Hear me out… Dragons in traditional fantasy are great opponents and obviously the classic trope of going into the dungeon and slaying the dragon is really cool. But the way i have been running them in my campaign set in the old TSR Thunder Rift setting is that they are unified. This pulls a bit from the old Council of Worms books as well but here is my new idea maybe for a region or full fantasy setting. Let me know your thoughts, especially if you have any additional rules you think dragons may follow or campaign ideas for heroes living in a world controlled by dragons. Any help appreciated, I think there could be a lot of interesting avenues to pursue here. This post is a bit of ramble and repeats itself but i am trying to create an idea that gets more clear as it goes.
Dragons in fantasy are done wrong…
Why would such powerful creatures live in caves and attack villages and kingdoms for gold.
I think they would rule over their lands and collect taxes, gifts and tithes from those who live under them. A much more efficient way to create massive wealth. They have formed a complete feudal system where they collect taxes from the kingdoms they inhabit and in exchange don’t burn anything to the ground. Treasure flows up from lesser dragons living in a more powerful dragons land to some sort of super dragon. They also follow a very strict set of rules.
The rules of the Order of Dragons:
Dragon life is sacred. Dragons do not fight or kill each other. All disputes must be brought to the council
Dragon domains are tariffed to them by the order
Dragons control and are bound to protect their lands and they are bound to aid other dragons when called upon
Gone are the ages when dragons sought only treasure. Long ago valiant warriors sought to hunt them for it. Those days are gone. They have unified and through there feudal system they now control most of the world’s economy. They let the races of the world continue their affairs but demand continued patronage. In return they offer protection and in many cases aid in the development of their region through investment or direct aid in projects. They also act as bankers sometimes on a kingdom or regional scale. Any wars fought between lesser races must be sanctioned by the Order of Dragons.
They often time live in or near cities in magnificent elaborate palaces. They have legions of kobold followers who revere them as gods. Kobolds have gained a protected place in society because of this. They also have many other loyal high power followers They employ agents in the civilized world to keep track of the all the happenings. They act as mafia controlling thieves guilds and planning heists in secret against each other. Subterfuge and politics are common activities. With all of the free time they gain by not trying to source treasure they spend on schemes and plots. Many have gained large celebrity. They are extremely jealous of each other and are constantly coming up with ways to undermine or get over each other, to this end they will employ the players in their schemes and put them in conflicting positions.