A smoke drake's polished, overlapping scales were charcoal gray mixed with the occasional highlight of dark red and a dorsal ridge of ebony. Its eyes glowed red like hot coals, especially when the beast was angry or in battle.
The smoke drake had a tongue the color of charred wood and it had black claws and horns. Its horns curved back from its skull. It emitted heat, and was hot to the touch, but not to the extent it would be impossible for a normal humanoid to sit on it. The creature showed up distinctly to infravision.
Smoke drakes were very territorial and held grudges against their enemies for years. They were skilled trackers, able to follow their prey over long distances. They were also attracted to shiny objects and tended to collect gemstones from their victims.
The smoke drake had two forms of breath weapon: a hazy cloud, and an incendiary cloud. The former emitted a cloud of smoke in a 30-ft (10-m) radius that caused blindness (to which the drake was immune). The latter could only be used once per day and was the same as a hazy cloud but with white-hot embers that burned. These clouds dissipated after a minute or so, or quicker if there was a wind.
Smoke drakes were immune to normal fires and heat, and had a resistance to magical fire.
Once it hunted down its prey, the smoke drake opened battle with its smoky breath, which caused blindness, and its teeth and claws. It attacked lone or separated targets, focusing on that creature until it was incapacitated. If fighting an opponent it couldn't easily defeat, it would flee to safety, but would return and attack again later.
Smoke drakes were a carnivorous species by nature, but could eat twigs and leaves, which helped to keep their burning-hot stomachs "kindled".
Smoke drakes had a solitary nature although they were known to group in packs of up to six. They could be used as mounts if captured when young and trained to be ridden. Adult smoke drakes valued freedom and suffered from an ill temperament, so they were not suited to domestication. Since smoke drakes were small, they were often used as mounts by goblins.
They mated in the fall. The female laid up to six eggs, usually in a cave. The eggs themselves emitted heat, which tended to lead other creatures to use them for warmth, and when ready to hatch, about six months later, they exploded in a burst of flame.
The eggs of these drakes were sometimes used in the creation of rings of fire resistance, or powdered and turned to ink for use in endure heat, fire shield, resist fire, and stinking cloud. An egg typically sold for up to 2,000 gp.
- The Rage • The Rite • The Ruin • The Captive Flame • Whisper of Venom • The Spectral Blaze
- Referenced only
- The Nether Scroll
- Andy Collins, James Wyatt, and Skip Williams (November 2003). Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 157. ISBN 0-7869-2884-0.
- Johnathan M. Richards (June 1999). “Greater Drakes”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #260 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 35–36.
- Lynn Abbey (September 2000). The Nether Scroll. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 8. ISBN 0-7869-1566-8.
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