From its earliest days, House Draconis has been known for its blood thirsty methods in deals with its Rivals. Itís Founder; Draco of Dacia was one of the few accomplished Atlantean Generals that was sent out to quell unrest among Provinces of the First Atlantean Empire. Only one hundred years before, Lord Draco had undergone the ritual of rebirth that confirmed him as a member of the Children of Lilith; a shunned order of Atlanteans that believed that the truly become powerful, one had to defy death itself. For a people that lived on average of 200 years, the Children of Lilith were believed to be a blasphemy against the natural order of the universe. Lord Draco saw membership in the Children of Lilith as a means to an end; and that end was power over this peers. Through the Children of Lilith Lord Draco learned the secrets of Sorcery. Many of his enemies and rivals met less than natural ends to their lives. It took the destruction of Atlantis itself to humble the Great Draco of Dacia.
After the fall of Atlantis, Draco and his Atlantean Legions quietly slipped into the background and let the once subjugated peoples of Dacia believe themselves to be free. The Dacians and the rest of the Ancient World quickly set to destroying all monuments that there left behind by their much fear oppressors; in their minds the Dacians and the rest of the Ancient World believed that to destroy all record of a people was to destroy the people in the Afterlife. In a way, this greatly helped those Atlanteans that survived the passing of their once great empire. It took close to 100 years for the people of Dacia to forget about the despised Atlantean Dragon Legion; under Draco. But in the end, Draco and his lieutenants quietly slipped back into their lives. Slowly Draco and his people began to retake control of the region and but the end of another 100 years, Draco was once again the undisputed leader of Dacia. It is better to rule from behind the curtain than it is to make oneself a target.
As a kingmaker, Draco simply backed each ruler in turn that came to the respective thrones of the region. When the Persians and Romans came and conquered the region, Draco simply changed whom he patronized and continued to rule from behind the scenes.
In 151 Common Era, emissaries sent by the Great Atlantean Lord; Ramius came to Draco with a proposition. Lord Ramius fully intended to reunite the disparate Atlanteans that were scattered throughout the Mediterranean; he meant to reform the surviving Houses and Families into a Second Atlantean Empire. Having fought Lord Ramius on the battlefield and lost, and knowing from his spies that Lord Ramius was annihilating all Atlantean families in Italia that would not follow him, Lord Draco choose to accept Ramiusí proposal. Why not, it is easier to be the kingmaker and rule from behind the curtain. And so House Draconis came into existence.
With Lord Draco backing him, Lord Ramius became the first Emperor of this Second Atlantean Empire; the Imperium Ex Atlantia. And through Emperor Ramius, Lord Draco learned what it was to hold all of the power in the world. Through manipulating the Romans, Emperor Ramius was able to force all of the Atlanteans in the Mediterranean under his control and into the Second Atlantean Empire.
It was Lord Draco himself that crafted the ritual that allowed for the creation of the Praetorian Gladius; a weapon that was lethal to Lilans.
It was Lord Draco that recommended the formation of the Praetorian Order; a group of elite Lilan warriors that were charged with the protection of the Atlantean Emperor. In protecting Emperor Ramius and his rule, Lord Draco ensured his own power within the Empire. Lord Draco was the first Grand Master of the Praetorian Order. Once the Praetorian Order of in place, Emperor Ramius ordered that only the Praetorian Order itself should have the knowledge of the crafting of the Praetorian Gladius, in making this proclamation, Emperor Ramius alienated Lord Draco. Being the leader of the Praetorian Order at the time, Lord Draco simply acquiesced and held back the knowledge of the ritual from members of his own House. Many years later when he was removed from the position of Grand Master of the Praetorian Order by Emperor Dominic, Lord Draco secretly took a copy of the ritual back to the cabals of his own House so that it could be finally added to their extension Libraries on the Occult and Sorcery.
One of the great ironies of House Draconis is that throughout its existence in prehistory, the House was forced to rely on the Dark Rebirth of becoming a Lilan to extent the lives of its prominent and not so prominent members. In 1357, House Draconis finally gained access to the Ritual of the Immortal Soul, the Ritual that is required for a living creature to become an immortal Lich. From that point forward, House Draconis had two options with which to extend the lives of its members. Even though becoming a Lich very much cut the tie to daytime limitations of the Lilans, the Dark Rebirth into the Lilan condition is still very much considered an honor for those members that are choosen for this dark gift.
When Radu Dracula and his followers rebelled against House Draconis in 1621, Lord Draco made it his goal to destroy them utterly. Radu Dracula had sent a servitor to Lord Draco expressing his intent to leave House Draconis and petition Empress Andrea DeLyones of House Lionnes for the right to become a House. From this point on, Lord Radu Dracula and all members of the Family Dracul went into hiding from the rest of House Draconis. But with both sides having access to Sorcery, it became a stalemate and the conflict lasted for over 200 years. This conflict between House Draconis and the Family Dracul was forced to an end when Empress Andrea gained enough support in the Antiquarians Guild to allow for the founding of the House Dracul. Not long after the founding of House Dracul, in 1850 Empress Andrea abdicated the Imperial throne. Some say that Lady Andrea was promised the secrets of Sorcery in return for her assistance in elevating the Dracul into their current position as a full House in the Imperium. Only Lady Andrea and Prince Radu know the truth.
As parting gift to the traitorous Dracul, Lord Draco cursed all within the House Dracul with a weakness to moonlight. In doing so, it ensured that the Dracul could never easily take part in the Summer Solstice ritual that is held every year to honor Lady Lilith, the creator of the Rebirth Ritual and the Lilans as a whole. To date, the Dracul are still looking for a way to break the curse.
With the abdication of Empress Andrea, this gave Lord Draco all the prompting he needed to help elevate Lord Priam of House Thalus to the position of Emperor. It took almost a year of making deals with House Draconisí allies and even some of their enemies within the Antiquarians Guild, in the end Priam ascended to the Imperial Throne. And through Emperor Priam, Lord Draco was once again the kingmaker that was guiding the Imperium from safely behind his curtain.
In modern times, most of the Houses despise dealing with the Atlanteans and Lilans of House Draconis. Due to their access to Sorcery, rarely does a House other than the Draconis come out on top in dealings with them. At best, the other Houses seek to break even and get whatever they came for.
Throughout the ages, House Draconis has always been the House that is turned to when others are in need of a Sorcerer. Much of this has been due in part to House Draconis spies finding out about a rival house gaining access to a human Sorcerer, and each time that human Sorcerer met a tragic end. All of this has been done to ensure that no other House holds the secrets of Sorcery for long if at all.
One of the most notable of House Draconisí families is the Family Bathory, due to the legends of its Blood Countess. In recent years, House Draconis has given this family the most autonomy of all of its families, except of course of the Family Dragosee, which is grooming one of its own; Alexei Dragosee to become the new Prince of the House in the hopes that some day he will be elevated to the position of Emperor.
To date, the greatest concentration of Draconis Atlanteans and Lilans can still be found in Eastern Europe. But over the centuries, through their allies within other Houses the Draconis have made many inroads into the New World.