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Frost Draconian (AD&D 2e)

AD&D (1e/2e) Rules

by Jamie Chambers


CLIMATE/TERRAIN: Any (preferably cold)
FREQUENCY: Very Rare
ORGANIZATION: Solitary
ACTIVITY CYCLE: Any
DIET: Special
INTELLIGENCE: Low (5-7)
TREASURE: M,Q
ALIGNMENT: Chaotic Good

NO. APPEARING: Varies
ARMOR CLASS: 4
MOVEMENT: 8, Run 15*, Glide 18
HIT DICE: 2
THAC0: 19
NO. OF ATTACKS: 2 or 1
DAMAGE/ATTACK: 1d3 x2 or by weapon
SPECIAL ATTACKS: None
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Cold Immunity
MAGIC RESISTANCE: 15%
SIZE: M (5')
XP VALUE: 175

* This movement rate applies when the draconian is running on all fours, flapping its wings.

Frost draconians are derivations of white dragons. Though they inherit that breed's limited intellect and short temper, they instinctively follow the path of good.

These draconians are shorter than most men, standing about five feet tall.. They are winged, like all types of noble draconians. Two small horns grow from the ridges above their pale blue eyes. Their scales are an ivory white, which fade with age. Their scales are cold to the touch, and a person standing near one might feel a chill.

Like most noble draconians, they tend to live on the fringe of civilization, helping people in need, and hoping for eventual acceptance. Some become embittered by the prejudices of man and live as hermits.

Combat: Frost draconians are quite aggressive when angered, and rarely use sophisticated fighting tactics. If more than one are cooperating, than they will attempt to surround their victims. They fight with claws or whatever weapons they might have, preferably cleaving/crushing weapons . (A Frost draconian who obtains a Frostreaver would be a happy one indeed.)

It is important to note that a Frost draconian is most often encountered in disguise. It would have to shed this in order utilize its full movement rate and claw attacks.

When a Frost draconian reaches 0 hit points, its body temperature drops so rapidly it freezes and shatters, the crystalline shards doing 2-8 points of damage to anyone within 10 feet.

Habitat/Society: Because they are so rare, Frost draconians are rarely found in groups or even pairs. Despite this, they are actually quite social creatures and will associate freely with those who accept them as good. When companionship of this sort cannot be found, Frost draconians are known to live near communities for a time, acting as a sort of unseen guardian.

While they enjoy companionship, these draconians tend to wander, most often migrating southward for colder climes. They think of themselves as unique creatures and would not advocate the creation of more draconians of any type. [Addition: They would consider spawn to be abominations to be destroyed.]

Ecology: Because of their resemblance to other types of draconians, Frost draconians are often hunted and persecuted by humanoids. The evil draconians fear and despise all noble draconians and will attack on sight. Because of this, they tend to live out their lives alone.

Frost draconians can eat anything, animal, mineral, or vegetable. They generally find it distasteful to eat other intelligent races.

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