Dragons are an important part of Dungeons & Dragons. Lets face it — they’re built right into the name of the game I have been playing for almost 30 years. Gem dragons came to my notice in third edition D&D through the Monster Manual 2, an edition with five such books as well as several others with monsters. But when you have something as amazingly powerful as gem dragons do you really want them to be a throw away in a sequel book? Dragons have a rich lore, with metallic dragons being the good ones and chromatic dragons the bad ones. There is a bit of safety built into knowing you can trust the dragon or if it will betray you or eat you because of the scale color. Granted, dragons are individuals who have their own set of ideals and morals, but good is good and evil is evil. So how do you handle neutral gem dragons represented the middle ground like the sapphire dragon in 5E D&D?
Finding neutral ground for 5E D&D sapphire dragon
WizKids put out a Sapphire Dragon Premium Figure superb for any tabletop roleplaying game where dragons could be included. This beautiful model comes on a 4 by 4 base but has a massive wingspan covering quite a large number of spaces. Make sure you give your sapphire dragon plenty of room on the battlefield! If the wingspan bothers you the wings come off for easier storage, or if you want to get creative you can even turn this one into a unique drake. Take off its wings and the impressive model still causes adventurers to shake when facing off against a terrible foe.
Getting back to gem dragons, the neutral alignment can be tricky depending on how heroes approach and what is going on in the world leading them to encounter such a creature. Are the gem dragons neutral because they do not take sides? Does this include sharing information? Are they neutral because they very much want the world in balance and have a set order of things?
Dungeon Masters need to be aware of the thought patterns of creatures who live for ages and see the long term plans of humans as short term effects and with long term goals closer to those of civilizations. DMs work hard portraying beings of clearly superior intellect but with planning and effort we can make for thrilling encounters. With amazing models from WizKids you can make the battlefield as memorable as the roleplaying.
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As always, stay nerdy!