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Shadow dragons were evil true dragons that were either native to the Shadowfell,[2] or transformed by years spent there.[1]

DescriptionEdit

Physically seeming insubstantial, shadow dragons had dark and translucent scales which helped them camouflage into the darkness around them. Shadow dragons were often mistaken for black dragons, but their horns pointed backwards. A long fringe of spines emerged from the back of a dragon's neck and its powerful tail featured a swimming fin.[2] An average shadow dragon was 20 ft - 30 ft (6.1 m - 9.1 m) in length.[6]

CombatEdit

SensesEdit

Like any other true dragon, shadow dragons had sharp hearing and sight, which was capable of low-light vision and darkvision. They had also blindsense.[8]

Combat techniquesEdit

A shadow dragon would stalk its prey from the shadows.[2] They had the frightful presence like other dragons and a number of abilities that allowed them to be stealthy and also to move fast. Starting with a predisposition towards mundane hiding, sneaking and jumping.[5] They weren't exactly fast flyers but could move unusually fast on feet for dragons. they learnt an increasing number of magical abilities to hide from enemies and movement. A shadow dragon could hide away into shadows and learnt over its ages to cast mirror image, dimension door; nondetection and shadow walk. Once at great wyrm stage, they could fill a large area with darkness. Once this ability was used, a battle was in danger of becoming a one sided matter in favour of the shadow dragon. The darkness was impossible to disperse, at least with light, magical or not and creature who didn't have some kind of ties to the Plane of Shadow, were at a severe disadvantage to those who did have such ties, because they got added abilities in stealth and retained perfect vision, while those without connection were practically blind as long as they remained in the area that encompassed a radius of 100 yards (91,44 m). This ability was usable multiple times.[4]

Breath weaponEdit

A shadow dragon's breath weapon was cone of shadows. Creatures caught in it lost parts of their vitality, skills and spells, possibly permanently, all while temporarily empowering themselves.[9] They could train their breath weapon to turn those they killed with it into spectral creatures who were then permanently enslaved by the shadow dragon.[10]

Physical and mental capabilitiesEdit

A shadow dragon had standard physical attacks for a true dragon, biting, clawing, bludgeoning with its wings and/or its tail, crushing on an enemy and sweeping with its tail.[11] But while a shadow dragon could use the standard physical attack forms, a shadow dragon was physically weak compared to other dragons. For example even at great wyrm stage shadow dragons were, in regards of raw physical strength, below a white dragon, the weakest of the chromatic dragons, at the same stage.[12][9]

In regards of mental capabilities, they eclipsed even red dragons[13] and were on par with gold dragons, the smartest of the metallic dragons.[14][9]

Defensive abilitiesEdit

A shadow dragon had very strong spell resistances and very hard scales. As it grew, it gained an increasingly stronger resistance against spells and non magical physical attacks. Their scales were hard even among dragons and grew only harder with age. All shadow dragons owned an outright immunity against life sapping effects.[4]

MagicEdit

Like many other true dragons, they developed sorcerer abilities with at least the potential to learn spells usually only open to divine casters as well as from the chaos, evil and trickery domain.[15]

A sorcerer could form a dragonpact with a shadow dragon. The pact was called Elusive Disciple of Dusk and gave the sorcerer abilities to flee safely.[16]

EcologyEdit

Many shadow dragons inhabited the dark places of Faerûn, such as ruins or abandoned keeps.[2] These dragons from the Plane of Shadow were seen in the Frost Hills and the Thunder Peaks.[3]

They were found in the Underdark, particularly in the Middledark and Lowerdark.[17]

HistoryEdit

Around 1372 DR, a number of shadow dragons joined forces with the Cult of the Dragon and there were a number of known shadow dracoliches associated with the cult.[3]

Related racesEdit

Shadow dragons were related to three drow offshots. A special form of half-shadow dragon, zekyl, shadow draconic drow, zar'ithra, and the draa'zekyl or drow-dragon.

Known shadow dragonsEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 84–85. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Bruce R. Cordell, Ari Marmell and Robert J. Schwalb (November 2008). Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 199. ISBN 978-0786949809.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo (February 2001). Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 42–44. ISBN 0-7869-1832-2.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Andy Collins, James Wyatt, and Skip Williams (November 2003). Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 191–192. ISBN 0-7869-2884-0.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Rich Baker and James Wyatt (2004-03-13). Monster Update (Zipped PDF) p. 4. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Gary Gygax (1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 58. ISBN 0-8803-8031-4.
  7. Gary Gygax (1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 59. ISBN 0-8803-8031-4.
  8. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 69. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Andy Collins, James Wyatt, and Skip Williams (November 2003). Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 191. ISBN 0-7869-2884-0.
  10. Eric L. Boyd (2007-04-25). City of Wyrmshadows (Zipped PDF) p. 6. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
  11. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 68–69. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  12. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 77. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  13. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 75. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  14. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 84. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  15. Andy Collins, James Wyatt, and Skip Williams (November 2003). Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 192. ISBN 0-7869-2884-0.
  16. Owen K.C Stephens, Rodney Thompson (September 2006). Dragon Magic. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 90. ISBN 0-7869-3936-2.
  17. Bruce R. Cordell, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Jeff Quick (October 2003). Underdark. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 114–116. ISBN 0-7869-3053-5.
  18. Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 146. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
  19. Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 149. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
  20. Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 154. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
  21. Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 156. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
  22. Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 150. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
  23. BioWare (2000). James OhlenKevin Martens. Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of AmnBlack Isle Studios.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 157. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.

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