Pipette

Description:
Climate/Terrain Tropical, sub-tropical, temperate/subterranean, lake shore, sea shore
Frequency Very rare
Organization Solitary or clan
Activity Cycle Any
Diet Special
Intelligence Exceptional (15-16)
Treasure Special
Alignment Lawful good
No. Appearing 1 (2-5)
Armor Class -2 (base)
Movement 6, Fl 24 (B) Sw 12
Hit Dice 3
THAC0 18
No. of Attacks 3 + special
Damage/Attack 1-2/1-2/1-4
Special Attacks Special
Special Defenses Varies
Magic Resistance Varies
Size T (22" )
Morale Fanatic (17 base)
XP Value Varies

Bronze dragonettes communicate via a limited form of telepathy. If one elects to take a human companion, it can transmit what it sees and hears at a distance of up to 240 yards. Bronze dragonettes can vocalize animal noises such as a rasping purr (pleasure), a hiss (unpleasant surprise), a chirp (desire), or a growl (anger).

Bronze dragonettes are inquisitive and fond of humans and demi-humans. They enjoy polymorphing into small, friendly animals so they can unobtrusively observe humans and demi-humans, especially adventurers. Bronze dragonettes thrive on simple challenges such as riddles and harmless contests.

At birth, a bronze dragonette’s scales are yellow tinged with green, showing only a hint of bronze. As the dragonettes approaches adulthood, its color deepens slowly changing to a rich bronze tone that gets darker as the dragonettes ages. Dragonettes from the very old stage on develop a blue-black tint to the edges of their scales, similar to a patina on ancient bronze armor or statues.

Combat: Bronze dragonettes dislike killing creatures with animal intelligence and would rather bribe them (perhaps with food), or force them away with repulsion. When confronted with intelligent opponents bronze dragons use their ESP ability to learn their opponents’ intentions. When attacking they blind their opponents with wall of fog, then charge. Or, if they are flying they will snatch opponents. When fighting under water, they use airy water to maintain the effectiveness of their breath weapons, and to keep away purely aquatic opponents.

Bronze dragonettes have a chameleonlike power that allows them to alter their coloration to blend with their surroundings. They can blend into any typical forest background with an 80% chance of being undetected by creatures which cannot see invisible objects. Bronze dragonettes have infravision with a 60 foot range and can see invisible objects.

A bronze dragonette is highly magic resistant and can transmit this magic resistance to its human companion via physical contact (a bronze dragonettes likes to be perched on the top of one’s head or curled around the shoulders and upper back).

Breath Weapon/Special Abilities: A bronze dragonette has two breath weapons: a stroke of lightning 10’ long and .5’ side or a cloud of repulsion gas 10’ long, 3’ wide, and 5’ high. Creatures caught in the gas must save vs. breath weapon or move away from the dragonette for two minutes per age level of the dragon, plus 1-6 minutes. Creature caught in the lightning take damage, save vs. breath weapon for half. A bronze dragonette casts its spells and uses its magical abilities at 7th level, plus its combat modifier.

At birth, bronze dragonettes have a water breathing ability, can speak with animals at will, and are immune to electricity. As they age, they gain the following additional powers:

Habitat/Society: Bronze dragonettes like to be near deep fresh or salt water. They are good swimmers and often visit the depths to cool off or to hunt for pearls or treasure from sunken ships. They prefer caves that are accessible only from the water, but their lairs are always dry – they do not lay eggs, sleep, or store treasure under water.

Bronze dragonettes are fond of sea mammals, especially dolphins and whales. These animals provide the dragons with a wealth of information on shipwrecks, which the dragons love to plunder, and detail the haunts of large sharks. Bronze dragonettes detest pirates, disabling or destroying their ships.

A dragonette will very rarely take a human or demihuman as its companion. Some view these dragonettes as the human’s pet; the dragonettes will be sure to correct this misunderstanding. There are two ways to become a dragonettes companion; one is to use magic to summon it (a find familiar spell). Another way is to find the dragonettes on an adventure and persuade it to become a companion.

The dragonette that searches for companionship will stalk a candidate silently for days, reading his thoughts via telepathy, judging his deeds to be good or evil. If the candidate is found to be good, the dragonettes will present itself to the human as a traveling companion and observe the human’s reaction. If the human seems overjoyed and promises to take very good care of it, the dragonettes will accept. If not, it will fly away.

The personality of a bronze dragonette has been described by some as catlike. A bronze dragonette is willing to serve, provided that it is well-fed, groomed, and receives lots of attention. In order to gain its full cooperation, the companion must pamper the bronze dragonette and make it feel as though it were the most important thing in his life. If the bronze dragonette is mistreated or insulted it will leave, or worse, play pranks when least expected. Bronze dragonette particularly dislike cruelty and will not serve cruel masters.

Ecology: Bronze dragonettes eat aquatic plants and some varieties of seafood. They especially prize of shark meat.

Pipette

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