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Source: Pathfinder Bestiary, pg(s). 98-99
Red dragons are very nearly the largest species of dragon, rivaling and occasionally exceeding the gargantuan size of the gold dragon. Some half-dozen reds, all members of a single pure-blood clan, have grown beyond even the mightiest of gold dragons in size and strength. But even a hatchling dragon uncoils from an egg the size of a horse.
The red's long body is covered in thick scales the color of molten rock, with large, cruel horns topping its head. A smaller horn sprouts just behind the tips of its blunt muzzle. Certain of its scales grow in sharp ridges sweeping back along its face, growing ever larger down its back and even along the crests of its powerful wings, giving the red its unmistakable spiky appearance.
All red dragons can breathe fire, and as they age, they gain increasing control over flames. The heat radiating from an adult red's body can harm anyone foolish enough to stand too close. The red's intense internal fires allow it to digest almost any non-poisonous matter. A red of advanced age can melt stone or instantly turn creatures to ash with its fiery breath. A red's powerful tail can crush a stone wall, and its jaws are strong enough to snap iron bars.
When roused to physical combat, the red will use virtually its entire body as a weapon, biting, clawing, lashing with its powerful tail, buffeting enemies with its monstrous wings while flying, or even flying or jumping a short distance to crush its foes beneath its immense mass. As the red ages, its scales grow increasingly resistant to physical injury of any kind, even as its entire physiognomy becomes less susceptible to all but the most powerful magical effects.
Reds begin learning the intricacies of arcane spellcasting at an early age. A red of sufficiently advanced age can potentially become as proficient with magic as all but the greatest human wizards. Additionally, reds possess innate abilities that mimic wizardry: very young dragons can sense the presence and characteristics of magical dweomers, while adults can influence the actions of other creatures with simple speech. Such is the red's affinity with fire that an old red is even able to take control of an enemy spellcaster's fire and use it against her.
Red dragons make their homes within warm mountainous regions. Whenever possible, a red will lair within an active volcano. As reds age, they tend to journey increasingly further from their lairs in search of human settlements to terrorize.
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- See also: Category:Red dragon/Inhabitants
Notable reds include:
- Asuulek, an ancient and mostly dormant red dragon who lairs in the volcano known as Asuulek's Mouth in western Osirion.
- Daralathyxl, well over 2,000 years old and one of the most powerful dragons in all of Golarion, resides in the Five Kings Mountains of northwestern Andoran.
- The great wyrm Fhengasma is reputed to be the lover of the demon lord Flauros and lives below his castle on his Abyssal realm called the Bloodpyre Fields.
- Glarataxus, who has periodically plagued the towns and settlements near the Varisian city of Korvosa since 4569 AR.
- The powerful Horranath, who attacked and nearly razed the town of Dalaston in eastern Taldor in 4709 AR.
- Sheblis and her mate Tyrkalis rule a small domain from Raschka-Tor, an ancient Thassilonian ruin in the Tusk Mountains of the northeastern Hold of Belkzen.
- The ancient red dragon Tharularg who, according to dwarf legend, was slain atop the highest peak of the World's Edge Mountains sometime in the second millennium of the Age of Enthronement.
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- Keith Baker. (2009). Blood of Dragonscar, p. 3. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-170-1
- Tyler Beck, Jason Garrett, Alex Greenshields, and David Schwartz. (2014). Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes, p. 5. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-710-9
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