Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition| Let’s Talk Uncommon Races The D&D Dragonborn
They first appeared a standard player character race with the release of 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons. Now this was a fairly polarizing effect actually one of many from that edition.
Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition has brought the dragonborn back along with the tiefling. To be honest with you I’ve kind meh on the dragonborn as a player character race, but for the purpose of this article I’m going to do my best to remain objective.
Now I do believe a form of the dragonborn harkens back to editions before 5th edition D&D or even 4th edition D&D. The draconians appeared in the war of the lance series known as the Chronicles Trilogy. I would hazard to say these were D&D’s original dragonmen.
Oddly enough I loved draconians when they first appeared, but don’t share that same feeling to their predecessors. Which I myself even find a little odd. Perhaps I just enjoyed the appearance and lore behind the draconians more.
I understand why they did it I just don’t think it was necessary. We could still play our game if one of the races lacked breast I assure you.
Dragonborn 5th Edition D&D Video
The Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Dragonborn offer up some interesting play options.
Both from a mechanical and role-playing point of view dragonborn offer up some interesting choices. They make natural paladins, as well as effective bards, fighters, barbarians, sorcerers, and warlocks. Heck they’d even make a great cleric of a war god. So they are very versatile in their class selection.
As for backgrounds I think noble, outlander, soldier, acolyte, criminal, sage, and sailor would all make very interesting choices.
All of that being said feel free to play against type them with a rogue, druid, or wizard for that matter. Their natural resistance to one of the elements and their ability to use said element as a breathe weapon only add to their arsenal.
The fact that start out with an area affect damage effective is very helpful it also scales as the go up in level. It’s available fairly often as well short or long rest recharges it.
Dragonborn don’t get much in the way of racial traits, but I guess their resistance and breathe weapon make up for it.
From a role-playing perspective you could have their very breathe weapon define them in the sense of their heritage. Are they descendants of good or evil dragons? This cause a bias when others view them?
Things like a noble paladin descendant from a red dragon who always gets judged harshly or the golden scaled criminal rogue that everyone trust off hand to their ultimate dismay.
I see a lot of opportunities for role-playing either by playing against type or with it. Gosh darn it writing this article may have changed my mind as think of the interesting possibilities for a dragonborn player character. Even so you’ll never get me on board for the dragon boobs.