Psionics Handbook
More Psionic Monsters
By Bruce R. Cordell

These psionic monsters are presented according to the rules set forth in the Psionics Handbook. Without the Psionics Handbook, some of the nomenclature and powers of the creatures below may be obscure and difficult to utilize. The psionic monsters included with this article include the gem dragons (amethyst, crystal, emerald, sapphire, and topaz dragons), su-monsters, and thri-kreen. Download now (148k PDF/ZIP) or read on for a preview.

Gem Dragons

Gem dragons are dragons who have innate psionic abilities instead of sorcerous abilities. They are stand-offish and loners as a rule, and they are always most concerned about their own needs. Except as noted below, gem dragons adhere to all the dragon rules indicated in the Monster Manual.

Psionic Powers: A gem dragon knows and manifests psionic powers as a psion of the level and discipline indicated in its variety description, gaining bonus power points for a high key ability score. Even if a particular power noted for a dragon doesn't appear in the Psionics Handbook as a psionic power (instead appearing in the Player's Handbook) the power is considered to be manifested psionically.

Psionics (Sp): The psionic abilities a gem dragon can freely manifest depend on its age and variety. It gains the abilities listed for its age plus all previous ones, using its age category or its psion manifester level (whichever is higher) as the manifester level. The save DC is 10 + the dragon's key ability modifier + power level. All psionic abilities noted for a gem dragon are usable a number of times per day, as noted under each variety.

Amethyst Dragon

Dragon (Earth)

Climate/Terrain: Any land and underground

Organization: Wyrmling, very young, young, juvenile, and young adult: solitary or clutch (2-5); adult, mature adult, old, very old, ancient, wyrm, or great wyrm: solitary, pair, or family (1-2 and 2-5 offspring)

Challenge Ratings: Wyrmling 3; very young 4; young 6; juvenile 8; young adult 11; adult 14; mature adult 16; old 18; very old 19; ancient 21; wyrm 23; great wyrm 25

Treasure: Double standard

Alignment: Always neutral

Advancement: Wyrmling 7-8 HD (Small); very young 10-11 HD (Medium-size); young 13-14 HD (Medium-size); juvenile 16-17 HD (Large); young adult 19-20 HD (Large); adult 22-23 HD (Huge); mature adult 25-26 HD (Huge); old 28-29 HD (Huge); very old 31-32 HD (Huge); ancient 34-35 HD (Gargantuan); wyrm 37-38 HD (Gargantuan); great wyrm 40+ HD (Gargantuan)

Amethyst dragons are wise and regal. They sometimes serve as intermediaries between warring dragons and even humanoid civilizations.

An amethyst dragon has lavender skin with small scales of a light, translucent purple when first hatched. As they grow older, their scales gradually darken and take on a crystalline quality. The amethyst dragon's scales are shaped like mineral crystals that form naturally in the earth.

Amethyst dragons live on the tops of isolated mountains in deep caves. The caves inhabited by amethyst dragons are naturally resplendent with crystal minerals of all colors.

Amethyst dragons of sufficient level to manifest psionic powers have the primary discipline of Psychokinesis; Constitution is thus their key ability score.

Combat

Younger amethyst dragons avoid combat by flying away if possible. Older dragons use their special abilities, such as invisibility, to improve their chances to surprise a target. Even adults flee if it is obvious after the first few rounds of combat that they cannot overpower their opposition.

Breath Weapon (Su): An amethyst dragon has one type of breath weapon: a line of concussive force. The concussive force pummels those affected with telekinetic force. The amethyst dragon may choose to deal an equal amount of subdual damage instead of normal damage.

Explosive Gem (Sp): Once per day the gem dragon can expel a crystalline violet lozenge which it can spit up to 75 feet away with pinpoint accuracy. The gem instantly explodes, inflicting impact damage to all creatures in a 20-foot radius. Targets who succeed at a Reflex saving throw (DC 17 + dragon's manifester level) suffer half damage.

Amethyst Telekinesis (Sp): Once per day the gem dragon can use true telekinesis; however, the amethyst dragon can lift up to 10 tons (200,000 pounds), or hurl a creature against another object for 20d6 points of damage. Amethyst dragons use this power as if they were a 20th-level manifester.

Force Resistant (Ex): Amethyst dragons gain a +4 saving throw bonus against force psionic powers, spells, or effects.

Psionics (Sp): 3/day-stomp; 1/day-invisibility, body equilibrium,andsuggestion.

Attack/Defense Modes (Sp):At will-ego whip/mental barrier. As amethyst dragons gain levels of psion, they gain additional psionic attack and defense modes, according to the rules of a psion.

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