In August my D&D group are starting a new campaign and I’ll be playing a Dragonborn for the first time. For those unfamiliar, dragonborn is a D&D fantasy race that’s basically a reptiloid race with dragon blood.
When you watch rpg streams and stuff, there’s a tendency for people to give dragonborn chars this deep, big, broad-chested kind of voice. I don’t really wanna do that: partially I don’t think I’d be good at it and partially I don’t think it suits a rogue character. So I started thinking: what would a dragonborn accent (of English, since that happens to equivalent to the constantly occuring “common tongue”, lol) sound like? I’ve been playing w this thought.
One thing that’s common in art is to depict dragonborn, being repitilian, as not really having lips. Obviously that would effect their production of labials. So then how would things be pronounced? /m/ would probably go to /n/, and I guess /b/ and /p/ would be /d/ and /t/? But what about /f/ and /v/? I think all this phonemic replacement might make the accent sound “too silly” so I may not actually use it in game, but it’s still fun to think about.
So play with the thought with me! What else might be part of a dragonborn accent?