||Temperate cities (rarely temperate hills, plains,
||Lawful neutral (good)
||9, Fl 30(D), Sw 6
|No. of Attacks:
||H (25' base)
Steel dragons love to have human and demihuman companions, and they prefer to
live amid the hustle and bustle of great cities. They often pose as sages,
scholars, mages, or other intellectuals.
At birth, a steel dragon's scales are deep blue-gray with steely highlights.
As the dragon approaches adulthood, its color slowly lightens to that of
lustrous burnished steel. When these dragons take on human form, they always have one
steel-gray feature-hair, eyes, nails, or sometimes a ring or other ornament.
Steel dragons speak their own tongue and a tongue common to all neutral
dragons. Also, 19% of hatchling steel dragons can speak with any intelligent
creature. This chance increases by 5% per age category.
Steel dragons favor repartee over combat. If pressed, they usually begin with
a spell assault and avoid melee. If seriously harmed or threatened, they resume
dragon form and use their breath weapons. They breathe on any foe they plan to
engage in melee, and they seek to keep their foes within the cloud until the
gas loses its potency.
A steel dragon's breath weapon is a cube of toxic gas. The dragon can monitor
the amount of gas released so closely that it can make the cube as small as it
wishes or as large as shown in the table below (the a side of the cube).
Creatures caught in the gas must roll successful saving throws vs. poison with a -2
penalty or die instantly. The gas is quickly absorbed through the skin and is
just as lethal if inhaled. Coating all exposed skin with lard or grease offers
some protection (saving throw penalty negated). Victims who succeed with the save
suffer the indicated amount of damage. In still air, the gas stays active for
two melee rounds. Steel dragons are immune to all poisons.
A steel dragon can polymorph self
five times a day. Each change in form lasts until the dragon chooses a
different form. Reverting to the dragon's normal form does not count as a change.
Steel dragons are immune to wizard spells of 1st to 4th levels and cast spells
and use their special abilities at 8th level, plus their combat modifier. As
they age, they gain the following additional powers:
||cantrip twice a day
||friends once a day
||charm person three times a day
||suggestion once a day
||enthrall once a day
Steel dragons prefer human lodgings that are well equipped with strong rooms
or vaults to protect their treasures.
Steel dragons prefer human form to their own, and they always have mortal
companions. They are endlessly curious about human and demihuman art, culture,
history, and politics. They always keep their true nature secret, but they are able
to recognize each other.
Steel dragons prefer human food. Unlike other form shifting dragons, they
cannot live on such fare indefinitely, as they must eat enough to maintain their
true bulk. Once or twice a month, they leave their adopted cities and go into the
wilderness to hunt for food. They explain their absences in a way consistent
with their human identities.
Steel dragons hate chaotic creatures who seek to disrupt life in cities or
despoil their hunting grounds. In the city the dragons never hesitate to report
troublemakers or to use their special abilities to hunt down criminals. In the
wilderness, they prefer swifter forms of justice.
|| Lgt. (')
|| Lgt. (')
| 1 Hatchling
| 2 Very
| 3 Young
| 4 Juvenile
| 5 Young
| 6 Adult
||4 4 4
| 7 Mature
||4 4 4 4
| 8 Old
||4 4 4 4 4
| 9 Very Old
||4 4 4 4 4 4
||5 4 4 4 4 4/2
||5 5 4 4 4 4/2 2
||5 5 5 4 4 4/2 2 2