The Pirates Of Atlantis
A small(ish) Dragon, used by the Atlantean Sky Cavalry
|45||STR||35||15-||Lift: 12.5 Tons; HTH: 9d6 Damage|
|18||DEX||24||13-||OCV: 6/DCV: 6|
|8||INT||-2||11-||PER Roll: 13-|
|20||PRE||10||13-||PRE Attack: 4d6|
|15||PD||9||Total: 15PD (15rPD)|
|15||ED||9||Total: 15ED (15rED)|
|4||SPD||12||Phases: 3, 6, 9, 12|
|15||Fangs: 1d6 HKA (2d6 with STR)||1E|
|10||Front Talons: ½d6 HKA (1d6 + 1 with STR)||1E|
|15||Rear Talons: 1d6 HKA (2d6 with STR)||1E|
|15||Scales: Damage Resistance (15PD/15ED) (Included)||0E|
|22||WIngs: 15" Flight, Useable as Gliding (+ ¼); Restrainable (-½)|
|6||Draconic Senses: +2 to all Senses PER Rolls (Included)||0E|
|60||Fire Breath: RKA 3d6, Area Of Effect (18” Line; + 1); No Range (-½)||6E|
|30||Protection from Fire:75% rED Reduction; Only vs Heat/Fire (-1)||0E|
|12||Heavy: 6" Knockback Resistance||0E|
|3||Battle Training: Riding Skill||13-|
|3||Stealth Training: Stealth Skill||13-|
|15||Physical Limitation: Animal Intelligence (Frequently, Greatly Impairing)|
|5||Physical Limitation: Large (8m Long, 4m Wide; Mass: 6,400kg -4 DCV, +4 to PER Rolls to perceive) (Infrequently, Slightly Impairing)|
|15||Psychological Limitation: Loyal To Its Rider; Must Obey Him (Common, Strong)|
|10||Physical Limitation: Limited Manipulation (Frequently, Slightly Impairing)|
|5||Physical Limitation: Reduced Leap, can only leap half as far as STR indicates (Infrequently, Slightly Impairing)|
Atlantean war-dragons are bred by the Atlantean army for military purposes. Millennia ago the line started as captured dragons adapted for military purposes, but over the centuries they’ve essentially become domesticated. In times of peace, war-dragon-mounted soldiers are used as couriers, ferrying important government messages and small cargoes all around the Great Island and beyond. War-dragons are sometimes pressed into service as guard animals as well, particularly when they become too injured or old to serve on the front lines.
Personality/Motivation: Normal animal motivations for the most part, though the bond between war-dragon and rider is strong. The army pairs a rider with a war-dragon when the beast is young, and the two train together for years. Thanks to this conditioning, the wardragon finds it difficult to disobey any order its rider gives it, even a suicidal one. Riders often become so attached to and affectionate about their war-dragons that they’ve been known to weep openly when the war-dragon dies.
Powers/Tactics: War-dragons mainly serve as mounts to get a sky cavalryman into a position to shoot arrows at the enemy or engage in HTH combat with other flyers, but they can also fight themselves if necessary. Their fangs and rear talons are large and sharp, and the talons on their front legs cannot be ignored. Additionally, the war-dragon is trained to help its rider keep his seat (i.e., to use its Riding roll as a Complementary Skill to the cavalryman’s Riding roll when appropriate). A sky cavalryman may have his war-dragon swoop in on top of a large target to make a Multiple Power Attack with fangs and claws.
Appearance: This noble beast looks roughly like a traditional four-legged dragon, though its two front legs are stunted and significantly smaller than its rear legs, making it difficult for the war-dragon to walk (it’s most comfortable flying). It also has a longer tail and slightly larger wings than a traditional dragon of its size. Its scales range in colour from dull gold, through various shades of red, to rarer greens, blues, purples, and black. In battle it may be outfitted with golden barding specially made for it.
(As a side note: War Dragons are never eaten. They are so beloved as companions and pets that to eat one is unthinkable. Additionally, their inherent resistance to heat and flame makes cooking one nearly impossible.)