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The DracoharD&D Insider Article
Eye on the Realms
by Ed Greenwood

Never numerous and always seeking to hide their natures from humans and others, the race of dracohar are reclusive for a reason: their normal, human bodies are topped with the head of a red dragon. They are a real-life example of that recurring terror of legend, a runaway 'new breed' that began as the result of a wizard’s failed attempt to breed servitor dragons. Besides their alarming appearance, they have another reason to avoid civilization: their blood is a valued commodity among alchemists and fashioners of magical items.

The wizard was Kelkur the Mad, a thoroughly unpleasant recluse. Although his servitor project did not yield him the tame dragons he sought, the dracohar are one of his few successes. Their ability to use breath weapon attacks and their agility, wits, and deftness made them effective perimeter guards for Kelkur’s vale (which they kept clear of orcs and hobgoblins). Their essential stability and hardiness made them a stable race capable of outliving their creator, not a band of sterile “mules” or unique individuals having no consistent abilities. Kelkur’s spells mastered them, making them utterly obedient—and confined to the vale—until his death.

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    About the Author

    Ed Greenwood is the man who unleashed the Forgotten Realms on an unsuspecting world. He works in libraries, writes fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and even romance stories (sometimes all in the same novel), but he is still happiest churning out Realmslore, Realmslore, and more Realmslore. There are still a few rooms in his house with space left to pile up papers in . . .