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Blue dragons, also known as storm dragons, were orderly creatures and are unusual for chromatics in that they keep fairly well-ordered, hierarchical societies. They were more likely to be mocking and manipulative than outrightly cruel or murderous to 'lesser' creatures, aided greatly by their natural talents for hallucination. They were infamous for tricking desert travelers into drinking sand or going miles out of their way to avoid nonexistent dust basins. Their breath weapon was a line of lightning or a large electrical discharge.
Physical description[edit | edit source]
Blue dragons were physically distinguished by the single large horn protruding from their heads and also by their ears, which were rather large and frilled. The tail is thick and bumpy, like that of a crocodile. The wings are more pronounced than most other species'. They smelled like electricity or sand.
Combat[edit | edit source]
The blue dragon excelled at aerial combat, perhaps more so than any other species of dragon. Their lightning discharges were very easy to aim at other aerial foes, or at creatures below them on the ground. They were also extremely adept at burrowing in sand, and often lie in wait just below the surface of the desert for prey. When they were so burrowed, their large horns could easily be mistaken for pointed desert rocks.
Breath weapon[edit | edit source]
Blue dragons used a shocking burst of lightning.
Ecology[edit | edit source]
Lair[edit | edit source]
Blue dragons were native to arid wastelands and deserts. They made their lairs in underground caves; easily accessible to the dragons, as they could burrow through the ground. These dragons would fly above their territory, using the bleak landscape and its sparse terrain features as their best chance of spotting opponents. The typical blue dragon lair was dug into one of the towering rock formations that dominate desert landscapes. As with all dragon lairs, the blue dragon's lair would have two entrances: one at ground level and hidden by the sand, and one opening onto a high ledge on which it could perch and survey its territory. Each lair also had a large subterranean cavern with a large pool of water and a sandy beach, which its inhabitant would use for drinking and relaxation.
Parenting and development[edit | edit source]
Despite their evil nature, blue dragons were actually excellent parents to their young, and would rarely leave their eggs unattended. Blue dragon eggs must be buried in warm sand to incubate. Blue wyrmlings were actually quite cute, but they were quick to taunt any other creature, and even quicker to hunt small desert creatures for food.
Notable Blue dragons[edit | edit source]
- Abazigal, a Bhaalspawn Dragon (some consider half-dragon) that was a member of "The Five" during Year of the Gauntlet, 1369 DR (From Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal (game))
- Alasklerbanbastos, also known as "The Great Bone Wyrm", a dracolich ruling Threskel
- Anaxaster, offspring of Iymrith, living in Ascore with its sibling Chezzaran
- Araugauthos, also known as "The Bluetalon", imprisoned in the ruins of Undermountain
- Arharzel, the offspring of Roraurim and Faenphaele
- Boraksaghegirak, also known as "Borak" and "The Thunder Tyrant" of the desert around ancient Imer.
- Chezzaran, offspring of Iymrith, living in Ascore with its sibling Anaxaster.
- Clytemorrenestrix, also known as "Nestrix" and "The Terror of the Calim" who was turned into a human during the Spellplague
- Eshaedra, the mate of Nahaunglaroth.
- Faenphaele, Roraurim's mate.
- Idrizraele, Kizilpazar's mate.
- Iryklathagra, also known as "Sharpfangs" who plagued the Lands of Intrigue.
- Iymrith, also known as "The Doom of the Desert" in Anauroch.
- Kizilpazar, patriarch of the Morueme clan, from 1018 DR to 1371 DR.
- Krashos Morueme, who professed to be "Quevven Jusztiirn", a venerable drow mage.
- Lennithon, an participant in the raid on Greenest and associate of the Cult of the Dragon in the 1480s DR.
- Nahaunglaroth, co-leader of the Blood of Morueme since 1371 DR.
- Nystalancer, transformed into a human by the archmage Arcturia in the Arcturiadoom level of Undermountain.
- Olothontor, also known as "The Minstrel Wyrm", whose lair was not far from Waterdeep.
- Roraurim, co-leader of the Blood of Morueme since 1371 DR
- Saluuknir, also known as "The Blue Vishap", trapped within the Urn of the Blue Vishap
- Sapphiraktar the Blue, an ancient male blue dracolich.
- Tekthyrios, living in a temple on Celestia.
- Venasorrn, transformed into a human by the archmage Arcturia in the Arcturiadoom level of Undermountain.
Appendix[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Hellgate Keep • Hoard of the Dragon Queen • The Rise of Tiamat • Curse of Strahd • Storm King's Thunder • Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage • Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus
- Video Games
- Dungeon Hack • Neverwinter Nights: Darkness over Daggerford
- Board Games
- Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Further Reading[edit | edit source]
- Andy Collins, James Wyatt, and Skip Williams (November 2003). Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-2884-0.
References[edit | edit source]
- Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 90–92. ISBN 978-0786965614.
- Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 78–79. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
- Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 72–73. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
- Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 66. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
- Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 31. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
- Bruce R. Cordell, Ari Marmell and Robert J. Schwalb (November 2008). Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 32. ISBN 978-0786949809.>
- Ed Greenwood and Jason Carl (July 2002). Silver Marches. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 13. ISBN 0-7869-2835-2.
- Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 151. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
- Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 88. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
- Bruce R. Cordell, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Jeff Quick (October 2003). Underdark. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 133. ISBN 0-7869-3053-5.
- Wizards RPG Team (2014). Hoard of the Dragon Queen. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 9. ISBN 978-0786965649.
- Christopher Perkins (November 2018). Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 192. ISBN 978-0-7869-6626-4.
- Bruce R. Cordell, Ari Marmell and Robert J. Schwalb (November 2008). Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 89. ISBN 978-0786949809.
- Bruce Schmidt (December 1997). “Bazaar of the Bizarre: Magical Allies of the Forgotten Realms Setting”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #242 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 72–75.
Connections[edit | edit source]
Chromatic dragons: Red • Black • Blue • Green • White • Brown • Gray • Purple • Yellow
Gem dragons: Amber • Amethyst • Emerald • Sapphire • Topaz • Crystal • Obsidian
Lung dragons: Chiang lung • Li lung • Lung wang • Pan lung • Shen lung • T'ien lung • Tun mi lung • Yu lung
Planar dragons: Astral • Battle • Chaos • Ethereal • Faerie • Howling • Mirage • Oceanus • Pyroclastic • Radiant • Rust • Shadow • Styx • Tarterian
Miscellaneous dragons: Air • Ascendant • Brainstealer • Dzalmus • Force • Mist • Prismatic • Radiant • Rattelyr • Song • Vishap