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The dracosphinx was a desert-dwelling creature related to red dragons. This sphinx was a sly predator, roaming the desert highlands in search of all sorts of prey. They preferred to lair in bleak cliff sides, where they had an excellent vantage point of their hunting territory. Their main enemy was the stupid and more numerous hieracosphinx, but dragons, humans, and sometimes wyverns were also a territorial problem.[1]

Description[]

The dracosphinx had the same sort of lion body type as other sphinxes, but was also quite different from them. The head, front paws, wings, and upper body were red and scaly like those of a red dragon, while colorful feathers surrounded the head. These sphinxes were actually egg-laying mammals, who mated once in a lifetime.[1]

Personality[]

When not hunting, the dracosphinx could be found sunning itself in the hot desert sun, or in search of obscure information. They were also philosophers, though their ideals tended to favor stronger creatures over weaker ones. They seemed to enjoy nothing more than engaging intelligent beings in riddle contests and sly conversation, setting their opponent up for sudden, cunning attack. Above all, dracosphinxes possessed the same greed for monetary treasure as dragons, and would do anything to possess it.[1]

Combat[]

In combat, a dracosphinx attacked with its large dragon claws and bites. They used their powerful breath to dispose of foes, after using their illusions to give prey a false sense of security.[1]

Society[]

Dracosphinxes were known to lair in the Dragonsword Mountains of Mulhorand.[3]

Languages[]

The dracosphinx spoke Common and the same dialect of Draconic as the red dragon.[1]

Notable Dracosphinxes[]

  • Drakophikion, a high ranking member of the Church of Gilgeam who claimed to be the god's emissary.[4]

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Gallery[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Jon Pickens ed. (1995). Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two. (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 0-7869-0199-3.
  2. Monster sheets included in Scott Bennie (1990). Old Empires. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-8803-8821-8.
  3. Scott Bennie (February 1990). Old Empires. Edited by Mike Breault. (TSR, Inc.), p. 15. ISBN 978-0880388214.
  4. Eric L. Boyd (September 1997). Powers & Pantheons. Edited by Julia Martin. (TSR, Inc.), p. 166. ISBN 978-0786906574.

Connections[]

The Family of Dragons

Metallic dragons: GoldSilverBronzeCopperBrassCobaltElectrumIronMercuryPlatinumSteel

Chromatic dragons: RedBlackBlueGreenWhiteBrownGrayPurplePinkSaltYellow
Gem dragons: AmethystBeljurilEmeraldSapphireTopazCrystalObsidianRuby
Neutral dragons: AmberJacinthMoonstonePearl
Lung dragons: Chiang lungLi lungLung wangPan lungShen lungT'ien lungTun mi lungYu lung
Planar dragons: AdamantineAstralBattleBlightChaosEtherealHellfire wyrmHowlingMirageOceanusPyroclasticRadiantRustShadowStyxTarterian
Epic dragons: ForcePrismatic
Catastrophic dragons: EarthquakeVolcanic
Miscellaneous dragons: CobraDzalmusMistRadiantRattelyrSongVishap

Draconic transformations: AirAscendantBrainstealerHidecarved


Major Subspecies
AndrosphinxCriosphinxGynosphinxHieracosphinx
Minor Subspecies
CanisphinxDracosphinxLuposphinxSaurosphinx
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