Dragonlance Draconian from Shadow of the Dragon Queen!


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Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
Don't most draconians have tails?
So do a lot of dragon born.

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Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
Don't most draconians have tails?
Yes but then so do the Dragonblood dragonborn of the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount. PHB dragonborn are tailess but again its about defining ones own canon. With four or so different dragonfolk races around now its not always clear
 


darjr

I crit!
That was an official illustration.
Yea, but from the Tal’dorei campaign.

But I get your point. I dint see it myself but I do understand.

This games fun can sometime balance on a knifes edge of imagination and verisimilitude that sometimes these things loom larger.
 



Ixal

Hero
That was an official illustration.
As it was already said its from Tal’dorei which only became official later when WotC came in due to its popularity. But initially it was just a private game and did not follow WotC internal design guides.
But for all setting and pictures where WotC is the original author Dragonborn do not have tails.
 

Levistus's_Leviathan

5e Freelancer
What's the difference? I don't mean to sound flippant, it's a serious question because I can't tell the difference between dragonborn illustrations and the top image in the OP.

Maybe that's why I've never been a huge fan of dragonborn, because I grew up in D&D with draconians being the bad guys.
Dragonborn almost never have tails in official art and never have wings. Draconians have tails and almost always have wings. That's the main visual difference. Also, there are more "color variants" of Dragonborn than of Draconians.
 

Rabulias

the Incomparably Shrewd and Clever
Draconians almost all have wings as well. The Aurak’s having no wings look the most like Dragonborn
Dragonborn almost never have tails in official art and never have wings. Draconians have tails and almost always have wings.
And Auraks not having wings is an artifact carried forward from AD&D 1st edition. Auraks are created from gold dragons, and, in AD&D 1e, gold dragons did not have wings.
AD&D 1st ed Monster Manual p.33 said:
 

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