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D&D Blog Hop: Day 4

Written by Darkwarren - Published on February 4, 2014

dnd40hopbadgeDay 4: First dragon you slew (or some other powerful monster). 

First dragon I slew? Can’t remember. But my first ever character in D&D 3.0 was injured by three different dragons.

The first was a baby white dragon in the Sunless Citadel. It climbed up on the ceiling and blew its icy breath and knocked my character unconscious. No slaying was to be had by that character. The second dragon was an adult blue dragon at the beginning of the 3.0 version of the Temple of Elemental Evil I believe. We gave it a good fight, but it’s lightning breath killed my character. The third dragon was an adult (or older) green dragon. We had split the party (I know, I know) and the dwarf fighter and my character were facing off against it. The dwarf fighter got a critical and nearly ended the thing. It blew its caustic breath, bringing us both below 0, and flew off (with like 8 hit points we found out later) so the first character of my adult life never got to slay a dragon but was nearly slain by two and slain by one.

First powerful monster I remember slaying? Nerull. I was 12 years old, had the Greyhawk campaign book, and an active imagination. Oh yeah, and an immature ego. I killed Nerull and Elminster all the time. All. The. Time. Impossible you say? Not when you’re playing alone with a self-made character in a self-made dungeon and a young male ego. I thought that Nerull had the most powerful weapon – that wicked scythe of his. So I wanted it for myself. Sure, I could have just written it on my character sheet, but I wanted to “earn” it. So every spell I cast I would roll one die at a time and then take the next die and try to hit the first die to try and get a better result – and similarly for every spell he cast, I did the same thing but to get a lower result. I did the same thing with almost every character’s’ stats. But hey, this is what happens when a young ego plays this game by itself.

Since then my characters have fought and parleyed with dragons (had my half-elf bard with a +30 Diplomacy roll a natural 20 to stop a shadow dragon from attacking us in the Curse of the Crimson Throne campaign – it was epic!) and as a DM I’ve sent some after my players. Dragons are iconic in this game (it’s in the title) and no D&D player can truly call herself a D&D player until she’s battled at least one dragon.

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Written by Darkwarren

Matt W., aka Darkwarren, has been roleplaying ever since his older brother introduced him to the red box set when he was 7 years old. Since then he has game-mastered SSDC’s Battleords of the Twenty-third Century, WEG’s Shadowrun and Star Wars, and of course Dungeons & Dragons in a variety of forms. At thirty-four years old he takes turns on both sides of the screen with the group that he helped found in 2000 when 3.0 hit the stands and has met every week fairly regularly ever since. Currently they have been running a variety of the Paizo Adventure Path scenarios, so that’s his wheelhouse. He was almost famous when two of his adventures were green-lighted for possible publication right before Paizo relinquished the rights to publish Dungeon magazine.

Matt also has years if experience in improvisational comedy, fiction, and non-fiction writing. He is currently working and studying to attain a master’s degree in theology, to enhance his career as a religious studies teacher. Lastly, his greatest passion is his family, especially the three sons and dog that he shares with his wife in upstate New York.

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4 Responses to “D&D Blog Hop: Day 4”
  1. MythicParty says:

    Congrats on slaying Elminster!

  2. MythicParty says:

    Hey, congrats on slaying Elminster!

  3. MythicParty says:

    Congrats on slaying..


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