Tridrones were an intermediate type of modron.[1]

Description[edit | edit source]

Tridrones were shaped like inverted tetrahedrons and were capable of performing three tasks at a time.[1]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Like all modrons, tridrones had an absolute sense of hierarchy and order, and could not be persuaded to disobey their instructions or betray their purpose in any way.[1]

It was possible, however, for a defective tridrone to go rogue and start acting in its own interests or no longer in accordance with its instructions, sometimes even becoming violent. Such rogues were relentlessly hunted by other modrons, although, unlike their properly operating fellows, they could be reasoned with.[1]

Biology[edit | edit source]

In addition to their truesight,[1] tridrones were capable of seeing the infrared and ultraviolet spectrums out to 90 feet (27 meters) and 100 yards (91 meters), respectively.[5]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Like all modrons, tridrones were immune to all effects and spells that influenced the mind, fear and attacks that rely on energy from either the Negative or Positive energy planes. They also had a resistance to acid, cold and fire.[6]

Combat[edit | edit source]

Tridrones were capable of wielding weapons and were competent combatants, capable of performing three attacks at a time. If destroyed, a tridrone disintegrated completely into dust and a duodrone was instantly upgraded into a tridrone to fill its position.[1] One of the weapons most commonly wielded by them were javelins, which they would hurl at their foes before closing.[5]

History[edit | edit source]

Sometime in the late 1480s DR, a tridrone leading a group of monodrones was stranded in the Labyrinth in the Underdark, separated from the other modrons since the previous Great Modron March, over two centuries earlier. After years of wandering, the tridrone managed to keep the group together, but felt responsible for its failure in performing their assigned task.[7]

Society[edit | edit source]

Tridrones could communicate with other tridrones and with duodrones and quadrones. They were incapable of communicating directly with monodrones and could not comprehend the more advanced pentadrones.[1]

In modron society, tridrones were responsible for leading groups of lesser modrons into battle. They were always created as the result of upgraded duodrones to take the place of destroyed units.[1]

There were about six million tridrones in modron society.[8]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Out of the Abyss[7]The Great Modron March
Evil at Baldur's Gate #3
Video Games
Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 224–225. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. Brian James (August 2012). “The Ecology of the Modron”. In Steve Winter ed. Dragon #414 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 12.
  3. Mark Jindra (2001-09-21). The Modrons (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 8. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-09.
  4. 4.0 4.1 David "Zeb" Cook (1994). Planescape Campaign Setting, Monstrous Supplement. Edited by David Wise. (TSR, Inc), pp. 16–19. ISBN 978-1560768340.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Gary Gygax (August 1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 88. ISBN 0-88038-031-4.
  6. Monte Cook, Colin McComb (1997-10-28). The Great Modron March. Edited by Michele Carter. (TSR, Inc.), p. 126. ISBN 0-7869-0648-0.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Christopher Perkins, Adam Lee, Richard Whitters (September 1, 2015). Out of the Abyss. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 179–180, 183–184. ISBN 978-0-7869-6581-6.
  8. Gary Gygax (August 1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 86. ISBN 0-88038-031-4.

Connections[edit | edit source]

Mechanical Beings of Inherent Order
Base Modrons: MonodroneDuodroneTridroneQuadronePentadrone
Hierarch Modrons: DecatonNonatonOctonSeptonHextonQuintonQuartonTertianSecundus
The One and the Prime: Primus
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