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Flame Drake

The beast flies on leathery wings, trailing a long and wicked tail. Clad in iron-hard scales of red and yellow, the creature is not unlike a dragon, save for its lack of arms. Curls of flame bellow from its nostril as it breathes.

Flame Drake CR 5

Source Conquest of Bloodsworn Vale pg. 30, Bestiary 2 pg. 106
CE Large dragon (fire)
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Listen +13, Spot +13

Defense

AC 20, touch 10, flat-footed 19 (+1 Dex, +10 natural, -1 size)
hp 59 (7d12+14)
Fort +7, Ref +6, Will +6
Immune fire, sleep, paralysis
Weaknesses vulnerability to cold

Offense

Speed 20 ft., fly 60 ft. (average)
Melee bite +11 (2d6+7 plus 1d6 fire) and tail +6 (1d8+5)
Special Attacks fireball breath, speed surge

Statistics

Str 21, Dex 13, Con 14, Int 9, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk +7; Grapple +16
Feats Alertness, Flyby Attack, Improved Initiative, Power Attack
Skills Hide +7, Intimidate +5, Listen +13, Move Silently +11, Spot +13, Survival +6
Languages Draconic

Ecology

Environment any forest
Organization solitary, pair, or rampage (3-12)
Treasure standard
Advancement 8-13 HD (Large), 14-21 HD (Huge)

Special Abilities

Fireball Breath (Su) A flame drake can, as a standard action, breathe a ball of flame that explodes like a fireball upon impact. This attack has a range of 180 feet and deals 4d6 points of fire damage to all creatures within a 20-foot burst. A successful DC 15 Reflex save halves this damage. Once a flame drake has used its fireball breath, it cannot do so again for 1d6 rounds. The Reflex save is Constitution-based.

Speed Surge (Ex) Three times per day, a flame drake may draw on its draconic heritage for a boost of strength and speed, allowing it to take an additional move action. Using this ability is a free action that can only be used once per round.

Description

The degenerate cousins of red dragons, flame drakes possess all of the rage and foul temper of their greater kin but lack cunning and reason. These brutes terrorize the lands they inhabit, demanding ever-increasing tribute from those they can frighten and viciously assaulting those they cannot.

While countless centuries of inbreeding and experimentation have led to a number of varied draconic creatures, the drakes are the most numerous. Flame drakes, due to their physical prowess and fecundity, are particularly common in many mountainous regions. Most true dragons see them as little more than nuisances and scoff at the notion of any relation to true dragonkind (despite obvious similarities).

Flame drakes organize themselves in small hunting packs. These groups work together in raids but often fall to infighting when the time comes to split up the spoils. As such, a powerful male usually leads packs that stay together for any length of time, with his decisions settling disputes. Larger packs require a truly powerful individual, such as a red dragon or spellcaster, to keep the unruly flame drakes cooperative.

Flame drakes mate for one season only, with the female laying a clutch of two or three eggs. Young flame drakes are raised by their mother for only two years before being left to fend for themselves. They reach maturity in 5 years and can live to well over 150 years.