Immortal Rose's Journal entry: The Shadow Dragon
Shadow dragons are treacherous monsters that prowl in the darkest corners of the realm of night. Whether skulking in the deeps of the plane’s numerous caverns or commanding armies from the ruins of old cities infested with undead, shadow dragons are a dreadful force in this realm. At a glance, a shadow dragon appears insubstantial. Its dark hide and translucent scales help it blend into its dim surroundings. Shadow dragons might be mistaken for black dragons, but their heads feature rows of backward-pointing horns. A shadow dragon never fights fair. It lurks in the darkness, biding its time for the proper moment to strike. In fact, a shadow dragon might follow its quarry for hours before revealing itself. When it finally strikes, it drops globes of darkness, then shadow walks to move to the best position for its breath weapon. While its foes struggle against the rotting power of that attack, the dragon tears into them with fangs and claws, spawning additional globes of darkness to help it teleport about the battlefield. Their only weakness is in the daytime. While at night, they can wisp about incorporeal, they can only be harmed in true daylight.
They are greedy and rapacious, even for dragons, and hungry for power and wealth. Shadow dragons enslave other races to serve them as soldiers and servants. Once a proud and numerous species, their numbers now dwindle to only a handful. They further preserve themselves by hiding their true forms and blending in with the populace as humanoids.
Ryn Kuromaru is one such shadow dragon. He prefers to travel alone, and is not one for companionship. He rarely reverts to a dragon's form, prefering a humanoid appearance of a young man with unkempt black hair. Research suggests that his true age is over one millenium.
(On a personal note, I find this particular member of the species to be rude, lazy, and beyond stubborn. One can only hope that others of this race do not share similar personality traits.)
- Immortal Rose