Marsh Drake

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A descendant of the black guard drake and far distant cousin to the dragons, the marsh drake is the products of generations of selective breeding in order to create a tamer, calmer drake that can traverse marshland with unhindered ease.   Adult marsh drakes have been trained for years to protect and carry heavy loads of trade goods, supplies, rations, weapons, armour, and natural resources. They are often trained in packs of around 6 so that they can take turns managing the load, resting, and protecting it. Their handlers share an uncanny bond with tamed marsh drakes, since most handlers will have been around the hatchling and its mother since birth.   Since the marsh drakes have been selectively bred for the purpose of carrying supplies, it is very rare that you see one outside of a domesticated pack. Of course, there are always cases where some have run away, or have been left behind after an incident with delivering the supplies, but most marsh drakes are content with their lives of carrying loads and bonding with their handlers.

Basic Information

Anatomy

4 limbs and a sleek, scaly body, low to the ground. Drakes are rather muscular creatures, defined by their day to day routines and the constant carrying of heavy loads. Very similar to a crocodile, but their snouts are shorter and more reminiscent of their draconic cousins.

Growth Rate & Stages

Hatchling - tiny creatures, no longer than 1ft with the tail included. Hatchling marsh drakes are sensitive to sunlight for the first month or so, and will typically only traverse their surroundings at dusk or during the nighttime. A marsh drake is considered a hatchling for the first six months of its life.   Juvenile - small creatures, ranging from 1ft to 4 ft long. Juvenile drakes are beginning to grow into their adult forms, so this is where most of their training and domestication takes place in preparation for them carrying stock and trade goods across the marshlands. A marsh drake is considered a juvenile from 6 months to 2 years old.   Adult - medium creatures, ranging from 4ft to 6 1/2 ft long. Marsh drakes are considered adults from 2 years old, up until their deaths.
Lifespan
18 years
Average Length
5 1/2 ft


Cover image: by SunlanceXIII

Marsh Drake

Medium dragon, unaligned
Armor Class 13 (natural armour)
Hit Points 52 (7d8+21) 7d8+21
Speed 30ft Swim: 30ft

STR
16 +3
DEX
11 0
CON
16 +3
INT
4 -3
WIS
10 0
CHA
7 -2

Skills Perception +2
Damage Resistances Acid damage
Senses Darkvision 60 ft. passive Perception 12
Languages understands Draconic and Common, but can speak neither
Challenge 1/2


Actions

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8+3) 1d8+3 piercing damage.   Tail. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6+3) 1d6+3 bludgeoning damage.


 

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