Dragons are dual-natured creatures, having both a dragon and humanoid form which they can transform between at will. Each dragon has a particular elemental affinity, Fire, Earth, Wind, Storm or Water which effects their personality and their abilities.
Dragon culture is matriarchal, divided into five clans, or eyries, lead by a Daughter who is the direct descendant of one of the five original dragons (the Mothers). Each eyrie represents one of the five elements, though it’s members are composed of dragons of all elemental affinities. Dragons inherit their elemental affinity from one of their parents.
Being immortal, dragons have a very low fertility rate, with centuries passing between pregnancies. Fertility in dragons is a communal affair, with anywhere between three and five females experiencing their fertile periods and their pregnancies at the same time. One in the cycle always gives birth to a daughter, while the rest give birth to sons. Upon reaching the age of 5-7 years, the male offspring are given to the mother of the sole female offspring of the cycle to be raised together. This group of young dragons are called a clutch, and they will bond for life, nesting together as mates when they mature. Naturally pansexual and polyamorous, the clutch will form romantic and sexual attachments among themselves depending on their personalities. Sometimes all members of a clutch will be romantically engaged with each other, while others form smaller groups of romantic attachments. No matter who is sleeping with who, the clutch is an insperable unit. When a female experiences a fertility cycle, she chooses one of her clutch to sire her offspring.
Glossary of dragon specific terms
Brother: When a male dragon calls another male ‘brother’ it is most often a term of deep affection and love between clutch mates, and used most often by lovers. The term is never used to refer to an actual sibling. In general, blood ties are considered as far less important than clutch ties, and the fact that another dragon might share a parent bears no relevance.
Clutch: A clutch is a generation of dragons born close together in time. When a female dragon is born, any juvenile males born to other eyries will be given to be raised by the eyrie the female was born in, so the entire clutch will be raised together. Because dragon fertility rates are so low, and dragon females experience their fertility in clusters where 3 to 5 females normally give birth within a span of a few years, a clutch is usually no more than 5 dragons total. The clutch will remain together forever as a subset of the eyrie their female was born in.
Clutch brother: Any male dragon in a clutch can be referred to as a clutch brother, both by the other males and the lone female in the clutch. The term carries less emotional weight than the simple ‘brother’, and does not convey any feeling the speaker might have. Males will often refer to the sole female in their clutch as simply, ‘my clutch’ in place of saying ‘clutch sister’, which is a term rarely used.
Daughter: Used as a title, a Daughter is the leader of eyrie. The title is always followed by the name of the eyrie, so Daughter of Fire, Daughter of Wind, etc.
Eyrie: Dragons live on five remote islands, called eyries. Eyrie also refers to the clans that inhabit the islands, the Fire, Wind, Storm, Earth and Water eyries.
Mother: Used as a title, Mother refers to the first dragons. As with the Daughters, the title is always followed by the name of the element she bore affinity to.
Nest: Nests are the huts the dragons live in, and also an alternative term for a mature clutch. (Juvenile clutches are not referred to as nests)