Red Dragons Pt. 1

Here we are. The long awaited Red Dragons. I debated saving them for the end, but ultimately decided to keep with alphabetical order. That’s how big a deal red dragons are. For a lot of people, they are The Dragons. They live in volcanoes, the breath fire, the look like Smaug. Its the iconic for a reason. Red dragons are cool. Red dragons live in mountains, are “the most covetous of all dragons”, live in caves on mountains, and ooze confidence. I tend to have them lean into Germanic culture, as that’s where a lot of classic dragons of literature come from, and their as written bio doesn’t really say a lot, outside of “iconic dragons”.

Lets get into the big bad red dragons.

Wyrmling, Hönigsdrakk , CR 4

While the Hönigsdrakk is a wyrmling, it is still a fierce red dragon. When she found a noble and his hunting party exploring the mountain on which she hatched, an attack was inevitable. She ambushed, and slew the party before collecting their belongings to serve as the foundation to her horde.

Combat Statistics

Size/Type:Medium Dragon (Fire)
Hit Dice:7d12+21 = 66HP
Initiative:+0
Speed:40ft, 150ft fly (poor)
Armor Class:10 + 6 Natural = 16
Base Attack/Grapple:+7/+10
Attack:Bite +10 1d8+3
Full Attack:Bite +10 1d8+3, 2 Claws +10 1d6+1, and 2 wings +10 1d4+1
Space/Reach:5ft, 5ft
Special Qualities:Blindsense 60ft, Darkvision 120ft.
Immune:Fire, Sleep, Paralysis
VulnerableCold
Saves:Fort – 5 + 3 Con = 8
Ref –  5 + 0 Dex = 5
Will – 5 + 0 Wis = 5
Abilities:Str 17 | Dex 10 | Con 16 | Int 10 | Wis 11 | Cha 10
Skills:Appraise 10, Bluff 10, Intimidate 10, Listen 10, search 10, spot 10  
Languages:Draconic, Common
Feats:Flyby attack, multiattack, ability focus (Breath Weapon), Improved Multiattack
Alignment:Chaotic Evil

Hönigsdrakk attacks in a straight forward manner. If her foes have no obvious ranged weapons, she strafes them with her breath weapon, enough to kill most weaker foes after a blast or two. If they have bows or ranged weaponry, she confronts them directly with a Bluff check to convince them she means no threat. Then, when in close, she unleashes a breath weapon, before maneuvering to focus full attacks on any casters or archers. 

Breath Weapon SU: as a standard action, once per 1d4 rounds, Hönigsdrakk can breathe a cone of fire 30ft long dealing 2d10 fire damage reflex save DC 18.

Lair

The Hönigsdrakk’s lair is the cave in which she was born. Her eggshells, and those of her smashed, unhatched, siblings are still strewn about. The perk of being born first she would say.

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Horde

Hönigsdrakk’s horde is comprised of the remains of a hunting party and their equipment.

  • Alchemist’s Fire (4 flasks, 20 gp each)
  • Darkwood Shield (167 gp)
  • Half-plate (600 gp)
  • Tanglefoot Bags (2 bags, 50 gp each)
  • 11 x Bag of Rare Blue Sage Spices (10 gp, 1 lb)
  • 24 x Box of 20 Arrowheads (5 sp, 1 lb)
  • Noble’s Outfit (75 gp, 10 lb)
  • 11 x Small Hunting Trap (4 gp, 5 lb)
  • Coins    1,344 gp, 5 sp

Very Young, Riikka, CR 5

Rikka is a very young red dragon, which is still a very big threat. The first of her clutch to reach large category, she slew the others staking claim to the entire mountain, before any competition could arise.

Combat Statistics

Size/Type:Large Dragon (Fire)
Hit Dice:10d12+40 = 105 HP
Initiative:+0
Speed:40ft, 150ft fly (poor)
Armor Class:10 -1 Size + 9 Natural = 18
Base Attack/Grapple:+10/20
Attack:Bite +15 2d6+6
Full Attack:Bite +15 2d6+6, 2 Claws +15 1d8+3, 2 wings +15 1d6+3, and Tail Slap +15 1d8+9
Space/Reach:10ft/5ft, 10ft w/bite
Special Qualities:Blindsense 60ft, Darkvision 120ft.
Immune:Fire, Sleep, Paralysis
VulnerableCold
Saves:Fort – 7 + 4
Con = 11 Ref –  7 + 0 Dex + 2 = 9
Will – 7 + 1 Wis = 8
Abilities:Str 22 | Dex 10 | Con 18 | Int 12 | Wis 13 | Cha 12
Skills:Appraise 14, Bluff 14, Intimidate 14, Listen 14, search 14, Sense Motive 14, spot 14
Languages:Draconic, Goblin, Common
Feats:Flyby attack, multiattack, ability focus (Breath Weapon), Improved Multiattack, Lightning Reflexes
Alignment:Chaotic Evil

Rikka is large sized, and will use it to her advantage. She tends to spend her time aggressively patrolling her mountain, and will begin combat with anyone she sees encroaching. She hasn’t yet decided on the value of tribute, vs just murder and theft, and attacks without warning. Combats tend to start with her flying from a distance, and opening with a breath weapon before engaging in melee. She knows she should flee if combat goes poorly for her, but it hasn’t happened yet, and she will not start trying until it is too late. 

Breath Weapon SU: as a standard action, once per 1d4 rounds, Riikka can breathe a cone of fire 40ft long dealing 4d10 fire damage reflex save DC 21.

Lair

Carlesak Peak, is the hunting grounds of Rikka, the large red dragon. That is usually enough to drive off most travelers, but it also has piqued the interest of a few adventurers. Riikka lairs in a natural stone cave near the peak, but can be found patrolling the mountain most days.  

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Horde

Rikka hasn’t defender her home against many adventurers yet, but did get the jump on a prospective dragonslayer outfitted in dragonscale plate which she keeps in her lair.

  • Fire Opal (900 gp)
  • Peridot (30 gp)
  • Star Rose Quartz (50 gp)
  • Zircon (80 gp)
  • Red Dragonhide Plate (3,300 gp)
  • Potion of Magic Fang (50 gp)
  • Small Hunting Trap (4 gp, 5 lb)
  • Coins    263 gp

To follow along with this project as it goes on, entries have been tagged with the dragon tag.

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