Elder Orium Dragon
Huge natural magical beast (dragon)
Level 20 Solo Soldier XP 14000

Initiative +18        Senses Perception +17; Darkvision
HP 768; Bloodied 384 ; see also bloodied breath
AC 36; Fortitude 34, Reflex 32, Will 30
Resist 25 acid
Saving Throws +5
Speed 8, fly 10 (hover), overland flight 15
Action Points 2

Bite (standard, at-will) Acid

Reach 3; +26 vs AC; 2d6+7 damage plus 2d6 acid damage.

Claw (standard, at-will)

Reach 3; +26 vs AC; 2d6+7 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)

Targets the triggering enemy; +24 vs Reflex; 3d6+7 damage, and the target is grabbed. A creature grabbed by this attack takes 15 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; +21 vs Fortitude; 3d6+6 acid damage, and an elder 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; +25 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 History +18, Insight +17, Intimidate +19
Str 26 (+18)      Dex 23 (+16)      Wis 14 (+12)
Con 24 (+17)      Int 16 (+13)      Cha 18 (+14)

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.

Update (2/8/2010)
In the frightful presence power, replace “+19 vs. Will” with “+25 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) 170.