Atop the Shoulders of Giants
Dragonkin are those with traces of draconic blood in their veins, usually from a grandparent or great grandparent, though sometimes from multiple, more distant, ancestors. Aside from their draconic heritage, Dragonkin can be from any humanoid race (and possibly some non-humanoid races), and can freely inter-breed as if they were a normal member of their race, often producing more Dragonkin depending on the potency of their draconic heritage.
Ultimately Dragonkin are less of a race to themselves as they are a modified member of an existing race. It is as valid to say that someone who is of elven descent who is Dragonkin is an “Elven Dragonkin” as it is to say simply that they are an “Elf” or simply that they are “Dragonkin.” Each statement is true, with varying amounts of information.
Generally speaking it is not difficult to discern that someone is Dragonkin as they tend to have sparse patches of hard, colored scales on their skin, usually at major joints like the shoulders, hips, elbows, and knees. These scales usually bear one of the following colors, depending on what manner of dragon was the progenitor of that particular Dragonkin: black, blue, brass, bronze, copper, gold, green, red, silver, white. The color of a Dragonkin’s scales is generally dull, but occasionally Dragonkin are born with fairly bright and vibrant scales. These are usually those who have inherited more draconic traits than others.
Dragonkin tend to have extended life spans compared to other members of their race, usually living about 20% longer than the average member of their race, though there have been some who lived up to 160% of their races’ normal lifespan.
Dragonkin are treated very differently depending on where they go. In places like Keland and Brok’Tad where there is a history of draconic heritage which has become a major part of local culture, Dragonkin are usually treated with respect and high expectations. However in places like Lisil and Xio-Shin where dragons have presented an active threat and menace in relatively recent cultural memory they tend to be feared and treated with distrust.
Among Draconic culture Dragonkin receive a similarly mixed reception. Some dragons see Dragonkin as an uplifting representation of the integration of Dragons and humanoids into a growing, cohesive culture, but to others – generally those with lower opinions of humanoids in the first place – Dragonkin are a symbol of the debasement of the noble dragon race.
In any case and circumstance, Dragonkin tend to have a strong familial and cultural impetus towards greatness, either as a reaction against distrust and disdain or in order to fulfill the high expectations that others develop for them.