Excerpts 01/06/2006


Races of the Dragon Excerpt
By Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Jennifer Clarke Wilkes,
Kolja Raven Liquette



Races of the Dragon provides D&D players and Dungeon Masters with an in-depth look at races descended from or related to dragons. In addition to exploring the fan-favorite kobold race, Races of the Dragon introduces two new races, dragonborn and spellscales, and provides information on half-dragons. The dragonborn are a transitive race, an exciting new concept that allows players to transform from their initial race into a new one. This book also includes a wealth of cultural information and new prestige classes, feats, equipment, spells, and magic items. The excerpts below include the disciple of the eye prestige class, sample racial substitution levels, some psionic powers, and draconic grafts.

Psionic Powers

Dragons are creatures of magic, not psionics, but that doesn't prevent psionically gifted individuals from encountering them. The following powers have been perfected by such individuals after their observations of dragonkind. Each is designed to replicate or thwart some aspect of dragonhood.

Existing dragon-related powers from the Expanded Psionics Handbook include breath of the black dragon, which produces a dragonlike breath weapon, and crisis of breath, which potentially disrupts a dragon's ability to breathe when the power is augmented.

Psion/Wilder Powers

3rd Level

Breath Barrier: You create a quasireal barrier that moves with you.

4th Level

Dragon Hearted: You gain an energy immunity and vulnerability depending on your preference
for red or white dragons.
Evade Breath: You slide out of range of a breath weapon.

5th Level

Sense of the Dragon, Psionic: You gain dragonlike senses.

Psychic Warrior Powers

2nd Level

Evade Breath: You slide out of range of a breath weapon.

3rd Level

Breath Barrier: You create a quasireal barrier that moves with you.

4th Level

Dragon Hearted: You gain an energy immunity and vulnerability, depending on your preference
for red or white dragons.

5th Level

Sense of the Dragon, Psionic: You gain dragonlike senses.

Breath Barrier
Metacreativity
Level: Psion/wilder 3, psychic warrior 3
Display: Visual
Manifesting Time: 1 standard action
Range: 10 ft.
Area: 10-ft.-radius emanation, centered on you
Duration: 1 minute/level (D)
Power Points: 5

A sparkling golden sphere forms around you, moving as you move.

You create a quasi-real barrier in the shape of a sphere that shimmers with golden sparkles and moves with you. Creatures and objects can enter or leave the area unimpeded. A breath barrier blocks fog, foglike effects, and gases created by spells such as fog cloud or cloudkill or by breath weapons that are poison gas.

When used as a barrier against breath weapons that deal hit point damage directly, the sphere absorbs up to 60 points of damage from one or more breath weapons before collapsing (at which time the power ends). A breath barrier takes damage as though it were a creature that failed its saving throw against the breath weapon being used.

Augment: For every 2 additional power points you spend, the barrier can absorb an additional 12 points of breath weapon damage before collapsing.

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