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Oldskull Dragon Lords


Gygaxian Golden Dragon Characters (1975) for your Old School Fantasy Role-Playing Campaign

In a letter essay published in April 1975, E. Gary Gygax presented a brief description of how a golden dragon could be played as a Player Character without imbalancing the ongoing fantasy adventure campaign.

The demonstrated concept focused on the Lawfulness and shape-shifting abilities of the dragon, so that it (alone among draconian species) could serve as a template for a Chaos-opposing character who could potentially travel alongside human and demi-human adventurers of similarly heroic principle.

(Astute readers will note too that this concept was created only a month after Gygax first published the original Paladin sub-class in Supplement I, in March 1975.)

Standing in stark contrast to Gygax’s later disavowal of any and all monstrous characters as pronounced in the 1979 Game Master’s Guide, the Oldskull Dragon Lords supplement carries his original and more imaginative idea forward as a fully realized racial class, which has been specifically designed for use with the OLDSKULL SWORDS & SORCERY game system.

(OS&S is 100% compatible with the Original 1974 game, 1977 Holmes Basic, and 1981 Moldvay B/X gaming systems. This supplement can be used with any game that focuses on these pre-Advanced systems as their functional core)

The racial class within – defining the Lords and Ladies of the Celestial Order of Aurum, or Dragon Lords – is manifested in a way that retains game balance while also standing true to the Appendix A-infused lore of the author’s World of Oldskull setting. Gold dragons in the World of Oldskull are not necessarily Oriental; their origins derive from the H. P. Lovecraft’s Dreamlands, Lord Dunsany’s Pegana, and purified Serpent Folk ancestries pertaining to the Cthulhu Mythos.

Details covered herein include Dragon Lord background, alignment, level titles, progression, magical aging, spell casting, shape shifting, flying, power control, treasure sacrifices for draconian empowerment, personality, beliefs, and more.

Another fine release from Kent David Kelly and Wonderland Imprints, Only the Finest Works of Fantasy.

To view the entire library of available titles for Castle Oldskull, Hawk & Moor, Old School Essentials compatible supplements, and more, please visit Kent David Kelly's Wonderland Imprints publisher page.

Disclaimer: This product contains assets that were procedurally generated with the aid of creative software powered by machine learning.

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