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D&D 5E My Five Favorite Things From Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons

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Even though the release of Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons has been slightly delayed by the ongoing shipocalypse, Wizards of the Coast still got preview copies out on time. What did I enjoy most on my first pass through the book?

A Gem of an Ancestry​

The first chapter features a lot of cool player options such as dragon themed subclasses, spells, feats and magic items. Of the things you can use in an ongoing game, I liked the Draconic Gifts. These feat-like abilities can be given to characters by dragons or possibly taken, Highlander-style, by a slayer, depending on how the Dungeon Master wants to use them. But my top choice is the Gem Dragonborn Ancestry. Telepathic communication, some personal flight at fifth level and breath weapons that deal out some of the more exotic damage types? This is my new obsession when I make random D&D Beyond characters for fun.

Custom Built Dragons​

Chapter 3 discusses the details of dragons and how they fit into your game. Much like Van Richten’s Guide To Ravenloft contained discussions of the horror genre, this book is focused on building dragons that are a part of your world. What roles can they fit, like rules and crime bosses? How do they reproduce? Do they fit in with the gods or are they rivals? This section is filled with charts, hooks and discussion empowering the Dungeon Master to make unique dragons for their table.

Dragon Type Toolboxes​

One of my favorite bits from Mythic Odysseys of Theros were the god write-ups and how they focused on actionable information rather than pages of lore. The dragon type writeups in the book follow a similar format. Each dragon type is given a selection of personality traits, adventure hooks, connections to other creatures and unique treasures for slayers to take home. The dragons introduced in the volume get a little bit of lore, while those dragons already covered get more lair actions to customize big boss fights. Some famous dragons are mentioned in scattered sidebars, but if you’re looking for deep dives on dragon trivia, this is not that book.

Dragon and Dragon Related Accessories​

The bestiary has the usual writeups for the new dragons, monsters related to dragons and Draconians for fans of Dragonlance. The ones I found most interesting were creatures that were connected to specific parts of the dragon. Equip a master spellcaster dragon with an animated breath to do some elemental bidding. A dragonblood ooze combines dangerous elements of its namesake. Dragonflesh grafters have tried to integrate the magical parts of a dragon into their own body with twisted results. Entries like this broke up the grand dragon stat blocks and offered some smaller challenges to use with players.

Fizban’s Commentary​

I’ve always been a sucker for asides in gaming books since I cut my teeth on Shadowrun 30 years ago. Many of the comments in this book from the titular wizard had me laughing out loud as I read the book. They were authored by Amy Vorpahl, who also wrote the zany “Kandlekeep Dekonstruction” in Candlekeep Mysteries. Her writing injects a fresh sense of silliness that D&D needs every once in a while.

Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons releases on October 26th.
 

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Fizban’s Commentary
I’ve always been a sucker for asides in gaming books since I cut my teeth on Shadowrun 30 years ago. Many of the comments in this book from the titular wizard had me laughing out loud as I read the book. They were authored by Amy Vorpahl, who also wrote the zany “Kandlekeep Dekonstruction” in Candlekeep Mysteries. Her writing injects a fresh sense of silliness that D&D needs every once in a while.
Didn't Amy Vorpahl write Fizban for this book? Sounds fun.
Yep, right there up top.
 

So did the Draconians get butchered or what? I'm not seeing the Baaz, Bozak, Sivak, Aurak, and Kapak variety. Don't tell me they zero caloried the damn entry, severed the lore as usual, and made them Dragonborn with tails?
 

So did the Draconians get butchered or what? I'm not seeing the Baaz, Bozak, Sivak, Aurak, and Kapak variety. Don't tell me they zero caloried the damn entry, severed the lore as usual, and made them Dragonborn with tails?
Nope, the traditional names are given in the text as Krynnish alternatives. The only difference is that, in worlds other than Krynn, the various types can be created from chromatic and gem dragon eggs as well. Stat-wise they are very similar (from what I was able to catch when people were turning pages), right down to the death-throes.

Basically, on Krynn they are still the same, but have some variety on other worlds...
 

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Nope, the traditional names are given in the text as Krynnish alternatives. The only difference is that, in worlds other than Krynn, the various types can be created from chromatic and gem dragon eggs as well. Stat-wise they are very similar (from what I was able to catch when people were turning pages), right down to the death-throes.

Basically, on Krynn they are still the same, but have some variety on other worlds...

Dragonlance already has draconians created from chromatic dragon eggs. They are known as noble draconians, and are the brainchild of Dragonlance game designer Jamie Chambers.

The idea is that towards the end of the War of the Lance, the Dragonarmies were running low on metallic dragon eggs to corrupt and transform into draconians. So they started using chromatic dragon eggs. The problem was that the Laws of Balance came into effect, and the noble draconians tended to be good aligned.

The five types of noble draconians are flame (red), frost (white), lightning (blue), vapor (green), and venom (black). There's some cool art by Jason Engle for them too.

You can find out more information on noble draconians in the Bestiary of Krynn and Dragons of Krynn.
 


So did the Draconians get butchered or what? I'm not seeing the Baaz, Bozak, Sivak, Aurak, and Kapak variety. Don't tell me they zero caloried the damn entry, severed the lore as usual, and made them Dragonborn with tails?

Did something weird with it, they are still there, although not by name because each type of Draconian, can come from one type Gem Dragon Egg, one type of Metallic Egg, and one type of Chromatic Egg. For example "Mastermind" Draconians can come from Gold, Red, or Amethyst Dragon Eggs.
 

Dragonlance already has draconians created from chromatic dragon eggs. They are known as noble draconians, and are the brainchild of Dragonlance game designer Jamie Chambers.

The idea is that towards the end of the War of the Lance, the Dragonarmies were running low on metallic dragon eggs to corrupt and transform into draconians. So they started using chromatic dragon eggs. The problem was that the Laws of Balance came into effect, and the noble draconians tended to be good aligned.

The five types of noble draconians are flame (red), frost (white), lightning (blue), vapor (green), and venom (black). There's some cool art by Jason Engle for them too.

You can find out more information on noble draconians in the Bestiary of Krynn and Dragons of Krynn.

This version of Draconians appear to have no relation to the Noble Draconians, they are mechanically exactly alike no matter whether they came from Chromatic, Gem or Metallic Eggs, no change in alignment even. Gem Dragons weren't even a thing in Dragonlance. I think these Draconians are intended to be setting neutral.
 

One thing I noticed about the Deep Dragon, no sunlight damage, it's CR goes up by 1 in its Lair if it's Legendary, it has slow spell Lair action, and the weirdest thing is the Adult and Ancient versions appear to be the strongest shape shifters of any of the Dragons. Normally Dragons are restricted to medium and small humanoids and Beast with shape changing, but Deep Dragons can shape change into ANY medium or small creature. That means they can take the form of Hags, Nymphs, Succubi, Astral Devas, Fairies, Harengon, Cheetah, Elves, Autognomes, Sworrowsworn, Gold Dragon Wyrmlings, a Mindflayer, a Vampire, Weretiger, a Drow Priestess, a Gargoyle, a Modron, an awakened shrub, etc...
 

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