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Kobold Quarterly #18 Now Available

Kobold Quarterly #18 Cover (c) Open Design LLCKobold Quarterly issue #18, our big pre-Gen Con Summer issue, is out! It’s like a kobold beach party ice chest, but instead of being packed with gnome jerky, KQ #18 has savants, cavaliers, beast masters, and dragon hunters for Pathfinder RPG; Divine Gifts for the AGE System by Green Ronin designer Steve Kenson; a minotaur ecology for 4th Edition D&D; and three new adventures!

Characters powered with divine magic are common in fantasy RPGs. Rather than treat them as a divine magic-using class, Steve Kenson introduces the Divine Gift talent for the AGE System. Characters with a Divine Gift can belong to any class, and their gifts are defined by areas of divine influence such as Law, Chaos, Protection, Nature and Fate. Yes, you can finally play an official cleric in the AGE gamers!

Tim and Eileen Connors bring us “The Exorcist” for Pathfinder RPG, where a desperate plan to raise legendary heroes from the dead doesn’t go quite right. “Silus and the Red Dogs” is a modern update of the choose-your-own adventure books, with a fun solo adventure for a halfling thief suitable and simple rules. Finally, the excellent “Who Watches the Watch Fires?” is a 4th Edition D&D race against time to alert a sleeping city that reavers are on the way!

Kobold Quarterly #18 is available now in print and PDF. More features, columns, and articles after the jump:

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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 …

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Arachnidrake

Chris McFann, Arachnidrake(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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An impossible combination of spider and dragon stares at you with its six eyes while its mandibles clack in hunger. Hundreds of bright red spiders on the drake’s hide give the appearance of crawling skin. Upon seeing prey, the creature spits out a sticky glob, which expands into an acidic web, threatening to cover its target completely.

Unsettling in appearance and behavior, the arachnidrake (or spider drake) assumes the worst features of dragon and spider. The multitude of tiny red spiders covering nearly every surface of the creature does nothing to assuage the fear of potential victims. The creature constantly hunts down prey to feed its appetite as well as to care for its brood.

Arachnidrake (CR 4)

XP 1,200
NE Medium dragon
Init +8; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, tremorsense 60 ft.; Perception +11 …

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Dragon Maladies (Part 5 of 5)

Illustration from Europa's Fairy BookDragons are huge, powerful creatures feared by one and all, but just as the mightiest human warrior can be laid low by the flu, so too can dragons contract, be weakened by, and even die from various diseases. What follows is a description of some, but by no means all, of the maladies and draco-disorders afflicting the great reptilian race…

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Wing Rot: In a case of wing rot, a dragon’s wings become infected with flesh-eating bacteria, rendering it flightless. The bacteria have no effect upon the scaled body of the dragon, but they devour great holes in the membranous wings. The disease is contracted by a creature infected with the bacteria biting or clawing the dragon’s wing during combat. Also, some hardy adventurers have used weapons (especially arrows and darts) coated with the disease and made an initial assault, attacking only the dragon’s wings. They then retreat and wait for the wing rot to disable the dragon before attempting further forays against it…

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Dragon Maladies (Part 4 of 5)

John Bauer, Svipdag transformedDragons are huge, powerful creatures feared by one and all, but just as the mightiest human warrior can be laid low by the flu, so too can dragons contract, be weakened by, and even die from various diseases. What follows is a description of some, but by no means all, of the maladies and draco-disorders afflicting the great reptilian race…

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Scale Lice: Scale lice feed under the scales of any scaled creature, such as dragons, hydras, giant reptiles, naga, mermen, and so on. Since the lice burrow under a dragon’s scales, it cannot use its breath weapon to remove them: the dragon scales themselves protect the dragon’s tiny tormentors. Scale lice cause large patches of discoloration, which annoys vain and egotistical dragons, and like the lice that affect humans, they cause a great deal of itching. Thus, the dragon is unable to sleep properly, and even normally friendly dragons can become extremely grumpy and out of sorts while unfriendly dragons may rage through the surrounding countryside venting their anger at such discomfort…

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