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Old December 14, 2019, 20:55   #1
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Dragons thoughts

When did Glaurung get the FORGET and BRAIN_SMASH abilities? (I've been off Angband for a few years.) I'm rather pleased with that, since I'd wanted at least FORGET to reflect what he did to Nienor.

That said, although I understand why bronze dragons were removed, it actually results (to me) in a slight asymmetry--there's nothing to counterweight gold dragons. Golds use one of the law breaths (sound and shard), but I don't see anything that uses one of the chaos breaths (chaos and disenchantment; confusion was close enough to chaos for me). Long story short, I'm wondering if there's any concern about whether disenchantment-breathing dragons on the same cadence as golds (like UnAngband's brass dragons) would be a problem. I'm not sure how much; well in the early part, characters have to put up with a kind of armor-only disenchantment in the form of acid.

I'm also thinking about whether we could use arch-dragons of every color to keep Scatha and Smaug company. Granted we'd have to dip into Iron Crown creations...Or at least I did when I was offering them up to NPPAngband. As an example, this is Bairanax, the black arch-dragon:

N:795:Bairanax the Bear-Eater
G: D: D1
I:120:22d100:30:135:70
W:47:2:0:20000
B:CLAW:HURT:4d11
B:CLAW:HURT:4d11
B:BITE:ACID:4d13
B:BITE:ACID:4d13
F:UNIQUE | MALE | FORCE_SLEEP | FORCE_MAXHP
F:ONLY_ITEM | DROP_3D2 | DROP_4D2 | DROP_GOOD
F:SMART | BASH_DOOR | POWERFUL | FLYING
F:EVIL | DRAGON | IM_ACID | NO_CONF | NO_SLEEP | N_ACID | N_FOREST
S:SPELL_PCT_25 | POW_40
S:CONF | WOUND | BRTH_ACID | S_ANIMAL | BLINK | S_SPIDER
D:This remarkably agile dragon is a terror of the Mirkwood. In particular,
D:his hatred towards, and taste for the flesh of, the Beornings has made
D:some wonder whether his soul is actually that of a fallen Beorning. In
D:any case, he seems to think that you are target practice, both for himself
D:and for the wicked Mirkwood denizens who assist him in his war.

(BLINK is supposed to reflect putting on a sudden burst of speed to reposition himself. Although, that conceit really shouldn't have a chance of putting him on the other side of a tunnel wall...)
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Old December 14, 2019, 21:09   #2
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There are chaos drakes, which can breathe either chaos or disenchantment.

I think I'm OK with there not being a ton of unique dragons. Too many uniques makes them less special.
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Right, and law drakes that breathe sound and shards. I think of golds as sort of Law Drakes Lite, so I wanted to see Chaos Drakes Lite.
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