Tinderbox: Fall of the Tran
The “Lesser” might seem misnamed, but the dragons who created them wished to ensure that their children were reminded of their place in the hierarchy of the Caliphate. Lessers are given to lord over all krask and shirrel, but the dragons are forever cautious about any possibility of a rebellion. Lessers are powerful, charismatic leaders and mighty warriors in their own right, with savage countenances that evoke the ferocity and majesty of their draconic forebears.
Lessers’ colors do affect their breath weapon, as well as determining elements of their personality and even social standing. Although the color of a particular Lesser’s scales may be mottled, duller in hue, or otherwise distinct from other members of her race, more important Lessers come from bloodlines bred with exacting attention paid to their coloration. Lessers have large heads with flat, saurian nostrils over broad snouts. Their jaws are full of sharp teeth designed for ripping and tearing, and their massive upper bodies are balanced by short, muscular tails. Spikes and spines often run down the creatures’ backs and out to the tip of the tail, and the tail itself may be adorned with certain spikes or protrustions.
Lessers are trained in the arts of warfare and scholarship, and generally accustomed to lives of far greater leisure than the other races. A Lesser is never a mere soldier, always a commander of krask troops. They might serve as an apprentice to a more powerful wizard or psion, but they need but step outside onto the street to be met with the averted eyes and cowed respect of krask and shirrel. Obviously, being accustomed to this level of reverence makes it a struggle for Lessers to adapt to other societies; Ruby Caliphate diplomats are usually shirrel, with the Lessers serving as captain of their bodyguards or the ships that bring them to other lands. A Lesser who rejects his society, or one of particular ambition, may find alliances with members of other races extremely profitable. However, the sheer size and strength of the dragonkin and their resultant penchant for physical intimidation make it difficult for them to interact with frailer races. Lessers find their best allies amongst the Genasi and Tieflings of the Kingdom of Silks, though some have been retained by Tran dwarves to train personal guards or lead military detachments.