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Monster Monday: Ollobraxis

Ollobraxis
The scales of the long, sleek dragon before you shine like a clear autumn sky, but his eyes glower with the midnight depth of the ages.

BACKGROUND
Over three hundred years ago, a forgotten tribe of dust goblins plucked a precious treasure from the devastation wrought by the Great Old One Anax Apogeion—the perfect silver-and-blue-speckled egg of a blue dragon. Freed from an enchantment that prevented its maturation, the egg hatched a fortnight later, loosing the blue dragon Ollobraxis upon the Wastes. The harsh environment produced a crafty predator—a master of manipulation and misdirection—who learned the value of cultivating a vast web of servants to ensure his survival and eventually further his plans. Today, Ollobraxis secretly lairs in exquisite chambers crafted in the caves beneath Caerth Watch, one of the Nine Towers of Verrayne.

OLLOBRAXIS                  CR 14
XP 38,400
Male mature adult blue dragon
LE Huge dragon (earth)
Init +4; Senses dragon senses; Perception +24
Aura electricity (5 ft., 1d6 electricity), frightful presence (210 ft., DC 24)

DEFENSE
AC 31, touch 8, flat-footed 31 (+23 natural, –2 size)
hp 207 (18d12+90)
Fort +16, Ref +11, Will +14
DR 10/magic; Immune electricity, paralysis, sleep; SR 25

OFFENSE
Speed 40 ft., burrow 20 ft., fly 200 ft. (poor)
Melee bite +26 (2d8+13), 2 claws +25 (2d6+9), 2 wings +23 (1d8+4), tail slap +23 (2d6+13)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks breath weapon (100-ft. line, DC 24 14d8 electricity), crush, desert thirst (DC 22)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 18th)
At Will—ghost sound (DC 15), minor image (DC 17), ventriloquism (DC 16)
Spells Known (CL 7th)
3rd(5/day)—dispel magic, haste
2nd (7/day)— glitterdust (DC 17), invisibility, resist energy
1st (7/day)—charm person (DC 16), hypnotism (DC 16), interrogation (DC 16) mage armor, memory lapse (DC 16)
0 (at will)—bleed (DC 15), detect magic, detect poison, mage hand, open/close, prestidigitation, read magic

STATISTICS
Str 29,  Dex 10,  Con 21,  Int 20,  Wis 17,  Cha 20
Base Atk +18; CMB +29; CMD 39 (43 vs. trip)
Feats Combat Casting, Dazzling Display: Bite, Deadly Stroke (bite), Extend Spell, Hover, Improved Initiative, Multiattack, Shatter Defenses: Bite, Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Bluff +26, Diplomacy +26, Fly +13, Intimidate +26, Knowledge (Geography) +26, Knowledge (Local) +26, Linguistics +9, Perception +24, Sense Motive +24, Spellcraft +24, Stealth +13, Survival +23
Languages Auran, Common, Draconic, Giant, Goblin
SQ sound imitation
Combat Gear none; Other Gear headband of mental prowess (Int and Cha +4: Sense Motive, Diplomacy), 5,000 gp in gems and coins

TACTICS
Before Combat
Ollobraxis does not engage in direct conflict unless his measures to avoid detection and manipulate foes fail. He uses negotiation, threats, and spells such as charm person and hypnotism in an attempt to avoid combat.
During Combat Ollobraxis casts haste and attempts to slay the weakest foe he faces with his breath weapon and direct attacks. Then he renews attempts to bargain with remaining foes if they agree to serve him.
Morale If reduced to half his hit points or fewer, Ollobraxis attempts to barter for his life and freedom, though he pushes to set up an arrangement favorable to his goals. If this fails, he seeks to flee the field of battle.

MOTIVATIONS AND GOALS
Ollobraxis is a puppet master operating under the very noses of the Order of Seekers and the Oaken Ring. The dragon was originally drawn into his exploitation of Verrayne to blunt the Oaken Ring’s attempts to restore the Wastes. Understanding direct violence would likely bring reprisals beyond his control, Ollobraxis set out to destabilize the Duchy from within, ensuring a status quo and leaving the dragon free to continue his pursuits in the Wastes. For years, Ollobraxis has successfully avoided detection by the powerful forces within Verrayne, playing them against one another and turning the politics of the Duchy to his advantage. The dragon’s greatest success to-date involved engineering the death of the former duke of Verrayne. While the current duke is not one of his minions, Green Duke Valis enacts many policies furthering the dragon’s schemes, including agreements with “civilized” goblin tribes providing a pipeline for the treasures his servants unearth in the Wastes. Ollobraxis has cultivated allies within the arcane defenders of the Nine Towers, the Order of Seekers, and even the Black Band. But, his audacious plots may eventually catch up with him. Ollobraxis toys with dangerous foes and he may eventually be outdone by more clever adversaries. Every success emboldens him to riskier gambits and Blood Mother Margase begins to wonder if there might be something besides the Oaken Ring masterminding events in Verrayne.

SCHEMES AND PLOTS
Most adventurers are unlikely to face Ollobraxis directly, but they may get caught in his schemes easily. Ollobraxis is particularly fond of beguiling good creatures or adventurers into his service. In the Wastes, the dragon seeks to uncover lost magic and artifacts from the ruins. Explorers may run afoul of his goblin servitors or become drawn into recovering treasures on his behalf. Scouts and defenders of Verrayne may face violent tribes, such as the Bloody Tusks, that he uses to maintain a constant threat of wildness and danger against the Green Duchy. In Verrayne, Ollobraxis sends his servants to sell his prizes and continues to conspire against the Oaken Ring. Adventurers might be hired by the Seekers for detective work tracking down the source of smuggled treasures from the Wastes. Do-gooders might be manipulated into opposition of the more extreme elements of the Oaken Ring when a “concerned” agent contacts them with information.

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3 Replies to "Monster Monday: Ollobraxis"

Michael Holland

September 17, 2012 at 4:30am

Ah, a crafty blue dragon (my favorite kind of dragon) with some very interesting story seeds. Very nice.

Michael Lane

September 17, 2012 at 6:15am

Thanks Michael. The blues are my favorites too. Verrayne makes for a great spot for a “wheels within wheels” series of adventures or campaign. Delicious political potential!

Morgan Boehringer

September 17, 2012 at 3:45pm

Great writeup Michael. I agree with Michael. Well both of you actually. I love the intrigue and the tying in of the dust goblin tribes and funneling treaure out of the Wastes. Crafty!!!