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D&D 5E Fizban's Treasury of Dragons: Dragon+ Detailed Outline and Descriptions

Here are a lot of juicy details about Fizban's Treasury of Dragons from the updated Issue 38 of Dragon+.

For those hoping this will be heavily Dragonlance, it looks unlikely -- they say they are only giving a "very brief nod" to the setting.

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You might think that the standard collective noun for dragons is either a flight of dragons, a weyr of dragons, a school of dragons, or a wing of dragons. Well, Fizban the Fabulous has so much valuable information to share with you about these unique creatures that “treasury” of dragons is the only description that properly captures it. Because once you begin to measure the impact dragons have on D&D, you realize they touch every facet of the game.

Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons is comparable to Volo’s Guide to Monsters or Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, as it brings together a combination of lore and monster material,” Project Lead James Wyatt tells Dragon+. “This source book contains the revised dragonborn races, feats, and spells that we previewed in Unearthed Arcana, as well as magic items, a deeper dive into the Monster Manual dragons, dragon adjacent monsters, lair maps, and various tables to help you generate adventure ideas.”

Chapter One

“Following the introduction, Chapter One contains character options and is where you’ll find the revised dragonborn races, as well as the Way of the Ascendent Dragon monk and the Drakewarden ranger subclasses from previous Unearthed Arcana releases.

“Some of the feedback on the dragon subclasses said, ‘I want a dragon-flavored blank’ where blank is just about any other class in the Player’s Handbook. There’s a limit to the amount we can provide so we’ve included a table to spur players’ imaginations and help give any character they’re playing some dragon flavor.

“If you want a dragon-themed warlock, for example, you could play an archfey warlock whose patron is a moonstone dragon, a new kind of dragon that’s tied to the Feywild. If you want a dragon cleric, you can take any domain and worship Bahamut or Tiamat to add that dragon flavor. Maybe you’re from Eberron and have a dragonmark. Or you might decide that you gained your powers when you found a dragon claw that you now use as your spellcasting focus.”

Chapter Two

“The second chapter contains a handful of new spells, most of which we previewed in Unearthed Arcana. It also contains new magic items that have ties to dragons.

“If DMs and players really embrace this book then they’re going to be seeing a lot of dragons in their campaigns. One new concept we introduce here is hoard items. These are magic items that become more powerful when they’re steeped in a dragon’s hoard.

“If you find an item in a blue wyrmling’s hoard, for example, and then several levels later you use that item to kill an adult red dragon and you steep it in that hoard, it may become more powerful because it’s the hoard of an adult dragon. The item might also change its characteristics slightly, because it’s been affected by a red dragon’s magic instead of a blue dragon.”

Chapter Three

“This chapter is aimed at the Dungeon Master and is all about building dragons as unique characters—both in terms of personality and mechanical tweaks. We also look at how you can build encounters, adventures, and entire campaigns around dragons. This includes a whole bunch of tables that are a great way to quickly share a lot of really dense story ideas. We hope that these tiny nuggets spark inspiration in a DM’s brain.

“This is primarily a mainstream D&D book but we do give a very brief nod in the direction of Tarkir, which is Magic: The Gathering‘s dragon world, as well as Dragonlance. We also reference the second edition Council of Wyrms setting, which was another world that was built around dragons.

“The Council of Wyrms was a string of isles that were ruled by a bunch of different dragon clans. Their council gave the setting its name and in Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons we discuss different ways you might build a setting like that with dragons as major players.”

Chapter Four

“In this chapter we focus on lairs and hoards. This book embraces the D&D multiverse and talks about dragons as the quintessential creatures of the material plane. Bahamut and Tiamat created the material plane, so dragon essence is fundamentally tied to it. That explains why when a dragon creates its lair, it becomes a sort of magical nexus as the dragon’s essence seeps into the surrounding area and regional effects are created.

“We include some new regional effects, a couple of new lair actions that are tied to specific lair maps we include in the next chapter, as well as tables to help generate cool and interesting hoards. You’ll find a few other brand-new lair options later in the book, such as when we’re discussing amethyst dragons in Chapter Five and as part of certain monster entries in Chapter Six.”

Chapter Five

“Chapter Five makes up a third of the book and takes an in-depth look at each kind of dragon. By highlighting a dragon’s personality traits, ideals, and other creatures that might associate with them, we help you build a storyline around them.

“One of the guiding principles of this book is show don’t tell. We could simply tell you about the personality of brass dragons, but if we give you a bunch of tables that show you their personality traits and put words into that brass dragon’s mouth, that’s more effective. That might include objects that the brass dragon has a relationship with—maybe it has conversations with a bust of a philosopher that it calls Leonard!

“We also look at alignment. For example, chromatic dragons are typically evil, so can there ever be a good black dragon? The beauty of the word ‘typically’ is that there’s always the possibility. Each entry in this chapter starts with a table of personality traits and a table of ideals. And the final entry on the table of ideals is always something that’s dramatically outside the norm for that dragon’s alignment as we wanted to make the point that typically does mean typically, not always.”

Chapter Six

“This is the bestiary chapter, which makes up almost a third of the book. A revised version of the sapphire dragon is listed here, alongside the rest of the gem dragon family: amethyst, crystal, emerald, and topaz. It also includes stats for deep dragons, and moonstone dragons, as well as dragonborn champions, humanoid dragon servitors, and various other dragon-adjacent creatures. We also include stats for aspects of Bahamut and Tiamat.

“I have a fondness for dragon turtles and we’ve included additional age categories for those creatures. The dragon turtle in the Monster Manual breaks the pattern for size categories because it’s one size larger than an adult dragon. We’ve decided that’s an adult dragon turtle and have created some younger version scaled down from that. But the ancient dragon turtle is a monster.

“We’ve also included chromatic, metallic, and gem versions of what we call greatwyrm dragons. These creatures use the mythic monster rules from Mythic Odysseys of Theros to create epic battles. And the ancient dragon turtle is also in that category.”
 
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AcererakTriple6

Autistic DM (he/him)
A particularly annoying combat encounter with Fairie Dragons as an alone Warlock PC that has scarred me for life and caused me to forever hate these Rainbow-Fairy-Cat-Dragons. (The PC went on to pioneer a mass-genocide against the species and create a business that's exclusive products was scale-mail armor, rugs, curtains, and other products that were created from Fairy-Dragon hide.)
 

RoughCoronet0

Dragon Lover
So reading the Dragon+ article for Fizban's, I notices these two snippets.

“We want to inspire DMs to think about the action of a campaign as transcending a single world of the material plane. For example, when a dragon becomes a dracolich it has repercussions on all the echoes of that dragon,” he says.

“Dragons such as Chronepsis or Aasterinian—who were identified as dragon gods in past editions of the game—are greatwyrms who have transcended the limitations of a single world in the material plane and united their energies across multiple worlds to become more godlike.”


The idea that something drastic like a dragon becoming a dracolich can affect other echoes in other planes is interesting.

On the other hand, I'm a bit confused about the second part. So the other Dragon Deities are just Great Wyrms now? Or did they use their status as Great Wyrms to ascend to Deityhood? It's hard to picture Null, who was often described as being either the sibling of Io/Asgorath or the sibling of Tiamat and Bahamut as just another Great Wyrm Dragon.

I'm not sure what to make of this.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
So reading the Dragon+ article for Fizban's, I notices these two snippets.

“We want to inspire DMs to think about the action of a campaign as transcending a single world of the material plane. For example, when a dragon becomes a dracolich it has repercussions on all the echoes of that dragon,” he says.

“Dragons such as Chronepsis or Aasterinian—who were identified as dragon gods in past editions of the game—are greatwyrms who have transcended the limitations of a single world in the material plane and united their energies across multiple worlds to become more godlike.”


The idea that something drastic like a dragon becoming a dracolich can affect other echoes in other planes is interesting.

On the other hand, I'm a bit confused about the second part. So the other Dragon Deities are just Great Wyrms now? Or did they use their status as Great Wyrms to ascend to Deityhood? It's hard to picture Null, who was often described as being either the sibling of Io/Asgorath or the sibling of Tiamat and Bahamut as just another Great Wyrm Dragon.

I'm not sure what to make of this.
The implication seems to be that all Dragons are ggodlike...nit that he says become "more" godlike. Bahamut and Tiamat are just all the way to the top.
 

AcererakTriple6

Autistic DM (he/him)
So reading the Dragon+ article for Fizban's, I notices these two snippets.

“We want to inspire DMs to think about the action of a campaign as transcending a single world of the material plane. For example, when a dragon becomes a dracolich it has repercussions on all the echoes of that dragon,” he says.

“Dragons such as Chronepsis or Aasterinian—who were identified as dragon gods in past editions of the game—are greatwyrms who have transcended the limitations of a single world in the material plane and united their energies across multiple worlds to become more godlike.”


The idea that something drastic like a dragon becoming a dracolich can affect other echoes in other planes is interesting.

On the other hand, I'm a bit confused about the second part. So the other Dragon Deities are just Great Wyrms now? Or did they use their status as Great Wyrms to ascend to Deityhood? It's hard to picture Null, who was often described as being either the sibling of Io/Asgorath or the sibling of Tiamat and Bahamut as just another Great Wyrm Dragon.

I'm not sure what to make of this.
Hmm. This reminds me a lot of the Thirteenth Reality series by James Dashner. In that series, there are 13 main alternate realities with major differences between them (like one world has humans that are all 8-9 feet tall and lanky, another has Earth be completely flooded, etc), like how this First World lore is looking so far, and there were "Alterants' (basically Variants from the Loki series) of everyone on each of the different realities. If all of your Alterants were killed, their souls would be channeled to you and give you extreme powers over reality (basically magic, but the series is Sci-Fi).

The idea of a Great Wyrm dragon being able to unlock the power of the alternate versions of it on other worlds in the Material Plane is pretty appealing, especially if some of them (probably the ones that are powerful mages) can then use that power to ascend to godhood. That would make for a pretty awesome campaign plot, IMO. The party is low level (probably around level 5), and they have to do their best to try to foil a Great Wyrm Dragon that's in the process of unlocking the secrets of ascending to Godhood. . . .

Dangit. I may have to do something with that. Stupid WotC, giving me too many campaign ideas!
 
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On the other hand, I'm a bit confused about the second part. So the other Dragon Deities are just Great Wyrms now?
It seems that the point is that there isn't any "just" to being a great wyrm now, as in it's just another (albeit final) age category, but instead it's something new and even more powerful. Which... I very much like. Instead of, as in old lore, great wyrms reaching a final age and just going somewhere to quietly die, they now are able to ascend to something higher, and, perhaps, to godhood itself.

I'm guessing dracoliches in this scenario are dragons that aren't innately powerful enough to ascend to great wyrm, or just want to cheat the system and gain power at an earlier stage...
 

AcererakTriple6

Autistic DM (he/him)
It seems that the point is that there isn't any "just" to being a great wyrm now, as in it's just another (albeit final) age category, but instead it's something new and even more powerful. Which... I very much like. Instead of, as in old lore, great wyrms reaching a final age and just going somewhere to quietly die, they now are able to ascend to something higher, and, perhaps, to godhood itself.

I'm guessing dracoliches in this scenario are dragons that aren't innately powerful enough to ascend to great wyrm, or just want to cheat the system and gain power at an earlier stage...
Yeah, I really like how they make Great Wyrms different from how they were in previous editions here. They're no longer "Ancient Dragons, but MORE POWERFUL!", they're Ancient Dragons that have unlocked some major magical abilities from some new lore about the Prime World and Dragon-Gods creating the Material Plane. It's freaking awesome, if you ask me. Makes Great Wyrms much more formidable and interesting than they were in previous editions.
 

RoughCoronet0

Dragon Lover
I didn't want to sound like I dislike this direction. I love the idea that all true dragons seem to have the potential to be god-like. It reminds me of the Dragon Ascendant from the 3.5 Draconomicon. I just have a bit of a hard time seeing Null, the dragon god of death and Undead, or Sardior the god of gem dragons as just Great Wyrms is all.

I don't know, I might just need time and more info to help wrap my head around it is all.
 

They state that most of the draconic pantheon, specifically mentioning Chronepsis and Aasterinian, are great wyrms. You would have to think they would mention which types of dragon each of them would be, and in most cases it's fairly simple, as they were often mentioned as a specific type in previous lore. Aasterinian, for example, has usually been described as a brass dragon. That makes Null/Falazure especially interesting, as they would have to be a great wyrm shadow dragon or dracolich, so maybe we'll see one or both as a stat block. Or maybe they'll name an actual type (green? blue?) with the appropriate template added...
 

I didn't want to sound like I dislike this direction. I love the idea that all true dragons seem to have the potential to be god-like. It reminds me of the Dragon Ascendant from the 3.5 Draconomicon. I just have a bit of a hard time seeing Null, the dragon god of death and Undead, or Sardior the god of gem dragons as just Great Wyrms is all.

I don't know, I might just need time and more info to help wrap my head around it is all.
Sardior is likely to still be a full deity, given his origins from previous lore (as the first creation of Bahamut and Tiamat), and given that he's unique in form. As I just said in my previous post, the other draconic deities aren't quite as unique...
 

AcererakTriple6

Autistic DM (he/him)
Sardior is likely to still be a full deity, given his origins from previous lore (as the first creation of Bahamut and Tiamat), and given that he's unique in form. As I just said in my previous post, the other draconic deities aren't quite as unique...
They said that they were going to have stats for Tiamat and Bahamut in this book, but that makes me wonder if they're going to have them for Sardior. I sure hope they do . . .
 

RoughCoronet0

Dragon Lover
They state that most of the draconic pantheon, specifically mentioning Chronepsis and Aasterinian, are great wyrms. You would have to think they would mention which types of dragon each of them would be, and in most cases it's fairly simple, as they were often mentioned as a specific type in previous lore. Aasterinian, for example, has usually been described as a brass dragon. That makes Null/Falazure especially interesting, as they would have to be a great wyrm shadow dragon or dracolich, so maybe we'll see one or both as a stat block. Or maybe they'll name an actual type (green? blue?) with the appropriate template added...
A Great Wyrm Black Dracolich would make sense, as both Falazure and Chronepsis (who are said to be the two aspects of Null in the Forgotten Realms) are often associated with Black Dragons, and known for having Black Dragon forms and heralds.
 

Hmm. This reminds me a lot of the Thirteenth Reality series by James Dashner. In that series, there are 13 main alternate realities with major differences between them (like one world has humans that are all 8-9 feet tall and lanky, another has Earth be completely flooded, etc), like how this First World lore is looking so far, and there were "Alterants' (basically Variants from the Loki series) of everyone on each of the different realities. If all of your Alterants were killed, their souls would be channeled to you and give you extreme powers over reality (basically magic, but the series is Sci-Fi).

The idea of a Great Wyrm dragon being able to unlock the power of the alternate versions of it on other worlds in the Material Plane is pretty appealing, especially if some of them (probably the ones that are powerful mages) can then use that power to ascend to godhood. That would make for a pretty awesome campaign plot, IMO. The party is low level (probably around level 5), and they have to do their best to try to foil a Great Wyrm Dragon that's in the process of unlocking the secrets of ascending to Godhood. . . .

Dangit. I may have to do something with that. Stupid WotC, giving me too many campaign ideas!
that sounds like the film The one.
 



Dire Bare

Legend
Hmm. This reminds me a lot of the Thirteenth Reality series by James Dashner. In that series, there are 13 main alternate realities with major differences between them (like one world has humans that are all 8-9 feet tall and lanky, another has Earth be completely flooded, etc), like how this First World lore is looking so far, and there were "Alterants' (basically Variants from the Loki series) of everyone on each of the different realities. If all of your Alterants were killed, their souls would be channeled to you and give you extreme powers over reality (basically magic, but the series is Sci-Fi).

The idea of a Great Wyrm dragon being able to unlock the power of the alternate versions of it on other worlds in the Material Plane is pretty appealing, especially if some of them (probably the ones that are powerful mages) can then use that power to ascend to godhood. That would make for a pretty awesome campaign plot, IMO. The party is low level (probably around level 5), and they have to do their best to try to foil a Great Wyrm Dragon that's in the process of unlocking the secrets of ascending to Godhood. . . .

Dangit. I may have to do something with that. Stupid WotC, giving me too many campaign ideas!
that sounds like the film The one.
AcerekTriple6 said:
Never seen it. And after looking up some reviews for it, I'm not sure if I want to see it.
It is deliciously bad. Jet Li is, as always, extremely fun to watch. And, we get one of the best movie lines of all time . . .

"I am Yu Law! I am nobody's b*tch!"
 

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