Dragonhide, also written dragon hide, was the skin of a dragon.[3]

Properties[edit | edit source]

Dragonhide could be used to fashion masterful, meaning good enough to be enchanted, armors and/or shields from it. The resulting products were in no way different from ordinary ones, but with one exception: dragonhide could not be destroyed by the kind of energy that the dragon whose skin it was breathed. So it was entirely possible that the wearer of a dragonhide armor could die in a blast of a dragon's breath, while the armor remained intact, if the breath weapon used the same energy as the dragonhide's dragon's breath weapon.[2]

Applications[edit | edit source]

As mentioned above, dragonhide could be used for crafting armors and shields, and was highly valued by the armorers of Faerûn.[1] People used dragonhide armor for mostly ornamental reasons for it conferred no beneficial properties to them. There was no difference in time nor cost compared to the creation of ordinary armor and shield of masterful quality when creating a dragonhide armor or shield.[2]

In order for a piece of dragon hide to used to craft armor, it had to be at least 3' (0.9 m) long on any side and free from puncture marks, slashes, burns or any other imperfections that weakened its integrity. As the renowned dragon-slayer Smerdiuk Dragonbane wrote in his manual, The Compleat Dragon-Hunter: "damage grevious enough to slay a dragon will often make its entire hide unusable".[1]

A specifically trained person could create a dragoncraft item from dragonhide, which did indeed confer beneficial benefits in the form of a minor resistance against the donor-dragon's breath weapon's energy type.[2]

Production[edit | edit source]

Dragonhide was produced by skinning a dragon.[3]

Notable Dragonhide Items[edit | edit source]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nigel Findley, et al. (October 1990). Draconomicon. (TSR, Inc), p. 82. ISBN 0-8803-8876-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Andy Collins, James Wyatt, and Skip Williams (November 2003). Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 115–116. ISBN 0-7869-2884-0.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, Skip Williams (July 2003). Dungeon Master's Guide v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 283–284. ISBN 0-7869-2889-1.
  4. Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 37. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.
  5. Eric L. Boyd (November 2005). “Vampires of Waterdeep: The Fireplace Level”. In James Jacobs ed. Dungeon #128 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 88.
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