as possible. Though draconis dragon-kin are chimeric in origin, they tend toward draconis dragon biology in general, and lay eggs like their monotreme ancestors.

For the sake of this playtest, the rules for food and drink that are optional are not being utilized, and respiration is utilizing the two-fail check mechanic for reducing from one level of respiration to another, rather than the more advanced mechanic.

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