Of all the Shadow’s minions, none are more powerful and more justly feared than the dragon-lords. Yet because so few have ever directly encountered them (and even fewer lived to tell the tale), the truth about the dragon-lords is concealed in a web of mystery and rumor.
The dragon-lords are the last remnant of a race known as the kerensé. Their existence and downfall are lost to time. Not even the eldest of all the ancients deep within the forests of Khoresh can recall the time when the kerensé still walked the face of Doron in freedom and peace. We know very little about what this lost race, but they must have been beings of great power and majesty, if the dark reflections they left behind are any indication.
In time beyond memory, four of the kerensé petitioned the Lord of Night, pledging themselves to his service. In return, he darkened their souls, gave them immense power, and made them virtually immortal.
The way in which the dragon-lords control both dragons and their dragon-men offspring is not really understood. The control is mental in some way, such that the dragon-lord’s will becomes the will of his servants. The control appears to be absolute, even over long periods of time. Dragon-men have been found guarding locations for their lord decades after receiving his command.
Of the four dragon-lords, one is lost to history; not even his name is remembered. The brothers, Regan and Rong, led their draconic servants in brutal wars in ages past, though neither has been heard from now in quite some time.
The last of the four, Carn, remains. While he possesses just as much martial power as his more warlike cousins, Carn prefers to work from the shadows at first. He enjoys games of deception and intrigue, often reaping the benefits of plans he set in place many years earlier. His destruction of the ruling family of Argona is a prime example of his capacity for long-range plotting, precision attacks, and sheer cruelty.
Secure in his immeasurable power, confident in his brilliant scheming, and reveling in his sadism, Carn is unmatched in all of Doron, second only to the Shadow himself.
-from the memoirs of Machaira Ktistes, elven smith