Elderlings are humans that have been changed by proximity to dragons, dragon flesh, or dragon artifacts. 'in ancient times, they worked and lived alongside dragons and tended to their needs.
Elderlings develop features that resemble those of dragons, making their appearance inhuman. Features typically include greater height, elongated limbs, claws, and heavy scaling, which progressively covers more of the body. An Elderling's scaling often matches the colors and patterns of their dragon. Rarer features include forehead crests and, in one case, wings. Elderlings also experience increased lifespan and reduced fertility.
While simple proximity to dragons, especially from a young age, is enough to elicit some changes, there are ways the process can be sped. The consumption of a scale from a dragon's face and a few drops of its blood is a typical method by which Elderlings are created. The dragon then guides the changes the human experiences, which grow more prominent over time. In some cases, a change may be precipitated by an injury, which develops into an Elderling feature.
Historically, Elderlings are intentionally transformed from humans by dragons; being selected for such changes was considered a great honor. Elderlings typically have strong mental bonds with the dragon who starts their changes, but this is not a requirement for transformation. The dragon parts consumed do not have to be given willingly, nor does a dragon even need to be alive for consumption of its parts to effect changes.
Known Elderlings Edit
- Carson Lupskip
- Malta Vestrit Khuprus
- Reyn Khuprus
- Sedric Meldar
- Selden Vestrit