Dragonet (3.5e Creature)

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Author: Dee Loki

Size/Type: Tiny Magical Animal
Hit Dice: 1d8-1 ((3) hp)
Initiative: +9
Speed: 10 ft. (2 squares), fly 60 ft. (12 squares) (good)
Armor Class: 17 (+2 size, +5 Dex), touch 17, flat-footed 12
Base Attack/Grapple: +0/-12
Attack: Bite +7 melee (1d3-4)
Full Attack: Bite +7 melee (1d3-4 and poison, bite)
Space/Reach: 2 1/2 ft/0ft
Special Attacks: Poison
Special Qualities: Evasion, low-light vision, scent, flame
Saves: Fort +1, Ref +7, Will +1
Abilities: Str 2, Dex 21, Con 8, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 10
Skills: Listen +5
Feats: Improved Initiative, Weapon Finesse
Environment: Any land
Organization: Solitary, pair, flight(3-10) or domesticated
Challenge Rating: 1/4
Treasure: None
Alignment: CN
Advancement: 2-3 HD (Tiny)
Level Adjustment:
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This creature resembles a sleek, miniature dragon, slightly smaller than a housecat. It has a thin, long neck, fine scales, sharp, delicate horns and teeth. Its tail is roughly the same length as its body.

No one is quite sure of the origin of dragonets; though draconic in form, there has never been any proof of a link between the tiny creatures and the great dragons. Longstanding theory is that they were the result of a wizard’s experiments to make a type of pseudodragon that was more tractable as a familiar. Dragonets are lighter and sleeker in build, built more for maneuverability and speed rather than defense.

Dragonets come in any color found in nature, ranging from a bright red to dull silver, with any color in between. Female dragonets reach maturity after three years, and lay between 2 and 12 mottled gray eggs every fall. A dragonet hatchling resembles a colorful bat for the first three months; its fragile wings are fused to its front legs to prevent damage to the delicate membranes. Once a dragonet’s wings are free of its forelegs, they swiftly learn to fly and leave the nest.

There is no obvious genetic trait that decides a dragonet’s color.

Dragonets are omnivores; they eat anything they can find, though small rodents, birds and insects are their preferred diet. Their vocalizations run the gambit from creels to purring. They are very vibrant, personable, vocal little creatures, and often have very distinct personalities and temperments.

Most people view dragonets as pests, and various methods are used to exterminate them. Some are domesticated to sell to wizards for use as familiars, or as pets in homes and on farms to chase away destructive birds, insects, and to hunt mice and rats.

Dragonets at full growth are barely over a foot long, although easily half of that length consists of its long tail. Its wingspan is about three feet.

Combat[edit]

Dragonets prefer to use a bite and flee technique when required to engage in combat.

Poison (Ex): Bite; Fort save (DC 11); initial and secondary damage 1d2 Constitution

Evasion (Ex): A dragonet that successfully makes a Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save instead takes no damage. A helpless dragonet cannot use this ability.

Flame(Ex): At will, a dragonet can expel a small burst of fire up to ½ a foot long. The flame is hot and ignites combustible materials. This is suitable for lighting candles, torches, or, if suffering from an infestation of dragonets, your library.

Note: A dragonet can be taken as a familiar. It grants its master a +3 modifier on initiative.



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