Dragon, Neutral, Pearl

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Dragon, Neutral, Pearl
Climate/Terrain:Any/Rocky coastlines, cliffs
Frequency:Very rare
Organization:Solitary or clan
Activity Cycle:Any
Intelligence:Exceptional (15-16)
Treasure:See below
No. Appearing:1d3
Armor Class:2 (base)
Movement:9, Fl 18(C), Sw 12
Hit Dice:6 (base)
THAC0:15 (base)
No. of Attacks:3 + special
Special Attacks:Spells, breath weapon, special
Special Defenses:Spells, special
Magic Resistance:See below
Size:H-G (14' base)
Morale:Fanatic (17-18)
XP Value:See below

Pearl dragons are easily identifiable because their scales appear to be made of that precious substance for which they are named. As they age, their scales become increasingly lustrous.

Pearl dragons speak their own language, and they can communicate telepathically with any other creature having that ability, as well as creatures with Intelligences of 18 or higher.

Combat: Pearls prefer to employ their breath weapons and magical abilities in combat, but they can deliver two claw attacks and a bite if necessary. They are smaller and weaker than many other dragons, but they possess superior magic capabilities and are able to cast both wizard and priest spells.

Breath Weapon/Special Abilities: Pearl dragons can breathe a cloud of scalding steam once every three rounds, measuring 90 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 20 feet high. A successful saving throw vs. breath weapon halves the inflicted damage.

Using riddling talk and personal charm, pearl dragons can entrance those who are not involved in combat or otherwise distracted. Anyone within 90 feet who listens to a pearl has a 10% cumulative chance per round to become affected as by a suggestion spell. A successful save vs. spell indicates that the character can resist the charm for at least six rounds, after which there's a 5% cumulative chance to be charmed. Those who successfully save twice can't be charmed by that dragon.

Due to its relatively small size, the fear aura of a neutral dragon allows a +4 bonus to opponents' saving throws. Also, neutrals cannot polymorph themselves unless they carry that spell, but, they have the ability to blink six times per day (as a 10th-level caster).

Habitat/Society: Pearl dragons reside on steep, rocky coastlines or along sandy beaches, as long as they are near the water. They love the salty air and the open expanse of the sea.

It is not surprising that pearl dragons spend most of the day pearl hunting. Over the centuries, this species has developed powerful lungs exclusively for this purpose, and a pearl dragon can stay under water for up to an hour without surfacing for air. For this reason, a pearl dragon hoard can contain up to 5,000 gp in pearls for every age level the dragon has (these pearls are in addition to normal treasure types).

Pearl dragons are somewhat nomadic, leaving one place for another once the food or pearl supply has run low. The moving process is very slow, for the dragon refusss to leave a single object behind in its previous lair.

Like all neutral dragons, pearl dragons remain at a safe distance from human civilization. They rarely attack sailing vessels, though they have been known to attack bothersome pirate ships and take whatever treasure they can find.

Ecology: Pearl dragons are natural enemies of dragon turtles. Their diet consists mainly of sharks and fish, with an occasional hundred lobsters or a small whale as a treat. The hide of a pearl dragon is extremely beautiful and can be sold for as much as 60,000 gp.

AgeBody Lgt. (')Tail Lgt. (')ACBreath WeaponSpells W/PMRTreas. TypeXP Value
1 Hatchling1-41-351d4+1NilNilNil1,490
2 Very young5-84-642d4+2NilNilNil2,000
3 Young9-127-933d4+3NilNilNil3,000
4 Juvenile13-1610-1224d4+42/15%E4,000
5 Young adult17-2013-1515d4+52 2/2 110%H5,000
6 Adult21-2416-1806d4+62 2 2/2 215%H,U*7,000
7 Mature adult25-2819-21-17d4+72 2 2 2/2 2 120%H,U×2*9,000
8 Old29-3222-24-28d4+82 2 2 2 2/2 2 225%H,U×2*10,000
9 Very old33-3625-28-39d4+92 2 2 2 2 2/2 2 2 130&H,U×2*11,000
10 Venerable37-4029-31-410d4+102 2 2 2 2 2 2/2 2 2 235%H,U×3*12,000
11 Wyrm41-4432-34-511d4+113 3 2 2 2 2 2/2 2 2 2 140%H,U×4*13,000
12 Great Wyrm45-4835-38-612d4+123 3 3 3 2 2 2/2 2 2 2 245%H,U×4*14,000

* All gems in treasure type U are actually pearls.

Monstrous Compendium, 1994 Annual, Volume 1 (2145)