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Bone Mongrel

Bone Mongrel

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Undead Dragons

Long-lived as they are, some dragons remain in the world, active and malicious, even when heartbeats falter and necrotic energy instead of blood provides animation.
Bone Mongrel Dracolich Level 8 Elite Brute
Large natural magical beast (dragon, undead) XP 700 Senses Perception +9; darkvision Initiative +7 HP 218; Bloodied 109 AC 22; Fortitude 21, Reflex 19, Will 18 Immune disease, fear, poison; Resist 15 necrotic; Vulnerable 10 radiant Saving Throws +2 Speed 6, fly 8 (clumsy) Action Points 1 m Bite (standard; at-will) ✦ Necrotic Reach 2; +11 vs. AC; 2d8 + 6 necrotic damage, and the target takes ongoing 5 damage (save ends). M Flensing Teeth (standard; at-will) The dracolich makes a bite attack against each of two different targets. C Breath Weapon (standard; recharge ⚄ ⚅) ✦ Necrotic The dracolich unleashes a blast of bone shards: close blast 5; +9 vs. Reflex; 2d10 + 10 necrotic damage, and the target takes ongoing 5 damage (save ends). First Failed Saving Throw: The ongoing damage increases to 10. C Horrid Presence (standard; encounter) ✦ Fear Close burst 5; targets enemies; +9 vs. Will; the target is pushed 3 squares and dazed (save ends). Alignment Evil Languages Draconic Str 22 (+10) Dex 17 (+7) Wis 11 (+4) Con 19 (+8) Int 7 (+2) Cha 12 (+5)

As described in the Monster Manual, a dracolich is created from a powerful dragon through an evil ritual. Some dragons willingly choose to become sentient undead; others have the ritual forced upon them. Dracoliches are greedy for power and treasure, but individuals pursue other goals equally passionately. Dracoliches can arise from dragon families other than the chromatic, but chromatics are most prone to the transformation.

Bone Mongrel Dracolich
A DRAGON DOES NOT BECOME this sort of dracolich by choice. A bone mongrel is created from the remains of several dead dragons to form an animate and dully sentient whole. This skeletal dragon is about the size of a large horse, with a malevolent light burning in its eye sockets. The denuded bones forming the creature clearly do not match, and the dragon’s skull shows rivets where the lower jaw and various horns have been attached.

Bone Mongrel Dracolich Lore
A character knows the following information with a successful Religion check. DC 20: The evil ritual that creates this creature requires the bones of several dead dragons. When the ritual is complete, the disparate parts are transformed into a malevolent skeletal monstrosity. The creature hates its mockery of life but, owing to the ritual’s evil nature, cannot end its own animation. DC 25: A bone mongrel’s phylactery takes the form of a skeletal portion of a dragon incorporated into the dracolich, such as a tail section.

Bone Mongrel Dracolich Tactics
A bone mongrel enters combat with a blast of its breath weapon. It then moves into melee range, spending an action point to attack with flensing teeth. Bone mongrel dracoliches fight until destroyed— they do not wish to prolong their wretched existence.


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