The Dracon

The Descedants of a Dragon Defector


An ancient civilization of nomads that settled into an area now known as Vinyata. Descendants of a Wretched One, unjustly feared by the world.


The Odd One

The origins of the Dracon, start at the beginning of the world itself, like so many others. But, via a different path that started eons ago. When the Withering King, Xavian, began his earliest assault on Tikor he did so with the help of his agents, The Wretched Ones. Life aspects and elementals that he corrupted into terrifying winged horrors. One of his dragons, Ryuujin, eventually defected, it was no longer able to handle the carnage they were expected to wreak. This betrayal ended up being one of the tipping points that allowed Ishvana to repel Xavian before her ultimate sacrifice. While the rest of The Wretched were sealed away in prison tombs deep below the surface, Ryuujin was allowed to remain as part of Ishvana's final edicts.

Birth by Dragon

Legends say that Ryuujin roamed Tikor for years, looking for a home in the now foreign land. Garuyda and her children could never overlook Ryuujin's dark origins and he was subsequently shunned from the north. Eventually, Ryuujin would settle down in the south region of Tikor. Being the only dragon left, he decided to create his own humans as he had seen the others do. His race of humans would become known as The Dracon, humans with the blood of a dragon coursing through them. Unfortunately, like their progenitor, they would be discriminated against by the other cultures, weary of the serpent-like features that some grow. And the dark history behind their all-father. Despite Ryuujin's efforts to seal his maker, it seemed as if Tikor would never truly accept him. The great dragon over time wrote a series of texts and scripts to guide his children, then he retreated somewhere underground to slumber like his brothers.


The blood knows the path. The heart knows the journey. And the soul chronicles it all.
— Dracon Proverb

The Web

The Dracon live by way of communities that are all linked in a web-like fashion. These long interweaving connected series of tubes and nodes is called The Web, due to its spiderweb-like structure. The Web is a fully enclosed environment designed to protect people from the harsh conditions of the southern climate as well as the creatures that dwell in it. There are long, sometimes windy pathways, to each adjacent node as it follows the terrain. Each node hub itself encapsulates an entire city and small bit of surrounding area. At the center of this ginormous hub is the capital city of Ishward where the The Council of Syujin meets for cabinet sessions.

Religion

All Dracon who live in The Web generally follow The Way of Masangi . This is the path set by Ryuujin, their dragon father, before his slumber. The Way seeks to teach how to reach enlightenment through self-journey. That each Dracon must strive to reach their maximum potential, not for themselves necessarily, but for their community as a whole. While it's not a state-sponsored religion, nor do the Dracon have one, The Way is universally taught. Over time it's become a replacement for what other cultures would have as "common sense".

 
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The Dracon of Vinyata by Tumo Mere/Swordsfall Studios

 

Caste System

The Dracon live under a social caste system. This contains three different castes. The first being that of politicians, lawyers and those that deal with politics and other wordcraft. The second caste is the warrior caste, city guards, troops, bodyguards and other physical duties. They follow the War Code of The Way and help to protect the Nodes and deal with the occasional rowdy kid. The third caste consists of most other Dracon; merchants, farmers, and other workers.

Culture

Average technological level

They have some technology but tend to rely on practical knowledge whether than high tech robotics and such.

Common Customs, traditions and rituals

There are three castes. The first being that of politicians, lawyers and those that deal with politics. The second caste is that of the warrior. They follow the War code of the Way and help to protect the Nodes and deal with the occasional rowdy kid. The third caste is that of the normal person. Merchants and other workers. They have some technology but tend to rely on practical knowledge whether than high tech robotics and such. In the warrior caste, there are those that follow the high path and are thought to have powers derived from there long hours praying to Ryuujin. They get Ryuujin’s Words through the Mandarin Dangisa. This is a scroll with Ryuujin’s teachings. It is said the scroll is never ending and more teachings are added as Ryuujin try’s to lead his people in a better direction.

Coming of Age Rites

When a Dracon comes of age, they must undergo what they call "imprinting the dragon's tail". The rite of passage activates part of their dragon infused blood, bringing to the surface dragon-like features.   As well a series of symbols appear on their right arm "Ryuujins Mark" or simply know as "Dragon's Mark" appear. These symbols when read by an Emberpath, tell the Dracon the keys to their destiny and if they are on the right Path.   The rite is performed after their 12th cycle and done at that cities shrine.

Ideals

Relationship Ideals

Once the Dracon enter into a union, it is taken with the utmost seriousness.

Major organizations

The Dracon formed The Republic of Vinyata and still to this day make up the vast majority of its population. The governmental body that rules it is the Council of Syujin which is 100% Dracon.

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A Dracon Emberpath by Tumo Mere/Swordsfall Studios

Honor is the Soul's Currency

Do Marks Mean Anything?

While a Mark of the Dragon may symbolize adulthood for the Dracon, the actual marking itself carries no power. Whether it be a small patch or a pair of horns, neither carries power. However, history has shown that those with prominent marks have on average been more powerful. Many Emberpaths believe this to be a sort of mental self-fulfilling prophecy, and no data has shown otherwise.

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Republic of Vinyata Official Flag

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Vinyata
Geographic Location | Oct 22, 2019

The hot desert region of Southern Tikor

The Republic of Vinyata
Organization | Nov 9, 2019

The governing body of the desert region known as Vinyata. Home of the Dracon, Lucomi and a number of Wanderers.

Ishward
Settlement | Nov 10, 2019

The capital city of The Republic of Vinyata and center node of The Web



Cover image: The Dracon by Tumo Mere/Swordsfall Studios

Comments

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5 Jul, 2018 21:37

There is something that impress me in this article (Other than the double double column :p), is that the 4 first text blocks and the portrait just tells us entirely the mind of Dracons. Aside that exceptional comprehension, the Web principle is pretty interesting.

9 Jul, 2018 14:47

Thanks! more to come!

5 Jul, 2018 21:45

Very detailed, I love it! The imagery of the Web is very vivid, and the formatting is great! Good job!

9 Jul, 2018 17:14

Thanks! I really wanted it to be visual appealing as well as great reading!

5 Jul, 2018 22:16

The first 4 blocks are great, I feel like a have a good understanding of the race simply from the race. Great example of concise yet impactful writing. I love that little jab towards the other race's ideology at the end of Religion, it adds character to the write without being too overt

9 Jul, 2018 17:18

Thanks! I love a little subtlety. I aim for the reader to snort at least one per article.

9 Jul, 2018 07:29

Congrats on your feature in the Week 1 Roundup for Summercamp!

9 Jul, 2018 14:46

Thanks!

9 Jul, 2018 18:25

Absolutely!

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