Dragons of Central Varisia


Rise of the Runelords

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One of my players in the Runelords campaign is playing a kobold Crossblooded Sorcerer (Green Draconic/Earth Elemental) and Dragon Disciple. As such, I added a dragon-centric subplot for his character. This storyline needed a few more dragons, so I created the following individuals who center around the Kreegwood area. We're currently playing the second chapter of The Hook Mountain Massacre where the group (accompanied by the surviving Black Arrows) encountered a green dragon (Mornavox) arguing with a black dragon (Ssthrix) about territorial rights to the area. This scene takes place at the eastern edge of the Kreegwood between the Graul farmstead and Fort Rannick. Several of the dragon names were taken from Dragons Revisited.

Hopefully, some of you wishing to include a few more dragons in your Varisian campaign will find this useful.

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THE DRAGONS OF CENTRAL VARISIA by Randy Price (casiel)

MORNAVOX, female adult green dragon, mother of Arithalion, sister of Saevox and Dastrivox:
Mornavox dwells one day's walk west of Fort Rannick in the Kreegwood Forest and a few hours walk northeast of the former Graul farmstead. She lived with her sister, Saevox, until the two of them got into an argument about paying tribute to King Kratharak. Mornavox favored peace with the red dragon as it would keep her and her sister's brood safe from the vengeance of the more powerful red. Saevox felt that it was an insult for her to share her hoard with the red as he was an immature tyrant and undeserving of fealty from the likes of any green dragon. So, Mornavox and her son traveled to the southeastern edge of the Kreegwood and found a den underneath a large granite precipice. It wasn't long before Ssthrix the Black discovered her new home and promptly demanded that she leave the premises immediately, lest he destroy both her and her child. Ssthrix dwelled in the nearby Shimmerglen Swamp and felt that Mornavox was seating herself too close to his lands bequeathed to him by King Kratharak, whom he owed fealty to and paid an annual tribute. During the second such discussion between Ssthrix and Mornavox, a group of Black Arrows and adventurers happened by and attacked and slayed Ssthrix. Mornavox thanked the group for their aid and allowed them to camp near her lair that night. She then agreed to scout Fort Rannick for them the next day and report back at noon with her findings. After delivering her report of what she saw, she told Jakardros Sovark (surviving leader of the Black Arrows) that he and his people need not fear her and her son--that from this point forward she considered those of Fort Rannick to be her allies. It turns out that Jakardros battled Mornavox's sister, Dastrivox, years ago and slayed her twice over, but he lost the life of his elven love, Seanthia (mother of Shalelu Andosana), during the second battle.

SSTHRIX, male old black dragon:
Ssthrix came to the Shimmerglens shortly after becoming an adult. He promptly took control over a lizardfolk village located at the southern edge of the swamp and the lizardfolk soon came to worship him as a god. Once these reptilian servants fell under his sway, he grew emboldened and attacked the fae of WhiteWillow, trying to gain control over the entire Shimmerglens area. Unfortunately for Ssthrix, the fae were stronger than he reckoned. After a prolonged battle between his lizardfolk and the fae of Whitewillow, he formed a tenuous peace treaty with the nymph Princess Myriana. He and his lizardfolk servants would control the southern half of the Shimmerglens, while the fae ruled the northern half. Years went by and peace prevailed. Then a powerful red dragon discovered Ssthrix's lair and forced him to pay an annual tribute of part of his hoard or the red swore to slay Ssthrix and lay waste to his servants' homes. The red called himself "King Kratharak," and said that all lands within a day's flight of his volcano at the heart of the Wyvern Mountains belonged to him. Although old, Ssthrix did not feel himself strong enough to challenge Kratharak, so he agreed to the red's terms. One season later, Ssthrix would be dead at the hands of adventurers and a small group of Black Arrow rangers from Fort Rannick.

SAEVOX, female adult green dragon, mother of Doriannax, sister of Mornavox and Dastrivox:
Saevox is the middle sister born from the same clutch of eggs as Dastrivox and Mornavox. Her temperment is more even than the rash Dastrivox, yet less mellow than the wise Mornavox. Saevox believes that dragons are superior creatures to all other life and that green dragons are the most intelligent of all dragonkind. Her arrogance recently cost her life as she dared to refuse King Kratharak the tribute he demanded of her for living within his so-called territory. The red dragon slayed Saevox and then turned on her youngling, but Doriannax managed to hide in a small cave that the much larger dragon couldn't fit within. The King blasted the cave entrance with a gout of flame and then turned his attention on Saevox's hoard, stealing everything he could fit into a dragon-sized bag of holding. Doriannax was burned almost to death, but managed to survive thanks to several curative potions he had stashed into his tiny cave. The young dragon fled west, deep into the Ashwood Forest and is currently seeking out his Aunt Mornavox and his cousin, Arithalion.

KING KRATHARAK, male ancient red dragon
The red dragon that would one day dub himself draconic royalty is 1,000 years old and has tormented the Cinderlands of Central Varisia for half that time. He lairs in the hollow of Mount Magthala, an active volcano, which is located at the heart of the Wyvern Mountains. Rumor has it that an arcane pilgrimage exists to the neighboring black tower of Spindlehorn. Those travelers who wish to journey within Spindlehorn must first leave all of their worldly treasures at the base of the tower on a mountain ledge overlooking the peak of Mount Magthala as a gift to the draconic god, Dahak. Kratharak has conveniently combined his hoard with this offering trove and guards it with his life. Any who dare to steal from the Altar of Dahak are incinerated alive. The treasure trove is protected by a permanent Protection from Fire spell.

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