Half-Radiant Dragons

September 25, 2017

The Council of Wyrms campaign setting offered as a character option the half-dragon, a crossbreed of a demihuman and a dragon with natural shapechanging ability. Limited to half-gold, half-silver, and half-bronze in the campaign setting (as the dragons there were limited to the metallic, gem, and chromatic dragons). In Dragon Magazine #206, the options were expanded to Krynnish half-silvers, half-chiang lung, half-shen lung, half-Greyhawks, half-steels, half-deeps (aka Drow-Dragons), and half-irons. However, there were a handful of dragons left out of the selections, including the half-adamtite and half-radiant. Both were specifically left out of the selection for different reasons, but I was never satisfied with those reasons. Presented here is my take on the Half-Radiant Dragon, rare even compared to other half-dragons. See the Council of Wyrms set or issue #206 of Dragon Magazine for details on how fixed and discretionary abilities operate.

Half-Radiant Dragon
Worlds: SJ
Appearance: Normal half-dragon with pearly-white hair, lustrous white irises, pale skin with shimmering flecks.
Ability-score modifiers: +1 Strength, +1 Dexterity, −1 Wisdom, −1 Charisma.
Ability-score ranges: Str 6/19, Dex 6/19, Con 5/18, Int 3/18, Wis 3/17, Cha 3/17.
Alignment tendency: Any.
Allowable classes: Cleric/priest (14), fighter (10), mage (10), specialist—invoker (14), specialist—force mage (14), thief (11).
Discretionary abilities: Create/destroy air (1/day), Bigby’s interposing hand (1/day), Bigby’s grasping hand (1/day), wall of force (1/day), forcecage (1/day), dragon fear (once per day).
Fixed abilities: Claw attacks (1d6/1d6), breath weapon (pulses of magical force to a 20 foot range, 3d6 damage, usable twice per day; pulses can be divided between up to 3 targets. Successful save vs. breath for no damage.).
Average Height and Weight: Height: 78/74 + 2d8. Weight: 120/100 + 3d8.
Age: Starting age: 14 + 1d4 years. Maximum Age Range: 300 + 3d20. Middle Age: 150 years. Old Age: 200 years. Venerable: 300 years.
Thieving Skill Adjustments: PP —, OL −10%, F/RT −5%, MS +5%, HS +10%, DN +5%, CW —, RL +5%.

Dragons and Their Gods

March 16, 2015

Virtually all dragons revere Io, Chronepsis, and Zorquan. Io’s priesthood is rare, although all dracoforms are his children and he welcomes them all. Similarly, the death of all dracoforms are the realm of Chronepsis, and he may call any of them to his service. Finally, even though all dracoforms may look to Zorquan for guidance and assistance in improving themselves and their skills, Zorquan only accepts true dragons into his service, and his priests will refuse to train unusual dragons (Faerie Dragons, Dracohydras, etc.). Rogue dragons may worship, and become priests of, virtually any deity; for example, a Gold Dragon who becomes hateful of life may turn to Faluzure, or a pyromaniacal Faerie Dragon may turn to Garyx’s faith. Generally, dragons who are only slightly different in alignment (NG rather than CG for example) are just considered odd or strange, while more significantly different (CE rather than CG) are considered true rogues; dragons will react to such rogues in much the same way as they would react to dragons who are normally of that alignment. The following list includes the primary deities dragons would worship, as well as some deities favored by rogues. Those deities bolded are the most common favored deities. Some of the details are likely to change. Read the rest of this entry »

The Loxoth of Wildspace, Part I

April 5, 2014

My first article on Wildspace, the Spelljammer Fanzine Blog, is now public. Read more over there…


Second Edition Race Spreadsheet

April 10, 2011

Another long-term project that’s been backburnered is a spreadsheet of AD&D Second Edition races, both PC and NPC. The goal is get full details on every race that has the capability of taking a class, even if it is rather odd, like dolphins. Since OD&D and 1st Ed are basically the same as 2nd ed., if I found relevant information in them, I added them in. Also, I’ve been planning to add in appropriate information from 3e if it is relevant (height, weight, etc.), but I haven’t gotten around to it. Anyway, one day I’ll get back to this.

Race Database (Excel 2007 Format)

If you know of any missing information, please let me know.