Elementals achieve the enlightenment necessary to become Lesser Elemental Dragons by gaining a unique understanding of a facet of their element which shapes the form they ultimately take as much as their original species and in a sense become somewhat hybridised in the process - for example a Lesser Elemental Dragon of Fire who studied how fire tempers metal to make swords has a significant understanding of Earth as well as fire Fire.

Becoming a Greater Elemental Dragon in contrast is a move towards purity of essence at the cost of ones old life and identity. To humans and gods they...