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    Hello, everyone. I was the author of "No Such Thing As Dragons" in the C20 Anthology, and in that story, I introduced a couple kiths. Now that C20 itself is out to backers, I'm able to share those kiths with anyone who is interested. These kiths are my own creation, and should not be considered canon, unless you're willing to believe the account of a pooka. Here they are:
    Drake
    In countless stories, a mighty dragon holds the key to the hero’s quest, and only by facing numerous challenges may the hero prove worthy. It is this heroic ordeal that the drakes embody. Originally born as chimera, the combined dangers of questing Kithain warriors and encroaching Banality drove the drakes to the brink of extinction. The surge of Glamour during the Resurgence gave them a fighting chance, allowing the drakes to seek shelter in mortal flesh as the Kithain had done long before.
    Each drake hoards objects of great value, but the true jewels of a drake’s collection lie in the histories of the objects. One drake collects weapons representing the courage of those who wielded them, while each coin in her friend’s hoard once led to a dark act performed out of greed. Drakes guard their treasures ferociously, but one who manages to overcome a drake’s challenges and earn one of these objects will always be enriched by the experience.
    Drakes may resemble dragons from the myths and legends of any culture, and it is not unusual for a drake to have horns or vestigial wings. Drakes usually keep to themselves, knowing that even well-meaning Kithain might see them as a threat to be destroyed. For drakes that choose to participate in mortal society, roles that allow them to interact with large collections are favored, such as librarians or museum curators.
    Affinity: Prop
    Revelry: A drake’s true passion is always her hoard. Efforts to acquire new items for it or spending time immersed in the history of the objects within are both common methods for a drake to regain Glamour. Some drakes also find Revelry in the construction of elaborate challenges for those who would purloin their jewels.
    Unleashing: With a primal roar, the dragon stands revealed in all her majestic glory. The drake seems to shed all pretense at humanity, towering imperiously over her surroundings. Objects connected to the drake’s jewel seem to shimmer with an inner light.
    Birthrights
    Draconic Heritage — A drake’s claws and teeth deal (Strength + 1) lethal damage, and her scales give an additional die on all soak rolls. Additionally, drakes receive the Art Affinity Merit for the Dragon’s Ire Art for free.
    Hoarder of Jewels — While everyone knows that dragons hoard treasure, it is the stories behind the objects that give them true value. A drake always recognizes when an object embodies her jewel, and by handling the object and rolling Intelligence + Gremayre (difficulty 6), she can learn the history of the object in relation to her jewel. She may also attempt to learn other aspects of the history of an object, but the difficulty increases to 9.
    Frailty
    Challenges — When someone wants something from a drake that she is unwilling to give, the drake must provide a challenge to overcome. The challenge must be made in good faith, but it may take any form the drake desires, from riddle contests to quests to brutal single combat. If the individual succeeds at the challenge, the drake must provide the individual with his goal, whether it is an item selected from her hoard or a service rendered. Whenever an individual refuses the challenge and still wrests his prize from the drake, she suffers a Banality trigger.
    Well, it would seem that you were successful, so you may take whichever one you like. I’d appreciate it if you didn’t take the blue one, though.”
    Lindwurms
    Spiteful and greedy, lindwurms embody the worst traits associated with dragons. These Thallain cousins to the drakes are poisonous in every sense of the term, with temperaments as vile as the toxins within. While some may wear a mask of civility, this is merely a deception to lure the unwary.
    Lindwurms feel compelled to rip away the irreplaceable to swell their hoards, leaving broken lives and sorrow in their wake. Most favor body parts, and the lairs of these lindwurms are grisly affairs, decorated in the bones and flesh of their prey. Those that choose not to maim or slay their victims seize objects of such great importance that the original owners cannot bear the loss.
    Most lindwurms are nomadic, creating temporary or mobile lairs in which to store their treasures. Roving lindwurms tend to be the most brazen in their behaviors, frequently putting them into conflict with the drakes. While the Thallain invariably draw the attention of any Kithain in the area before departing, it is often the drakes that suffer at the hands of well-meaning dragon slayers.
    Lindwurms that decide to settle in an area are more subtle, selecting victims with greater care and remaining as inconspicuous as possible. Where the Kithain are scarce, they may choose to masquerade as pillars of the community. These Thallain enjoy poisoning the local populace against itself, remaining hidden in plain sight while fear and paranoia tear the community apart. Where discovery by changelings is a concern, they instead seek to avoid notice, but still favor victims that will cause strife in the social fabric of the community.
    Appearance
    To the uninformed, lindwurms are indistinguishable from drakes. Their fae miens always resemble vicious dragons, with sinuous tails and scales tending towards bright colors or elaborate patterns. Their mortal miens are often attractive, if slightly sinister in some way.
    Endowments
    Heart of Jormungandr: Poison courses through the veins of a lindwurm. Whenever it is injured in close combat, the lindwurm’s caustic blood splatters across the area, damaging everything around it. Anyone in close proximity to the lindwurm must soak a number of dice of lethal damage equal to the damage inflicted upon the lindwurm. Additionally, the lindwurm’s jaws and claws deal (Strength + 1) lethal damage.
    Basilisk’s Breath: Once per day, the lindwurm may exhale a cloud of poisonous gas that corrodes everything in a radius equal to one yard per dot of permanent Glamour. The lindwurm may spend a number of Glamour points limited only by its Stamina. Each point of Glamour spent causes two dice of Lethal damage. The damage lowers by one die each turn, the cloud fully dissipating when it reaches zero. This damage may be soaked normally, and the lindwurm is immune to its own breath.
    Vulnerability
    Trophies: Lindwurms surround themselves with mementos seized from their prey. A lindwurm that goes more than a week without claiming a fresh trophy from a victim suffers a Banality trigger. Additionally, if their hoards are ever violated, lindwurms must seek retribution or be driven to distraction. The difficulties for all rolls increase by 1 until the lindwurm either gains vengeance or claims a new trophy.

    Elemental Affinity (5-pt. Merit — Drake or Lindwurm only)
    Some dragons are bound to the untamed forces of the elements. This Merit allows the character to purchase dots in one Sliver (Aquis, Petros, Pyros, Stratus, or Verdage), and a drake’s Affinity Realm becomes Nature instead of Prop. Prices for acquiring dots in this Sliver is the same as for inanimae, and uses standard Unleashing rules. It is not possible to take this Merit multiple times.
    Last edited by White Oak Dragon; 05-03-2017, 12:16 AM.


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  • #2
    Though, the lindwurm in the story appeared to do only chimerical damage.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Saur Ops Specialist View Post
      Though, the lindwurm in the story appeared to do only chimerical damage.
      He did. The damage is chimerical unless the lindwurm calls upon the Wyrd. I suppose the description doesn't make that clear, though. I might play with the wording a bit to fix that.


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      • #4
        Originally posted by Maggie C View Post
        p 371: Following are 20 Thallain kiths,

        There are only 19 listed and 19 illustrated.
        If another Thallain kith is needed, I've got these lindwurms right here...

        (Sorry, I had to. I couldn't resist the joke, but I didn't want to make it in the errata thread.)


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        • #5
          Cool! Thanks for sharing those! I love how we were thinking along some of the same lines for a dragon kith


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          • #6
            Originally posted by PookaKnight View Post
            Cool! Thanks for sharing those! I love how we were thinking along some of the same lines for a dragon kith

            No problem. I'm glad that you liked them. I also like that while both of our kiths are recognizable as dragons, they're still different enough that they could bump into each other during a story.


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            • #7
              .....I have now liberated these two kiths for my own campaigns. Though I won't be able to fully utilize them 'till this beautiful behemoth of a corebook is released to the general public.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Demigod Beast View Post
                .....I have now liberated these two kiths for my own campaigns. Though I won't be able to fully utilize them 'till this beautiful behemoth of a corebook is released to the general public.
                Wonderful! There's no greater compliment than someone wanting to put them to use in their own games. Let me know how they work out, if you get the chance.


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                • #9
                  I intend to use them as well.


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Maggie C View Post
                    I intend to use them as well.
                    That's great! I'd love to hear anyone's accounts of how they work out in an actual game. I created them for the story, but I haven't gotten the chance to give them a proper playtest yet.


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                    • #11
                      I love these!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by adambeyoncelowe View Post
                        I love these!
                        Thank you. I'm glad that they're going over so well.


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                        • #13
                          Those are really nice kiths. I particularly like the Elemental Affinity Merit. Thanks for sharing!


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Anteros View Post
                            Those are really nice kiths. I particularly like the Elemental Affinity Merit. Thanks for sharing!
                            No problem. I'd originally had the Merit as a potential birthright, but I decided that I wanted an elemental focus to be optional for them.


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by White Oak Dragon View Post

                              No problem. I'd originally had the Merit as a potential birthright, but I decided that I wanted an elemental focus to be optional for them.
                              I'm using this to play a water dragon as soon as I can!
                              Can we buy a sliver dot at chargen with the Art dots we have, or do we have to use bonus points?


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