Due to their imposing appearance and their ability to breath elements, many in the land are frightened of dragulin, but in experience they have been some of the kindest people you can meet and some of the closest confidants you can have
Dragulin are like humanoid dragons, but they have neither wings nor tail.
Dragulin are incredibly dense with muscle, similar to their draconic ancestors. They are humanoid, but have scales that match the color of their draconic ancestors. These scales don't resist physical attacks, but do resist the element most closely associated with said draconic ancestor. Dragulin also have special organs in their throats that allow them to breath the element of the draconic ancestor as well. They also inherit the sharp claws on both hands and feet that the dragons had. Additionally, dragulin have spines that trail from the back of their head. However, despite all of these draconic and reptilian traits, dragulin are biologically more in line with their more humanoid lineage. They are warm-blooded with live births and breast-feeding, instead of laying eggs like most reptiles.
Genetics and Reproduction
Dragulin mating is similar to humans, even with live births and a nine month gestation despite their draconic lineage.
Growth Rate & Stages
Dragulin grow rapidly until 3, then slow down until reaching full adulthood at 15. They then reach middle age at around 40 and old age at around 70.
Ecology and Habitats
Dragulin mostly live in The Western Desert; however, they tend to thrive better in more temperate climates. This is largely because they spent centuries living in kinder climates and have had to culturally adapt to their newer, crueler environment.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Dragulin subsist on an all meat diet. Their bodies can process vegetation, but they get little nutrition from it. However, they only need a little meat to subsist for a long time, meaning it is easy enough for them to subsist on the small rodents they can find in the desert.
Dragulin society is based around wandering bands, who are connected to each other via a variety of maternal kinship groups called tribes. These bands are generally led through cooperation of the wisest male in the band and the strongest female, both of these decided internally by the band itself. While individual families are important on some level, the band is also treated as a larger extended family to an extent.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
Dragulin outside of the desert are sometimes hired as mercenary because of their incredible natural strength.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Dragulin can be found in most places across Belkora, but most live nomadic lifestyles in the Western Desert.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Dragulin have incredibly sharp smell and day vision, however they have no ability to see in the dark despite their draconic ancestors having this ability.
Civilization and Culture
Dragulin names are arranged with the tribe name first, as it is important when two dragulin meet in the desert to know tribal affiliations. They then have a given name second since that is mostly for identifying within a tribe. However, as more and more dragulin have left the desert, many just give their given name due to other races' obsession with them.
Dragulin are often attracted to strong people, whether they are dragulin or not. Muscles and aggressive behavior are seen as signs of strong offspring. To some degree, female dragulin will also see a nurturing attitude attractive in dragulin males specifically.
Men are generally in charge of a clan's belongings including both animal products and children, along with being considered calmer and more thoughtful. Women then go out and hunt, while also being seen as more aggressive. However, dragulin are flexible enough in their roles that when a dragulin is ill or otherwise unable to perform their normal duties, their partner will often fill the role for the necessary time while the rest of the village picks up the slack of the partner's original duties.
Whenever two bands of different tribes, meet in the desert, any woman who finds a man attractive can barter with the dragulin in charge to take the man with them. If the woman and man find that they can make it work, they become partners. However, if they find they cannot make it work, then the woman must leave the band to either find a new one or leave the desert entirely because she stole a man from his. Meanwhile the man is adopted into both the new tribe and band. Outside of the desert, dragulin of any color will generally follow the customs of the society they are in.
Dragulin couples are incredibly loyal to each other. If cheating occurs, then the offending member is banished from all tribes by receiving slashes across the nose. If one partner is ill then the other will take up the responsibilities of the other, asking friends in the band to help with their own duties.
Major Language Groups and Dialects
Dragulin tend to know Common and the dragul form of Draconic. Notably, the dragul form of Draconic has no written form, instead being a completely oral language.
Common Etiquette Rules
It is good practice to aid other dragulin if they ask for help, especially if the one asking for help is a close friend or romantic partner. This practice carries over when dragulin leave the desert, leading them often have culturally ingrained urge to help those in need.
Common Dress Code
Dragulin in the desert will generally wear minimal clothing, merely covering genitals and breasts on the women. In other societies, they will generally conform to the dress of others to avoid too much conflict.
Culture and Cultural Heritage
One of the most core elements in dragulin culture is the act of oral storytelling. Young dragulin will often at the end of everyday gather around the fire to hear the band's story keeper talk of the myths of old. Somethings, some of the woman may talk about how the hunting went that day if particularly eventful. Perhaps a couple may tell the story of how they met on an anniversary. No matter what it is, the dragulin love to record their history nightly with stories around the campfire. The importance of stories to dragulin can be seen in one of their annual traditions, The Life Story, where for their birthday, a dragulin tells the story of their life up to this point.
Any kind of actions that betrays loved ones are grounds for expulsion from the band, along with a wound that denotes their exile. Cheating is denoted with a slash on the nose, stealing is denoted with the loss of an eye, murder is denoted with a slash across the neck.
Dragulin are said to have come from generations of dragons mating with humans while magically disguised. Either way, they were one of the races that helped take down the Old Human Empire. Afterward, in the land they gained after the war, they built the kingdom of Draakya, a bastion of magitech and supposedly the birthplace of artifice. Draakya collapsed when it was invaded by the orcish kingdom of Osalla. After years of warfare between the two kingdoms, they both eventually devolved into nomadic peoples that wandered different parts of the Western Desert.
Common Myths and Legends
Myths are an important aspect to dragulin life and religion, as while more mundane stories are an important part of a dragulin's day, no story time around the campfire is complete without some tales from the Dragon's Code. The Code is a series of oral stories shared among dragulin that tell of the ancient dragons and how they created the world before hiding away. Metalos and Chromata stayed behind in order to create people. Among this creation story there are many stories of the adventures and antics of dragons, the sibling gods, and early dragulin heroes and tricksters.
Gold, Silver, Brass, Bronze, Copper, Red, White, Blue, Green, Black
Most dragulin are well-built, as if they had trained their whole life. While some live lives that lead to atrophy of their naturally muscular physique, a dragulin has to try hard to do so with their all meat diet and the way their bodies process nutrients.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Dragulin scales match the color of their nearest dragon ancestor. Those descended from metallic dragons, while similar in tints to those scales, will not have the same luster as the shiny scales of dragons.
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