Lesser Black Dragon Wyrmling (5e Creature)
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Lesser Black Dragon Wyrmling
Small dragon, chaotic evil
Impressioned. In addition to Draconic, the dragon learns the primary language of the creature that hatched it. The dragon does not learn a language this way if the primary language of the creature that hatched it was Draconic.
Memory. The dragon knows a skill or spell its parents knew in life, having proficiency in a skill of the DM's choice, having a class feature of the DM's choice or knowing a spell of the DM's choice. If they know a spell, it can be cast without using spellslots once, and doesn't count against the amount of spells the dragon can learn. If they have an extra class feature, it follows all the limits of the feature, and if it has limited uses, it can only be used once. The single casting without spellslots or the single use of the class feature returns after the dragon completes a long rest.
Amphibious. The dragon can breathe air and water.
Tooth and Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d4 + 3) piercing damage plus 1 acid damage.
Acid Spit (Recharge Short Rest). The dragon spits a ball of acid in a 15-foot line that is 5 feet wide. The first creature in that line must make a DC 11 Dexterity saving throw, taking 10 (5d4) acid damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. If that creature succeeds on the saving throw, the second creature in the line must make a DC 11 Dexterity saving throw, taking half the original damage on a failed save and no damage on a success. The Acid Spit will never hit more than two targets this way.
Lesser Dragons are a race of quadrupeds that are smaller and less powerful than other dragons, but can live longer, boasting immortality that other evil dragons hate and envy. Because of this, they are often hunted to extinction by other dragons. Unless if those other dragons don't exist on the world, lesser dragons might be extraordinarily rare and coveted as masters of survival or luck. If other dragons DON'T exist on the world, then lesser dragons might be some of the most widespread creatures on the planet, only outpaced by civilization-building creatures like humans and elves. In such cases, Lesser Dragons are likely both loved and feared, with many eyes always watching their every move for hostility while trying not to make that fact known. Lesser dragons are adaptable, and carry themselves with greater dignity and more profound magical ability than normal dragons. They can manipulate tools with their mouths and front claws, though they would fumble around with any such items much more than other races. See the homebrew rule, Quadruped Races (5e Variant Rule) for more information on how their skill checks with tools and use of weapons works, as well as other information that can help make those types of creatures viable for player characters in game.
Lesser Dragon eggs incubate for a year, but don't hatch immediately afterward. A lesser dragon egg will only hatch in the presence of a creature that cares about the hatchling inside, and can stay unhatched indefinitely until this condition is met. The "care" that someone has for the creature inside the egg doesn't have to be profound, even curiosity from a creature that doesn't know what kind of egg it is or passive interest in the creature inside the egg can be enough to cause it to hatch, but it does make evil lesser dragons slightly rarer than others due to the feeling having to be genuine. Such eggs are also fairly tiny by comparison to normal dragon eggs, though this still makes them larger than most other types of eggs (Think, about ostrich egg size, though more oval shaped.). Because of this requirement, Lesser Dragons guard their eggs with fierce resolve, and are usually willing to sacrifice their lives (Depending on their alignment, evil Lesser Dragons may not be so bold) to protect the would-be hatchling. Lesser Dragons are capable of complex thought (Akin to an adolescent human) from birth, and usually inherit some memories of their parents (Though a lesser dragon can avoid this if they want the young to make their own life without help, which sometimes happens). If they do inherit such memories, they usually translate directly into knowledge and skills, and can never be thought of as memories by the child, but additional instincts whose only apparent origin is if their parents tell them about what they did. A lesser dragon might have a seemingly unrelated skill to their class (If they have a class) or a spell despite otherwise not being a spellcaster (Which uses Charisma if they aren't a spellcaster) that they can use practically without thinking, though only to the skill of their parents unless they refine it themselves (If they have a spell from this, it can be used once before the lesser dragon must take a long rest to be able to use it again. This is separate from the use of spellslots or other abilities that allow the spell to be cast, and is not considered to count against the number of spells they can learn or keep prepared should they have a spellcasting class.).
Lesser Black Dragons live in constant fear of the larger denizens that encroach upon them, but relish in the rewards of not having any rivals for treasure. They seek every opportunity to break any stronger dragons lording over them, but aren't foolish enough to fight them 1 on 1. The struggle of intellect between two different types of Black Dragons can be an amazing and horrifying spectacle. Evil Lesser Black Dragons are even crueler than their larger counterparts because of this brutal one-sided relationship, and any of their kind that flock to the side of good are treated by their brethren and even their parents usually as creatures worth less than nothing.