DragonsCruelandCunningThe evil and greedy chromatic dragons lurk in dim dungeonsand remote lairs guarding fabulous hoards of stolentreasure. From the savage white dragon to the mightyred dragon, the breath of a chromatic dragon bringsnothing but death and destruction to those adventurerswho seek to claim their gold. Butstill, heroes dream and scheme of the daywhen they battle a chromatic dragon. Wide-ranging story andcampaign elements give DMs ready-to-play material, includingadventure hooks, quests, and pregenerated treasurehoards. Retail: U.
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The sourcebook gives details of each dragon's powers, tactics, myths, lairs, servitors, and more. Wide-ranging story and campaign elements in the book give DMs ready-to-play material that is easily incorporated into a game, including adventure hooks, quests, and pregenerated treasure hoards. Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons , by Bruce R. It was published in November Introducing the Monster Splatbooks. The yearly core books and the yearly campaign books were the highest profile releases, but players also were supported with the Powered series of character splatbooks and the Adventurer's Vault series of equipment books.
However, game masters weren't left out. The first of these was Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons. The 4e designers saw dragons as the "quintessential 'solo' monsters". They wanted to focus on the chromatic dragons in particular because they were the traditional draconic bad guys.
Having decided on the subject of the first monster splatbook for 4e, the designers then laid out a standard format which included: background fluff, encounters, adventures, artifacts, and other info for GMs; several lairs; and a bestiary full of new monsters. After Chromatic Dragons was published, the designers predicted that metallic dragons would get their own book soon, and that they might not be as "generally benign" as they had been in previous editions of the game.
However, the second monster splatbook was actually Open Grave: Secrets of the Undead Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons would follow several months later. A History of Dragon Sourcebooks. Expanding the Dragons.
The Monster Manual had included stats for the five standard chromatic dragons: the black, blue, green, red, and white dragons. Chromatic Dragons lists three new ones. Each is a conversion of a dragon that in the past hadn't been colored, but was now "recognized … as part of the chromatic lineage". The first-ever brown dragon was created by Len Lakofka in The Dragon 38 June , which expanded the chromatic dragons for the first time ever, and which also introduced orange and yellow dragons.
A different sort of brown dragon, with a desert heritage, had long been a feature of the Forgotten Realms, beginning with FR "Old Empires" However, Chromatic Dragons instead adopted the sand dragon from Sandstorm as its new brown dragon.
The idea of a gray dragon was first put forth by Greg Detwiler in a Bestiary entry for Dragon June However the grey dragon in Chromatic Dragons is instead based on the fang dragon from the Forgotten Realms, who premiered in Ruins of Myth Drannor and appeared in many later publications.
Finally, an energy-based purple dragon first appeared in Dragon 65 September in an article by Richard Alan Lloyd that was about "filling in the tints of the color wheel"; it also detailed new orange and yellow dragons, just like Lakofka's article two years' previous. Draconomic: Chromatic Dragons also stats up several other types of dragons, a few of which are of historical note.
James Wyatt introduced five planar dragons in Dragon October , then five more appeared in Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons The 4e designers decided to include planar dragons in the Chromatic Dragons book, because they took on attributes of their environment, just like chromatic dragons did.
They revisited some old favorites like the battle dragon and the Styx dragon, but featured many of their own as well. Finally, Chromatic Dragons features many undead dragons, including the dracolich — a monstrosity created by Ed Greenwood for Dragon June and the novel Spellfire NPCs of Note. Several notable dragons from the past reappear in Chromatic Dragons.
Other NPCs such as the black dragon Gulgol, the brown dragon Nefermandias, the white dragon Rime, and the gray dragon Zebukiel are new to this sourcebook. Future History. Ari Marmell wrote a short article to complement this article from the players' point of view. About the Creators. He'd be the lead on the next monster book, Open Grave and would also coauthor more than half of the "HPE" adventure path Please feel free to mail corrections, comments, and additions to shannon.
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Watermarked PDF. Softcover, Standard Color Book. Average Rating 2 ratings. Ashardalon is a red dragon who was mentioned throughout the 3e adventure path before finally coming center stage in Bastion of Broken Souls ; he's since earned his own board game, Wrath of Ashardalon Dragotha is an ancient dracolich, who was first mentioned in S2: "White Plume Mountain" , which contains an infamous note on a map that reads "Beyond to the lair of Dragotha, the undead dragon, where fabulous riches and hideous death await.
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As my campaign met more and more infrequently over the past months, I found myself purchasing fewer new products. So, I decided to look through some of my earlier items for review, and the first that came to mind was the first 4th Edition installment of the Draconomicon , focusing on Chromatic Dragons. According to the product page for the book, it came out in November , less than half a year after the core 4th edition books hit store shelves. From the perspective of a person who came into 4E through Essentials, the book looks quite different than what I am used to.
The Latin -inspired name of the books loosely translates as "Book of Dragon Names". The book includes new dragons, among them steel, mercury, and yellow dragons. Rick Swan reviewed the original Draconomicon for Dragon magazine April Less successful are the adventures, four rather routine excursions that feature promising plots but suffer from a lack of development; one or two longer adventures would have been preferable to four short ones. The book was released again in by Wizards of the Coast with new cover artwork. Both editions of the book contain the same information but a Wizards of the Coast logo is included in latter. The 3rd edition version of the Draconomicon , named Draconomicon The Book of Dragons specifically, contains information about dragon physiology and psychology, along with new dragon-only feats, spells, and prestige classes.
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The sourcebook gives details of each dragon's powers, tactics, myths, lairs, servitors, and more. Wide-ranging story and campaign elements in the book give DMs ready-to-play material that is easily incorporated into a game, including adventure hooks, quests, and pregenerated treasure hoards. Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons , by Bruce R. It was published in November Introducing the Monster Splatbooks.
Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons