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5E D&D Gem Dragons Are Officially Back

So if you're (not) like me and you don't have the time or patience to watch Spoilers & Swag, you may have missed this awesome reveal... Gem Dragons are back! And I don't just mean back in a third-party book like Matt Colville's Strongholds and Followers (great book, check it out), I mean back officially for D&D 5e.

In case you don't know, Gem Dragons are the third-wheel of dragonkind... they are not Good (Metallic) or Evil (Chromatic), they are Neutral. This makes them easily overlooked in the struggle of good vs. evil, but they've popped up here and there in previous editions.

But it looks like Gem Dragons have returned, first to promote the sale of a very expensive sapphire dice set. This little paper fold-out is included (screenshots below), complete with lore for gem dragons and a statblock for the Adult Sapphire Dragon specifically.

Of course, if you don't want to buy a pricey set of dice for a statblock... you're in luck, as Nathan Stewart reveals that everybody else will get access to it "early in 2020, where we [WotC] will have some fun ways to get that out there." So it looks like some product will be released including the Neutral Dragons, a new adventure or maybe a new monster book!

Feel free to speculate, here's the images;

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Comments

Diamond wouldn't fit the theme, because not only is that NOT a precious gem IRL (that's due to the Russian stock market agreement made by jeweling companies in Africa to make it rare), it was not one company valued and found in Eurasia except for small incidents, and wasn't looked at as a gem of royality in most medieval times.
That's true, but D&D doesn't take place in the european Middle Ages.
 

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ZAR22

Villager
You said some of the stones i listed were organic.

Nope.

One was. Just pearl.

Also meh on them needing to be inorganic.
Pearl is still some. Also, I would rather they be inorganic, because organic doesn't last as long as some gems, and the gem dragons are mainly to stay underneath the earth.
 


dwayne

Adventurer
I wonder if the ferrous dragons will a;so make a come back Chromium (Chrome) Dragon, Cobalt Dragon, Iron Dragon, Nickel Dragon, Steel Dragon, and Tungsten Dragon.
 

ZAR22

Villager
Not sure what you mean by "lead" dragon, but in 2e the amethyst dragon had more HD
That's not what I am talking about, even then they could change things around for sapphire to have more.

Also the new art looks like it is one giant gem, rather than a organic creature, and again, you don't see floaty bits on the other arcane or divine dragons to look arcane or divine, do you?
 


dave2008

Legend
That's not what I am talking about, even then they could change things around for sapphire to have more.
OK, what did you mean?

Also the new art looks like it is one giant gem, rather than a organic creature, and again, you don't see floaty bits on the other arcane or divine dragons to look arcane or divine, do you?
They look organic to me, but it depends on what you define as organic and my lack of a quality image to judge.

I don't see floaty bits on chromatic and metallic dragons, but I could definitely seem them on catastrophic and celestial dragons. I wouldn't necessarily mind them on chromatics and metallics, but not preferred look for those types.
 





dwayne

Adventurer
I am still hoping that psionics might get its up date and setting (fingers crossed for darksun) as it would be a great setting to reintroduce, and give it a more hard core feel. Bring back death effects and such make life a struggle and less friendly to the players, more of a survival in many ways.
 

Aldarc

Legend
I wonder if the ferrous dragons will a;so make a come back Chromium (Chrome) Dragon, Cobalt Dragon, Iron Dragon, Nickel Dragon, Steel Dragon, and Tungsten Dragon.
I wish. 4e did dragons incredibly well and expanded their lore in interesting ways.

Given their tie to psionics, I expect them to come in whatever book gives us our psionics.
I almost wish that each set of dragons was tied to a different type of magic: e.g., chromatic=arcane; gems=psionics; metallic=divine; etc.
 

jgsugden

Legend
….I almost wish that each set of dragons was tied to a different type of magic: e.g., chromatic=arcane; gems=psionics; metallic=divine; etc.
I do a twist on this idea. There are 5 of each type of dragon within a set. In my campaign world there are 5 different types of magic. Each color/type favors a different type of magic. For example, red is arcane (wizard), blue is divine (cleric), green is nature (druid), black is psionic (awaiting the official rules), and white are supernatural/elemental/scientific based magics (they gain magics that mimic abilities of supernatural creatures, or natural elemental abilities, generally).
 

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