Friday, October 28, 2011

Copper Dragon

Freedom fighters and pranksters, copper dragons are likely to get involved in revolutions, slave revolts, and other noble causes...whether the PCs might want them to or not.  Their impulsiveness when choosing causes, as well as their tendency to tarnish, make them one of the few metallic species a party might in good conscience have to fight.

Bards still sing of Verdigris, a copper dragon whose sins tarnished his wings near to turquoise after his role in the Siege of Seven Sabbaths.  He still lives as a recluse, avoiding the silver dragon paladins who would bring him to justice.

Slaves fleeing Pharaoh find an ally in a copper dragon, whose skill with illusions, traps, and magical stone-sculpting soon becomes invaluable to the refugees.  Unfortunately, a party of adventurers is also following the slaves, trying to bring them word of aid while outracing Pharaoh’s charioteers.  Sadly, the copper’s traps and deadfalls, once set, don’t discriminate.

Most sages regard the copper dragon’s deadly joke ability to be a myth.  A clan of assassins is not so sure, and seeks to wrest from a copper great wyrm the words that can kill in situations where their weapons can’t reach.

Pathfinder Bestiary 106–107

1 comment:

  1. Again, Mike McArtor’s Dragons Revisited is required reading. I like that Pathfinder’s take on coppers casts them more as freedom fighters than as 3.5 and earlier edition’s pranksters. It’s just hard to imagine a Huge copper dragon pulling the same stunts as a faerie dragon, and it takes a skilled GM to make a dragon truly funny. Then again, a not-funny copper could be fun to role-play: “So I told the pasha he was in a boatload of trouble—how droll! …A boatload. You see, it’s ironic, because his holdings are landlocked. Look, I can show you on a map… Anyway, I dropped a caravel on his head. …Honestly, all you humans care about is slapstick.”