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Umbral Dragon


While the other primal dragons hail from the Elemental Planes, the cruel and unceasingly malicious umbral dragons originate in the depths of the Shadow Plane. Their sleek black scales and serpentine grace allow them to strike from hiding, and they are known for playing with their prey before finally finishing it. These creatures of shadowy energy and unwholesome appetites prefer the necrotic flesh of undead creatures to any other meal. This strange hunger can be of accidental benefit to nearby humanoid societies, but ultimately they hunt and kill undead creatures for the taste, rather than out of any desire to protect others from the undead. The benefit is always short-lived, however. When umbral dragons exhaust their preferred prey, they turn on whatever living creatures happen to

For all their power, umbral dragons are uninterested in fair battles. When faced with foes that pose any kind of actual danger to them, umbral dragons flee into the shadows and seek to strike back through pawns or minions rather than risk their own lives. Their treasure hoards are varied and diverse, often augmented by loot stolen from crypts the dragons have turned into feeding grounds. They have a strong respect for and interest in traditions and heirlooms, and they often seek to augment their hoards with items of great value that have been handed down through the generations of those whose corpses and ghosts they’ve fed upon.

Umbral Dragon Spellcasters

Umbral dragon spellcasters tend to cast the following spells.


Primal Prepared Spells DC 29, attack +24; 4th gaseous form, hallucinatory terrain, nightmare; 3rd bind undead, blindness, slow; 2nd death knell, gentle repose, humanoid form; 1st charm, item facade, ray of enfeeblement; Cantrips (4th) chill touch, ghost sound, ray of frost, read aura, sigil


Primal Prepared Spells DC 35, attack +30; as young umbral dragon, plus 6th dominate, true seeing, vampiric exsanguination; 5th black tentacles, shadow blast, shadow siphon; Cantrips (6th) chill touch, ghost sound, ray of frost, read aura, sigil be nearby. Umbral dragons sometimes go to great lengths to obtain their favorite meals, even creating undead creatures that they then feast upon.


Primal Prepared Spells DC 41, attack +38; as adult umbral dragon, plus 9th disjunction, massacre, weird; 8th disappearance, horrid wilting, maze; 7th eclipse burst, mask of terror, plane shift; Cantrips (9th) chill touch, ghost sound, ray of frost, read aura, sigil

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