Best of the Beastiary, D&D

Red Dragons: Masters of the Mountains

Question: when you imagine a dragon, what color is it? Green? Blue? Or maybe gold? Personally, this is the one I always imagine. A dark, crimson red.

Red dragons prefer mountains or badlands, any other realm in which they can perch up high and observe their domain. This preference brings them into frequent conflict with copper dragons, who share a similar domain. When angered, they’ll fly into an impulsive fury so destructive that they have become the image of evil itself in many cultures.

See? It isn’t just me!

Even among other dragons, the arrogance of the red dragon is remarkable. They see themselves as the most supreme beings in the world, standing even above other dragons. They think themselves chosen by Tiamat herself, often using her name in their conquest.

These creatures are territorial isolationists. However, given their desire to rule the world, they feel they need to know about concurrent events. So, in order to get that information, they’ll utilize lesser creatures, typically evil creatures it claimed lordship over by murdering their leaders, to act as messengers, spies, and the like. Particularly, they long for information regarding other red dragons, whom they are very competitive with.

Above all else, a red dragon treasures their hoard. A red dragon’s treasure hoard is legendary, containing anything and everything of monetary value. However, taking from it is even more dangerous and difficult than any other, as red dragons memorize every single item and its location within the pile. Should it find something missing and fail to find a thief, it’ll go on a rampage and burn everything even near its lair.

Lore wise, there is a ton to work with there! Perhaps they find a recently enslaved village and are employed by a lone rebel to slay the beast! Or perhaps a red dragon is on a rampage, so they need to find a thief who stole from it to try and negotiate! Maybe the party could stumble into a cult-like society worshipping one like a god and choose what to do from there! All of these stories could make for incredible stories and a great boss fight!

Now, stat wise, this one is literally exactly the same as all the other dragons we’ve discussed so far. Seriously, I’m getting tired of repeating the same four paragraphs over and over again. If you’ve read the other ones, you know what this one is about. It’s the exact same thing only it breathes fire.

Which is basic. And awesome.

Let’s stop wasting time and put the red dragons on the Best of the Bestiary!

  1. Beholder
  2. Death Tyrant
  3. Green Dragons
  4. Red Dragons <————–
  5. Blue Dragons
  6. Black Dragons
  7. Couatl
  8. Behir
  9. Aboleth
  10. Chuul
  11. Chimera
  12. Death Knight
  13. Bone Devil
  14. Dracolich
  15. Ankheg
  16. Shadow Demon
  17. Marilith
  18. Aarackockra
  19. Azer
  20. Demilich
  21. Spectator
  22. Cambion
  23. Animated Armor
  24. Banshee
  25. Basilisk
  26. Yochlol
  27. Bulette
  28. Cloaker
  29. Darkmantle
  30. Doppelganger
  31. Pit Fiend
  32. Erinyes
  33. Chain Devil
  34. Bearded Devil
  35. Barbed Devil
  36. Spined Devil
  37. Ice Devil
  38. Nalfeshnee
  39. Glabrezu
  40. Chasme
  41. Barlgura
  42. Horned Devil
  43. Balor
  44. Shadow Dragon
  45. Vrock
  46. Dretch
  47. Goristro
  48. Hezrou
  49. Manes
  50. Quasit
  51. Planetar
  52. Imp
  53. Displacer Beast
  54. Carrion Crawler
  55. Rug of Smothering
  56. Bugbear Chief
  57. Bugbear
  58. Vine Blight
  59. Twig Blight
  60. Needle Blight
  61. Bullywug
  62. Cockatrice
  63. Lemure
  64. Solar
  65. Deva
  66. Cyclops
  67. Centaur
  68. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  69. Flying Sword
  70. Crawling Claw

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