Brine dragon

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Brine dragon
A brine dragon.

Brine dragons are native to the Elemental Plane of Water. They are one example of the extraplanar true dragons known as primal dragons.[citation needed]


As with all true dragons, brine dragons gain in power as they age. They have formidable physical abilities, and as they age they gain spell-like abilities and sorcerous spellcasting. Older brine dragons are adept at capsizing boats.[citation needed]

The salty bite of elder brine dragons' teeth can desiccate and further weaken its victims. The bite of the very oldest brine dragons is so potent that any who survive the damage may still be temporarily stunned by the pain.[citation needed]

Brine dragons' breath weapon is a line of acid.1[citation needed]


Razethka, a brine dragon.

Covered in spines and frills, they are believed to have originated as elemental creatures in the area between the Planes of Water and Earth, although some speculate that they could also be transplants from another plane.

Habitat and society

Brine dragons inhabit the darker, more saline depths of their home plane, far from the light of the Plane of Air.2 Each brine dragon rules its own realm in the depths, which increase in extent the deeper one goes, as do the size and power of the individual rulers. These realms are united into the greater empire of Kelizandrika, ruled by several overlapping councils. The most senior of these councils advises the empire's ultimate ruler, the elemental lord Kelizandri.34

The brine dragons are in conflict with the krakens who also inhabit the depths of the Plane of Water. Due to the krakens' disunited nature, this conflict has often resolved in the brine dragons' favor, forcing many of the krakens out of the depths and into the lighter waters of the plane.34

Brine dragons are solitary creatures, but as they age they become more and more concerned with ruling over "lesser beings".5[citation needed] They are often served by numerous humanoids and monstrous humanoids such as merfolk, murajaus, sulis, undines, and faydhaans,6 whom the dragons force into their service through ironclad contracts. The faydhaans, however, are often clever enough to subvert their would-be masters' authority.34

Some dragons have chosen to forsake Kelizandrika, due to both its internal power conflicts and the constant warfare against the krakens. These deserters are often hunted down by Kelizandri, who despises such betrayals, forcing the survivors to live as nomads or in exile. These dragons often live in floating cities pushed by the currents, while the largest of their kind carry their hoards and kingdoms on their own backs.34

Notable brine dragons

See also: Category:Brine dragon/Inhabitants

Notable brine dragons include:


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  2. Amber Stewart. “The Inner Sphere” in The Great Beyond, A Guide to the Multiverse, 20. Paizo Inc., 2009
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 John Compton, et al. Plane of Water” in Planes of Power, 42. Paizo Inc., 2016
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 John Compton, et al. Plane of Water” in Planes of Power, 45. Paizo Inc., 2016
  5. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary 2, 94–95. Paizo Inc., 2010
  6. Paizo referred to faydhaans as marids until the publication of Rage of Elements. See Rage of Elements pg. 3 and Pathfinder Core Preview pg. 2.
  7. Judy Bauer, et al. “Lost Treasures” in Lost Treasures, 28–29. Paizo Inc., 2014
  8. Amber E. Scott & Mark Seifter. Obari Ocean” in Aquatic Adventures, 17–18. Paizo Inc., 2017
  9. Paizo referred to sedachtys as sahuagins and sea devils until the publication of Monster Core.
  10. Amber Stewart. “The Inner Sphere” in The Great Beyond, A Guide to the Multiverse, 21. Paizo Inc., 2009
  11. Mikhail Rekun. Duskwalker” in Ancestry Guide, 33. Paizo Inc., 2021
  12. Cole Kronewitter. Torrent's Last Will, 17. Paizo Inc., 2017
  13. Savannah Broadway, et al. Rezlarabren (Adult Brine Dragon)” in Dragons Unleashed, 36–39. Paizo Inc., 2013