||Solitary or clan
||12, Br 24
|No. of Attacks:
||G (54' base)
Brown dragons, also known as great desert dragons, migrated from the desert.
Raurin and now frequent much of the wastes in Eastern Mulhorand. Brown dragons
are ferocious beasts; while they are intelligent, they view human beings as
food, and believe it peculiar to talk with one's meal. They do not have wings and
Brown dragons have a coloration similar to that of desert sands, ranging from
dim brown at hatchling stage to almost white at great wyrm stage. They have
small, webbed claws that well developed for digging, and very large, long mouths.
Their scales are leathery and not as hard as other dragon armors.
Brown dragons speak their own tongue and the language of blue dragons. They
have a 5% chance per age category of being able to communicate with any
Brown dragons prefer to dig deep trenches in the sand and wait for prey to
appear so they may ambush them. They have a 90% chance of hearing a man sized
creature's footsteps on the desert sands from as far down as 500 feet.
Brown dragons breach the desert sand with incredible silence, imposing a -5
penalty to opponents' surprise rolls. Older brown dragons use illusions or even invisibility
spells to conceal themselves.
When brown dragons grab their prey, they hold it in their jaws, taking in a
5-foot wide spray that extends in a straight line from the dragon's head up to 60
feet. All creatures caught in the spray can roll a saving throw vs. breath
weapon for half damage.
Brown dragons use the spray against large numbers, but not against mounted
foes, since they know that horses are good eating and don't put up as much
struggle as humans. Brown dragons cast spells as 8th-level wizards.
They are born immune to acid and the effects of the desert heat. They may
survive in airless environments nearly indefinitely.
As they age, brown dragons gain the following abilities:
||Cast create sand to cover up the burrows
||Cast create water once per day
||Cast sandstorm (Mulhorandi spell) once per day
||Cast summon a 12-HD earth elemental
||Cast disintegrate once per day
Brown dragons are found in desert, often close to settled areas. They
typically dwell in deep burrows nearly 1,000 feet beneath the sand, where they carve
out vast chambers.
The brown dragon mates and raises a family for only a short period of time;
all parents encountered are in the mature adult stage of development. Many brown
dragons do not mate.
Man is the main enemy of brown dragons. Humans hunt for them for their hides
and treasure. Blue dragons also attack brown dragons.
Battles between brown and blue dragons are legendary for their ferocity. The
people of the desert have a curious respect for the brown dragon, so tales often
make the blue dragons more evil than the brown.
Brown dragons are able to digest sand and other mineral materials to sustain
themselves over long periods of time. However, meat is the preferred diet, with
horseflesh a particular favorite.
|| Lgt. (')
|| Lgt. (')
| 1 Hatchling
| 2 Very Young
| 3 Young
| 4 Juvenile
| 5 Young Adult
| 6 Adult
| 7 Mature Adult
| 8 Old
| 9 Very Old
||3 3 1
||3 3 2
|12 Great Wyrm
||3 3 2 1