Anthro Dragon (5e Race)

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Anthro Dragon[edit]

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A prism dragoness made by sixthleafclover
"The most important part of any creature throughout the multiverse is their soul. And there are few souls that can challenge the might of a Dragon's soul." - The elder dragon child

Physical Description[edit]

An Anthro Dragon is the child of a dragon and a humanoid born with a dragon's soul. They have a form similar to most other Humanoids save for a few key differences. These include a tail (+- 4 feet), four fingered hands and feet with sharp claws, an elongated snout with sharp teeth, the eyes of the dragon parent, large and leathery dragon wings. An anthro dragon also inherits the tough scales of their dragon parent, which cover the entire body. But their have been Anthro Dragons with scales of multiple colors. This is caused by the influence of strong magic or the intertwining of multiple draconic bloodlines. But as a result these dragons may also have conflicting mentalities based on their conflicting parentage.

History[edit]

Anthro Dragons are a sub-species of Half-Dragons, with the main differences between them is that Anthro Dragons are much stronger and possess the soul of a Dragon, while Half-Dragons posses mortal souls.

Tales tell of Dragons coming down to the homes of mortals and taking humanoid form before mating with a humanoid. Many dragons do this in order to produce powerful servants or to satisfy their own sexual needs. Dragons may see humanoids as lesser beings, but that does not mean that they can't still be infatuated with the beauty of other creatures. Sometimes there is a small chance that a Dragon mates with a humanoid out of love. But this is exceedingly rare. The offspring of such a combination will typically produce a Half-Dragon. But in cases where the dragon parent is exceptionally powerful, strong magic is present, or the love between the two parents is true, an Anthro Dragon will be born.

The egg will grow and incubate at the same rate as a normal Dragon egg be it having a Dragon or a humanoid mother. (following the incubation rules of the Draconomicon). Upon being laid by a Dragon mother, the Anthro Dragon egg is nearly indistinguishable from the eggs of a normal dragon of its type. The fact that it is an Anthro Dragon is only revealed upon the eggs hatching. But the effects are different for humanoid mothers. Humanoid wombs were never meant to accommodate Dragons. While a Dragon's womb provides the perfect elemental conditions for the egg while a humanoids womb does not. For strong humanoid mothers, they can survive their womb changing in order to provide the same conditions as a Dragon's womb and is able to form a shell around the offspring, allowing the Humanoid to form and lay the egg. The humanoid may also develop some other strange features such as small patches of scales growing around their body, sharper teeth and nails, and small horns. Such changes are permanent and can be detrimental to offspring whose father isn't the same dragon or a dragon of the same typing. The conditions inside the womb after the transformation are favorable for dragon offspring, but not for humanoid. A humanoid child in these conditions have a large chance of perishing soon after conception. But some are able to adapt to the harsh environment and will change as a result, causing them to become Half-Dragons. This incubation and transformation takes up so much power, that many mothers of little power or of non-draconic blood perish when the egg gets laid.

But Anthro Dragons may come about through alternative means. They may be the offspring of two separate Anthro Dragons, the influence of strong magic on a dragon egg or if a Dragon's soul is merged with a humanoid body.

Society[edit]

Do to their rarity, Anthro Dragon societies are rare. But among humanoids, they are typically feared due to their draconic nature, causing many to take refuge in the wilderness, becoming hermits and guardians of sacred lands. Their dragon parent may take them in and use them as powerful servants and soldiers to help govern their dominion. Some even end up in cults or societies where dragons are worshiped and they themselves are heavily revered. Some have even grown powerful enough to establish their own towns and cities within the material plane and beyond. Do to their draconic blood, many Anthro Dragons are born with an innate connection to strong magic, resulting in some Anthro Dragons pursuing the arcane arts while others focus on their physical side and use their draconic features to become strong warriors. Either way, Anthro Dragons can become extremely powerful, resulting in many pursuing a life of adventuring.

Anthro Dragon Names[edit]

Most anthro dragons use dragon or dragonborn names. Just click on one of the links and you’ll be sent to a name generator.

Anthro Dragon Traits[edit]

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A black anthro dragoness made by sixthleafclover

Anthro dragons are the offspring of humanoids and dragons born with the soul of a dragon.
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2, and your Charisma score increases by 1.
Age. Anthro dragons mature a bit slower than a normal human, typically reaching maturity in their mid-twenties. Being born with the soul of a dragon, they live for a very long time and live for about a thousand years.
Alignment. Anthro Dragons tend to extremes, making a conscious choice for one side or the other in the cosmic war between good and evil. Their alignment mainly depends on what dragon type they are.
Size. Antho dragons are taller than most, easily reaching up to 7 feet to 8 feet high, and weighing around 280 to 340 pounds. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Breath Weapon. You can use your action to exhale destructive energy. Your draconic parentage determines the size, shape, and damage type of the exhalation. When you use your breath weapon, each creature in the area of the exhalation must make a saving throw, the type of which is determined by your draconic parentage. The DC for this saving throw equals 8 + your Constitution modifier + your proficiency bonus. A creature takes 2d6 damage on a failed save, and half as much damage on a successful one. The damage increases to 3d6 at 6th level, 4d6 at 11th level, and 5d6 at 16th level. After you use your breath weapon, you can't use it again until you complete a short or long rest.
Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
Dragon Blood. The concentration of draconic blood within you strengthens your scales. Your creature type is considered to be both dragon and humanoid. In addition, you can take any dragonborn racial feat.
Draconic Parentage. You have draconic parentage. Choose one type of dragon from the Draconic Parentage table. Your breath weapon and damage resistance are determined by the dragon type, as shown in the table.
Draconic Armor. You have inherited the scales of your dragon father. When you aren't wearing armor, your AC is 12 + your Dexterity modifier and damage resistance dependent on your Draconic Parentage.
Dragon Wings. You have a flying speed of 50 feet. You must be in a space wide enough to accommodate your wingspan to fly. Your wingspan is equal to twice your height. Additionally, while flying, if you do not move at least half your speed during your turn, you fall to the ground.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Draconic. Draconic is thought to be one of the oldest languages and is often used in the study of magic. The language sounds harsh to most other creatures and includes numerous hard consonants and sibilants.

Draconic Ancestry
Dragon Damage Type Breath Weapon
Black Acid 5 by 30 ft. line (Dex. save)
Blue Lightning 5 by 30 ft. line (Dex. save)
Brass Fire 5 by 30 ft. line (Dex. save)
Bronze Lightning 5 by 30 ft. line (Dex. save)
Copper Acid 5 by 30 ft. line (Dex. save)
Gold Fire 15 ft. cone (Dex. save)
Green Poison 15 ft. cone (Con. save)
Red Fire 15 ft. cone (Dex. save)
Silver Cold 15 ft. cone (Con. save)
White Cold 15 ft. cone (Con. save)

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

When creating an anthro dragon, you can use the following table of traits, ideals, bonds and flaws to help flesh out your character. Use this table in addition to or in place of your background's characteristics.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I didn’t grow up wearing clothes, and I still don’t like the feel of them on my body.
2 I am more comfortable around dragons than humanoids.
3 I find it more comfortable to sleep like a dragon, rather than in a normal bed.
4 I will sell anything to get a stash full of gold, gems and magical items.
5 I would rather live in a lair than in a city.
6 I don’t understand why most humanoids are so hasty.
7 I try to cover as much of my dragon features as possible. I just want to fit in with society.
8 I like eating the same as a dragon.
d6 Ideal
1 Family. I will try anything to protect my parent. (Neutral)
2 Freedom. I never fit into society and I have found the only way to be content is to express myself without regard for rules. (Chaotic)
3 Draconic. I feel more like a dragon than a humanoid. I will do everything to come as close as possible to this desire. (Chaotic)
4 Harmony. I try my best to keep a healthy balance between my draconic origin and the humanoid world. (Good)
5 Dominance. I will enslave my race and rule over them, because I am genetically better than them. (Evil)
6 Greed. Material goods matter to me more than friendship. (Neutral)
d6 Bond
1 If somebody hurts my dragon family, they will pay for it.
2 I want to go back once in a while to see my dragon parent.
3 I feel a deep connection with every Metallic/Chromatic dragon wyrmling. If nobody else takes care of them, I will.
4 A humanoid understands how I feel. I will do everything for that person, even if my dragon master wouldn’t agree with it.
5 I feel a deep bond with every other dragon child.
6 I respect anyone that respects me, not because they’re scared, but because of who I am.

Every type of dragon has its own specific flaw(s), which you inherited.

Dragon Flaw
Black I love to make my enemies suffer before I kill them. Causing pain is a sheer joy.
Blue I’m very vain and will react with rage to any insinuation that I’m weak or inferior.
Brass I will serve anyone that is willing to pay well, even if it’s an evil being.
Bronze I will make sure everyone governs the law and nobody will stop me!
Copper My jokes are the best, so you should laugh with every joke I tell. If you don’t, you may be in for a bad time.
Gold I will do anything for the greater goods, but those are, most of the time, not the needs of the “lesser creatures”. You could probably say I’m arrogant.
Green I lie as easy as others speak and prefer to achieve my goals through guile and double-dealing.
Red I will never forgive even the smallest things. Even if you “only” insulted me, there will be consequences.
Silver Honor means everything and I will never break my word, even if this places me in opposition against creatures of my own alignment.
White I’m remarkably bestial and rely more on instinct then intellect.
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