Ancient Orium Dragon
Gargantuan natural magical beast (dragon)
Level 28 Solo Soldier XP 65000
Initiative +24 Senses Perception +22; Darkvision
Corrosive Fumes (Acid) aura 3; any creature that enters the aura or starts its turn there takes 20 acid damage.
HP 1040; Bloodied 520 ; see also bloodied breath
AC 44; Fortitude 42, Reflex 40, Will 38
Resist 30 acid
Saving Throws +5
Speed 12, fly 12 (hover), overland flight 15
Action Points 2
Bite (standard, at-will) Acid
Reach 4; +37 vs AC; 2d10+10 damage plus 4d6 acid damage.
Claw (standard, at-will)
Reach 4; +34 vs AC; 2d10+10 damage, and the target is marked until the end of the dragon’s next turn.
Draconic Fury (standard, at-will)
The dragon makes two claw attacks and one bite attack
Tail Coil (immediate reaction, when an enemy moves into an adjacent square, at-will)
Reach 4; +32 vs Reflex; 3d10+10 damage, and the target is grabbed. A creature grabbed by this attack takes 20 damage at the start of each of its turns. The dragon can grab only one creature with tail coil at a time.
Breath Weapon (standard, recharges when one of the dragon's vaporous spirits is reduced to 0 hit points) Acid
Close blast 5; +29 vs Fortitude; 3d10+8 acid damage, and an ancient vaporous serpent minion appears in any single unoccupied square in the blast. It acts just after the dragon in the initiative order.
Bloodied Breath (free, when first bloodied, encounter)
Breath weapon recharges, and the dragon uses it
Frightful Presence (standard, encounter) Fear
Close burst 10; targets enemies; +33 vs Will; the target is stunned until the end of the dragon’s next turn. Aftereffect: The target takes a -2 penalty to attack rolls (save ends).
Alignment Unaligned Languages Common, Draconic
Skills Insight +23, Intimidate +25, Nature +22
Str 30 (+24) Dex 27 (+22) Wis 17 (+17)
Con 28 (+23) Int 19 (+18) Cha 22 (+20)
Description: ORIUM DRAGONS LIVE AMONG RUINS of ancient civilizations, commanding lesser creatures to rebuild the glories of yesteryear and recapture the magic of fallen empires. To those under its protection, an orium dragon is a wise but sometimes harsh monarch. Those who threaten the dragon’s dreams of renewed empire find themselves choking on its corrosive breath—while they watch the vapor coalesce into a smoky serpent that attacks at the dragon’s command.
In the frightful presence power, replace “+18 vs. Will” with “+33 vs. Will.” The power’s attack bonus is low and inconsistent with the other orium dragons’ attack bonuses.
Published in Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons, page(s) 171.