Monster Monday-Purple Dragon

PurpleDragonSmall“Three warships to investigate some missing fishing boats? We have better things to do.”

“Midshipman Brent, that’s quite enough.” Captain Hoyle descended from the poop-deck. “Three small ships is little cost to ensure the security of our citizens. We will find this beast and slay it without a casualties.”

“Aye, Aye!”

“Commodore Lauren has slain many a sea dragon with less—”

“Tail off the port bow,” the lookout cried.

Crunch

He was too late. The massive tail descended, shivering timbers as it crash amid ships. The ship buckled and several men were thrown overboard. The mast creaked and began to fall. One slow sailor was pulled under as the tail slithered off.

Captain Hoyle reeled at the sinking bow. In the distance, he could see the Hotspur cracking in the beast’s jaws as a tentacle swung the mast wildly and two more swept the deck.

Commodore Lauren still fought off smaller tentacles aboard the Indefatigable as it angled to ram the head. His men desperately defended the mast as he and a small team fought to keep the tentacles from grasping the ship.

Suddenly, the dragon released the Hotspur and swing its head about, spitting a dark ball at the Indefatigable. The acid wiped out Lauren and his team. The prow of the ship began to vanish and both warships were soon being dragged under, leaving dozens of sailors with no refuge to swim to as the dragon vanished below.

Mind Weave Dragons are greedy and weak-willed. They are however very powerful, growing only mightier with age until they plateau at around 20,000 years old and between 1,600 and 2,000 feet long. Colored dragons are aggressive with lots of offensive power. Metallic dragons are passive and with defensive abilities.

The general dragon post describes Mind Weave dragons in general, including how to interpret dragon characteristics defined below.

Purple Dragon (Sea Dragon)

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Newly Hatched Purple Dragon, swimming, 10 feet long with two (2) tentacles 2.5 feet long

Health: 4d6 per 10 feet +24

Spell Points: None

Claws: None

Teeth: 1d10+1d10 per 20 feet, speed 1/2

Tail: ⅜ of Length, 1d8+1d8 per 10 feet, speed 3/4

Breath Weapon: Acid Spew. Maximum Range= 20 feet+length/4. Damage=1d6 acid damage per 10 feet, acid glob spreads as 1 DoP Chaos (Indirect) AoE per 50 feet.

Wing Winds: 1d6*5 mph+1d6*5 mph per 200 feet, wind when above water, water currents when below the water.

Armor: 24 6 12

Magic Resistance: 4

Acid Resistance: 588

Size: 9-10

Land Speed: 6+1 per 100 feet

Swim Speed: 24+1 per 20 feet

Flight Acceleration: 4+1 per 600 feet

Flight Top Speed: 24+1 per 100 feet

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Purple Dragon in flight

Special: Tentacles for grappling. Two (2) tentacles plus an additional two (2) per 20 feet of body length (40 feet of total length). These pairs are spaced every 20 feet along the body of the dragon and their length is half the length of the body behind the pair. For example, a 220 foot Purple Dragon has 6 tentacle pairs. The first pair are 55 feet long, the second pair are 45 feet long, the third pair are 35 feet long, the fourth pair are 25 feet long, the fifth pair are 15 feet long, and the sixth pair is 5 feet long. A newly hatched Purple Dragon at 10 feet long has a 5 foot body and only one pair of tentacles 2.5 feet long. Each tentacle has 10 dexterity and 14 Strength + 1 per 5 feet of tentacle length with Grab V and Crush III.

Description: Purple dragons live in large bodies of water, inevitably migrating to the ocean as they become too large to hide in lakes and seas. As a result, most are born in the ocean, but a few are born in large lakes or seas. Though they mostly subsist on fish or water mammals they can hunt on a regular basis, they are aggressive and tend to attack anything in the water that is smaller than they are, especially boats and ships.

They do this in part to build their treasure hoard, dragging ships to the sea bottom in their territory, searching them for treasure when they get a chance. With the primary threat to their treasure being other Purple Dragons, they are extremely territorial and are rarely seen in groups. Their mating is brief and takes place on neutral territory.

Purple Dragons rarely speak languages beyond the dragon tongue and even that they speak to only a limited degree, being considered antisocial by other dragons. They leave the water only in search of other water, whether flying or slithering. In combat, their primary assets are their powerful tentacles and tail, though at range they use their acid spit to strike at targets. They do not learn any kind of magic.

As a player, what preparations would you take to sea for purple dragon attacks? How would you go about getting one’s treasure? What if a large one were to attack a port you were in? What would you do? Comment below and share your thoughts.

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