Drakes are humanoid dragon-like beings, and one of the races of Innworld. Though they are the distant descendants of the great Dragons of old, they only bear a distant resemblance to them, and, unlike them, they are mortal beings who can level. Some Drakes are descended from Wyrms rather than Dragons, but it is not clear what the distinction is.
- 1 Physiology
- 2 Subraces
- 3 Behavior and Culture
- 4 History
- 5 Relations
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Gallery
- 8 References
Like their draconic ancestors, Drakes possess sharp claws; if appropriately sharpened, they are tough enough to pierce Antinium carpace. Like Dragons', their necks are adorned with spines, which can bleach over time for certain individuals, similar to balding in humans. They also possess tails, the positioning of which is a large part of Drake body language.
Drakes have scales in varied colors from Green, Red, Pink, Blue, Yellow and Dark, and some have even coloration patterns. Drakes with Green scales are the most common, while scales very bright (like Red) or very dark are the least likely to be seen, especially without patterns, as they are rare. Even rarer are scales that have a bright glow, a unique flame coloration and a midnight black color.
Drakes bear a certain resemblance to Lizardfolk, but it is a grievous faux pas to point this out to a Drake.
Drakes don’t live past seventy or eighty years on average. Nevertheless, with magic, one could live far longer. As long as a hundred and twenty years. Apparently some have even reached a hundred and forty, albeit by consuming numerous potions and using artifacts.
- Sight: Drakes can see farther than humans. 
Drakes don't make a difference among each other based on scale colors like Humans are prone to. However, some Drakes are more magical, and can be regarded as subraces.
- Oldblood Drakes are more or less venerated as they share attributes of Dragons, the ancestors of the Drakes: they are able to spit fire, acid or lightning or because they have wings and may even be able to fly.
- Scorchlings are of the same cloth as Oldbloods, but are regarded as cursed failures, given that their inherited traits are harming them. This shows in flaked-off scales or bad self-inflicted injuries when they try to breath fire.
Behavior and Culture
The stereotypical Drakes are orderly people, readily obeying their own authorities, and sticking to their laws strictly. These laws are seemingly put into place to make a society possible at all, since Drakes also tend to be very possessive and unwilling to share what belongs to them. Other traits are that Drakes are immensely proud of their heritage (naming Dragons as their ancestors) and their culture. Naturally, not all Drakes follow such stereotypes, but a surprisingly large and vocal amount of them tries to enforce such traditions, making their overall culture somewhat unyielding and static.
If there was a ranking for "bad-tempered species", Drakes would probably be at the top of that list, competing for first place with Centaurs and Minotaurs. There are various sayings about Drakes, like "one Drake’s trouble, two is a fight, three will burn your house down, and four means war" or "if the world was destroyed and there was only dust left, Drakes would fight over who had the most dust", which respectively describes the aggressive and greedy stereotypes of Drakes.
Very young Drakes like to bite everything they can fit their mouths around. Later, they enter into a hoarding phase, when they can't share anything with others and even take other people's stuff (like the toys of fellow children). Even as adults, Drakes may retain that strong hoarding instinct.
Drakes have many customs regarding their tails. They consider their tails to be private body parts, and it is considered erotic to touch a drake's tail. Another Drake tradition revolving around tails, is in regards to their marriage customs: proposal among drakes is done by placing a ring around the tail of the drake they wish to marry.
Prejudices and Superstitions
Drakes speak "common" (Earth's modern English) but have a distinct script that is different from the Latin alphabet that Humans are using. Learning to read that script has been reported as rather easy.
Most Drakes wear ancient-Greek style togas or robes. Some of them wear sarongs, though likely only female ones.
Some of the male Drakes wear rather little clothing, sometimes leaving their chests completely bare save for a light cloak. Female ones usually had more on.
The traditionalist Drake society is somewhat sexist or at least paternalistic with regards to partner choices: Female Drakes, especially young ones, are regarded as not fit for marriage outside of their species and suggesting otherwise makes huge scandalous waves. Meanwhile male Drakes choosing a non-Drake partner are much more accepted.
As gender-intended symbols, Drakes use a straight tail for men and a curly tail for women.
A large taboo among Drakes is homosexuality, at least in Pallassian circles. The term "Turnscale" is a derogatory term for homosexuals among Drakes. [Guardspeople] violently crack down on the private affairs of "Turnscales" and displays of same-gender affection are widely regarded as offensive to Drakedom itself. Even if those who say so are a vocal minority, they have driven queers - including transgender - into the criminal underworld.
Many if not most Drakes do not like Lizardfolk at all, possibly due to their resemblance. Drakes are mammals and see themselves as superior when compared with egglaying Lizardfolk. Seeing how Drakes tend to be orderly, proud and often grumpy, they loathe the super-social, talkative nature of Lizardfolk. The other way around, Lizardfolk seem to be aware of the animosity towards them, but find it funny.
"Lizard" is one of the ultimate insults towards Drakes, especially when uttered by non-Drakes. Non-Drakes who honestly confuse the two races should expect to be subject to stern lectures by Drakes.
Most Drakes officially accepted Gnolls in their cities as a large and helpful minority, given that there are much more Drakes in all of Southern Izril than Gnolls. Only rare Drake communities have up to a third of their population being Gnolls; one fifth or less is more common; and at some places there are lower percentages even.
While Gnolls are often subtly (or less subtly) discriminated against, most Drakes seem to be okay with accepting Gnolls as their equals in general. Nevertheless, Drake cities are usually governed entirely or mostly by Drakes, and interspecies marriage is frowned upon or derided by more traditional Drakes.
Humans had landed on their shores millennia ago, and the Drakes never forgave the land they had ceded to them. Drakes always considered them a threat and a foe. It was more of a bad rivalry now, as neither side did more than send armies to the Blood Fields each year to kill each other. But give them half a chance and the Drakes would happily invade the north, while the Humans would do the same.
There were quite a few Drakes who’d decided to live in Human lands, for all they were actively discouraged from doing so by the Drake cities. But while they hadn’t invaded each other in decades, the Humans and Drakes were still nominally at war. If a Drake [General] led his soldiers past Liscor, or a Human [Lord] moved past the Blood Fields, it might start a war again.
Both the Chandrarian race of the Garuda, the Balerosian race of the Dullahans and the Terandrian race of the Dwarves are just minorities in Southern Izril. Multicultural Pallass has a larger population of the first two, but this is probably due to them standing out even in the Walled Cities.
Relations with other races
- Like Dragons, they really love shiny objects.
- Drakes usually don't consider Humans attractive, describing them as too fleshy.
- Kebabs are the favorite food of Drakes.
- The Triumph of Scales is a classic Drake military book.
- Drakes don’t have that many mages. They don’t take to magic as some other species do. They say it’s dishonorable, too easy—not military.
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- Chapter 5.13
- Chapter 6.50 I
- Chapter 1.10
- Chapter 1.03 D
- Chapter 4.44 M
- Chapter 5.16 S
- Chapter 1.07
- Chapter 3.03
- Chapter 2.42
- Side Story – Mating Rituals
- Chapter 2.16
- Chapter 1.21
- Chapter 1.14
- Chapter 1.30
- Chapter 5.18 S
- Interlude - Dancing and Brawling
- Chapter 7.17 S
- Chapter 4.26 M
- Chapter 4.47
- Chapter 2.23
- Chapter 3.35
- Chapter 4.46
- S02 – The Antinium Wars (Pt.4)