Description: How do part-dragons fit in?
Lunaroki - October 18, 2007 03:50 PM (GMT)
Hi! I'm working on a character that's 3/8ths dragon and I was wondering a number of things. For starters, is that kind of character okay? If so I was wondering if anybody could point me to any good online resources on Dragons in D&D. The more I know about my character's ancestry and how it affects her the better I can play her.
Vaughn - October 18, 2007 11:34 PM (GMT)
I'm pretty sure we're just making this stuff up as we go =D
Alluvial - October 18, 2007 11:38 PM (GMT)
If you're looking for a good Dragon resource...*cough* hypothetically speaking, of course, I would search for a Draconomicon download. I've got a hardcopy of it, and it's a priceless resource. The Races of Dragon book is also especially helpful for playing dragon descendants. ;)
The Draconomicon is amazing, though. It's worth buying, even if you have a downloaded copy. I love mine. <3
Lunaroki - October 19, 2007 03:51 AM (GMT)
Thanks. I've actually found a number of sites online which, while perhaps not as comprehensive as the Draconomicon, contain plenty of information for me to use in creating my character. I did have one question though. Each student has to have some kind of magical weapon, but does it have to be a separate physical weapon? The reason I ask is because it seems that half-dragons have a magical breath weapon, which I think would maybe still apply to my character, and I was just wondering if that would count as her weapon.
shade - October 19, 2007 04:06 AM (GMT)
Good question. I suppose being half dragon might warrant a "natural weapon" something-or-other, then again, Mackenzie was required to carry a weapon, even though she is half-demon... Then again, she was trying to hide that fact...
I guess it's up to the guys in charge... I vote for it, though.
Ryltar - October 19, 2007 04:28 AM (GMT)
First off, I agree with Alluvial, the Draconomicon might as well have been carved from gold. As to the subject of weapons, technically, a death-touched has a natural weapon (though not highly potent, but is magical) in the form of a natural chill-touch effect. While this may not be as potent as a toned-down breath weapon or claws and fangs, it is still noticeably a magical effect. Also, with the exception of the breath weapon, all natural weapons are considered magical only for the purpose of overcoming damage resistance, and are therefore not truly a magical weapon.
So, what I'm saying is, since the claws are only considered equivalent to magical enhancements under specific occasional instances, you'll still need a weapon.
Another resource you might want to check is www.crystalkeep.com, it's bare bones, but highly useful regardless.
Ryltar - October 19, 2007 04:33 AM (GMT)
Also, perhaps more pertinent to the question, a part-dragon's breath weapon is severly limited in comparison to a full-blooded dragon. As is the death-touched chill touch effect. Mackenzie's fire controlling abilities, as far as we're aware, have no limit beyond her own imagination and willingness to use them, and she still requires a weapon, likewise for a fire elemental.
Lunaroki - October 19, 2007 04:34 PM (GMT)
Got it. Thanks for the clarification. I'll make sure to give her some kind of weapon then. Also, thanks for the Crystal Keep link. I'll check that out in as soon as I post this.
Thallendra - October 24, 2007 08:04 PM (GMT)
I've got a partial application posted up in the Character Creation section. Still needs more work on the Appearance section, and I haven't touched the Personality, Strengths and Weaknesses sections yet (though I probably will as soon as I post this), but there's a good bit in the History section and I think everything else is filled in. If anybody has any comments, questions, suggestions, criticisms or whatever, lemme know. I'd love a little feedback as I get my character ready to roll. ^_^ Just look for Thallendra Brineheart.
Sirrus Allister Devlin - October 24, 2007 08:18 PM (GMT)
I read the history, and it's cool, but I did the math and you have 1 1/8th blood in you. I really never understood how the blood is divided, but I always thought it added up to one. Whether this is an error or just a misunderstanding on my part, I'm just lettin' ya know. If the math don't matter, then I wonder if someone could be 1/2 of one race and 2/3 of another...
Thallendra - October 24, 2007 08:40 PM (GMT)
No. I just checked the math and it adds up to 1. 1/8th Bronze Dragon + 3/8ths Human from her father's side makes 4/8ths, or 1/2. 1/4th Silver Dragon + 1/4th Elf from her mother's side makes 2/4ths, or 1/2. 1/2 + 1/2 adds up to 1.
Technically it is quite impossible to be 2/3rds anything. You get 1/2 of your genetic heritage from your father and 1/2 from your mother. Since your father gets 1/2 from his father and 1/2 from his mother that means you get 1/4th from your father's father and 1/4th from your father's mother. The same on your mother's side. Going back another generation you'd get 1/8th of your heritage from your father's father's father, 1/8th from your father's father's mother, 1/8th from your father's mother's father, 1/8th from your father's mother's mother, etc.
Thallendra's heritage breaks down like this: Her father's father's father was a Bronze Dragon. Her father's father's mother was human. This made her father's father a Half-Dragon. Her father's mother was human as well, so that makes her father a 1/4th Dragon. This gives her 1/8th Bronze Dragon blood and 3/8ths Human blood, the half she gets from her father. Now her mother's father was an Elf and her mother's mother was a Silver Dragon. This makes her mother 1/2 Elf, 1/2 Dragon. That makes Thallendra 1/4th Elf, 1/4th Silver Dragon, the 1/2 that she gets from her mother. All clear?
Sirrus Allister Devlin - October 24, 2007 11:39 PM (GMT)
Yeah, it is. I counted again, and it does add up to one. I guess I added or missed a number.
The Golux - October 27, 2007 05:23 PM (GMT)
It can break up by thirds if you somehow magically have three parents >>_>>
Also, I think it was stated that Mackenzie could probably have gotten an exception to the weapon thing if she wanted to, but she didn't want to make a big deal of being a Demon. But I could be mistaken.
Vaughn Aruvan - October 27, 2007 11:18 PM (GMT)
I recall theres "Dangerous Creature" weapon classes, i still think you require an enchanted weapon, though.
Even if it wasnt required, its just good sense to.