“Yes, we know the dragon has been hunting in the valley below.” Talith answered. “He’ll probably be in a bird form, but when we provoke him, he’ll change back and I’ll be able to hit him with this ballista.”
“And how do we provoke him?”
“There, that hawk isn’t right. Archers, fire!” The team of archers loosed their arrows, none of them hitting the hawk. To their surprise, though, the hawk turned, swooping toward them as they grabbed for arrows. It was growing. Soon its wing span was 50 feet and it was clear it was a dragon, and still it grew as arrows bounced off of it.
“Fire, Talith! He’s right on top of us!”
“I have to hit a wing,” Talith murmured, firing the ballista with a jerk. The bolt flew true, piercing deep into the scaly base of the wing. The dragon screeched, falling from the sky, but it grabbed the cliff ledge as it fell, turning a rasping breath toward the ballista.
“Hit it again,” Malk tried to call as the flesh withered and flew from his bones. Talith too fell as the archers fired ineffectually. As the archers turned to flee, the dragon took the sky, giving pursuit.
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.
Bronze Dragon (Beast Dragon)
Health: 8d6 per 10 feet + 60
Spell Points: None
Claws: 1d4+1d4 per 30 feet, front claws each turn
Teeth: 1d6+1d6 per 30 feet, speed 1/2
Tail: 1/3 of Length, 1d4+1d4 per 20 feet, speed 1
Breath Weapon: Life Sucking Inhale, 15 degrees to 45 degrees with 1d6 degree error, 2d6 damage and healing per 10 feet
Wing Winds: 2d6*10mph+1d6*10mph per 100 feet
Armor: 24 28 28
Magic Resistance: 12
Land Speed: 24 + 1 per 25 feet
Flight Acceleration: 15 + 1 per 250 feet
Flight Top Speed: 60 + 1 per 60 feet
Special: Can assume any mundane animal form for any amount of time at will with 3d6 seconds of effort and a similar amount of time to change back. Their animal forms are imperfect, as with Disguise level 5-1 level per difference in order of magnitude between the dragon and the animal in pounds.
Special II: Control Animal I + 1 per 100 feet.
Description: Bronze dragons are among the most prevalent dragons near developed societies. With their ability to become small animals, they can pretty easily disappear when they want to and can be very hard to pursue back to their lair. While these animal forms have telltale sign enough for an attentive person to recognize something is odd, or even that the animal is a disguised bronze dragon, transforming into a sparrow in a dense wood is a very quick way to leave pursuers behind before returning to a lair.
Bronze dragons use their life stealing breath almost exclusively when wounded, preferring to eat their foes rather than suck the flesh from their bones in an immaterial state. Inhaling life force does nothing to satisfy their hunger. Still, a dry skeleton wearing immaculate armor in perfect condition is more likely to be a bronze dragon victim than an ancient casualty wearing enchanted garb. Bronze dragons are notoriously blamed for the disappearance of caravans and patrols in civilized areas with few bandits. Sometimes they get wounded enough to leave a dry husk behind, confirming the rumors.
Bronze dragons often speak and understand the languages spoken where they live, since they can spend more time near humanoids than most other kinds of dragons thanks to their animal forms. They can also speak to all animals. Strange abominations will sometimes occur when bronze dragons mate in their animal forms. They are known to be quite promiscuous and will often leave clutches of eggs completely unattended after laying them unless they are laid in the same place as their hoard.
As a player, how would you fight a small bronze dragon? What if you stumbled across a field of dry skeletons scattered with siege weapons in perfect condition? What would you do? Comment below and share your thoughts.