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Wyrmlord Kranzon


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Supreme Wyrmlord Kranson of the Kulkor Zhul of the Wyrmsmoke Mountains
Draconic/Half-Blue Dragon Sunscorch Hobgoblin Paladin of Tyranny 6/Talon of Tiamat 10

Alternate Class Features Used:
Paladin of Tyranny
Dragonscale Husk
Rebuke Dragons
Stand Fast

Wyrmlord Kranzon
{table=head]Level|Class|Base Attack Bonus|Fort Save|Ref Save|Will Save|Skills|Feats|Class Features

1st|Level Adjustment|
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2nd|Paladin of Tyranny 1|
+1
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+2
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+0
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+0
|Bluff (CC) 2 ranks, Intimidate (CC) 2 ranks, Knowledge (arcana) (CC) 2 ranks|Dragon Wings|Aura of evil, detect good, smite good 1/day, +2 Intimidate and Spot checks, Dragonscale Husk

3rd|Draconic Racial Class|
+1
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+2
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+0
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+0
|||Claws, low-light vision, natural armor (+1), +4 racial bonus on saves against sleep and paralysis

4th|Paladin of Tyranny 2|
+2
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+3
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+0
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+0
|Bluff (CC) +0.5 ranks, Intimidate (CC) +0.5 ranks, Knowledge (arcana) (CC) +0.5 ranks||Divine grace, deadly touch

5th|Paladin of Tyranny 3|
+3
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+3
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+1
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+1
|Bluff (CC) +0.5 ranks, Intimidate (CC) +0.5 ranks, Knowledge (arcana) (CC) +0.5 ranks|Reinforced Wings|Aura of dispair, divine health

6th|Paladin of Tyranny 4|
+4
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+4
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+1
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+1
|Bluff (CC) +0.5 ranks, Intimidate (CC) +0.5 ranks, Knowledge (arcana) (CC) +0.5 ranks||Rebuke dragons

7th|Paladin of Tyranny 5|
+5
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+4
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+1
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+1
|Bluff (CC) +0.5 ranks, Intimidate (CC) +0.5 ranks, Knowledge (arcana) (CC) +0.5 ranks||Smite food 2/day, Stand Fast

8th|Paladin of Tyranny 6|
+6
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+5
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+2
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+2
|Sense Motive +3 ranks|Dragonthrall|Cause disease 1/week

9th|Talon of Tiamat 1|
+6
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+7
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+2
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+2
|Bluff +1 rank, Sense Motive +2 ranks||Breath weapon (cone of cold)

10th|Talon of Tiamat 2|
+7
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+8
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+2
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+2
|Bluff +1 rank, Intimidate +1 rank, Sense Motive +1 rank||Voice of the dragon +2

11th|Talon of Tiamat 3|
+8
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+8
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+3
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+3
|Bluff +1 rank, Intimidate +1 rank, Sense Motive +1 rank|Improved Dragon Wings|Breath weapon (line of acid)

12th|Talon of Tiamat 4|
+9
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+9
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+3
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+3
|Bluff +1 rank, Intimidate +1 rank, Sense Motive +1 rank||Keen senses

13th|Talon of Tiamat 5|
+9
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+9
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+3
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+3
|Bluff +1 rank, Intimidate +1 rank, Sense Motive +1 rank||Breath weapon (cone of corrosive gas)

14th|Draconic Racial Class|
+9
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+9
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+3
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+3
|||Bite, breath weapon (weak), claws, immunity to energy (electricity), natural armor (+2)

15th|Draconic Racial Class|
+9
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+9
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+3
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+3
|||Breath weapon (full), dragon type, natural armor (+4)

16th|Talon of Tiamat 6|
+10
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+10
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+4
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+4
|Bluff +1 rank, Intimidate +2 ranks, Sense Motive +1 rank|Dragon Breath|Immunities, voice of the dragon +4

17th|Talon of Tiamat 7|
+11
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+10
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+4
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+4
|Bluff +2 ranks, Intimidate +1 rank, Sense Motive +1 rank||Breath weapon (line of lightning)

18th|Talon of Tiamat 8|
+12
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+11
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+4
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+4
|Bluff +1 rank, Intimidate +1 rank, Sense Motive +2 ranks||Keen senses, frightful presence

19th|Talon of Tiamat 9|
+12
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+11
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+5
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+5
|Bluff +2 ranks, Intimidate +1 rank, Sense Motive +1 rank|Improved Speed|Breath weapon (cone of fire)

20th|Talon of Tiamat 10|
+13
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+12
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+5
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+5
|Bluff +1 rank, Intimidate +1 rank, Sense Motive +2 ranks||Dominate dragon, voice of the dragon +6[/table]

Paladin of Tyranny Spells per day
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20th|2|2|0|-|[/table]


Backstory and Breakdown

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Kranzon always knew he was special, born apart from his hobgoblin cousins, blessed by Tiamat with draconic power beyond that granted by his blue dragon ancestor. In the generation since the failed invasion of the Elsir Vale, the goblinoids of the People of the Dragon, the Kulkor Zhul, had rebuilt, as mainly the men of fighting age joined the horde of the Red Hand, leaving their wives, sons, and daughters behind. When the Red Hand of Doom had swept across the Elsir Vale, the Kulkor Zhul thought that this was their chance at reclaiming the lands of their ancestors lost to the humans. Instead, even with the guidance of Lady Tiamat, the Chomatic Dragon herself, the Kulkor Zhul was defeated by a handful of so-called heroes that had rallied the humans of the Elsir Vale to defeat the horde of the Red Hand.

Kranzon grew up in a tribe ruled by women and old men too old to fight in the horde of the Red Hand. He grew up on stories of the glory of battle, and how it was the reliance on the Kilkor Zhul on Tiamat, rather than Maglubiyet, that led to their downfall. Kranzon, though, believed differently. He believed it was that the Wyrmlords were divided, that they had biked amongst themselves, that the horde of the Red Hand had been divided by different leaders rather than united in their quest to reclaim the land that was rightfully theirs.

It was this belief, this acceptance of truth, that led Kranzon to devoting his life to Tiamat as a holy, or rather unholy, warrior, a Paladin of Tyranny. His devotion to Tiamat, as well as his awakened draconic ancestry, revealed itself with his scale-like skin, a dragonscale husk, as well as his wings (though they were not yet strong enough to bear him while encumbered). He used his claws as a natural weapon against his enemies within the tribes of the Kulkor Zhul, and in time, he grew in power.

5th Level

Kranzon's devotion to Tiamat, as well as his acclimation of power, allowed him to strengthen his wings, such that he could now glide even while wearing his armored husk. Combined with his aura of despair, Kranzon makes an excellent leader of the small band of goblins of the Kulkor Zhul, raiding the farms and villages on the edge of the Elsir Vale, as well as Thornwaste to the south, the Endless Plains to the north, and the Westdeep and Witchwoods forests to the west and east, respectively, of the Wyrmsmoke Mountains. While not as strong as a non-draconic paladin of his level, Kranzon is strong enough to be the frontline warrior (and occasional aerial sniper) of his goblin adventuring/raiding party.

10th Level

Kranzon has now received a concrete boon from Tiamat in the form of a breath weapon, usable once per day. He is also able to support his allies against enemy mages with his Stand Fast ability (since he has wings, he has not use for a mount, even a drakkensteed). He has also been known to infect enemies with disease, release them back to their village, and then let the contagion sweep through, allowing the Kulkor Zhul to expand beyond the Wyrmsmoke Mountains without risking their warriors. By now there is talk amongst the Kulkor Zhul of declaring Kranzon a Wyrmlord, and having them lead them across the Elsir Vale where they had failed a generation before.

15th Level

Now fully declared as Wyrmlord, with the might of the Kulkor Zhul behind him, Kranzon is now leading the reclamation of the Elsir Vale from the front of the horde, though under the banner of the Prismatic Claw, rather than the failed Red Hand of a generation ago. The domain of the Kulkor Zhul stretched from the Wyrmsmokes and the Westdeep to the Giantshield Mountains, the Marth Forest, and the Golden Plains, and from the Endless Plains to the Thornwastes and the Wyvernswatch Mountains. West to east, and north to south, the formerly human lands of the Elsir Vale now belong to the Kulkor Zhul and Wyrmlord Kranzon.

16th Level - Highlight Level

This is the point as which Wyrmlord Kranzon has achieved all of the powers, aside from a frightful presence and the ability to dominate dragons, that he will ever need. He is a full half dragon, which he was the previous level, but now he can use his line of electricity (and depending on your reading of the Dragon Breath feat, all of his Talon of Tiamat breath weapons as well) every 1d4 rounds. Combined with his true flight, just now gained with his twelfth hit die, he can rain lightning (and cold and acid) from above while leading his horde of the Prismatic Claw. His dragonscale husk provides him with an armor bonus of +10, combined with a heavy shield and his natural armor, as well as whatever magical enhancements he can add, makes him a well protected half-dragon hobgoblin. Add in the fire and electricity immunity (the first from Talon of Tiamat and the second from half-blue dragon) and the resistance to cold and acid from the husk, and he's well protected indeed (though force effects and sonic damage, as expected, as still a problem).

20th Level

By now the Kulkor Zhul has begun to spread beyond the Elsir Vale, and Supreme Wyrmlord Kranzon still leads, though now with a few dragons alongside him and above his horde of the Prismatic Claw. While not as fast in the air as a true dragon, Kranzon is faster than a horse, and nearly as fast as the true dragons he has dominated (preferably metallics, but a weak willed chromatic if needed will also serve).


Stats and Options
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Base Ability Scores
Str 14 (6 points)
Dex 10 (2 points)
Con 14 (6 points)
Int 12 (4 points)
Wis 12 (4 points)
Cha 16 (10 points)

Sunscorch Hobgoblin
Con +2
Wis +2

Draconic
Str +2
Con +2
Cha +2

Half-Dragon (not including draconic)
Str +6
Int +2

Level-based Ability Score Increases
Cha +4 (6th, 10th, 16th, 20th)

20th Level Ability Scores
Str 22 (+6)
Dex 10 (+0)
Con 18 (+4)
Int 14 (+2)
Wis 14 (+2)
Cha 22 (+6)

Non-Half-Blue Dragon Option
Rather than take the two Draconic Racial Class levels at 14th and 15th level, Kranzon can continue to progress Talon of Tiamat, taking Profane Lightleach at 14th level (12 HD) and Extra Turning at 18th level (16 HD), and then adding two levels of Cleric of Tiamat for 19th and 20th level. I didn't progress this way because it seemed that the half-blue dragon as well as the Dragon Breath and Improved Speed feats gave Kranzon more power rather than first level cleric spells.


Sources
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Draconomicon - Talon of Tiamat, Improved Speed
Dragon Magic - Sunscorch Hobgoblin, Dragonscale Husk, Rebuke Dragons
Races of the Dragon - Dragon Wings, Improved Dragon Wings, Reinforced Wings
Monster Manual - Hobgoblin
Unearthed Arcana - Paladin of Tyranny
Cityscape Web Enhancement - Stand Still
Red Hand of Doom - Dragonthrall