Red Dragon (Draco Conflagratio Horriblis) (Fire Dragon) (Dragons of Melniboné)

FREQUENCY: Rare
NO. APPEARING : 1-4
ARMOR CLASS : -1
MOVE : 9"/24"
HIT DICE : 9-11
% IN LAIR : 60%
TREASURE TYPE : [H], [S], [T]
NO. OF ATTACKS : 3 ~ 12 (HD 9) | 10 (HD 10-11)
DAMAGE/ATTACK : 1-8/1-8/3-30
SPECIAL ATTACKS : Breath weapon + possible magic use
SPECIAL DEFENSES : Nil
INTELLIGENCE : Exceptional
ALIGNMENT : Chaotic evil
SIZE : L (48' long)

CHANCE OF :
    Speaking : 75%
    Magic-Use : 40%
    Sleeping : 20%

The red dragon is usually found dwelling in great hills || mountainous regions.
As with most others of this species, they make their lairs in subterranean caves and similar places.
They are very greedy and avaricious.
Of all evil dragons, this sort is the worst, save for Tiamat herself. <>

A red dragon is able to attack by means of a claw/claw/bite routine or by breathing a cone of fire, 9" long by 3" base diameter. Speaking red dragons are 40% likely to employ spells.

For each age bracket the dragon has attained it is able to use an additional spell.
At the first two ages the red dragon gains a 1st level spell, at the next two a 2nd level spell is gained, at the fifth and sixth ages a 3rd level spell is gained, and at the last two ages a 4th level spell is gained.
Thus, an ancient red dragon would be able to employ two spells each of spell levels 1 through 4.


FREQUENCY: Rare

FREQUENCY: Rare ([Cold Wilderness Mountains], [Cold Wilderness Hills])
FREQUENCY: Rare ([Cold Freshwater Surface])
FREQUENCY: Very rare ([Cold Wilderness Forest])
FREQUENCY: Rare ([Cold Saltwater Surface])

FREQUENCY: Rare ([Temperate Wilderness Mountains], [Temperate Wilderness Hills])
FREQUENCY: Very rare ([Temperate Wilderness Forest])
FREQUENCY: Rare ([Temperate Freshwater Surface])
FREQUENCY: Rare ([Temperate Saltwater Surface])

FREQUENCY: Rare ([Tropical Wilderness Mountains], [Tropical Wilderness Hills])
FREQUENCY: Very rare ([Tropical Wilderness Forest])
FREQUENCY: Rare ([Tropical Freshwater Surface])
FREQUENCY: Rare ([Tropical Saltwater Surface])


DLA: With their flaming breath and xceptional
intelligences<x?dual-core?>, the red dragons were the
favored airborne assault force of the Dragon
Highlords. The most ferocious && deadly of
all dragonkind, save only for The Queen herself, <shadow dragons?>
red dragons are over 48 feet in length.

Not usu. inclined to obeying orders, red <cf. DMG, Loyalty>
dragons enjoy nothing more than setting cities
ablaze, destroying, and looting. They quickly
learned how to work together in flights to
both attack && defend themselves against
their enemies. The red dragons were loyal to
their Dark Queen above all things, serving her
first and the Dragon Highlords second. It was
the primary responsibility of the red dragons
to SEARCH for Berem Everman, the one person
who could permanently block the Dark
Queen's reentry into Krynn.

Ember, Lord Verminaard's red dragon, was
responsible for the downfall of Pax Tharkas,
the burning of Solace, and other acts of devastation
in the lands of Abanasinia.


XP Totals by Ardanow Silverbow

RED DRAGONS (additional special abilities: AC, max damage)
Dragon, red (small, very young) 2308 (2708 w/spells)
Dragon, red (small, young) 2416 (2816 w/spells)
Dragon, red (small, sub-adult) 2624 (3024 w/spells)
dragon, red (small, young adult) 2732 (3132 w/spells)
dragon, red (small, adult) 3440 (3840 w/spells)
dragon, red (small, old) 3548 (3948 w/spells)
dragon, red (small, very old) 3656 (4056 w/spells)
dragon, red (small, ancient) 3764 (4164 w/spells)
dragon, red (average, very young) 3440 (4040 w/spells)
dragon, red (average, young) 3580 (4180 w/spells)
dragon, red (average, sub-adult) 3870 (4470 w/spells)
dragon, red (average, young adult) 4010 (4610 w/spells)
dragon, red (average, adult) 5050 (5650 w/spells)
dragon, red (average, old) 5190 (5790 w/spells)
dragon, red (average, very old) 5330 (5930 w/spells)
dragon, red (average, ancient) 5470 (6070 w/spells)
dragon, red (huge, very young) 5126 (5976 w/spells)
dragon, red (huge, young) 5302 (6152 w/spells)
dragon, red (huge, sub-adult) 5628 (6478 w/spells)
dragon, red (huge, young adult) 5804 (6654 w/spells)
dragon, red (huge, adult) 7380 (8230 w/spells)
dragon, red (huge, old) 7556 (8406 w/spells)
dragon, red (huge, very old) 7732 (8582 w/spells)
dragon, red (huge, ancient) 7908 (8758 w/spells) *7758*

Notes, by Prespos
9HD : LEVEL/X.P. VALUE: ?? (Sleeping)  | ?? (Magic-Use: Minor, defensive) | ?? (Magic-Use) | ?? (Sleeping and (Minor, Defensive) Magic-Use) | ?? (Sleeping and Magic-Use)
10HD : LEVEL/X.P. VALUE: ?? (Sleeping)  | ?? (Magic-Use: Minor, defensive) | ?? (Magic-Use) | ?? (Sleeping and (Minor, Defensive) Magic-Use) | ?? (Sleeping and Magic-Use)
11HD : LEVEL/X.P. VALUE: ?? (Sleeping)  | ?? (Magic-Use: Minor, defensive) | ?? (Magic-Use) | ?? (Sleeping and (Minor, Defensive) Magic-Use) | ?? (Sleeping and Magic-Use)



Quote:
Originally Posted by haakon1
You're used to being blamed. I just had lunch with an old friend who was telling me when he was growing up and wanted to do D&D, he told his parents it was a storytelling and imagination game, about fighting evil, and they said, "You're sure it's not that evil devil game?" He said it wasn't, so they got it. 

I wonder if the stegasaurus is in the MM? I'll have to go look. I'm sure there's no illustration of it, because that I'd remember.


Yuletide Felicitations

Story-creating game is believable.
Story-telling the RPG is not, for that's the role of fiction authors 

As for stegasaurs, I used a plastic model of one to create what was likely the first miniature figurine for table-top fantasy gaming. Two of the tail spikes became horns, and wire and auto body putty extended the tail, gave it a nasty barbed point too. Cardboard wings of bat-like sort completed the basic form, and then I painted it in shades of red save for an underbelly that faded from orange to yellow. The latter I studed with sparkle "gems" ala Smaug, and the gamers loved it's appearance, feared it's 9" long cone of fiery breath (made from red bond paper).

Christmas cheer,
Gary
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by EvilPheemy
One of the things I remember about the stories surrounding the Greyhawk ruins was the epic consequences that occurred. The (unintentional?) release of Fraz'Urb'Luu and Graz'zt primarily. Though I've noticed that few of the old stories featured encounters with Dragons. Do you have any fondly-remembered dragon adversaries who matched wits with Bigby, Tenser, and company? I'd love to hear about them.


Actually. very few dragons were encountered by my PC team. I suspect that was to keep them from gaining yet more magical goodies.

Mordenkainen and his henchmen managed to subdue and capture an ancient red dragon (that Rob named Ghorki in spite) and then a second very young one (that Rob named Phorki). Ghorki remained behind to guard the Citadel, but little Phorki often accompanied expeditions into the surrounding terrain to rid the area of undesirable elements...and take their stuff. Uncorking him from a "merchant's wagon" was an effective diversionary attack 

The story of the two black dragons in the dungeons is well known.
Not so widespread the tale of the young red dragon that had both spider climb and invisibility spells that used to ambush the unwary from the ceiling of his cave.

One day when I was feeling ornery, I had Robilar encounter an NPC that told him of a great red dragon sleeping on its horde of treasure, He volunteered to lead the way there for a slight reward, s apecial necklace he sought. When Robilar suspiciously agreed if the leather-clad fellow would lead the way, agreement was reached. Onve inside the cave, the thief slipped away into the shadows and vpoced a warning shout to awaken the firedrake. It did, and a battle royal ensued. Of course the thief was counting on the survivor being sufficiently weak to enable him to do him in so all the loot would be his. Robilar managed to exit the cave, lay in wait and slay the thief when he fled the place. The dragon remained unmolested thereafter.

Cheers,
Gary