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Dragon, Aeetes’


Lore

Characters with ranks in Knowledge (history) can learn more about Aeetes’ Dragon. When a character makes a successful skill check, the following lore is revealed, including the information from lower DCs.

DC Result
10 The dragon that guards the golden fleece is a great beast that never sleeps.
15 Its bite is poisonous and it swallows its prey alive like a snake.
20 Jason and Medea passed the dragon by drugging it to sleep with one of Medea’s potions.

Aeetes’ Dragon (CR 8)

XP 4,800
N Large dragon
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent, tremorsense 60 ft.; Perception +17

DEFENSE

AC 23, touch 11, flat-footed 21 (+2 Dex, +1 natural, -1 size)
hp 103 (9d12+45)
Fort +11; Ref +8; Will +9
Defensive Abilities immortality, untiring

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft., climb 20 ft., fly 40 ft. (poor)
Melee bite +16 (2d6+8 plus grab and poison), 2 claws +16 (1d8+8), 2 wings +11 (1d6+4), tail slap +11 (1d8+4)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks swallow whole

TACTICS

Before Combat The dragon likes to pretend it is sleeping, using its tremorsense and scent abilities to keep track of approaching creatures.

During Combat It prefers to start combat with a bite and try to swallow that creature, thereafter using its claws and bite on whichever enemy seems the most dangerous.

STATISTICS

Str 27, Dex 15, Con 20, Int 6, Wis 13, Cha 6
Base Atk +9; CMB +18; CMD 30
Feats Alertness, Combat Reflexes, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Surprise Initiative
Skills Bluff +8, Climb +20, Fly +12, Perception +17, Stealth +10, Sense Motive +13; Racial Modifiers Bluff +4
Languages Draconic

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Immortality (Ex)

Aeetes’ Dragon does not age, is immune to normal (non-magical) diseases or poisons (which cannot reduce an immortal creature’s ability score below 1 for any ability), and does not need to eat or drink. It can still be killed by violence.

Poison (Ex)

Bite—injury; save Fort DC 19; frequency 1/round for 4 rounds; effect 1 Con; cure 1 save.

Untiring (Ex)

The dragon never needs to sleep. It is immune to fatigue and exhaustion.

ECOLOGY

Environment island groves, sky
Organization solitary or pair
Treasure triple

The dragon that guarded the Golden Fleece is a dangerous creature that never needs to sleep. Jason and Medea overcame it only because she drugged it to sleep. In some stories it managed to swallow Jason before Medea put it to sleep and she had to force it to disgorge him before they could make off with the Golden Fleece. The stories do not mention the dragon’s death, and Medea is shown on good terms with dragons in other stories, so it is quite possible the dragon that guards the sacred grove in Colchis is the same one Medea and Jason met.

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