Mar. 8th, 2015

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D&D's Dragonborn, being a relatively new introduction to the franchise, don't have as much lore as the other playable humanoids, which makes them kind of boring (And even harder to distinguish from, say, half-dragons or lizardfolk.)

So here's my take on humanoid dragons.
SPECIES NAME: Jorgumandr or Jorguman (plural Jorgumandrs, Jorgumen), a corruption of Jormugandr.
Appearance: Unlike D&D dragonborn (which lack wings and tails for some reason), they have short, thick tails, and small, vestigal wings. While dragon/human hybrids are anatomically human with dragonish extremities (face, hands and feet, etc), a Jorgumandr's skeleton and musculature basically looks like a cross between a Therizanosaur and a bear. Their bodies mainly distribute fat around the belly, thighs, and tail, giving certain individuals a pear-shaped appearance, while trimmer individuals are basically rectangular (more like powerlifters than bodybuilders). Essentially, they look like your typical *kid's cartoon anthro dragon.* Like this. Or this. Or this. Not like...well, the stuff that comes up if you google "humanoid dragon" or "anthro dragon." No brachiating shoulders or lanky, cursorial legs. Being fairly massive compared to humans, a low-center-of-gravity, graviportal build is what is most practical.
Life Cycle: Similar to the dinosaurs psittacosaurus and massospondylus, as well as to the dragons in the old Spyro games, Jorgumen children are quadrupedal, only developing a more bipedal stance as they enter adolescence. Hatchlings are quite precocial compared to newborn humanoids of other species, and begin walking and frolicking almost immediately after hatching. Jorguman juveniles can run twice as fast as adults, leading some scholars to postulate that the quadrupedal state is designed to allow children to escape dangerous situations that the slower (but more robust) adults can easily weather. Walking upright for the first time is an important milestone in a Jorguman child's life.
Sex and Gender: Jorgumen have cloacas. There are two common sexes (Male and Female), and one relatively common intersex state (gynadromorphy.) Some Jorgumen women are are capable of parthenogenesis, and these individuals are culturally categorized as a distinct gender from non-parthenogenetic women. Due to this quirk in the species' reproduction, nearly all Jorgumen societies (regardless of gender hierarchy or lack theroff) are matrilineal.
Clothing: Skirts and kilts are more common than pants. Since they don't have anuses on their butt (cloaca is located where genitalia and urethra are on a human) and the big-ass tail is a pain to tailor around, the slits in Jorgumen skirts/kilts/dresses/etc are usually located at the posterior, rather than at the side or front as in other humanoids' traditions. Being totally boobieless, they only wear tunics or coats alongside dresses/kilts in cold regions, or in order to comply with dress codes set by mammalian humanoids. Clothing for children basically resemble handmade dog vests.

I might write some more later, I might not. Basically "dragon furries" is boring to me, "dragons that have convergently evolved to be bipedal, clannish tool-users ala humans" is potentially weird and therefore interesting.

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