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Cruzanargus, The Silver Wolf

by Kranar Drogin & Joe Mashuga


Cruzanargus (Kroo'-zan-ar'-gus) (379 PD - current), known by humans as Crescent, is the silver dragon that oversees the safety of Etlarn. On a continent that does not have many dragons out in the open, Crescent has kept his head low also. He worked as a mercenary for the humans of Etlarn during the Canon War, but never revealed his true identity to anyone but one person.

In 353 PD, he left his home in the Sky Seeker Mountains to wander Adlatum. On his journey he met a fallen elf by the name of Junadaresian Mallananera. She had been cast out from the Avanost for a crime against her people. Crescent and Junada traveled together for many years, and during this time Crescent revealed his true form to Junada. Instead of being reviled, Junada was not upset and happy that Crescent had shown his true form to her. The two of them would journey together and live in Etlarn's mountains until Junada was taken from Crescent suddenly.

The Canon War was brutal, and involved all parts of Adlatum. Junada and Crescent though, decided to join the war on the side of the humans of the Midlands to try and prevent the minotaurs from taking over the entire continent. During the Massacre at the Gray Lake Woods, the humans took advantage of a lull in the war to try a sneak attack on the minotaurs. Crescent and Junada were part of a platoon that was attacked during the battle, and Crescent was knocked unconscious.

When he awoke, he found that the rest of his platoon had been killed, and Junada was captured and taken behind enemy lines since the humans had advanced through their part of the woods. Crescent flew into a rage, took dragon shape, and went to find where Junada was being held. He changed to minotaur shape, and searched the main camp where the captives were being held. He did not find her in the slave pen, but he did find her in the torturer's tent. The minotaurs, thinking they could break a simple elf, had tortured Junada to death, but she never broke. They had then beheaded her, and hung the body and head outside the tent to intimidate the other slaves.

When Crescent found all this, his mind broke. What happened after this scene, he does not remember, but he has read books written by humans during this particular battle. From witness accounts, Crescent had taken his dragon form, and began to slaughter the entire minotaur army. No minotaur escaped, from their general, to the lowliest squires. Everyone in the minotaur army was slaughtered. He then flew off back to the Sky Seeker Mountains, and fell into a deep dark sleep.

Crescent would not awake again until Autenanima (Solinari) came to him in his sleep in 30 AD. Autenanima told Crescent that he must go to the Etlarnic humans and warn them to renounced their evil practice of necromancy and other wicked magic, and follow the path of good. This would prepare them for their greatest trials far in the distant future. Crescent agreed to do this for Autenanima, and appeared before the king and his hunting party in the form of a silver wolf. Autenanima spoke through Crescent to the king and his party, telling him that he gives his blessing to both High Sorcery and Wild Sorcery.

After this deed was done, Crescent took it upon himself to defend the nation that he saw a threat coming too. The threat came in 133 AD, when draconic hordes invaded the nation, and Crescent came to the aid secretly to the Etlarnics time and time again. He fought for the nation until 421 AD, when a new call came.

Autenanima came to Crescent again and instructed him that he had a new purpose and person to defend. He was instructed that he must go to the Midlands, to Karsuhon, and meet with people who are part of a group called the Brotherhood of the Prophet. They had just kidnapped someone from the palace, and he was to defend her with his life until she had completed her quest.


Gaming Stats

3.5 Edition


Cruzanargus, the Silver Wolf (Dragon Form)

CR 25

Male very old silver dragon fighter 4
NG Huge dragon (cold)
Init +2; Senses blindsense 60 ft., darkvision 120 ft., keen senses; Listen +40, Spot +40
Aura frightful presence (270-ft. radius, HD 30 or less, DC 32 Will resists)


Defense

AC 40, touch 10, flat-footed 38 (+2 Dexterity, +30 natural, -2 size)
hp 449 (31d12+4d10+280)
Fort +29, Ref +20, Will +24
DR 15/magic; Immune acid, cold, paralysis, sleep; SR 27
Weakness vulnerability to fire


Offense

Spd 40 ft, fly 150 ft. (poor)
Melee bite +46 (2d8+13) and
2 claws +41 (2d6+6) and
2 wings +41 (1d8+6) and
tail slap +41 (2d6+19)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft. (bite 15 ft.)
Special Attacks breath weapon (50-ft. cone, 18d8 cold, DC 33 Reflex half or paralyzed for 1d6+9 rounds, DC 33 Fortitude resists), crush (2d8+19, DC 33 Reflex avoids)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 13th)
3/day - control winds, fog cloud
2/day - feather fall
Spells Known (CL 13th, +35 ranged touch)
6th (5/day) - chain lightning (DC 23), mislead
5th (7/day) - baleful polymorph (DC 22), summon monster V, teleport
4th (7/day) - charm monster (DC 21), mass enlarge person, polymorph, shout (DC 21)
3rd (8/day) - dispel magic, fireball (DC 20), greater fogsight*, shrink item (DC 20)
2nd (8/day) - invisibility, magic mouth, scorching ray, whispering wind, wind wall
1st (8/day) - burning hands (DC 18), charm person (DC 18), color spray (DC 18), magic missile, shield
0 (6/day) - acid splash, arcane mark, detect magic, disrupt undead, ghost sound (DC 17), open/close, ray of frost, read magic, touch of fatigue (DC 17)
*New spell described in Chapter 2 of the Adlatum Sourcebook.


Statistics

Str 37, Dex 15, Con 26, Int 26, Wis 23, Cha 24
Base Atk +35; Grp +56
Feats Cleave, Eschew Components, Exotic Weapon Proficiency (Messenger), Great Cleave, Hover, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Overrun, Improved Sunder, Power Attack, Quick Draw, Silent Spell, Still Spell, Two-Weapon Fighting, Weapon Focus (Messenger), Weapon Specialization (Messenger)
Skills Appraise +20, Bluff +41, Climb +23, Concentration +42, Diplomacy +28, Disguise +41 (+43 in character), Escape Artist +36, Handle Animal +17, Hide +7, Intimidate +43, Jump +36, Knowledge (religion) +25, Listen +40, Move Silently +15, Ride +14, Search +25, Sense Motive +40, Spellcraft +25 (+27 decipher spells on scrolls), Spot +40, Swim +23, Use Magic Device +24 (+26 involving scrolls), Use Rope +2 (+4 involving bindings)
Languages Common, Draconic, Elven, Etlarnish, Gildanesti, Goblin, Hudieran
SQ alternate form, cloudwalking


Special

Alternate Form (Su) Cruzanargus most often assumes the form of an Etlarnic human known simply as Crescent, though he may assume the form of a silver wolf on occasion. When in his Crescent persona, some of his statistics are replaced by the following:


"Crescent" (Male Human Form)

CR 25

NG Medium dragon (cold)
Init +2; Senses blindsense 60 ft., darkvision 120 ft., keen senses; Listen +40, Spot +40
Aura frightful presence (270-ft. radius, HD 30 or less, DC 32 Will resists)


Defense

AC 23, touch 14, flat-footed 21 (+9 armor, +2 deflection, +2 Dexterity)
hp 449 (35 HD)
Fort +21, Ref +20, Will +24
DR 15/magic; Immune acid, cold, paralysis, sleep; SR 27
Weakness vulnerability to fire


Offense

Spd 20 ft.
Melee Messenger +41/+36/+31/+26 (1d8+9/x3) with axe-head and
Messenger +41 (1d8+9/x3) with hammer-head
Ranged mwk heavy crossbow +38 (1d10/19-20)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Spells Known (CL 13th, +35 ranged touch)
6th (5/day) - chain lightning (DC 23), mislead
5th (7/day) - baleful polymorph (DC 22), summon monster V, teleport
4th (7/day) - charm monster (DC 21), mass enlarge person, polymorph, shout (DC 21)
3rd (8/day) - dispel magic, fireball (DC 20), greater fogsight*, shrink item (DC 20)
2nd (8/day) - invisibility, magic mouth, scorching ray, whispering wind, wind wall
1st (8/day) - burning hands (DC 18), charm person (DC 18), color spray (DC 18), magic missile, shield
0 (6/day) - acid splash, arcane mark, detect magic, disrupt undead, ghost sound (DC 17), open/close, ray of frost, read magic, touch of fatigue (DC 17)
*New spell described in Chapter 2 of the Adlatum Sourcebook.


Statistics

Str 17, Dex 15, Con 10, Int 26, Wis 23, Cha 24
Base Atk +35; Grp +35
Feats Cleave, Eschew Components, Exotic Weapon Proficiency (Messenger), Great Cleave, Hover, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Overrun, Improved Sunder, Power Attack, Quick Draw, Silent Spell, Still Spell, Two-Weapon Fighting, Weapon Focus (Messenger), Weapon Specialization (Messenger)
Skills Appraise +20, Bluff +41, Climb +9, Concentration +34, Diplomacy +28, Disguise +41 (+43 in character), Escape Artist +32, Handle Animal +17, Hide +11, Intimidate +43, Jump +22, Knowledge (religion) +25, Listen +40, Move Silently +11, Ride +14, Search +25, Sense Motive +40, Spellcraft +25 (+27 decipher spells on scrolls), Spot +40, Swim +5, Use Magic Device +24 (+26 involving scrolls), Use Rope +2 (+4 involving bindings)
Languages Common, Draconic, Elven, Etlarnish, Gildanesti, Goblin, Hudieran
SQ alternate form, cloudwalking
Combat Gear potion of cure serious wounds (3); Other Gear +2 mithral half-plate with armor spikes, Messenger, belt of giant strength +6, gloves of dexterity +4, goggles of night, ring of protection +2, mwk heavy crossbow with 15 bolts and 5 silvered bolts


Special

Weapon Messenger is a specially crafted weapon forged centuries ago specifically for Crescent. It is a double weapon with an axe head on one end, and a warhammer-like head on the other. Messenger is an exotic weapon and is thus very unwieldy for anyone not specifically proficient in it. Messenger functions as a +4 keen/+4 defending orc double axe, except that the defending end deals bludgeoning damage instead of slashing damage.