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Dragonborn, also referred to as dragonblood,[3] are humanoids with draconic ancestry. They are renowned for their ability to breathe elemental energy, as well as for their tumultuous history. Their origin in Exandria is unknown, but a popular tale states that they were the common creation of Tiamat and Bahamut, meant to be loyal soldiers for both of the dragon deities until they eventually earned their freedom.[3]


Dragonborn resemble their dragon ancestors, though they walk on two legs and lack wings. Their scales match the chromatic, gem-like, or metallic scales of true dragons, which reflect the element of their breath weapon. Dragonborn stand tall, averaging between 6 and 7 feet tall and weigh around 250 pounds. The draconblood dragonborn have a tail, while the ravenite dragonborn do not.


In the Age of Arcanum, a group of tailed dragonborn lived on the floating city of Kethesk.[4] The city was sundered during the Calamity, a shard of which came to rest within the Dreemoth Ravine. The surviving dragonborn found that the ravine was already inhabited by the cave-dwelling tailless dragonborn called the ravenites, and formed an alliance with them to rebuild dragonborn civilization.[2]

Thinking themselves superior to their ravenite brethren, the tailed dragonborn named themselves draconbloods and began using the ravenites as the labor force, harvesting brumestones to hold their new city of Draconia aloft within the ravine. The draconbloods eventually enslaved the ravenites to mine the ravine for gold and gemstones, allowing themselves to focus on intellectual and political pursuits.[2] The dragonborn of Draconia remained isolated within Wildemount for centuries, though with the rise of the Tal'Dorei Empire, the sovereign extended a hand of diplomacy to Draconia, opening them up to the greater world of Exandria.[citation needed]

Dragonborn - Draconblood

Official art of a Draconblood Dragonborn, by adragonswinging.[art 2]

At the end of the year 810 PD, Draconia would be changed forever with the attack of a cabal of ancient chromatic dragons known as the Chroma Conclave. This attack left Draconia sundered, causing it to crash to the ground. In the wake of this event, known as the Chroma Crisis, the ravenites seized the opportunity to free themselves from their draconblood oppressors.[2] After Draconia's fall, draconblood and ravenite alike were scattered to the four winds. Many traveled north to the Dwendalian Empire, where they formed the shantytown of Talonstadt.[5] Others fled east to the Lotusden Greenwood, where they would find welcome with the halfling druids of Charis,[6] or to the Menagerie Coast, where some draconbloods owned vacation properties.[7] In Tal'Dorei, outside the slums of larger cities like Emon and Westruun, they are scattered enough that they rarely see other dragonborn.[8] Many of the now free ravenites stayed behind, constructing the new city of Xarzith Kitril at the southern mouth of the Dreemoth Ravine.[9]

Powers, abilities, and subraces/cultures[]

Dragonborn - Ravenite

Official art of a Ravenite Dragonborn, by adragonswinging.[art 3]

Dragonborn traits[]

Dragonborn as a whole are renowned for their prodigious strength and their charismatic charm. Their draconic ancestry manifests in their ability to breathe elemental energy, in the form of either jets of acid, blasts of cold, gouts of fire, bolts of lighting, or clouds of poison. Some dragonborn also have natural resistance to the element of their breath weapon.


The tailed draconbloods lived a scholarly life during the days of Draconia, and their understanding of diplomacy often allowed them to guide a conversation in their favor.[2]


Main article: Ravenite

The tailless ravenites lived as laborers during the days of Draconia and are the most physically hearty of the dragonborn. They are adept warriors, capable of quickly lashing back against those that dare to strike at them.[2]

Notable dragonborn[]

Campaign One: Vox Machina[]


Arkhan and the Hand - Lap Pun Cheung

Fan art of Arkhan wielding the Hand of Vecna, by Lap Pun Cheung.[art 4]


Fan art of Gern Blanston, by advocatingAvian.[art 5]


Fan art of Suvo, by BlackSalander.[art 6]


Campaign 2: The Mighty Nein[]


Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn[]

Campaign Three[]



  • Dragonborn and lizardfolk are apparently capable of creating progeny, though the fruits of such unions (with some orc heritage thrown in) have a somewhat monstrous appearance.[15]
  • After the death of Umbrasyl, his spilled blood, combined with the strange magic of the Gatshadow Mountain, caused the corpses of goliaths spattered by it to rise again as undead black dragonborn with skeletal wings.[16] It is unknown if this phenomenon was caused by unique magic or if it is possible to use dragon blood to create normal dragonborn.
    • In 5th Edition there is a Draconic Gift known as "Draconic Rebirth", that allows someone to become a dragonborn; a way to receive that gift is actually to cause the death of a dragon in order to claim some of its power.[17]



  1. Official art of two dragonborn with a tail and without one, by Svetoslav Petrov from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn. This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Official art of a Draconblood Dragonborn, by adragonswinging (source). Used with permission.
  3. Official art of a Ravenite Dragonborn, by adragonswinging (source). Used with permission.
  4. Fan art of Arkhan wielding the Hand of Vecna, by Lap Pun Cheung (source). Used with permission.
  5. Fan art of Gern Blanston, by advocatingAvian (source). Used with permission.
  6. Fan art of Suvo, by BlackSalander (source). Used with permission.

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