Dragon Hunting


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Liberty's Edge

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So my players were talking about wanting to hunt themselves a dragon in the near future. Is there any scenarios where they hunt or fight a dragon? Even a small one works.

Thanks!

5/5 Venture-Agent, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka Pirate Rob

Spoiler:
Rats of Round Mountain Pt1. has a suitable epic dragon fight, assuming the players don't chicken out.

5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Finland—Tampere aka Rei

At least one module features a dragon:

spoiler:
Curse of the Riven Sky includes a blue dragon. And in a pretty epic environment as well.


I too would like to kill a dragon. Dotting for interest.

Liberty's Edge

Nice.....There be dragons in them thar hills!!!

Sovereign Court Owner - Enchanted Grounds, President/Owner - Enchanted Grounds

Shades of Ice, part 2 has a (itty-bitty) dragon.

There's a very good "dragon hunt" hook in The Ruby Phoenix Tournament module.

There are dragons-aplenty in the Year of the Shadow Lodge special scenario from Season 2.

To Scale Dragon could easily have a dragon substituted for the signature fight of the scenario.

Sewer Dragons of Absalom also offers a chance at misdirection (or an actual dragon, depending on how you want it to play out).

And there is an ancient dragon trapped in The Asmodeus Mirage. That would be a pretty cool "hunting" scenario, actually, if you tweaked the story to be a search for the dragon in the Mirage.

Some of the above options assume you have control over the story in a home game, of course.

Edit: Added links to the products. And if you want any advice on how I would handle adjustments to scenarios like Sewer Dragons, Asmodeus Mirage, or To Scale the Dragon, just let me know.

Liberty's Edge

In this case it is kind of sad that we are doing PFS, some of those ideas are grand Drogon.

Sovereign Court Owner - Enchanted Grounds, President/Owner - Enchanted Grounds

Steel Forged Games wrote:
In this case it is kind of sad that we are doing PFS, some of those ideas are grand Drogon.

The Sewer Dragons of Absalom misdirection is still an awesome choice. I have freaked out multiple tables (and was in a panicked sweat, myself, when I first played it before running it). I highly recommend this for your group. With the right emphasis on certain parts of the story, you'll simply be whetting your players' appetites.

But with Rats, Shades pt 2, Year of the Shadow Lodge, and The Ruby Phoenix Tournament, you still have several organized play options for the "payoff."

Also, you can always take your players on a "side quest" where they play the characters without earning XP, fame, or gold, and are just in it for the story. The Asmodeus Mirage would be an awesome choice for such an excursion, especially considering its current retired status, and the fact that it was written as a PFS adventure.


spoiler:
No Response from Deepmar has a dragon in the random encounter table. When I played we ended up hunting it down. Very epic!

Silver Crusade

Riven sky has 2 dragon fights FYI. The one you reference above is kind of weak where the other is an epic fight.


Players of the appropriate level (for the module) will not be able to kill the dragon in The Asmodeus Mirage...

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Drogon wrote:
The Sewer Dragons of Absalom misdirection is still an awesome choice. I have freaked out multiple tables (and was in a panicked sweat, myself, when I first played it before running it). I highly recommend this for your group. With the right emphasis on certain parts of the story, you'll simply be whetting your players' appetites.

Absolutely do this! Especially if they really want to fight a dragon, the misdirect is tons of fun. For me, it was an especially good one to then say "dragons are a little tough at this level."

Solid dragon fights take some necessary experience:

Rats of Round Mountain pt. 1 -- lvl 7-11 scenario:
This was also excellent. My table underbid the tribute, so I had the dragon appear to accept and fly away, only to ambush them as they were beginning to make final descent plans. Since the dragon has burrow and enjoys splitting up the party, this one is tons of fun and extremely memorable.

Ruby Phoenix Tournament -- lvl 11 module:
I'm in the prep phases for this one, and I actually want them to avoid the dragon during the exhibition so I can drop him on them during the story combat. Then again, my party is significantly overpowered, and I want that fight to hold on to its epic nature. This dragon would be excellent as the "second phase" support for the enemy party.

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Funky Badger wrote:
Players of the appropriate level (for the module) will not be able to kill the dragon in The Asmodeus Mirage...

This is true.

But seeing as the only way to play the scenario would be outside of any legal organized play option, there is nothing holding anyone back from changing the dragon to be whatever CR and/or type they want it to be.

Lantern Lodge

Curse of the Riven Sky is simple glorious all around. The encounters can make even an experienced group sweat at minimum level, the story is both comical and worthy of facepalm, and the rewards are nice.

And the optional dragon encounter will separate the stout from the meek.


Drogon wrote:
Funky Badger wrote:
Players of the appropriate level (for the module) will not be able to kill the dragon in The Asmodeus Mirage...

This is true.

But seeing as the only way to play the scenario would be outside of any legal organized play option, there is nothing holding anyone back from changing the dragon to be whatever CR and/or type they want it to be.

Of course - just if the set-up was a Pathfinder game with a killable dragon in it, then it, well, isn't :-)

Dark Archive

Kortos Envoy has a

Spoiler:
Frost Drake
2 at lower subtier!

2/5

The Harrowing

Sovereign Court 5/5 Venture-Captain, West Virginia—Charleston aka Netopalis

For a bit of an interesting misdirection, go with Murderer's Mark. :P

Grand Lodge 3/5

Is the Reign of Winter an option?:
The Shackled Hut has a fight with a white dragon, and I think it is included in the part that can be run for PFS credit.

The Exchange 5/5

City of Golden Death:

This mod (which I did not like, and would otherwise not recogmend) has both a wondering monster dragon in it

and a Golden Undead Nasty Dragon creature.... swimming in molten gold...

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Shadow Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Northwest aka WalterGM

nosig wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

I've run it twice, and that fight can be very, very nasty.

Spoiler:
I may have had that monster lurk in the molten river, bull rush a PC off the bridge and follow him into the molten gold and back out of sight, incinerating him instantly. The other PCs were like: "wait, what just happened?"

Great combat.

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