Sparks of Divinity
“Dragonborn. They can’t agree on their own founding; made from dragon blood, blessed eggs, a mix of astral and elemental magic, who knows!? All I know is that some claim they killed their own gods for freedom and, more to the point, are far more honorable than a Devil with a contract. "
“Erin” — Librarian to the Wayfayer’s Union
Dragonborn have a very complicated history; there are at least three separate origin stories, a very complicated martial living society, and don’t really have a place to call their own in Faerun. They once held a glorious military empire. Dragonborn had their clans first and foremost, a powerful personal honor, a lot of ambition for self improvement, and a lot of hatred for their Dragon “Gods”. Inevitably, there was a war and their great empire was torn asunder…
Most present-day Dragonborn are integrated into mixed societies and are living in lands they cannot claim as their own. A few clans, as well as many individuals, roam in search of worthy causes, or simple wealth and personal glory. All continue to venerate the Dragonborn model set forth in centuries the gone empire making their way according to a high personal standard.
They are rare, often misunderstood, and vulnerable to their draconic prejudices against their scale colors.
Dragonborn psychology centers on a draconic nature tempered by strong cultural ideals. The inner draconic spark is expressed as intensity coupled with a well-developed sense of self. From this sprouts a resolve born of an honest desire to be the best one can be and to be worthy of one’s heritage.
Strongly emotional, Dragonborn approach life with a natural enthusiasm. Passion comes easily, and Dragonborn readily invest themselves in the tasks set before them. At its simplest and perhaps basest level, this fervor expresses itself in extremes of feeling— Dragonborn don’t hide anger or joy. Such emotion also surfaces as ferocity in battle, especially when Dragonborn feel their resolve faltering. When failure comes into view as a possibility, Dragonborn become more tenacious.
This is partly because a healthy self-image is common among Dragonborn. Few Dragonborn are timid or reserved, except as a matter of showing proper respect to others. Guided by personal morals, Dragonborn look out for themselves, along with those creatures and items they value. They have no trouble asking for what they need or taking time to improve their abilities. And they expect others to do the same. How else can associates and friends rely on one another? In what other way can society be expected to function?
The paradox in the Dragonborn belief in a strong group dynamic is that, like dragons, all Dragonborn are fiercely independent. They learn to be so in their upbringing, focused as it is on individuality. So this conviction is an outgrowth of personal pride. Dragonborn see the strengths of a group they are part of as an expression of their own strengths. The group’s failures and successes become those of the Dragonborn members within it, reflecting on them and their choice to be a part of the group.