GHC Gaming Club
Of all the monsters in the world, dragons are the most
feared. A fledgling group of adventurers might have what it
takes to best a weak dragon, but the most powerful dragons
are awesome, devastating creatures that rival even the gods.
Dragons are diverse creatures, appearing in at least
twenty-five varieties within five major families. All dragons
share certain characteristics—notably the legged and winged
shape of their reptilian bodies—but within each family there
are even stronger similarities.
Chromatic dragons are generally evil, greedy, and predatory, and they’re inclined
to worship Tiamat, whom they regard as their progenitor and
patron. This family includes red, blue, green, black, and white
dragons. Each variety has its own breath weapon—a blast of
elemental substance, from blazing fire to frigid cold—that it
can expel from its mouth.
Catastrophic dragons are mighty embodiments of primordial
forces. They are destructive, but not devoted to evil.
The ground warps and explodes violently in their presence.
Earthquake and typhoon dragons are two types of catastrophic
Metallic dragons are in some ways the opposite of the
chromatic dragons. Many of them are devoted to Bahamut
and share his ideals of nobility and virtue. Many others fail
to live up to those lofty ideals and succumb to a selfishness
and aggression that seems common among all of dragonkind.
Metallic dragons, including gold, silver, copper, iron, and adamantine
dragons, often guard valuable treasures or powerful
magic items, even artifacts. They have breath weapons similar
to those of chromatic dragons, but their effects are as much
defensive as offensive.
Planar dragons are dragons infused with the nature of
other planes of existence. Shadow dragons, Abyssal dragons,
and fey dragons are all planar dragons.
Scourge dragons, sometimes called linnorms, embody
the afflictions that plague living creatures, much as catastrophic
dragons embody natural disasters. They are almost
universally evil, even more so than the chromatics, and they
revel in the raw physicality of melee combat. Because they
lack wings and rear legs, some scholars insist that they’re not
true dragons, but more closely related to drakes.