Prism dragon

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Prism dragon
Prism dragon.

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Source: Occult Bestiary, pg(s). 41-42

Prism dragons are a species of dragon notable for their psychic abilities, their crystalline appearance, their inability to shapeshift, and their habit of manipulating other species through complex plots.1


Prism dragons are largely solitary creatures, and avoid each other's company. As no young or newborn prism dragons have ever been seen—all encounters with these dragons recorded have been with adult individuals—it is not known how they breed; the prism dragons themselves claim that they are immortal.1

A peculiarity of prism dragons is their passion for manipulating the societies of shorter-lived beings. They enjoy settling next to heavily populated areas, whether cities or dungeons filled with monsters, and using illusions, possession, psychic suggestions, and other means of subterfuge to influence the actions of groups and individuals, often causing their playthings to collapse into squabbling and conflict, potentially with ruinous results for the victims of their attentions. Prism dragons often set up deliberately elaborate and complex schemes for their subjects to be goaded into following, fully expecting things to go wrong at some point to test their own ability to adapt to changing situations. They do not pursue specific goals through these complex plots and intrigues, but rather engage in them for their own sake to stave off the boredom of their eternal lives and ensure a constant stream of chaos and novelty to keep their lives interesting.1


The history and origin of prism dragons is not well understood. Although they have been encountered throughout the Inner Sphere—especially in the Material, Astral and Ethereal Planes—and more rarely in the planes of the Outer Sphere, their home plane is not known to scholars. The prism dragons themselves claim to be among the original creations of the draconic deity Apsu, and to have been the template that the other dragon breeds were based on, but it is not known how much truth there is in this claim.1


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Josh Colon, et al. Occult Bestiary, 41–42. Paizo Inc., 2015