Dragonborn

Dragonborn, (Draconic: Enixuim) are one of the major races of Nora with a proud and rich heritage. Though they no longer claim a homeland, the ancient dragonborn nation used to exist in western Vatharond.

Dragonborn walk a lifestyle between spiritualism and warfare. Following tenants set forth by the ancient mystic, Sedeuses, the dragonborn value family, respect, obligation and self reliance.

Ancient dragonborn were known to command storms.

History


When the Midan Empire began consorting with fiends and committing atrocities passing them for justice and entertainment, the neighboring dragonborn nation of Viresia could not accept inaction. Viresia rose up against the Midans and after many years of war, brought down their cities. It was the dragonborn that helped the humans build and govern the Aquarian Empire. Though even their intervention could not stop many horrible events that came to pass during its height.

After the Moonfall, the dragonborn never rebuilt a nation of any kind. They scattered across Nora, finding their own way as individuals. However, interestingly, even today dragonborn never forget or disrespect their heritage and most take the time to practice some form of martial training to feel more connected to their great ancestors that took down an evil empire and built a respectable one.

For the dragonborn, in particular, this meant greater dissolution of national identity, as gatherings of anything larger than a small family clan were outlawed. Dragonborn clans were disassembled, and the dragonborn were sent to live in distant parts of the kingdom. Today, most communities contain a small number of dragonborn, and only a few small, dragonborn-only communities exist along the peripheries of current-age society.

A known figure in dragonborn history is Iracus, the King of Terror. A great and dark warrior-king who lead a campaign of blood and fear. He famously ascended as one of the Valori at the end of his life.

Culture


Caste System

Possibly due to the lack of any formal homeland, dragonborn families keep a strict social system common to eastern cultures. Each level of the order, or schemae, is broken into domos, or families. A domus rarely ever exists in two different schemae.

Philosophical orders

Warlike
Dragonborn warriors are geared towards war and power, answering to war chiefs who govern Dragonborn society equally with the religious leaders. They live by a complex code of honor and spend their lives defending their race. In combat, these Dragonborn show no mercy, often using ranged attacks from above and believing that others should know better than to create an enemy of a superior foe, such as themselves. They also view surrender to be dishonorable (for both themselves as well as their enemies), holding the idea that when a warrior draws blood, it is a promise of battle.

"For one of dragon's blood to not take up weapons, to not prepare night and day to slaughter any enemies that would come against them—it is unthinkable. It is—one who does such a thing, who believes the world will not be dangerous, will not strive to kill him… That is what we call insane."
— Embers

Peaceful
The other side of the Dragonborn society includes scholars, philosophers and artists. Intellectuals who believe in solving problems through reason and diplomacy, these Dragonborn spend much time researching magic and history, contemplating religion and worshiping, and producing art for the sheer joy of creation.

Tainted
The few Dragonborn who have lost their faith in society and life often former scholars who have had a traumatic event reshape their ideals and understandings of the world often turning to evil practices. The Tainted hold one ideal unquestionably true and that is "Trust no one, they can only hurt you".

Gender Rights and Polygamy

The duty of the dragonborn wife is to run the house in such a way that the family is well supported. Knowledge about herbs in order to make medicine for ill or wounded family members is highly desired.

The division between a female’s and male's domain is established at the door step. The outside work belongs to the male and the inside work belonged to the female. However, especially fit women can take on the cloth of armaments and be a warrior in the same way as the males. These females are called ignemfeles, or fire-cats.

Females are married away when they mature. It is then expected that she will be able to run the housekeeping and do the work belonging to females at a household.

A dragonborn's first wife is always arranged by the families of the groom and bride after he takes part in the alitura. However, the husband may then gain up to (but never more than) three more wives if he so chooses.

Sacred Turtles

The turtle is considered a true dragon that has reached a perfect physical form. Turtle shells continue to hold a central place in religious rituals. In honor of their exalted status, all forms of turtle, even dire tortises, often roam free in communities. In some places, it is considered good luck to give one a snack, or fruit before breakfast. It is considered a major taboo to kill or injure a turtle.

Timekeeping

Dragonborn invented the Eorik calendar that was used in the eastern provinces prior to the Aquarian Calendar. It is still used by some domos especially for honoring traditional festivals.

Anigma and Ave

Sedeuses discovered the meaning of Anigma, the soulfire. The energy that dragonborn tap into to recall their breath whether it is fire, ice or anything else. It is the vital and life sustaining energy of all living things.

Ave is a common spoken greeting or salutation among dragonborn. This word is spoken at the beginning of written or verbal communication. In fogari, Ave is said to mean "The fire in me honors the fire in you," as spoken by all participants before the game begins.

When spoken to another person, it is commonly accompanied by the two greeters to touch (or nearly touch) their heads together in a manner of trust and to share the anigma. The gesture can also be performed wordlessly and carry the same meaning.

It is said that when one's Anigma grows great enough, it can consume the material body of the mortal and cause an ascention to a sort of godhood. These individuals who have achieved this immortality are known as the Victori.

The Alitura

When a male dragonborn comes of age he is expected to go on the alitura. It is a pilgrimage where he leaves his parents home and sets out on a journey out in the world. A special Sacos short sword, called a caexqua, is crafted for the alitura. This journey ends when he reaches the sea and casts the sword into the waters, a gift to the dragonturtles who live there.

Glory

Glory is won by winning battles, though this can be metaphorical. The more glory one has, the closer to becoming a Victor they become.

Winning glory is a driving motivation for many dragonborn adventurers, as well as dragonborn in other walks of life. The dragonborn caravan guard seeks to earn fame by driving off bandits, the dragonborn artisan hopes to gain renown by creating goods known far and wide for their quality and artistry, and the dragonborn adventurer hopes to win glory by slaying terrible monsters, acquiring great treasures, and fighting back the darkness that threatens to swallow the last remnants of civilization.

Dragonbone

Sacos, otherwise known as dragonbone, is made from the teeth, shells and horns of draconic creatures, including turtles.

Education and Lorekeeping

Dragonborn are traditionally steeped in literary tradition and are one of the earliest cultures to have a written alphabet. It is required for dragonborn of both genders to be literate and educated in history, mathematics, martial arts, and science.

Libraries are historically important for the dragonborn. The crafting of traditional scrolls and modern books are highly prized.

Drama and Theater

Saeri is a unique style of epic theater that date back to ancient Viresia where a narrator stands with the actors and tells the tale, usually one verging on the fate of the world, while the heavily costumed actors wordlessly play out the actions. It is accompanied by music and singing by a small offstage chorus.

Martial Arts

Steeped in martial tradition, dragonborn have given birth to many different martial art styles. Donec, for example, is a style that specializes in sweeping and take-downs.

Dragonborn also have historically practiced Fogari.

STUDENT OF THE NINEFOLD PATH

In ancient Viresia, a society of sorcerers called the Order of the Ninefold Path codified and propagated the arcane teachings of the dragonborn. The sages of this order lived as mendicants, owning nothing but the tomes they could carry and relying on the support and hospitality of the citizenry as they traveled from city to city. They traveled in pairs, one master and O/ile student. As the student's knowledge grew to equal the master's, they would seek out new students in the cities they visited, thus passing on the secrets of the order. A few scattered masters of the Ninefold Path remain in the wake of Viresia's fall, but students willing to accept their tutelage are few and far between.

Nine arcane tomes defined the core teachings of the arcane Order of the Ninefold Path. The tomes are certain to lie hidden in ancient ruins, where they were taken as spoils of war.

Notable Dragonborn


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