Monster Monday-Brown Dragon

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Imgilidriss woke. He could hear something not far off. Picks on stone? How long had he slept? He needed to investigate. With an effort he turned toward the surface and began to dig. He reached it more quickly than he remembered, and there he saw it. Humans with a castle in the plain above his home. Now that simply wouldn’t do. As they cried out, he set about removing the eyesore from the plain.

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.

Brown Dragon (Earth Dragon)

Health: 4d6 per 10 feet + 24

Spell Points: None

Claws: 1d6+1d6 per 20 feet, front claws each turn

Teeth: 1d8+1d8 per 20 feet, speed 1/2

Tail: 2/5 of Length, 1d6+1d6 per 10 feet, speed 3/4

Breath Weapon: Transmute Stone to Mud, 15 degrees to 45 degrees with 2d3 degree error, 4d6 cubic feet (x8/hardness) per 10 feet.

Wing Winds: 1d6*10 mph+1d6*5 mph per 100 feet

Armor: 24 28 20

Magic Resistance: 8

Size: 8.5-9.5

Land Speed: 20+1 per 30 feet

Flight Acceleration: 8+1 per 360 feet

Flight Top Speed: 50+1 per 60 feet

Digging Speed: 16+1 per 50 feet

Special: Earthshaking Cry, the ground shakes for 2d6 structural damage (see Earthquake spell) per 10 feet of length, AoE of 1 chaos (indirect) finger +1 per 100 feet. Can use with dwindling power up to 5 turns, requires 2 turns to catch breath between cries.

Description: Earth dragons are slothful and sluggish compared to most other dragons, digging almost as quickly as they run and flying with very little maneuverability. Though they will viciously attack anyone who disturbs their slumber, if not interrupted, they will sleep for years without hunting. If left alone, they will confine their hunting to underground denizens and never stray to the surface. They are particularly likely to find themselves in conflict with Goblins and Drow occupying the same underground lair, but creatures building on the surface may also disturb their slumber.

When awakened to find humanoids living in the area, Brown Dragons take the opportunity to hunt larger prey. Most of their treasure hoard will be built up through such opportunistic raids. However, as they grow large, they sometimes dream of bigger hauls and when they awake pursue those dreams, assaulting cities underground or otherwise in which to live, along with the riches that accompany it. If by chance these dragons happen upon each other in their sleepy wandering, they will stay together for a long time, laying eggs and rather than raising them, kicking them out when they are large enough to be a nuisance. It is not uncommon to come upon a writhing den of lazy brown dragons of various sizes.

Brown dragons are too lazy to learn languages other than the dragon tongue unless exposed to the language repeatedly. They attack in a storm of noise and disappear without explanation.

As a player, how would you react to finding a massive sleeping dragon? How would you react to your fortress turning to mud? Where would you want to fight such a dragon? Comment below and share your thoughts.

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