Friday, December 21, 2012

[S&W White Box] Killin' Dragons: Level 8 - Vermithrax Pejorative

Vermithrax Pejorative (very old Green Dragon)
Desolation: Dorholt Forest
Lair: The Ocean Below*

Vermithrax Pejorative is a very old dragon who has dominated the Dorholt Forest for nearly 1000 years. Many generations of adventurers have sought the dragon in the leafy trees, only to be killed by the dragon herself or the various dangers that inhabit that evil wood.

Recently, Vermithrax gained the forced servitude of a Djinn named Osedael (who isn't really enjoying the job very much). Should a puissant band of adventurers come to the Dorholt Forest, Osedael may be convinced to subtly aid them in order to spell the doom of his mistress. But he's got a fine line to walk and can be forced to attack to kill the party should he be directly ordered to by the dragon (currently, he's got a bit of latitude in interpreting his standard "orders").

History of the name: Vermithrax Pejorative was the dragon in the movie Dragonslayer (1981). Her name means "The Wyrm of Thrace who makes things worse." The king of Urland sacrifices 2 virgins to the dragon each year, chosen by lottery. The hero of the piece, Galen, wounds the dragon with an enchanted spear called Sicarius Dracorum ("Dragonslayer"). The dragon is eventually slain by the wizard Ulrich of Craggenmoor at the cost of his own life.

Vermithrax Pejoritive, very old Green Dragon, Age: ~1000, Desolation: Dorholt Forest, Lair: The Ocean Below, Armor Class: 2 [17], Hit Dice: 8, Hit Points: 48, Attacks: claw/claw/bite (1d6/1d6/1d6), Special: Breathes poisonous gas (48 damage, cloud area 50ft diameter, save for half damage), Move: 12 (24 when flying), Spells (4/2/2): Charm Person, Sleep, Hold Portal, Read Languages, Invisibility, Detect Invisibility, Lightning Bolt, Hold Person.

Osedael the Djinn, Armor Class: 5 [14], Hit Dice: 7+1, Hit Points: 36, Attacks: fist (2d6) or flaming great sword (2d6+2d6), Special: create food/water, create wooden, cloth or metal objects, illusions, gaseous form, invisibility at will, whirlwind, Move: 9 (24 when flying), Spells (4/2/1): Charm Person, Detect Magic, Read Magic, Light, Phantasmal Force, Web, Alter Time.

* Another fabulous map from Lapsus Calumni

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