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Shen lung, also known as spirit dragons, were dragons that were found in the rivers and lakes of Kara-Tur.[2]


Shen lungs were physically distinguished by their enormous size, up to 151 feet (46 meters) in length. They resembled pan lung in appearance but were shorter and thicker. As hatchling they had dull scales that were either blue, green, orange or red. Sometimes polychromatic. As they aged, a shen lungs scaled brightened. A shen lung had ridges along its back, a spiked tail and two horns atop its head. Their gold-colored whiskers featured prominently on their snout.[2]


Unlike most dragons, shen lung were modest.[4] They maintained cordial relationships with nature spirits. Most shen lung would take human form to observe human life in villages, as they were fascinated by humans. Humans in Kara-tur regarded shen lung as messengers from the gods and a source of good luck, often constructing shrines and temples, and held ceremonies to gain favour of a local shen lung.[2]


A shen lung would avoid combat if possible, seeking negotiations over open combat. If these negotiations failed, they unleashed savage melee attacks with their teeth, claws and spiked tail. They used several spells to attack, such as ice storm, scaly command and water fire.[2]


Shen lung had a natural immunity to lightning and poison but were vulnerable to fire. They also had a unique barrier ability which prevented any regular or giant insect, arachnid, and arthropod from approaching within 60 feet (18 meters).[2][5]

They had innate magical abilities, each gained as they grew older. Three times per day a mature shen lung could use cone of cold[5], control weather[2][5], ice storm[2][5], scaly command[5]. Once per day a mature shen lung could use bane[5], bless[2][5], curse[2] and horrid wilting[5].


While precious gems was the main component of their diet, a shen lung would also eat fish and small mammals. A shen lung lair was found at the bottom of the river or lake they were assigned to by the Celestial Bureaucracy. A shen lung lacked wings but was able to fly because of a magical yellow pearl embedded in their brains, this pearl was similar to that on a t'ien lung.[2] If found on a dead shen lung or removed from a live one, this pearl was worth 1,000 gp, yet did not retain its magical abilities[5]. They could breathe both water and air.[5] Shen lung could communicate with animals in a way similar to the spell speak with animals. [5]

Celestial Bureaucracy[]

Within the Celestial Bureaucracy, Shen lung were assigned to act as guards and assistants to chiang lung and took this duty very seriously.[2][6]






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