Tiny dragon, unaligned
Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 1 (1d4 - 1)
Speed 20 ft., fly 40 ft.
Senses blindsight 10 ft., darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 12
Languages understands Draconic, but can't speak it
Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)
Empath. The fire lizard can sense the emotions of creatures within 60 feet of it.
Limited Telepathy. The fire lizard can magically transmit simple messages and images to any creature within 120 feet of it that can understand a language. This form of telepathy doesn't allow the receiving creature to telepathically respond.
Multiattack. The fire lizard makes two attacks: one with its bite and one with its claws.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +0 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 1 piercing damage.
Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +0 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 1 slashing damage.
Fire Breath (Recharge 5-6). The fire lizard exhales fire in a 15-foot cone. Each creature in the area must make a DC 9 Dexterity saving throw, taking 7 (2d6) fire damage on a failed save, or half as much on a successful one.
Fire lizards are a native species of Pern, present before its colonization. Being very much like dragons, they share many of the same abilities.
Fire lizards are about the size of a large bird. They come in all the same colors as dragons, and the temperament of said colors correspond to their larger cousins. They have three sets of eyelids, the innermost being a transparent membrane that allows the lizard to see where it is going while its eyes remain protected from harsh environments, such as space. Depending on how awake they are, all three can be open.
Men and women can Impress any color of fire lizard, and they do not need to be a certain age to do so. Also, a person can Impress multiple fire lizards. Fire lizards lack the ability to communicate in words, but can have limited success telepathically communicating pictures and thoughts. They are, however, strongly affected by emotions and events around them, to the point of hysteria.
Fire lizards are very sociable creatures, who travel in fairs and love to sing. There seems to be a group consciousness, on a basic level, that allows all fire lizards to experience large events. For example, the new fire lizards of the Ninth Pass knew about the volcano eruption at Landing, even though they were not alive for it. There has also been speculation that fire lizards are immortal, or so long-lived as to appear so, as they don't appear to age and no one has ever seen one to die of old age or disease.