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Gold Dragonflyby Jamie Baty
Dungeon #6 62
Small Magical Beast (Fire)
Hit Dice: 5d10+25 (52 hp)
Initiative: +5 (+5 Dex)
Speed: 15 ft. (3 squares), fly 60 ft. (perfect)
Armour Class: 24 (+1 size, +5 Dex, +8 natural), touch 16, flat-footed 19
Base Attack/Grapple: +5/+4
Attack: Bite +11 melee (1d6 +3)
Full Attack: Bite +11 melee (1d6 +3)
Space/Reach: 5 ft. /0 ft.
Special Attacks: Breath weapon
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60ft., low-light vision
Saves: Fort +9, Ref +9, Will +3
Abilities: Str 16, Dex 21, Con 21, Int 2, Wis 14, Cha 14
Skills: Hide +11, Listen +5, Spot +5
Feats: Hover, Weapon Finesse
Environment: Temperate, Warm land
Organisation: Solitary, Pair, Brood (2-5), or Swarm (5-20)
Challenge Rating: 4
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 6-10 HD (Small); 11-15 HD (Medium)
Level Adjustment: -
Scholars have debated the existence of this particular dragonfly for years. Adventurers have rarely encountered these creatures, but some evidence of their presence exists. If this creature truly exists, it would be more powerful than the well-known red dragonfly. Specimens most commonly reported indicate they are roughly 3 ft in length, although reports have indicated larger individuals, often close to 6 ft.
Gold dragonflies inhabit many of the same areas as red dragonflies- virtually any terrain in temperate and warmer climates. They often compete for the same food supplies and, on more than one occasion, both species have feasted on the young of the other.
Unlike the red dragonfly, the gold dragonfly tends to mind its own business and is not overly aggressive. However, gold dragonflies will attack red dragonflies on sight.
Rural folklore says that the sighting of gold dragonflies is a lucky portent, as they keep away the more vicious and aggressive red dragonflies away. This has lead to the rural populace to try to devise ways to attract gold dragonflies to their communities.
The breath attacks of the gold dragonfly are a small column of searing fire or a dense green cloud of chlorine gas. It is the most feared dragonfly attack.
Probably the least aggressive of the various dragonfly species, the gold dragonfly will usually not attack creatures unless directly threatened. This should not be mistaken for weakness, as the gold dragonfly is just as powerful as a red dragonfly. It may breathe once per round- choosing between two types of breath weapons- and can bite the target in the same round it breathes.
Breath Weapon (Su): A gold dragonfly has two breath weapons. It may breathe a line of fire at one adjacent target once per round as a swift action. The breath inflicts 5 hp of damage (one hp per HD). If the target is attacking the dragonfly in melee, no saving throw is allowed. Other targets are allowed a Reflex save for half damage (DC 17 Con based).
As its second breath weapon, a gold dragonfly may breathe a 5'x5' cloud of dense green chlorine gas at one adjacent target once per round as a swift action. The breath inflicts 5 hp of damage (one hp per HD). If the target is attacking the dragonfly in melee, no saving throw is allowed. Other targets are allowed a Fortitude save for half damage (DC 17 Con based).
Fire Subtype: A gold dragonfly has immunity to fire. It has vulnerability to cold, which means it takes half again as much (+50%) damage as normal from cold, regardless of whether a saving throw is allowed, or if the save is a success or failure.