Drake, Paper

Family: Drake

Small dragon, neutral

Armor Class 13
Hit Points 78 (12d6 + 36)
Speed 40 ft., fly 100 ft.

7 (-2) 17 (+3) 16 (+3) 10 (+0) 12 (+1) 13 (+1)

Condition Immunities paralysis, unconscious
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 11
Languages Common, Draconic, Dwarvish, Elvish
Challenge 2 (450 XP)

Special Traits

  • Shelve. A paper drake can fold itself into a small, almost flat form, perfect for hiding on bookshelves. The drake can still be recognized as something other than a book by someone who handles it (doesn’t just glance at it on the shelf) and makes a successful DC 11 Intelligence (Nature or Investigation) check. The drake can hop or fly (clumsily, by flapping its pages) 5 feet per turn in this form.
  • Refold (Recharge 5-6). A paper drake can fold its body into different sizes and shapes. The drake can adjust its size by one step in either direction, but can’t be smaller than Tiny or larger than Medium size. Changes in size or shape don’t affect the paper drake’s stats.


  • Multiattack. The drake makes one bite attack, one claw attack, and one tail attack.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) piercing damage.
  • Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (3d6 + 3) slashing damage.
  • Tail (Recharge 5-6). Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 16 (5d6 + 3) slashing damage, and the target must succeed on a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or be incapacitated for 1 round.


With its sharp angles and translucent skin, this draconic creature looks as if it were carefully folded from a massive sheet of paper, including its razor-sharp claws and teeth.


Book and Map Erasers. These drakes originated in exotic lands far away, where paper is as common as parchment and vellum. They now inhabit wide stretches of the world, and they seem to have edited their origins out of history. Paper drakes are a bane to historians and spellcasters because they can erase ink and pigments, and they often do so at random simply for aesthetic purposes. They adore the possibility of a blank page, but they also sometimes erase one selectively to make beautiful patterns in the remaining ink.

Correcting Errors. Some paper drakes have a compulsion to correct errors in text or speech, and in these cases their strange ability isn’t a nuisance. Indeed, these paper drakes help scribes correct mistakes, update outdated text, or erase entire volumes so they can be hand-lettered again with different text.

Tattoo Magicians. Paper drakes are sometimes subjected to strange magical rituals in which wizards tattoo powerful runes and symbols onto their skin. Those who survive this process gain even stranger, esoteric abilities, such as the ability to “stamp” text or images with their feet, the ability to make illustrations move as if alive, or even the ability to erase the memory of written words from a person’s mind, much as they erase text from a page. In their regular form, paper drakes reach just over four feet in length and weight around 30 lb. They are usually white or tan, but develop a brown or yellow tone as they age.

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