Drakouni (3.5e Race)
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A race of dragon and elf hybrids, the drakouni are often mistaken for half-dragons, and vice versa. However, unlike a half-dragon, a drakoun's parents are also drakouni, going back many centuries to the birth of the first drakouni. As a result of their heritage, drakouni adore and often worship dragons, believing them to be the perfect creation of the gods. Generally tribal, drakouni will follow the chieftain, who is generally the strongest member of the tribe. They are also warlike, but possess an honor not unlike the barbarian tribes of many other races.
Standing at almost six feet in height, the drakouni are around the same size as most other humanoid races. Depending on the sub-species of the individual drakoun, drakouni vary in appearance. The main sub-species are: Red Drakouni, Blue Drakouni, Green Drakouni, White Drakouni, and Black Drakouni. All drakouni share the following traits however: scales running down their backs and the outsides of their arms and legs, large ears that dwarf even an elf's, thick musculature, bony ridges above their eyes rather than eyebrows of hair, and thicker nails that are often sharpened to a dull point.
Red drakouni generally have dark tan or brown skin, reddish orange hair, red or yellow eyes, and they are more muscular and generally larger than the other sub-species. The elven ancestors of most red drakouni were sun elves.
Blue drakouni have slightly lighter skin than their red cousins, and generally have blond hair and blue eyes that can range from pale blue to nearly black. The elven ancestors of most blue drakouni were moon elves.
Green drakouni generally have dark brown complexions and brown hair. Most often their eyes are green, but some green drakouni have brown eyes. Green drakouni are slighter than reds and blues, closer to their elven ancestors in build than the other drakouni species. The elven ancestors of most green drakouni were wood elves.
White drakouni are the smallest of the drakouni species, generally standing at about five and a half feet in height. Their skin is so pale as to appear white, and is their hair. White drakouni generally have pale blue eyes or gray eyes, but some have eyes with a pinkish hue. The elven ancestors of most white drakouni were wild elves.
Black drakouni are slightly different than the other species, as their ancestors were black dragons and drow rather than elves. They have obsidian skin tones and white or gray hair, although there are a few who have black hair. A standard black drakoun's eyes will either be an acid green or crimson.
Depending on the subrace, a drakoun will react differently with other races. All drakoun, regardless of color or tribe, will welcome a fellow drakoun and treat them with respect. Half-Dragons and dragonborn are considered kin, and are treated as such. Elves and drow are accepted by drakoun more readily than other races, as are half-elves and half-drow. Drakoun get along fairly well with fire giants and to a lesser extent dwarves, as some legends say that the drakoun have the blood of the two races in their veins.
Red drakouni are generally more aggressive when encountering outsiders and new people. Blue drakouni consider themselves to be the most cultured of the drakouni, and as such accept outsiders more readily. Green drakouni will often observe outsiders without being seen and judge how they will greet outsiders based on the action of the outsider and his company (if any). White drakouni are more aloof, accepting members of other races, but they do not go out of their way to interact. Black drakouni consider all non-drakouni to be inferior, and it takes a lot to earn the respect of a black drakouni.
While their elven ancestors are generally considered "good," the draconic ancestors of the drakouni are anything but. The drakouni culture is wild and battle is often used as a means of settling dispute, causing others to view them as chaotic. As a race drakouni are Chaotic Neutral, but like humans, the individual can vary.
Depending on where their draconic ancestors lived, a drakouni tribe will live. Blue drakouni often live in the desert, reds in the mountains, blacks in swamps and moors, greens in forests, and whites in tundras. They are generally nomadic, although there are a few drakouni kingdoms.
Drakouni generally worship ancient dragons, wyrms, and great wyrms. Some adhere to the beliefs of their elven ancestors and follow the same gods as the elves. Adventuring drakouni can follow any god or goddess, and usually worship a wyrm, elven god, or one that their profession is based around.
Drakouni speak Common and most learn Elvish, undercommon or Draconic, if not all three. If there are neighboring cultures or races, drakouni are capable of learning those languages as well. Due to the legends of their mixed heritage, some drakouni learn Dwarven and Giant in order to find the truth within the rumors.
Drakouni generally have names that sound somewhat elvish but with a harsher edge to them.
- +2 Constitution and -2 Charisma. Drakouni are a hardy race, but are rather aloof and superior minded.
- Humanoid (Draconic)
- Medium-size: As medium-size creatures, Drakouni have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
- Drakouni base land speed is 30 feet.
- Drakouni gain a +1 Natural Armor bonus to their AC due their scales. This can be increased to +2 Natural Armor (due to additional scales) at the cost of a -1 penalty to Dexterity.
- Drakouni gain a +2 Racial Bonus to Intimidate checks, but suffer a -2 to Diplomacy.
- Low-Light Vision: A drakouni can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. She retains the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.
- Automatic Languages: Common, and either Elvish, undercommon, or Draconic. Bonus Languages Dwarven, and Giant.
- Favored Class: Sorcerer (Dragon Shaman if the DM allows it)
- Level Adjustment: 0
|Middle Age1||Old2||Venerable3||Maximum Age|
|364 years||645 years||900 years||1000|
|Gender||Base Height||Height Modifier||Base Weight||Weight Modifier|
|Male||6’ 0”||+2d6||175 lb.||× (1d6) lb.|
|Female||5’ 7”||+2d6||160 lb.||× (1d6) lb.|