Dragonborn stand between the realms of mortals and those of the great dragons, at home in neither.
Background and History
Dragonborn originate from Argonnessen. Tales maintain that great dragonborn city-states exist in Argonnessen’s interior, warring with one another over territory over interpretations of the Draconic Prophecy, or at the behest of their dragon overlords.
In Khorvaire, dragonborn are strongly associated with Q’barra. Long ago, dragonborn immigrants from Argonnessen formed an empire in the thick jungles of this region, conquering or annexing lizardfolk and kobold lands. They constructed huge monuments, tamed the wild, and stood on the verge of becoming one of Khorvaire’s great powers. None today can say with certainty what happened to the empire. It fell as swiftly as it rose, leaving behind pockets of civilized dragonborn fighting for survival in a fierce jungle. Although the empire is long gone, dragonborn maintain a link to their storied past through their faith. They worship the Dragon Sovereigns, the draconic incarnations of the deities of the Sovereign Host. Evil dragonborn, on the other hand, typically worship the Dragon Below. Although dragonborn do not directly worship dragons, they respect them as emissaries of the gods, and they deeply revere the three progenitor wyrms: Siberys, Eberron, and Khyber. Dragonborn believe that the Draconic Prophecy is the way these ancients communicate with the dragons of today.
A few dragonborn travel the world as adventurers or merchants, but most of Khorvaire’s dragonborn still live in Q’barra. After centuries of eking out a living in the jungles, dragonborn communities in Q’barra have begun to thrive, forming new governments and trading with outsiders. By contrast, a few dragonborn tribes have instead turned savage, dwelling in the wild alongside lizardfolk and troglodytes. These dragonborn are a menace to settlements in Q’barra and to Q’barra’s neighbors.
A few dragonborn tribes dwell on Seren and other isles along the coast of Argonnessen. Although few travelers ever see them, dragonborn city-states are located in the continent’s interior.