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Dracos are large reptilian creatures of ancient origin and tremendous power. True dragons are highly intelligent and have innate magic. Also, in this category are creatures related to true dragons or hybrids of some sort known as dragonoids.
Dracos are not like other mythical creatures as often their magical properties can persist even after death. Unless stated differently in the specific description, dracos are at advantage on any effect that requires a spirit-influenced save.
True dragons grow in five distinct phases, but their related cousins, dragonoids seem to age more similarly to normal animals than actual dragons. Of course, there is a great mystery around the biological breeding of dragons; however, those of the dragonoid subgroup do have “dracos” life-energy in their aura. The biological link has been confirmed by sages.
What creates great confusion, however, is the biological gestation and reproduction of the dracos. Even in true dragons, an egg may hatch within days of its laying or it may be dormant for a century before hatching. The causality and catalysts of this are genuinely a mystery. Further, while difficult to prove, most sages insist that all true dragons are female, capable of laying eggs. Should that be accurate, then fertilization and the existence of dragonoids defies traditional biology.
True Dragons
There are three types of true dragons, and sages believe that their spirits may be immortal. Part of this belief is based on the incubation time for a dragon egg is extremely variable from days to decades. Additionally, the frequency and rate of laying dragon eggs have no defined pattern either. Finally, the biology of true dragons defies the normal. They are unisex creatures, or perhaps all are female – as any dragon may produce an egg. All of this phenomenon has led scholars to theorize that dragons are reborn into existing eggs upon their deaths. This has led to some dragon-slayers to destroy eggs before they can hatch; however, most dragon-savants hold to the convention that new eggs are laid to replace ruined ones.
Dragons go through five phases of growth from hatchling to pupa to grown to magical to reification. The first stage is the hatchling, where the new dragon breaks out of its pumpkin-sized egg. Dragon eggs are spherical with a thick dark-colored shell, looking much like a gigantic avocado, but feeling much like a stone.
The hatchling phase lasts only three to four days, but during that time, the baby dragon eats almost continuously, consuming what seems like far more than its own body weight. After a few days, the creature will have grown to nearly five feet in length. At this time, the dragon will suspend itself upside down, similar to a bat, while a secretions ooze from its scales to cocoon itself.
Pupa: During the next seven to ten days, the dragon grows inside the cocoon, as its overall size becomes massive. When emerging from its second hatching, the dragon is physically fully grown with its length (snout-to-rump) being about 35 feet and a wingspan of close to 80 feet.
During the grown stage of life, the dragon can utilize its terrifying breath weapon; however, it requires 4d12 rounds before it can be used again. This stage of a dragon’s life exists for the next three years and her mind and spirit subqualities will have reached a value of 2, giving each quality a value of 9.
Beginning on its third anniversary of its hatching, for each seven years after years until her 94th year, the dragon gains one axiom randomly to be used for sorcery but not to exceed the appropriate cost compared to her logic score. The very first axiom gained will always be a 1-point axiom. Also at these growth stages, her mind and spirit scores increase based on the subqualities incrementing.
3New (1)313
10New (1-2)418
17New (1-2)522
24New (1-3)627
31New (1-3)731
38New (1-4)836
45New (1-4)940
52New (1-5)1045
59New (1-5)1149
66New (1-6)1254
73New (1-6)1358
80New (1-6)1463
87New (1-6)1567
94New (1-6)1672
A few other benefits for a dragon to be in the magic stage of its life is that its breath weapon becomes available more often. For each decade, years 3 to 9, 10 to 19 and so on, the duration that must be waited before using the breath weapon again decreases, until at age 90, she can used her breath weapon with only a d4 round delay.
AgeBreath Delay
3-94d10 rounds
10-193d12 rounds
20-293d10 rounds
30-393d8 rounds
40-493d6 rounds
50-594d4 rounds
60-693d4 rounds
70-792d8 rounds
80-89d6 rounds
90-99d4 rounds
Finally, after one hundred years, the dragon enters the reification stage of her existence. This is when abstract thought manifest upon a dragon in real and actual ways. This is miraculous and different for every dragon. This is when extremely powerful forces become a permanent part of her being. Such a power is either constantly in effect or can be used at will on her turn without interfering with the dragon’s other actions, such as combat or spell-casting. Thus, it may be a regenerative power of 2d6 body points per round. Or perhaps the ability to access to other planes of existence.
With this great maturity, the breath weapon of a dragon also becomes available to use more frequently. Dragons over 100 years old can release their breath attack with a delay of only d3 rounds between usages. As such, true dragons are not to be trifled with. There are known incidents of a dragon repelling a group of elementals or banishing a demon prince. Of course, dragons have also known to perform raids on the hells themselves. Dragons are so powerful that there has been a history of groups and societies envisioning them as great spirits of the universe – and sometimes even worshipped as gods.
Finally, this brings us to the three categories of true dragons: Fire, Ice and Voltaic. As one might suppose, these refer to the breath weapon of each. The horrific breath weapon inflict damage according to its type into an area as described by dragon type. When breathing, all caught in the area must make an Agility preservation save; the DC of the save is 10 plus the completed decades of the dragon, maxing out at a +10 modifier. Thus, a 5-year old dragon has a DC:10, while a 50-year old dragon's breath is DC:15, and lastly, the reification-stage dragon is DC:20. Any failing the save suffer the full amount of damage, which is 5d6 body points of damage. Those who make a successful save only suffer half the damage. Fire dragons extend a cone of flame for 25 feet (15 hexes). Ice dragons have a breath weapon of a cloud of icy frost, which it spills out 25 feet wide and 15 feet deep (15 hexes). Breath weapons of voltaic dragons is directed blast of electricity extends 60 feet (12 hexes).
True dragons also have invulnerability to the damage of their breath. Further, fire dragons have resistance to cold; ice dragons are resistant to lightning; and voltaic have resistance to fire.