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Red Leodrakk

by Joe Mashuga & whoisrube


This creature looks much like a muscular crimson-scaled lion. Its avian head has a powerful beak, and its clawed front legs resemble those of a large raptor. Two large blood-red wings are folded against its back.

Leodrakks are half-dragon griffons that have bred true over the centuries, though most Adlati (and all Etlarnish folk) consider them a form of "true" dragon. Chromatic leodrakks – those descended from black, blue, green, red, or white dragons – are more ill-tempered than the metallic cousins they despise. Red leodrakks typically lair in mountainous regions; other breeds likewise prefer the environments of their draconic forebears. Leodrakks can occasionally be persuaded to serve persons of similar alignment; some members of the Etlarn Defenders are known to use metallic leodrakks in battle.

Most leodrakks are 9 feet from nose to tail and weigh over 800 pounds, with a wingspan over 20 feet in length. Chromatic leodrakks prefer to hunt intelligent creatures such as humans and humanoids, while metallic leodrakks generally hunt goats, wild horses, and other animals. Leodrakks speak Draconic and can understand (but not speak) Common.

3.5 Edition Statistics


Leodrakk, Red (CR 6)

Usually NE Large dragon
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Listen +11, Spot +15
Defense
AC 21, touch 11, flat-footed 19
(+2 Dexterity, +10 natural, -1 size)
hp 73 (7d12+28)
Fort +9, Ref +7, Will +5
Immune fire, paralysis, sleep
Offense
Spd 30 ft., fly 80 ft. (average)
Melee 2 claws +15 (1d8+8) and bite +12 (2d6+4)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks breath weapon (1/day, 6d8 fire, DC 17 Reflex half), pounce, rake (+13 hit, 1d6+4 dmg)
Statistics
Str 26, Dex 15, Con 18, Int 7, Wis 13, Cha 10
Base Atk +7; Grp +19
Feats Iron Will, Multiattack, Weapon Focus (claw)
Skills Jump +22, Listen +11, Spot +15, Survival +6
Languages Common (understanding only), Draconic
Special Abilities
Carrying Capacity (Su) A light load for a leodrakk is up to 900 pounds, a medium load is up to 1800 pounds, and a heavy load is up to 2700 pounds.
Pounce (Ex) A leodrakk that dives upon or charges a foe can make a full attack, including two rake attacks.
Rake (Ex) A leodrakk gains two additional claw attacks that it can only use against a grappled opponent. A leodrakk must either begin its turn grappling, or successfully charge an opponent, in order to use its rake attacks.
Skills A leodrakk has a +4 racial bonus on Jump and Spot checks.
Ecology
Environment Warm mountains
Organization Solitary, pair or pride (6-10)
Treasure Standard (items only)
Advancement 8-10 HD (Large), 11-21 HD (Huge)
Level Adjustment +6 (cohort)

Combat

Leodrakks prefer to pounce on most prey and rend it apart quickly with their claws, saving their breath weapon to fend off other predators or when attacking larger prey.

Breath Weapon (Su): Once per day, a red leodrakks can breathe a cone of fire that deals 6d8 points of fire damage. A successful DC 17 Reflex save reduces damage by half.

Pounce (Ex): If a leodrakk dives upon or charges a foe, it can make a full attack, including two rake attacks.

Rake (Ex): Attack bonus +13, damage 1d6+4.

Skills: Leodrakks have a +4 racial bonus on Jump and Spot checks.

Carrying Capacity: A light load for a leodrakk is up to 900 pounds, a medium load is up to 1800 pounds, and a heavy load is up to 2700 pounds.

4th Edition Statistics

Level 9 Skirmisher
XP 400
Red Leodrakk
Large Natural Magical Beast (dragon)
Senses Perception: +12; darkvision
Initiative: +12
HP 98; Bloodied 69
AC 23; Fortitude 22, Reflex 20, Will 21
Resist 5 fire
Speed 6, fly 10, overland 15
Claw (Standard; at-will)
+14 vs. AC; 2d6 + 5 damage
Pounce (Standard; recharge 5-6)
The leodrakk shifts 3 squares and makes a claw attack. If the claw attack hits, the target is knocked prone and the target is grabbed (until escape). Miss: The leodrakk can shift an additional 3 squares.
Rake (Standard; at-will)
Grabbed target only; The leodrakk makes 2 claw attacks.
Breath Weapon (Standard; encounter) - Fire
Close blast 3; +12 vs. Reflex; 3d10 + 5 fire damage, and the target takes 5 ongoing fire damage (save ends). Miss: half damage.
Language Draconic
Alignment Evil
Str 20 (+9) Dex 15 (+6) Wis 16 (+7)
Con 18 (+8) Int 7 (+2) Cha 10 (+4)

Red Leodrakk Tactics

Leodrakks prefer to pounce on most prey and rend it apart quickly with their claws, saving their breath weapon to fend off other predators or when attacking larger prey.

Red Leodrakk Lore

A character knows the following information with a successful Nature check.

Nature DC 15: Red leodrakks are half-dragon griffons that have bred true over the centuries, though most Adlati (and all Etlarnish folk) consider them a form of true dragon.

Nature DC 20: Though ill-tempered, red leodrakks are often used as mounts by Etlarn Defenders.