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Weredragons were a group of lycanthropes that were able to transform at night from humans or sometimes other races into a humanoid form with characteristics of a species of dragon,[1] or into a full-grown dragon.[2][3][4] They were not to be confused with the song dragons, a race of dragons who often voluntarily assumed female human shape, confusingly also called weredragons.[5][6]

Description[]

The hybrid form of a weredragon was humanoid in shape, but their skin transformed into reptilian scales, and they grew fangs and claws, a tail, and wings, all reminiscent of a specific species of dragon.[1] Those able to truly assume the shape of a dragon also gained all the corresponding draconic powers.[3]

Abilities[]

Upon transformation into hybrid from, weredragons gained the ability to make dangerous bite and claw attacks. Frighteningly, they also attained a limited dragon breath of the type they resembled.[1]

Classification and Special Cases[]

Lycanthropes were usually named after a type of animal and could transform into a hybrid form combining a human and that animal, as well as fully take on the shape of the animal. Weredragons differed from both expectations, instead resembling intelligent magical creatures and being reported to have only either a hybrid form[1][7] or a fully draconic form,[2][3][8] not both.

Subspecies[]

Weredragons could be as varied as dragons themselves.[1] Confirmed sightings in the Realms existed of gold,[1] silver,[8][2] and shadow weredragons. The latter were transformed drow from Chaulssin rather than humans, and were also known as drow-dragons.[4][9]

History[]

Weredragons were only reported after the Time of Troubles of 1358 DR. It is unknown if they existed before and were not discovered or if the upheavals of the Godswar created them.[1] Drow-dragons, however, had already arisen from special circumstances in the years following 792 DR.[9]

Powerful magic was one way to attain weredragonhood, either from magic items[2] or through fusion of a dragon and a human in a freak turbulence of wild magic. Another proposed cause was, like for other lycanthropes, powerful curses.[1]

For individuals, if not deliberately brought about magically, the initial transformation could occur spontaneously when they were under great pressure.[1]

Known Lycanthropic Weredragons[]

Trivia and Rumors[]

Appendix[]

See Also[]

References[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Ed Greenwood, et al (1989). Hall of Heroes. (TSR, Inc), pp. 36–37. ISBN 0-88038-711-4.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), pp. 79, 113. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Ed Greenwood (March 1998). “Wyrms of the North: Lhammaruntosz”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #245 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 50–54.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Eric L. Boyd (1999). Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark. (TSR, Inc), p. 66. ISBN 0-7869-1509-9.
  5. Ed Greenwood (1991). Halls of the High King. (TSR, Inc), p. 47.
  6. James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo (February 2001). Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 44–45. ISBN 0-7869-1832-2.
  7. Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), pp. 230–231. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Ed Greenwood (1995). The Seven Sisters. (TSR, Inc), p. 51. ISBN 0-7869-0118-7.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Eric L. Boyd (2007-04-25). Dragons of Faerûn, Part 3: City of Wyrmshadows (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 3. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
  10. Ed Greenwood (July 1998). “Wyrms of the North: Nurvureem”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #249 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 66–70.
  11. Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. (TSR, Inc), p. 223. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
  12. Ed Greenwood (November 1998). The City of Ravens Bluff. (TSR, Inc), p. 54. ISBN 0-7869-1195-6.
  13. Ed Greenwood (September 1997). “Wyrms of the North: Galadaeros”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #239 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 30–35.

Connections[]

The Family of Dragons

Metallic dragons: GoldSilverBronzeCopperBrassElectrumIronMercuryPlatinumSteel
Chromatic dragons: RedBlackBlueGreenWhiteBrownGrayPurpleYellow
Gem dragons: AmberAmethystEmeraldSapphireTopazCrystalObsidian
Lung dragons: Chiang lungLi lungLung wangPan lungShen lungT'ien lungTun mi lungYu lung
Planar dragons: AstralBattleChaosEtherealFaerieHowlingMirageOceanusPyroclasticRadiantRustShadowStyxTarterian
Epic dragons: ForcePrismatic
Catastrophic dragons: Volcanic
Miscellaneous dragons: DzalmusMistRadiantRattelyrSongVishap
Draconic transformations: AirAscendant