Black dragons are evil-tempered, cunning, and malevolent, characteristics that are reflected in their crafty, sinister faces. Black dragons are sometimes known as skull dragons because of their skeletal faces. Adding to the skeletal impression is the gradual deterioration of the hide around the base of the horn and the cheekbones. This deterioration increases with age and does not harm the dragon. On hatching, a black dragon’s scales are thin, small, and glossy. As the dragon ages, they become larger, thicker and duller, helping it camouflage itself in swamps and marshes. Black dragons are especially fond of coins. Older dragons sometimes capture and question humanoids about stockpiles of gold, silver, and platinum coins before killing them. The black dragon patriarch is Susano.
Blue dragons are orderly creatures and are unusual for chromatics in that they keep fairly well-ordered, hierarchical societies. They are more likely to be mocking and manipulative than outrightly cruel or murderous to ‘lesser’ creatures, aided greatly by their natural talents for hallucination. They are infamous for tricking desert travelers into drinking sand or going miles out of their way to avoid nonexistent dust basins. The blue dragons are led by their patriarch, Rasu.
Gold dragons are dedicated foes of evil and foul play. They often embark on self-appointed quests to promote good. Woe to the evildoer who earns a gold dragon’s wrath. The dragon will not rest until the malefactor has been defeated and either slain or brought to justice. Gold dragons do not settle for anything less than complete victory over evil. The gold dragons are the only family on the losing side of the war still intact. While they would love to stomp out all of the evil in Zal’terra, none as much as their patriarch, Embu, much of their time is spent maintaining their own territory, keeping the shadow dragons at bay.
Green dragons are belligerent and tend to attack without provocation. A wyrmling green dragon’s scales are thin, very small, and a deep shade of green that appears nearly black. As the dragon ages, the scales grow larger and lighter, turning shades of forest, emerald and olive green, which helps it blend in with its wooded surroundings. They are the most curious of all of the dragons. They like to question intelligent creatures to learn about their societies and abilities, what is going on in the countryside, and if there is any treasure nearby. The green dragon patriarch is Enbi.
Fang dragons are greedy, rapacious and cunning creatures. Their bodies are armored with bony plates that rise into projecting spurs at limb joints and end in long, forked tailes tipped with a pair of scythelike bony blades. They fly poorly, but can rise with a single clap of their wings to lunge forward. Their body plates are a mottled gray and brown, their wings are small but muscled, and their eyes tend to be glittering red or orange. Fang dragons’ heads are adorned with many small horns or spikes. The fang dragons, led by Gurido, were one of the few dragon families that refused to take place in the war. Instead, the fang dragons waited til after all of the other families made claims to their territories and took over all of the surrounding areas.
Red dragons are the most covetous of all dragons, forever seeking to increase their treasure hoards. They are exceptionally vain, which is reflected in their proud bearing and disdainful expression. The small scales of a wyrmling red dragon are a bright glossy scarlet, making the dragon easily spotted by predators and hunters, so it stays underground and does not venture outside until it is more able to take care of itself. Toward the end of young age, the scales turn a deeper red, and the glossy texture is replaced by a smooth, dull finish. As the dragon grows older, the scales becomes large, thick and as strong as metal. The neck frill and wings are an ash blue or purple-gray toward the edges, becoming darker with age. The pupils of a red dragon fade as it ages, the oldest red dragons have eyes that resemble molten lava orbs. The patriarch of the red dragons is Puraido.
Shadow dragons are sly and devious creatures with ties to the Plane of Shadow. Shadow dragons have translucent scales and dark bodies, giving them an indistinct appearance; from a distance, they seem to be nothing but a foreboding mass of shadows. The shadow dragons, led by their patriarch, Rasuto, live underneath Zal’terra. Shadow dragons are known for enslaving their enemies, if it can be helped.
Water drakes lay claim to areas of coastline, preying on sailors and any other creatures foolish enough to enter their territory. A water drake’s silver-blue scales appear more like those of a fish than a reptile, smooth and shimmering. Its sleek body cuts through the water with decent speed; however, it can’t keep up with most other aquatic creatures, so it tends to remain at shallow depths so it can take to the air as needed. The water drakes are the only elemental drake family to have their patriarch, Surosu, survive the war. Because they are so easily outclassed by the other dragon families, the water drakes must rely on trade agreements for protection against any dragon family trying to encroach on their land.
Among the smallest and least intelligent of dragonkind, most white dragons are simply animalistic predators. Their faces express single-minded ferocity rather than the shrewdness of their more powerful kin. The scales of a wyrmling white dragon glisten like mirrors. As the dragon ages, the sheen disappears, and by very old age, scales of pale blue and light gray are mixed in with the white. The white dragons’ patriarch is Guratoni.
Pyroclastic dragons are creatures of elemental fury, embodying the forces of fire, earth, and rumbling thunder that move earth and shape continents. They are native to the Bleak Eternity of Gehenna, an infinite plane of volcanic earthbergs and infernal lava. A pyroclastic dragon is solidly built and powerfully muscled, conveying a sense of immovability. Its scales resemble patterns of reds, oranges, blacks, and grays over its entire body. Its large wings seem almost to be made of ash, but despite their flimsy appearance they are quite capable of bearing the dragon’s great weight aloft. The pyroclastic dragons’ patriarch is Purgado.