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Half-Dragon of Krynn

D&D 3e (3.0/3.5) Rules

by Trampas Whiteman

Half-Dragons in the world of Krynn are extremely rare, more so than any other half-breed race. Half-Dragons resemble humans who have a few draconic features added as well, not the least of which are their wings.

Personality: Half-Dragons feel different and out of place in the society they live in, especially after their draconic side begins to manifest. Yet they are quite charismatic, and possess an air of dignity and nobility.

Physical Description: Krynnish Half-Dragons resemble their human parent in most ways, although some features of their dragon parent are evident as well.

Half-Dragons tend to have eyes and hair colored like their dragon parent. For example, a Half-Dragon with a silver dragon as a parent would have silver eyes and hair. Their eyes take on the shape of a dragon's as well.

The tips of a Half-Dragon's fingers end in claws, which can be used to inflict damage. This does not hamper a Half-Dragon's ability to grasp or use objects.

Their most draconic feature, however, is their wings. Half-Dragons grow wings at adolescence, which resemble that of their dragon parent's wings, including color. These wings allow a Half-Dragon to fly.

Alignment: Half-Dragons tend to follow the moral alignment of their draconic parentage, although they have no propensity towards law or chaos. If a Half-Dragon's dragon parent is a metallic dragon, they tend to be good. If a Half-Dragon's dragon parent is a chromatic dragon, they tend to be evil.

Lands: Half-Dragons, as a half-breed race, have no lands of their own. They will live in the lands of their non-dragon parent.

Religion: Half-Dragons tend to worship either Paladine (if their dragon parent is metallic) or Takhisis (if their dragon parent is chromatic).

Language: Half-Dragons have the ability to understand any intelligent communication within a 5' radius and to communicate in previously unknown languages. A DC check of 15 or above means that a Half-Dragon can understand the language.

Names: Half-Dragon names tend to be human names, as half-dragons tend to be raised in human societies.

Adventures: Half-Dragons adventure for a variety of reasons, and oftentimes are in the search of their heritage.

Half-Dragon Racial Traits

  • +4 Charisma, -2 Dexterity, -2 Wisdom
  • Medium-size: As Medium-size creatures, Half-Dragons have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Half-Dragon base speed is 30 feet on the ground, and 50 feet while flying.
  • Darkvision: Half-Dragons can see in the dark up to 60 feet. Darkvision is black and white only, but it is otherwise like normal site. Half-Ogre can function just fine with no light at all.
  • Natural Armor: A Half-Dragon's skin develops tiny iridescent scales that are nearly invisible, gaining a +1 Armor Class bonus.
  • Claws: Half-Dragons have natural claws, which cause 1d3 points of damage.
  • Wings: Half-Dragons have wings, which allow them to fly. However, the wings prove to be hindering in tight spaces.
  • Dragon Blood: For all special abilities and effects, a Half-Dragon is considered a Dragon. Half-Dragons, for example, can use special Dragon weapons or magic items with racially specific Dragon powers as if they were Dragons. This also means that they are susceptible to weapons designed to slay dragons, such as the fabled Dragonlance. The Half-Dragon also gains the dragon parent's type modifier.
  • Automatic Languages: Common and Draconic.
  • Favored Class: Sorcerer.
  • ECL: +3


"Part Dragon, All Hero" by Roger E. Moore, Dragon #206 p. 22 — 30.

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