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A wyvern (pronounced: /ˈwɪvɜːrnWIH-vurn[6][7] Loudspeaker listen or: /ˈwvɛrnWY-vern[6][7] Loudspeaker listen) was a large winged lizard, distantly related to the dragon, with a poisonous stinging tail and sharp teeth.[8]

DescriptionEdit

They had dark brown or grey bodies, around 15' (4.6 m) in length, weighing around a ton. Their huge tails comprised almost half of their bodies ending in a thick cartilage knot with a stinger protruding out of it, not unlike a scorpion's. Their wingspan could get over 50 ft. Wyverns' jaws were filled with long and sharp teeth, and their eyes were usually red or orange. These creatures only had hind legs as opposed to the usual 4 legged dragons. They were not greatly intelligent although they did speak Draconic fluently. Among other telltale sounds wyverns could produce were loud hisses and throated growls akin to alligators.[9]

BehaviorEdit

They were not averse to attacking anything less powerful than themselves. Their sleek, strong legs proved very useful for an attack.[3][note 1]

CombatEdit

Wyverns were highly aggressive and stupid, their main combat tactics were diving from above, grabbing the prey with their hind leg claws and stinging it to death. They could also do slashing attacks when flying by.[10]

EcologyEdit

Wyverns can be both solitary and group animals. They did not have a strong odor, although their lairs often could be tracked by following the smell of their recent kills.[11]

Cloud giants kept griffons, perytons, and wyverns, akin to what humans did with hawks and other birds of prey. These tamed wild creatures could also be often encountered patrolling the cloud giants' gardens, together with other tamed predators like owlbears.[12] Dragons, griffons, and wyverns had a fierce rivalry over hippogriff meat. Manticores, chimeras, griffons, perytons, and wyverns were territorial rivals.[13]

HistoryEdit

Wyverns were created by the aearee of Viakoo in −30,700 DR.[14]

Cultural SignificanceEdit

Some wyverns served the dark Chultan demigod Eshowdow, and their appearance was seen as a good sign by his followers.[15]

UsesEdit

Wyverns were used as mounts by various races and cultures, including Zhentarim skymages[16] and the extradimensional marauder Imgig Zu.[17]Wyvern hide was used in the creation of bookbindings,[18] and its blood was an ingredient in the belarris poison.[19] Additionally, the poisonous barbed tail of the beast was used in the creation of poison darts.[citation needed]

The dried blood of a wyvern was one of the components used in create darkenbeast spells.[20]

Notable Wyverns Edit

  • Trill, companion of Mattias Farseer.
  • Wyvernspur family received a magical ability to be able to transform into a wyvern. Not everyone in the family was able to channel said magic. Giogi and aunt Dorath were the only family members in recent years able to transform using the Wyvern Spur heirloom.

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NotesEdit

  1. Although normally depicted with only two legs, some sources, such as the ADD comic "The Gathering", show wyverns with four legs like dragons. The scorpion-like sting on the tail suggests it is in fact a wyvern.

Further ReadingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 303. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 268. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 259. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 366. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  5. Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 102. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 30.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dungeons & Dragons FAQ (HTML). Wizards of the Coast. (2003). Archived from the original on 2017-07-09. Retrieved on 2018-05-22.
  8. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet and Monte Cook (October 2000). Monster Manual 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 186. ISBN 0-7869-1552-1.
  9. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet and Monte Cook (October 2000). Monster Manual 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 186. ISBN 0-7869-1552-1.
  10. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet and Monte Cook (October 2000). Monster Manual 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 186. ISBN 0-7869-1552-1.
  11. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet and Monte Cook (October 2000). Monster Manual 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 186. ISBN 0-7869-1552-1.
  12. Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 150. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  13. Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 184. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  14. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  15. Eric L. Boyd (1997). Powers and Pantheons. (TSR, Inc), p. 81. ISBN 0-7869-0657-X.
  16. Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 102. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.
  17. Michael Fleisher (December 1988). “The Gathering”. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #1 (DC Comics), pp. 3–5.
  18. Jeff Grubb, Kate Novak (November 1992). The Ring of Winter. (TSR, Inc), p. 145. ISBN 978-1560763307.
  19. Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 43. ISBN 0786960345.
  20. Jean Rabe (1991). Red Magic. (TSR, Inc.), p. 11. ISBN 1-5607-6118-0.

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