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Beatific Drake

Chris McFann, Beatific Drake(Illustration by Chris McFann)

It’s raining drakes! Find a whole slew of these fierce mini-dragons in the Book of Drakes. Masters Daigle and Welham can show you the way…

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This miniature dragon, radiating near-blinding illumination, flies effortlessly toward a group of shambling zombies. The creature bursts into an improbably brighter ball of light, and moments later, nothing remains of the undead but piles of ash.

Typically found in temples devoted to healing and the sun, a beatific drake enjoys ministering to worthies who have been injured in righteous battle. Likewise, they seek out their own foes—undead—with a single-minded intent to destroy those mockeries of life.

Beatific Drake (CR 5)

XP 1,200
LG Small dragon (esoteric)
Init +8; Senses darkvision 90 ft., low-light vision; Perception +11
Aura death ward …

DEFENSE
AC
18, touch 15, flat-footed 13 (+5 Dex, +3 natural)
hp 57 (6d12+18)
Fort +8, Ref +10, Will +8
Immune dragon traits, magic paralysis, and sleep; SR 15

OFFENSE
Speed
20 ft., fly 60 ft. (perfect)
Melee 2 claws +6 (1d4), bite +6 (1d6)
Special Attacks channel positive energy 5/day (DC 17, 3d6), sunburst (DC 20)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 5th)
Constant—daylight (centered on drake), detect undead

STATISTICS
Str
10, Dex 21, Con 16, Int 11, Wis 16, Cha 14
Base Atk +6; CMB +6; CMD 21
Feats Improved Channel
Skills Diplomacy +11, Fly +16, Heal +20, Knowledge (religion) +9, Perception +12, Sense Motive +12, Use Magic Device +8; Racial Modifiers +8 Heal
Languages Common, Draconic

ECOLOGY
Environment
any
Organization solitary, pair, sunburst (3–6)
Treasure standard

SPECIAL ABILITIES
Channel Positive Energy (Su)
The drake’s channel ability acts as if the creature had the sun’s blessing granted power from the Sun domain. When it chooses to harm undead creatures, it adds 6 damage, and undead do not add channel resistance to saves.

Death Ward (Su) A beatific drake continually gives all creatures within 20 ft. the benefits of death ward. If its aura is suppressed, it can recreate it as a swift action.

Sunburst (Su) A beatific drake can invoke a sunburst effect that only damages undead creatures, inflicting 12d6 damage. This ability also cancels any darkness spell of 8th level or lower. Unfortunately, doing this instantly slays the drake.

Typical Characteristics

A beatific drake looks like a dragon sculpted from light. It measures 3 ft. from nose to tail tip and weighs less than 10 lb., giving credence to the theory the creature is indeed sunlight given form. The drake constantly sheds light seemingly as bright as the sun’s, making it difficult to do more than glance at the creature.

This drake seeks out clerics, paladins, and other good-aligned creatures who intend to wipe out an undead menace. It may accompany such a companion so long as it remains assured of the creature’s goal. The drake tolerates no mercy for undead abominations and considers anyone who keeps it from its appointed task an enemy. A character can attempt to convince the drake to stay its duty, but it requires a Diplomacy check (DC 30). (Any Intimidation attempt immediately incurs the drake’s enmity.)

Only by paying the ultimate price in pursuing its quest can a beatific drake reproduce. When the creature uses its sunburst ability it destroys itself, but an egg remains from which a newborn drake emerges, phoenix-like, 1 month later.

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13 Replies to "Beatific Drake"

Mike

July 8, 2011 at 4:58am

Thanks again to Chris McFann for the great rendition of this drake!

Adam Daigle

July 8, 2011 at 5:32am

Nice drake, Mike! And I have to echo the praise for the illustration. Well-done, Chris!

James Thomas

July 8, 2011 at 7:54am

I dig it!

Jonathan

July 8, 2011 at 8:44am

Wow! Great creature! It’s already inspired an adventure for my players. Very cool.

Gavin Smith

July 8, 2011 at 9:16am

The Beatific Drake is beautiful… who’da thunk it? Another great drake and great illo!! This was an absolutely wonderful project! I’m getting ready to work an Ink Drake into my game at home in the next couple of sessions.

Kobold Quarterly

July 8, 2011 at 3:00pm

There’s gotta be a “Tell Us About Your Drake Adventure” contest we can do. Because they do seem to inspire adventure hooks right and left…

Nice work on this, Mike!

DMCal

July 8, 2011 at 11:23pm

What is the “esoteric” classification? I know what the word means of course, but is this a new creature type?

Adam Daigle

July 9, 2011 at 2:06am

@DMCal: Drakes are classified as esoteric, geographic, and material. Esoteric drakes represent ideas, geographic drakes reflect their environment, and material drakes are a representation of their physical being.

Mighty Mongo

July 9, 2011 at 7:36am

Great Drakes Almighty! Now I have a companion drake for my polygamous slave owning paladin of Aten! hehehe….

Mike

July 9, 2011 at 9:47am

I like the idea of a contest. It looks like Mighty Mongo already has an entry brewing. :)

Richgreen01

July 9, 2011 at 10:25am

Getting very tempted by this book even though I don’t play Pathfinder after reading this drake and the alehouse one on drivrthrurpg. How much fluff is there vs crunch?

ShadoCat

July 10, 2011 at 1:26pm

One issue that I have is that, biologically this is a non viable species. If the drake can die through means other than the sunburst, it means that every generation will lose population that cannot be restored.

I saw the issue with the arachnidrake but that one did not say that being cocooned was the *only* way to reproduce.

Mike

July 10, 2011 at 5:02pm

Thanks for pointing this out, ShadoCat!

I think it’s fair to assume that the sunburst leaves multiple eggs (say 2-4) behind.

My apologies for the lapse there.