Monster Monday-Glass Dragon

GlassDragon“The passage continues here,” Tarik called to the others.

“Still no sign of the treasure,” Alek muttered.

“Or of the beast,” Zahir added.

“Well, if one’s a mere rumor, then the other is too. Stay sharp.”

Tarik started as a rushing sound like wind filled the cave ahead. A ghostly form, with eyes like pricks of sunlight, had appeared before them. The beast! He could scarcely brace himself before a flash of light blinded him.

The wind rushed toward him and bit like knives in the darkness. He flailed his club but met nothing.

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.

Glass Dragon (Glimmer Dragon)

Health: 2d6 per 10 feet + 12

Spell Points: None

Claws: 1d4 + 1d4 per 100 feet

Teeth: 1d6 + 1d6 per 100 feet

Tail: None

Breath Weapon: Cone of light, 30 degrees to 90 degrees with 2d8 degree error. 10,000+2d6*200 per 10 feet lumens.

Wing Winds: None

Armor: Incorporeal, no damage from physical attacks

Magic Resistance: 6

Size: 8-8.2

Land Speed: N/A

Flight Acceleration: 24+1  per 100 feet

Flight Top Speed: 60+5 per 100 feet

Special: Pass through walls; Mostly transparent, Stealth XII. ½ damage from fire, lightning, etc.

Description: Glass dragons are among the smallest dragons. They dislike open spaces, instead living in caves and claustrophobic buildings where they may not even fit in the space. With their ability to pass through walls as if they are not there, older glass dragons often sleep intersecting many caves, because it is comfortable for them. They are nearly transparent and so can go unseen even when occupying the entirety of a space. Attempts to pass through a glass dragon meet with some resistance (¾ speed) and attract the attention of the dragon.

Glass dragons defend their eggs and treasure viciously, but otherwise tend to avoid confrontation except to hunt. If treasure or children are not at stake, they will be quick to flee where the enemy cannot follow if they ever face a foe able to threaten them. Their low magic resistance and fragile incorporeal bodies make them very susceptible to magical attack, though they are otherwise impervious. Their weak influence on the physical world also makes it hard for them to bring down tough enemies.

Glass dragons do not learn magic. They do however learn many languages, as many as 6 languages depending on their exposure. This is because they like to sell secrets, gathered by travelling through walls and listening in on private conversations. It is not uncommon for a glass dragon to make itself known to a political power with an offer to sell information about a rival. For this reason, they are often distrusted by other dragons who know their spying and gossiping ways.

As a player, how would you fight something incorporeal? What if it can’t deal a lot of damage? What if it disappears when you do deal damage? Comment below and share your thoughts.

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