Dragon Types

Dragon Types and Colors

Note: Remember that, in Eberron, the alignments of dragons are not constricted by their color. A dragon’s color may give you clues as to their powers and capabilities, but will not immediately betray their intentions. A Red dragon is as likely to be noble as it is a fiend. However, this does not make the dragons of whatever color immune to the proclivities of their type.

Black
Blue
Green
Red
White
Brass
Bronze
Copper
Gold
Silver

Black Dragons

Black dragon

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Lair Preferences
Black dragons tend towards moist caves and caverns, usually near the most inhospitable place with dense vegetation and water that they can find. These fierce looking creatures often have one submerged entrance and one land entrance to their domicile.

Physical Attributes
Very basically, the head of a black dragon looks like a scaly skull, with deep-set eyes and large nasal openings. It has stepped horns that curve forward and down, protective and extremely close range weapons. With a closed mouth, the teeth of this type of dragon are still visible and they often drool acidic slime. With age, the dragon appears to be eaten away by acid. Also, they smell. Maybe it’s a natural…perfume…or artifice of rotting vegetation and other decay.

Likely Habits
Dining on seafood or pickled red meat. Capturing members of the younger races to interrogate them about the locations of stockpiles of coins, before snacking on them. Using rotting meat as a decorative scent. Hanging out in bogs like a giant crocodile. Fighting rivals, for mates or pleasure. And, of course, utilizing acid attacks.

Blue Dragons

Blue dragon

from Wizards.com by Richard Sardinha

Lair Preferences
All dragons are territorial, but among wyrmkind, blue dragons are some of the most self-possessed. They seek out sandy deserts, but dry steppes and hot badlands will suffice. They guard their territory jealously. Their lairs are often grand underground caverns. An ideal place would be the base of a cliff where sand continually accumulates, as blue dragons can burrow.

Physical Attributes
Frilled ears and a short head with a huge, single horn atop it. The scales of a blue dragon vary azure to indigo, sometimes polished by the sands of their desert homes. The size of these scales do not increase much over the years, merely growing thicker. Their entire bodies tend to crackle as they move, growing more prevalent when provoked.

Likely Habits
Starting a fight with any brass dragon visible. Vanity, even compared with other dragons. Burrowing in the sand to hide their brilliant color. Collecting gems, coveting the blue ones most highly. Eating herds of animals cooked in lightning. Paying homage to older blue dragons. Only withdrawing from a fight if death is otherwise imminent.

Green Dragons

Green dragon

from Wizards.com by Richard Sardinha

Lair Preferences
Green dragons prefer to lair in caves in sheer cliffs or hillsides. The locations they like best shield the lair’s entrance from prying eyes, like behind a waterfall, or near a lake, pond or stream that can provide an underwater entrance. Older green dragons often conceal their lairs with plants they have magically grown, but whatever their age, greens prefer living in or near forests – the older the forest and bigger the trees, the better.

Physical Attributes
Green dragons have a heavily curved jawline, and a prominent crest that begins near the eyes and continues down most of the dragon’s spine. They have no external ears. Their brows and chin are covered with hornlets, as are the rims of the scaly plates that cover the neck. Green dragons have the longest neck and legs of any type of dragon.

Likely Habits
Intensely territorial, a green dragon is as likely to be found patrolling their territory, from the land or from the air, as they are to be found in their lairs. They are famous for their belligerence, rarely backing down from an offered fight, but they are also well-known for their verbal prowess, at least where concealing their true motives are concerned. They also tend to be the lest respectful of rank of all dragons, ignoring social status and respecting only power.

Red Dragons

Red dragon

from Wizards.com by Ron Spencer

Lair Preferences
Red dragons generally choose to live in hilly or mountainous terrain, to provide them with a perch from which they can survey their terrain. This preference can often bring them into conflict with silver and copper dragons, whose preferences are similar. They will usually choose a large cave that extends deep into the earth, particularly if it exhibits some kind of volcanic or geothermic activity.

Physical Attributes
Two massive horns sweep back atop a red dragon’s head. They have a beaked snout, and small nose and chin horns as well. Its tongue is forked, and little flames often dance in the dragon’s nostrils and eye sockets, particularly when it is angry. Its teeth protrude from its mouth when it is closed, and it has a single back-swept frill that begins behind the head and runs all the way to the tip of the tail. Its scales start a bright, glossy scarlet, and deepen and dull as it ages. They have the largest wingspan of any dragon species, both in actual measurement and in proportion to their body length. They smell of sulfur and pumice.

Likely Habits
Red dragons are the most avaricious among all dragonkind. They covet anything of monetary value, and keep a mental catalog of the exact value of every item in their hoard. They tend to be solitary, and territorial, though they may tolerate servants, particularly if their servants bring them information pertaining to their social status. Red dragons are generally very conscious of their social standing, and that leads them to be very sensitive to injuries to their pride. Red dragons are meat-eaters by preference, and their favorite food is generally human or elf youths – though this can occasionally result in some angst among good-aligned red dragons.

White Dragons

White dragon

from Wizards.com by Richard Sardinha

Lair Preferences
White dragons’ lairs are usually icy caves and deep subterranean chambers that open away from the heat of the sun. They also seek out snowy areas to help their camouflage while they hunt. They occasionally choose ranges favored by red dragons, but they are almost always wise enough to avoid confrontations with the larger and more powerful reds.

Physical Attributes
A white dragon’s head has a sleek profile, with a small, sharp beak at the nose and a pointed chin. A crest supported by a single backward-curving spine tops the head. When viewed from below, a white dragon shows a short head and a featureless head. Its wings appear blunted.

Likely Habits
Eating only frozen foods; usually immediately after killing said food with its breath weapon. They will also hoard kills in snowbanks in or nearby their lairs. Coveting diamonds or other treasure with properties similar to ice. Mating for pleasure, but otherwise ignoring or spurning other Whites. Great memories, but not pillars of intellect.

Brass Dragons

Brass dragon

from Wizards.com by Richard Sardinha

Lair Preferences
Craving sunlight and the warmth it brings, brass dragons are likely to make their homes in high, rocky caves. Ideally, the cave would face east so that the rising sun will warm the rocks. Quite often, these dragons will use tunnels as entrance and escape routes to their lair.

Physical Attributes
Very fast, protecting them from the attentions of the more powerful and more aggressive blue dragons they will likely need to contend with in order to secure a desert dwelling. The dragons’ heads have massive, fluted plate sweeping back from the eyesockets. They tend to have the most expressive faces of wyrmkind.

Likely Habits
Conversing whenever possible. Collecting rare organic treasures in preference to metals or gems, often storing these delicate materials well away from its usual spot in its lair. Eating only when necessary, understanding the fragile environmental conditions of the desert. Steering clear of other brass dragons, preferring the company of any other sentient being over those of their own kind. To use their impressive, (in)famous ways of conversation to maintain a large network of confidants and informants. To be seen as humble by other dragons.

Bronze Dragons

Bronze dragon

from Wizards.com by Richard Sardinha

Lair Preferences
Bronze dragons like to be near deep water, whether fresh or salt, and are most often found in temperate and tropical coastal areas and islands. They prefer to make their lairs in caves that are accessible only from the water, but their lairs are always dry – they do not lay eggs, sleep, or store treasure underwater. Often, a bronze dragon’s lair has a lower area that floods at high tide and an upper area that remains dry around the clock. Away from the sea, bronze dragons often live near underground streams or lakes.

Physical Attributes
A bronze dragon can be recognized by the ribbed crests sweeping back from its cheeks and eyes; the ribs in the crests end in curving horns. They have a beak-like snout and a pointed tongue. Their feet and forelimbs are webbed; this, along with the arrangement of their wing joints, allows them to “fly” underwater – Bronzes make powerful swimmers.

Likely Habits
Congregating with others of their kind, especially to swim or play together in the waves. Constantly indulging their curiosity, especially of lesser creatures, like humanoids. Observing warfare, and occasionally participating in it. Spending decades afterwards discussing the course of the war, its causes, and its consequences. Spending a great deal of time in an assumed form, to avoid undue attention to their investigations. More than other dragons, mating for life, and defending their eggs and offspring to the death.

Copper Dragons

Copper dragon

from Wizards.com by Richard Sardinha

Lair Preferences
Copper dragons like dry, rocky uplands and mountains, occasionally overlapping the territories of brass dragons. They prefer narrow caves, that they enhance with their ability to move and shape stone. They often construct twisting mazes with open tops that allow them to fly or jump over intruders. Unlike most other dragons, they do not mind lairs with cramped spaces that prevent them from flying, relying instead on their ability to to climb stone surfaces to get around their lair.

Physical Attributes
Massive thighs and shoulders to help them jump and climb. A copper dragon’s head has a short face and no beak. Broad, smooth browplates jut over the eyes, and long, flat, coppery horns extend back from the browplates in a series of segments. As they get older, their scales become finer and more coppery, moving from a ruddy brown color to a soft warm gloss by the young adult stage. A very old dragon’s scales pick up a green tint.

Likely Habits
Seeking companionship, if for no other reason than to have someone to share a joke with. Ceaselessly pursuing humor. Avoiding other copper dragons, or more precisely the inevitable competition of wits that ensues from such an encounter. Annoying silver and blue dragons with their constant irreverence. Delighting in the consumption of large poisonous creatures. Avidly seeking the center of attention.

Gold Dragons

Gold dragon

from Wizards.com by Ron Spencer

Lair Preferences
Gold dragons can live anywhere, but prefer secluded lairs, most often at the bottom of lakes, on high plateaus, on islands, and in deep gorges. They prefer to construct their lairs of stone, and generally decorate them lavishly.

Physical Attributes
Gold dragons are known for their twin horns, twin neck frills, and a mouth surrounded by whiskers like the barbels of a catfish. Their young lack whiskers, but develop them as they mature. On hatching, a gold dragon’s scales are dark yellow with golden metallic flecks that spread as the dragon matures, until, at the adult stage, their scales are completely golden. They smell of saffron and incense. Their tails are extremely long, and their broad wings extend all the way back to the tip of their tail.

Likely Habits
Gold dragons tend to be the most patient of all dragons, especially for listening. Only the most long-winded brass dragons are likely to be able to try their patience. While they often have a philosophical bent, a gold dragon is unlikely to engage in philosophical or ethical arguments with lesser beings. Gold dragons are among the most individualistic of all dragon breeds; some mate for life, others only for a short time, some are monogamous, while others have multiple mates. Gold dragons always instruct their young carefully, but they are more likely than many to foster their young out to others, including non-dragons.

Silver Dragons

Silver dragon

from Wizards.com by Richard Sardinha

Lair Preferences
Silver dragons love high mountains and vast, open skies with billowing clouds. They prefer aerial lairs on secluded mountain peaks, or amid the clouds themselves. A cloud lair always has an enchanted area with a solid floor for laying eggs and storing treasure. Silver dragons are the likeliest of all dragons to live among other races, though in that case they will generally take pains to keep their true nature a secret.

Physical Attributes
Silver dragons are easily recognized by the smooth, shiny plate that forms most of their face. They also have a frill that rises high over their head, and continues down the neck and back to the tip of the tail. They have a beaklike nose and a strong chin with a dangling, goatee-like frill. A silver wyrmling’s scales are blue-gray with silver highlights that brighten with age until they cover the entire scale. Silver dragons smell of rain.

Likely Habits
Silver dragons have no great love for hierarchies and formal authority. That said, they have strong familial or clan ties, some of the strongest ties with other dragons of any dragon type. A clan of silver dragons might be spread across thousands of miles, and individual members might go for decades without associating with others of the family, but the clan is always available to provide advice, or possibly support. Silver dragons also have a strong sense of honor, and tend to strive for truth in their dealings. For evil dragons, this usually entails being so powerful that they have no need to hide their plans and motivations.

Dragon Types

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