What to do with Dragon corpse?


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Our group was fortunate to slay a young Blue Dragon. We are only 1.5 hours out from a major city in our realm. Our group of 6 was able to get the beast secured for transport and we are headed for the city to try and sell or trade for goods or services. What kind of value can we get for it, whole or parts? Was not a wild encounter, beast had a rider.


It would depend on the setting/city for how much a dragon corpse would be worth. If you can find a necromancer, he would probably pay you handsomely for the skeleton for a new guardian. And you can always sell off the hide for armor crafting/leather-working. Wizards buy it for ritual components? Talk with your GM.


Good place to start is to look at the items one can create with Dragoncrafting.

Can also look at dragonhide as a special material, which costs double the MW price of the base armor. So basically 150 gp for enough hide to make medium leather armor out of, and a hide is big enough to make a suit of armor one size smaller than the animal it came from. But remember that its crafters that would be using the dragonhide, and its 1/3 the final cost in materials, so you're looking at about 50gp for a Large dragon hide.


Edymnion wrote:

Good place to start is to look at the items one can create with Dragoncrafting.

Can also look at dragonhide as a special material, which costs double the MW price of the base armor. So basically 150 gp for enough hide to make medium leather armor out of, and a hide is big enough to make a suit of armor one size smaller than the animal it came from. But remember that its crafters that would be using the dragonhide, and its 1/3 the final cost in materials, so you're looking at about 50gp for a Large dragon hide.

Thank you my good sir for reminding me of dragoncrafting. Forgot Pathfinder had it at all.


Oh, and you better slap a Gentle Repose spell on the corpse PDQ. Just because you can drag it back to town in an hour and a half doesn't mean you'll have a line of customers waiting for you when you get there.

The body is going to have to be properly harvested, which will required skilled hands, but no amount of skill is going to help if the body rots before they can be brought in from the surrounding countryside to do their job.

Even then, unless you want to set up shop as Dragon Parts 'R Us, you probably aren't going to get even that 1/3rd value from the pieces. That 1/3rd is what the crafters buy the materials for. As adventurers that are just going to breeze into town, try to dump it off, and keep going, you're likely going to have to sell at the standard 1/2 rate to an intermediary that will then turn around and sell it to crafters at the normal 1/3rd rate.

So you're only going to be looking at 1/6th the end value of the corpse, most likely.

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