Post by Former DM Dark Herald on Aug 21, 2009 23:30:42 GMT -5
Tome dragons are guardians and gatherers of lore. The greatest of the dragons in terms of sheer spellcasting power, they specialize in conjuration and divination magic. Many spend whole centuries researching such arcane mysteries as planar conjunctions, outsider ecology, fate, destiny, and the flow of time itself. Individually or in small cabals, they search for the source of all magic and develop powers of spellcraft and foresight that rival those of the deities. Extraplanar excursions are frequent, especially for older tome dragons, and the most ancient are known to move about using astral projections more often than with their physical bodies. Ever sagacious, tome dragons are prone to great arrogance and hubris, possessing intellects to rival the greatest human sages from infancy, most find it inconceivable that they could be lacking in knowledge or judgment.
Tome dragons have disproportionately long tails ending in pointed fins that flick through the air as they corkscrew in flight. Their scales are silver and pristine, with an iridescent sheen like a raindow salmon's. Their short limbs and in slender digits well suited to fine manipulation (even the largest of tome dragons can turn the pages of a small book without difficulty). Tome dragons have expressive faces wreathed in great manes of silky hair (an oddity among dragonkind), and frills of thin spines jut from their cheeks. Their eyes reflect the colors of the sky: pale blue at birth, turning to azure by early adulthood, then deep purple, and finally a dark midnight blue flecked with silver starlight. Their voices vary, but are always full of character: thick accents, raspy coughs, smoky whispers, and booming laughs are all common.
Tome dragons are more social than other dragon species, and many have been known to lair with others of their kind. These cabals almost invariably gather in enormous libraries they build on secluded mountainsides. Such libraries are frequently mistaken for monasteries because of their locations and the minimalist adornments tome dragons prefer.
Tome dragons need very little food to survive, and most eat as little as possible, food is just a distraction, in their eyes, from more worldly persuits. What they do eat tends to be very plain. Tome dragons do, however, have a soft spot for fine teas, the more exotic ingredients the better.
Tome dragons, naturally, rely on their spells. With spontaneous and free acess to powerful metamagic, tome dragons usually take feats such as Silent Spell, Empower Spell, and Quicken Spell as soon as possible, combining them to create magic of astounding potency. They prefer to fight while airborne, taking advantage of their natural grace and maneuverability, assisted by summoned monsters to distract ranged attackers below. Tome dragons battle tactics are, of course, genius. With such cunning minds and potent divinations, many tome dragons are able to come to a fight knowing more about the enemies plans than the warriors who must carry them out.