Converting True Dragons

Shade

Monster Junkie
I just found this, which might be a perfect fit...

Spell Reflection (Ex): Any spell or effect that targets the mirror mephit and does not overcome its spell resistance is reflected directly back at the caster or the user of the item that generated it. This new target is entitled to a saving throw if the effect permits one. Area spells are never reflected unless they are visual effects, such as color spray. In this case, only the portion of the area that surrounds the mirror mephit is reflected; all other creatures in the area are affected normally.
 

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Cleon

Adventurer
I just found this, which might be a perfect fit...

Spell Reflection (Ex): Any spell or effect that targets the mirror mephit and does not overcome its spell resistance is reflected directly back at the caster or the user of the item that generated it. This new target is entitled to a saving throw if the effect permits one. Area spells are never reflected unless they are visual effects, such as color spray. In this case, only the portion of the area that surrounds the mirror mephit is reflected; all other creatures in the area are affected normally.

That looks pretty good, we just need to tweak the affected spells a bit, something like:
Spell Reflection (Ex): Any spell or effect with the force or light descriptor that targets the crystal drake and does not overcome its spell resistance is reflected directly back at the caster or the user of the item that generated it. This new target is entitled to a saving throw if the effect permits one. Area spells are never reflected unless they are visual effects, such as color spray. In this case, only the portion of the area that surrounds the crystal drake is reflected; all other creatures in the area are affected normally.
 


RavinRay

Explorer
Electricty is another descriptor we can include. Incidentally, force and light are the two energy types that the two epic dragons, force and prismatic, have.
 

Cleon

Adventurer
Electricty is another descriptor we can include. Incidentally, force and light are the two energy types that the two epic dragons, force and prismatic, have.

Adding electricity is a good idea, it brings back memories of the AD&D lightning bolt spell ricocheting off walls!
 


Shade

Monster Junkie
Sounds good! So...

Spell Reflection (Ex): Any spell or effect with the electricity, force, or light descriptor that targets the crystal drake and does not overcome its spell resistance is reflected directly back at the caster or the user of the item that generated it. This new target is entitled to a saving throw if the effect permits one. Area spells are never reflected unless they are visual effects, such as color spray. In this case, only the portion of the area that surrounds the crystal drake is reflected; all other creatures in the area are affected normally.
 

freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
Works for me! And this (and unearthly grace?) goes away if they don't eat enough gemstones. If we're all agreed, I'll write that up.

Back to the gems as potions, then?
 

Shade

Monster Junkie
For the former, I'm agreed. :)

For the latter, didn't we decide on this?

Alternatively, rather than give them SLAs at various levels like most dragons, perhaps we can give them a "digest gem" power that grants specific benefits at certain age categories, regardless of the type of gems consumed?

For example, an old crystal drake could consume 100 gp in gems to apply the Empower Power metapsionic feat to the next power it manifests. An adult crystal drake could consume 50 gp in gems to manifest the expansion power on itself. And so on...
 

freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
Yes, you're right about the digest gems, I forgot with all the monsters we have going!

Gem Dependent (Ex?): If a crystal drake does not eat at least 5 gp worth of gems (of any type) in any given week, its hide becomes dull and lusterless. The drake loses its Unearthly Grace and Spell Reflection abilities until it eats at least 5 gp worth of gems.
 

Shade

Monster Junkie
I like!

Updated.

Consume Gem (Su): A crystal drake may consume a specific amount of gems (of any type) to gain various benefits, dependent upon its age category. Manifester level for any emulate powers equals the crystal drake's normal manifester level for its psion powers.

A very young or older crystal drake may consume x gp in gems to ...

A juvenile or older crystal drake may consume x gp in gems to ...

An adult or older crystal drake may consume 50 gp in gems to manifest the expansion power on itself.

An old or older crystal drake can consume 100 gp in gems to apply the Empower Power metapsionic feat to the next power it manifests.

An anicent or older crystal drake can consume x gp in gems to ...

A great wyrm crystal drake may consume x gp in gems to ...
 


freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
At very young, how about 5 gp and gain psionic focus?

At juvenile, 20 gp and manifest vigor on itself?

At ancient, 200 gp and maybe either Mind Shield or Body Purification on itself?

At great wyrm, 500 gp and maybe Maximize Power on the next power?
 


freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
Well, I meant we should choose either Mind Shield or Body Purification, but it actually works as written if you like the option.

Appraise (for the gems), Autohypnosis, Psicraft?

Are we going to do anything with this?
They each have two cheek pouches, much like hamsters, in which they can store up to four gems. Their senses of smell and taste are very keen, and they can actually sense the presence of precious stones within 10’.
An ability to carry gems in cheek pouches and eat one as a swift action?
Some sort of mineral sense or just usual dragon keen senses?
 

Shade

Monster Junkie
Those skills appeal, as does the cheek pouch idea.

We could tweak this to work for gems...

Metalsense (Ex): All ferrous dragons can sense the location and amount of any non-precious metal (precious metals include adamantine, copper, gold, mithral, platinum, and silver) within a distance of 30 feet x the dragon’s age category. This makes it nearly impossible to sneak up on a ferrous dragon when wearing armor or wielding weapons made from iron or other nonprecious metals. Like blindsense, opponents the dragon can’t actually see still have total concealment against the dragon.
 

RavinRay

Explorer
We can also merge it with the gold dragon's detect gems ability:

Detect Gems (Sp): An old or older gold dragon can use this ability three times per day. This is a divination effect similar to a detect magic spell, except that it finds only gems. The dragon can scan a 60-degree arc each round: By concentrating for 1 round it knows if there are any gems within the arc; 2 rounds of concentration reveal the exact number of gems; and 3 rounds reveal their exact location, type, and value. This ability is the equivalent of a 2nd-level spell.
 

freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
Ok, how about these?

Cheek Pouches (Ex): Crystal drakes, like chipmunks, have cheek pouches that allow them to carry food, gems in the drake's case, in their mouths. A crystal drake may carry up to 4? gems at a time in its mouth at a time. As long as it is carrying at least one gem in its cheek pouches, it may consume a gem as a swift action.

(I could see cutting to 2 gems at a time.)

Gemsense (Ex): Crystal drakes can sense the presence of gem stones within a distance of 10 ft at all times. By concentrating for 1 round, the drake can determine the precise location, type, and number of gem stones.
 


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