Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Monster: Shining Dragon

Shining Dragon
Armour Class: -2
Hit Dice: 12**
Move: 90' (30')
fly 240' (80')
Attacks: 2 claws / 1 bite
Damage: 1-8 / 1-8 / 3-24
No. Appearing: 1-4 (1-4)
Save As: F12
Morale: 10
Treasure Type: H
Alignment: Neutral
XP Value: 3000

Trim and muscular, with broad wings and twin arcs of hornlets adorning the head, shining dragons are scaled in brilliant amber and piercingly pure white; many possess scales edged in translucent topaz, and seem to give off a soft golden light. Their eyes are the colour of sunfire. Shining dragons prefer to lair in deserts and dry mesas, on bare stony plateaus, and essentially anywhere they may bask in as much light as possible. Quixotic and unpredictable creatures in the eyes of non-dragons, shining dragons are sphinxlike in their strange and indirect, riddling talk.

A shining dragon's breath weapon is a line of bubbling, foaming, burning light, 10'x100'. If a second save vs. Breath is failed, a character loses 2 points from Strength, Dexterity and Constitution until a remove curse is administered. Shining dragons have a 100% chance of talking, a 5% chance of being asleep, and may cast four first-level, four second-level and four third level Magic-User spells per day.

4 comments:

eliyes said...

Shining dragons prefer to lair in deserts and dry mesas, on bare stony plateaus, and essentially anywhere they may bask in as much light as possible.A party of adventurers were slogging across a barren, stony desert when a brilliant white and amber head peeped over the top of a mesa at them...

Knightsky said...

I love your take on dragons. The next time I run something D&D-ish, these are the dragons that I'll be using.

trollsmyth said...

I'm sorely tempted as well. Luckily, my players are first level and unlikely to stumble into a dragon any time soon, so there's time yet to weigh my options.

taichara said...

@eliyes:

Hehehee ;3


@Knightsky:

Thank ye very kindly! I'm glad you like them so much *grins*


@trollsmyth:

And thank ye also! Once your players have another level or so, dragonets might be a possibility ...?