Age of Worms
- Dragonborn are exceedingly patient, as they view anything worth doing is worth waiting for. In stark contrast to dwarves, Dragonborn have no problem waiting hours for a late comrade at a tavern if the friend is worth seeing.
- As dragonborn respect the challenge of the hunt, their culture venerates those who hunt the dangerous beasts of the world. The more dangerous the beast, the more of a delicacy the dish. This stems from two inherent qualities of dragonborn society. Because of centuries spent in an unbelievably harsh realm, the older generations of dragonborn know exactly how deadly hunting dangerous beasts can be and thus it garners respect. Second, Dragonborn seek honor and glory above all, and there is neither in killing a chicken or rabbit, but much in killing a dire bear.
- Dragonborn are starkly honest at all times, especially those who have been born on Aerys, as the influence of The Lady of the Lake and her exarch Bahamut is strong on their hearts. Lying is seen as weakness in character, as a first step down a slippery slope that leads to corruption. Countless dragonborn myths and tales tell of the lying, treacherous empire of Bael Turath: falsehood, obfuscation, betrayal and lies are seen as the tools of the enemy that sought the extermination of the entire dragonborn species.
- The concept of “white lies” is alien to dragonborn society. For example, a dragonborn who eats a bad dish made by an elderly woman, if asked, will absolutely tell her it is terrible. He will likely do so in a gentle, respectable manner due to the age of the cook, but he will tell the absolute truth. Any dragonborn that finds it has been told a lie to spare its feeling takes heavy offense, as they consistently strive for perfection and cannot do this without constructive criticism from their peers.
- Dragonborn do not understand racism, the concept of judging humanoids by their looks rather than their actions strikes them as irrational. A primary example of this is the lack of emnity towards tieflings by most, even though in ages past they were bitter enemies. Most dragonborn are acutely aware of the history between the two races, but they also understand that those tieflings are millennia dead. Generations in the alternate dimension have taught the hard lesson that actions are what count; skin color and words mean little. This could be influenced by the wide variety of dragonborn scale coloration and that they do not correspond to anything significant (i.e. breath weapon type)
- The combination of the rarity of the species and their affinity for civilization, Dragonborn feel strong kinship to one another, even between strangers. However, they make fearsome enemies if it is determined that another is giving a bad name to their race and lineage. This is due to their desire to elevate their race to its former glory. There is no hero that desires to take down the machinations of an evil dragonborn more than another, good, dragonborn.
- Theologians know that when Io split into Bahamut and Tiamat they created metallic and chromatic dragons respectively. These dragons created the written form of draconic, consisting of complex symbols left by claws moved across a medium such as stone, soft metal or, when dipped in ink, parchment. The elder scrolls, put to page by wise ancient dragons use parchment the size of large rugs to accommodate the massive claw marks. However, what most people don’t know unless they’ve had the opportunity to talk with both a metallic dragon and a chromatic dragon is that the spoken form depends on the dragons descent from their gods. Metallic dragons, if you’ve noticed, possess a slightly less fearsome visage because they have lips. Bahamut saw fit that metallic dragons should not constantly have their weapons bared to the world. Chromatic dragons, however, lack lips entirely and therefore cannot pronounce certain sounds such “m” “p” “b”. Their version of draconic contains rasps and hisses that sound very predatory to most other species. Other reptilian races that lack lips, such as lizardfolk and kobolds use this version of draconic as well. Dragonborn, on the otherhand, have lips and are able to speak metallic draconic. Those of them that worship Bahamut see this as divine gift to be able to speak the language of the most high. Some dragonborn go so far as to justify horrible actions to other reptilians, viewing their inability to speak metallic draconic as a mark of Tiamat.