This Draconomicon was divided into nine chapters. Chapter 1 is titled "Reference". This chapter talks about various aspects of dragon-dom within Faerun; the list is long and covers many different sub-topics: Debates on the origin of dragons. Theories of draconic evolution and a draconic evolutionary family tree. Dragon interactions with magic. Future developments of draconic evolution.
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Wide-ranging story and campaign elements in the book give DMs ready-to-play material that is easily incorporated into a game, including adventure hooks, quests, and pregenerated treasure hoards.
It was published in November Introducing the Monster Splatbooks. The first of these was Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons. They wanted to focus on the chromatic dragons in particular because they were the traditional draconic bad guys. Having decided on the subject of the first monster splatbook for 4e, the designers then laid out a standard format which included: background fluff, encounters, adventures, artifacts, and other info for GMs; several lairs; and a bestiary full of new monsters.
After Chromatic Dragons was published, the designers predicted that metallic dragons would get their own book soon, and that they might not be as "generally benign" as they had been in previous editions of the game.
However, the second monster splatbook was actually Open Grave: Secrets of the Undead Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons would follow several months later. A History of Dragon Sourcebooks. Expanding the Dragons. The Monster Manual had included stats for the five standard chromatic dragons: the black, blue, green, red, and white dragons. Chromatic Dragons lists three new ones.
The first-ever brown dragon was created by Len Lakofka in The Dragon 38 June , which expanded the chromatic dragons for the first time ever, and which also introduced orange and yellow dragons.
A different sort of brown dragon, with a desert heritage, had long been a feature of the Forgotten Realms, beginning with FR "Old Empires" However, Chromatic Dragons instead adopted the sand dragon from Sandstorm as its new brown dragon. The idea of a gray dragon was first put forth by Greg Detwiler in a Bestiary entry for Dragon June However the grey dragon in Chromatic Dragons is instead based on the fang dragon from the Forgotten Realms, who premiered in Ruins of Myth Drannor and appeared in many later publications.
Draconomic: Chromatic Dragons also stats up several other types of dragons, a few of which are of historical note. James Wyatt introduced five planar dragons in Dragon October , then five more appeared in Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons The 4e designers decided to include planar dragons in the Chromatic Dragons book, because they took on attributes of their environment, just like chromatic dragons did.
They revisited some old favorites like the battle dragon and the Styx dragon, but featured many of their own as well. Finally, Chromatic Dragons features many undead dragons, including the dracolich — a monstrosity created by Ed Greenwood for Dragon June and the novel Spellfire NPCs of Note. Several notable dragons from the past reappear in Chromatic Dragons. Dragotha is an ancient dracolich, who was first mentioned in S2: "White Plume Mountain" , which contains an infamous note on a map that reads "Beyond to the lair of Dragotha, the undead dragon, where fabulous riches and hideous death await.
Other NPCs such as the black dragon Gulgol, the brown dragon Nefermandias, the white dragon Rime, and the gray dragon Zebukiel are new to this sourcebook. Future History. About the Creators. Please feel free to mail corrections, comments, and additions to shannon. Customers Who Bought this Title also Purchased.
Average Rating 1 rating Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons describes several varieties of dragons, including gold, silver, copper, iron, and adamantine dragons. Story and campaign elements in the book give Dungeon Masters ready-to-play material that is easily incorporated into a game, including adventure hooks, quests, encounters, and pregenerated treasure hoards. It was published in November Continuing the Monster Splatbooks. Like its predecessors, it mixes the fluff of dragon background with crunchy stats for new dragons and also contains lots of adventures, encounters, and lairs. Expanding the Dragons. Instead metallic dragons could be neutral.