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BECMI Mystaran Dragons...by Sean Meaney
Dragons in The BECMI series come in the talking vs non talking variety.
Rank 0: Any speechless white, black, green, blue or red dragon of any size. With no spell or speech ability these are little more than intelligent animals relying on physical power and any magic item that they can take from others that does not require speech.
Rank 1: small white, small black. With access to first level spells they can scribe scrolls and employ charmed minions. They can hand an old guy (charmed minion) with a beard and send them to the PCs as a Wizard providing scrolls as a sponsor.
Rank 2: large white, large black, small green, small blue. With access to 1st-2nd level spells, this dragon can employ charmed minions, scribe scrolls, and enchant some minor magic items.
Rank 3: huge white, huge black, large green, large blue, small red. Access to spells of first to third level. Thus the dragon can employ charmed minions, scribe scrolls, enchant magic items, and undertake magical surveilance.
Rank 4: huge green, huge blue, large red. With access to first through fourth level spells the dragon may employ charmed minions and monsters, scribe scrolls, enchant magic items, undertake magical surveilance, and employ dimensional travel (dimension door).
Rank 5: huge red. With access to first through fifth level spells this dragon can employ charmed minions and monsters, animate undead, enchant magic items, employ dimensional travel (dimensional door, teleport), and undertake large enchants such as flying vessels (think Jabba's Barge).
Rank 6: gold dragons. These are shape shifters with spell ability. They can pass themselves off as magicusers.