Bloodright : Rise of the Border Princes
“The beast flies on leathery wings, trailing a long and wicked tail. Clad in iron-hard scales of red and yellow, the creature is not unlike a dragon, save for its lack of arms. Curls of flame bellow from its nostrils as it breathes.”
Flame Drake – Level 5 Skirmisher (XP 200)
Large Natural Beast (Dragon, Mount)
Senses Low-Light Vision, Perception +13
HP 59; Bloodied 30
AC 20; Fortitude 17, Reflex 16, Will 16
Resist 10 Fire, *
Speed 6, Fly 8 (Hover), See also Speed Surge – (40 miles per day)
Load 300 lbs (Normal), 600 lbs (Heavy), 1500 lbs (Push/Drag).
Bite (Standard, At-Will) : *+11 vs AC; 2d6+7, plus d6 Fire damage.
Tail Swipe (Immediate Reaction) : When any enemy moves to flank the Flame Drake, it gets this attack as an immediate reaction : _*+6 vs AC; d8+5 damage.
Fireball Breath (Standard Action, Recharge 5,6) : (Fire) – Ranged 12; Burst 3; +5 vs Reflex; 4d6 fire damage.
Speed Surge : As an Encounter Power, a Flame Drake may call upon its draconic heritage for a boost of speed and strength, allowing it to take an extra Move Action.
Aerial Agility +2 : (Mount : While mounted by a rider of 5th level or higher; At-Will) – (Mount) While flying, the Flame Drake grants its rider a +2 Bonus to all defenses.
Alignment Chaotic Evil
Skills : Stealth +8, Perception +10.
Str 21, Dex 13, Wis 12
Con 14, Int 9, Cha 10
The degenerate cousins of red dragons, Flame Drakes possess all the rage and foul temper of their greater kin, but lack their cunning and reason. These brutes terrorize the lands they inhabit, demanding an ever-increasing tribute from those they can frighten and viciously assaulting those they cannot.
While countless centuries of interbreeding and experimentation have led to various draconic creatures, Flame Drakes are easily the most numerous. Flame Drakes, due to their physical prowess and fecundity, are particularly common in mountainous regions. Most true dragons see them as little more than nuisances and scoff at their relation to true dragonkind (even though they are remarkably similar, and often the result of interbreeding with Wyverns).
Flame Drakes organize themselves in small hunting packs, often in twos or threes. These packs work together in raids, but often fall to infighting when the time comes to split the spoils. As such, a powerful male usually leads any pack that survives and stays together for any length of time, with his decisions settling any disputes. Larger packs can form, but require truly powerful leadership, such as a red dragon or spell-caster, to keep the usually unruly Flame Drakes cooperative.
Flame Drakes mate for only one season, with a female laying a clutch of two or three eggs. Young Flame Drakes are raised by their mother for only two years before being abandoned to fend for themselves. They reach maturity in 5 years, and can live to well over 150 years. As a fledgling, they can be trained as a riding mount, and have a market value of 21,000 gps, or 3000 gps for an egg.