Dragonette, Barnyard

Tiny dragon, neutral

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 18 (4d4 + 8)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
14 (+2) 12 (+1) 15 (+2) 8 (–1) 13 (+1) 13 (+1)

Skills Perception +3, Stealth +3
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages Common, Draconic
Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)
Proficiency Bonus +2

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Keen Smell. The barnyard dragonette has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
  • Speak with Beasts. The barnyard dragonette can communicate with Beasts as if they shared a language.

ACTIONS

  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) piercing damage. If the target is a Small or smaller creature, it must succeed on a DC 12 Strength saving throw or be grappled.
  • Scale Rake. One creature grappled by the dragonette must make a DC 12 Strength saving throw, taking 5 (2d4) slashing damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.
  • Gritty Breath (Recharge 5–6). The dragonette exhales a cloud of stinging dust in a 15-foot cone. Each creature in the area must succeed on a DC 12 Constitution saving throw or be blinded for 1 minute. A blinded creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

ABOUT

The barnyard dragonette’s social nature and natural curiosity leads some of them to serve spellcasters. Such dragonettes have the following trait.

Familiar. The dragonette can serve another creature as a familiar, forming a magic, telepathic bond with that willing companion. While the two are bonded, the companion can sense what the dragonette senses as long as they are within 1 mile of each other. While the dragonette is within 10 feet of its companion, the companion shares the dragonette’s Speak with Beasts trait. At any time and for any reason, the dragonette can end its service as a familiar, ending the telepathic bond.

This reptile stares into the distance for a moment, balanced on its powerful hind legs and tail, before dropping back down to all fours. Its short snout and oversized lower jaw give it a pugnacious appearance that is reinforced by its rolling gait.

Barnyard dragonettes are friendly and social lesser dragons with a fondness for pranks. They primarily eat mushrooms, though they can subsist on scraps from the slops trough without any complaint. The dragons bury their eggs in animal manure to gestate, and mated pairs have found the easiest way to gain access to a manure pile is to choose a farmstead and make a deal with the farmers working it. Most often, they trade pest- and predator-killing services for their stinking reward.

Coyote Hunters. Barnyard dragonettes despise canines, and the chore they most relish is the stalking and killing of wolves, coyotes, and foxes that threaten their farm. A pair of the housecat-sized dragons can make short work of most predatory canines, while larger family units or groups comprised of dragonettes residing at multiple closely located farms will work together to destroy or chase off packs of larger predators such as worgs. The dragonettes are less antagonistic to farmyard dogs and develop a grudging fondness for them over time.

Prankster Dragons. Barnyard dragonettes love to play pranks on each other and other creatures. Their favorite trick is to take a regularly used item, such as a shovel or hatchet, and move it away from its normal resting place, forcing the user to hunt it down.

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