Monday, December 24, 2012

[S&W White Box] Killin' Dragons: Level 9 - Jormungandr

Jormungandr (aged Blue Dragon)
Desolation: The Coast of Prylyn
Lair: Esterlea Island, Temple of Heresy*

Jormungandr is a great Blue Dragon that resides as the Grand Master of the Temple of Heresy, a post he has held for nearly two thousand years. Esterlea Island two millenia ago was an evil place and the populace worshiped the dragon, building him a temple and feeding his vanity (and his belly) with many sacrifices gained through piracy and mainland raids. In time, however, their evil overtook them and their pirate fleet was destroyed by the combined navies of several countries on the Coast of Prylyn.

When the survivors returned to Esterlea Island and begged the great dragon for aid in their battle, he laughed at them and feasted upon them. In the ensuing centuries, more and more evil folk have traveled to the island in order to serve the dragon as corsairs and, without fail, they have fallen prey to his depredations after failing in some military action against neighboring navies. So far, there have been five great pirate empires that have built themselves up on the island only to be defeated in battle and then ultimately slain by Jormungandr.

Currently, the pirates of Easterlea Island are few in number but are more than a minor inconvenience for even the heartiest of adventurers. In order to slay the dragon, guile and trickery may be in order. Often, the island is depopulated when the fleets sail, as the evil corsairs trust to the dragon to protect their homes. Perhaps then is a good time to strike ....

History of the name: Jormunganr, also known as the Midgard Serpent, is from Norse mythology. It is a child of the trickster god Loki and an enemy of Thor. It circles the earth, biting its own tail. During Ragnarök, Jormunganr rises from the sea and poisons the sky with its venom. Thor defeats the monster then takes 9 steps before falling to the beasts poison.

Jurmungandr, aged Blue Dragon, Age: ~2500, Desolation: The Coast of Prylyn, Lair: Temple of Heresy, Esterlea Island, Armor Class: 2 [17], Hit Dice: 9, Hit Points: 63, Attacks: claw/claw/bite (1d6/1d6/1d6), Special: Spits lightning (63 damage, line 100ft by 5ft, save for half damage), Move: 12 (24 when flying), Spells (4/3/2/1): Read Languages, Sleep, Protection from Law, Detect Magic, Phantasmal Force, Detect Law, Invisibility, Fireball, Alter Time, Confusion.

Piratical minions uncounted, but probably numbering in the hundreds or thousands.

* Dyson draws some fantastic maps, doesn't he?

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