|Dungeons & Dragons creature|
|Alignment||Usually neutral evil|
|First appearance||Monster Manual, 1977|
Despite supposedly being stupid, wyverns are rather deadly and cunning in combat. They prefer to always be in flight, and take any opportunity to take flight if not doing so already. Upon the ground, wyverns attack with their teeth, and with their deadly tail stingers (which have the power to kill instantly). If flying, wyverns can also use their teeth and stingers, but prefer to swoop down, and slash at prey with their claws, or even grab them, carry them up into the air, and drop them. Wyverns are careful to be silent when flying, and to keep their shadow unseen. This gives them the benefit of stealth if the foes are unaware of the creature. Wyverns eat the remains of those they kill, and take their valuables if they are treasure-hoarding wyverns.
Wyverns make their homes in caves in cliffs or mountains overlooking forests, jungles, or even plains or deserts.
Typical physical characteristicsEdit
Wyverns resemble true dragons, but are much smaller and lack the forelegs of their larger kin. They have sharp talons and crocodile-like heads with red or orange eyes. Located in their long, flexible tails are deadly, poisonous scorpion-like stingers. They also have very large wings. Unlike true dragons, wyverns do not have breath weapons.
Wyverns are usually neutral evil in alignment.
Wyverns are usually solitary, living by themselves or with a mate and/or young, but occasionally gather together into flocks in order to hunt if game is sparse, or if they are serving a true dragon and need to cooperate for some sinister purpose. Though incredibly aggressive and stupid, only young wyverns attack their own kind, and that is usually to show dominance or establish territory. Older wyverns, despite their beastly nature, solve disputes, fights and arguments in non-violent, unknown ways. Some wyverns do have the treasure hoarding habits of true dragons, and acumulate such wealth in their lairs, while other wyverns don't. Wyverns also sometimes work with and serve dominating evil true dragons, for purposes unknown. Wyverns can speak both Common and Draconic.
- Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume One. TSR, 1989.
- Cook, Monte, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams. Monster Manual. Wizards of the Coast, 2000.
- Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual. TSR, 1977.
- Jones, Spike Y. "The Ecology of the Wyvern." Dragon. Annual #1. TSR.
- Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual. TSR, 1994.
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