Dragons of Traykon

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It is important to note that Dragons in Traykon have evolved along different paths than dragons from other worlds. The distinction between "Chromatic" and "Metalic" dragons does not exist in Traykon. Although dragons of a particular type tend to follow a specific alignment, there are exceptions as dragons are as diverse as lesser beings. Dragons have a loose society and all dragons are subject to the edicts and commands of the Paragons. Those who disobey do so at great peril.

Dragon kind is nominally ruled by Jagenash, a fire dragon of unimaginable power. He rules from the depths of the volcanic Dragon Mountains where his kind are treated as gods and they rule over the races of giant, dwarf, ogre, azir, and representatives of other races. Although the mountains are the center of draconic rule, dragons can be found in most areas of Traykon except the western continent where only Glamcatlos the Fallen dares to fly.

Eloria the Foeshadow is another paragon who makes her lair in the verdant forests of the Okigyag, the elves who have joined with kobolds for their very survival. She is considered the second most powerful dragon on Traykon and she openly defies Jagenash, often disagreeing with him on important matters affecting dragon kind. Eloria and Jagenash are contentious allies during the best of times and occasionally their agents can be found working at cross purposes.

Teligho and Shaugurg are the other two known Paragons. Although few other dragons seek them out for aid or counsel, both prefer to stay away from the rule of dragon kind and instead concern themselves with their immediate surroundings. Both Jagenash and Eloria have been known to send envoys to these two reclusive powers but they have never been known to interfere unasked in the affairs of others.

As a rule, most races avoid dragons and their influence. By divine edict, dragons are forbidden from interfering directly in the affairs of mortal rulers. Still, some dragons escape the notice of the Paragons and have been known to engage in activities which puts them in opposition to the established rule. Consequently, the draconic hierarchy tends to ignore the deaths of most dragons. Only the death of very old dragons draws the attention of the greater dragons. The death of an Ancient or older almost always draws retribution from others of their kind.

Lifespan

Dragons in Traykon were originally immortal, dying only due to violence, deprivation, or simple apathy. Their god Kel'volori took away their immortality as a punishment for disobeying a divine edict. A dragon can reasonably expect to live well over one thousand years and some have been known to live as long as three thousand before succumbing to the ravages of time.

Paragons

Kel'volori was once a mortal dragon who absorbed immense power during his millennial term as a Guardian at Morval's original temple. After his ascension, he rewards his chosen with increased power and near immortality. Paragons are those who control power and influence far beyond that of normal dragon-kind. Currently there are only four known Paragons in existence. These four are considered the rulers of dragon-kind and no lesser dragon would dare to openly oppose them.

The Compact

After the last Dragon War, the Paragon's were approached by the lords of Valislad and given a compromise to end the warfare and death. Dragons would keep clear of issues of rule for the other races and no longer gather together to bring down kingdoms. In exchange, dragons were given specific places to rule. The largest of these was renamed the Dragon Mountains, the volcanic mountain range that nearly bisects Traykon's eastern continent. Jagenash, the oldest and most powerful Paragon decreed that dragons would abide by the Compact as a group but that individuals were free to do as they wished. This also meant that dragon-kind would not retaliate against those who would slay a dragon.

Dragon Society

Although the Paragon's are considered the ruler's of dragon-kind, dragons have a very loose hierarchy of authority. Dragons are very informal about leadership and although social, seldom gather together or consult one another on their actions. The individual subspecies of dragon-kind mostly keep to their own. A dragon will almost always fight for dominance amongst others of their kind unless a Paragon is involved. Even the most arrogant and powerful dragons know they stand little chance against a Paragon in any type of contest.