It is known that certain dragons can take humanoid form and even have humanoid lovers. Sometimes a child is born of this union, and every child of that child unto the thousandth generation claims a bit of dragon blood, be it ever so small. Usually, little comes of it, though mighty sorcerers occasionally credit their powers to draconic heritage. For some, however, dragon blood beckons irresistibly. These characters become dragon disciples, who use their magical power as a catalyst to ignite their dragon blood, realizing its fullest potential.
Dragon disciples prefer a life of exploration to a cloistered existence. Most are barbarians, fighters, or rangers who have dabbled as sorcerers or bards. Occasionally, a serious spell-caster explores the path to further a goal of finding out more about his draconic heritage, though at the expense of most of his arcane studies. Clerics and druids rarely choose to become dragon disciples. Already adept at magic, many pursue adventure, especially if it furthers their goal of finding out more about their draconic heritage. All dragon disciples are drawn to areas known to harbor dragons.
- Race: Any nondragon (cannot already be a half-dragon).
- Skills: Knowledge (arcana) 8 ranks.
- Languages: Draconic.
- Spellcasting: Ability to cast arcane spells without preparation.
- Special: The player chooses a dragon variety when taking the first level in this prestige class, subject to the DM’s approval.
2 + Int modifier per level
Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Gather Information (Cha), Knowledge (Int), Listen (Wis), Profession (Wis), Search (Int), Speak Language (Int), Spellcraft (Int), and Spot (Wis)
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special||Bonus Spells|
|1st||+0||+2||+0||+2||Natural armor increase (+1)||1|
|2nd||+1||+3||+0||+3||Ability boost (Str +2), claws and bite||1|
|3rd||+2||+3||+1||+3||Breath weapon (2d8)||0|
|4th||+3||+4||+1||+4||Ability boost (Str +2), natural armor increase (+2)||1|
|5th||+3||+4||+1||+4||Blindsense 30 ft.||1|
|6th||+4||+5||+2||+5||Ability boost (Con +2)||1|
|7th||+5||+5||+2||+5||Breath weapon (4d8), natural armor increase (+3)||0|
|8th||+6||+6||+2||+6||Ability boost (Int +2)||1|
|10th||+7||+7||+3||+7||Blindsense 60 ft., dragon apotheosis||0|
All of the following are class features of the dragon disciple prestige class.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Dragon disciples gain no proficiency with any weapon or armor.
Bonus Spells: Dragon disciples gain bonus spells as they gain levels in this prestige class, as if from having a high ability score, as given on the Table. A bonus spell can be added to any level of spells the disciple already has the ability to cast. If a character has more than one spell-casting class, he must decide to which class he adds each bonus spell as it is gained. Once a bonus spell has been applied, it cannot be shifted.
Natural Armor Increase (Ex): At 1st, 4th, and 7th level, a dragon disciple becomes more draconic in appearance. His skin develops tiny iridescent scales, nearly invisible at first but becoming more noticeable at higher levels. This provides an increase to the character’s existing natural armor (if any), as indicated on the Table (the numbers represent the total increase gained to that point). As his skin thickens, a dragon disciple takes on more and more of his progenitor’s physical aspect.
Claws and Bite (Ex): At 2nd level, a dragon disciple gains claw and bite attacks if he does not already have them. Use the values above or the disciple’s base claw and bite damage values, whichever are greater.
|Size||Bite Damage||Claw Damage|
A dragon disciple is considered proficient with these attacks. When making a full attack, a dragon disciple uses his full base attack bonus with his bite attack but takes a –5 penalty on claw attacks. The Multiattack feat (see page 304 of the Monster Manual) reduces this penalty to only –2.
Ability Boost (Ex): As a dragon disciple gains levels in this prestige class, his ability scores increase as noted on the Table. These increases stack and are gained as if through level advancement.
Breath Weapon (Su): At 3rd level, a dragon disciple gains a minor breath weapon, derived from his draconic ancestor. The
type and shape depend on the dragon variety whose heritage he enjoys (see below). Regardless of the ancestor, the breath weapon deals 2d8 points of damage of the appropriate energy type. At 7th level, the damage increases to 4d8, and when a disciple attains dragon apotheosis at 10th level it reaches its full power at 6d8. Regardless of its strength, the breath weapon can be used only once per day. Use all the rules for dragon breath weapons (see page 69 of the Monster Manual) except as specified here. The DC of the
breath weapon is 10 + class level + Con modifier. A line-shaped breath weapon is 5 feet high, 5 feet wide, and 60 feet long. A cone-shaped breath weapon is 30 feet long.
|Dragon Variety*||Breath Weapon|
|Black||Line of acid|
|Blue||Line of lightning|
|Green||Cone of corrosive gas (acid)|
|Red||Cone of fire|
|White||Cone of cold|
|Brass||Line of fire|
|Bronze||Line of lightning|
|Copper||Line of acid|
|Gold||Cone of fire|
|Silver||Cone of cold|
- Other varieties of dragon disciple are possible, using other dragon varieties as ancestors.
Blindsense (Ex): At 5th level, the dragon disciple gains blindsense with a range of 30 feet. Using nonvisual senses, such as acute smell or hearing, the dragon disciple notices things it cannot see. He usually does not need to make Spot or Listen checks to notice and pinpoint the location of creatures within range of his blindsense ability, provided that he has line of effect to that creature. Any opponent the dragon disciple cannot see still has total concealment against him, and the dragon disciple still has the normal miss chance when attacking foes that have concealment. Visibility still affects the movement of a creature with blindsense. A creature with blindsense is still denied its Dexterity bonus to Armor Class against attacks from creatures it cannot see. At 10th level, the range of this ability increases to 60 feet.
Wings (Ex): At 9th level, a dragon disciple grows a set of draconic wings. He may now fly at a speed equal to his normal land speed, with average maneuverability.
Dragon Apotheosis: At 10th level, a dragon disciple fully realizes his draconic heritage and takes on the half-dragon template (see page 146 of the Monster Manual). His breath weapon reaches full strength (as noted above), and he gains +4 to Strength and +2 to Charisma. His natural armor bonus increases to +4, and he acquires low-light vision, 60-foot darkvision, immunity to sleep and paralysis effects, and immunity to the energy type used by his breath weapon (see above).