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Dragonborn are a handsome fusion of dragon and human. Tall and muscled, gifted with incredible strength and great reserves of physical endurance, dragon born are ideal warriors. Added to their physical prowess is their adherence to a disciplined life, giving them the will to excel at whatever they set out to do.
The race of the dragonborn is not originally of Toril, but instead from its sister world Abeir. When those worlds merged for a time following the Spellplague in 1385 DR, many dragonborn found themselves displaced from their former homes, though they found Toril a much more welcoming land than that of Abeir, where they toiled as slaves for dragon overlords. Since the Sundering of the 1480s, the worlds once again separated, though many dragonborn were left behind. The one dragonborn city that remains is that of Tymanther, in Faerûn’s east. The dragonborn of today never experienced life in Abeir, though tales of it are handed down carefully from generation to generation.
The dragonborn of Tymanther are a people displaced, brought into Toril during the cataclysm just over a century past. Those of Tymanther are descendants of dragonborn who broke the shackles of tyranny to fight against their dread dragon masters. A portion of their hard-won land of free dragonborn merged with Toril, separating the Tymantherans from their kin. In the decades since, the Tymantherans have sought to forget the grief of this estrangement and have grappled with the realization that their relocation might have ultimately doomed those left behind to renewed servitude. Still, even with this knowledge haunting them, the dragonborn in Faerûn are free from the oppression defining their history and now look toward a bright future in a new world.
The number of dragonborn who remember the times before the migration are minuscule, but nearly every dragonborn living today has a relative who suffered under the dragon despots of Abeir. Chilling tales told around family hearths and the recitations of oral histories in the gallery of the City-Bastion in Djerad Thymar instill in these doughty folk a deep and abiding hatred of all dragonkind. Even though the dragons of Toril had nothing to do with their appalling treatment, dragonborn bear a grudge that burns as hot now as it ever did before. In fact, those who take up a life of dragon-hunting are among some of the most celebrated heroes in Tymanther.
Many dragonborn believe that waging eternal war against dragons cannot represent their true purpose. Tymantheran dragonborn have come to learn that Faerûn holds many new possibilities, new opportunities, without any of the prejudices of their past. Dragonborn are eager to explore and to extend the hand of friendship to their neighbors. Having no thirst for war, dragonborn work hard to achieve peaceful relations with those they meet and struggle to establish themselves as a viable nation in the tapestry of lands that make up Toril. Unfortunately for them, the strangeness of their customs and their uncertain origins casts many suspicions on the dragonborn and their motives, making establishing long-lasting alliances a challenge.
Dragonborn have always cleaved to a complex set of principles to guide their beliefs. dragonborn society is highly ordered, with rigid castes and social expectations, but nowhere does the race’s sense of honor reveal itself more than in combat. A dragonborn always shows his enemies respect, giving his opponents the greatest due regardless of the cause that makes them foes. Few dragonborn would sully themselves by using treachery to defeat their adversaries, and they give each opponent the chance to acquit himself in the same honorable fashion.
This adherence to proper behavior eclipses the race’s views toward the gods. Since Abeir was without divine influence, at least in a way that most people of Toril understand, dragonborn regard the gods and their servants with suspicion, for they have ever held themselves accountable for their own actions and never to the expectations of others, especially to some remote god or other.
Dragonborn are only rarely found outside Tymanther, but if they are they are usually of an adventuring inclination. Dragonborn often find they do well in the neighbouring realm of Chessenta, as well as the law-abiding cultures of Elturgard and Cormyr.
Religion and Alignment
The world of Abeir did not have gods, at least none were known like they are on Toril. Dragonborn, even a century after their entry into Toril, retain a sharp mistrust of the gods, although they do not deny their existence. Those that do embrace religion are often among its most fervent missionaries, devoting themselves fully to a church’s cause.
When dragonborn do worship the gods, they most commonly worship the Faerûnian Pantheon.
Young dragonborn grow quickly after hatching, reaching the equivalent maturity of a human 10 year old within three years. Their maturation rate slows after that however, and they are not considered adults until 15. They live around the same length life spans as humans, reaching middle-age at 35, old age around 50, venerable by age 70, and live to be up to 90 years old, with an average life span around 80 years.