The green dragon is a traditional monster in both fantasy
fiction and role-playing games.
Green dragons are usually one of the largest and most
cunning flavor of dragons. They are highly intelligent,
speak many languages, and take particular interest in
torture and slavery. They hate do gooders and good mythical
creatures in particular. They will attack creatures such as
unicorns on sight.
Green dragons are hatched from eggs and they come out with thin scales
that are such a deep green that they appear to be black.
These scales will become lighter color as the dragon ages,
and will finally take on the color most common in the
surrounding vegetation in the dragon's home. They have the
ability to breathe a dangerous cloud of chlorine gas from birth. This ability becomes more and
more powerful as the dragon ages (in some traditions green
dragons breathe flame instead of gas). Some older dragons
gain the ability to control plants and plant mental
suggestions. But those powers are far from universal.
Green dragons almost always make their homes in very old
forests. They prefer temperate and subtropical forests and
avoid the hot equatorial regions and the cold sub-artic
areas. Green dragons often cooperate with other evil
creatures of the forest such as Xvarts and Bugbears.
They use these lesser creatures as agents and in exchange
they don't eat very many of them.
Green dragons raise their young together in mated pairs.
They are very attentive parents, giving much instruction and
knowledge to the young dragons. They protect them
well and will die for them. If a green dragon family is
threatened then the male will carry the hatchlings off to
safety while the mother remains to fight.
If at all possible green dragons will make their lairs in
caves. Caves are not always available in their natural
environment, so their second choice is an artifical
cavern consisting of many closely grown trees in a very
dense part of the forest.
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