An example of a house, with a brief history of its ancestor:
This example covers House Oraiste. Oraiste was noted as a master historian but notorious for his whimsical nature. As a wymling, he was born with emerald scales that were, unfortunately, very shiny. Often underestimated in ritual battles (or battles with groundlings), he was a master strategist, equally shrewd in political and combatant arenas.
As he aged, his once brilliant scales grew black from this scales edges toward the interior. He secretly grew to enjoy playing tricks on groundlings, once posing a minor deity (She of the Dark Spots). His leadership as the first leader of the house that bears his name was considered fair and reasonable. As the God-King formed the other houses, Oraiste served as mediator. Despite his reputation, his rule was peppered with instances of severe retribution. In later life, he developed a fiery breath weapon employed to discipline his house members and destroy his enemies.
Oraiste remains the only original house leader honored by all houses.
Members of Oraiste are generally considered trustworthy sages, especially those members with similar markings of their ancestor, demonstrating their strong bloodline. Oraiste members are one of two houses that can cast spells. Physically, like all dragons, coloring and features vary widely. Members with green and black scales demonstrate a strong connection with their ancestor. Those that favor their ancestor almost universally have poison breath, developing a fiery breath as they age.
As a part of the April/May campaign, I was working on dragons. Dragons are one of the few creatures that exist in the MM I ported over.
However, the changes are more than cosmetic:
Dragons society consists of houses and clans. A single god-king rules over all of them. Houses are determined by bloodline to the ancestor from which the House takes its name.
Clans represent individual families within a house. Names are often descriptive (brave, strong, fierce, pure, loyal, wise, etc.)
Dragons are Neutral or partly Neutral in alignment. They tend to be more concerned with their own affairs than the affairs of groundling or sea-dwelling peoples. Any given house has members that represent all five possible alignments.
An individual dragon cast out of their clan for any reason is Otarakan and shunned by all dragons. Otarakan withdraw to isolated places or demi-planes to pursue their own ends. Without bounds, it is possible Otarakan contact each other, but no one knows.
Their intricate organization implies a large number of dragons exist, but sages believe that there are 50 to 100 dragons in existence. Dragons' long lives allow them time to explore all areas of minutae.
Been quiet for a while. Some of that is life stuff, mostly, it was a decision to not post anything until I had actually done something.
Will post later today about a bunch of spells I'm adding to my Black Hack inspired game.
For now, screenshot or it didn't happen. This is a partial list of the spells I'm working on for a Rune Magic system and for a Color-Based system.