New Monster: Bumble Dragon

Alice and I were bumbling about Speirs Wharf and were discussing the benefits of having a garden. She mentioned clover flowers attracting bumblebees, and then mentioned pondweed. I quipped that, from the perspective of a foreigner, English plant and insect names seem made up by three-years-old with not much fantasy:

  • foxglove
  • hogweed
  • pondweed
  • bumblebee: I love bumblebees. And I didn’t know that bumble was a real verb, by the way.
  • shieldbug
  • firefly

All of them are amazing D&D names for monsters and plants, of course.

So we started discussing/brainstorming the Bumbledragon. She never roleplayed, except when last week she played Horse in KNIGHT HORSE SQUIRE SWORD, a RPG we came up with at the last Glasgow Indie Gamers night I’ll tell you about real soon now. Bumble Dragons turned out to be some kind of fat, blue, absent minded dragons, not really good at anything, except thinking about magic and eating cheese. Now and then they set stuff on fire without realizing it, and spend all time thinking about magic, pie, cheese, tea and treasure to buy teh noms. A wizard in need of advice in spell research could bring tea and noms to a Bumbledragon and ask for council.

Bumble Dragon

 

LEVEL: 9

DEFENCE: as plate

SQ: firebreathing (3d6), improv spellcasting (MU 5), random firebreath (1d6, 10% every turn), 3d6 bite damage

Bumble Dragons are flightless peripathetic fat blue dragons with small wings that go bumbling around thinking about magic: they don’t really interact with anybody offered food (automatic good reaction) or attacked, which will turn them into a nasty brutal fighting machine. They can attack with a nasty bite or breathing fire once a round or cast spells like MU5 without need to memorize spell beforehand or resort to a spellbook (usually leaving a spellslot free for a fly spell). They have lairs full of cheese and treasure to buy more cheese. They love cheese, tea and pie (especially cherry pie): if a magic user offers such food to the dragon and ask for aid in spell research, the dragon will contribute and in 3d6 turns will give advice sufficient for reducing research time by (2d6-4)*10%, with a small possibility of a setback. Every turn there’s a 10% chance that the dragon will belch a whisp of firebreath (1d6 damage), unless a teapot of tea (rooibosh, peppermint, rosehip and lotus are good substitutes) has been consumed in the previous turn. A big pie or wheel of cheese per hit per day will keep a bumbledragon satisfied enough to be considered some kind of specialist/henchmen/follower.

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