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Dragons introduction for the clueless written by Icewind

The very word strikes terror in to any prime basher's heart. Not only do these monstrosities have huge claws and talons, powerful breath weapons, and the ability to fly, most of them are also capable spellcasters.

Now, a lot of Clueless sods think that the pinnacle of heroism, the true mark of power, is slaying a dragon. Planars... well, we know better. What's a dragon when the Planes are swarming with feinds, celestials, and Powers? I've tangled with a few, and, to tell you the truth, they ARE pretty tough. But I'm not here to tell you about fighting dragons, berk, because, being the hot-headed addle-cove you are, you're probably go fight one as soon as I finish my speech. Before you do, make sure you know a cleric who can raise you, berk. I'm here to tell you about the nature of dragons.

Dragons are probably most common on the Prime Material Plane. Usually they separate according to the good-evil axis. Those that correspond to the colors of what Outsiders call a "rainbow" - white, red, black, green, and blue - are usually evil. Other dragons are metallic, like gold, silver, bronze, and iron. These are good-aligned. Each of these two groups includes dragons that vary according to their place on the law-chaos axis, their size, breath weapon, spellcasting and shapechanging abilities, and (you'd have to be barmy not to realize this) color.

What a lot of folks ignore is that there's more dragons than just the chromatic and metallic types. There's all kinds of other varieties, too. Shadow dragons, night dragons, radiant dragons, deep dragons, weredragons, and many more cannot be so easily classifyed. One of my acossiates, a real blood, says he's seen a lich-dragon once. Personally, I think he's had a little too much bub, but the Mutliverse IS infinite, so who's to say he's not telling the truth. Stranger things have happened. Plus, dragons on different prime worlds have different abilities. Bronze dragons can shapechange into humans on Toril, but the same species can only mimic higher mammals on Oerth.

Why aren't there many dragons on the Outer Planes? Maybe they're used to being the biggest fish in the sea and can't cope with playing second fiddle to the Powers. Maybe they like the caves and countrysides so common to prime worlds. Or maybe it's got something to do with their powerful breath attacks. Whether the beasts spew forth fire, cold, lightning, acid, corrosive gas, or something else, all of their breath attacks are elemental by nature. Perhaps these powers tie them to the Inner Planes. Chant is, some blue dragons can travel to the Quasielemental Plane of Lightning. Undoubtable others can travel to their accosiated planes as well. Would they have such abilities if they weren't somehow related to that plane? You tell me, cutter.

Now, unique dragons are another matter. The Outer Planes have a number of dragon gods. The platinum dragon Bahamut, Draco Paladin, is an example. He's an important Power on Mount Celestia. What about Tiamat, Queen of Darkness, the Chromatic Dragon, guardian of the pathway between Avernus and Dis in Baator. Chronepsis, the dragon god of fate, is said to reside on the Outlands, guarding hourglasses which symbolize the lifespans of all dragonkind. There's also that infernal beast Nidhogg in the Grey Waste, forever gnawing at Yggdrasil's roots. One day it's going to kill the World Ash, though no one's quite sure of what reprecussions this might have.

There's more dragons than the few I described, berk, but I'm not going to reveal all of the secrets of the Multiverse to a greenie like you, am I? There, you've heard the chant, now leave a basher to his hearwine and pike off!

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