In the enigmatic dance of the gem dragons, the emerald dragons stand as a conundrum wrapped in mystery. Masters of psionic might, they weave intricate illusions and manipulate shadows to deceive and confuse. Their presence is like the gentle rustling of leaves, seen yet unseen, as they delve into the essence of cultures and probe the mysteries of the arcane.
A Symphony of Green
Imagine a wyrmling’s scales, pale and unassuming, like the tender green of new leaves. As the emerald dragon grows, its scales deepen into a verdant symphony of green, alive with luminescence. The translucent scales shimmer and ripple, reflecting light with every sinuous movement. Hovering horns and spines trace the dragon’s back and tail, shifting to mirror its ever-changing emotions.
Watchers in the Shadows
Shy yet unquenchably curious, emerald dragons are silent observers of local settlements and peoples. They cloak themselves in psionic veils, unseen sentinels studying the ebb and flow of daily life. With time, they may assume guises, blending with locals, their eyes forever fixed on magical phenomena, a secret shared only with the wind.
Alliance with the Sapphire
The emerald dragon’s watchful eye serves as a beacon for its sapphire cousins, hunters of Aberrations. Together, they form a silent pact. Emerald tracks the unseen, while sapphire strikes with decisive force. A dance of shadows and light, as they purge the Far Realm’s taint from the Material Plane.
Lair of Fire and Stone
Volcanic cradles house the enigmatic emerald dragons, a preference that often pits them against fire giants. Hidden within the earth’s embrace, their lairs are caverns of wonder, lava tubes and tunnels weaving a labyrinth of warmth. Here, psychic resonance seeps into the very land, luring giant lizards and shaping a domain uniquely theirs.
Their lairs are riddles, paths twisting into chasms, tunnels leading to pools of molten lava. Illusions mask chambers, and subtle traps guard hoards. The emerald dragon’s lair is not just a dwelling but a testament to their cunning and wisdom.
Keepers of Arcane Secrets
Knowledge is the emerald dragon’s most prized possession, especially local histories alive with magic’s touch. They are chroniclers of power sites and magical reactions, collectors of illusion-spun items, guardians of secrets. Their treasures lie hidden, concealed by magic and cunning construction, a puzzle for those daring to seek.
The Emerald Enigma
The emerald dragon is a riddle in the world of gem dragons. Cunning and manipulative, yet shy and observant. A guardian of secrets, a lover of mysteries. Its essence is that of the earth and shadows, a creature that dances in the twilight of what is seen and unseen. To encounter an emerald dragon is to step into a world of illusion and intrigue, where every glance holds a secret, and every shadow whispers a tale yet untold.
The challenge rating of a legendary emerald dragon increases by 1 when it’s encountered in its lair.
Beguiling Whisper. The dragon telepathically whispers to one creature within range of the dragon’s telepathy. The creature must succeed on a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or be charmed by the dragon until initiative count 20 on the next round. A creature charmed in this way obeys to the best of its ability any command the dragon issues that isn’t directly harmful to the creature.
Distort Perceptions. The dragon attempts to alter the perceptions of one creature it can see within its lair. That creature must succeed on a DC 15 Intelligence saving throw or take 22 (4d10) psychic damage and have disadvantage on saving throws until the start of its next turn.
Vanish. The dragon becomes invisible until initiative count 20 on the next round.
The region surrounding a legendary emerald dragon’s lair is altered by the dragon’s magic, creating one or more of the following effects:
Crystal Profusion. Natural stone within 6 miles of the lair grows plentiful crystal formations and veins of emerald gemstones.
Fiery Sight. Fire and lava within 6 miles of the lair become conduits for the dragon’s psionic presence. As an action, the dragon can cast the clairvoyance spell, requiring no spell components and targeting any area of fire or lava in that region.
Subtle Obstruction. Rocks within 6 miles of the dragon’s lair sometimes move of their own accord, usually when no one is watching. Often the rocks obstruct the approach to the emerald dragon’s lair, with boulders moving to block narrow defiles, way-markers tumbling off the path, or smaller stones shifting beneath travelers’ feet to send them tumbling down slopes or into rivers.
Thriving Wildlife. Giant lizards are attracted to the area within 6 miles of the lair and settle there in large numbers.
If the dragon dies, the population of giant lizards near the lair returns to normal levels over the course of 1d10 days. Rocks immediately stop moving of their own accord. The existing abundance of crystals and emeralds remains, but new ones form at a normal rate.